Wednesday, November 21, 2018 12:19 pm

A Divine Appointment: Devout Meets Deity

What can we learn from a man in Jerusalem called Simeon?  I invite you to join me in considering a cameo tucked into the Book of Luke. Simeon, like Mary and the shepherds, also participated in God’s Bigger Story surrounding the life of our Newborn King.

What Do You Want For Christmas?

More than one person asked me “What do you want for Christmas?” I took my grandson to see Santa, and Santa asked him the same thing. I began to...

Prayer For Unsaved Loved Ones During the Holidays

For those who have unsaved loved ones joining in holiday gatherings this year, here are some specific prayers to pray on their behalf.

We Must Love the Ones Jesus Loves

I once heard a story about a great Kentucky preacher named T.T. Eaton. Dr. Eaton told about his younger brother who LOVED a mongrel dog. The family felt the dog was not even worth shooting, but the boy and his dog were inseparable.

A Christmas Tradition

What makes a Christmas tradition? There might be a few nuggets that come to mind. Some are serious while others can be fun.

Mary Said Yes to God

Imagine a fresh evergreen wreath bedecked with festive ribbons and glowing candles is sitting on a table before us. Imagine we are sipping warm wassail from red mugs, imagine a fire is roaring inside the fireplace, and imagine snow is quietly falling just beyond the window. As you and I gather around God’s Word, let us prepare our hearts to worship Him.

What to do After You’ve Messed Up

Sometimes smart people do dumb things, wise people do foolish things, and even the godly do ungodly things. Regardless of how we mess up, we share one thing in common: we all make mistakes.

How Badly Do You Want a Turkey?

Picture a young missionary family in Warsaw, Poland living a covert, double-life behind the Iron Curtain. In the darkest days of the Cold War, immersed in the culture of a nation not their own...

22 Ways to Make this Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

Make a list, make a plan, make ahead…
 Make a mess, clean the mess, make sure… 
 Extend the table, cover the table, decorate the table…
 Race the clock, race back to...

Prayer and God’s Divine Opinion

Prayer is the avenue leading to God’s perspective. Through prayer, we can summon our Heavenly Father’s opinion and faithfully demonstrate our ability to believe in His plans.

Pastors

Reflecting on Privileges, Burdens of Ministry

Pastors love walking with their people through life’s celebrations and tribulations, but in ministry, pastors often carry burdens of their own.

Open the Eyes of my Heart, Lord

In Ephesians 1, Paul didn’t pray for material blessings, but for spiritual perception. In verse 19, he prayed “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.” The word understanding means heart.

Are You Passionate?

Anyone who knows anything about the National Football League is aware that Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike...

There is Another Way

J.T. Starks grew up in Lancaster, Texas, near Dallas, amidst violence and uncertainty. He had no role model as a child, but he relied on his instincts for survival.

Books