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Priorities Determine Destiny

Priorities Determine Destiny

A prominent and popular minister, whose marriage nearly disintegrated along with his career, wrote the following about his neglect of things in his life he now considers vital: “They never…

Beat Fear This Year

Beat Fear This Year

John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, saw a link between swearing and worrying; seeing them both as acts of unbelief. Yet many people of faith fret continually over…

Things May Turn Out Better Than You Think

Things May Turn Out  Better Than You Think

The woman in the hospital bed beside which I stood seemed to be near the end of her life. She had suffered a severe stroke and was in a deep…

Shocking News For Unhappy Marrieds

Shocking News For  Unhappy Marrieds

A friend of mine had filed for a divorce, intending to end more than twenty years of marriage. His two teenage children were devastated, but their emotional distress wasn’t enough…

Facing and Fixing Personal Problems

Facing and Fixing Personal Problems

The long distance call from a minister facing a problem in his church was different from most I’ve received.  Usually these contacts for counseling and requests for prayer by pastors…

Year ending, leave last year’s baggage behind

Year ending, leave last year’s baggage behind

Satchel Paige, the baseball diamond philosopher of another era, gained national recognition for his rules for successful living. The most frequently quoted of these was “Don’t look back. Something may…

God is always on time

Henry Ward Beecher, the late famous nineteenth century pastor of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York, was known to be a very patient man. One day, however, one of the…

Thanksgiving should be more than another holiday

The winter of 1620-21 at the Plymouth Colony was cold and tragic for the Pilgrims; nearly half of their number died through sickness and accidents. One wonders how they could…

Taming the beast behind your teeth

Taming the beast behind your teeth

Have you said something you regret? You’re not the first to do so. Through the centuries, careless and cutting words have wounded hearers and brought regret to those who spoke…

Needed: A National Sense of Right or Wrong

Needed: A National Sense of Right or Wrong

“Anything goes.” Those two words describe too much of what is happening in our struggling society. We seem to have lost our sense of right and wrong. Witness our skyrocketing…

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