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Why appreciate your pastor

Why appreciate your pastor

October is named annually “PASTOR APPRECIATION MONTH,” but some may wonder why pastors deserve an official time to be appreciated. What’s so special about the ministry? Frequently, I look back…

Little things matter after all

Little things matter after all

I once visited a man in the hospital on his birthday who had suffered a broken neck in a serious accident.  He had been told by his doctor that he…

Needed: Leaders who know where they’re going

Needed: Leaders who know where they’re going

During my high school years, a fellow student gained national attention by cutting his two cars in half and joining the front sections back to back.  There was no rear…

The good news about TEMPTATION

The good news about TEMPTATION

Yielding to temptation can be costly. A moment of weakness may bring years of regret. It is dangerous to take temptation lightly. Moses led his people out of their slavery…

Lessons learned from a gentleman

Lessons learned from a gentleman

I met Orlen while in my twenties and serving my first church.  He was the pastor of a thriving congregation.  He had poor eyesight, but his spiritual insight more than…

Plunge into life

Plunge into life

What you do is important.  How you do it may be even more important. Wise Solomon wrote:  “Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). …

Finding strength to face difficult days

Finding strength to face difficult days

One morning, the following prayer greeted me at my fax machine: “Dear God, So far today I’ve done alright. I haven’t gossiped. I haven’t lost my temper. I haven’t been…

Cleaning up the other environment

Cleaning up the other environment

The scene before me was picturesque: a swiftly flowing river bubbling over and around rocks framed by flowering banks and protruding ledges.  I was visiting a natural beauty spot but…

True Faith

True Faith

The brief note I received from a friend thanking me for calling revealed the depth of his depression. Knowing he was going through a difficult experience, I had called to…

Practicing Patriotism

Practicing Patriotism

King Solomon’s call for moral and spiritual integrity by citizens for the benefit of their nation may seem out of date, but his principle of practicing patriotism by doing right…