On March 27, 2018, George and Shirley Brickenden, who were in their nineties and were married almost 73 years chose to end their lives together in Toronto, Canada, using joint physician assisted suicide. Even some of the reporters and doctors involved in their story seem to have been troubled by it. They ought to be. […]

When a relationship isn’t right, underlying stress can flow like lava below the surface. Even though the estranged person isn’t even with you, the tension from the past wounds can still be active. Are there other cracks in your life where the lava can start to seep in? Are those around you now in danger […]

There isn’t the need for hope in your life when everything is going great. But in this dark world everything isn’t going great very often. The darker your situation the more critical hope becomes. During the time of Jesus, people’s hope ran high. Messiah fever throbbed in Israel, as they endured the crushing reign of […]

When there is more expenses at the end of the month than money at hand terrible feelings swirl. All kinds of thoughts and motivations manufacture terrible mixtures of miserable emotions.  You worry about the growing credit card debt and its massive interest rate, the collecting agencies calling, how the family will be fed, if the […]

In a professional fighting match there are two combatants in the ring with a referee trying to maintain order in the potential chaos. All of the training and experiences of the warriors all culminate in an intense battle which lasts but a few minutes. Blows are exchanged, the crowd thunders, stamina and endurance are tested […]

As we enter into a brand new year, it’s a good time to take stock of your life. Set aside a few moments to consider the things that matter most, and ask yourself how your personal priorities match up. One of your highest priorities should be to increase in your working Bible knowledge. I once […]

As we enter into a brand new year, it’s a good time to take stock of your life. Set aside a few moments to consider the things that matter most, and ask yourself how your personal priorities match up. One of your highest priorities should be to increase in your working Bible knowledge. I once […]

Everyone has failed in life. Everyone has failed God. It is true that some people have failed more than others, no person alive has perfectly lived up to God’s standard of righteousness. In some ways it is encouraging to think about people who have blown it worse than we have. The wrong kind of encouragement […]

If prayer is us talking with God, there is a real sense in which the Bible is God talking with us. The Bible reveals God and his ways to us. When we pray in response to the Bible it is the best kind of conversation. One of the most famous stories of Jesus is about […]

It is right to marvel in God as an awesome source of hope. God has all power. He can switch your entire world around overnight. Some well-meaning people will offer you comfort, but they really can’t do anything to stop your pain. That is never the case with God––he can change things. God also knows […]