Don't sweat the small stuff—in fact, the big stuff isn't worth the sweat either.
God's answer to our problem is to provide His Word for truth and knowledge about Himself and His actions toward us. His Word also provides us with truth and knowledge about who we are. Our new self-perception begins with a new birth into a new family.
Not long ago the Bienert family asked me to give a brief tribute at the funeral of their father, my tenth grade English instructor. For the most part, teachers did not want me speaking in their classrooms, let alone at their funerals, so I considered it one of the greatest privileges of my life.
Parents and significant people in students' lives largely contribute to setting the atmosphere for the school year. It's so important for students and teachers to see that parents care, are involved, and know what's going on.
The first time I met him I thought he was dead. Lying halfway in a merge lane with his legs twisted awkwardly beneath was Barry—stinky, toothless, and quite possibly dead, Barry.
The smiling preacher with the perfect coiffure spouts lines interspersed with words about positivity, God, the Bible, and Jesus. It all sounds great. But do you know whether what he is saying is true or false? His words are golden, but is it fool's gold?
Many professions draw public attention like a slice of watermelon draws flies. Those who practice those professions are constantly in the news. There is one profession, however, that is neither notorious nor controversial.
Besides suffering being difficult physically, emotionally, and spiritually the fact that it often appears to have no rhyme or reason, and appears meaningless adds a measure of psychological suffering. Suffering is easier to endure if we can attach some meaning or purpose to it.
Someone has defined failure as succeeding at something that doesn't really matter. Are you passionate about things that last? I hope so.
The Christian life is full of tough questions arising from circumstances. Questions like "Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?" And if we parents struggle to answer them, how much more deeply must our children wrestle with those troublesome questions?