“Ours is an undisciplined age. The old disciplines are breaking down. Above all, the discipline of divine grace is derided as legalism or is entirely unknown to a generation that is largely illiterate in the Scriptures. We need the rugged strength of Christian character that can only come from discipline.”

V. Raymond Edman

The Night of Christ’s Birth

We often tend to think in visual impressions, or images. For some of us, our mental pictures of the night of Christ’s birth are probably unrealistic. Most likely, we’re guilty of imagining the night as a bit too pristine. Let’s face it, none of us really wants to think of the harsh realities that Mary […]

Making Room for Jesus

Every year Christmas seems to come so quickly. I was speaking with a colleague the other day and said, “No sooner do we celebrate the Fourth of July then it feels we turn around and the fall trifecta (Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas) come upon us.” He wholeheartedly agreed. Do you remember what it was like […]

What Christmas Is All About

If there’s one Christmas message that seems to be the most common, it’s the standard, “Let there be peace on earth.” Now, please don’t get me wrong. I’m all for peace on earth – in our communities, families, and anywhere else harmony is needed. I just know that peace isn’t the central message of Christmas. […]

How to Handle Challenging People at Christmastime

Thanksgiving and Christmastime are beautiful times of the year. It’s the time of year when we focus on family, being grateful and the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Many of us will encounter those within our family or friends who are challenging or difficult to be around. Either they are critical, negative, or […]

How To Respond In Tough Times

Life is tough.  It’s inevitable that we all will encounter disappointments, setbacks and heartbreak. When tough times arrive, we may be forced to rearrange our plans and our priorities. Yet even on our darkest days, we must remember that God’s love remains constant. The fact that we encounter adversity is not nearly so important as […]

Why Patience is Your Ally

When I was working in a psychiatric hospital, I recall a new employee who had just been hired. The employee was in the process of orientation and was being introduced to the numerous staff, as well as being trained on the plethora of paperwork, processes and procedures. The employee was visibly overwhelmed. I felt great empathy for […]