The shopping mall is a dangerous place. You know that, right? And I'm not just talking about the potential thief in the parking lot or the danger of having someone steal your credit card information. I'm talking about something much worse. I'm talking about danger for our souls.
I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a word in the English language that is more overused and a concept that is more underused than "love."
Well, another Christmas has come and gone. I hope yours was a merry one.
Did your calendar come with preprinted holidays? Mine did. When I flipped it to December, I came across an unfamiliar event: Dec. 26, Boxing Day. A little digging and I discovered that it has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. It's all about giving.
Today is the 361st day of the year. There are only five days left of 2008. As we get ready to break out the new calendars there is bound to be some retrospection, but before we get too carried away thinking about the past, let's remember a few words from the Apostle Paul.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" was released on DVD last Tuesday, Dec. 2. This is the second volume of C. S. Lewis Narnia fantasy series to be made into a movie by Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media. It follows the 2005 release of "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," and the next installment planned is the 2010 release of "The Voyage of the Dawn Trader." "Prince Caspian" has already proven to be ...
Psalm 19:7-11 reads, "The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, ...
"For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways" (Ps 91:11 NIV).
Do you believe in Santa Klaus? I do. His actual name was Nicholas. He is also known at St. Nicholas (or St. Nick), or Nicholas of Myra. The Dutch settlers to America called him "Santer Klause." It was Nicholas' real life that gave rise to the legends of Santa Klaus.
Have you heard about Billy's new Golden Retriever? He bought one that had just come out of retrieving school, picked up his friend Bob and right away they went duck hunting. "Boom, boom," the shotguns fired, a ducks fell, and the new dog sprung into action. It ran out onto the pond and came back with the duck, running on top of the water. Billy looked at Bob for a comment, but Bob didn't say ...
"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus" (1 Th 5:18) Don't you just love opening presents? Shiny, colorful, crinkling paper tears away as wishes are filled. The words "thank you" are effortlessly repeated. If you want to hear a lot of grateful people, just watch celebrities as they climb the stairs to receive their Oscars.
Listen to the responses of two former White House advisers, Dick Morris and Chuck Colson, to election the of Senator Barack Obama as our 44th President.
Well, most elections are over. You may be happy with the outcome, or you may be disturbed with the results. I for one am not too worried. My hope has never been in who sits in the White House, or who sits in the Courthouse or who sits in our Congressional offices; my hope is in the one who sits on the throne of heaven, and that has not changed.
Clouds of smoky dust unrolled as trucks entered the lot. While I walked toward my destination, I noticed the adjacent cemetery. Quiet, except for the occasional bird, I became increasingly aware of the noise that my feet were generating. Crunching, wobbling and moving forward through the newly poured gravel, I stopped to look at one of the stones.
Did you ever have to make a project for school? I was one of four kids and our kitchen was continually used as Project Central. There was always a sigh of relief when the toothpick creation, rolled poster board or shoebox diorama was finally taken to school.
Life at times is hard. It seems so unfair. We suffer sometimes because of our own actions; other times because of the actions of others. How should we respond when times are tough and things are desperate and when it seems like we've been abandoned and heaven itself resounds with a deafening silence to our cries?
It's official. Mudslinging season is winding down to a close. During the next few days, emotions will run high, opinions will be shared and votes will be tallied. Don't make a mistake. Our children are watching us. I know, it doesn't seem possible that our own kids can comprehend complex issues involved in national and local elections. They probably don't.