Father God, I really struggled to have joy after the affair. Of all the emotions I felt, joy was the furthest thing from my mind most of the time. So when I read your word and saw that I’m supposed to have joy when I face various trials, it made me really confused. How is that possible? How could I be joyful when I’m bawling my eyes out? But I think I’m starting to make some progress with it now. I’ve been praying to you for comfort and wisdom and peace. I’ve been learning so much about you since the […]

When God created man it is said he formed him from the dust of the ground and breathed into his body the breath of life, and the man became a living being (Gen. 2:7). We each have both physical and spiritual qualities about us. We have that which is made from the dust and we have that which was breathed into us by God. As bipartite beings made of both flesh and spirit, we are still, however, a unit. We are holistic. There is a mind-body connection. In other words, when I am experiencing physical pain, or sickness, or discomfort […]

“I had the opportunity and the information and I failed to make use of it. I don’t know what an inquest or a court of law would say, but I stand condemned in the court of my own conscience to be guilty of not preventing the Columbia disaster… The bottom line is that I failed to understand what I was being told; I failed to stand up and be counted. Therefore look no further; I am guilty of allowing the Columbia to crash.” (N. Wayne Hale Jr., Launch Integration Manager) One of the most admirable qualities of creditable people is […]

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when […]

There are many men in our culture who relate to “the church” in one of three ways: The Antagonistic The Apathetic The Affiliated, Non-Activated. The antagonistic are those who have an ax to grind with God, religion, or organized Christianity. Perhaps they had a bad experience at some point or they were seriously wronged in some way by a pastor or church leader. Their anger over some real or perceived mistreatment or injustice has left them disappointed, disenchanted, disgruntled, or just done with the whole church thing. Perhaps their antagonism stems from a one-time event or a culmination of things. […]