We live in a very discontented society, surrounded by discontented people. The media constantly tell us not to be content with what we have. We are constantly told that we need a newer car, a more powerful computer, a smarter phone, and cooler clothes. We never seem to have enough of anything. But then we … More Talk back to the TV!
After we admit our brokenness and cry out to God about it, we should share our brokenness with others so that they can help us carry the burden. We were not meant to do life alone. Paul told the Galatian Christians to “carry each other’s burdens,” saying that “in this way you will fulfill the … More Carrying Help
Everyone is broken in some way, and life is far too short not to deal with it. An honest description of who I am would be, “Mike is a broken man who is in the process of being healed by Jesus.” Brokenness usually comes from two main sources: We can be broken because someone sinned … More Crying out in a Cornfield
There sure are lots of things today we could be worrying about. The news is full of topics like hurricanes, nuclear missiles, racial protests, and terrorist attacks. Many people deal with anxiety related to health, finances, and relationship problems. One of the keys to stopping worry is focusing on God and his will. When we … More I know who holds my hand!
In Matthew 6:26, Jesus wants us to learn to trust from the birds: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” When did you last see a bird worry itself … More Look at the birds!
Worry is also very unhealthful. It can cause headaches, insomnia, chest pains, nervous breakdowns, ulcers, and high blood pressure. You may have heard someone say, “It’s not so much what you eat that kills you, but rather what eats you.” Indeed, worry has reached epidemic proportions in our country. A huge percentage of deaths in … More Bad for your health!
Worry comes from focusing on what could happen in the future. We serve a God who is timeless: He already knows the future and has it under control. Jesus is the Prince of Peace: He can give us peace in exchange for our anxieties, but only when we give them to him. I once heard … More Stop worrying, it’s useless!
It is one thing to face our fears about what happens after death, but it is another thing to fear the pain that may attend the process of dying. Moishe Rosen, the founder of the organization Jews for Jesus, reflected on life and death after being diagnosed with prostate cancer that metastasized, went to his … More This family would not exist
Life is too short to always be playing it safe. Most of life’s significant events don’t happen in the comfort zone. I think our society has elevated safety too much. Of course there is wisdom in basic safety—but if we make safety our highest priority, we run the risk of losing our courage to face … More Do you want to be safe or brave?
I have spent much of my fifty-nine years living in fear. From an early age, I was afraid of my dad, fearful that he would hit or spank me. I was afraid of girls from grade school all the way through college. I have always been self-conscious, afraid of what people thought about me. I … More Fear and Courage