In the New Testament book of James there is a passage that might seem a little masochistic at first glance. James 1:2-3 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” This passage is not telling us to enjoy … More Choose joy!
I have always considered James 4:17 to be a very sobering verse. It says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” Apparently one can sin by just sitting in a chair doing nothing. A big theme in the book of James is hearing and … More Sinning by Sitting!
There is nothing wrong with making plans for tomorrow, we just need to know that all of our plans are tentative plans. God has given us the brain capacity to think and plan, but we must do this with the realization that things may not go the way we think. The reason is we don’t … More Tentative Planning
I love the Jason Gray song “Good to Be Alive,” which contains the lines “I want to live like there’s no tomorrow / I want to love like I’m on borrowed time.” Former Lincoln Christian University student Steve Szoke was given thirty-two years to live on Earth and former student Sam VanGeison only twenty-six. When … More He rang true!
Sam VanGieson was a student at Lincoln Christian University who passed away at age 26. He was only 23 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer. He went into remission at age 24, only to have to have the cancer return at age 25. Sam married his wife Savannah in November 2012, then passed … More Winning either way!
Dr. Bob Lowery, my favorite professor in both college and seminary, passed away in 2011 at age 62 after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer. When I visited him in the hospital just days before his death, he was very close to death and was heavily medicated. I didn’t know whether he would be able … More Finishing well
Sometimes the inspiration to keep on plodding comes from looking at the life of someone who has suffered much but who still somehow finds a way to keep going. My Aunt Francie’s life was changed dramatically when she was 21 years old, when a driver who was passing another car on a hill ran into … More I will not die before I die!
I was ready to quit my master’s degree program. I had made an appointment with the professor who was in charge of my thesis project. My plan was to gracefully bow out of the program. I had finished all the coursework, but I made the mistake of looking at the bound copies of master’s theses … More Plod hard daily!
Sometimes the key to success in life is to simply keep plodding. Plodding means putting one foot in front of the other without ceasing—deliberately focusing on the next step, willing yourself to keep moving forward. William Carey, considered by many to be the father of modern missions, accomplished many amazing things in a lifetime of … More Focus on the next step!
Other-focused people are great learners. When I first started teaching at Lincoln Christian University, the name of the department in which I taught was “World Missions.” Missions is a good word, but many see it as having a one-way focus: I am on a mission to tell you something. Much of the mission work done … More The world is here!