Perspective

Perspective: noun \ per·spec·tive \ pər-ˈspek-tiv \ The interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed; point of view. The capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance. I have come to realize that the way I view something can drastically change the outcome—or at least my attitude about it and how I … Continued


Patriotism vs. Nationalism

Every July 4th, Americans wave flags, belt out our national songs triumphantly, and consume a lot of barbecue and lemonade. The danger of our July 4th celebrations, as Christian people, is that sometimes we take patriotism beyond gratitude, morphing it into a nationalist idolatry. As Christ-followers, there are two things we should remember as we celebrate America: First, … Continued


Power of Resurrection: Peace Like a River

When peace like a river, attendeth my way, When sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say It is well, it is well, with my soul. The author of this hymn, Horatio Spafford, had become all too familiar with tragedy by the time he composed these words in 1873. Two … Continued


Failure Can Lead to Success

It looked like Abraham Lincoln was a colossal failure: Lost 8 elections Failed in 2 businesses Suffered a nervous breakdown which left him bedridden for 6 months Finally, in 1860 Lincoln was elected president, and the rest—as they say—is history. Michael Jordan said: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I … Continued


Discouragement: A Powerful Tool of the “Accuser”

Discouragement is a powerful tool of the “accuser,” our adversary; and this discouragement can lead us into a state of doubt and fear. Remember how the Hebrews became so discouraged by their circumstances that they had lost hope. Numbers 14 records a very dark and discouraging moment for Moses and his leadership: “Then the whole community … Continued


The Weeding of Our Souls

My grandmother had a green thumb. As a child, I remember her South Georgia porch being filled with a rainbow of fragrant flowers. As an adult, I have often wondered why I didn’t inherit her ability to grow plants. I have tried to keep plants alive but with little success, until this year. My neighbor … Continued