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 The Cheerful Giver

October is here—have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  You’d better get started now if you want to snatch up those hard-to-find gifts for the 2014 season.  You know how…

 Daddy, Do You Love Me?

My daughter Emily told me that when she was growing up, one of her favorite books was Mama, Do You Love Me?  In only 285 words, author Barbara M. Joose…

 Consider the Lilies

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addresses anxiety.  He tells people to simplify their lives and trust God in order to have a more contented and less troubled spirit. …

Unity

My brother from Connecticut and his family visited us this weekend.  I’m so glad we got to see them, because it’s not often that we get to spend time together. …

 Unless the Lord

Psalm 127:1-2 ESV 1 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.…

 Follow Your Heart?

I remember playing with lawn darts when I was a kid in the 1980s.  Larger than regular darts and weighted at the tip, these projectiles of death were the source…

 Love One Another

Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918, in the Cape Province of South Africa.  As a young boy he worked as a cattle-herder, and was baptized as a Methodist. …

 “Lions and Giants and Bears—Oh My!”

This past week, my church’s youth group attended a missions-oriented Christian summer camp called PASSPORT.  The week’s theme, creatively based on the Wizard of Oz, was “Follow the Road.”  Tied…

 Rise, and Walk!

Writing for the “Crown Syndicate” newspaper in January, 1984, L.M. Boyd wrote about miracles: “Everybody in the hospital was awaiting a visit from Pope John Paul II. A doctor with…

 Rest Awhile

As I write this article, my family is making plans to take a family vacation.  We’re returning to a rental condo at Myrtle Beach, where we stayed a couple of…