Pray for Ukraine as if Your Family Lived There

Pray for Ukraine as if Your Family Lived There

Early in the morning on Feb. 24, President Vladimir Putin of Russia began what he called a "peacekeeping mission" in Ukraine. It was, in fact, a hostile and unlawful act of war that has been condemned by the world community. As soon as Russian bombs began falling on...

The Best Way to Stop Drug Trafficking in America

The Best Way to Stop Drug Trafficking in America

By the time LaToya Merrill was 15, she had her first baby. She started selling drugs and dating drug dealers so she could get money for diapers for her son.Scared and desperate, LaToya sought help from a school counselor. But the counselor made things worse when she...

In This Painful Season of Waiting, Don’t Quit

In This Painful Season of Waiting, Don’t Quit

I've tried my best to keep a good attitude during this pandemic season, but God knows I've complained too much—about masks, vaccine mandates, changing health policies, closed schools, online church services and travel restrictions. But what I've hated most are...

The Most Vital Key to Reaching the Next Generation

The Most Vital Key to Reaching the Next Generation

In case you haven't noticed, sweeping cultural changes are happening in the midst of this global pandemic. Recent polls have shown that teenagers and young adults are abandoning faith.One recent poll showed that about three-quarters of teens in the United States...

8 Ways to Grieve the Loss of a Loved One

8 Ways to Grieve the Loss of a Loved One

My mother died last week at age 93 after almost three years of dementia. My father died four years ago this week. And last year I lost three close friends. You'd think by now I'd be an expert in how to grieve a loss but I've felt quite helpless when it comes to how to...

Don’t Let This Cold World Put Out Your Spiritual Fire

Don’t Let This Cold World Put Out Your Spiritual Fire

I'm not a cold-weather guy so I didn't enjoy the snow we got this past Sunday in Georgia. Everyone here looks forward to the one-in-a-decade snowfall, but I dread it. I don't like ice on the roads, power outages, flight cancellations or the kind of highway pile-ups...

In 2022, Run Bravely to the Battle and Sing

In 2022, Run Bravely to the Battle and Sing

At the beginning of every year, I set aside several days to tune out distractions and seek the Lord about the coming year. Usually God gives me a word, a phrase or a specific Scripture that provides hope and guidance.This year, the Lord dropped 2 Chronicles 20 in my...

In 2022, Make God’s Word Your Priority

In 2022, Make God’s Word Your Priority

How many copies of the Bible do you own? I have a shelf in my home office with different translations that I use for personal study. I'll admit it's easier to access these versions online, using the Blue Letter Bible or the YouVersion app, but I still prefer to hold a...

Seven Things My Mother Taught Me About Kindness

Seven Things My Mother Taught Me About Kindness

My 93-year-old mother, Jean, doesn't talk anymore. Her dementia was already severe before the pandemic started. These days, I'm blessed if I can get her to smile when I visit her nursing home or when I bring her to my house for a meal. Her blank stares are a painful...

Never Doubt the Miracle of the Virgin Birth

Never Doubt the Miracle of the Virgin Birth

I had very little to do in the delivery room when my four girls were born. My wife was the hero. She sweated, strained, pushed and gasped for hours. I stroked her arm a few times — and ate some doughnuts.There was a normal amount of blood but no serious...

How Leaders Survive When Facing Demonic Discouragement

How Leaders Survive When Facing Demonic Discouragement

So many of my pastor friends have trudged through 2021 as if they were slogging through mud. This hasn't been an easy year. If we opened the church for meetings, we were accused of being uncaring. If we asked people to wear masks at church, we were criticized. If we...

Will We Know Our Friends in Heaven?

Will We Know Our Friends in Heaven?

The year 2021 was a painful year for me personally because I lost three good friends. Robert died of lymphoma in February; Fernando died last week after a heart attack he suffered while on an international flight; and James died suddenly last weekend of heart failure....

Planning a Big Move? Trust God in the Transition

Planning a Big Move? Trust God in the Transition

Americans sheltered in place and worked from home during the COVID-19 pandemic but trend watchers say we are on the cusp of a huge moving boom over the next few years. Are we just restless after so many months in quarantine? There are actually many factors driving...

The Eight Biggest Mistakes Leaders Make

The Eight Biggest Mistakes Leaders Make

I've been blessed to know many wise and courageous ministry leaders over the years. Some have been examples from a distance and others have been mentors up close. But I have also known many leaders whose churches or organizations failed because they didn't adopt the...

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