Stop & Think: November 26, 2020

Thanksgiving Day I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. (Henry David Thoreau. 19th century essayist) “Thank you!” Those are such sweet words to hear when you’ve tried to do something for someone else. We should...

Stop & Think: November 25, 2020

Helping We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone. (Ronald Reagan, late US president) There is so much need and so many needy people around the world—and even in our own neighborhoods. When we see those huge numbers of people...

Stop & Think: November 24, 2020

Problems Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems. (Sun Tzu, 5th century BC Chinese philosopher) Another writer put it simply, “Big opportunities arise when big obstacles arise.” Most of us try to avoid difficulties. It’s a natural...

Jesus Speaks: The Alpha and the Omega

Jesus Speaks: The Alpha and the Omega What would Jesus say if he were on Earth today? I have organized some of the words Jesus said into a condensed, speech-like format for 21st-century readers. Some words have been deleted, some added, and some...

Stop & Think: November 23, 2020

Giving and Receiving After all, you must have a capacity to receive, or even omnipotence can’t give. (C. S. Lewis, British scholar) Gift-giving is easy, but Lewis suggests that receiving might not be so easy. Have you ever tried to give something...

Stop & Think: November 22, 2020

Each Other God designed us for community. Isolation robs us of our greatest level of usefulness. We need each other. (Tim Sprankle, pastor) The recent, long-lasting pandemic lockdown has created isolation and a deep sense of loss, resulting in...

Stop & Think: November 21, 2020

Virtue Virtue is the mark of a life well lived, and it takes a lifetime to cultivate. (John Stonestreet, worldview writer) Have you noticed how often we seem to extol the virtue of some notable person only to have them act in a way that...

Stop & Think: November 20, 2020

Love If you’ve never received unconditional love, it can become hard to then give it out. (Author unknown) Someone else put it even more simply, “One who has not received love cannot give love.” There’s only one way to have experience and...

Stop & Think: November 19, 2020

Aging When our memories outweigh our dreams, it is then that we become old. (Bill Clinton former US president) When we’re young, we want to grow up; when we’re old, we wish we could be young again. But aging is a natural process that is...

Stop & Think: November 18, 2020

Mistakes and Failure Our worst mistakes double as our greatest opportunities. (Bart Blair, church consultant) Someone else has said, “Failure is not the worst thing in the world. The very worst is not to try.” And Blair’s observation encourages...

Stop & Think: November 17, 2020

Perseverance It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up. (Vince Lombardi, famed football coach) Chinese philosopher Confucius put it this way, “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”...

Stop & Think: November 16, 2020

Be a Friend You can’t stay in your corner of the forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes. (Winnie the Pooh, cartoon character) Some of us are not really out-going people. We like to stay in our “corner of...

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