How to Make Enemies and Offend People

Maybe Dale Carnegie had it mixed up when he published his classic work How to Win Friends and Influence People. Maybe he should have written one that would be much easier for most of us to achieve -- How to Make Enemies and Offend People.  I think Jesus might have qualified to write the forward for that one, actually.But you and I can do this pretty effectively ourselves by what we say. Unfortunately, we can even do it when we don't say anything at all.Sometimes, we choose to be quiet wh … [Read more...]

God, Gun Control, and the Gospel: Where Is Our Hope?

I'm a big fan of guns. Anyone who follows along here regularly at FaithWalkers knows that. I think guns play a vital role in securing our liberty to worship God freely in the United States.But I'm a fan of laws, as well. And I think that guns can do a lot of harm when used improperly. So I see both the value of laws to provide boundaries on our freedoms to own guns, and I see the value of owning guns to protect those freedoms.In this ongoing gun control debate in our society, my conce … [Read more...]

How to Focus on God Each and Every Morning

At a recent Bible study I attended, one man shared that he really struggled to get focused on God on Saturday mornings when his family schedule is so different that day. As a father of six, I could relate to that. Maybe you can, too.But Saturday isn't the only day it can be tough. Each and every morning brings its own challenges. As Jesus said, "Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." (Matthew 6:34) So how can you quickly and easily get your heart where it needs to be before work and … [Read more...]

Suicide: Can a Christian Commit Murder?

I mentioned a few days ago when transitioning my blog to FaithWalkers that one reason I have not posted as frequently of late is that there have been some sobering events in my faith walk.I think death is about as sobering as it gets. And there have been a few deaths -- one a family member completing her time on earth after 94 years, the other a former pastor who left, it would seem, before his time.We were privileged to serve under his ministry for five years not all that long ago. … [Read more...]

5 Questions to Know God’s Will for Your Life

Don't you wish you were one of the chosen?You know, the ones who always seem to know God's will in life. They get a vision, a word of wisdom, an open door, an invoice -- something magical that let's them know God's will for their life -- and for yours.Kind of makes you want to just roll the dice to reveal your number -- anything to give clarity.But if you're like me, a long-time Christ-follower who has counseled thousands, you've stumbled around and stubbed a few toes trying to … [Read more...]

How Going to Sleep Earlier Can Transform your Morning Prayer Time

I confess. I slept in today.Of course, it is Saturday, so I don't feel all that bad.Recently, I had some back pain that was just annoying enough to keep me from falling asleep. Combine that with the usual stuff that can tempt all of us to keep thinking every night long after we should have stopped -- and each of us can easily find ourselves waking up long after we should have been spending focused time in prayer.Aargh! Er -- I meant, Amen.I'm sure you've had one of those … [Read more...]

Silence Speaks: What You Say When You Say Nothing At All

We think when we say nothing at all that we are, in fact, saying nothing.But silence speaks when inteSee what I mean?You weren't quite sure what to do with that abrupt silence were you? I was just starting a sentence -- or was I? Had I made a mistake? Was I getting sloppy with my editing? Had I fallen and couldn't get back up?I don't know exactly what you may have thought, but I'll bet your first reaction wasn't a positive one. Silence Speaks. So, true confession. I've … [Read more...]

State of the Union: Why Not a State of Your Faith Address?

Tonight President Obama will share his take on the State of our Union here in the United States.We pretty much know how it will happen. Everyone will squeeze in to a room far too small to hold them. The President will make his grand entrance so that those who camped out by the aisle that morning can be seen shaking his hand as if they were old friends. Everyone who matters will already have the complete text of his speech long before he gives it. Teleprompters will scroll text, attendees … [Read more...]


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