Happiness in Jesus Is a Righteous, God-Honoring Desire

This interview on happiness and the Christian life, and specifically related to my devotional 60 Days of Happiness, originally appeared on Lifeletter Café. What is the most important thing you are hoping to accomplish in 60 Days of Happiness? My hope is that readers will experience some paradigm shifts that will forever change their view [Read More…]

Joni Eareckson Tada’s Advice for When You Don’t Wake Up Feeling Happy

As I’ve written and talked about happiness, I’ve heard from lots of people wondering how we can experience true, heartfelt, and Christ-honoring happiness in a broken world where life can be difficult. They often ask something like, “What should I do when I just don’t feel happy?” It’s true that we can’t make ourselves happy [Read More…]

Six Eternal Truths to Remember Each Day

My life is being examined by God, the Audience of One, and the only appraisal of my life that will ultimately matter is His. [Read more…]

Christ’s Exclusive Truth-Claims Make Believing “All Religions Are Basically the Same” Impossible

A Barna survey found that 59% of American adults believe that “Christians and Muslims worship the same God even though they have different names and beliefs regarding God.” And it’s not just secular people who believe that “all religions are basically the same”: One-quarter of born again Christians said that all people are eventually saved or [Read More…]

Ellery’s Prayer, Childlike Faith, and Hobbies on the New Earth

My long-time friend Barry Arnold, one of the pastors at Cornerstone Church, shared this video of his 4-year old granddaughter Ellery. After a conversation with her dad Brian, Barry’s son and also my friend, Ellery prays for a member of their church, April, who was a youth leader at Cornerstone and a professional photographer, and [Read More…]

God’s Works of Art Point to Him

If you go to an art gallery, you can watch people sit for hours staring at a single great work of art. They’ve seen it and pondered it before, perhaps many times, for dozens or even hundreds of hours. The human artist unleashed his or her creative instincts on a canvas, for months—if not years—of [Read More…]

God Owns Our Business: Alan and Katherine Barnhart’s Story of Stewardship

I have the greatest appreciation for the world-impacting ministry Generous Giving (see www.generousgiving.org). I recommend checking out the resources on their website, including their testimonials from brothers and sisters who have found the life-changing joy of generosity. One of those testimonials is from Alan Barnhart, CEO of Barnhart Crane & Rigging, one of the largest heavy [Read More…]

Can Self-Forgetfulness Make Us Happier?

People who think a lot about themselves and their plans for wealth and success tend to be unhappy. [Read more…]

If I Have Enough Faith, Will God Heal Me?

Ultimately, all healing in this world is temporary, since people’s bodies inevitably deteriorate and die. [Read more…]

Why We Don’t Need to Fear the Moment of Our Death

Years ago, I interviewed a young man from Burundi who told me something profound: “If I fear death as unbelievers do, I have nothing to offer unbelievers. Only when you are free from the fear of death are you really free.” Though as believers we know that Heaven awaits us after death, many of us [Read More…]