I believe in the historical Jesus; I believe, as the Apostle’s Creed declares, that he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; And that on the third day he rose again from the dead. … Continue reading
Romans 8 is arguably the greatest chapter in the Bible. Some of the most cherished verses of believers come from this text: “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (v. 1). “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again … Continue reading
In one of my classes at Life Challenge, I issue an assignment called “Hate Work.” I ask the students to reflect on their lives and identify sources of pain from their past. “Who hurt you? What did they do (or not do)? How did it make you feel?” It is … Continue reading
The Board of Directors of Lansing Teen Challenge announced a new and renewed commitment to serve the men and women in the Lansing area who struggle with addiction. To that end, the board has installed new leadership at the local affiliate of Teen Challenge USA. In a prepared statement to … Continue reading
There are a lot of things I have been accused of to which I plead guilty: Slurping my tea (drives my sister crazy!) Being too predictable (borderline boring) Not being a good listener (Ouch!) Being too cheap (How much was that again honey?) Being last minute (I like to think … Continue reading
‘Tis the season to be waiting . . . Waiting for the ham to cook, the pecan pie to cool, the Amazon order to arrive, the long lines to clear, the grandkids to come… Waiting for Christ to return.
Many times we want what we don’t need and need what we don’t want. Thankfully, God doesn’t generally give us what we want but don’t need. Instead, He gives us what we need but don’t want. He knows what’s best for us. We want comfort, but God gives us pain. … Continue reading
Draft horses are very large, muscular animals that have been used throughout history for pulling great loads and moving heavy objects. A single draft horse can pull a load up to 8,000 lbs. So how many pounds do you suppose two draft horses, if hooked side-by-side, can pull? If you … Continue reading
Another young man dead. Twenty-one years of age. Drug overdose. Another family reeling in pain. A mom and dad mourning the loss of their son. Sisters grieving for their brother. Another community in the Detroit area hit last month. Norman Rockwell-like Clarkston, MI, to be specific. He was in our program for … Continue reading
Did you know that abuse of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs is costing our nation more than $700 billion (that’s BILLION!) annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity, and health care?