Followers of Christ are known, or should be known, by their generosity.
We’ve received the greatest gift of all—the gift of God’s Son. And because this gift brings our lives meaning, hope, and purpose, we’re able to give “things” their proper place in our lives.
Things are nice. Things can be useful. But they’re still just things. They can’t love me back. They can’t make my life any more joyful. They can’t bring peace.
So, the first thing a Christ-follower knows is not to clutter our lives up with stuff. We leave space for relationships, conversations, and listening. After all, these are what...more
Black Friday, the Friday after Thanksgiving, has become so important to our economy that many businesses opened on Thursday so the crowds could get a jump on all of the sales. The news reporters showed us video of happy shoppers pushing their over-stuffed carts out of the stores and into the parking lot. The message is obvious: the more you buy, the happier you are. Really? Is our nation’s...more
According to most psychologists, January is a difficult month for most people. Not only are the days shorter, colder and the nights longer, but Christmas is such a disappointment. Think about that. The best news the world has ever heard is now a let- down for us. Promises of “good news of great joy” just never seem to get to us. And if they do, they don’t stay long. Why is...more
The other day, I came across a television show about extreme RVs. These camping and traveling buses have now become the equivalent of land yachts. Gourmet kitchens, marble floors, Italian leather upholstery … at some point this thing is no longer a camper. It’s a home you can move from place to place. Have you ever noticed how we love to junk things up? Think about it. My watch...more
Jonathan and Elaine Huguenin are the owners of a studio, Elane Photography, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. A lesbian couple asked them to photograph their wedding, but they’re conservative Christians who don’t believe in same-sex marriage, so they decided not to accept the job. The lesbian couple sued the Huguenins and won. They also won on appeal. The case, as you might imagine, is on the way to the Supreme...more