Why Do You Want to Lose Weight?

Why Do You Want to Lose Weight?

“Why do you want to lose weight?” someone asked Pastor Don Bartemus recently. Why? Lots of reasons, Don thought, some hard to verbalize. In the recesses of his mind flashed images of his father, once an athlete, dying at three hundred and fifty pounds; how he himself...
Dear God,

Dear God,

“Dear God….” “Don? Is that you? It has been a while since I have heard from you. Where have you been?” “Well, Lord, I have this situation I need your help.” “Yes, I know, and I will listen, but. . .where have you been?” “You know, the usual places. Work, home, church....
What Will Give You Hope at Christmas?

What Will Give You Hope at Christmas?

It seems like it’s it easier for us to find hope at Christmas. During the holidays, we can build up hope far more easily than during other times of the year—so many activities and so much excitement. But here’s the question: what is your hope founded in?It may be that...
4 Benefits of Singing I’ve Found to be Impactful

4 Benefits of Singing I’ve Found to be Impactful

When I was a little boy, I would often sit down by my older sister, Charlane when she played the piano. We sang hundreds of hymns and spiritual songs together.  One day, Charlane said something I will never forget. She reminded me that when we were singing hymns and...
“The Lord Is. . .” List

“The Lord Is. . .” List

Waiting is hard. It can be tempting to focus—even obsess—on what you don’t know. You might find yourself asking questions that seem to never end: “Why is this taking so long?” “Why can’t I figure this out?” “What am I going to do if this turns out badly?” A vicious...
How to Become an Avid Reader

How to Become an Avid Reader

Reading books has real, documented benefits for our lives. Yet, nearly a quarter of American adults didn’t read a single book last year, and 44 percent read less than three.Most people wish they read more, or—at the least—have the wisdom gleaned by those who are...
10 Ways to Battle Worry

10 Ways to Battle Worry

This isn’t a definitive list by any means, but here are ten ways to fight worry.  1. Take stock if concern has led to “over-concern” in the form of fear, worry, or anxiety Concern is not the same as worry. There are many things it’s natural to be concerned about, or...