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Articles About Life Challenges

Surviving Hard Times

Throughout time, people from every walk in life have learned that surviving hard times is difficult. The wicked mocked Noah for many years while he was building the ark before he saw the fulfillment of his faith. Job had everything taken from him and had to suffer a long time before he recovered and had […]

Rewriting History

What do you do when you recognize that someone you care about is rewriting history? One of the members of my church congregation came to see me in my office a while ago.  I had not seen him in a meeting for some time.  He is a very nice person, but he had lost his […]

Psalm 31

Psalm 31 is one of the songs attributed to King David, and talks about the strength we can find in trusting in the Lord. Crying Out to God in Times of Distress This psalm begins with the singer talking about the power of the Lord. He is more powerful than any enemy that might stand […]

Fear of the Future

How many times have you found yourself paralyzed by a fear of the future? Abraham Lincoln understood what it meant to have a fear of the future. He is one of my heroes. I enjoy his humor. On one occasion Lincoln recounted the following story: During an interview with David Tod, the war Governor of […]

What Win I If I Gain the Thing I Seek?

This little seven line poem may be the most important thing Shakespeare ever wrote: What win I if I gain the thing I seek? A dream, a breath, a froth of fleeting joy? Who buys a minute’s myrth to wail a week? Or sells eternity to get a toy? For one sweet grape who would […]

I Will Not Fail Thee, Nor Forsake Thee

“ I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee ” (Joshua 1:5). I am grateful for the determination with which the Lord hangs on to His children.  The scriptures have taught me many times that God will not forsake me.  I am pleased to know that He finds me worth fighting for. He Will Not […]

Be of Good Cheer

The Lord, who knows the nature of mortality better than any of us, has commanded us to be of good cheer during our experiences here on earth. But how are we to do that?  It is hard to watch the nightly news without a severe case of heartburn.  Things are bad and there is not […]

Mark 5

In Mark 5, we learn about two wonderful Israelite women.  At about the same time that the woman with the issue of blood began to bleed, Jairus and his wife became the parents of a baby girl.  Over the next twelve years, the little girl grew and the hemorrhaging woman became worse.  Their lives and […]

What is Addiction?

What is addiction? There are myriad responses to this query. However you define it, most experts—and addicts themselves—agree: the addicts’ need for their drug of choice is greater than their ability to abstain. The term “drug of choice” can fit any number of behaviors and actions, including drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornography, gambling, shopping, eating, computer […]

Armor of God

My wife and I have two sons who are insulin-dependent diabetics.  The depth of our gratitude for the scientists at the University of Toronto who discovered insulin and its applications in 1921-22 is beyond description.  The icy reality of where our sons would be without that discovery is chilling. But that discovery does not mean […]