The stereotypical Christmas pictures show whole, happy families complete with squealing little children in fuzzy pajamas, delighted over magical presents on Christmas morning. Mom and Dad are sipping their Maxwell House coffee made by the son who has secretly returned from overseas. Later the Norman Rockwell table is set, with the perfect turkey, ample food and 25 relatives all thrilled to be with each other, smiling with great joy around the table. But what if that is not your Christmas? Continue reading
Forgiveness. It is always undeserved. No matter who receives it. No matter who gives it. Forgiveness is always a generous gift. Forgiveness restores. Forgiveness cleanses.
Max Lucado, in His devotional Just Like Jesus, likens Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet to forgiveness…cleansing away the disciples’ sin of betraying Him, denying Him, abandoning Him before they even committed those sins.
It was raining as Continue reading
Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO) is a concept common to computer science and mathematics. Simply put, the quality of output is determined by the quality of the input. So, if incorrect or useless data is input to a program, the output is likely to be flawed, useless or even misleading. And flawed thinking often leads to wrong Continue reading
I stood gazing at the unmitigated power, more than 600 gallons of water plummeting over the edge every second, the brilliance of the sun reflecting off dancing water droplets and the incessant thunder of water plunging 70 feet. It was Continue reading
Just a few days ago it hit 50-something in MI. The dead period we call winter, with its brown grass and dead leaves, was laid bare for all to see. Then…in 24 hours, we were dumped on with a foot of snow. Whiteout.
As we are in the days leading up to Continue reading
Have you suddenly started getting strange messages that don’t look like Life-Changing Words devotionals? Apparently someone is trying to take over the site and Continue reading
Life is cumulative. A life is formed through the years like sedimentary rock — layer upon layer of thoughts, attitudes and actions resulting in some sort of structure that we periodically get the urge to survey. Sometimes Continue reading