The Currency of Heaven

I always thought that prayer was like a blank check from God: you just write in the amount and the intended purpose was immaterial or secondary. Matthew 7:8 says, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” How many things will we receive? All things! Then I thought, “No, …

When You Want to Call it Quits

Have you ever wanted to call it quits? We all have — every single one of us has gone through a time when giving up seemed like the best, more promising option. It happens when the press of people’s opinions suffocates our lives or when the crushing demand of others’ expectations squelches our spirits. Couple those with our own sense …

Overcoming the Giant of Depression

Today, depression is known as the “common cold” of emotional ills. One out of every four people in America suffers chronic depression. The leading medications sold in America have to do with stress reduction and depression reduction. Some people struggle with depression because of a chemical imbalance or a physiological problem, but for most people, it is really more of …

Waiting on the Promises

Microwave ovens! Cell phones! E-mail! Fast food! We live in an age where we want things instantaneously. As it is with our culture, we have the same expectation in our relationship with God. We say, “I want it now, God! I want a fast God — not a slow God!” We want to take shortcuts; we think God is too slow! …

Living Out of the Sweet Spots of Life

In baseball, there’s a certain area on the bat called a “sweet spot.” If you hit the ball on that “sweet spot,” it has optimum flight and trajectory, the optimum impact. It takes a lot less effort but it will have the best results. You hit it correctly and that ball will sail exactly to where you want it. Wouldn’t …