Not Always What They Seem

man's legs facing down a long street

My church has recently used Michael W. Smith’s song “Surrounded (Fight My Battles),” just singing a few rounds of the two repeating lines. It seems to have had a profound effect on the congregation. Here’s my take on why: We are in a battle, soldiers in a spiritual battle. It’s good to acknowledge that. Paul likens Timothy to “a good…

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Debt Free College? It Can Be Done!

money and graduation cap with "NO" sign

“Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you” (2 Chronicles 14:11). [I published the book Debt Free College—We Did It! in 2002. The article here was published in The Lookout magazine (March 7, 2004, Standard Publishing). So keep in mind the time references are from a 2004 perspective. Though stats have changed since then (they’re worse!), the…

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Psychic Kids?

boy in darkness peering through an opening of light

Hadn’t heard of the TV series Psychic Kids. Happened onto one episode and watched. The two mentors had had psychic abilities themselves as kids. And now grown, they were helping two kids who reported seeing scary spirits and were terrified. The children’s biggest fear was that these spirits intended to harm them at some point. Though the assumed goal would…

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What Condition My Condition Is In

After the initial shock about the coronavirus (and adapting to restrictions) had passed, I began to be disappointed in some of the reactions of my countrymen in general, and of Christians as well. Yes, I too felt a bit restricted, anxious, fearful. But over the weeks, we’ve been inundated with “helps”: ways to minimize stress tips to conquer severe anxiety…

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A Cupboard Comparison

a handful of uncooked spaghetti and two small tomatoes on a table

When our son Clint was in high school, his friend (whom I’ll call Lissa) came over to work on a school project. They soon got hungry and went to the kitchen. When Clint opened the pantry, Lissa practically jumped back. Said in a shocked tone, “What happened?!” Indeed, the shelves contained only a handful of items. (Picture how it looks…

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