Towards the end of the New Testament of the Bible there is a fascinating book full of practical wisdom: the book of James. I highly recommend reading through James at least once a year. In most Bibles it is only several pages as it contains five short chapters. But, it is not a book to read through quickly. I recommend a chapter a day and reading the same chapter several days in a row. This is an intentional way to put yourself in position to receive wisdom from God.
In 1982, Tylenol, made by Johnson and Johnson, was the leading pain-killer medicine. They held 35 percent of the market share. Sadly, there were seven mysterious deaths via poisoning within a short time in the Chicago area. Detectives put the details together, realizing the source of the poisoning was from extra-strength Tylenol purchased from five different Chicago stores. Someone had tampered with the product and laced the tablets with potassium cyanide.
There is no question that Christmas is much more than just another day. In fact, all of human history hinges upon this day we call Christmas, dividing our calendar between B.C. and A.D. Whether you believe in God or Jesus doesn’t change the fact that Jesus was significant enough that our calendar changed because of his birth. B.C. stands for “Before Christ.” A.D. stands for “Anno Dommini,” which means “The year of our Lord.” When we celebrate Christmas we celebrate the day that changed our calendar.
FARGO -- Joseph and Mary, who was with child, traveled from Nazareth to Bethlehem to participate in a mandatory census. While they were in Bethlehem the time came for the miracle baby to be born and Mary “gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no katalyma available for them.”
FARGO -- In order to be a great parent, friend or family member we must consistently contribute compassion and celebration into the lives of others. Compassion and celebration are not an option, they are a requirement. What is spectacular is that when we walk in step with God as we receive his son, Jesus Christ, as our savior and follow his leadership, he contributes compassion and celebration into our lives. We can then consistently contribute compassion and celebration to those we love.
FARGO -- I spent 16 hours browsing, sorting, and disposing her belongings. It was exhausting, educational, impactful and surreal. I finished with sore muscles, a deeper appreciation for her life, and a thought to share with you.
On this Veterans Day, our son is being deployed to Afghanistan. My wife wrote the following thoughts in her journal: As a parent, I dream about my kid’s future. I pray for their future spouse. I pray Brooke won’t have the difficulties I had with infertility. I pray Nate grows into the man God wants him to be. I also process the bad things they may face so we can direct them away from danger.
FARGO — I’ve read two books by Pastor Mark Batterson and own several more. I would highly recommend any of his books. You will enjoy his creative, energetic, action-oriented and engaging writing style. In both of Batterson’s books I’ve read, he shares a helpful formula. Being a huge fan of math, I get excited when I see formulas. But beyond the pure natural joy of formulas, his formula has been increasingly helpful to me and led me to a decision in my 2019 calendar.
Last Sunday, I discussed one of the three attitudes displayed by Samson in the Bible that make strong men weak. When a man sees something that he desires, his emotions kick in and he pursues it regardless of cost. He may lust after a woman, a career advancement, a house or a challenge to conquer.
FARGO — I'm an engineer; wired to observe the realities of this world. For 50 years I've witnessed this reality: Men tend to trail behind women when it comes to spiritual intensity. I've seen many families where mom is active in her faith and local church but dad isn't. It's very rare that dad is active and mom is not. Having worked with teenagers for years, it's common for teens to step away from faith when dad isn't actively engaged.