Thank God, God never changes!

Let’s be clear here. To speak of God’s “immutability” doesn’t mean he’s unable to be silenced by clicking a remote. It means he never changes. Then, too, he’s never “remote,” but that’s a different topic for a different article. You may have

Accepting a healthy dose of shame

It’s a shame that feeling ashamed is going out of fashion. At least in some circles. Watch the news. A lot of famous folks caught red-handed offer a sincere and heartfelt, “It’s not something I’m proud of.” Uh huh And…? “It’s my

Is it still gossip if you tell the truth?

Is it a sin to gossip if the story’s true? That’s not breaking the Eighth Commandment, is it? The one that forbids bearing false witness against your neighbor? False witness, bad. OK. But true story … well. Hmm. This seems to have

‘Love your enemies’ Seriously? Impossible!

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he

7 ways to recharge your spiritual battery

A smartphone manufacturer made news recently when it announced that, yes, its batteries only function optimally for a couple of years. Or less. Consumers were not pleased, and rightfully so. The maker confessed but omitted any mea culpa. Your Maker, on the

‘Do not be afraid’: Fighting fear with faith

Scripture seldom has an angel begin a visit with “Hello.” There’s no “How are you?” Yes, to a young woman in Nazareth it’s, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” Then, seeing her reaction: “Do not be afraid, Mary.” Time and

7 ways to say ‘thanks’ to God

Most of us were toddlers when we learned to say “please” and “thank you.” We were a little older when we fell into the habit of asking, begging, nagging, whining, “Please, please, please, please, ple-e-e-e-e-e-ease!” Older still when we began to try

To love and to cherish: Bringing mercy into marriage

No couple gets very far down the road of life together without one person offending the other. And the other person offending the one. Those unpleasant mileposts can demand loving kindness, compassion and forbearance (that is, patience and leniency).