The following comes from Wallace Goddard’s new series, Discoveries: Essential Truths for Relationships. To see the previous article in the series, click here. I remember as a child feeling very frightened by all the talk of nuclear war. Bomb shelters. Food storage. Mushroom clouds. I even remember being so unsettled one evening that I asked my parents if I could sleep on the floor in their room. I worried a lot.Fear may be the defining emotion of our time. Aided and abetted by mass media, that Read More.
“The fellowship of the suffering of Christ” is like “Putting off the natural man” and coming to Christ…Our friend “Jacob” who shared thought-provoking thoughts in two former articles is at it again. (If you missed the previous articles or would like to refresh your mind, click on: What Does It Really Mean to Be “Saved”? and Lord, How Is It Done?) Jacob’s thoughts motivate me to think, ponder, pray, and find new and deeper perspectives on important gospel subjects.Recently he surprised me by Read More.
I remember riding in the car with a group of teens. One of the less popular members of the group blurted out, “Hey! Guess what happened to me today.”I knew exactly what a civilized person would do. He would turn toward him and say: “What happened?”But I didn’t want to say it. My grudging soul did not want to show any interest. I ignored him. The silence must have stung. No one cared what happened to him that day. My friend had invited us into his life and we had slammed the door in his face.The Read More.
Nobody wants to deliberately hurt their children. We don’t sit up at nights thinking, how can I thwart my child’s progress or diminish their self-confidence. No, in fact, we go way out of our way to try and help our children be successful. We want to give them the ability to achieve, a belief in their capacities, a sense that if they try, they can do good things. We hope in every way that what we communicate to them will send messages of confidence and hope.To do that, we praise our children and Read More.
One day our little girl and her friend headed across the street to swing at the school playground. When they arrived at the road that separated our house from the playground, our daughter stopped to look for cars. Her friend did not. She ran into the street and was hit by a passing car.Fortunately the car was traveling slowly. But it hit the girl with enough force that she flew some distance and skidded on the road to a painful stop.We responded immediately. We made her comfortable, put a cool Read More.