Finding Help When You Are Feeling Lonely

By Robert D. Foster

Several years ago I awoke at 2 a.m. with waves of loneliness sweeping over me. This was a new experience and emotion for me. Marion, my wife of 53 years, was dying in a hospital with complications from Alzheimer's disease. An ancient writer expresses my "furnace blast" in the Psalms:

"I am like a pelican in the wilderness; I am like an owl in the desert;
I lie awake and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop" (Psalm 102: 6, 7).

Tags:  Loneliness

We Are Here to Make a Contribution

By Rick Warren

“It is God himself who has made us what we are and given us new lives from Christ Jesus; and long ages ago he planned that we should spend these lives in helping others” (Ephesians 2:10 LB).

God calls you to a service far beyond anything you could ever imagine. You were put on earth to make a contribution.

Tags:  Calling, Contribution, Purpose

Live A Joy-filled, Interesting Life

By Rick Warren

“These instructions are not empty words — they are your life! By obeying them you will enjoy a long life …” (Deuteronomy 32:47 NLT)

Many people think the Bible is only filled with commands labeled “Thou shalt not …” They assume the Bible is all about restrictions and making you lead a boring life.

Tags:  Giving, Joy, Health, Long life

The Number One Financial Mistake

By Austin Pryor

An approach we occasionally use in marketing my organization, Sound Mind Investing (SMI), is to ask, "What is the No. 1 financial mistake many Christians make?" Our answer: They ignore biblical principles when managing their money and follow advice from other sources instead.

Tags:  Finance, Money, Debt, Investing

Becoming Great - By Helping Others Become Great

By Rick Boxx

While doing research on "Servant Leadership," I came across a quote credited to a seminary professor named J. Carla Northcutt. She stated, "The goal of many leaders is to get people to think more highly of the leader. The goal of a great leader is to help people to think more highly of themselves." Think about that for a while.

Tags:  Servant Leadership, Greatness, Becoming Great, Humility

Are Your Deposits Exceeding Your Withdrawals?

By Robert J. Tamasy

Revenue and expenses. Credits and debits. Assets and liabilities. Deposits and withdrawals. Each of these terms is used in the business and professional world to measure what is commonly referred to as “the bottom line.” If you can keep your revenues ahead of your expenses, accumulate more credits than debits, and hold more assets than liabilities, your business is probably in good shape.

Tags:  Deposits, Withdrawals, Encourage, Encouragement, Kindness, Positive words, Relationships

‘Seize The Day’ – Starting Today!

By Robert D. Foster

In the movie, “The Dead Poets Society,” actor Robin Williams plays the role of a highly creative, somewhat eccentric college professor of literature. The setting is Welton, a prestigious preparatory school. On the first day of class, Williams the professor takes his students to the administration building and gathers them around a glass case containing pictures and photos of school heroes from years past.

Tags:  Seize the day, Carpe Diem

How God Builds Your Faith – Dead Ends

By Rick Warren

“At that time we were completely overwhelmed, the burden was more than we could bear, in fact we told ourselves that this was the end. Yet we believe now that we had this experience of coming to the end of our tether that we might learn to trust, not in ourselves, but in God who can raise the dead” (2 Corinthians 1:8-9 PH).

When the pursuit of your dream deteriorates from difficult to impossible; when the situation looks hopeless, congratulations! You’re in good company.

Tags:  Faith, Trust, Trusting, Dead Ends