Reverse the Script

Most of us take credit for our wins and blame God for our losses. We don’t actually say it. But we think it. “I got the promotion because I deserved it.” “I earned the raise.” “I worked for everything I’ve got.” But when things don’t go our way, it is beyond our control. We blame…

Radio Address

Perhaps Solomon had a politician in mind when he wrote, “Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions” (Proverbs 18:2).  Warren G. Harding did just that 102 years ago today. He aired his own opinion. On June 14, 1922, Warren G. Harding became the first president to address the American…

Dad

1924 was a significant year. These historically significant events all took place 100 years ago. That was the year that Edgar Hoover was appointed the head of the FBI. In 1924, the loudspeaker was invented by Rice and Kellogg, along with the spiral notebook. IBM was founded and Walt Disney created his first cartoon, Alice’s…

The Lesson of Moses

“And he said, ‘My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest’” (Exodus 33:14). When he was leading the Jewish people from 400 years of Egyptian slavery toward the Promised Land, Moses had to deal with constant complaining and stubbornness. The difficulty of the task led to episodes of temper and depression…

Burgers

Every year, Americans eat enough hamburgers that if stacked side to side would stretch around the Earth 32 times. That is 50 billion burgers. I did the math. That comes to 156 burgers per person, per year. And that comes to 125,000 calories per person, per year. That equals the suggested calorie intake for two…

Journey

Let’s talk “journey.” The road is not always easy, but it is always worth it. God promises, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you” (Isaiah 43:2).  Add these words from Max Lucado: “God never said that the journey would be easy, but he did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.”…

Illegal Snow Cones

I’m old-fashioned. I think a nation should actually enforce its own laws, whether I personally agree with every law or not. Like in Providence, Rhode Island. It is against the law to sell both toothpaste and a toothbrush to the same customer on a Sunday. Does that make sense? Maybe not. But it’s the law.…

Mountain Preacher

The first person to climb Denali (Mt. McKinley) may surprise you. It happened 111 years ago today. Hudson Stuck led a group of friends across the difficult terrain of Alaska. In March, the 20,310-foot climb was planned. Undeterred by altitude sickness, bitter cold, and avalanches, the team of three men reached the summit on June…