Gold medal winners all have experienced a serious setback or setbacks early in their careers. But they learn to forget the despair, the losses, and have bounced back from injuries. Confronting and leaving behind their setbacks is the nature of winner. Vince Lombardi, the Hall of Fame Green Bay Packer football coach, said, “The size […]

Do you ever have days when you wonder if your life matters? I’ve been there a time or two. But I want to assure both of us that we are making a difference. And often in ways we may not realize. Let me tell a story to show what I mean.  

My parents pretty much tried everything they could to get me to excel in academics and piano: tutoring, spanking, and bribing. Even after eight years of playing the piano, I was only interested in Michelangelo and his amazing paintings I encountered in art books. 

In 1987, my wife and I lost our daughter Michelle when she was only one week old. This post, based on our experiences and those of others, reflects on the less-than-helpful things people do to comfort the grieving. Don’t say, “I know how you must feel.” You don’t know—even if you have gone through a similar […]

Jesus told the Samaritan woman that God must be worshipped in spirit and in truth (see John 4:24). He concluded that we must worship Him in our heart. During my time of deepest despair, I participated in a lot of faith-based activities, but I failed to internalize my worship. Outwardly, I knew all of the […]

My mouth hung open as I listened to what he said to me. “Choose your husband before God.” The famous Lee Strobel, who has written some of my favorite books, was on The Good News radio show. Recently, his classic book, The Case For Christ, became a movie. During our interview, Lee discussed that he […]

Your speaker longs to be effective. She desires for God to use her in the lives of your women. You can help her help them. Use these tips to help your speaker minister as effectively as possible to your women.

Answer me quickly, O Lord, my spirit fails; Do not hide Your face from me, Or I will become like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear Your loving kindness in the morning; For I trust in You; Teach me the way in which I should walk; For to You I lift […]

Wanting to live life on your own terms is not a good idea, and things usually never end well. Many times, people think they know what is best, but often they are wrong.  God is the only one who can see around the corners of your life. Your best laid plans will crumble when you […]

Look among the nations and watch – be utterly astounded! For I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. Habakkuk 1:5  NKJV After the Communist Walls fell in Romania, my father, Harry Dent, was among the first to offer help. He immediately bonded with the underground church […]

“You look fantastic!” I said to Jason, my seventeen-year-old son. Looking into his baby-blue eyes, I wanted to never forget this moment. “Mom, I’ve got to get going.” With a smile, I placed my arms around him and kissed him on the cheek. I then smoothed out his tuxedo jacket and straightened his tie. “Have […]

I feel my mood shift. Just a few moments ago all was well with my soul. But now…somehow life seems heavier. More negative. Nothing earth shattering has taken place in the last half hour. In fact, I’m sitting at Panera trying to grab a quick bite while I work. But it’s hard.

My friend, Leah was overwhelmed, except the worries weren’t her own. She was overwhelmed with worries about her adult children. One was experiencing a second, unplanned pregnancy and another had neglected some serious legal issues and was looking at jail time.

Sharron had been out for a week. She had frequently been absent, but usually for no more than a day at a time. Homework was rarely done, and even though she had a sweet spirit, the drive to achieve or complete assignments was missing. Sharron just quietly came to class and quietly left.

As an organizer, I do love to pack for trips. It’s such an exciting, anticipatory time!  Before each family vacation or trip, I try to: Write a good packing list.  Pray for God’s favor on the trip.  Surrender the outcome into God’s hands.