From Fear to Faith

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 I was raised in a dysfunctional family with a father who was addicted to alcohol. I lived in fear of him and eventually everything and everyone else. In school, I became a target for bullies. My family attended a Catholic church, but the idea that …

Seasons of Life

Did you find yourself this winter standing inside your house by the window, gazing out at the endless white and wishing for the vivid hues of yellow, orange, blue, green, etc. to envelop your senses? For those of you who may struggle with seasonal allergies, you may resoundingly say “NO!” For the rest of us, we’re shouting “Bring it on!” …

Changed

C.H. Spurgeon said, “Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.”  Many people have read or know about my testimony tract, “Armed and Dangerous.”  I have printed 72,000 of them, and a number of people also have printed them.  In 2006, The Fellowship Tract League, in Ohio distributed the story to 30 different countries around the world. To multiply …

More Than Spring Cleaning

Before I had even opened the door and begun walking down the stairs, an awful dread filled my heart. I could ignore the situation no longer—my basement had to be cleaned. With visions of the producers of the infamous show “Hoarders” knocking at my door, I took a deep breath and plunged in. Though I knew I needed help moving …

Ready for Launch

May of 2013 will be Nineteen years since my high school graduation, and I can honestly say that time has flown by in what seems like the blink of an eye. Since that time I have become a husband and a father, graduated from college and law school, managed a busy legal career and currently serve in my local church …

The Blessing of a Mother

She was just a poor little Polish girl of 7 with one brother and four sisters. This little girl’s father was an alcoholic and he was not home much. By the time she was in the 2nd grade, her mother had left the family; shortly thereafter her father did, too. This little girl and her siblings stayed in the rundown …

What Saved Our Marriage

Sherwood and I met when we attended the same high school. We never graduated with our classmates; we quit high school to get married. I turned 17 in August and we were married in September. In February we had Chip, our first child. That spring we watched from our car as our classmates graduated from high school, and Sherwood made …

An Eternal Home

The evening prior to my grandfather’s open-heart surgery, I sat at the foot of his hospital bed as he recounted the exchange he had had with his surgeon. “The doctor told me I might not live through the surgery tomorrow,” my grandfather explained, and then added “I told him don’t worry about a thing—I know where I’m going if I die.” …

Enjoying Life With Your Teen

Teenagers in Your Home? You’ve lived through 2 a.m. feedings, toddler temper tantrums, and the back-to-school blues. So why is the word “teenager” causing you so much anxiety?  The teenage years are an intense time of growth, not only physically, but morally and intellectually.  Add to that after-school sports, a learner’s permit and a part-time job, and you have the …