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Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

My wife and I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Our prayer is that you will truly experience the joy of Jesus in your heart and home this holiday season. As we approach a new year, we want to sincerely thank all of you from our Gaithersburg, Frederick and Online campuses for […]

Monday, December 19, 2011

A “Teflon” Heart

Have you ever had someone hold a grudge against you?  It’s a painful and frustrating experience.  Hardness of heart, resentment, revenge and bitterness are terrible traits.  They lead to dark and barren places of the soul.  Some of the saddest people I know are folks who let life and relationship problems make them bitter.  They […]

Monday, December 12, 2011

Who Cares?

How do you show someone that you care? Caring for others is something God expects us to do. Going all the way back to Genesis, the first book of the Bible, we see that God assigns us the responsibility to “be our brother’s keeper.” Some folks seem to be better at caring than others. But […]

Friday, December 9, 2011

Alistándose para la Navidad

¿Estás listo para la Navidad? Esta semana me hicieron ésta pregunta. Aunque sabía lo que la persona me quería decir, también me recordé de lo que la idea “alistarse para la Navidad” quiere decir para la mayoría de las personas. Se traduce en “hacer todas las compras de Navidad.” Si bien es cierto que yo […]

Friday, December 9, 2011

Getting Ready For Christmas

Are you ready for Christmas?  This week I was asked this question.  Although I knew what the person meant, I also was reminded of what the idea of “getting ready for Christmas” means to most people.  It translates into “getting all your Christmas shopping done.” While I enjoy giving and getting Christmas gifts, I also understand that Christmas is much […]

Monday, November 28, 2011


Wherever you live there’s one thing we all have in common, and nearby — a bridge.  It might be a small one or a massive one, but bridges are all around us.  If you commute to work, chances are you’ll use several of them every day. From the simple design of an old, rickety one […]

Friday, November 25, 2011

Filtered or Unfiltered?

Has your tongue ever gotten the best of you? There’s no question that one of the biggest battles most people continually face is the struggle with their own mouth. In a matter of a few moments our words can change the future, for good or bad. How many friendships were formed or cemented during one […]

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holidays Are Here!

It’s hard to believe that the Holiday Season has arrived!  Thanksgiving is upon us and Christmas music is in the air.  I love it! Let me encourage you to make this time of year a very special one by gratefully focusing on the things that really matter.  Let the 2011 Holiday Season be a season […]

Monday, November 21, 2011

In Love!

What do you love to do? What are you passionate about? A person’s passions will determine their priorities and plans. People live for what they love. One of the ways to know what someone is passionate about is to pay attention to what they say, what they do, and the commitments they make and keep. […]

Monday, November 14, 2011

Junking Your Junk

A few weeks ago, I stopped at a shopping center to pick up a couple of items. When I got out of my vehicle, something immediately caught my attention. I noticed a late model car next to me that was a major mess; not outside, but inside. It looked like the owner had been using […]

Friday, November 11, 2011

Passing Your Tests

Tests are a part of education. We don’t know what we’ve learned until we take a test. Great teachers know how to create great tests. A great test reveals a student’s true progress in a skill or real understanding of a subject. God is a great teacher. He designs certain tests for us that help […]

Monday, November 7, 2011

“I can!” ____ , “I can’t!” ____ ?

Henry Ford  once said, “Whether you think that you can, or that you can’t, you’re usually right.” Ford identified the power of a little statement, but  significantly different attitude.  He helped us understand the consequences of “I can“ and “I can’t” thinking. One of the most limiting and destructive words in the English vocabulary is […]

Monday, October 31, 2011

Night Light

Every parent of a child over 2 has likely been awakened in the middle of the night by their little one standing bedside tugging on them, with tears saying, “Mommy –– Daddy, I’m afraid!” There’s something about darkness that breeds frightening, monstrous imaginations in a child. But terror in the night is not proprietary to […]

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hope Again!

How’s your hope? A high level of hope is one of the keys to a healthy and holy life. The loss of hope is a horrible thing. It leads to discouragement, defeat and despair. It makes our souls a breeding ground for all kinds of destructive thoughts and actions. One of the great themes of […]

Monday, October 24, 2011

Get Up and Get Going

“Nobody’s perfect!” It’s a phrase we often use and hear. It’s usually thrown out as quick cover for some personal mistake or failure. Without much remorse, and as a kind of justifiable excuse, we frequently lean on the plea that everybody makes mistakes. The fact is, everybody does make mistakes and “nobody’s perfect.” But this […]

Friday, October 21, 2011

An Enlarged Heart

How big is your heart? I have been told that a healthy human heart is about the size of a fist. Not all that big, considering the job it has to do and how hard it works! But what about your other “heart,” your spiritual heart? How big is it? It all depends on the […]