The habit of gratitude
by Terry Broome
It’s here at last! That wonderful season of Thanksgiving! I love this time of the year and the fact that so many say so much about the reasons for being thankful. The psalmist calls his people to “remember” the works of God in Psalms 105:1-5 (KJV) “Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;”
America, God Shed His Grace On Thee”
by Terry Broome
In 1991, Carla Rohlfing wrote an article for Family Circle magazine (4/23/91, p. 24) in which she affirmed that “The newest ‘virus’ to sweep the nation has nothing to do with getting sick in the traditional sense. According to leading psychologists, Americans are suffering from an unprecedented ‘uncertainty syndrome,’ hallmarked by chronic, even crippling anxiety that threatens to have a strong–and negative effect on our family relationships.” Mrs. Rohlfing went on to blame the Persian Gulf War (our first invasion of Iraq after their attack on Kuwait) under President George H. W. Bush, along with the continuing recession, rising crime rate and other events of that decade. She observed: “What makes our current situation so critical is that as an individual, you have little, if any, power over events that could have a strong impact on your family–from further job cutbacks to the slump in real-estate values.”
Time in a bottle
One cannot know what a day will bring forth, and it’s futile to try predicting what an entire year will produce. Some people might make close guesses on New Year’s Day that slightly resemble these headlines written at the end of that year; however, by and large, each year brings with it uncertainties and the unexpected.
When Life Turns to Despair
There will be times when it seems our world is being turned upside down. In these times it would be so easy to go beyond mere unease or nervousness into a state of despair. In fact, you may currently find yourself feeling somewhat like the Psalmist felt in the face of all the events of these present times.
What kind of Christian are you?
It’s not at all uncommon for someone to meet me and learn that I’m a preacher and then ask “What kind of preacher are you?” I know immediately they’re not asking me to evaluate whether I’m good, average, or struggling. Sometimes they follow by asking what Faith I preach for.