Martin Luther once said, "God our Father has made all things depend on faith so that whoever has faith will have everything, and whoever does not have faith will have nothing."  

 

On Jan 25, 1990, Avianca Flight 52 from Colombia crashed just 15 miles short of New York's Kennedy International Airport, killing 73 passengers. Reason: The plane just ran out of gas.

Known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the Chinese, kombucha (kom-bu-cha) originated in Asia over 2,000 years ago. The fact that this beverage is still consumed today is a strong testimonial to the health benefits kombucha continues to bring to millions of people. In the 1990s, kombucha wa…

Alexander Woollcott once said: In matters of speech, it's not elegance that interest me but exactness. Precision. Surgical precision.

First of all it is important to distinguish the Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) from the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). People with OCPD generally have an inflexible pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving, whereas those with OCD have obsessions (recurrent, persiste…

As we move towards Lent, remember this poem written anonymously:

We have just come through the holiday season where food is a central focus and the average person gains seven to ten pounds. Next comes Superbowl Sunday, second only to Thanksgiving, as the largest feasting day of the year according to the USDA. On average, American’s will eat about 2,000 ca…

The young salesman was disappointed about losing a big sale, and as he talked with his sales manager he lamented, "I guess it just proves you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink." The manager replied, "Son, take my advice: your job is not to make him drink. Your job is to …

This time of year many people are focusing on detoxing their bodies by cleaning up their eating habits and starting exercise programs. But why is it that over 95 percent of people fail to maintain these good habits long term? The high failure rate is due, in a large part, to toxic thinking.

Couples Communication is not easy for many couples for multiple reasons. I would like to share a typical scenario that I hear very often in my office. I call it the “chicken or egg” communication problem. You know the quandary question, do you not? See if you know the answer. “Which came fir…

For years I have used a slow cooker. It requires little effort to prepare the recipes, it is a healthier way to cook, it is economical, it takes very little time to get your meal on the table, and the food tastes great! We live in a society where we have become accustomed to eating out becau…

Sam Shoemaker, a former Episcopalian bishop, once said: "In the Great Commission the Lord has called us to be — like Peter — fishers of men. We've turned the commission around so that we have become merely keepers of the aquarium. Occasionally I take some fish out of your fishbowl and put th…

A former patient recently took me off guard by saying, “John, you are a heart healer.” I thanked the person. I had not been called that before. The expression has stayed with me and caused me to reflect on the process of heart healing.

As we get ready to celebrate Christmas, we focus on the giving of gifts and think back to the three wise men who brought gifts to the baby Jesus — gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Certainly we can understand gold being given as a gift, but why frankincense and myrrh? Why did the wise m…

Historically, eggs have tended to be “one of those foods” – the type to incite controversy.  One week you read the comments of an expert espousing the health benefits of eggs, while another week a critic claims eggs raise cholesterol. Numerous conflicting opinions on each side of the debate …

It is that time of year when we have visions of all kinds of “goodies” dancing around in our heads and most of those treats involve sugar. The NPD Group, a global information and advisory services company, reports that 50 percent of adults, out of a sample of 4,906 adults celebrating Christm…

Dr. Joe Aldrich once said, "All souls are equally precious but not all are equally strategic." You are precious to God. We all know that. Are you equally strategic to God and God's Kingdom work? If not, make yourself strategic. Wishing you much love and much light.

The Times-Reporter of New Philadelphia, Ohio, reported in September 1985 a celebration of a New Orleans municipal pool. The party around the pool was held to celebrate the first summer in memory without a drowning at the New Orleans city pool. In honor of the occasion, 200 people gathered, i…

Neck pain is a common complaint and, when you take a moment to consider the anatomy of the body, it’s easy to understand why. The neck is comprised of a relatively small muscle group whose main purpose is to hold and support the head. Depending on a person’s frame, the head can weigh anywher…

One of the frustrations I have working with people in therapy is the lack of accountability of people who purport to want to change a particular habit or behavior and supposedly commit to it. Yet, they don’t “walk their talk”. They are not accountable! You know what? That doesn’t work.

If you suffer with food cravings, you are not alone. Tufts University conducted a study that found 91 percent of women experienced strong food cravings.

Thomas Paine once wrote, "What we obtain too cheaply we esteem too lightly."

One of my favorite sayings is “Every decision involves an incision.” If you decide something you limit your options. A mundane example. If you choose to go out to a movie you cut off the option of staying home and watching television.

One of the most eye-opening and enlightening experiences that changed the way I look at things took place many years ago. It changed the way I think and operate. It changed the way I look at and interpret alleged “facts”. Unless you have had a similar learning experience you might wonder why…

Did you know that you can hunt throughout the entire year? When we think about hunting, most of the time we think about hunting deer, turkeys, doves and waterfowl. Those are the top four types of wildlife that most hunters pursue and harvest and they all have regulated seasons.

Not too long ago in a counseling session a woman said to me in front of her husband, “I feel like I’m a part of a business transaction.” She went on to elaborate that her husband did not make her feel special. He was not affirming, validating, or connecting with her. He was clueless — defini…

Dwight L. Moody once told the fable of an eagle who was envious of another that could fly better than he could.

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