How To Handle Painful And Difficult Situations

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In the past couple of weeks I’ve learned about, from friends or relatives, a 6 year old, a 16 year old, and a 34 year old, all from different families, who all died suddenly. Life is precious. There are no guarantees. Life is fragile.

Offering condolences, encouragement and prayers to families sorrowing is often all we can do. Yes, there is that great day coming when death itself will be abolished. But until that day arrives, the stark reality of our frailty is sometimes very obvious.

I was talking to a friend of mine recently. I don’t remember the book or author he said he was reading, but he told me the book was all about

A Gift For You!

Next Tuesday, May 3, I’m going to send out a free gift to all Confidence And Joy subscribers!  What is it?  Well, let’s just say it’ll be just in time for Mother’s Day, coming up May 8.

If you’re not a subscriber, just type your name and email address in the box in the right column of this page. Subscribers get an email whenever I post something new.

When you subscribe, you’ll get my free eBook, Nine Simple Keys To Answered Prayer, and, you’ll also get the free gift I’m sending out next Tuesday.  Don’t wait, sign up before midnight Monday night!


I’ll Be Speaking At The Phoenix Rescue Mission This Saturday

This Saturday evening I have the privilege of speaking at The Phoenix Rescue Mission.  I’ve been doing this for many years.  I love it!  I always try to bring a message of hope and encouragement.

Many thanks to the Mission for allowing this opportunity to share the Good News.


Is Your Attitude Really That Important?

CJ-logo-light-for darkWhen our kids were growing up, we told them many times, “You need to change your attitude.”  Why?  Because attitude is a game changer.

What is your attitude about the direction of your life? How do you feel about your life today, right now? For most people, if things are going well, their attitude is good. But when things are not going well, their attitude is lousy.

Much has been written and taught about attitude, and you’ve probably heard different things over the years. Someone once said,


Focusing on Your God Instead of Your Problem

The topic of the very first article I posted on this blog is still very relevant. It was titled, “How Big is Your God?” That question is quite relevant every single day.

Whether we realize it or not, we direct most of our lives by our own perspective. And perspective has nothing to do with what happens to us, or what situation we are facing. Many situations we face are not a result of our decisions or choices. Our perspective, however, is our choice.

Last fall,


We Were Made To Thrive!

Posting this again ’cause it’s just a really cool and inspiring song.

It’s from the group, Casting Crowns, from their CD, Thrive

Turn it up and enjoy!


Asking God For Help When It Seems Others Need It More

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There’s more in the news lately about the horrendous atrocities regarding the persecution of Christians in certain parts of the world. The barbaric behavior of some religious fanatics is taking cruelty to new heights. Our brothers and sisters in those parts of the world need our prayers, to say the least.

So with all that going on, does it seem like their needs are a much bigger priority than your needs or mine? Our lives are not in danger. Do we really need to bother our heavenly Father with our needs right now, with all that is going on elsewhere?

As a parent, if one child is hurt and needs medical attention,

This morning, I was privileged to be interviewed on Greg Backes’ radio show, on WBIG in Chicago.

Click the link below to hear the whole show.

Date: March 27, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Appearance: The Solution Radio Show
Outlet: WBIG Chicago AM 1280
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Format: Radio


3 Words When He Died And 3 Words When He Arose

Right before he died, Jesus Christ exclaimed, “It is finished!”  After his resurrection, the angel declared, “He is risen.”

And, He's Coming Back!

And, He’s Coming Back!


What Jesus Endured Is Unimaginable

During this time of year we are mindful of the sufferings that Jesus Christ endured on our behalf.  We reflect on the price paid for the redemption of mankind.

In this short video (1:54) I point out three different versions of Isaiah 52:14, a verse that very graphically prophesied the extreme physical punishment that Jesus would endure for all of mankind.

The great message at Easter time is that Jesus Christ is alive!  God raised him from the dead to die no more.

And, he is coming back!

Enjoy the video.

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