Making Personal Progress

Putting God First

Putting God First

Q: Jesus said that the way to be happy and successful in life is to “seek first the kingdom of God,” but how is that possible today? How can I lead a God-centered life, do more than survive in this materialistic world, and stil... Read More »

Making Things Right, From Jesus

Making Things Right, From Jesus

Life is a great cycle of cause and effect. Everyone makes choices every day, and everyone’s choices affect others. The combination of everyone’s choices and the effect those choices have on others makes the world what it is. Eve... Read More »

Give it All to Jesus

Give it All to Jesus

Forgiving and forgetting is one of the most difficult things for a person to do. But whenever we give our hurts to the Lord and tell Him, “Jesus, take this. I don’t want it anymore. I’m tired of it,” He covers the wo... Read More »

You Can Overcome Your Past

You Can Overcome Your Past

Most of the unpleasant things that happen to us are like bruises or minor scrapes to our spirits, but at some time or another most of us experience a deep wound or serious injury to our spirit. We can’t always keep ourselves from bein... Read More »

Bitter for Sweet

Bitter for Sweet

The sound of mother’s eggbeater drew me to the kitchen. There I found her at work, and began to watch. This was my chance to find out what she put into that chocolate cake of hers that made it so good. There was baking chocolate, of c... Read More »

Forgiveness vs. Revenge

Forgiveness vs. Revenge

Q: My boyfriend and I broke up recently, and it turned into a messy and painful ordeal. My friends say that I should find some way to make my former boyfriend pay for the emotional hurt he caused me. I believe in God and want to please Him... Read More »

Prayer for the Day, Trusting God

Prayer for the Day, Trusting God

Help me to trust You, Lord, and never to question or criticize You for anything You send or allow to come my way. I know that You know best, even when it doesn’t seem best to me at the time. Give me the faith to let go of my own wants... Read More »

From Jesus, I Know You

From Jesus, I Know You

I know all about you–your gifts, your talents, your strengths. I also know your weaknesses, your idiosyncrasies, and all the funny things about you that make you an individual. I know about the nagging problems that you can’t se... Read More »

Overcoming Personal Weaknesses

Overcoming Personal Weaknesses

Q: I’ve prayed and even asked others to pray that I would overcome a certain personal weakness, but I never seem to be able to change. Why doesn’t Jesus answer my prayers and change me? A: Whenever any of us recognize a persona... Read More »

Who Still Wants It?

Who Still Wants It?

“I am going to give this $20 bill to one of you,” the man said. Immediately he had everyone’s attention. “But first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the bill. He then asked, “Who still wants it?&... Read More »

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