Receiving Help from the Helper             Are you tired out, burned out or worn out?  At this moment do you feel all alone to the extent you just want to give up on life?  These are all symptoms of one who is crying out in the middle of a frustrated life.  Such a cry is…

Don't Give Up!

My Dear Friends, So many are giving up and giving in to despondency, discouragement, disappointment and depression. It is evident in their general “I don’t care attitude” resulting from a mistaken belief that what they are doing really doesn’t make any difference in life any way. This sense of failure is often the result of…

Dear Friends, As many of you know St. Louis is presently sitting on a powder keg. After the killing of Michael Brown, Aug. 9, 2014, by Officer Darren Wilson, people are taking to the streets expressing their anger in growing numbers. While this happens many in the church are praying for peace in their neighborhoods,…

God gives each of us gifts right in that place where we feel weakest and most empty. All of our trials, understood rightly, can be used by God to transform us into people of worship and service. I have a friend who called me just yesterday, and his particular trial is physical, emotional, and spiritual….

Dear Sisters and Brothers, Anger is like a toxic waste.  Sooner or later it will come out.  When anger is turned inward, emotional exhaustion manifested as depression is often the result. Eph.4:26, 27 gives us some very valuable steps for dealing with anger.  It states: “In your anger do not sin.  Do not let the…

Dear Friends, Each person is of extreme value and worth to God. There are no inferior human beings, for we are all His daughters and sons. Our texts today challenge us that there are people who cannot speak up, who cannot protect themselves, who are not protected. The Word of God challenges us to receive…

Dear Friends, As we get older, disappointment after disappointment can pile upon each other until we become so disillusioned we are incapable of dreaming. As a result we start living in a hopeless rut called life. Such an existence has little or no expectations. Such a rut is actually a grave with both ends knocked…

Dear Friends, This past week I was exploring downtown Alton with my grandson Ezekiel and my wife Debra when I saw a sign pointing me to the monument for Elijah Lovejoy. I have always admired this man’s courage and faith so I immediately proceeded to the cemetery where this monument was located. When I got…

Dear Friends, With each passing day it seems that the battle to shelter the homeless is becoming more intense. Jesus tells us though that we should not be surprised at such. “Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. The people of…

We live in a world where the word “sin” has almost disappeared from our vocabulary. Even as this has happened, the sense of guilt from sin remains in our hearts and minds, causing us to engage in self-destructive behavior. In 1973 a well-know psychiatrist by the name of Dr. Karl Menninger wrote a book with…

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