Recently, I asked our Bible reading group what was the worst thing that had ever happened to them. Some of them mentioned the death of loved ones. According to a stress chart, death of a spouse and divorce are at the top of the list.

One devotional writer noted, “On 10th September 1819, Canadian hymnwriter Joseph Scriven was born. The accidental drowning of his bride-to-be the night before their wedding led to a life of depression; yet he also authored the hymn of comfort, ‘What a Friend We Have in Jesus.'” Continue reading

Regardless of circumstances, says Paul, be it even life or death, “we make it our goal to please him,” 2 Corinthians 5.9 NIV.

This matters, because the world—especially, people close to us—pressures us to please it. Every day is a choice between pleasing God or pleasing the world, being a friend with God or with the world. Continue reading