By Sam E. Stone This lesson concludes a three-month emphasis on wisdom. It began with several Old Testament passages and concludes with teachings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount. People often say, “Don’t worry.” While this is easy advice to give and good advice to take, it is difficult advice to follow. […]
No Longer a Worrywart
by Amy Simon I’ve wrestled a lot with worry over the past few years. After living a relatively crisis-free life, I lost my mother, grandmother, and two babies—all within a span of eight months. Suddenly, not only could bad things happen, they were happening to me. No longer could I find security in the normalness […]
Are You Leaning on a Spider’s Web?
by Janeen Lewis “Today’s young woman knows she controls her own destiny.” The words blared from the television set during a recent morning news show synopsis about women who had just graduated from college. I couldn’t help thinking to myself that “today’s young woman” was in for a shock. It’s been 16 years since I […]
Don’t Worry, Be Happy! The Role of Humor in the Christian Life
by Karen O’Connor “If they don’t allow laughter in Heaven, then I don’t want to go there.” Martin Luther made no bones about it. He enjoyed a good laugh. American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr went so far as to say, “Humor is a prelude to faith and laughter is the beginning of prayer.” When the elders […]