Answers to Your Questions…

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Q: I recently made some costly mistakes and became very discouraged as a result—and that discouragement is not going away. I’m a failure. I feel like giving up. What can I do to get out of this mess?

A: Even though we may not understand why the Lord sometimes allows us to stumble and fall, we must remember that He loves . . .  read more

No Condemnation

By Maria Fontaine

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Sometimes we can each be hit very hard with condemnation and feeling that we’ve failed in some major way—when things are difficult in your work or personal life, or when you’re in a downward spiral and you just can’t seem to pull out of it, or when you feel you’re not making progress toward your life goals. Some have said that the Devil’s favorite tactic with Christians is discouragement—and I would add that condemnation follows close behind.

“Condemn” in . . .  read more

Answers to Your Questions…

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Q: I know the Bible says that Jesus forgave all my sins when I received Him as my Savior, but I still feel horrible about some of the things I did before I was saved. What can I do?

A: Let it go! Remorse can be a real problem because it so easily leads to depression. It also often greatly hinders many Christians’ usefulness for the Lord, because they ask, “How could Jesus possibly use me or even forgive me when I can’t forgive myself?”

But where we have problems,  . . .  read more

Forgetting the Past

By Virginia Brandt Berg

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As we stand before the portals of the New Year, we don’t know what it’s going to bring. Although we sometimes wish we could, God has made it so we can’t pull aside the curtains of the future and see what is in store, and I’m happy to leave it at that because I know He knows best.

There’s one thing we do know, though, and this is that we can leave behind the past with all of its cares and frets and its pains and heartaches and mistakes and . . .  read more

New Year Beginnings and Endings

A compilation

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The world is full of beginnings and endings. We begin a new year with a certain hope—another year, another chance, a new day. But we carry with us the same fears, the same longings, the same resolutions. A more cynical riposte thus might be: Is there ever really anything new about a new year?

When the past or present seems so broken that its shards seem to reach well into the future, new days are often filled more with fear than with promise. I remember a time myself when I . . .  read more