• Engage

    Plan Now for Calmer Holidays

    I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and I promise I’m not one of those people who starts decorating for Christmas the day after Halloween. But the first Sunday in advent falls on November 30 this year, so I don’t want us to get broadsided by the insane pace, the mega-debt, and the uber-insanity. So that means planning ahead a bit. Here are my five suggestions: Decide to make Christ your focus. Pray for wisdom and ask God to help you honor him during this holy season. Set aside ten minutes this week to decide what reading plan you want to use for spiritual reflection. Do you need to order…

  • Engage

    Does Sponsoring a Child Do Any Good?

    Recently, I wrote about child sponsorship as one way to help end child trafficking. But, how do we know thought that child sponsorship makes any impact or does any good?   Christianity Today answered this in their June 2013 cover story about a study done on Compassion International and it's impacts.   It turns out that it actually does an amazing amount of good when you sponsor a child. Why? Because you bring them something greater than your $35 per month. You bring them hope.   I can remember dreaming as a child what I'd want to be when I grew up. I'm sure most of us reading this can remember…