• Cultivating the spiritual gift of faith

     A small boy riding a bus home from Sunday school was very proud of the card he had received, which had a picture and a caption that read, “Have Faith in God.” 

    Then to his
    dismay the card slipped from his hand and fluttered out the window. “Stop the bus!” he cried. “I’ve lost my ‘faith in God!’”

  • Healthy holidays

    By Karen Wyatt

     The countdown to New Year’s has begun and with all the merriment ahead, it’s easy to lose track of your good habits. We so often overindulge, only to drag ourselves back to our salads and workouts on Jan. 1. 

    This year, why not make a resolution to adopt some healthier habits through the holidays? 

  • Ballerina named grace

    By Ginger Lumpkin

     I like to think of myself as a graceful ballerina, but the fact that it has been 40 years since I took ballet, coupled with the ever-darkening bruises on my backside, tell a different story.  The only time I’ve ever been referred to as graceful is when I would trip over my own feet, and my father would remark, “Way to go, Grace.”  

  • Is it time to wash your windows?

     It was a gorgeous sun-filled day. I drove through the country to see her.  

    She was in her 90s.  She was a hospice patient and had been at home confined to one room for close to a year.  She complained to me how gray a day it was.

    I noticed then that her one window must not have been cleaned in almost a year.  When I said this, she chuckled, as only someone her age could, and uttered with her German accent, “Got a dirty eye, see a dirty world.”

  • Why does God remain invisible and silent?

     I was on a prayer retreat in the woods camping in an open-air cabin with screens all around. I was all by myself, and enjoying the solitude. As darkness fell I relaxed in bed as the air turned a little cool with a slight breeze. It was a perfect night to sleep soundly.  

  • Go see the show

    By Tom McShane

     Are you tired? Had a long day? Don’t you just want to flop on the couch with a beverage and turn on the tube? Maybe have a little fun playing in the yard with the kids/pets beforehand. Do you want to do something different once in a while? Something to break the ‘pattern’, or even to begin a new ‘family trend’? Why don’t you check out what’s going on in your neck of the woods? 

  • World Diabetes Day

     By Bob Babbage and Stewart Perry

    Game on.

    That’s right diabetes.  This is Kentucky talking and we want you to know that the fight is on.  

    We are under no illusions.  We recognize that you are a formidable and persistent opponent.  But be assured that there is no quit in us and we are prepared to take the fight to you for as long as takes.  

  • Honoring Kentucky veterans

     One hundred years ago, “the war to end all wars” ravaged Europe. What we now call World War I ended in part thanks to the more than four million Americans who mobilized to join the Allied Powers’ fight overseas. Over 100,000 of them did not return home. The war ended on Nov. 11, 1918, and the commemoration of that day has become the holiday we now observe as Veterans Day.

  • Being Me

       In the autumn of 1978, my family moved from Indiana to Tennessee.  It was with much angst and trepidation that I walked into a third grade classroom as “the new kid.”  My chest still tightens when I recall 27 peers eyeing me curiously as I made my way from the door to the teacher’s desk.  

  • Invite God into your giving

     What are two of the biggest reasons people don’t give their money away?  The two most common answers are idolatry and fear.  

    The idolatry of money is probably the most seductive idol that we ever face.  Jesus saw this clearly, and spoke strong words against idolizing money.  He said, “No one can serve two masters…You cannot serve both God and money” (Luke 16:13).