WHEN PATIENCE IS UNGODLY

Is being patient merely being lazy? Is saying we’re waiting on God no more than an excuse for irresponsible living? Throughout the Bible believers are called to wait patiently on the Lord. But there is a big difference between godly and ungodly patience. Sometime...

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She was Shot for Standing Up for Jesus

“She was shot in the head for standing up for Jesus,” reported eyewitnesses to Cassie Bernall’s execution. Cassie was seventeen when she was murdered in the Columbine School massacre. Her teenage killers put a gun to her head and asked if she believed in...

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It’s Monday Morning Again and I’m HOPEFUL

I love Mondays. You know why? Mondays are full of hope. But, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not one of those “think positive and everything will be great” manipulators. All that positive-thinking, believe-you-can-do-anything optimism is self-destructive, deceptive, and worst of all, it’s anti-Christian. Foolish optimism...

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Is What I Do in Private Only My Business?

Are your private, personal choices anyone else’s business? Your first thought might be, “No. What I choose to do privately is no one’s business but mine.” Hold that thought until you hear Daniel’s story. Almost three thousand years ago, Daniel made a private, personal...

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Willpower. A Popular, Ungodly Lie.

She asked sincerely, “I want to change what I’m doing. Is my willpower powerful enough?” Your willpower is powerful, but it’s not all-powerful. One of our most self-deceptive, self-destructive, and yet widespread beliefs is, “You can do anything you put your mind to.” Sometimes,...

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Christians Murdered. How Do They Stay Faithful to the End?

The unwanted but permanent images of the brutal beheadings of faithful Christians by Islamic Extremists have been etched into our minds. In the face of such horror, we hear a repeated question from Christians and non-Christians. “How do they remain faithful to Christ while...

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How Can You Hang In There?

  How can you “hang in there” when you are continually bombarded by physical, moral, and social attacks? Do you sometimes feel like just throwing in the towel?  How can you remain faithful and peaceful no matter what? My wife can speak with her...

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Saints & Murderers Have “Faith.” What’s the difference?

No Wonder We Have So Much Trouble Understanding Faith Bill Nichols, PhD. Ask ten people, “What exactly is faith?” You’ll probably get ten different answers. If you think about the many ways the word faith is used today, it’s no wonder people have so much...

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Worth More Than the Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Mona Lisa, is valued at one billion dollars, making it by far the world’s most valuable painting. Can you imagine the kind of security system and extreme protective measures the Louvre Museum in Paris uses to guard this matchless...

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Implanting Microchips—Blessing or Curse?

Microchips are no longer just for laptops and phones. With so many amazing discoveries in medicine these days, I don’t get overly excited about one anymore. Well, that was until one invention made its debut with such a jolting impact that it just may...

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3 Reasons to be SILENT in the Face of Pain.

3 Reasons to be SILENT in the Face of Pain. Minutes after my sweet mother passed away, her pastor called to let me know Mama unexpectedly died from a stroke. I caught the first plane home. A large crowd had gathered in Mama’s living...

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Who Is On Your Mean-the-Most List?

Who Is On Your Mean-the-Most List? Some people picture God as the super-policeman of the universe who keeps his supernatural eye on his human creatures, hoping to catch them doing something wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth. Over thousands of years, the...

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Monica’s Courage Cost Her Life

Buried up to her neck and stoned The radical Islamic terrorists dug a hole, buried Monica up to her neck, and stoned her to death. Her father is a Nigerian pastor who was proud of his young daughter’s spiritual courage. He said, “To die...

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When Disasters Strike , Say the Right Words.

Natural Disasters. 8 Things You Should Say. 8 Things You Should Never Say. Natural Disasters are unwanted but regular parts of our lives. They come in many forms such as blizzards, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods. When the initial crisis ends, familiar questions always surface....

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No one can help the wounded like the wounded

If you had a stroke that left you partially paralyzed, or came home from Afghanistan with no legs and one arm, or learned your newborn baby had a severe disability, where should you go for the best advice? After years of working with people...

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Is he watching?

“Today’s test is tomorrow’s witness.” —Bill Nichols   What is the purpose of the test? James 1:3-4 says, “For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will...

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It’s Not Natural

Gratitude is not natural. Are you or someone you love going through a frightening, stormy time right now? In such times, at first glance some scriptures just don’t seem right. How are you supposed to “Give thanks for everything to God the Father in...

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Hatched Not Smashed Eggs

Granddaddy had no running water   Granddaddy Jerry Nichols and Mammy lived ten miles off the paved road on a farm in Virginia. They had no running water or electricity and got all their food from the animals they raised and the plants they...

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If she had a Brain injury?

If she had a Brain injury, could the new BRAIN initiative help her. Researchers anticipate miracle-like results. The new $4.5 billion BRAIN project’s goal is to find new ways to treat, cure, and prevent brain disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, traumatic brain injuries...

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What You Need to Know to Die with Dignity

No one thought it would happen. But it did. Harrison could have easily prevented his family all the conflict, heartache and tension. Don’t let this happen to you. More importantly, don’t do this to your family. Harrison was only forty-five and was never seriously...

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2015 – Most Significant Medical Breakthrough

This is important!  What was the most significant medical breakthrough in 2015? The year was filled with so many amazing medical innovations that it’s difficult to select one. I suppose what is considered most important depends on whose life is affected.   I imagine...

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Breakthrough New MEDICARE Payment

Paid for talking about dying. DO YOU THINK IT WILL HELP?   Medicare members will soon get free end-of-life counsel. Beginning January 1, 2016, for the first time Medicare will pay doctors and other health professionals to talk to families about issues related to...

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What is your disability? You have one.

Disabilities as Advantages   We all have disabilities. Some disabilities are more severe and more obvious than others. Whatever our disabilities, we should concentrate on activities that we can do well, and not waste precious time focusing on our limitations. It is possible to...

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Don’t be Stupid about Suffering

  Don’t like the word stupid? The word stupid can be a wake-up word. Remember, being stupid means being in a stupor or daze about the truth. Being stupid is allowing yourself to be in a mental or spiritual fog about subjects that matters like...

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Don’t be Stupid – Part 2. Release Disappointment

Don’t be Stupid. Release Disappointments. The word stupid means to be in a “stupor” or “daze.” So don’t be in such a stupor or daze that you focus so much on your disappointment that you hurt yourself and those you love. That’s the essence...

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Offended by Stupid?

Mama washed my mouth out.   Don’t be offended by the word stupid. It’s actually an excellent word choice for relaying an important concept—the idea of thinking or acting without common sense or good judgment. But, I’m aware that in the old days, the...

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God is Crying

God may be crying out to you! What horrible pictures and sounds! Our news stays full of shocking videos and voices of the persecuted, mistreated, abused, and the victims of atrocious crimes. We feel deeply for the suffering families, friends, children, Christians in countries...

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BUCK BUCKLEY, REMEMBERING

Hope & Dying – New Research. I’ve talked about my friend Buck’s death and the report of a new research project on hope.  I decided to repeat the post for those who missed it and rename it Buck Buckley, Remember. When you are your loved one is dying,...

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Hope & Dying – New Research

Hope & Dying – New Research.   When you’re dying, where can you find hope? Is there any hope? Today in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, new scientific evidence revealed the importance of hope in the face of death.   Hospice. Palliative Care. Dying....

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Laura wants to die

Is Suicide Ok? Do you believe 24-year-old Laura should be allowed to take her life by lethal injection even though she’s not terminally ill? Just because Laura says,  “Life, that’s not for me,”  is it right for her to end her life? Her doctors...

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Why Would You Refuse Fame and Fortune?

Why Would You Refuse Fame and Fortune? Dr. Bill Nichols   A top news story of the month, June, 2015, from Forbes spotlighted renowned physician Paul Farmer for his selfless service to the poorest of the poor.  As an outstanding specialist in infectious disease,...

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IS YOUR FAITH MERELY MAGIC?

Her Kind of Faith Was Destined To Fail   When difficult health problems or other painful crises strike, many find their faith ineffective, and sometimes virtually worthless. Why is that? Faith doesn’t work for some because what they think is faith is not faith...

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Faith and a Fatal Disease

3 Ways Faith Helps in a Fatal Disease. If physicians say you or your loved one has a fatal disease, how can faith help? Many say their faith made all the difference. I’ve found that faith helps most people in 3 main ways: 1....

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Do you know this American Hero?

A hero is someone who demonstrates exceptional bravery and service on behalf of others. Dr. Gretchen Berggren is an AMERICAN HERO in my book because she has bravely and sacrificially served God and his children in the Congo, Haiti and other places where people...

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Is This Really the ‘Greatest Breakthrough in Medical History’?

The new $100 million government supported Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative is raising unprecedented high hopes for people with brain disorders. At the same time, it’s raising questions and even fears from religious, ethics, and human rights leaders. I’ve seen lots...

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Don’t Do This to Your Family

Don’t Do This to Your Family Bill Nichols, Ph.D.   No one thought it would happen. But it did.  Harrison could have easily prevented his family all the conflict, heartache and tension. Don’t let this happen to you. More importantly, don’t do this to...

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A Family Drowns. Should I Be Silent?

What would you say to a young husband and father who suddenly fears his wife and children are dead? Jonathan McComb and his wife, Laura, and their two children, were at a cabin in Wimberley when flood-waters unexpectedly swept their cabin downstream. Jonathan was...

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Is your faith HONEST, or is it two-faced?

Harriet Felt Two-faced   Harriet felt dishonest. In between sobs and attempts to regain her composure, she confessed her weariness from acting like her faith was fine when it was not.   For a while Harriet’s two-faced faith was able to fool her Sunday...

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