Narnia was a mythical land, created by C. S. Lewis, where the animals talk and where four children experience a series of incredible adventures. The seven-part series, "The Chronicles of Narnia," has long fascinated children and adults alike. Then came Disney's movie version of the first Narnia story, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," and it was a blockbuster hit.
A train began its journey headed for a popular resort area along the Indian Ocean. The train never made it. It was suddenly hit by a massive wall of water - the killer tsunami that devastated so much of South Asia in December of 2004. The force of the waves tore the wheels off of some cars and leveled the train in a grove of palm trees. In one of those countless heart-wrenching scenes that came out of the tsunami aftermath, one young man at the train site wept in the arms of his friends as the body of his girlfriend was buried. He spoke out to this sweetheart who had died on that train: "Is this the fate we hoped for?" Then, as he began to sob even more, he said, "My darling, you were the only hope for me."
You know who you want to be and who people need for you to be, but you're not anywhere close to that person. It's difficult to close the gap between the two.
There are many today who know the disappointment, and maybe even the shame, of a serious fall. Do you give up, or do you fight back?
Are you missing something in your life? God will ask some of us as He looks at our lives, "Where's Jesus?" Spiritually, maybe you have everything except Jesus.
Many adults still remember when they got lost at the grocery store, at the mall, or maybe at the amusement park when they were a little child - and all the feelings that went with it. We kept walking until suddenly we realized that our parents were nowhere around. We remember it as one of the traumatic moments of our young life, and we felt so alone.
So many people's objections to Jesus are due to the way Christians have acted. Another objection is people saying that the church is only after money.
Do you like to be recognized and made to feel important? It's usually an honor for our name to be mentioned in the newspaper. When our name is in something, we're suddenly a whole lot more interested.
People can think they have it all together, but not understand the whole truth. Some people read parts of the Bible and they miss the main point.
Storms are a fact of everybody's life. If it's calm now, you can be sure that somewhere up ahead there's a storm.
The question is are you ready for the time when things start spinning out of control around you and inside of you? Since we know we have to make it through life's storms, we need to know we've got what it takes to make it through the crises that have sunk so many other people.
There's just something fascinating about a lighthouse. There was a story on the evening news about a photographer who loves the seagull perspective on lighthouses. In this little customized aircraft, he flies over Maine's many picturesque lighthouses, shooting unusual aerial photos of them. They're beautiful; they're even inspiring. He's seen them and photographed them in all kinds of settings: sunshine, clouds, storms, high tide, and low tide. He summarized what he's seen this way: "The lighthouse is always there, but everything else is changing."
There are moments for all of us when we get hit head-on with the emotional equivalent of an F-5 tornado. Few words strike more fear into hearts in Middle America than the word "tornado," and rightly so.
Mankind seems to know instinctively that we need some kind of bridge to get to God. We can feel the distance between us and the One who made us.
Maybe you are trying to discover what will get you to Him.
People everywhere are searching for something to fill a void in their lives. They are searching for something to count on that will provide an anchor in an increasingly uncertain and unpredictable world.
Do you have a hole in your heart that you long for your father to fill? Maybe you haven't had a real relationship with your father," and you wish you could be close to him.
It's a pretty sad feeling when you prepare a big welcome and the one you did it for never comes. You've gone through so much to make it perfect just for them.
A lot of kidding around, some exciting disagreements, some hugs, some advice, some conflict, but a lot of loyalty - that's what a brother-sister relationship is all about. No one had better do his sister wrong. He is always her personal "look-out-forer." If you're a sister, it's nice to have a brother like that.
Barber shops are really "Guy's World" because you don't usually see many females and you won't find much talking. If you ask most women, part of the problem in relationships is this guy thing called "not much talking," or at least not much talking about what's really going on inside. Guys will talk about work, sports, cars, and other "stuff," but too many men just don't talk much about what they're feeling, what they need, what's hurting, what they're hoping for, or what's wrong.
Half of the human race has been raised to believe that they need to be Superman. The world thinks guys have it together, we feel no pain, and we've got it under control. As a man, you know there's a "real you" behind the mask.
You're a wounded warrior, bleeding a lot on the inside, or maybe a scared little boy inside underneath a mask of macho confidence. The truth is you don't have it all under control. Superman, in reality, is breakable.
Have you ever noticed what happens when airlines lower their fares? First one airline declares a price war, and by the end of the day, everybody is having a sale. It's great!