Through my share of good times and probably more than my share of challenges, I've learned that life is hard, but God is good — so I've always tried to put my faith into action and keep my sense of humor. This Web site has been my labor of love since 1997 — I sincerely hope that it blesses and empowers you.
What happens to someone who uses tobacco?
We’ve probably all seen the photos and TV commercials, showing the difference between healthy pink lungs and a smoker’s black, tar-filled lungs.
And we all know that smokers’ teeth and fingertips turn yellow.
And they have bad breath and less ability to taste things.
But many people don’t know that [more...]
One year ago, today, I registered the domain name, OneCandleMinistries.com, and started my own ministry.
Since then, I’ve been increasingly busy, doing all sorts of things, both individually, and in collaboration with other ministries, sometimes 7 days a week. I’ve been so busy that, a few weeks ago, I had already worked more than 40 hours by the time I went to bed on Wednesday night.
This afternoon and evening, I was in charge of a weekly church service and meal for the homeless, for the second week in a row, while [more...]
We’ve all been lied to, at one time or another.
In fact, we’ve probably been lied to much more than we realize.
We all hate it when people lie to us.
And we all say that honesty is important to us.
Yet, nearly all of us lie to other people.
I wonder what would happen if [more...]
Gene therapy may some day bring some very good news to cancer patients:
“Nick Wilkins was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 4 years old, and when the cancer kept bouncing back, impervious to all the different treatments the doctors tried, his father sat him down for a talk…”
“…There was one possible treatment they could try: an experimental therapy at the University of Pennsylvania…”
“…This new therapy was [more...]
Can you remember what you wanted for Christmas when you were a kid?
I’m guessing that, if you’re as old as I am, then your Christmas list included low-tech toys, and group-oriented activities, like push-powered cars and board games.
If you’re a little younger than me, then you probably wanted popular board and card games, and toys that allowed you to create, build, or experiment with things.
If you’re a few years younger than that, then you probably wanted the first generation of electronic games — the type that [more...]
They’re tiny, flying predators.
First they find you.
Then they inject their eggs into you.
Then the eggs hatch into maggots.
Then the maggots take over your brain.
And, then, finally, they [more...]
“I’m dreaming of a white Christmas; just like the ones I used to know. Where the tree tops glisten, and children listen, to hear sleigh bells in the snow.” — White Christmas, by Irving Berlin
Old Hollywood movies make a heavy snow sound peaceful and romantic.
Go for a brisk, scenic ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, then snuggle with your partner and visit with your friends, near a warm, crackling fireplace.
I guess nobody back then ever had to [more...]
Last night, someone came to me. “There’s trouble outside.”
Once outside, I followed the sound of shouting, coming from outside the gate.
Walking quickly past the gatekeepers — who remained at their post, just like they’ve been trained to do — I turned to my left, and, in the twilight, saw Officer Jimmy, the security officer who had been assigned to provide protection to us for the night, facing a man who was standing still, facing him, holding a bicycle.
I quickly strode up beside Officer Jimmy, and instantly recognized that [more...]
Tapping is a technique, used by some expert guitar players.
It involves the guitarist pressing individual strings down against their frets, at different places, causing the fretted notes to sound.
Some guitarists are good enough to play lead guitar, by tapping individual notes with one hand.
Some guitarists are good enough to [more...]
Some of the best guitarists in the world play classical music.
Others are known for their rock licks.
Or power chords.
Or country picking.
Still others play [more...]