Be Encouraged!

Discouragement. No one likes feeling discouraged. Everyone likes being encouraged. But occasionally life can be discouraging. With little or no warning whatsoever, discouragement raises its depressing head to disrupt our day. Discouragement is no respecter of persons. We all know how uncomfortable and unsettling it is to be discouraged. Discouragement has a way of blowing the wind out of our …

God’s Will

A young, married, Christian couple was struggling with a major life decision. I listened intently to them as they rehearsed their emotional roller-coaster ride, trying to figure out what to do. Visibly frustrated, perplexed and anxious, they shared how they had tried everything they knew to do with little success. Indeed, their situation was serious. The time for decision making …

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Mistakes

Mistakes Mistakes. Missteps. Mess ups. Welcome my friend to the human experience! You and I know how to make mistakes don’t we? We really do. Some people seem to be professional mistake makers.  If you are like me, you don’t like making mistakes.  People are mistake prone. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if life was mistake free?  Dream again! Heaven will …

Steady As She Goes

From 1973-77, I proudly served our country in the U.S Navy as a Hospital Corpsman. Two years of my four-year tour of duty, I served with the 3rd Marine Division. My role was to provide medical care and support for sailors and Marines. My claim to fame as a “sailor” is that I spent a total of seven days aboard …

Amazing Love

God loves you. Whether you do or don’t feel loved by the world, people, or yourself, it is a biblical fact that God loves you. Yes, you! His love is amazing…. and it’s yours! I am so thankful every single day that God loves Steve Roll.  Almighty God, the sovereign Creator of the universe, Redeemer of mankind, is my heavenly …

Glory to God

Pop Butcher. Reverend Charles “Pop” Butcher was one of the very first ministers of the Gospel that I was privileged and blessed to meet as a young Christian. He was the father of Dr. Orval Butcher, founder and pastor for nearly forty years of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego, California. Dr. Butcher was my wife Jo Ann’s lifetime pastor, …

Stuck

Time and time again, hurting people who come for counsel, declare with a sigh “Steve, I am stuck.” “Stuck” happens for many reasons. Death of loved ones can leave us stuck in grief and loneliness. Divorce can leave people stuck in heartbreak and failure. A broken home can leave children stuck in feelings of abandonment and rejection. Betrayal by someone …

Cross Fit

CrossFit is a currently trending, popular workout program for those who desire to be in good physical shape and health. Personally, I have not stepped foot into a CrossFit facility. What exactly its dedicated, disciplined devotees do, I honestly have no idea! I do know its body shaping, body building  believers stagger out of the gym sweaty, worn out, hopefully …

When the Journey Seems Too Great

Has life ever seemed overwhelming to you? If you answered yes, you are not alone. All of us, who are honest, have traveled on that rugged, weary road where we wonder if we can make another step. Circumstances beyond our control have made life incredibly difficult. Suddenly, we find ourselves overwhelmed, discouraged and even depressed by the journey. Life is …

Choose JOY!

Two people.  Similar life circumstances. One is joyful, happy. The other sad and depressed.  The difference?  Attitude. One chooses joy. The other doesn’t. A strikingly significant sign of our troubling times is the joylessness of so many people. If you don’t believe me, I challenge you to look straight into the eyes of people you meet. What is obvious by …