Bob Karcher

Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas

It’s that time again. The season for giving is upon us. Already, the Christmas music is playing, the trees are for sale, and a few lights are going up in the neighborhood. It all sounds idyllic, doesn’t it? But, the truth is, the real meaning of Christmas has been lost in all of the consumerism. Black Friday now actually starts on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day! Why sit around and spend time with your family and friends when you can go buy something on sale? You laugh, but in your heart

Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas2018-06-19T15:48:50+00:00

4 Ways to Give Thanks This Year

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.  I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High. ~ Psalms 9:1-2 (NIV) Don’t worry, Thanksgiving Day is still a week away! So why am I writing a Thanksgiving-themed blog now? Well, because I think focusing on being thankful deserves more than a single day. In fact, we should be thankful every day. Most of us are so blessed and it’s

4 Ways to Give Thanks This Year2018-06-19T15:49:12+00:00

What is Keeping You From Truly Living?

“The Western world is awash with plenty. People living in those countries have more choices in the cereal aisle of their local grocery store than most people have in their entire lives. But has [this] created contentment and fulfillment?” – Gary A. Miller, PhD In 1913, Arthur “Pop” Momand highlighted the side effects of the American Dream that urges us to do things in order to impress other people and create a sense of social standing. His cartoon strip, Keeping Up with the Joneses, followed the McGinis family as

What is Keeping You From Truly Living?2017-07-20T10:20:23+00:00

3 Ways to Create Better New Years Resolutions

Excerpted from Bob Karcher's author blog Who Are the Joneses Anyway? I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.” — Walter Cronkite Resolutions. Goals. Objectives. We call them many things but this time of year we most commonly hear the term “resolution” when we make a decision to do something in the coming year. You’ve been there. It’s New Year’s Eve and you feel like you must declare to yourself and the world at least one big thing you’ll commit to

3 Ways to Create Better New Years Resolutions2017-07-20T10:40:38+00:00

Four Tips for a More Grateful Halftime

Living generously changes everything – for the better. Thanksgiving Day is just a few days away so this naturally sounds like a good time to write a blog about being thankful. I’ve always enjoyed this holiday and would spend it being thankful for my many blessings - you know, the usual stuff … family, health, home, job, and all the things I enjoyed. That’s where it ended. This doesn’t mean I wasn’t grateful other times of the year. I was thankful, but it always stopped there ... I was

Four Tips for a More Grateful Halftime2017-07-20T10:44:44+00:00

Who Are The Joneses Anyway? – Part 3

By Bob and Susan Karcher, Authors, Who Are the Joneses Anyway? Read Part 1 & Part 2 “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.” Ephesians 1:11 (MSG) Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? The answer to this has less to do with the amount of what we have and more to do with why we have it and what we do with it. We are familiar with the idea that too much of a good thing can

Who Are The Joneses Anyway? – Part 32018-06-25T13:27:43+00:00

Who Are The Joneses Anyway? – Part 2

By Bob and Susan Karcher, Authors, Who Are the Joneses Anyway? “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.” Ephesians 1:11 (MSG) Check out Part 1 HERE        Two weeks ago we talked about that famous phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses” and how it still holds true for us today.  In one way or another, our culture persistently falls into the trap of trying to keep up with our neighbors. In our first halves of life we had

Who Are The Joneses Anyway? – Part 22018-01-04T14:28:43+00:00

Who Are The Joneses Anyway? – Part 1

By Bob and Susan Karcher, Authors, Who Are the Joneses Anyway? “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.” Ephesians 1:11 (MSG) At one time or another, most of us have used the expression “keeping up with the Joneses.” We’re talking about a legendary family that has the world trying to keep up with them. They’re mentioned in tweets, movies, newscasts, articles, blogs, books, and more. They’re mysterious. They seem to be everywhere, but no one appears to have actually met

Who Are The Joneses Anyway? – Part 12018-01-04T14:28:22+00:00