Posts by Michael Cutler

Posts by Michael Cutler

Can Your Country Save You?

America is far from the world’s first major power. If we look at history, we see dozens of major players on the world stage, most notably the Egyptians, Babylonians, Medio-Persians, Romans, all the way up to the Napoleonic Empire. But tucked in amid all these great superpowers is a little country of relatively small population that seems to be almost indestructible.…

Quick, Hide!

Do you remember as a kid playing games that DIDN’T require technology? Really, we didn’t need much at all. Some games required no supplies, just imagination and energy. Tag, red light/green light, Mother May I, and Red Rover just took some friends and some free time. With minimal supplies, you could play hopscotch, jacks, kick the can, or marbles. But perhaps…

Finished, Finally!

Think back to the biggest accomplishment of your life. It probably didn’t just happen. It probably took a lot of planning, a lot of preparation, and a lot of really hard work. You probably felt a big sense of accomplishment and also a sense of relief that it was all over. Maybe it was the day you graduated college. “No more classes,” you thought. Maybe…

The Correct Response Is…

How do you respond when something doesn’t go your way? Perhaps you were a shoo-in for that promotion at work, and then a newer employee gets it instead. Or maybe your parents decided that you weren’t ready to get your license on your 16th birthday. Or you’ve had a great vacation planned for months only to have COVID-19 ruin those plans. Every time we are…

Pragmatism or Prayer?

2 Samuel 5; 1 Chronicles 10-11; Psalm 116; Proverbs 22:25–29 When it comes right down to it, many of us are pragmatists. That is to say, we do what works. Often, that is born out of personal experience, or what we have seen others do. It’s what Proverbs 3:5 calls our “own understanding.” Sometimes a pragmatic approach can work, but we are urged in…

So, What Do You Think About Love?

Exodus 27-28; Psalm 69; Proverbs 8 I don’t know what kind of person you are, or what experiences you have had in your life. Undoubtedly, those experiences have shaped your view of love. Maybe you are a hopeless romantic and you are absolutely in love with the idea of being in love! Maybe life has brought some difficulties your way and love is not an idea of which…