J.D. Manders Faith, Family, and Faithful Service

  • The Power of Children
    by jdmanders on June 20, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I recently ran across a story about Adolph Hitler and a little girl. It was strange, a little macabre, and somewhat iconoclastic because it is not what one expects from a genocidal dictator. While some may see the episode as an anomaly and others as proof that there is good in everyone, I see in…

  • Trust Your Training
    by jdmanders on June 6, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    There is a saying in military and law enforcement circles – trust your training. We practice over and over again how to respond in difficult circumstances so that we will take the proper actions when placed under stress. The same is true in parenting. There comes a time when you have to trust that the…

  • The Problem of Evil
    by jdmanders on May 25, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    For many people who do not believe in God, the largest obstacle to accepting His reality is the existence and nature of evil. Even many theists struggle with the concept of a loving personal God who allows evil to exist. In essence, both argue that if God is omnipotent and good, He would stop that…

  • Take Time Off When You Return
    by jdmanders on May 10, 2022 at 4:11 pm

    The first time I came back from a deployment, I was back at work within days. The second time, it was about a week. The last was the first time I actually took off several weeks and used up all of my leave. While I eventually became stir-crazy from staying at home, it was much…

  • We’re All Connected
    by jdmanders on April 29, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    A few weeks ago, I went to the funeral of a friend’s dad. Because of being close friends with her stepfather, who married her mother just after she was born, she has called me uncle all her life. As I sat looking over the audience and watched the videos with pictures of her father, I…