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8 Ways to Help When Your Teen Is Having Trouble

It’s common knowledge that the teenage years can be a hot mess for many families. These kids are a walking, talking whirlwind of chaos and change on so many levels. Their hormones are out of control, their biological instincts to procreate and seek independence are starting to kick in with...

4 Reasons Even the Most Rambunctious Children Belong in Church

If you’re a parent and grandparent worried about disturbing the people around you by bringing a potentially noisy child into worship, relax. It’s good for them, it’s good for you, and it’s good for the people around you....

5 Prayers for Your Graduate

The season of summer is upon us, and kids are ready to be out of school. However, for some this will be the last time that they are in their school. Graduations are right around the corner and many emotions come along with it....

He Is Willing to Help You Rest and Run

We can fix our eyes on the beautiful image of Jesus we have in the Scriptures and tune our ears to His loving words toward us. Jesus will be glorified in His children. And He is highly glorified when we believe this love, this grace, this mercy — that these...

How Shall the Righteous Shall Live by Faith?

This Christian walk is for daily faith. I love how this verse says we live: the righteous shall live by faith (Romans 1:17). And we do. Life is by faith. Righteousness is by faith, and life in the righteousness of Christ is good. ...

Hunger and Thirst after Righteousness in Relationships

Will you consider what it would mean to treat everyone in your life like Jesus has treated you? I wouldn’t consider that I am worthy of the kind of consideration that I wish were mine. Instead, I would consider others more highly than myself always. ...

7 Ways to Improve Our Prayer Lives

Because Jesus came and died for us and rose, we do not have to go through a priest anymore to get to God. When Jesus ascended, He sent the Holy Spirit to all who believe in Him. God is with us, and we can always communicate with Him. This is...

4 Beautiful Purposes the Bible Has for Moms

God uses the example of moms to reveal His greater love for us. When we think about how selfless, kind, and sacrificial the love of a mother is, it is a glimpse of the way that our Savior loves us. God reminds us of His loyalty in Isaiah, with the...

What Does It Really Mean That We Are #blessed?

We are blessed by so many little joys in our day-to-day life, by needs met in unexpected ways, but people who come into our lives to help us, or just to make us smile. God can bless us by laying a particular verse on our hearts, to encourage us in...

How to Let Go of What You Want

I want so many things that I don’t have. As I write this, I feel the weight of how true that is – how frustrating and disappointing life can feel. As a twenty-something with so much of life still feeling extremely unsettled, but wanting life to be so grand and...

Seeing Our Fairest Lord Jesus, the Person

Consider that He saved you from your sins because He wants you. Simple, right? But true. He wants you – you the person – for Himself. It’s a sweet and marvelous reality. He wants to know you and be known by you. He loves you the person. And we love...

On a Quest for the Truth of the Holy Grail

Pop culture is rich with Holy Grail references. Despite its strong ties to Christianity, the grail has remained an object of legend. But whether you associate it more with “Monty Python” or “Indiana Jones,” almost everyone has heard of the sacred cup.As the legend goes, the Holy Grail was used...

2 Important Lessons from Jesus and the Fig Tree

What is interesting to ponder is that we know Jesus knew this fig tree did not bear fruit (it was not even fig season). So why would he have cursed the tree? It was not out of sin, but out of making an example....

I Finished Reading the Bible — Now What?

If you’re among the minority who has finally finished reading the Bible—the prophets, the psalms, the proverbs, all the old stories about kings and kingdoms past, every one of the Gospels, and all the epistles from God’s called disciples—bravo! So now what?...

Is Building a Big Church the Right Goal?

It seems for the last two decades, and this could be longer, that church growth has been all the rage. As I look at the various ways and methods people use to grow the church, I am beginning to wonder if we have got this whole thing wrong. Have we...

How to Find Stability in an Unstable World

“Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority...

4 Beautiful Lessons Psalm 139 Has for Us Today

Psalm 139 is a beautiful passage full of richness in relationship with our God. It reminds us that we are completely under His care, that He has created us with purpose, that He loves us so much, and that He is always with us. Today, take some time to thank...

What Does It Mean for Us That God Is Worthy?

He created us specifically to make an impact in the world we live in at this particular time we are living in it. So purposeful and compassionate is He, not only to design us with such specificity, but to faithfully wait for us to turn to Him by our own...

4 Things Every Believer Should Be Doing with Their Authority in Christ

“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me’” (Matthew 28:18).When you think about Jesus, especially after the resurrection, we recognize that he has been given authority. This verse is one that I have quoted many times and I have...

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