Essentials

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bacon

Fighting Skunks With Bacon

There can be a lot of rottenness in the world. At times, it’s so obvious and undeniable it’s nearly enough to knock you for a loop.

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suffering

Unless You’re Weeping for This, the Church Will Weep with You

What’s the answer for the many who suffer quietly in the supposed safe place for the hurting–the church–yet go without the comfort of others?

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growing your faith in college

How to Stay Christian at a Christian College

Christian college isn’t a guarantee that students will keep the faith. A thriving relationship with God doesn’t happen simply by immersion.

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student mission trips

5 Reasons Your Student Shouldn’t Go On a Mission Trip

The nations are in desperate need of the gospel. The” least of these” are hurting, hungry, thirsty, unclothed, and homeless. The solution? Not my teen!

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feeling abandoned

Do You Feel Abandoned by God?

The first two years of widowhood, God seemed distant and silent. Then I discovered the problem.

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What Singles Want Marrieds to Know

What Singles Want Marrieds to Know

Here are some tips for engaging with and loving the singles around you well.

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9 Tips for Leading a Small-Group Study

Facilitating a small group study enhances your own embracing of the material, your relationship with God, and your heart for ministering to others.

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cultural differences

We Moved Our Family and Changed Their World

One day David and his wife, Meg, realized they wanted their family to see that the world is a more diverse place than what they were experiencing.

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Finding your way back to church

Finding Your Way Back to the Church After Sexual Abuse

How can the victim of sexual abuse trust the body of Christ again? How can we go back to any church body? Why should we even try?

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Why take your kids to church

Why Take Your Kids to Church?

Nap schedules, feedings, teething, separation anxiety, sickness, sports – when kids are young, it seems easier to stay home. Is going to church worth it?

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Searching for Significance in the World of Social Media

Nobody Liked My Tweet! Searching for Significance in the World of Social Media

People spend hours tweaking their digital persona in a search for significance. Yet is social media the best place to look?

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Why does God allow suffering?

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

These basic principles will help you and your family understand the biblical reasons for tragedy.

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The people in my neighborhood

The People in My Neighborhood

My morning strolls did more than help me lose weight; they helped me learn valuable lessons about life.

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New Year's Resolutions for Moms

A New Year’s Resolution List for Every Mom

Here’s to giving your best to God—and your family—in the year ahead.

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Christmas

The Unexpected Christmas Gift

The real unexpected gift wasn’t the money or groceries, but an increase in our faith.

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When You Don't Feel Like Giving Thanks

When You Don’t Feel Like Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving can be a difficult reminder of the struggles we face, but there is comfort in the promises to come.

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Bill Cosby and our secret selves

Bill Cosby and Our Secret Selves

Like so many, I groaned at the disparity: Perfect, hilarious TV family. Lurid, devastating real life.

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Grateful woman

Gratefulness for the Small Things … Like Water and Electricity

We are completely dependent on our all-powerful God, who generously gives us every gift we possess.

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Beautiful scars - my grace is sufficient

Beautiful Scars

I noted something refreshingly real about Princess Eugenie’s choice of gown. From the front, she showed she was a princess. From the back, she showed she was a person like the rest of us.

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Moms ministry

The Importance of a Moms’ Ministry in Your Church

Ministering to this group can be instrumental in reaching everyone in the home.

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Ministering to parents

Ministering to Parents in Your Church

A creative way to connect with couples early in their parenting journey and establish a loving, caring relationship.

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Prayer

Does Prayer Really Do Any Good?

It’s easy to become cynical or weary about the act of prayer.

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How to pull out of a slump

7 Ways to Pull Out of a Slump

Restore your energy and zest for life with these tips.

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Fathers

Living in the Smile of the Father

Achieving success starts with knowing you have your father’s approval.

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Living according to God's Word

Living Within the Limits

Difficulties should push us toward God’s Word, not toward redefining the rules.

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Looking for awesome

Looking for Awesome in All the Wrong Places

God created us with a capacity for awe. Where you look for it will shape the direction of your life.

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Loving the prodigal

Loving the Prodigal Who Seems to Hate You

The way we love sinful people must be patterned after the rugged love God has for us.

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Walking by faith

No Cinderella Story

Life is no fairy tale of magic formulas, but instead it requires walking by faith.

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Obeying God

Obeying God Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

It is only as my view of Him increases that I will be more able to view my issues with a proper perspective.

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God working in my life

Old Stories With a New Connection

Years later, my wife and I realized a new way God had answered our individual prayers before we were married.

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