Loved Ones in Heaven: Can or Should We Talk to Them? Randy Alcorn

Is it okay to talk to our loved ones who've gone on to be with Jesus? First, would it even be possible for someone in Heaven to know what's happening on earth, and be able to hear us say anything? Many assume the answer is no. But in Matthew 17, Moses and Elijah clearly already knew the events ...more

Talk to Your Kids About Drug Use Kevin Leman

The tragic death of any celebrity offers every parent the opportunity to talk to your kids about drugs. Her death is on every television, magazine, and Web site in the country. When something is this widespread, it creates a nice big opportunity for you to address the issue of drugs. You might hear ...more

Get Into a Larger Tank Don McMinn

There is a species of fish – the Japanese carp, known as the Koi – that will grow in size only in proportion to the size of the body of water it is in. When placed in a small aquarium the fish will only grow to be two or three inches long. If placed in a larger body of water, it will grow to six to ...more

Why Islam Is Growing Russell Moore

“It is as well to admit when your enemies are onto something.” So wrote Douglas Murray in his essay in the May issue of the British magazine Standpoint. While Murray’s point was on the broad theme of the West’s move to secularization, I was most arrested by Murray’s point about the growth of ...more

2015 Sees Sharp Rise in Post-Christian America David Kinnaman

While the United States remains shaped by Christianity, the faith’s influence—particularly as a force in American politics and culture—is slowly waning. An increasing number of religiously unaffiliated, a steady drop in church attendance, the recent Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, and ...more

Heaven: What is the Difference Between Present Heaven and Future Heaven? Randy Alcorn

People usually think of “Heaven” as the place Christians go when they die. A better definition explains that Heaven is God’s central dwelling place, the location of his throne from which he rules the universe. Many don’t realize that the present pre-resurrection Heaven and future post-resurrection ...more

Useless? 3 Ways to Change People's Lives Tom Terry

During a home Bible study I attended recently, someone asked the question, "How do I know what God has given me to use for his kingdom?" There were a lot of answers around the room about spiritual gifts, financial resources, etc. But as I thought about it, it occurred to me that God has given us ...more

What Draws Us to Other People? Magnetism! Craig Lounsbrough

When we ask the question about what draws others to us, we might first want to determine why we're asking the question. This magnetism is not about popularity, attractiveness or some sort of self-aggrandizing behavior. It's nothing to do with eliciting attention or being something like a mesmerizing ...more

Racism: How Deep is Its Root? Thabiti Anyabwile

When my wife and I purchased our first home, I determined our lawn would be at least comparable to that lovely lush landscape of the guy two doors down. Our street took a lot of pride in curbside appeal. I joined them in the weekly ritual of weeding, seeding, planting, mowing, watering, raking, ...more

Your Mind Can Change Your Brain! Caroline Leaf

Materialists believe that the mind emerges from the brain and that the mind (soul) is an artifact of the brain. Like the Sadducees of Jesus’ time, they only believe what they can see, feel and touch (Matthew 22:23-31, Acts 23:8). This has been the prevailing paradigm in the western scientific world ...more