Eight Questions to Define Your Ministry Rick Warren

Ministry is too important to be done haphazardly. How we’re leading in the core of our churches has to do with life-changing, eternity-consequential decisions. Therefore, we need to think through what ministry is all about. Sometimes we are more strategic about our grocery lists than our approach to ...more

Puppies and Babies: Lessons They Teach Us! Julie Barrier

Vets tell us that our canines have the emotional and intellectual capacity of two-year-olds. I beg to disagree. Toddlers are much dumber than dogs, and I have hard evidence to prove it. (Just kidding!) But we can learn from both of them. And should. The average toddler spews strained spinach all ...more

Psalms for Soldiers and First Responders Julie Barrier

“God shapes the world by prayer. The more prayer there is in the world, the better the world will be, the mightier the forces of good against evil …” – E.M. Bounds Flying bullets, suicide vests, terrorist threats and racial riots. Our society is filled with fear. God is our shield, but He has given ...more

Tearing Down Your Strongholds Max Lucado

Does one prevailing problem stalk your life? Where does Satan have a hook in you? Some are prone to cheat. Others quick to doubt. Maybe you worry. Yes, everyone worries some – but you own the national distributorship of anxiety. Perhaps you are judgmental. Sure, everybody can be critical, but you ...more

Suffering and Death: Why Does God Allow It? Tom Terry

Why does God allow suffering and death? This is the age-old question that has plagued man for thousands of years. It is a direct challenge against the goodness of God. That is, how can God be good but allow suffering, especially the innocent, to suffer? In some cases, it depends upon what your ...more

John Piper on Terrorism, Justice and Loving Our Enemies John Piper

John Piper penned this article following the terrorist attack on 9/11, but his eloquent thoughts balancing justice and forgiveness are timeless. "Can we pray for justice, and yet love our enemy at the same time?" The answer is yes. But let's start with our own guilt. Christians know that if God ...more

Nehemiah: It Takes a Daring Faith to Pray for Success Rick Warren

You can learn a lot about a person by the kind of prayer he prays. For instance, a selfish prayer indicates a selfish spirit. Have you ever heard a prayer that sounds like a Christmas list — I want this, and I want that. Some people try to impress you with their prayers, yet they come off as ...more

Why Gratitude is a Forgotten Art Craig Lounsbrough

We all know that we are to be thankful. There’s something right and proper and good about it.  But sometimes in the rush of life we don’t feel we have time to be thankful, or that our situation isn’t really something to be thankful about.  Life sometimes is more about survival and less about ...more

Assisted Suicide: The Cult of Death and the Life of Christ Russell Moore

Washington, Oregon, California and Vermont all have passed assisted suicide laws called "Death with Dignity" laws. These are the thoughts of Dr. Russell Moore concerning the ethics of assisted suicide. "The state assembly of California voted to allow legal assisted suicide. Lawmakers sent the bill ...more

The Bible is Alive and Active Tim Keller

Western society used to be basically divided between people who (1) respected the Bible as “the truth” but didn’t follow it, (2) believed and followed it devotedly, or (3) rejected it as simply a book of legends and myths. Things are changing.  To begin with, the first group is rapidly declining in ...more