A Glimpse of Grace Kelley Mathews

Last summer, our purebred chocolate lab enlivened our home with a litter of puppies. One of them captured the hearts of many visitors, both in person and online. Flash had looks and personality—and the ability to soothe the soul of whoever held him. But he remained available until we got a call. A ...more

Who Are the Gods of Today? John Beeson

The competition for your devotion is fierce. We just arrived in India: it’s my second time visiting this beautiful nation. One of the first thing that strikes you as a Westerner is just how different religious devotion manifests itself in this country. In this Hindu nation, the competition for ...more

Why is Jesus Called the Bridegroom? Jan Shrader

At the age of twelve I started praying for my future husband.  In the beginning my prayers were driven by my fear that I might marry the wrong person. Later on, though, my motives changed.  Over the next ten years I would often find myself speaking with God about critical life choices.  Prayers ...more

Is it Ever Wrong to Praise Your Child? Kevin Leman

"May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts!" Psalm 12:3 NET We live in a time where parents feel they have to praise everything kids do; no matter what. Whether they make a good effort, a poor effort, a mediocre effort; they get praised. It’s the mentality that everybody ...more

Fifteen Important Questions to Ask Your Grandchildren Deborah Haddix

Questions are powerful! Ask a well-crafted question and you can open up a closed-mouthed child, build relationship, and explore the depths of your thoughts. Question-asking can also help you reflect, learn and move forward. Here are 15 Importantl Questions Every Grandparent Needs to Ask 1. Do I ...more

Don't Let Politics Hurt Your Mental Health Caroline Leaf

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 In the current political climate, ...more

Is Homosexuality Worse Than Other Sins? Randy Alcorn

Recently I received a thoughtful question from a reader asking if homosexuality is a “worse” sin than others in God’s view. Here’s my answer. The point isn’t that homosexual sin is worse than other sins, but that it’s a result of and related to idolatry. Romans 1:22-27 says: 22 Claiming to be ...more

Sarah and I: Her Story is My Story Julie Barrier

Sarah is my favorite woman in the Bible. Flawed but faithful, she inspires me to finish my race well. Although I stumble and struggle along the way, I know I will enter heaven and hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”  If Sarah can be included in the Hall of Faithful Heroes, you ...more

7 Words: The Key to Being Nice Jon Acuff

I know a few jerks who have made it pretty far in life. To pretend otherwise would be a lie. Jerks occasionally win. They make lots of money. They get famous. They accomplish lots and lots of things. They succeed in a million different ways, but, there’s a catch. Jerks who win, only win ...more

5 Reasons Anger is the New Epidemic Carey Nieuwhof

"Now is the time to cast off and throw away all these rotten garments of anger, hatred, cursing, and dirty language." Colossians 3:8 NLT So much is changing so quickly in our culture. One of the things that is changing quickly is how deeply we seem to hate each other. I wish I could say ...more