How to Pray for Our Protectors: 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   The courageous soldiers and first responders who protect our nation are unsung heroes. Day and night they keep watch over our homes, ...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

Don't Let Terrorism Terrify You! Julie Barrier

Terrorists terrify us. But from an eternal perspective, they may touch the body, but they can never touch the soul.  “Dear friends, don’t be afraid of these who want to murder you. They can only kill the body; they have no power over your souls. But I’ll tell you whom to fear—fear God who has the ...more

Discretion: Filter and Edit Your Speech Don McMinn

Have you ever known someone who tends to say everything he thinks? There is no filter between thoughts and speech. It is a flawed type of communication that reasons, “If I think it, I should say it.” Verbal diarrhea. Before you turn your thoughts into sound waves, send them through filters that ...more