How Do You Know Your Grieving is Over? Larry Barber

Grief is never truly finished. When a loved one dies, we will always miss the relationship we had with that person.  Sometimes we will re-experience the pain of that loss as we go through annual celebrations such as birthdays, holidays and anniversaries. Nonetheless, we are called back into the ...more

Don't Let Toxic People Destroy Your Emotional Health Caroline Leaf

How do we stay emotionally and physically healthy with toxic people around us? Dr. Caroline Leaf writes: "Let’s face it: people can be too much at times. In fact, occasionally things will get so toxic that a deserted cabin in the middle of the wilderness can sound quite appealing!    We cannot run ...more

How to Be Strong in Weakness John Beeson

The most important influence to my pastoral counseling is from David Powlison. Powlison was a professor at the seminary my wife Angel graduated from and has had an indelible impact on her counseling. I had the chance to meet Powlison face-to-face a handful of times and was deeply impacted by his ...more

How Do I Respond When My Adult Child Blames Me for His or Her Issues? Kevin Leman

The following is an excerpt from Dr. Leman's podcast on Blaming others has been around since time began. Let’s go back to Adam and Eve. Adam said in Genesis 3:12:“It was you, God, that gave me that woman. It’s her fault.” Passing the buck has literally been around forever ...more

The Great White Throne Judgment of Christ Tommy Nelson

“…on the day when according to my gospel God will judge the secrets of men through Jesus Christ” (Rom. 2:16) “He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world through a man…” (Acts 17:31) Jesus Christ is not only man’s savior but is also man’s judge.  He will either have taken man’s judgment on ...more

How to Have Effective Intergenerational Friendships! Deborah Haddix

God wants to bless every relationship you have! In John 15:13 Jesus says, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends." Deborah Haddix writes: I think we are all guilty – at some time, to some degree – of having preconceived notions and prejudices. They may not be ...more

Defeat Satan's Attacks from Pain and Sorrow Jan Shrader

Once on a mission trip to Pakistan I saw an appalling sight in the market place.  A man was begging with a gazillion flies swarming around an open sore on his leg.  As a young, sanitized American I had never seen a swarm of flies feasting on an open wound.  Whenever I think about those flies ...more

How Jesus Prayed for Himself Drew Anderson

Is it biblical to pray for yourself? Jesus did! His prayer in John 17:1-5 gives us a model for how we should pray for ourselves. Drew Anderson writes: Jesus starts His prayer with a request for the Father to glorify Him. He then moves to praying for His disciples and their actions within the ...more

Don't Stop Praying: Persevere Like the Snail! Deb Waterbury

We’ve all done it.  We’ve all invested time and energy into someone or something and then come to the horrible conclusion that nothing is changing.  Nothing we seem to do or say helps them or changes them or even seems to reach them. When is it enough?  When do we stop hoping, stop trying…stop ...more

How to Write a Christian Passive Aggressive Note Jon Acuff

Someone sent me a picture of a sign they saw in a church. It is perhaps the greatest Christian passive aggressive note I have ever seen in my life. Since we Christians are so into “teachable moments” I thought I might be able to redeem this but turning it into a teaching tool. Let’s do life ...more