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Stealing the Spotlight: Step Aside and Point to Jesus Julie Barrier

Everybody loves the limelight, except spiritual grownups that have learned to shine the spotlight on Jesus Christ. Hairy John the Baptist may have reeked of sweat and barbecued grasshoppers, but Jesus said nobody was greater than he. Why? The dusty prophet spent his life pointing people to Christ. ...more

When to Have Sex: Why God Says to Wait Glenn Barteau

One of my pastor-mentors said, “When sex is good, it’s great. But when sex in bad, it’s still pretty good!” A good observation, but the Bible has more to say on the subject. The American notion of living together may or may not be exclusive, but it is by nature… far from permanent. God tells us in ...more

Slow Down, Sit Still and Shut Up: Listen to God Speak Julie Barrier

Words, words, words! Good listeners are few and far between. Most of us love the sound of our own voices rather than the voice of God. We will never truly know God without shutting up, slowing down and staying put. My propensity for verbosity has often hindered my spiritual growth. Here’s my story.  ...more

Overcoming Shame: The Story of Rebecca Max Lucado

Rebecca Thompson fell twice from the Fremont Canyon Bridge. She died both times. The first fall broke her heart; the second broke her neck. She was only eighteen years of age when she and her eleven-year-old sister were abducted by a pair of hoodlums near a store in Casper, Wyoming. They drove the ...more

Are Christians Narrow-Minded? Jeff Jones

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” In our culture, that sounds crazy, and is at minimum something very hard to swallow. It leaves us asking, “Can there really be just one way to God? How about all these other religions, can they all be wrong? Do ...more

Five Gifts the Resurrection Gives Us Tom Terry

The resurrection provides five things that make Christianity stand out as unique, remarkable, and superior to every other philosophy and faith. THE RESURRECTION REVERSES THE GARDEN CURSE We don’t often think of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden when we think of Easter. But the scriptures ...more

Pastors, Peeps and Preaching Julie Barrier

Easter Sunday is the pastors' Superbowl Sunday. Countless kiddies hyped up on Cadbury chocolate marshmallow bunnies and shocking pink peeps are forced to wear itchy petticoats, stiff, squeaky new shoes and hairbows the size of helicopter propellers. Mom and Dad won’t listen if their progeny aren’t ...more

Jesus: Next-Door Savior and Coming King Max Lucado

“There’s something wrong with this picture.” Remember those handouts in elementary school? The teacher would pass out drawings with the question at the bottom, “What’s wrong with this picture?” We’d look closely for something that didn’t fit. A barnyard scene with a piano near the water trough. ...more

Don't Preach a Namby-Pamby Jesus at Easter Francis Chan

We totally underestimate the power of Jesus. What often happens when you hear the name “Jesus”? Is He namby-pamby or the God of the Universe? I’m so bugged by the way we often underestimate His power. People don’t talk about Jesus like He is an amazing force with which to be reckoned. I remember ...more

Bronwyn and Otis Lee: Putting God First Julie Barrier

 My youngest daughter Bronwyn has always pushed the envelope, sticking her hairy toe across any line drawn before her. Bronwyn, or “White Breast” was a Welsh heroine in her father’s favorite book, "How Green Was My Valley." We never told her what her real name meant until much later. We just called ...more