Dysfunctional Family: Exhibit A (Palestine) John Beeson

I believe it was Roger Barrier who I first heard point out that there are basically no functional families in the Bible.  That is absolutely the truth.  And to see how deep the dysfunction can run it only takes a glance at Genesis 29 and 30.  These two chapters tell the story of Jacob’s marriage to ...more

God's Timing-No Accident! Karen Holford

For the first time in years I was beginning to feel in control of my life. Our new home felt like a palace. Nathan was finally potty-trained. At last I was able to return to work as an occupational therapist for one day a week. My first book was almost completed. Everything in my life seemed to be ...more

Responding to the Spiritual Beliefs of Seekers Tom Terry

Too often as Christians we don't explore the belief systems of others, and in doing so, fail to understand how they think. When we take a hard look at comparative religion, we know how to pray for others and how to lead them to Christ. We are not “lobbing the gospel ball over the fortress fence.” ...more

Creative Ways to Teach the Lord's Prayer to your Kids Karen Holford

One way you can teach the Lord's Prayer to your children is to gather a scrapbook or ring binder, glue, scissors, pictures of all kinds, marker pens and a Bible opened to Matthew 6:9-13.  To make a scrapbook, make an attractive cover. On the top of each page write one phrase of the Lord's Prayer, ...more

From Doubt to Faith Glenn Barteau

Most non-Christians aren't looking for a debate, but they are bombarded by a tidal wave of media that goes against the idea of faith. Non-Christians are plagued by questions like 'How can there be a loving God with so much evil in the world?' or 'Doesn't science explain away Scripture?" Jude 1:22 ...more

The Jewel of Integrity Brad Tuttle

Sine cera was a term in ancient Israel that guaranteed a clay pot was "without wax." Wax was used by salesmen to cover imperfections that occured during the firing. The retailer was passing off a defective product by deceiving the buyer. When we pretend to live a life "without wax," we are ...more

Savvy Spiritual Leaders Tom Lutz

Spiritual leaders & teachers come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, rank, stations of life, intelligence, experiences, education, gender, race, nationality, geography, looks, age, up bringing, church affiliation, heritage, and address. The key is that spiritual leaders & teachers are called of God to ...more

The Essential of Forgiveness Chet Weld

How many of you have ever had to forgive anyone?  Was there ever a downside to it? Many studies have proven that childhood trauma and emotional trauma from the stresses of life take a toll on us physically. In one survey of 20,000 adults in San Diego: those who suffered physical and emotional abuse ...more

Celebrating Differences Karen Holford

Many couples have personalities and interests that are very different. The first step in dealing with differences in a more effective way is to acknowledge that the differences exist. Early in relationships, couples tend to be in denial about their divergent personalities. Each wants to see the ...more

Praising Our Way Into Worship Don McMinn

If I could teach my children only one thing, it would be to worship God. For when they truly worship God, my children will by nature attend church, seek prayer, find sin repulsive, consider obedience a privilege and extend love as a reflex. What is worship? Who can experience it? How can I become ...more