Prayer: Come Hungry for God John Beeson

There is perhaps nothing I feel more uncomfortable teaching than prayer.  If you were to list my spiritual gifts in order, the gift of prayer might eke out the gift of tongues, but that would be about it. That said, my experience as a pastor has been that most of those I meet feel similarly.  And ...more

Doubting Heart: Trusting God When He Seems Untrustworthy Brittany Burnette

You think to yourself, "Life can't get much better than this!" Today, the sun beams on your face, the wind blows at your back, and the world is at your fingertips. Everything has fallen into place. Then BAM! The unspeakable happens: you are ambushed by a spiritual attack. You never even saw it ...more

Longing for Heaven: Going Home to God Max Lucado

There dwells inside you, deep within, a tiny whippoorwill. Listen. You will hear him sing. His aria mourns the dusk. His solo signals the dawn. It is the song of the whippoorwill. He will not be silent until the sun is seen. We forget he is there, so easy is he to ignore. Other animals of the  ...more

Serve One Another: A Christlike Attitude in a Selfish World Don McMinn

In the late 1800’s, a large group of European pastors came to one of D. L. Moody’s Bible conferences in Massachusetts. As was their custom, the European guests put their shoes outside the dorm rooms at night to be cleaned by the hall servants. Of course, this was America. No hall servants, no clean ...more

The Power of Respect: Lessons from a Soldier Mark Marikos

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (Ephesians 5:1-2) In an Air Force ROTC management class, we learned there are two types of power. “Power of Position” ...more

White Lies: How Our Words Deceive Others Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

How can my words deceive others? We can often speak untruths in the name of "etiquette" or "fearing what others think. Here are just a few ways we can compromise our integrity by speaking half-truths. 1. Exaggeration “All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward ...more

Lulled into Apathy: Cherish God's Blessings Max Lucado

Abraham Lincoln once listened to the pleas of the mother of a soldier who’d been sentenced to hang for treason. She begged the President to grant a pardon. Lincoln agreed. Yet, he’s reported to have left the lady with the following words: “Still, I wish we could teach him a lesson. I wish we ...more

Can a Church Promote Occult Involvement? Josh McDowell

Humanism, Paganism and Relativism have all impacted today’s churches in one way or another. High on man, soft on sin, grey on truth, apathy and consumerism can foster the fatal flaws of the churches in Revelation 3 in our day. In recent years, there has been a denial of the cardinal doctrines of the ...more

Facing and Conquering Fear God's Way David Ferguson

A little boy had a part in the school play that read, “It is I, be not afraid.” He came out on stage and said, “It’s me and I’m scared!” Fear is an emotion common to humanity. Even the Apostle Paul testified to his struggle with fear: “For when we came into Macedonia…we were harassed at every ...more

The Big Bad Bandit of Fear: The Joy-Stealer Max Lucado

He was a professional thief. His name stirred fear as the desert wind stirs tumbleweeds. He terrorized the Wells Fargo stage line for thirteen years, roaring like a tornado in and out of the Sierra Nevadas, spooking the most rugged frontiersmen. In journals from San Francisco to New York, his name ...more