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How to Affirm Your Grandchildren Deborah Haddix

Affirming our grandchildren – it’s key: to building strong relationships, to discipleship, to passing the faith. Our words are powerful. When handled well, they can build up, encourage, communicate love, and convey value to our grandchildren. On the other hand, our disregard in the use of our ...more

Message is More Valuable than Motives Matt Smethurst

We all know what it’s like to do the right thing for the wrong reason. But what about the reverse? Have you ever done the wrong thing for (what you thought was) the right reason? Your motives were pure, but you still blew it. Motives Matter One thing that separates biblical Christianity from ...more

Sarai and Ishmael: Was He a Mistake? Jeff Elkins

Was the birth of Ishmael the result of Sarah's sin? Here are a few thoughts by Jeff Elkins: AN OLD UNDERSTANDING OF GENESIS 16 As a Southern Baptist kid who attended a mostly white church in the Bible belt, when I read Genesis 16, I was certain of a few things: 1.   Abraham (still called Abram in ...more

Job: A Man or a Myth? John Piper

Here is an enlightening answer to a seldom-studied character in the Bible: Job. The book of Job is a profound work on human suffering, worthy of a lifetime of study and reflection. But was Job himself a real, historical character (like John Bunyan), or is Job a mythic legend (like Paul Bunyan)? And ...more

Do You Know Loneliness Makes You Vulnerable to Sin? Erin Davis

Did you know that every time a lion pride hunts together it is a lightly organized operation? They do not test their potential prey for weakness like other predators do. The only weakness they are looking for is isolation. If they can remove a single animal from it’s herd, lunch is easily delivered, ...more

Here's Hope for the Battle-Weary Lysa TerKeurst

Lysa encourages us to persevere when life gets hard:  “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” Genesis 50:20 Do you ever worry that all of your hard times and suffering will be for nothing? That all of this pain you ...more

Confused by Creationism? Six Main Biblical Views Tom Terry

Christianity’s most controversial subject? Creationism. Forget the theories of the Big Bang and Evolution for a moment. Within the body of the Christian church there are at least six different views on the general subject of creationism. Each have their strengths and weaknesses and because of that ...more

Five Ways to Be Present with Your Adult Children Deborah Haddix

The grandparent/grandchild relationship is a special one (and it should be)! It’s sweet and wonderful and like-nothing-we’ve-ever-known-before, but we must take care not to mishandle God’s design for it. “Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the rules—that the Lord your God commanded me to ...more

Solomon: Good Advice from a Bad Dad Julie Barrier

King Solomon penned Psalm 127. He was not the model father.    God dubbed made the flamboyant monarch the wisest man on earth. When you read Psalm 127, you’ll notice that it’s a paradox. Solomon blends his sagely gift and his stint as the ultimate dysfunctional father. In a way, Solomon lived ...more

Sarah: When Hiding from God is No Longer an Option Lisa Bevere

A lot can happen in a year. In Genesis 18, God visits Abraham. While sitting at the entrance of his tent, Abraham notices three men standing before him by the oaks of Mamre. Abraham runs to them, bows down, and compels them to stay, referring to them as “Lord.” After providing a lavish meal for his ...more