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5 Lessons Mary Taught Me about Being a Mother Julie Barrier

You never stop being a mom. From the day you learn you have a bun in the oven to the day you breathe your last, your child is always on your mind and in your heart. Mary, Jesus’ mother, encourages me. Her struggles are my struggles.  1. Being a mom is scary. Mary taught us to entrust our kids to ...more

Keys to Living Well in a Scary World Matt Smethurst

It’s a multibillion-dollar industry. It fuels the internet. It dominates political campaigns, talk radio, and the evening news. It sits on therapist couches and speaks on Facebook feeds. No respecter of persons, it steals sleep from feeble beggars and mighty kings. What is this pervasive, ...more

Lessons My Ten-Year-Old Taught Me About How I See Money Jon Acuff

The question my 10-year-old asked me changed how I see money. One night at dinner I told my wife Jenny about a new opportunity a client offered me. As I told her about the details.  She said, “You shouldn’t take that offer. That opportunity has nothing to do with your passion. It’s outside your ...more

Will We Be Able to Learn in Heaven? Randy Alcorn

I heard a pastor say, “There will be no more learning in Heaven.” One writer says that in Heaven, “Activities such as investigation, comprehending and probing will never be necessary. Our understanding will be complete.” [1] In a Gallup poll of people’s perspectives about Heaven, only 18 percent ...more

I Can't Measure Up to the Proverbs 31 Woman! Lysa TerKeurst

Do you ever get that sinking feeling of not quite measuring up at the mention of the Proverbs 31 woman? Me too. I remember when I first read this chapter many years ago as a young wife and mom. I thought the Proverbs 31 woman was overwhelmingly perfect. And as I’ve walked through a season of ...more

Little-Known Facts About Laodecia, The Lukewarm Church Eli Lyzorkin-Eyzenberg

Revelation 3:14 “To the messenger of the congregation in Laodicea write: The Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says...." As we can see in the last message of Jesus to the key congregations in Asia Minor, Jesus is being described in terms of something ...more

How Do I Know If My Teenager is in Trouble? Mark Gregston

Worried about your son or daughter but not sure how to know how bad it really is? Answer the questions below and add up the score to see the results. 1. Your teen refuses to abide by anything you say or request, and his or her resulting behaviors put your him/her or your family in high danger or ...more

Why Ascension Day Matters to You! Russell Moore

It’s kind of terrible how Ascension Day is almost completely ignored by lower-church Christians. We could say it’s because we don’t observe the liturgical calendar, but we do when it comes to such major feast days as Christmas, recognizing the Incarnation, and Easter, the Resurrection. It’s a shame ...more

How to Welcome Infrequent Church Attenders Carey Nieuwhof

It’s a challenge you face as a church leader: what do you do with people who only occasionally attend church? Like at Easter or Christmas or special occasions? But infrequent attendance isn’t just for holidays anymore. It’s for every day. How do you respond as people generally attend less often?  ...more

Advice for Insecure Girls Everywhere Erin Davis

She was beautiful. Not in the “everyone is beautiful” kind of way but in the really, really beautiful kind of way. She had long blonde hair, flawless skin, and style that oozed cuteness. With my blondish, brownish frizzy hair, not-so-flawless skin, and style that oozes “hot mess,” I was the one ...more