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Ten Things You Do That Aren't Church! Carey Nieuwhof

Why is church attendance declining? Why are churches failing? Carey Nieuwhof reveals the hearts of many Christians today. He writes:  SPIRITUALITY HAS BECOME AN INDIVIDUAL PURSUIT First, spirituality is increasingly seen an individual pursuit, not a community activity. Honestly, I get it. In a ...more

Seniors, Heal Your Loneliness! Julie Barrier

My Daddy was an extrovert. He never met a stranger. Dad, a consummate salesman, built a successful construction company from the ground up. Pop was a joiner! He served as a church deacon, a Rotary club member, and president of the Dallas Woods and Waters Club. Daddy knew every Baptist, businessman ...more

How to Argue Well with Your Spouse John Beeson

If you have breath, you are the proud owner of conflict. It lurks around every corner of our days. I wake up first in our home. I get dressed and start the coffee. I wake up Angel and our two teenage kids. The other day I kissed my daughter, “good morning, sweetie, it’s time to wake up.” “No, it ...more

6 False Expectations that Keep You from Being Happy Randy Alcorn

Most people intuitively know that our expectations profoundly affect our life experiences. Yet even as believers, we simultaneously expect too much and too little. We need to discover what we should expect less of and what merits higher expectations. That involves lowering our expectations ...more

A Glimpse of Grace Kelley Mathews

Last summer, our purebred chocolate lab enlivened our home with a litter of puppies. One of them captured the hearts of many visitors, both in person and online. Flash had looks and personality—and the ability to soothe the soul of whoever held him. But he remained available until we got a call. A ...more

Who Are the Gods of Today? John Beeson

The competition for your devotion is fierce. We just arrived in India: it’s my second time visiting this beautiful nation. One of the first thing that strikes you as a Westerner is just how different religious devotion manifests itself in this country. In this Hindu nation, the competition for ...more

Why is Jesus Called the Bridegroom? Jan Shrader

At the age of twelve I started praying for my future husband.  In the beginning my prayers were driven by my fear that I might marry the wrong person. Later on, though, my motives changed.  Over the next ten years I would often find myself speaking with God about critical life choices.  Prayers ...more

Is it Ever Wrong to Praise Your Child? Kevin Leman

"May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts!" Psalm 12:3 NET We live in a time where parents feel they have to praise everything kids do; no matter what. Whether they make a good effort, a poor effort, a mediocre effort; they get praised. It’s the mentality that everybody ...more

Fifteen Important Questions to Ask Your Grandchildren Deborah Haddix

Questions are powerful! Ask a well-crafted question and you can open up a closed-mouthed child, build relationship, and explore the depths of your thoughts. Question-asking can also help you reflect, learn and move forward. Here are 15 Importantl Questions Every Grandparent Needs to Ask 1. Do I ...more

Don't Let Politics Hurt Your Mental Health Caroline Leaf

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 In the current political climate, ...more