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Comfort Like You Really Mean It Don McMinn

A mother asked, “Where have you been?” Her little girl replied, “On my way home I met a friend who was crying because she had broken her doll.” “Oh,” said her mother, “then you stopped to help her fix the doll?” “No,” replied the little girl, “I stopped to help her cry.” Hurt and pain are ...more

Don't Stay Silent in a Culture of Confusion Lisa Bevere

Walk into most churches nowadays and you will likely hear a message of love, hope, encouragement, and identity. And all that is good and well. After decades of overly harsh messages, the pendulum has naturally swung to the other side—but have we swung it too far? Are we so set on being ...more

Six Tips to Create Joy in Your Home This Christmas Luke Gilkerson

It isn’t hard for kids to be happy around Christmas, especially if they think there’s going to be a pile of gifts waiting for them on December 25th. But this kind of happiness is hardly the joy the Bible talks about. “Happiness” comes from the Middle English hap meaning “chance” or “good luck.” ...more

Why the World of Mister Rogers is Life-Changing Russell Moore

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE “A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?” Russell Moore, in his charming article about Fred Rogers, pulls our heartstrings and reminds us how we should cherish those around us. His words inspire us not to see the sweater, but to hear his powerful Christian message: “This year ...more

Eleven Keys for Making Christmas Your Best Outreach Carey Nieuwhof

Any idea what the best outreach opportunity of the year at your church might be? You might think it’s an event you do, or perhaps it’s Easter. But whether Christmas has historically been your best opportunity to reach unchurched people or not, I believe it could be. You may think it’s far too ...more

How Do You Lead Your Family Well? John Beeson

Who are the most influential leaders in your life? What made them such great leaders? I fear that our cultural understanding of leadership is going further and further astray from what true leadership is. We Americans seem to have a bizarre attraction to two types of leaders: celebrities and ...more

Best Thanksgiving Quotes to Use with Your Family Craig Lounsbrough

“Thanksgiving is a posture of both mind and heart where we recognize how terribly fortunate we are, and how much we’ve been blessed despite the fact that we probably haven’t been the blessing that we should have been.”  “Thanksgiving is coming to the life-altering understanding that truly precious ...more

Thanksgiving: Like No Other Holiday! Tom Terry

More than any other, Thanksgiving embodies both religious and political freedoms, and puts them in their proper place. Of the numerous holidays Americans celebrate each year, Thanksgiving is uniquely American, and uniquely Christian.In the early 1600s a small group of devoutly religious men and ...more

Abigail: The Bible's Best Hostess Julie Barrier

Don’t be stingy with your stuffing. Don’t be tight with your turkey legs. Abigail, the consummate hostess, was the Martha Stewart of her day. She calmly faced an army of angry guests with grace. Abigail’s name means “Whose Father is Joy.” But her married name was “Whose Husband is a Beast.” She ...more

3 Necessities to Teach Your Child Before the Age of 5 Kevin Leman

Children are like wet cement. If you’ve ever worked with wet cement or seen someone work with it, it does harden up pretty quickly and so it is with the personalities of our kids. If you want to put this to test in your life, here’s a suggestion around the dinner table. Parents, ask your son or ...more