Don't Be Afraid of Abandonment Lisa Bevere

Do all men leave? For the first ten years of my marriage, I struggled with the fear of abandonment. My father and my first pastor had both left their wives for younger women. Because of what I had experienced, I allowed fearful thoughts to linger unchecked in my mind. They didn’t yell; they ...more

Understand Christmas? Understand Hanukkah! Julia Blum

The Festival of Lights For many people in the diaspora – both Jews celebrating Hanukkah and Gentiles observing this celebration – Hanukkah is all about dreidels and latkes. However, if you happen to be in Israel during Hanukkah, go to a children’s party in a kindergarten or elementary school. You ...more

10 Ways Materialism Steals Our Joy Randy Alcorn

God created us to love people and use things, but materialists love things and use people. Materialism drives not just the “bad apples” of society; it drives “the best and the brightest,” those from the finest homes and schools, those who become government and business leaders, physicians, and ...more

Do Christmas Lyrics Affect Your Joy at Christmas? Craig Lounsbrough

Christmas is inundated with some rich wonderful holiday music that lends a profound fullness to the holiday season.  The messages in this music are far different than most of the music that we listen to throughout the year.  With days shortened and the breathtaking migrations now concluded, the ...more

Ten Keys to Avoiding Loneliness at the Holidays Deb Waterbury

It's that wonderful time of the year! Or is it? Many people are deeply lonely during the holiday season. This is what Dr. Deb Waterbury advises: "It’s simply amazing to me how quickly the Christmas things are out on store shelves!!  Before we can even get through Halloween the little green and red ...more

Are You Spiritual? Or Religious? Tom Terry

Every once in a while a new movement comes along that seeks to capture the attention of people away from traditional faith commitments. My attention was grabbed by one so-called spiritual movement last week. Calling itself the “Spiritual But Not Religious” movement (SBNR), it portends to offer true ...more

Why is Jesus Called the Bread of Life? Jan Shrader

Why is Jesus called the Bread of Life? “Get me in as fast as you can,” demanded the frantic woman at the blood lab, “I am fasting, and I don’t want to sit around here all day and starve to death.”  As I watched the receptionist it seemed she was using all her will power to keep from rolling ...more

Five Keys to Avoid a Family Feud at Christmas Deb Waterbury

Do you dread Christmas? Or love it? Some people dread the holidays because family feuds abound.  Is it "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?" Well, it should be, and for the most part, it often is. However, people are people, no matter where you go, and that includes us. Consequently, we have to ...more

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