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Suicide: What God Says about Hope and Despair Tom Terry

From time to time there are people who become so frustrated by the difficulties of life that they surrender themselves to hopelessness, believing there is nothing good for them in the future. Some who have given up the precious gift of life have reasoned that since God has already forgiven them of ...more

Wrestling with the Violence of God Jeff Elkins

Saul was a bad king. He was impatient when he should have waited, and he hesitated when he should have advanced. Chapter 15 of 1st Samuel is a dark moment for Saul. He was at war with Israel’s arch-enemy, the Philistines.  He was outgunned and outnumbered. He’d had a few fantastic victories, but ...more

Deal with Your Daddy Issues Ted Roberts

In the secular counseling world there is a concept referred to as the "Daddy Complex." Have you heard of this? While there is no official diagnostic criteria for this concept, the condition is used to describe conscious or unconscious trauma experienced by a child through a father figure ...more

How to Really Really Read the Bible Don McMinn

15 Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 AMP Many Christians miss truly understanding and applying the Word of God because they lack the ...more

45 Spiritual Birthday Gifts Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth

As I approached my 45th spiritual birthday, and considered the many precious gifts I have received in Christ, I was filled with joy and gratitude as I once again spent time "opening" each gift and meditating on the goodness of God. These gifts are mine because of the work my gracious heavenly Father ...more

Does It Bother You That God Barred Moses from the Promised Land? Trevin Wax

For a long time, I was bothered by the fact that God didn’t allow Moses into the Promised Land. I sympathized with Moses in his one moment of weakness, and I wondered if God judged him too harshly. I was also bothered by the fact I was bothered. It’s not good to stay in a place where you criticize ...more

Why Didn’t God Send Jesus Right After Adam and Eve Sinned? Randy Alcorn

Why didn’t God send Jesus to the earth to die right after Adam and Eve sinned? Why did God wait all that time between Adam and Eve and the cross? This is a good question. I don’t mean to be dismissive, but after having considered who God is, the first answer to this question is “because God didn’t ...more

Praying for People Who Don’t Want Your Prayers Francis Frangipane

Pardon for an Unrepentant People "According to Your Word" Moses sent twelve spies to Canaan to bring back a report of the land. When they re turned, ten said that, though the land was good, Israel would surely be defeated by the inhabitants. Although Joshua and Caleb argued that Israel ...more

Why Strife is Catchy Thabiti Anyabwile

Feelings sometimes run hot in the blogosphere. That’s understandable given (a) some issues discussed, like racism, are already volatile and (b) we often don’t know the individuals we are engaging. Heat and anonymity combust, and often we end up understanding less than before the post or tweet was ...more

8 Ways to Have Your Wedding Point to Jesus John Beeson

The Knot recently did a study and found that over the past seven years, weddings in churches have dropped from 41% to 26%.[i] Wow. Did you hear that? Only a quarter of weddings now take place in a church. This fact in and of itself isn’t catastrophic. I don’t believe that one must get married in ...more