Why Our Transparency is So Powerful Deb Waterbury

My youngest son, Miles, and I have a unique mother/son relationship.  We most definitely relate on a familial level, but also he appreciates my counsel.  As a minister, much of what I do for women is counsel, but rarely does a parent experience that sort of relationship with her child. Miles, on the ...more

Heralding True Heroes: a 9/11 Tribute Craig Lounsbrough

History has pivoted on ordinary people who when faced with extraordinary circumstances drew on some deeply submerged essence of their humanity and were, in those most harrowing of moments, transformed into extraordinary people.  There are those who held themselves of no accord who stood in harm’s ...more

Leaders: Five Keys to a Good Apology Carey Nieuwhof

You probably have a love/hate relationship with apologies. You appreciate it deeply when others apologize to you. But you find it difficult to apologize to others. And let me guess, when you do apologize, you’re tempted to explain, justify or defend your actions. Which is not really an apology ...more

Why is Jesus Called the Lamb of God? Jan Shrader

I don’t believe in accidents.  But, sometimes things happen that I didn’t plan, like the time Gary and I ended up on an all-Jewish bus tour of Israel.  When Gary retired from pastoring, our home church gave Gary a travel voucher as a retirement gift.  After praying and researching our ...more

Process Your Depression and Loss God's Way Neil Anderson

One critical key to overcoming depression is to process your losses. A loss can be real, threatened or imagined, which is often a negative thought or lie that is believed. Either one can precipitate a depression. How we respond to any loss or crisis will determine how fast we recover. The following ...more

Paul: To the Third Heaven with No Fanfare! John Piper

John Piper, in his magnificent book, "Why I Love the Apostle Paul," asks us why Paul didn't boast more about his vision of the third heaven. Where did Paul go? Here are John Piper's observations: "Suppose you had an absolutely stunning supernatural experience, like being in a car accident and ...more

Why Did Jesus Say We Are the Light of the World? John Beeson

I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska. During the dead of winter, there are several weeks where the sun skims the horizon for a mere four hours a day. If you move north to the Arctic Circle, there are days with no sunlight at all. Can you imagine a world without light? A world where you can’t see your ...more

Twelve Self-Assessment Questions for Christian Parents Luke Gilkerson

God is the One who entrusted children to us in the first place: God, our Heavenly Father. And thankfully, He has a lot to say in His Word about His standards for good parents. Curious about them? Here are 12 self-assessment questions to consider from the Bible. 12 Self-Assessment Questions for ...more

How to Say "No" Wisely Lysa TerKeurst

Proverbs 2:11: "Discretion will watch over you, understanding and discernment will guard you." Lysa Terkeurst gives ten simple guidelines to help you navigate your decisions wisely: Personal 1. While my heart wants to say yes, yes, yes, the reality of my time makes this a no. 2. I am ...more

When Hurricanes Come, God's Hope is Here Max Lucado

We saw the storm coming. While it was still days away, the predictions chilled our spines and jolted our complacency. “It’s a monster!” “Disaster is not only at our doorstep, it’s coming in!” Now it arrives and will it be as vast and terrible as advertised? It promises to pounce, then sit and sit ...more