James: Are Desires Good or Evil? Randy Carlson

Desire is a very powerful force in our lives, and I am convinced it’s the root of why it’s so difficult for us to live intentionally. The reason we get into trouble is because our desires are not aligned with what God has for us. James 1:14-15 says, “Each one is tempted when, by this own evil ...more

14 Powerful Prayers from Daniel Randy Alcorn

1. Position yourself in prayer by reading Scripture first.  “In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the LORD given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years” (v. 2). 2. Follow Scripture’s lead ...more

Is Christianity a Radicalized Religion? Tom Terry

CNN’s Belief Blog presented four signs that a person’s religious beliefs might be radicalized. This stood in contrast to a TED presentation showed that 75 percent of the world’s population live in countries that impose legal restrictions on religion.   It was CNN’s Belief Blog that described four ...more

Spiritual Warfare and the Lives of Church Leaders Brandon Cox

Author and pastor Brandon Cox shares his personal insights on the fight to spiritual victory for those who lead men and women to Christ. Here are his valuable observations: “The struggle is real." When you drop the phrase spiritual warfare into a casual conversations, you often get mixed ...more

Can Disappointment Be a Gift? Lysa TerKeurst

“Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23 (HCSB) It’s hard not to let the hurt of today blind us to the hope of tomorrow. But what if God wants to use our disappointment to usher in a new appointment? I remember many years ago when ...more

10 Reasons Why Racism is Wrong Kevin DeYoung

I’ve grown up my whole life hearing that racism was wrong, that “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior” (to use one of the first definitions that popped up on my phone) is sinful. I’ve heard it from ...more

Bible Verses for Every Hurting Mom Deborah Haddix

Wherever you are in your “mothering,” may you find rest, strength, comfort, wisdom… or even a swift kick in the seat of the pants as you spend time in God’s Word. May you, dear sister, lean into God and His Word as you carry out your kingdom building work of shepherding the young image bearers you ...more

Ruth: How to Have Loving In-Law Relationships Erin Davis

I once heard someone say that the relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law is the most fragile of all human relationships. If you are one of those people, you already know this relationship can get sticky. Mothers-in-law often fulfill a role that is part mother, part friend, and ...more

5 Lessons Mary Taught Me about Being a Mother Julie Barrier

You never stop being a mom. From the day you learn you have a bun in the oven to the day you breathe your last, your child is always on your mind and in your heart. Mary, Jesus’ mother, encourages me. Her struggles are my struggles.  1. Being a mom is scary. Mary taught us to entrust our kids to ...more

Keys to Living Well in a Scary World Matt Smethurst

It’s a multibillion-dollar industry. It fuels the internet. It dominates political campaigns, talk radio, and the evening news. It sits on therapist couches and speaks on Facebook feeds. No respecter of persons, it steals sleep from feeble beggars and mighty kings. What is this pervasive, ...more