You MATTER. Never Forget It! Brie Barrier Wetherbee

Ever had God blow your socks off? Shock you with His goodness? Leave you speechless with His plan? This weekend I was reading the new book by Richard Preston. He wrote the Hot Zone years ago about the Ebola virus breakout outside of Washington DC. His newest covers the Ebola crisis in West Africa ...more

Why Don't We Talk About Death? Randy Alcorn

Why don't we talk about death? Why are we silent about the inevitable? Randy Alcorn shares his thoughts: "There’s an old story of a slave who travels with his master to Baghdad. Early one morning, milling through the marketplace, the slave sees Death in human form. Death gives him a threatening ...more

How to Give Your Grown Children to God Julie Barrier

You shed crocodile tears when your little cherub bravely entered the kindergarten door, Sponge Bob backpack in tow. You watched your tyke kick his first soccer goal. You rejoiced when your teen eagerly entered the church bus on his first mission trip. Then he met a GIRL. All of a sudden, this ...more

St. Augustine on Prayer Tim Keller

Anicia Faltonia Proba (died  AD 432) was a Christian Roman noblewoman. She had the distinction of knowing both St. Augustine, who was the greatest theologian of the first millennium of Christian history, as well as John Chrysostom, who was its greatest preacher. We have two letters of Augustine to ...more

Paul, Daniel and Elisha: Does God Change His Mind? Randy Alcorn

While I doubt anyone this side of Heaven will ever manage to fully “explain” how God’s sovereignty and human choice fully fit together, I believe Scripture provides us with many examples of how the two work symbiotically. For example, Paul called himself not only a “servant” of God but also a ...more

Top Ten Christ-Follower Traps Carey Nieuwhof

#1 Thinking of Prayer as a Way to Manipulate God We’ve all done it.  Prayed a certain prayer and then when things don’t turn out the way we want them to, we let God have the full fury of our anger. I’ve seen some deeply spiritual people fall into this trap (just claim it in Jesus’ name and it ...more

10 Lessons for My Kids on My 40th Birthday John Beeson

Tomorrow I turn 40. Lord willing, I’m about halfway done with this marathon we call life. God has been so gracious to me. I have a godly wife who makes me laugh every day and two teenage children who grow daily in faith and wisdom. 25 and 27 years from now Camille and Soren will celebrate their ...more

Will We Really See God's Face? John MacArthur

Will we really see God's face?  Pastor John MacArthur gives a powerful observation of this spiritual truth. "Yes! In heaven we will actually see the Lord face to face. This is impossible in the earthly realm. After all, God said, "No man can see Me and live!" (Ex. 33:20, NASB). John 1:18 and 1 John ...more

What Are Our Priorities in Prayer? Tom Terry

What do you want out of your Christian experience? If you’re like most people you might answer that you are looking for peace, strength during difficulties, or even some level of personal prosperity. Would these be your answer? If so, you might want to consider God’s list of priorities for us in ...more

How We Can See Jesus Randy Alcorn

Do you really want to see Jesus? Randy Alcorn reflects on the happiness we will experience as we look on the face of Christ: "Ancient theologians often spoke of the “beatific vision.” The term comes from three Latin words that together mean “a happy-making sight.” The sight they spoke of was God. ...more