Ephesians: How to Live an Intentional Life Randy Carlson

For those of us who follow Christ, it’s important to understand “why” we choose to live intentionally. If we take the book of Ephesians and split it into two halves, the first three chapters is the orthodoxy of our faith – our position in Christ. It’s all about God’s intentional love for us. Then in ...more

Sob Stories: Don't Talk Too Much about Your Issues Don McMinn

We all have mental tapes that play over and over in our minds. If they are positive narratives, there’s no major downside other than they’re unnecessarily using up our brain-energy If our mental tapes have a negative or painful storyline they will eventually adversely affect our mind, emotions, and ...more

Does God Want Us to Have Pets? Julie Barrier

Countless American families hastily evacuated their homes due to fires, floods or hurricanes. The stories of their frantic retreats are remarkably similar. They rescue two things as they rush out the door: treasured photos and the family pet. Forget the paintings and the jewelry! Fido and photos ...more

Are You Just a "Fan" of Jesus? Lisa Bevere

Do you really know Jesus or simply know of Him? Is He a celebrity crush or Lord of your life? Lisa Bevere writes her observations: "Has there been a person in your life you thought you knew, but you really didn’t? Could that person be Jesus? Stay with me as we explore this pivotal question! The ...more

Loving Advice for the Long-Married Julie Barrier

I have two sets of parents. Both couples were wed during the Jurassic period (not really). Both were married almost 60 years. I watched each twosome grow old together. One pair barely tolerated each other at the bitter end. My folks were sweethearts until death parted them. Mom and Dad had a ...more

God's Secret Work Within You Lisa Bevere

“Just as you’ll never understand the mystery of life forming in a pregnant woman, so you’ll never understand the mystery at work in all that God does” (Ecclesiastes 11:5 MSG). Solomon parallels how God works with the mystery of a child growing in the womb. Although science has given us much ...more

Is Bitterness a Satanic Stronghold? Francis Frangipane

Two conditions of the heart exist where no one can hide: one is when the heart is filled with love and the other when we are infected with bitterness. Either condition can take over our thoughts and both can filter our entire view of life. As followers of Jesus Christ, we must make our highest quest ...more

Solomon and Spiritual Discernment Neil Anderson

In a world saturated with deceiving spirits, false prophets, and false teachers, the need to exercise discernment cannot be overstated. As believers, we think with our minds, but we discern with our spirits. Mentally we can know whether something is right or wrong in the natural realm by observation ...more

How to Understand Someone Who is Grieving Larry Barber

At many points after a loss, the mourning person can benefit from the support of others. Individual grief reactions can vary widely from person to person and also within the same person over time. Accordingly, friends need to be ready to accept and support the griever through a wide range of ...more

Top Twelve Tools for Praying with Your Grandchildren Deborah Haddix

The right tools are key… to any job. And when the job is one with an eternal impact, the tools are that much more significant. Praying for my grandchildren IS my spiritual work.  And for many years, I must confess, I went about this weighty work with no plan, no tools.  I did the job, but not ...more