Articles

Sarah: When Hiding from God is No Longer an Option Lisa Bevere

A lot can happen in a year. In Genesis 18, God visits Abraham. While sitting at the entrance of his tent, Abraham notices three men standing before him by the oaks of Mamre. Abraham runs to them, bows down, and compels them to stay, referring to them as “Lord.” After providing a lavish meal for his ...more

The Surprising Sin of Ham and Curse of Canaan Tom Terry

The sordid story of Ham is an enigma. Did God condone slavery? Why was Ham's son cursed? What made the sin of Ham so heinous?  Today I came across an interesting interpretation of scripture in Bible Study Magazine from Michael S. Heiser that brought to mind the importance of understanding the ...more

Proverbs: How to Have the Courage to Change Randy Carlson

What is it in my own life that I need to change or should change?   Change starts by first taking 100 percent responsibility for our thoughts, actions and attitudes.  It requires changing our thinking, our attitudes, and our behaviors.  This theme of the failure that many of us have – and let’s ...more

Why Should We Linger in God's Presence? Margaret Feinberg

"Wait for the Lord;    be strong, and let your heart take courage;     wait for the Lord!" Psalm 27:14 Margaret Feinberg explains why waiting in God's presence is key to experiencing God's power in our lives: “My prayer life contains so many off-ramps. Dip into distraction. Settle into ...more

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