Do Christmas Lyrics Affect Your Joy at Christmas? Craig Lounsbrough

Christmas is inundated with some rich wonderful holiday music that lends a profound fullness to the holiday season.  The messages in this music are far different than most of the music that we listen to throughout the year.  With days shortened and the breathtaking migrations now concluded, the ...more

Ten Keys to Avoiding Loneliness at the Holidays Deb Waterbury

It's that wonderful time of the year! Or is it? Many people are deeply lonely during the holiday season. This is what Dr. Deb Waterbury advises: "It’s simply amazing to me how quickly the Christmas things are out on store shelves!!  Before we can even get through Halloween the little green and red ...more

Are You Spiritual? Or Religious? Tom Terry

Every once in a while a new movement comes along that seeks to capture the attention of people away from traditional faith commitments. My attention was grabbed by one so-called spiritual movement last week. Calling itself the “Spiritual But Not Religious” movement (SBNR), it portends to offer true ...more

Why is Jesus Called the Bread of Life? Jan Shrader

Why is Jesus called the Bread of Life? “Get me in as fast as you can,” demanded the frantic woman at the blood lab, “I am fasting, and I don’t want to sit around here all day and starve to death.”  As I watched the receptionist it seemed she was using all her will power to keep from rolling ...more

Five Keys to Avoid a Family Feud at Christmas Deb Waterbury

Do you dread Christmas? Or love it? Some people dread the holidays because family feuds abound.  Is it "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?" Well, it should be, and for the most part, it often is. However, people are people, no matter where you go, and that includes us. Consequently, we have to ...more

Comfort Like You Really Mean It Don McMinn

A mother asked, “Where have you been?” Her little girl replied, “On my way home I met a friend who was crying because she had broken her doll.” “Oh,” said her mother, “then you stopped to help her fix the doll?” “No,” replied the little girl, “I stopped to help her cry.” Hurt and pain are ...more

Don't Stay Silent in a Culture of Confusion Lisa Bevere

Walk into most churches nowadays and you will likely hear a message of love, hope, encouragement, and identity. And all that is good and well. After decades of overly harsh messages, the pendulum has naturally swung to the other side—but have we swung it too far? Are we so set on being ...more

Six Tips to Create Joy in Your Home This Christmas Luke Gilkerson

It isn’t hard for kids to be happy around Christmas, especially if they think there’s going to be a pile of gifts waiting for them on December 25th. But this kind of happiness is hardly the joy the Bible talks about. “Happiness” comes from the Middle English hap meaning “chance” or “good luck.” ...more

Why the World of Mister Rogers is Life-Changing Russell Moore

WHY YOU SHOULD SEE “A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?” Russell Moore, in his charming article about Fred Rogers, pulls our heartstrings and reminds us how we should cherish those around us. His words inspire us not to see the sweater, but to hear his powerful Christian message: “This year ...more

Eleven Keys for Making Christmas Your Best Outreach Carey Nieuwhof

Any idea what the best outreach opportunity of the year at your church might be? You might think it’s an event you do, or perhaps it’s Easter. But whether Christmas has historically been your best opportunity to reach unchurched people or not, I believe it could be. You may think it’s far too ...more