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10 Songs to Listen to When Life Is Changing

by Tauren WellsIn this beautiful song of praise, the vocalist recognizes both the highs and lows of life and understands that Gods grace and love surpasses any broken dreams. The Lords presence and faithfulness remains the same at all time. The song is an expression of 2 Corinthians 12:9 and serves as a reminder that we... Read more

Why Do Christians Look Forward to When Every Knee Shall Bow?

By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. Isaiah 45:23Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of... Read more

5 Amazing Lessons in the Parable of the Lost Sheep

The more I study the life of Jesus, and the stories he told, the more I admire how countercultural and outspoken he was throughout his life. Where Jesus saw a need, he met it. Where there needed to be reform, he changed it. Luke 15 introduces three teachings of Jesus that capitulate his mission and... Read more

A Prayer for When You are Ready to Give Up

You have GOT to be kidding me. I said to myself as I looked at my choir enrollment numbers for the upcoming school year. This was my second year as the choral director at a small private Christian school and while we were still in the building phase of the program, I was not ready... Read more

5 Ways God Wants to Disrupt Your Life

1. Consider the Cost Jesus calls us to new life.  That new life requires us to leave our old ways of selfishness and sin and follow the teachings of Jesus. His truth is not for the uncommitted, but for those who desire radical transformation. Take a moment to think how your life is drastically different... Read more

A Prayer to Soften Our Hearts for the Vulnerable

Last week, my children and I went to deliver food to families in need. The temperature was in the high nineties. Between the heat and the masks protecting each of the families from Covid-19, the tasks solicited a few complaints from my daughter. Why do we have to do this, Mom? she questioned as we... Read more

10 Warnings against Making Religion Your God

Throughout history, there have always been ways to display your religion to the world. This might have been through a hairstyle, a particular wardrobe, a piece of jewelry, or a way you communicate. If you find yourself carefully crafting your image or message in public and yet hiding particular elements about your life, there might... Read more

10 Steps to Digging Deeper into Gods Word

After gaining an understanding of the passage and seeing how it relates to my current situation, it is now time to put Scripture into action. What are some practical ways I can live out the passage today? These are ideas I come up with to apply the principles of the Bible passage. For instance, if... Read more

Who Is My Neighbor? How Jesus Calls Out Passivity

From the time I could speak, I watched Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. One of my first sentences was, Hi neighbor. Much of my childhood was spent visiting my neighbors on my street. I had a very concrete idea of who my neighbors were until I began to really study Scripture.When asked what the greatest commandment is,... Read more

6 Things to Do When You Are Disappointed in Your Life

Tears streamed down my cheeks. My daughter walked up to me as I tried to dry my face. Mom are you okay? she asked. Yes, sweetie. I just need a minute. The past several months had been filled with personal disappointments. I was physically and emotionally exhausted.Later that evening, my husband and I had a... Read more

10 Things to Never Say to Your Spouse under Stress

My husband and I just celebrated our fourteenth anniversary. Compared to many marriages, our union is still a mere teenager.Yet, in our time together, we have sustained times of grief, sickness, job loss, wear and tear of household appliances, buying and selling of houses, and the raising of two kids. I can honestly say, we... Read more

Evaluating the Response of Our Hearts to Racial Injustice

Injustice is the violation of the right or rights of another (Merriam Websters Dictionary). The deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery sparked protests again gun and police violence against the African American community. The cries against injustice have been many and vocal across America. Many Christians remain divided as to when and how to... Read more

A Prayer for a Heart That Needs to Lament

Over the past several days, weeks, and months, human hearts have cried out in hurt, frustration, anger, and despair. Feelings of isolation, depression, mistrust, fear, and confusion have overwhelmed the world. As pandemic and violence swept across the earth, we sometimes wonder how, or even if, God will respond. A sense of helplessness pervades. In... Read more

Should Christians Expect an Ungodly World to Live up to Godly Standards?

If I walked up and asked anyone at church this particular question, the person would likely say, no. However, the assumptions and judgments we carry reveal a different answer. For instance, when we hear of a couple who has moved in together before marriage, our judgement radar goes into overdrive. Or when we hear foul... Read more

Does God Promise Everything Will Be Alright?

On March 4, 2020, my husband and I boarded a plane for an eleven-day trip to Israel. While the Coronavirus was making the news when we left, it had not become a factor within the United States. By the time our trip was over, schools and churches were going digital and the President had declared... Read more