How Can We Rejoice During Suffering? Lessons from the New Testament on persecution April 24th, 2017 Joanna Mikhail
How Can We Rejoice During Suffering?
How Can We Rejoice During Suffering? Lessons from the New Testament on persecution April 24th, 2017 Joanna Mikhail
How Can We Rejoice During Suffering?
April 24th, 2017

How Can We Rejoice During Suffering?

Joanna Mikhail

I drove to church in a tumult of tears and anger. It was Holy Week and I woke up to devastating news from our sister churches in Egypt. During their Palm Sunday services, two Coptic cathedrals were bombed by the Islamic State in Egypt.   Egypt is my ...

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How to Find Your Way Home in the Pages of Scripture
April 17th, 2017

How to Find Your Way Home in the Pages of Scripture

Jen Pollock Michel

To come of age—at least in our family—means earning the right to watch The Wizard of Oz . (Isnt a certain degree of maturity required for facing those evil monkeys?) The film adaptation of L. Frank Baums novel is a classic story about the search for home. Dorothy ...

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3 Verses to Ease the Pain of Feeling Overlooked
April 11th, 2017

3 Verses to Ease the Pain of Feeling Overlooked

Coleen Buglino

I once described to a friend that I was feeling like a filthy mop. I pictured myself being pushed across the floor, absorbing all the mess and the grime, working tirelessly while no one was looking. I explained feeling like everyone else was busy doing their glamorous jobs, living ...

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The Women at the Tomb: Arriving at Resurrection
April 10th, 2017

The Women at the Tomb: Arriving at Resurrection

Christina Miller

It is early Sunday morning and light is just beginning to seep above the horizon line. The garden is cool with night air, still damp with sleep. Trees, shrouded in darkness, start coming into focus. One leaf ignites after another. Then the first stir of life: two women, shuffling ...

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4 Ways to Pray for Your Spouse When You Don’t Want To
April 6th, 2017

4 Ways to Pray for Your Spouse When You Don’t Want To

Dottie McLoughlin

“You’re always working and you’re never home to help me!” I complained. There, I said it. But was it true? Not really. I just wanted to get my point across so badly that I was willing to exaggerate the problem. Yes, he worked ...

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Feeling Incompetent? Bible Verses Offer Assurance
April 4th, 2017

Feeling Incompetent? Bible Verses Offer Assurance

Andrew Tomashewsky

The job was simple enough. I planned to take my infant daughter grocery shopping one Saturday afternoon while my wife was practicing organ for the Sunday service. I had the backpack set with diapers, toys, and Baby Bjorn, just in case. After I dropped my wife off at practice, ...

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Why Genres in the Bible Matter
April 3rd, 2017

Why Genres in the Bible Matter

John D. Barry

Genres are categories of literature, each with their own tone and techniques. The Bible uses a handful of genres—narrative and law, prophecy and letters, poetry, and apocalyptic literature. Understanding which genre the passage is written in can help guide our reading. Follow the Biblical Genre Series ...

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Find Peace When You’re Fearful About Money
March 28th, 2017

Find Peace When You’re Fearful About Money

Hannah DeMarco

“Past Due” You see the red letters and resist the urge to throw the envelope in the trash or on the floor or under a pile of books—anywhere just so you don’t have to see it. But you know what you have to do. Jaw clenched, you ...

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Life in Community: How I am Learning to Love God and My Neighbor
March 27th, 2017

Life in Community: How I am Learning to Love God and My Neighbor

Luke Hillier

We belong to a culture that is oversaturated with interactions —Instagram likes, small talk at the office, Facebook comments, chit-chat about the weather while waiting for the bus. But we often lack genuine connection. In a world filled to the brim with folks who bear the image of God ...

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3 Proverbs for Wisdom When You Feel Friendless
March 23rd, 2017

3 Proverbs for Wisdom When You Feel Friendless

Hannah DeMarco

When you were a kid in kindergarten, it seemed so much easier to make friends. All you had to do was compliment someone’s shoes on the playground, ask if they wanted to play a game—and voila! You were instant best friends. At least it felt that way. ...

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What Does True Love Look Like?
March 21st, 2017

What Does True Love Look Like?

Hannah DeMarco

Who do you love most? To be honest, the person I usually love most is myself. I want what’s best for me . I look out for me. My choices are often guided by self-interest. But, as Jesus taught us, real love looks different. ...

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Stuck in Life’s Waiting Rooms? Find Comfort in God’s Words.
March 20th, 2017

Stuck in Life’s Waiting Rooms? Find Comfort in God’s Words.

Davina McDonald

You may be seated in a small and sparsely furnished room, staring at the single painting, waiting to learn whether you got the job. Maybe you are the nail-biter pacing the floor of a hospital waiting room, longing for a word of hope that your loved one will pull ...

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What is the Biblical Portrayal of Women?
March 14th, 2017

What is the Biblical Portrayal of Women?

Jennifer M Buck

As a woman reading Scripture in the 21st century, I find myself torn over the Bibles portrayal of women. Certain passages tell stories of agency, valor and hope through the inclusion of brave women, while others are laments over the abuse and neglect of women within the ...

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Failed Plans? Lean into God’s Word for Comfort
March 14th, 2017

Failed Plans? Lean into God’s Word for Comfort

Dottie McLoughlin

This was my day, and I was all smiles It took a holiday to do it, but our family was finally all together again. As I welcomed them all into the house, I anticipated the low hum of great adult conversation as children giggled and played quietly in ...

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Psalms of Lament for When You Feel Rejected
March 9th, 2017

Psalms of Lament for When You Feel Rejected

Hannah DeMarco

I have yet to meet someone who enjoys the feeling of being rejected. Of being told, “Thanks, but you’re just not good enough.” But it’s something that all of us feel at one time or another, not that we’re likely to admit it. Like a pile of crumbs, we ...

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Prayers for Peace When You’re Stressed About Money
March 7th, 2017

Prayers for Peace When You’re Stressed About Money

Hannah DeMarco

You pull into the driveway, turn off the engine, and rest your head on the steering wheel. A part of you feels unable to gather the energy to open the car door, but after a few moments, you do. You gather your bags and will yourself to lumber ...

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Lent: How to Rely on Scripture in the Desert
March 7th, 2017

Lent: How to Rely on Scripture in the Desert

Christina Miller

The season of Lent is upon us, beginning last week with Ash Wednesday. In many churches, clergy traced ashes across recipients foreheads, reciting the words, Remember that you are dust and to dust you will return. This somber reminder led us into a forty-day journey, mirroring Jesuss time of ...

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2 Lessons from the Ephesian Church: Love and Struggle
March 1st, 2017

2 Lessons from the Ephesian Church: Love and Struggle

Randy Petersen

A popular TV drama follows different generations of a family in different times. Its fascinating to see the history of relationships, the roots of conflict, and underlying issues that keep surfacing over the years. We find a similar story in the New Testament, as we follow the progress ...

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4 Psalms for Strength When You’re Overcome by Exhaustion
February 28th, 2017

4 Psalms for Strength When You’re Overcome by Exhaustion

Hannah DeMarco

It doesn’t matter how much sleep you get. It doesn’t matter how well you eat. It doesn’t matter how hard you exercise. You just can’t seem to get enough rest, and as a result you feel completely exhausted. You remember the days when you had enough energy to ...

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3 Bible Verses to Battle the Fear of Missing Out
February 23rd, 2017

3 Bible Verses to Battle the Fear of Missing Out

Hannah DeMarco

I’m one of those people who wants to say “yes” to every social engagement and opportunity. Want to go out tonight? YES. Want to hop on a plane to Europe? YES. Want to volunteer to ...

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How Can I Practice Christian Meditation?
February 21st, 2017

How Can I Practice Christian Meditation?

Christina Miller

Think back over your morning or day. What steps did you take to arrive right where you are, in this moment? Did your alarm go off this morning? Did you wake up on time? Did you get kids to school? Did you commute to work? What ...

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Psalms for Peace When You Stress Over Little Things
February 21st, 2017

Psalms for Peace When You Stress Over Little Things

Hannah DeMarco

You can’t pinpoint the moment when it started, this feeling of constant stress. It crept up slowly, little by little. And by now, the knot in your stomach has become almost familiar. Tiny things that used to slightly bother you now overwhelm you with frustration: the way your ...

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This Valentine’s Day Read Love Letters from God
February 14th, 2017

This Valentine’s Day Read Love Letters from God

Kari E. Randall

Whats the greatest gift a loved one could give you? Flowers, an engagement ring, a day to relax? Perhaps words that convey how much you mean to them? Whether youre single or happily in a relationship this Valentines Day, you have a wide-ranging collection of love letters ...

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4 Bible Verses for Peace When You’re Anxious About Money
February 14th, 2017

4 Bible Verses for Peace When You’re Anxious About Money

Hannah DeMarco

An article I recently read revealed that  72% of Americans stress over money at least once a month . That’s a little over 710 people. That’s a majority. Are you in that majority? Maybe you’re caught under the mountain of student loan debt that never seems ...

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3 Psalms of Comfort for Battling an Invisible Illness
February 9th, 2017

3 Psalms of Comfort for Battling an Invisible Illness

Dottie McLoughlin

I said I was fine, but I wasn’t really. I had trouble focusing and felt nauseated all the time. At first, I wasn’t even sure what was going on, I just knew that I felt awful. It turns out that a virus I didn’t even know I had ...

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How to Follow God, the Ultimate King
February 7th, 2017

How to Follow God, the Ultimate King

Christina Miller

I am overwhelmed by the recent U.S. election and its aftermath. Whatever your views, I suspect the times feel destabilizing and disorienting. Loud voices dominate and some people fear to speak. We seem to be more defined by our divisions than what unites us. People have lost trust in ...

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4 Proverbs for a Disappointing Day
February 7th, 2017

4 Proverbs for a Disappointing Day

Hannah DeMarco

Being an idealist at heart, I often start my days with the highest of expectations. Morning Expectations Expectation : Wake up with the dawn. Exert maximum energy from the moment my eyes open. Go for a run. Shower. Fry myself an egg and make some ...

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How Does God Respond to Our Needs Through Jesus?
January 31st, 2017

How Does God Respond to Our Needs Through Jesus?

Sarah Christmyer

Cross is a short word of only five letters, but break it apart and it contains the whole story of the Bible. C.R.O.S.S.—Creation, Redemption, One nation, Separation, Salvation. The story of the Bible is our story, too, and each of these stages helps us get the big picture of ...

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Missing a Close Friend? These Bible Verses Offer Comfort
January 31st, 2017

Missing a Close Friend? These Bible Verses Offer Comfort

Andrew Tomashewsky

My friendship with George started as a trip to IKEA to buy a table. I’m not sure you can walk in IKEA, find what you need, and get out in less than 2 hours. But it’s especially doubtful when you’re with an IKEA newbie. And my new friend George ...

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Feeling Overwhelmed by Big Changes? Find Comfort in God’s Word
January 26th, 2017

Feeling Overwhelmed by Big Changes? Find Comfort in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

When I moved to England in 2014, the first few days felt like I was living in an alternate reality. The unfamiliar sights and sounds made something as simple as walking to the grocery store feel like a life-defining moment. England’s air smelled older and wetter than America’s. Its ...

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Does Church Feel Unsafe?
January 24th, 2017

Does Church Feel Unsafe?

Christina Miller

Now, you shepherds, listen to what I, the LORD, am telling you. Ezekiel 34:7 delivers a hard message to the leaders of Israel. In the midst of their neglect and abuse, God spoke. Loudly. As surely as I am the living God, you had better listen to me. The ...

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Feel Like You Need an Escape? Lean into God’s Word for Hope
January 24th, 2017

Feel Like You Need an Escape? Lean into God’s Word for Hope

Hannah DeMarco

I fly through the door after a long day of work and dive right into the nightly ritual: cook, clean, check text messages, read, watch TV. It’s the last thing on the list that I love the most. Those few blessed hours when I can unwind and escape ...

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How to Be Honest with God and Find Deeper Healing
January 17th, 2017

How to Be Honest with God and Find Deeper Healing

Dana Ergenbright

It can be easy to connect with God and spend time reading the Bible when we feel peaceful and happy with everything in our lives. But what do we do when pain and loss have slammed into us, when our lives and hearts are a chaotic mess? It can ...

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Discover Beauty in God’s Word When Life Gets You Down
January 17th, 2017

Discover Beauty in God’s Word When Life Gets You Down

Hannah DeMarco

No Time for Beauty What’s the most beautiful thing you’ve seen today? Some days, I’m too overwhelmed by life’s demands to find anything beautiful. Appreciating beauty takes time. It means pausing to enjoy the view as my plane descends from a long flight. It means meditating on ...

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Root Yourself in God’s Word When the Bank Account Runs Low
January 12th, 2017

Root Yourself in God’s Word When the Bank Account Runs Low

Hannah DeMarco

You sit at the kitchen table, running your fingers through you hair. You slowly clench and unclench your jaw. You think about bolting but know you have to do what you’re about to do. Heart pounding, you finally push the “sign in” button. You think about looking away ...

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Silence: Where is God in My Suffering?
January 10th, 2017

Silence: Where is God in My Suffering?

Christina Miller

Most of us haven’t experienced extreme persecution for our faith, but we have felt abandoned by God. Where was God during the harrowing grief following the loss of a loved one? Where was God during the agony of joblessness, barrenness, or loneliness? Where was God in the dark throes ...

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Unsure of Life’s Next Steps? Rely on God’s Word for Strength
January 10th, 2017

Unsure of Life’s Next Steps? Rely on God’s Word for Strength

Andrew Tomashewsky

Are you a Wazer? You know, the app that gives drivers directions to make sure they’re on the quickest route? When I’m driving, the Waze voice helps me know I’m headed in the right direction. It also controls my anxious and uneasy wanderings. Even in unfamiliar places, I trust ...

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Rely on God’s Word When Little Things Ruin Your Day
January 5th, 2017

Rely on God’s Word When Little Things Ruin Your Day

Hannah DeMarco

You wake up, hoping for a productive day. But you turn to check the time and realize you’ve accidentally slept in late. Even though you set two alarms ( two alarms!), they never went off. You toss off your covers and start shivering from the cold. You ...

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What Season of Life Are You in This New Year’s?
January 3rd, 2017

What Season of Life Are You in This New Year’s?

Dottie McLoughlin

I recently reached Senior Citizen status and was having a little trouble celebrating the event. It seemed a bit unreal—after all, wasnt I just 35 a year or two ago? Then I remembered: Oh yeah, the kids are married with families of their own. My husband and I downsized ...

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Overwhelmed by the New Year? Ground yourself in God’s Word
December 29th, 2016

Overwhelmed by the New Year? Ground yourself in God’s Word

Jack Newman

In the middle of my 6 th grade year, my family moved from Georgia, where I had grown up, to Delaware. Practically overnight, I exchanged a school filled with beloved friends and childhood memories for a maze of foreign hallways, filled with strange faces (and accents). To my ...

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Lost Love: Israel’s Years of Separation from God
December 27th, 2016

Lost Love: Israel’s Years of Separation from God

Sarah Christmyer

Cross is a short word of only five letters, but break it apart and it contains the whole story of the Bible. C.R.O.S.S.—Creation, Redemption, One nation, Separation, Salvation. The story of the Bible is our story, too, and each of these stages helps us get the big picture of ...

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Find Your Confidence in the Bible When You Feel Like a Fraud
December 27th, 2016

Find Your Confidence in the Bible When You Feel Like a Fraud

Hannah DeMarco

You’re an imposter. A phony. A fake. You only got your job because of luck. You only got that award because you fooled people into thinking you’re good at what you do. But, really? You’re not fooling anyone. They all know you’re not as smart as they are. ...

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Discover the Father’s Heart This Christmas
December 20th, 2016

Discover the Father’s Heart This Christmas

Jack Newman

A few weeks ago, I had an amazing conversation with my daughter Charlie about the biblical heart of Christmas. Full disclosure: Charlie cant talk. Shes only three months old. Still, Ill never forget what she taught me about the love of Christ. Charlie and I were basking in ...

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Find Joy in Staying Put When You Long for Adventure
December 20th, 2016

Find Joy in Staying Put When You Long for Adventure

Christina Miller

If there is an opportunity to travel, I am the first to jump on it. I hear the name of a country I haven’t visited and start plotting how to find the cheapest plane ticket. I always feel ready to pack my bag and drop everything. Nothing is more ...

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Feeling Loss This Christmas? These Bible Verses Offer Peace
December 15th, 2016

Feeling Loss This Christmas? These Bible Verses Offer Peace

Hannah DeMarco

This is my first Christmas without my grandfather, who passed away earlier this year. He never allowed me to call him grandfather or grandpa - he was only to be pop-pop. Christmas was my pop-pop’s favorite time of year. At 96 years old, he felt the joy of Christmas ...

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How to Find Rest in the Roar of Social Media
December 13th, 2016

How to Find Rest in the Roar of Social Media

Kari E. Randall

My friends are railing about politics on Facebook again. Im exhausted. My social media feeds brim with news of violence, incivility, and decidedly un-neighborly behavior with no end in sight. And thats just in the United States. Does it feel the same for you? Take a deep ...

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Prayers of Comfort for the Christmas Blues
December 13th, 2016

Prayers of Comfort for the Christmas Blues

Hannah DeMarco

Some days are better than others. On good days, you feel hopeful– festive, even–about the holiday season. The sight of a Christmas tree’s twinkling lights brings a smile to your lips. A Christmas jingle plays in the grocery store as you run some errands, and you find ...

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How Can You Find Your Identity in God?
December 6th, 2016

How Can You Find Your Identity in God?

Christina Miller

If someone asked, Who are you? how would you answer? You might tell them your occupation or job title: I am a teacher or community developer. You might tell them your role in relation to other people: I am Bobbys mom or Patricias sister. You might respond with your ...

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Discover God’s Peace During a Family Struggle
December 6th, 2016

Discover God’s Peace During a Family Struggle

Coleen Buglino

It was the hardest decision I had ever made. I had to pack up and move to Europe in the midst of the most painful and unexpected conflict my family had ever faced. I had planned my European adventure for over a year. And as much as I ...

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Find Comfort in the Bible When Things Don’t Go as Expected
December 1st, 2016

Find Comfort in the Bible When Things Don’t Go as Expected

Andrew Tomashewsky

My first Thanksgiving with my new bride signaled the death-knell of our honeymoon phase. We planned to celebrate with a small romantic meal on Thanksgiving Eve because we were traveling the next day. We planned all the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving meal and expected it to be picture-perfect. ...

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What Can Advent Teach Us About Waiting on God’s Promises?
November 29th, 2016

What Can Advent Teach Us About Waiting on God’s Promises?

Christina Miller

I often wonder how Mary felt in the days leading up to Jesus birth. What did it feel like to nurture and carry the Messiah? What physical pain and spiritual peace did she experience? When she received news of her unexpected pregnancy, Luke tells us, Mary treasured up all ...

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Discover Your Worth in God’s Word When You Don’t Like Your Body
November 29th, 2016

Discover Your Worth in God’s Word When You Don’t Like Your Body

Dottie McLoughlin

I step on my scale, practically naked and definitely afraid. It isn’t the scale’s fault. It has no choice but to reveal that I haven’t been making the best food choices lately. If the number is low, I can breathe a sigh of relief. But if the number ...

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The Process of Becoming God’s People
November 22nd, 2016

The Process of Becoming God’s People

Sarah Christmyer

Cross is a short word of only five letters, but break it apart and it contains the whole story of the Bible. C.R.O.S.S. — C reation, R edemption, O ne nation, S eparation, S alvation. The story of the Bible is our story, too, ...

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Find Peace in Trusting God When Your Plans Change
November 22nd, 2016

Find Peace in Trusting God When Your Plans Change

Nikki Robles

I tend to always think ten steps ahead. Im always trying to figure out what I need to do next or what needs to happen next in order for life to go on as it should. I constantly have ideas swirling around in my head of what I imagine ...

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3 Bible Verses to Help You Overcome Feeling Inadequate
November 17th, 2016

3 Bible Verses to Help You Overcome Feeling Inadequate

Jack Newman

Hi, my name is Jack. I became a dad two months ago and I feel totally inadequate. Alright, that’s not entirely fair. I absolutely love my daughter and these past eight weeks have been some of the happiest of my life. Plus my wife is a rock star. ...

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Bible Translations: Reading God’s Words for the First Time
November 15th, 2016

Bible Translations: Reading God’s Words for the First Time

Becky Silva

It was a five-hour trek by car up to the tiny village of Basar in the Himalayan Mountains of northeast India. The road was unpaved and rocky. I never get sick when I travel, but I couldnt help but feel queasy. My companion was Reverend Gode Doke, a small ...

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Overspending? Find Contentment in God’s Word
November 15th, 2016

Overspending? Find Contentment in God’s Word

Dottie McLoughlin

It wasnt a matter of me not earning enough. It was a matter of me spending too much. My occasional splurges were becoming more and more routine, and the credit cards I carried in my purse made it too easy for me to throw self-control out the window ...

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Hacksaw Ridge: An Unexpected Love Story
November 8th, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge: An Unexpected Love Story

Christina Miller

It is really a love story, Mel Gibson told an interviewer on the red carpet. He twisted his long white beard, looked pensive, and then quoted Jesus: Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones life for his friends (John 15:13 NKJV). After taking ...

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Lost Sight of What Motivates You? Bible Verses Offer Hope
November 8th, 2016

Lost Sight of What Motivates You? Bible Verses Offer Hope

Hannah DeMarco

A pilgrim climbs up to the site of a cathedrals construction during Englands Middle Ages. He stands in awe as he watches thousands of workers collecting stones, hauling materials, chiseling reliefs and building complex arches. He studies a group of men working on a wall and asks them exactly ...

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Discover God’s Love When You Fear Rejection
November 3rd, 2016

Discover God’s Love When You Fear Rejection

Hannah DeMarco

My first grade teacher wasnt the first person to say it, but shes the first I remember. She said it after what would later become my go-to phrase flowed from my lips: Im so sorry! You dont always have to say sorry, she muttered as she turned her ...

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All Saints’ Day: Remembering the Faithful Who Have Died
November 1st, 2016

All Saints’ Day: Remembering the Faithful Who Have Died

Christina Miller

A week after my close friend unexpectedly passed away, I found myself sitting on the hard wood pews of my church. Los Angeles was suffering through a hot spell in early November. Steamy haze rose from the pavement when I walked across the parking lot, making the air smell ...

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Find Comfort in God’s Word When You Feel Sick
November 1st, 2016

Find Comfort in God’s Word When You Feel Sick

Hannah DeMarco

As flu and cold season creeps upon us with its curse of coughing and runny noses, I seriously contemplate taking up the age-old practice of hibernation. Cant get sick if I hide under my bed covers for five months, right? Unfortunately, hibernation isnt an option for me. So ...

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Are You Addicted to Being Busy? Find Rest in these Psalms
October 25th, 2016

Are You Addicted to Being Busy? Find Rest in these Psalms

Hannah DeMarco

I might be a little bit addicted to being busy. Okay, so more than a little bit. You wouldnt know it from talking to me. When Im in the midst of a busy season in life, all I talk about is taking the time to rest. ...

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How to Read the Bible Out Loud and Hear God Speak
October 25th, 2016

How to Read the Bible Out Loud and Hear God Speak

Christina Miller

The first time I heard Reverend Anne read Scripture, she stood in the elevated pulpit at the front of the church. A petite woman, she wore a thick linen robe and a colorful stole. She quietly opened a Bible, folded her hands, and took a long pause—longer than I ...

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Find Hope in God’s Word When People Disappoint You
October 20th, 2016

Find Hope in God’s Word When People Disappoint You

Dottie McLoughlin

I make dinner and he does the dishes. He loves watching television in the evenings, and I read my book in the same room just so we can be together. We hate each others driving but love to take walks together. Forty years into our marriage and my husband ...

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I Got a Bible, Now What?
October 18th, 2016

I Got a Bible, Now What?

Christina Miller

Many people are interested in reading the Bible, but dont know where to start. Maybe you read the article, How the Bible Can Become Your Most Well Loved Book , and picked just the right edition. You selected a Bible for your purpose—devotional reading, studying, bringing to a ...

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Feel out of Control? God’s Word Can Bring You Peace
October 18th, 2016

Feel out of Control? God’s Word Can Bring You Peace

Andrew Tomashewsky

Are you a to-do list person? I know I am. Sometimes I add items to my lists just so I can cross them off. Ill even jot a note to take out the trash even though its already out on the curb. In these moments, list-making feels good. It ...

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From Slavery to Freedom: The Path to Redemption
October 11th, 2016

From Slavery to Freedom: The Path to Redemption

Sarah Christmyer

Cross is a short word of only five letters, but break it apart and it contains the whole story of the Bible. C.R.O.S.S. — C reation, R edemption, O ne nation, S eparation, S alvation. The story of the Bible is our story, too, ...

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Feel Like a Failure? Bible Verses Can Bring Comfort
October 11th, 2016

Feel Like a Failure? Bible Verses Can Bring Comfort

Dottie McLoughlin

I was feeling restless and ready for a change when we drove past the For Sale sign, beckoning us to our next adventure. Within a few months, my husband and I were bed & breakfast owners. We had a lovely new home and enjoyed working hard to make ...

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Psalms of Comfort for Facing a Loved One’s Addiction
October 7th, 2016

Psalms of Comfort for Facing a Loved One’s Addiction

Hannah DeMarco

You walk up the driveway, praying that today will be different. You open the door and spot your loved one on the couch, the once familiar sparkle in their eyes now gone. You stand in the doorway, wishing it was time to leave. Hovering by the couch, ...

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Find Assurance as You Wait for God’s Answers
October 5th, 2016

Find Assurance as You Wait for God’s Answers

Andrew Tomashewsky

Im a person who answers texts, replies to tweets, and reacts to Facebook posts immediately. A friend of mine is the same way. We start texting about the Detroit Tigers game, and the texts fly back and forth. It makes me thankful for unlimited messaging. Id like God ...

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Ignatian Contemplation: How to Read the Bible with Your Imagination
October 4th, 2016

Ignatian Contemplation: How to Read the Bible with Your Imagination

Christina Miller

I heard that Jesus would be here today. His name was spreading like locusts through the seaport villages of Galilee. It was accompanied by words like healer , teacher , prophet , some even said Messiah . For the first time in years I felt ...

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How to Read the Bible so It Transforms You
September 27th, 2016

How to Read the Bible so It Transforms You

Christina Miller

Have you ever read a book at just the right time? Every now and again, I come across a piece of fiction that speaks directly to me. The themes and characters give me insight and wisdom. The writing challenges my presumptions, prompting me to take action. It answers my ...

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Overwhelmed by Choices? Bible Verses Can Bring You Peace
September 27th, 2016

Overwhelmed by Choices? Bible Verses Can Bring You Peace

Hannah DeMarco

Have you ever heard about the paradox of choice? Its the idea that, when faced with a bounty of choices, humans tend to take approximately an eternity to decide—and sometimes well just forego making a decision altogether. Its what happens when you visit a diner with a 25-page ...

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Psalms for Coping with Your Loved One’s Illness
September 22nd, 2016

Psalms for Coping with Your Loved One’s Illness

Hannah DeMarco

You anxiously turn the doorknob, hoping that things will be better today. The door now open, you notice the half-eaten food, the water that is so hard to swallow. You study your loved ones face, looking for signs of vitality in sallow skin. You struggle to maintain your ...

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How to Engage Scripture on Your Daily Commute
September 20th, 2016

How to Engage Scripture on Your Daily Commute

Davina McDonald

The sun has just come up and already Im feeling anxious, flustered, even exhausted. Not only do I have noise all around me, but I also deal with noise within me. The hustle and bustle of commuting only makes this worse. If Im not careful, I will allow things ...

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Bible Verses for When You Don’t Like Yourself
September 20th, 2016

Bible Verses for When You Don’t Like Yourself

Hannah DeMarco

Finally—a day off with nothing to do, I thought to myself. I had been looking forward to this day for what seemed like eternity. I woke up refreshed, poured a cup of coffee, and plopped down on the sofa. And then, seemingly out of nowhere, I ...

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​How I Endured a Difficult Life Transition
September 14th, 2016

​How I Endured a Difficult Life Transition

Hannah DeMarco

The reality didn’t hit me until I was on the plane, flying over the ocean to live in a country I’d never stepped foot in before. My first day in England, I was too afraid to leave my empty apartment. Instead, I consumed a soggy ham and cheese airplane ...

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Prayers for When You Feel Anxious About Money
September 14th, 2016

Prayers for When You Feel Anxious About Money

Hannah DeMarco

You’ve done everything right. You budget each month—this much for groceries, that much for rent. No unnecessary meals out. No new shoes. But there’s just never enough for savings. We’ll get there next month, you think. We’ll have a little extra then. And ...

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Find Yourself in the Story of Creation
September 14th, 2016

Find Yourself in the Story of Creation

Sarah Christmyer

Cross is a short word of only five letters, but break it apart and it contains the whole story of the Bible. C.R.O.S.S. — C reation, R edemption, O ne nation, S eparation, S alvation. The story of the Bible is our story, too, ...

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Truth to Remember When You Feel Rejected
September 12th, 2016

Truth to Remember When You Feel Rejected

Hannah DeMarco

I spot the invitation plastered on my friends fridge. The names of my two friends are printed in elegant script, with a Save the Date magnet hanging below. Yet another wedding I wasnt invited to. Why wasnt I invited? What did I do wrong? I begin ...

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Find Peace When You Have No Time
September 8th, 2016

Find Peace When You Have No Time

Hannah DeMarco

The lights are out, my teeth are brushed, and my thoughts drift off as I nestle under the bed covers. And then it happens. Without warning and against my best wishes, my brain begins cataloguing everything I failed to do today—and everything I need for tomorrow. ...

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Do You Ever Talk About the Bible?
September 6th, 2016

Do You Ever Talk About the Bible?

Randy Petersen

The last place I heard Scripture quoted was in a laundromat. He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the Lord, said a middle-aged woman as she folded childrens clothes. In an animated conversation with another woman, she was complaining about her ex-husband, ...

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Prayers for Hope When You Feel Friendless
September 6th, 2016

Prayers for Hope When You Feel Friendless

Nicholas Hemming

Well, here I go, I thought to myself. Another beautiful Saturday morning and I have nowhere to be. Weeks earlier, I had moved to my favorite city during my favorite time of year. I lived blocks from the beach. And I worked a subway ...

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Discover Peace When You Feel Misunderstood
September 2nd, 2016

Discover Peace When You Feel Misunderstood

Hannah DeMarco

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear or two (or twenty) each time I watch Finding Nemo . Nemo and Marlin, his father, are clownfish who just can’t seem to get along. At the film’s climax, they reunite after a struggle that physically tears ...

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Ben-Hur: How Can We Break Cycles of Violence?
August 30th, 2016

Ben-Hur: How Can We Break Cycles of Violence?

Christina Miller

Tensions run high in the world of Ben-Hur . Jerusalem is under Roman occupation. Jews live as political exiles in their own city. Soldiers march the streets, quickly resorting to violence in even minor altercations. Entertainment involves brutality and death. It is a culture ready to spill blood—only ...

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Prayers for Peace When You Face a Big Decision
August 30th, 2016

Prayers for Peace When You Face a Big Decision

Nikki Robles

Have you ever had to make a huge, life-altering decision? Were you afraid of making the wrong decision? I recently found myself in that place. A few months ago, my husband received a job offer. We were both thrilled about the opportunity. It had the ...

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Bible Verses That Give Me Peace When I’m Anxious
August 25th, 2016

Bible Verses That Give Me Peace When I’m Anxious

Andrew Tomashewsky

It’s going to be another one of those nights , I think to myself. I can’t sleep and my mind is racing, sometimes stuck in neutral. I’m not really thinking about anything in particular. It’s 3:00 a.m. I’m wide awake and wondering why is this happening— again . ...

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What is the Big Picture of the Bible?
August 23rd, 2016

What is the Big Picture of the Bible?

Sarah Christmyer

Cross is a short word of only five letters, but break it apart and it contains the whole story of the Bible. C.R.O.S.S. — C reation, R edemption, O ne nation, S eparation, S alvation. The story of the Bible is our story, too, ...

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Have You Read the Arts Section of the Bible?
August 16th, 2016

Have You Read the Arts Section of the Bible?

Randy Petersen

You might call it the Arts Section of the Bible. Five books, smack dab in the center, that follow their own rules. Some call them Wisdom Literature, or the Writings, or the Poetic Books, but nothing else in Scripture is quite like this collection. The Psalms, of course, ...

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Bible Verses That Help Me Cope With Change
August 16th, 2016

Bible Verses That Help Me Cope With Change

Andrew Tomashewsky

Know that feeling? The one that indicates what’s next should happen in slow motion? You know life is going to change. And you know there’s going to be a new normal. This happened to me, and even though I’m not through it yet, I know that God is ...

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Find Hope in Scripture When You Have No Money
August 11th, 2016

Find Hope in Scripture When You Have No Money

Nicholas Hemming

You’re down to your last dollar. Maybe you’ve been scraping by for months, or maybe you’re a new member of the “I can’t even look at my bank account” club. Either way, you have no idea how you’ll survive the next month—let alone the next 24 hours. And here ...

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How to Learn from Wise Women in the Bible
August 9th, 2016

How to Learn from Wise Women in the Bible

Randy Petersen

We each must die and disappear like water poured out on the ground. But God doesnt take our lives. Instead, he figures out ways of bringing us back when we run away (2 Sam 14:14 CEV). With these words, a woman courageously challenged King David to bring back ...

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Prayers to Help You Survive a Stressful Week
August 9th, 2016

Prayers to Help You Survive a Stressful Week

Nicholas Hemming

After pulling into your driveway and gathering your belongings, you realize you lack the energy you need to stand up, walk to your front door and get on with your evening. So you drop your head on your steering wheel, hoping a 30-second nap will cure your ills. It ...

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Find Strength in Scripture When You Feel Like a Failure
August 5th, 2016

Find Strength in Scripture When You Feel Like a Failure

Nicholas Hemming

Babe Ruth, the man who hit 714 career home runs across 22 major league seasons, captivated baseball fans with his legendary talent and larger-than-life personality. To this day, baseball analysts regard Ruth as the best ballplayer the world has ever seen. But this is only part of his ...

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How Scripture Helps Me Feel Content in Life
August 4th, 2016

How Scripture Helps Me Feel Content in Life

Dottie McLoughlin

I tried to guard my heart, but it wasn’t working. As I watched my friends retire, one by one, I felt envious. I struggled not to grumble about how unfair it was that I had to work while they joined daytime book clubs, took up new hobbies, spent more ...

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What Does the Bible Say About Caring for Refugees?
August 2nd, 2016

What Does the Bible Say About Caring for Refugees?

Davina McDonald

Refugees face harsh experiences. Many have died crossing treacherous seas in search of land anywhere but their homeland. They flee in desperation, seeking protection. Their stories are rife with despair and anxiety. They are relieved to abandon the conflict at home, but every forward step is one of faith. ...

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Bible Verses to Help You Repair a Broken Relationship
August 2nd, 2016

Bible Verses to Help You Repair a Broken Relationship

Nicholas Hemming

Sometimes relationships feel like riding a bike. One minute we’re coasting along, hair waving in the breeze, legs pedaling free. The next we’re on the side of the road trying to fix a disconnected chain or replace a punctured tube. Without proper maintenance, we spend more time making repairs ...

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Prayers to Help You Endure a Miserable Job
July 29th, 2016

Prayers to Help You Endure a Miserable Job

Nicholas Hemming

With a yawn and a sigh, you grab your lunch, saunter out your front door and casually climb into your car. After years of enduring a miserable job, you’ve grown accustomed to dragging your feet. Why should you hurry? When you arrive at your desk, you know ...

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Find Peace in the Bible When You’re Angry
July 28th, 2016

Find Peace in the Bible When You’re Angry

Nicholas Hemming

Recently, on my walk to work, I witnessed a classic road rage moment gone wrong. While attempting to beat a red light, a car careened around a corner and nearly collided with a bicyclist. Though the driver clearly seemed at fault, he laid on his horn, threw his arm ...

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