How to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think Care too much about what others want? Find your confidence in God's Word November 16th, 2017 Hannah DeMarco
How to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think
How to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think Care too much about what others want? Find your confidence in God's Word November 16th, 2017 Hannah DeMarco
How to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think
November 16th, 2017

How to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

Hannah DeMarco

Do you feel overwhelmed by other people’s judgment? Like you’re always the one who gets blamed for everyone’s mistakes? Like everyone expects you to anticipate their every little need and resents you when you can’t live up to their impossible expectations? Maybe you feel like ...

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The Formation of the Bible: Where Did It Come From?
November 13th, 2017

The Formation of the Bible: Where Did It Come From?

Dr. Kara Lyons-Pardue

After seventy years in exile, the exiled people of Judah were permitted to return to their ancestral home in and around Jerusalem. Did they come singing and celebrating? Or did they come with some trepidation—their long-held hopes finally materializing? Some may even have dragged their feet, lamenting the life ...

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¿Qué dice la Biblia sobre el sufrimiento?
November 7th, 2017

¿Qué dice la Biblia sobre el sufrimiento?

Gary Wiley

Aunque el sufrimiento nos rodea no es un tema que entendemos bien, ni lo queremos experimentar. Si tú eres como yo, si hay una manera de evitarlo, haré todo lo posible para que «me libre de ese trago amargo». ¿Cuántas veces he postergado una visita al dentista para evitar ...

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How to Sustain an Ongoing Conversation with God
November 6th, 2017

How to Sustain an Ongoing Conversation with God

Lydia Sheldon

Recently I lamented to a friend that even though I want to memorize Bible verses, I can’t work up the willpower to do it. I don’t understand this disconnect in myself, because the times that I’ve intentionally worked on memorizing a passage of Scripture, I’ve experienced ...

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5 Verses for Hope When You’re Suffering Alone
November 2nd, 2017

5 Verses for Hope When You’re Suffering Alone

Hannah DeMarco

My friend seemed on top of the world. From where I was standing, it looked like she had the perfect life. At church, she was always joking and laughing. Whenever anyone asked how she was doing, she’d boom: Oh, I’m great. ...

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El perdón del Padre Nuestro
October 31st, 2017

El perdón del Padre Nuestro

Iris Quintana

¿Cuál es la condición para poder perdonar? Día y noche nosotros oramos el Padre Nuestro, palabra más, palabra menos, cuando nos acercamos al Padre para entablar conversación con Dios. Podemos enfatizar en algunas peticiones personales, familiares, de amistades, pero siempre reconocemos que le amamos y queremos que se ...

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Are Your Words Helpful or Harmful?
October 30th, 2017

Are Your Words Helpful or Harmful?

Gary Wiley

I grew up in a home where I learned at an early age that words matter. I remember times when a prohibited word would slip out of my mouth. I would receive “that look” from my mother, a reprimand, and possibly disciplinary action. My mother tells me that as ...

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How to Study a Bible Passage
October 23rd, 2017

How to Study a Bible Passage

Christina Miller

Perhaps you’ve selected a Bible and started reading it. Maybe you’re even setting aside regular times to reflect or pray. You’ve gotten a taste of what’s inside, and a desire for God’s words is growing in you as you recognize the nourishment God offers in these encounters. What comes ...

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Freaking out over Money? Proverbs Give Peace
October 19th, 2017

Freaking out over Money? Proverbs Give Peace

Hannah DeMarco

The knot in your stomach tightens as you pull another bill from the mailbox—a bill you fear you won’t be able to pay. The pain in your jaw aches as you plug the numbers into your budgeting spreadsheet—and, yet again, you come up short. ...

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Wisdom Literature: How to Discern Between Good and Evil
October 16th, 2017

Wisdom Literature: How to Discern Between Good and Evil

Lydia Sheldon

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

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What Did Jesus Really Think of Women?
October 9th, 2017

What Did Jesus Really Think of Women?

Rosalie J. Karjala

How does the Bible view women? At face value, some of its messages and examples can seem oppressive or devaluing. But when you learn more about how Jesus responded to the Bible’s historical and cultural context, you may rethink your first impressions. Christ entered into a specific time and ...

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Trade self-doubt for confidence. Here’s how.
October 5th, 2017

Trade self-doubt for confidence. Here’s how.

Hannah DeMarco

We all sat in silence. Afraid to breathe too loudly. Terrified of being called out. Our third grade teacher scratched her nails on the chalkboard as she wrote this question: What is the largest ocean in the world? “Any takers?” she challenged, surveying our stoic ...

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What is Biblical Self-Care and How Can I Practice It?
October 1st, 2017

What is Biblical Self-Care and How Can I Practice It?

Joanna Mikhail

There is a lot of talk about self-care these days. It comes in all kinds of different forms: “me time, ” “treating myself, ” “boundaries, ” and a multi-billion dollar “self-improvement” industry. Often the mantra of “self-care” just feels self-ish, a tagline to the individualistic self-centeredness of our day. ...

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When You Have No Money, Find Comfort in God’s Word
September 28th, 2017

When You Have No Money, Find Comfort in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

I’m sick of thinking about money , the comedian said. The sentence came from my computer screen—I was half-listening to a stand-up special playing in the background while cleaning. But this sentence made my ears perk up. The comedian’s words sounded familiar: I had thought ...

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Hurricane Harvey: How to Remember Alongside Those Who Are Hurting
September 25th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey: How to Remember Alongside Those Who Are Hurting

Rev. Carrie Graham

The sun was shining outside my window. But in the area of Texas known as the Golden Triangle, the week was all about survival. “Carrie, I’m scared. We’re on the second floor.” This chilling text from my aunt sent me into high alert. “House flooded. ...

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When You Don’t Want to Say Goodbye
September 21st, 2017

When You Don’t Want to Say Goodbye

Hannah DeMarco

I told myself I shouldn’t be sad. Sure, it’s my last week in England, a place I’ve called home for over a year , I thought. Yes, my dear housemates will soon live thousands of miles away from me, I admitted. ...

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Find Wholeness in God When You Are Heartbroken
September 18th, 2017

Find Wholeness in God When You Are Heartbroken

Katy Callahan

Listening to weeks’ worth of famous break-up albums after you’ve been dumped isn’t necessarily healthy, but amid my own fresh heartbreak, it felt like the most appropriate, and potentially cathartic, thing to do. Get Lonely by The Mountain Goats played as I got dressed in the morning. ...

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Parenting with Confidence
September 14th, 2017

Parenting with Confidence

Dottie McLoughlin

I didn’t know my heart could be so full. One look at my newborn’s tiny face, and I knew all my future choices would revolve around how best to care and provide for that little one. As I studied those little hands and feet, I was struck by ...

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How Labyrinths Can Help Us Walk in the Peace Jesus Promises
September 11th, 2017

How Labyrinths Can Help Us Walk in the Peace Jesus Promises

Christina Miller

The light slants on smooth marble. The room is still. Everything has been cleared, even the hard pews and baptismal font, those familiar markers of corporate worship. An elaborate pattern is laid out in front of me, taking up the majority of the floor. In twists and turns, it ...

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Wish You Were Someone Else? See Yourself Through God’s Eyes
September 7th, 2017

Wish You Were Someone Else? See Yourself Through God’s Eyes

Hannah DeMarco

I floated in my pool, thinking of all the ways I’d be a whole new person. It was the summer before 9th grade, and I had the highest of hopes for the new, improved high school version of me. High school Hannah would be hilarious. ...

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What Do the Gospels Reveal About Jesus?
September 4th, 2017

What Do the Gospels Reveal About Jesus?

Gary Wiley

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

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Combat Financial Fears with God’s Word
August 31st, 2017

Combat Financial Fears with God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

Money has a cruel way of disappearing when you need it most. You spend weeks, months, years saving up for that new car or house or vacation. But then—just as your goal is in sight—the refrigerator breaks, there’s an unplanned hospital stay, you lose ...

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When Was the Last Time You Rested with God?
August 28th, 2017

When Was the Last Time You Rested with God?

Hannah DeMarco

When was the last time you were truly still? And, I mean, truly. Not scrolling through Facebook on your phone while your favorite TV show plays in the background. Not driving down the highway, listening to a podcast or song. Not letting your mind wander as ...

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Failed Friendship? Find Comfort in God’s Word
August 24th, 2017

Failed Friendship? Find Comfort in God’s Word

Coleen Buglino

Theres something special about friendship. You dont get to choose your relatives or where you were born or under what circumstances—but you get to choose your friends. Sometimes we become friends with the most unlikely candidates. Other times, we meet someone and feel like weve known them forever. ...

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The Best Bible Reading Resources
August 21st, 2017

The Best Bible Reading Resources

Christina Miller

I often feel both inundated with information and at a loss of how to find what I need. The same holds true for Scripture engagement. What are helpful resources? Where can I find them? Heres a roundup of some of my favorites. Since we each have specific needs and ...

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Exhausted by Caring for Others? God’s Word Gives You Strength
August 17th, 2017

Exhausted by Caring for Others? God’s Word Gives You Strength

Dottie McLoughlin

Who needs to call a repairman when you have a father who is handy? Washer stopped spinning? Refrigerator making a weird noise? My dad was always happy to come over and save the day. Until the day he said No . I knew it wasnt like Dad ...

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Memorizing Scripture: How to Make God’s Word Part of You
August 13th, 2017

Memorizing Scripture: How to Make God’s Word Part of You

Peter Edman

Memorization has been on my mind and on my task list recently—including preparing a list of the top ten Bible passages everyone should memorize. One candidate for that top-ten list of memory verses is Pauls reminder in Philippians 4:8 to fill your mind with those things that are good. ...

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When God Says No
August 10th, 2017

When God Says No

Laura Chan

I can still see it: Dad standing on the bleachers in my middle school gymnasium, clapping his hands raw because his daughter had been named Student of the Month. I can also still see this: the empty space in the auditorium where Dad should have ...

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How to Be Nourished by God’s Word
August 7th, 2017

How to Be Nourished by God’s Word

Ann-Margret Hovsepian

In C.S. Lewis’ fantastic Chronicles of Narnia , the description of the arrival of Spring—prompted by the approach of the great Aslan—always gives me a thrill. Peter, Susan and Lucy head out to find the King and their search is rewarded. The forces of evil that locked the ...

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Feel like life is out of control? These prayers will help you refocus
August 3rd, 2017

Feel like life is out of control? These prayers will help you refocus

Hannah DeMarco

It used to be so much easier to do it all. Back then, you could handle the kids, the carpet stains, the many work projects, the constant calls from family and friends and the occasional telemarketer. Looking back, youre not sure how you did it. ...

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Hope: A Biblical Perspective on the Middle East
July 31st, 2017

Hope: A Biblical Perspective on the Middle East

Mike Bassous

When you hear the words Middle East, what comes to your mind? For many, a slew of negative associations pop up—wars, sectarian killing, religious tension, suicide bombers, kidnappings, trauma. But we forget that this region is the physical context for much of the Bible. It is the rich backdrop ...

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Care Too Much About What Other People Want? Find Your Self-worth in God’s Word
July 25th, 2017

Care Too Much About What Other People Want? Find Your Self-worth in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

The knot in my stomach grows larger with each letter I type on my phone in the half-light glow of my bedroom. Although Im sick and need rest, I feel guilty about cancelling weekend plans with my friend. After thirty minutes of careful crafting, I ...

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How to Let Your Hunger Lead You Closer to God
July 24th, 2017

How to Let Your Hunger Lead You Closer to God

Katy Callahan

One of my favorite comedians has a bit in which he imagines that the delicious foods we describe as “heavenly” aren’t actually allowed in heaven. I think of this joke whenever I read about manna, the mysterious substance that was showered upon the Israelites by God after they complained ...

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Love Someone Struggling with Addiction? Find Hope in God’s Word
July 20th, 2017

Love Someone Struggling with Addiction? Find Hope in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

I open the front screen door and step tentatively inside. My eyes dart to where my sister sits on the couch with new, tanned skin and home-cut bangs. I want to tease her about her eternal compulsion to dye and cut her own hair on a whim, but ...

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Mounting Medical Bills? Psalms Offer Peace
July 18th, 2017

Mounting Medical Bills? Psalms Offer Peace

Hannah DeMarco

You’re a planner. You plan for vacation, your kids’ education, and that much-needed new home appliance. You didn’t plan on your loved one getting sick. At first you said, We can do this. You pinched pennies, tapped into savings, got by. But as the illness ...

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How God Uses Imperfect People Like Me
July 17th, 2017

How God Uses Imperfect People Like Me

Ginger Kolbaba

I couldn’t believe what I’d done. When a friend asked if I had intentionally left her off a party invitation list, I went into self-preservation mode, and instead of ’fessing up, I caved in to my fear and flat-out lied. What was wrong with me? I knew better than ...

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Psalms of Comfort for Times of Grief
July 11th, 2017

Psalms of Comfort for Times of Grief

Dottie McLoughlin

When I was with her, I felt ageless. The years fell away and we were, once again, college coeds enjoying what life had to offer. In college, Kozy was the fun one of our group. Her heart was so big and she had room in it for all ...

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What is a Biblical Response to Injustice?
July 10th, 2017

What is a Biblical Response to Injustice?

Katy Callahan

A few days after the 2016 presidential election, I thought of the time Peter cut off the high priest’s servant’s ear as Jesus was being arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane (John 18:10). Many of us with differing priorities for justice have spat venom at each other before ...

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How to Have Grace for Yourself as a Parent
July 6th, 2017

How to Have Grace for Yourself as a Parent

Dottie McLoughlin

In retrospect, my parenting résumé doesn’t look too bad. I’ve raised three kids into successful adults who now love and care for their own families. Everyone turned out okay, but sometimes that was despite me. I’ll never forget how angelic they looked when they were ...

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Prayers to Fight Financial Anxiety
July 4th, 2017

Prayers to Fight Financial Anxiety

Hannah DeMarco

You pull into the driveway, turn off the car engine, and place your head on the steering wheel. You don’t want to go inside. Because you know that, once you step through the front door, you’ll be hit with reminders of all the things that need to get done ...

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Solitude: How to Be Renewed by God’s Presence
July 3rd, 2017

Solitude: How to Be Renewed by God’s Presence

Andrew Hood

I used to think I could check the “solitude” box on the spiritual disciplines list because I’m an introvert. But it’s not that simple. People who love to sing aren’t always worshipping. People who love to be alone aren’t always in solitude.  Solitude is not escape ...

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Anxious About a Sick Friend or Family Member? Find Peace in God’s Word
June 27th, 2017

Anxious About a Sick Friend or Family Member? Find Peace in God’s Word

Andrew Tomashewsky

It all started with a phone call that caught me off guard. “Dad’s in the hospital, ” my sister said. “What’s wrong with him?” I asked. “We don’t know. He just wasn’t feeling right. I’ll keep you updated.” I ...

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How to Uncover the Gift of Being Single
June 26th, 2017

How to Uncover the Gift of Being Single

Ann-Margret Hovsepian

For years, my biggest struggle with being single was the not-knowing. A bit of a control freak, I have struggled to allow this part of my life to remain a mystery. One day, I decided I would choose singleness for myself so I could stop wondering. That ...

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Feeling Sick? Find Hope in God’s Word
June 22nd, 2017

Feeling Sick? Find Hope in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

You’re busily going throughout your day when you feel it coming on: a tickle in the back of your throat, a wave of nausea, the kind of lethargy only sickness gives. You try to ignore the feeling, telling yourself you have too much to do today. This is ...

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Start Healing from a Broken Friendship Through God’s Word
June 20th, 2017

Start Healing from a Broken Friendship Through God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

Some friendships end slowly—in missed calls, unanswered texts, and constantly rescheduled hangouts. We should hang out soon! your friend says. Yes, let’s! you respond. But the other person is never available, and so the friendship fades. Other friendships end in angry words, ...

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2 Ways My Life Changed by Living Levitically for a Week
June 19th, 2017

2 Ways My Life Changed by Living Levitically for a Week

Joanna Mikhail

Leviticus is one of those books I used to skim over as I read through the Bible. I didn’t understand the laws—many of them felt arbitrary and bizarre. But as I read Psalm 119 I was struck by how the psalmist spoke of delighting in, longing for, and loving ...

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Feel Like a Bad Parent? Find Assurance in God’s Word
June 13th, 2017

Feel Like a Bad Parent? Find Assurance in God’s Word

Dottie McLoughlin

She put her hands on her hips, and spat out, “All my friends think you’re cool, but they don’t know you like I do!” Then she turned and stomped up the steps. Ah, my first born. She was generally a rule-follower and very compliant, but I had apparently crossed ...

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How a Father Can Model God’s Love and Justice
June 12th, 2017

How a Father Can Model God’s Love and Justice

Sam Lufi

Being a father has given me ample opportunity to reconsider my beliefs in light of Scripture. I was coached to be firm with my children: to hold boundaries and enforce obedience. These beliefs were underscored with biblical texts, If you dont punish your children, you dont love them. If ...

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Find Hope in God’s Word When Your Plans Fail
June 8th, 2017

Find Hope in God’s Word When Your Plans Fail

Hannah DeMarco

Sometimes things just dont work out, I heard myself saying over the phone. Its okay. While my voice sounded convincing, I felt anything but okay. With that phone call, I had just given up my dream apartment with my dream roommates in my dream town. I said ...

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Scripture to Help Combat Financial Anxiety
June 6th, 2017

Scripture to Help Combat Financial Anxiety

Hannah DeMarco

“Remember, students: a penny saved is a penny earned.” My high school teacher’s voice rattled in my brain as I stood in the check-out line. It was my first year in college, and I hadn’t quite yet learned how to save. So yet again, I had overestimated ...

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Lectio Divina: How to Pray through the Bible
June 5th, 2017

Lectio Divina: How to Pray through the Bible

Christina Miller

Have you ever read your Bible and felt like the words were speaking directly to you? The passage may have been written centuries ago, but it seemed just as applicable to you today. Perhaps you could identify with Paul’s audience in Corinth or God’s people suffering in Egypt. The ...

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4 Psalms to Help Heal a Broken Heart
May 30th, 2017

4 Psalms to Help Heal a Broken Heart

Hannah DeMarco

You thought you had it right this time. You thought that, this time, it was forever. You just didn’t realize forever would end this soon. Your friends try to comfort you. They tell you it wasn’t your fault. They say you couldn’t have done anything to ...

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How to Find Freedom from Guilt and Shame in the Psalms
May 29th, 2017

How to Find Freedom from Guilt and Shame in the Psalms

Dr. Kal McAlexander

I sat with a young Marine in my office, his face turned towards the floor. He had lost weight since I saw him last and had dark circles under his eyes. As he shared his story, I heard deep sorrow in his voice. He had miscalculated a situation and ...

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Proverbs to Help You Love Friends Who Let You Down
May 25th, 2017

Proverbs to Help You Love Friends Who Let You Down

Hannah DeMarco

It was Friday night, and there was nothing to do. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. It was meant to be a night of laughter, deep conversation, and good food. But three minutes earlier, my friend had texted me to cancel our dinner plans. ...

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Overcome Financial Fears with Hope in God’s Word
May 23rd, 2017

Overcome Financial Fears with Hope in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

You run your card through the machine a second time, a third time, a fourth. But each time, you see the same words pop up on the screen, screaming at you as the machine angrily beeps: DECLINED.  Frantically, you search through your bag for cash, loose change, anything. ...

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Genre: How to Read the Narrative and Law of the Bible
May 22nd, 2017

Genre: How to Read the Narrative and Law of the Bible

John D. Barry

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

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How to Walk Through Grief with Scripture
May 16th, 2017

How to Walk Through Grief with Scripture

Laura Chan

James* collapsed this morning while running a marathon, and he passed away. Those are the words my husband whispered to me in disbelief as he pulled the phone away from his ear. The man who had stood with us in our wedding, ...

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Ethnicity in the Bible: A Closer Look into Jesus’s World
May 15th, 2017

Ethnicity in the Bible: A Closer Look into Jesus’s World

Veronica Podbury

History is strewn with examples of ethnic groups being disregarded, persecuted, or treated as less than human. Tragically, isolated verses from the Bible have been used to justify such atrocities as the slave trade or anti-Semitism. But throughout the Bible we see Gods intention to reach all races and ...

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3 Ways to Pray Like a Child
May 11th, 2017

3 Ways to Pray Like a Child

Hannah DeMarco

I wish I talked to God more like my 7-year-old nephew. When Max prays, he thanks God for the popsicle he ate that day. He prays for a sick bird he saw at the zoo. He asks forgiveness for accidentally crushing an ant with his foot on the ...

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What Millennials Can Teach Us About Reading the Bible
May 10th, 2017

What Millennials Can Teach Us About Reading the Bible

Christina Miller

There is a lot of buzz about Millennials in the church, and it’s not all good. They lack follow-through. They don’t go to church. They are flighty, entitled and self-absorbed. They want to do things their way or not at all. At the same time, ...

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Dealing with an Empty Nest? 5 Verses to Ease the Loneliness
May 9th, 2017

Dealing with an Empty Nest? 5 Verses to Ease the Loneliness

Dottie McLoughlin

The drive was so familiar that, as I turned the corner, I was on autopilot. There it was. Our old house. As I looked at the house, a feeling of melancholy came over me. It wasn’t about the house, really. The house had a kitchen that was too ...

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Discovering My Mother’s Courage in the Stories of Scripture
May 8th, 2017

Discovering My Mother’s Courage in the Stories of Scripture

Alcira Lafferty

My mother had a penchant for storytelling. I remember the stories she told my brother and me when we were small to soothe our wounded hearts after some childhood disappointment. Through times when we experienced academic trials, difficulties with friends, and lost love, my mother always encouraged us. She ...

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Want to Get Away from It All? Find Hope in God’s Word
May 2nd, 2017

Want to Get Away from It All? Find Hope in God’s Word

Hannah DeMarco

The theatre lights turn on and the credits roll as the audience slowly trickles out in a daze, shoes crunching popcorn kernels along the way. But I’m still sitting in my theatre seat, unwilling to let reality set back in after watching such a happy ending. Because ...

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Can God be a Father and Mother?
May 1st, 2017

Can God be a Father and Mother?

Jennifer M Buck

A whole host of people shaped my formative years. I was parented not only by my wonderful mother and father, but I was also given an incredible legacy of grandparents and relatives. Alongside my biological family, I was raised in an evangelical Quaker church where I was given spiritual ...

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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

Discover God’s Love Letter to You

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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