4 Prayers for When You Lack Motivation in Life
October 16th, 2015

4 Prayers for When You Lack Motivation in Life

Nicholas Hemming

After oversleeping for the third morning in a row, you rise from your bed, put a bagel in the toaster and begin reading the news. You should take a shower. You should iron your clothes. And you should get to work on time. But on this day, you’re feeling ...

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Do Animals Go to Heaven?
January 16th, 2015

Do Animals Go to Heaven?

Randy Petersen

After fifteen years of loyal companionship, a beloved pet gets sick. The vet can’t do anything but assure the animal of a painless death. For the pet owner, the loss is devastating. A “best friend” is gone. The pain is often compounded by people who just ...

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6 Bible Verses for When Life Isn’t Fair
January 13th, 2015

6 Bible Verses for When Life Isn’t Fair

Sarah Ortiz

Following one of his regular treasure hunts inside the sofa cushions, my 9-year-old recently ran up to me, holding his loot in the form of a crumpled dollar bill. As I responded to his excitement, I saw my 7-year-old’s face out of the corner of my eye. I knew ...

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HOW DO I FORGIVE IN THE NEW YEAR?
January 2nd, 2015

HOW DO I FORGIVE IN THE NEW YEAR?

Laura Barberides

In late August, just a few short months ago, my husband and I stood at the altar of a small church packed with our closest friends and family and vowed to love and care for one another in sickness and in health. Among other things, we also vowed ...

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Is Memorizing the Bible Worth It?
December 23rd, 2014

Is Memorizing the Bible Worth It?

Rob Giorgio

Some words stay with you. Several years ago, I was struggling to get into the habit of reading the Bible. Not only did I not know where to begin, but I also lacked the discipline to stick to a regular routine. I asked a leader in my church ...

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Can the Bible Tell Me What to Do?
December 12th, 2014

Can the Bible Tell Me What to Do?

Randy Petersen

“Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice” (James 1:22 GNT). Thorough Bible study does not end in your head. It filters out through your synapses and sinews. You become a doer of what God says, putting into practice what ...

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How Can I Understand the Bible?
December 9th, 2014

How Can I Understand the Bible?

Randy Petersen

Everybody hears Psalm 23 at funerals and 1 Corinthians 13 at weddings. The biblical language seems quaint, important and reassuring. But can we get behind the religious-sounding cadences and tap into some real meaning? Is it possible to get a message for today from those long-ago documents? Oh, sure, ...

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Talking about Exodus: Gods and Kings
December 4th, 2014

Talking about Exodus: Gods and Kings

Randy Petersen

Do you like to go somewhere after a movie and hash it out? Sometimes that’s half the fun, doing your own Siskel-Ebert thing over drinks and eats. Well, this is a movie that cries out for a post-show discussion. So, whether you’re with a church group, a handful of ...

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