5 Psalms for When You Start the New Year Feeling Sad
January 6th, 2015

5 Psalms for When You Start the New Year Feeling Sad

Jennica Stevens

For many people, the holidays can be hard. But sometimes it’s even harder when the season is over. Maybe you feel a sense of disappointment as you take down the lights on the Christmas tree or say goodbye to loved ones who live far away. Perhaps Christmas is ...

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5 Psalms to Encourage People Who Care for an Aging Loved One
December 30th, 2014

5 Psalms to Encourage People Who Care for an Aging Loved One

Jennica Stevens

One of my earliest memories is of tent camping with my grandma. It rained three straight days, but that didn’t stop her from cooking Dinty Moore and popcorn over an open fire for my grandpa, sister and me. She invented activities, played games and fought the never-ending battle to ...

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Do You Have the Right Attitude Toward Giving?
December 26th, 2014

Do You Have the Right Attitude Toward Giving?

Jennica Stevens

I remember when I first started to give away part of my money. I was 4 years old, and it definitely wasn’t my decision. My parents told me that it was part of the deal if I was going to get my allowance of $1 per week: I would ...

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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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6 Bible Verses for Football Season (and an Extra Point)
October 14th, 2014

6 Bible Verses for Football Season (and an Extra Point)

Randy Petersen

We’re in the thick of football season, with gridiron greats at all levels donning pads and cleats and pushing the pigskin down the field. So what does the Bible have to say about this sport? Philippians 3:13-14 Sounding like a halfback dodging defenders, ...

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Jesus: Rebel Rouser or Peacemaker?
July 18th, 2014

Jesus: Rebel Rouser or Peacemaker?

Maria Wolf

What was life like for the Jews under Roman rule and how did it shape Jesus’ message? To find out the answer, we consulted biblical scholar Phil Towner, PhD, who peeled back centuries of time. The Romans--who had a military presence in Palestine--were masters at taxation, levying ...

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Afraid and Scared? God Will Help You
July 17th, 2014

Afraid and Scared? God Will Help You

Maria Wolf

When my aunt was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer seven years ago, we were all plunged into panic, fear, anxiety and sadness. She was young—only 49. Her illness followed the typical course of many patients with her disease: surgery, chemo, radiation, more chemo and more radiation. Eventually, the treatments ...

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