Essentials

The importance of a moms' ministry in your church

The Importance of a Moms’ Ministry in Your Church

Ministering to this group can be instrumental in reaching everyone in the home.

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Ministering to Parents in Your Church

A creative way to connect with couples early in their parenting journey and establish a loving, caring relationship.

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Does Prayer Really Do Any Good?

It’s easy to become cynical or weary about the act of prayer.

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7 Ways to Pull Out of a Slump

7 Ways to Pull Out of a Slump

Restore your energy and zest for life with these tips.

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Living in the Smile of the Father

Achieving success starts with knowing you have your father’s approval.

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Living Within the Limits

Difficulties should push us toward God’s Word, not toward redefining the rules.

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Looking for Awesome in All the Wrong Places

God created us with a capacity for awe. Where you look for it will shape the direction of your life.

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Loving the Prodigal Who Seems to Hate You

The way we love sinful people must be patterned after the rugged love God has for us.

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No Cinderella Story

Life is no fairy tale of magic formulas, but instead it requires walking by faith.

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Obeying God Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

It is only as my view of Him increases that I will be more able to view my issues with a proper perspective.

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Old Stories With a New Connection

Years later, my wife and I realized a new way God had answered our individual prayers before we were married.

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How to Overcome Discouragement

Perhaps no other human emotion is so commonly experienced and yet so infrequently exposed.

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Remembering God in the Mundane Events of the Day

Here are 10 well-known, easy-to-remember verses to help us keep our hearts trained on God.

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Finding God in the ‘White Space’

When we live a life of constantly reaching for the next big thing, we miss the greatness God is calling us to right here, right now.

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5 Qualities for Thriving in a Hostile Culture

5 Qualities for Thriving in a Hostile Culture

In a culture that is increasingly hostile toward Christianity and Christian values, God will send us through whatever spiritual boot camp it takes in order to build the character we need.

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Don’t Touch My Stuff

Knowing that God is our Provider helps us to hold our material possessions with an open hand.

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If You Want More, You Must be Faithful in Little

Many are on a career path, but few seem to be on a character path. All too frequently who we are is discarded upon the altar of ambition.

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Fierce Storms and Fresh Reminders

Two close calls remind Barbara and me of how God is working in our lives.

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I’m Not an Expert on Myself

God’s Word gives me a true diagnosis of whom I am.

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A Commitment to Truth Means Defending the Oppressed

A Commitment to Truth Means Defending the Oppressed

The story of a man who stood up to intervene for the defenseless.

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It Takes Courage to Stand for the Truth of God’s Word

When marriage is hard and parenting is harder, stand for the truth.

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A Workout for the Spiritual Body

A Workout for the Spiritual Body, Part 2

We need a spiritual workout center to develop our “faith muscles.”

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Gardening Is Good for the Soul, Right?

Pulling weeds from my flower beds taught me an important spiritual lesson.

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A Workout for the Spiritual Body

A Workout for the Spiritual Body, Part 1

There’s no gain without pure, hard pain.

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An "Incredible Woman" Who Lived for Christ

An Incredible Woman Who Lived for Christ

Reflections on the life of Ruth Bell Graham.

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Getting Unstuck

If you’re ready to go deeper in your spiritual journey, a small group may be just what you need.

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Anatomy of a Grumbler

Anatomy of a Grumbler

Complaining shows a loss of perspective, a failure to remember who is in control.

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God Asks Us to be Intolerant

Many of us are settling for the sidelines of life—we don’t really want the Lord to give us anything too hard to do.

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Anticipating Deathbed Regrets

Anticipating Deathbed Regrets

A man needs to constantly remind himself that his real job is his wife and children.

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Are You Accountable to Anyone?

Are You Accountable to Anyone?

One of the best ways to protect yourself against immorality is submitting your life to the scrutiny of another person.

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