Somewhere Between Yesterday’s Tragedy and Tomorrow’s Triumph

Your Encouraging Word fromMax Lucado’s Encouraging Word Bible, NIV How far can we go with verses like this one: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)? Does “all things” include tumors and tests and tempers and terminations? John ...

4 Passages to Spark Your Spiritual Growth

Arrested development isn’t an option for followers of Christ. We have a sacred responsibility to mature continuously in our faith, to become more Christlike, to grow more attuned to God’s will. Maintaining a spiritual status quo does no one any good. The Lord urges us to dive deeply into Scripture so that we can become ...

The New Year Game Plan

If you’ve ever been unsuccessful in an attempt to read through the Bible in one year, you probably know that Leviticus is where it starts to go wrong. Genesis is action-packed and full of familiar stories and people. The same goes for Exodus—most of it, that is. And then comes Leviticus. And somewhere among the ...

Celebrate Christmas All Year

The celebration of Christmas is a bittersweet experience for many people. We get caught up in the excitement of the season. We fill our December with church events, work parties, family gatherings, and shopping excursions. We embrace the spirit of the Advent. Our anticipation builds as Christmas Day approaches. But it all comes to end ...

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My Soul Magnifies the Lord

It’s hard even for us, these many centuries later, to wrap our heads around it: A Holy God loves us so much that He chose to become human; walk among us yet remain sinless; die a ghastly death in our stead; resurrect; and ascend to heaven where yet today He sits at the right hand ...

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Three Strategies for Nurturing Gratitude When Thankfulness Is Hard

The season of Thanksgiving on the calendar doesn’t always coincide with a season of thanksgiving in our lives. If you’re struggling to embrace the true purpose of the holiday—or having difficulty finding things to be thankful for because of the circumstances you’re facing—here are a few ideas to help you....

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If You Saw Jesus in Glory

Oct 10, 2019 | |Andy Nash

If you were to witness Jesus Christ in the fullness of His majesty, the brightness of His glory, how would you respond? Would you stand there unaffected?  Would you run away?  Or would you fall on your knees? A few highly blessed humans have seen Jesus Christ in glory. And when they did, they not ...

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Three Stories to Help Young People Find Identity in Christ

Every bit as valuable as the Bible’s words of encouragement, wisdom and inspiration are its stories of people, like us, who learned life-changing lessons—lessons that still apply today. These stories can be valuable utensils in a parent’s toolbox. No matter what situation you and your child are facing, you can find a Bible story that fits it. Case in point: If you’re trying to help your child find his or her identity in Christ, here are three stories you can use to shed light on the process....

How Do We Align Our Careers with Our Faith in Christ?

Our faith and identity in Christ encompasses and influences every aspect of our lives, including the long-term decisions we make in our careers. One of the most important decisions we face is what to do with our lives. The question is, how do we choose a career path that aligns with our identity in Christ? Here are four tips to consider....

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Embracing the Hope of Our Identity in Christ

The apostle Peter offers a profound summary of our identity in Christ in 1 Peter 2:9-10. In the process, he uncovers a wellspring of hope for everyone who follows Christ. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you ...