Living a Biblical faith is more than going to church. It’s even more than reading and studying the Bible on your own. Paul says in Ephesians, “I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”
Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
I don’t know about you, but I can’t do that on my own. And I don’t believe we were intended to. In order to live this life, this life that is worthy of God’s call on us, we need each other. Even as we seek to grow spiritually in our own personal life, we rely on God’s people to learn and grow, to spur and inspire, and to encourage us along the way.
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Not Powerless: 14 Days of Praying Scriptures for Your Country. 14 short prayers based in Scripture that you can pray for your country. With everything going on you might feel a bit powerless, but you are not! God’s word gives hope, strength, and purpose.
2020: Cocoon time whether we like it or not. You don’t have to emerge from the quarantines as a beautiful butterfly, but what a waste to come out the other side the same old caterpillar you were before.
Have you heard the new Kanye album?…said the middle aged, white, suburban homemaker. Why don’t we all share Jesus boldly like Kanye West? Could it be that we are afraid of our flaws and failures being in the spotlight?
Proving that your repentance is real is a long road, not a one time deal. These important steps will help whether you are the one who has done wrong and needs to make amends, or are the one who has been wronged and are looking for signs of true repentance.
You can still serve God after being caught in sin. Restoration is possible. Being restored to ministry after sin (even big sin) is possible, but it may not look like you expect. Valuable advice for you whether you are trying to help someone caught in sin, or hoping to be restored yourself.
Daily Bible reading can be hard to be consistent in. Find a Bible reading plan that works for you. Reading the Bible daily is a habit we know is important, so why is consistency so difficult? Find a Bible reading plan to help you get in God’s word regularly.
How to follow through on changes that God is calling you to make in your life. It’s easy to get inspired when we feel God speaking to us, but the follow through is a bit tougher.
God can help us find closure when we’ve been hurt. When someone hurts us, we are filled with questions that we think will bring us closure and help us move past it.
Above all…love. It can be tempting to give up when someone is less than kind to us, but it’s a perfect reminder for us that to others –we are Jesus to them.
Obeying God’s call. Is it possible to go from introvert to public speaker?
17 role models of what living out an ordinary faith looks like. There’s not one single answer to what it looks like to live a life of faith. These 17 people each lived out an extraordinary story in a uniquely different way, and a simple faith was at the heart of each one.
Soul Detox for spiritual growth. Craig Groeschel’s book, “Soul Detox” was one of the best teaching resources I’ve found for classes at church, small groups, and teens.
What does unconditional love look like? Life lessons from my dog, Scout. If you’ve ever had a dog that was truly smitten with you, you’ve seen a glimpse of how our hearts should seek the Father.
Single people acting like they’re married and married people acting like they’re single. A pastor friend of mine said that these are by far the biggest issues he deals with in his work.
True belief leads to action. If belief leads to action…is the opposite true? If we say we believe but aren’t acting on it, what does that mean?
How do you repay someone who saved your child’s life? A very personal story of a truly gracious young lady.
Science supports a young earth creation. Some of the most common textbook illustrations for evolution and an old earth were proven false decades ago but are still used.
The ties between the abortion movement and eugenics are undeniable and kind of horrific. Saving black lives where they’re most at risk…in the womb.
God is in control. But is he pleased with the election results? Can we trust God whether or not things go the way we think they should?
Rejection hurts, no matter how you spin it. We all want to believe that we’re part of a bigger plan, but in the moment it doesn’t always feel that way.
Serving God with our time. Summer is about serving around here, between camps, trips, and other events…and we love it!
Lessons from Scripture
Do you ever feel like you’re too broken for God to use? Whether you feel like you’re too broken for God because of something beyond your control, or a mistake you made that you can’t get away from, the truth is that He’s looking for you. He wants you. He loves you.
Life lessons from the Bible: Which Disney Character is most like Peter? Finding similarities between Biblical figures and characters in our favorite stories can help us grow in our understanding of Scripture and ourselves.
How to trust God when you can’t see Him anywhere. Sometimes we feel like we’re looking everywhere for God and He’s nowhere to be found.
What did God see in Joseph and Mary? If you had to choose someone else to raise your children, what characteristics would you look for?
Find meaning in the Christmas carol hymns we sing. The deep and Biblical roots of many of the songs we sing at Christmas are far more meaningful than we might have thought.
Biblical holidays point to Christ. The significance of Biblical holidays is much more than remembering what God has done, it’s looking forward as well.
Scripture printables for when you are overwhelmed. Print out God’s word and surround yourself (or a struggling friend) with it.
Printable truths. More printables to encourage you.
Don’t ignore this phrase when you see it in the Bible! Paul uses the phrase “do not be deceived” a number of times, and there’s a common thread every single time.
100 Bible verses to inspire you this Christmas and New Year. Bible verses speak to us at Christmas and New Years in different ways. Often times at Christmas we are reflective, looking back and taking stock of what Christ’s coming has meant to us. And then we look ahead at the New Year with anticipation and hope.
Faith in our Homes
A new perspective on how we make entertainment choices. It’s time for a new conversation on how Christians make entertainment choices and engage with the hypersexualized media that pervades our culture.
Resources to build a strong marriage that really work. Marriage is supposed to be a team event, and it doesn’t work so well when it’s not.
Raising children who adore God. Parents, we may miss the mark sometimes, but we should at least know where the target is.
The destructive nature of pornography. Just because something comes naturally to us does not mean that it’s acceptable or okay. In fact, the exact opposite is usually true.
Protect your kids online. Statistics show that 70% of teens say they’ve accidentally stumbled upon pornography online. Nothing is foolproof, but there are some things we can do to protect our kids.
There is hope for a marriage that pornography has invaded. It can feel overwhelming to face, but there is hope to move past it and build a strong and healthy marriage.
The importance of teaching a Biblical worldview. The rates at which teens are leaving the church is astounding. If we want different fruit, maybe we need to back up and take a look at the seeds we’re planting.
From Toddlers to Teens: Raising Kids Who Pray. Tangible, every day ways to teach kids to pray without using a lesson or devotion.
100 ways to show your wife she’s the apple of your eye. Finding ways to show your wife how much you love her isn’t always easy.
Dad’s, your presence matters more than your presents. It can feel awkward to spend time with your kids sometimes, especially when things don’t go your way. But God will bless your efforts.
Mom’s, don’t stop doing things for your teens. They can still grow into responsible adults, promise! God calls us to apprentice our kids into adulthood. That doesn’t mean we raise them in a bubble, but it also doesn’t have to mean abandoning them to the world.
Family Bible Journal. This is an easy way to start to teach your kids the habit of being in God’s word every day.
The Church, The Body of Christ
We can pray for each other even if we live very different lives. Life is hard, God is good, and we need each other.
Being the body of Christ starts with (gasp!) talking to each other. How can we truly be the body of Christ if we don’t even know one another?
Grace…then what? Paul said that God’s grace to him was “not without effect”. What should that look like in our lives, our churches?
The trend of “no-judgement churches” may not be as loving as we’d like to believe. Following the Planet Fitness model in our churches isn’t really helping anyone. Is your church a pew-filled adult daycare or a hardcore training facility?
M&Ms ice breaker and guided pray activity. Free printables to go along with this fun group activity.
Are Christians unloving? It’s pretty common to hear how hateful and intolerant Christians are, not only from outside the church but also from within.
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