Think of the years before you met Jesus. Are those years meant to be hidden away and forgotten, or are they meant to be redeemed?
A Christian in the Voting Booth
With all the campaign issues - health care, the war, immigration, gun laws, foreign policy - my head is spinning.
A Christian Leader's Personal Life
The Church needs leaders. There is much to do and few who are willing. The rewards of joy and fullfillment are abundant but the commitment is not to be taken lightly.
A Million Nows of Christian Life
Centuries ago, the Psalmist sang, “I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I set your rules before me.” Psalm 119.30 ESV What have I chosen, today?
A Question of Pride and Humility
Who gets the gold medal in the Kingdom of Heaven? Jesus teaches what true greatness is.
A Random Act of Kindness
One random act of kindness can change the world. Your act of kindness will encourage someone and live on to spread from stranger to stranger. Who knows where it might lead?
A Shining Example
In the midst of hectic environment, a busy street, bumper to bumper traffic or after a long day of shopping, can others look at you and think, “She is different” or “That person is a shining example”?
A Teaspoon of Grace
Sharing grace in word and deed with a world experiencing a grace drought.
A Word From God
We're waiting for a word from God. We want to know our mission. We need to know what to do.
Have you made any wrong turns lately? What guidance system do you rely on?
It´s all about attitude.
Battle of Temptation
First seen in Genesis, when Satan tempted Eve. Temptation holds the same pull, now, as it did in the garden. Let's not look at failures. Let's look at God's word. He promises to bring his children through every trial and every temptation.
Biblical Guidance System
Each of us has an intended destination. It might be a career goal, or a posh retirement. As Christians, we come to the understanding God the Father has a plan for us, and that becomes our goal. We set our guidance system on that destination. But how often along that journey do we veer off course?
Billy Graham Center
It was my privilege to visit the Billy Graham Center located at Wheaton College, IL. I was impressed, not only by the immense amount of information housed in this facility but by the impact the Center is making in the lives of Christians and non-believers around the world.
Caregiver Job Description, Tips and Encouragement
You may have transitioned into the role of caregiver without realizing it. Your spouse or parent or child became ill and you took care of them. Their illness became a lingering condition.
I won’t say I hate change, but I tend to resist it. And by the many pages I found when searching the Internet, I’m not the only one.
Charity - Love Your Neighbor
Loving your neighbor requires more than good intentions or even prayer.
This is a website dedicated to giving encouragement and support to spouses of men in the military.
Christians Act When Disaster Strikes
What do we do when disaster hits? Do we thank God for our safety and wait for the clean up-crews to arrive?
Christians Look Like This
When the world looks at you, Christian, what do they see? Do they see someone who has received His grace? Do you look like a Christian?
For all our social networking sites and instant messaging , we Americans seem to be becoming progressively more alienated from one another. We keep in touch with 140 characters or less
Cleaning and a Teaching Moment
It seems that everything in life requires upkeep. Every appliance in the home, and in Christian life, too.
Jealousy, that nasty emotion, begins almost as soon as we are old enough to notice pretty things. Lucy has a doll that is prettier than mine. I wish I had that one. Jealousy causes us to feel underprivileged. It alienates us from one another and distances us from God.
During flu season we are all very aware of the flu, as well as other assorted viruses. We take precautions. Are we as careful with contagious sin?
Death and Eternal Life
These are concepts that are hard for many of us to understand.
Do you ever struggle over important decisions? The bible tells me and I have learned from harsh experience, that I should inquire of the One who created me when making these decisions. My God has plans for my future - better plans than I could design for myself.
Decision Making Skills
They say, to make good choices, we need to know our priorities. This is my biblical list of priorities.
Tip back your head and look to the Son for support in hard times.
Define the Love of God
How does God’s love feel? How does the Creator, eternal God, love? We define love in the context of our personal experience in this earthly life. But, we often have flawed experience.
Do You LIKE Me ?
I'm told that it is a human need to be important to someone. I would like to think that I have influence in some small part of the world. Where do I look for affirmation? Where do you look for it?
Don't Blame Jesus
Who’s giving Jesus a bad name? I am embarrassed to say that it is often Christians – with all the best intentions.
Jesus said to His disciples, "Come follow me." How often in a day are we asked to make that choice.
We don't have to live very long to learn that life includes disappointment and that victory seems to be living life with as little disappointment as possible.
Family and Community
God is all about togetherness. It isn't easy, but a three year old taught me the importance of it.
FEAR and Anxiety
God´s word says, "Do not fear." What are we to do with this common ailment?
Fill Your Pockets With Joy
You don't find joy in life situations. You have to take it with you.
Finding Rest and Quiet
As a woman, you are the hub of family life. You may be a single mother or the wife of a man who is consumed with his work. You may be a caregiver. Whatever your role in life, the activity revolves around you. Where do you find rest?
Following God's Call
Do you want to accomplish something really important for the faith? Something important? Something that makes a difference?
There is an official Friendship Day in the United States. We have hundreds of 'Friends' on social media. We all have a group of acquaintances, but what is a true friend?
From Trash to Treasure
Like sea glass, we're smoothed and polished. Unlike sea glass, we were never discarded. We've always been His treasure.
Fully Known and Loved
What's it like when someone knows everything about you, and loves you?
Future Generations - A Lesson From The Bible
I know that each of us will have an impact on future generations.Everything we do creates a reaction that will impact all those who come after us.
Gay in the Christian Church
There has been, in the media, controversy as to whether members of the gay/lesbian community should be welcomed into Christian churches.
Give Hugs and Hope
Looking for a meaningful way to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Giving Birth to a Savior
We, like Mary, are asked to carry Christ to a lost world.
In the best times of life we talk about being in our glory. When were your glory days?
God is Impartial
God is unbiased. Can I be impartial while I strive to be like Jesus?
God's Promises for the Grieving
I have talked about God’s faithfulness. I have sung about standing on His promises. I have proclaimed that God’s word is truth. I have surrendered my life to His will. Today, I am called to live what I believe.
All about the heart and how it rules us.
Here´s To You, Mom!
A letter to all mothers from the Hair Site.
What is holy ground? Is is a piece of real estate? A building?
How to be an Encourager
I receive encouragement when I attend a church service. What is my part of the experience, according to the apostle Paul.
How to Beat Temptation
We all know what temptation is. We all have known that instance when we must make a choice between right and wrong.
How to Care for the Needy
Am I waiting for someone who is hungry or thirsty to show up on my doorstep? How do I follow Jesus' teaching in my middleclass neighborhood?
I Won The Lottery
The lottery grand prize is over two billion dollars this week. It's very tempting to run to the local convenience store to pick up my lucky ticket. But, as it turns out, I'm already a winner.
Interview with Inspirational Author Gloria Doty
Gloria Doty, author of Not Different Enough writes devotions, magazine articles, blogs, children's books and an occasional fictional short story. I hope you will find a bit of inspiration and encouragement in my interview with this prolific Christian writer.
Is Church Attendance Necessary?
Why attend weekly services? Isn't a relationship with Jesus enough?
It's Worship not American Idol
I was reminded that church is not for my entertainment. It is an act of worship.
Justice Roy Moore Shows Strength Under Fire
There may come a time in the life of each of us that the acknowledgment of the sovereignty of God will involve a cost.
Kids, Teens and Their Parents
An important selection of sites and articles for kids.
Leave the Past Behind
"Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead; that is where your future lies." It is a humorous visual. Who would want to live life backwards? Yet, we get caught up in thinking more about the past than we do the future.
In the beginning, the earth was without form, and darkness covered it. And God created light. He separated light from darkness and called the light Day. Light draws us, nourishes us. We need it to navigate our world.
Light of a Transformed Life
Does my transformed life show. Is there a light that can be seen by others?
Making decisions shouldn't be so hard. Why do I spend so much time worrying about day to day choices, trying to handle them on my own? Why do I only pray as a last resort or in an impossible situation?
Memorials of His Faithfulness
What do you do to remember the high points of life? Some of those times are very easy to remember. It’s tradition. What about times of God's faithfulness?
Scripture memorization has numerous benefits but has been difficult. Only recently have I taken the time to conquer the discipline. I'll share a few tips that have helped.
Mini Mission Trips
We are created for good works. Have you found what God has prepared for you?
Where is your mission field?
My Big Mouth - Lessons From The Bible
We all have heard that “Talk is cheap.” This phase gives us the impression that words have little or no value, and are relatively harmless.
Obesity - A Christian Concern ?
Obesity is a problem of epidemic proportions in America. Should Christians be concerned? Is it a sin for a Christian to over-eat?
Immorality should be as painful for Christians to look at as it is for Jesus. How does primetime TV affect you?
One Day at a Time - Today
During difficult times, I have often been advised to live just one day at a time. I shouldn't live with anxiety about the future or with regret over the past. God has been advising this since the beginning.
Polishing Your Idol
The Bible is very strict when it comes to what and who we worship. The first two commandments say that that we better not worship any other gods or make an idol in the form of anything in heaven or on the earth. What idols are in my house?
Polycarp, Life-Long Devotion to Christ
Do Christians retire? There may be an age when physical labor is no longer required, but fighting for the faith continues. This is the story of Polycarp.
Power in Praise
I sing along with the congregation, praising God at the beginning and end of a church service. I often listen and sing along to songs of praise on Christian radio. I’m a good follower, but how often do I initiate the praise without the influence of a worship leader or radio program?
Real Life Christian Living
This true story shows Christians making a difference. It doesn't take place in a far away mission field or even in a church, but in the work place.
Refuge - A Little Bit of Heaven
There is a place of peace, built for us in Heaven. We can build a place here, displaying a few of the signposts of Heaven.
When I first met Jesus, there was always a smile on my face. The fire of his love burned brightly in me and I couldn’t help but radiate it to others. It seems to be common place for the glow to dim as Christians go about daily living.
Road Rage and What the Bible Says
Being a Christian doesn´t preclude you from experiencing the distress of Road-Rage.
Running From God
As Christians, most of us would say that we never run from God. But, do we?
Whatever we do, it is to be for the glory of God. Is every event sacred?
Security - Psalm 91
I spent my life looking for security, but never found freedom from care and anxiety. There is only one source of security.
September 11, 2001 A Great Abandon
In remembrance and tribute to the heroes of September 11, 2001.
A servant's heart is a great thing to have. How much can you take on and still share God's love?
Shaping the Next Generation
Parents are responsible for shaping the lives of their children. Not only parents, but all adults serve as examples that are followed, whether for good or bad.
Sharing Your Faith
When you find a great restaurant, do you tell people about it? Of course you do. You want your friends to enjoy the good food too. It is the same way with finding faith in Jesus Christ.
Short Memories and Little Faith
Have you ever had one of those weeks, or months, where every day brings a new struggle? Does it seem hopeless? There is encouragement in the bible story of the Exodus.
Surprised by Abundant Blessing
Sometimes we Christians don't expect God to take care of us at all times. Disasters yes, but in the little things?
The Change - Beatitudes
Christian living is not an easy path. I like to fit in and I often don't. My Christian convictions often conflict with the contemporary habits of my friends.
The Chastity Trend
This describes a revolutionary movement among many young people who are making to the decison to remain chaste until marriage.
The Church Builder
Noah Smith was a simple man who loved Jesus. He was a church builder.
The Fragrance of God
I burn scented candles and use scented oil diffusers, both designed to enhance the atmosphere of my home. In the bible, a pleasant fragrance is associated with pleasing God.
The Message in Clay Pots
Have you noticed that the most beautiful flowers grow in clay pots? So too, the message of Christ blooms from humble, often broken people.
The Most Loving Thing
This is a story about choice and a question. Which is the loving thing to do?
Those Who are With Us are More
When listening to news reports. Dwelling on threats to my home and health, I’m apt to occupy myself with developing strategies and remedies.
Thoughts of Family
Family is important. The family of Christian believers springs from a common ancestor and is eternal.
To Be Like Jesus - Humility
People talk about wanting to be like Jesus. We wear bracelets and have signs asking ¡§What would Jesus do?¡¨. I wear my cross pendant. If I¡¦m to represent Jesus, I want to understand who he is. Today I¡¦ll study his humility.
To Follow Jesus
What does is mean to follow Jesus? Am I really following or am I taking the path that seems right to me?
Truth for the New Year
Another year comes to a close. I'll watch newsreels and read stories of the happenings of 2021 -some encouraging, many of them sad. For me, it was a year like any other. I discovered more of the need to rely on the Lord. I won't regret the hardships that found me, or the mistakes I made.
Tsunami Relief Effort- What You Can Do
What the Bible has to say about giving.
Tsunami Relief Effort- What You Can Do
What the Bible has to say about giving.
Serving the church is rewarding and fulfilling, and necessary. Sometimes, it can be tiring. With the work to be done and the need for workers, is it right to take a break?
What if I Only Had Three Days?
If when you turned on your television and tuned into the news, they were telling you that there was a giant asteroid on a collision path with the earth, what would you do?
What's To Be Afraid Of ?
Fear. It’s that feeling of dread, panic, terror. It’s that anticipation of impending danger. For some it takes the form of constant anxiety.
When a Job Becomes a Mission
For the Christian, an occupation is more than a source of income. Whatever we do, we do for the glory of God. This article is food for thought for every occupation.
Who Rules the Nation?
Each campaign ad tells me why the ‘other’ candidate is wrong for the job. It seems that if I believe that all the ads are true, no candidate is qualified to lead.
Whos Who in the Bible
This page contains information about many interesting people spoken of in the Bible.
Words and Thoughts Pleasing to God
Psalm 19:14 speaks of the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart being pleasing to God. It seems that he hears everything I say and he knows every thought. That can be embarrassing.
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