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Prayers of Thanksgiving

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me trustworthy, appointing me to His service. — 1 Timothy 1:12 NIVWe give You thanks, most ...

Finding Hope in the Valley of the Shadow of Death

A well-known writer once wrote, “The essential thing ‘in Heaven and in earth’ is… that there should be long obedience in the same direction; there thereby results, and has always ...

Real Christmas Trees

These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. — Matthew 15:8Nothing says the holidays quite like a Christmas tree. It’s the centerpiece of our ...

You're Invited to the Because of Bethlehem Online Bible Study

Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner! This year, we’re anticipating it all: the Christmas choir rehearsals, family photos all decked out in red plaid, the trip ...

Why Do Bad Things Happen If God Is Good?

If God is so good and powerful, why do bad things happen?As a person in ministry, I get asked some version of this question frequently. To be honest, I’ve pondered ...

You Are God's Temple

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? — 1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJVThe Spirit of God dwells in ...

Go Ahead and Cry

Growing Tears I waited patiently for God to help me; then He listened and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog ...

The Abundant Life Will Not Be Free of Trials

Life with Christ will not be pain-free. This is a prominent theme throughout Scripture. First, let’s just acknowledge how abnormal it is to embrace such a life.When traveling from point ...

Be Kind to Yourself

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. – 1 John ...

You Offer Me Abundant Life

Everlasting God, You, the Creator of the universe, are with me and for me. You are all I need! When I feel as if something is lacking, it’s because I’m ...

Always Fly Solo (Not)

Have you ever resisted letting people in? Have you ever tried as best as you could to avoid engaging in community?Community is a difficult thing. Pastors preach on it well, ...

Imperfect Faith

What Joy Davidman’s Spiritual Journey Teaches Us Today“If we should ever grow brave, what on earth would become of us?”This question asked by Joy Davidman does more than beg for ...

Fear Gone Wild: Myths About Suicide

Editor’s note: Kayla Stoecklein is a voice of compassion and hope for those oppressed with the mostly-taboo topic of suicide. It’s a delicate issue, one haunted by shame and fear, ...

The Upside of Guilt

What’s Your Conscience Telling You?Anita had been the advertising sales director for a multimillion dollar media company for several years when her boss informed her the business would be sold ...

The Girl with Two Names

I have two questions to bring up in Heaven. Not complaints, because we will have no complaints. And I’m not sure we will have questions. If we do, I’d like ...

Welcoming Vulnerability

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. — 2 Corinthians 12:9A few months back I met some friends for impromptu burgers and fries, ...

Free Resources

The 28-Day Prayer Journey Online Bible Study with Chrystal Evans Hurst

The 28-Day Prayer Journey Online Bible Study with Chrystal Evans Hurst

Learn to pray and experience intimacy with God like never before! Join author Chrystal Evans Hurst as we walk through four postures of personal prayer called out in Scripture with the acronym P.R.A.Y. — thanksgiving & praise (P), repentance (R), requesting/asking (A), yielding (Y). Reserve your spot now and receive free access to 5 study videos and other free prayer resources when you sign up. Study starts 10/24!