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Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life

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Type the question “Who is Jesus?” into your computer search bar, and you’ll find 622,000,000 results. That’s well over half a billion answers! Christians know there is so much more to Jesus than what’s found on the Internet, but how do we explain Jesus in a way that is simple enough to be clear, yet scripturally rich enough to be compelling? Here are ten suggestions for explaining who Jesus is to a non-believer. The first five suggestions discuss how to share Jesus; the last five discuss what to share about Jesus. Photo Credit: Unsplash/KellySikkema
While we aren't bound to Old Testament Sabbath, it still has plenty to teach us about how to live. Here are 5 practical reasons to embrace a regular time of holy rest.
Levels of anxiety peaked when PTSD settled in. Every nerve seemed ready to burst out of my skin at any moment. I couldn’t settle the sensation down. Friends attempted encouragement through words, prayer, and scripture. I tried much of the same. No matter how many soothing moments I experienced, the effects didn’t stick. While truth impacted my soul, I still felt jumpy. Worship music ministered comfort to my heart, and I believed God was working through it all— but my body didn’t get the memo. Have you ever felt like this? It’s easy to feel like you’ve failed as a Christian when Christian deeds don’t instantly make everything better. For some reason, people like me believe the right path will get us to the outcomes we want. As a result, we place expectations on ourselves and God that aren’t realistic. When our carefully chosen plans don’t result in full and lasting relief, defeat clings. Choices are important, but they aren’t the full picture. Unattended trauma resides in bodies unaware. Stressful and painful incidents accumulate. Sometimes, even though you know Philippians 4:6; you can’t “not be anxious.’ What then? Here are seven helpful tips: Photo Credit: © GettyImages/gpointstudio
God often gives us strength, but he invites us to take courage. Here are 8 tips on how to do that.

Pastors

Pastors / Leadership

Pastor Features

Being called to ministry includes a call to pray for those to whom we’re ministering. That’s usually easy to identify when the prayer requests are for temporal basics such as health or finances. But what about spiritual needs?
Many pastors choose bi-vocational, and it can be challenging. Here are the skills they'll need (like every full-time pastor) and some additional skills that will help them thrive in their bi-vo journey.
When professor, author, and former atheist Mary Jo Sharp considered stepping away from Christianity to return to atheism, three things solidified her faith.
If your church is anything like mine, males between the ages of 18 and 50 are scarce. We don’t have a large congregation, but this age group is so sparse that in past years a male over the age of 50 has won the “Youngest Father” in attendance on Father’s Day. Another sad indictment is reflected on Youth Sunday when the youth of the congregation take over an entire service. They lead the congregation in songs and give a message through skits or a play. You can look out through the congregation and guess what? No fathers watching these 10-15 kids serve the Lord. Other than support from our Lord and the church congregation, the lack of presence from fathers is very discouraging. Interestingly, fathers do not seem concerned that their young sons have no desire to regularly attend or participate in the work of the church. Young men use the excuses of work responsibilities, the recreation of their children, or being just too tired to make it for a Sunday service. Look through your Facebook feed of friends who are dads. They laud their son scoring five points in an intermural basketball game, getting a lead part in the school play, or making the Honor Roll for the current reporting period. But is there any mention of God or any participation in local church body? Some Christian fathers were once active in church until their son reached an age to participate in sports. It seems then that any regard for spiritual matters nearly disappears. Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Zinkevych

Parenting

Parenting

Parenting Features

As a dad who has been divorced, you are likely experiencing a void in your life, and you may be itching to fill it by finding a good woman with whom to start a relationship that, ideally, will end in marriage. Before you start down that path, however, you need to consider these 6 things.
Boundaries are God-given to keep us safe and help us thrive. In addition to instructing our kids on how to respect others, it’s also a parent’s job to teach kids how to assert their own boundaries so that others know how to respect our kids, too.
Miscarriage is a real loss, and incredibly painful for those who experience it. Here are 6 ways to show love and care to these grieving mothers, and help in taking their load off.
“Read it again, Grandma! Please.” “But, honey, we have read this same book three times.” “I know, just one more time, please?” Children love to be read to and many have a favorite book they like to read over and over again. What a great way to instill a love of reading into children. Reading is a great activity for grandparents and grandchildren to do together. You can do it while snuggling and the grandchildren will benefit from the physical touch. You can do it no matter what the weather. Grandparents don’t have to exert a lot of energy and it is not physically taxing. Most of all, reading to your grandchildren helps them grow a love of reading, which will create joy for a lifetime. When choosing something to read to your grandchildren, go to the best book of all, the Bible, to select your reading material. Reading is a good time to begin familiarizing grandchildren with biblical truth and planting seeds of God’s love in their hearts. Here are some good lessons to start with and the verses that go with them. Photo courtesy: ©GettyImages/Sinenkiy

Finances

Finances

Featured Articles on Finances

Sometimes being generous calls for more than a compassionate heart and kind word; sometimes it requires you to dig into your pockets and put some money on the table.
We are blessed to be a blessing. When we don't have anything, we can't give anything. It takes money to move the Kingdom forward. The "why" is important.
There are lots of easy, creative ways to cut back and get by with less.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 NIV). A mathematical mind is a gift, and perhaps no one acknowledges that better than those who struggle to follow a simple budget. It can create a stressful environment for couples who come together with different financial mindsets and plans. Disagreeing over money is a common argument, maybe the most common disagreement that plagues couples. It’s hard enough to create financial stability when we’re on the same page, but what happens when our philosophies concerning finances are completely different? Here are 6 things that can help when you and your spouse don’t have the same money philosophy. Photo Credit: Unsplash/Scott Webb

Homeschool

Homeschool

Home School Features

For homeschooling, there is no need to take off days for holidays. Instead of seeing these days as time off from classes, reconfigure your thinking so that you can teach your children the joy of learning in a whole new way. By thinking about the education of your children holistically, you will find you rarely take full days off during holidays. Here are some ways to make enjoying the holidays a wonderful educational experience: Photo Credit: Thinkstock/Lordn
If your kids don't want to go to church, should you force them or let them make that decision themselves? What is best for their relationship with God in the long run?
The question we must all ask ourselves is this: how will I honor God with this gift of raising kids, and how will my family utilize media for good?
In today’s world, kids have more commitments than ever before. Sporting events, play practice and other events both after school and weekends can keep kids on the run from the moment they get up to the moment they lie their heads down at night.

Marriage

Marriage

Marriage Features

As a dad who has been divorced, you are likely experiencing a void in your life, and you may be itching to fill it by finding a good woman with whom to start a relationship that, ideally, will end in marriage. Before you start down that path, however, you need to consider these 6 things.
Worshiping God should happen in every aspect of our lives--not just while we sit in church pews. The beautiful news is that worshiping with your spouse not only supports your intimacy with God, but also with eachother.
Where does the concept of soulmates originate? Is finding your soulmate a biblical truth or pagan myth?
One of the many strengths of "This Is Us" is the fresh, honest, and authentic look into the marriage of Jack and Rebecca, the shows main characters. What can they teach us about rekindling intimacy?

Careers

Career

Finances - Career

Our identity and worth must be rooted in the fact that we are sinners saved by the grace of Jesus Christ alone, adopted into His family, and called His children.
I was surprised when I heard my husband’s car pull into the driveway only an hour after he’d left for work one Monday morning. When he walked through the door, our daughters, 5 years old and 18 months, ran to meet him. But his face didn’t light up like it usually did at their enthusiastic greeting. “Why are you home?” I asked. “Are you sick?” “No,” he said, eyes wide with fear and disbelief. “They let me go.” Today, after 34 years of marriage, we’ve lived through this scenario twice. Both experiences have taught us valuable lessons and demonstrated God’s love and care for us.  Here are 10 ways God provided for us when my husband lost his job. Photo courtesy: ©Thinkstock/OcusFocus
But what if this time in your life isn't about your retirement? What if God's plan for you far exceeds your wildest imagination?
Follow these 14 keys to writing a successful resume that showcases your abilities and experience to land an amazing church or ministry position.

Singles

Singles

Singles Features

The decision of whom to marry will be the second most important choice a person will ever make in his or her lifetime, the first being to follow Christ. That being considered, it is vital to ensure an intentional and well thought out path is made. Proverbs 31 shares how charm can be deceptive and beauty fleeting, so what subtle signs should be noticed and prized?
Where does the concept of soulmates originate? Is finding your soulmate a biblical truth or pagan myth?
<p>In today’s world, phrases like, “hooking up” and “hanging out” are commonly used to describe dating. But are these ways in which Christians should approach dating? Should Christians be more like the world when it comes to this area of their lives?  Here are some tips to consider for Christians who want to pursue dating:</p> <p><span style="font-size: 11px;">Photo credit: ©GettyImages/Bobex-73</span></p>
Has God destined me to the single life? How do I know what God's plan for my life is?