Making Plans for Christmas: Repeat the Sounding Joy


Why Christians, of all people, shouldn’t be cranky during Christmas by Daniel Darling Have you noticed lately that it’s the Christians who are often the most cranky during the Christmas season? Complaining has almost become required. We hear sermons on how to deal with the stress of Christmas. We read ominous-sounding emails and Facebook posts […]

The Shelter of God’s Forgiveness: Love Is…


 Love Is … Reclaiming 1 Corinthians 13   My freshman year of college, I made the mistake of letting my roommate see me type. It’s one thing to tell people you type more than 90 words a minute; it’s another to let them see you do it — especially when you live in a small […]

The Shelter of God’s Salvation: Excerpt from Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart


This article is excerpted from Stop Asking Jesus into Your Heart by J.D. Greaar. To find out more about the book, or to order a copy, click here. What Is Repentance? The young politician was genuinely learning to admire Jesus. He was fascinated by the message of this enigmatic, but wonderful, teacher. For many years he […]

Storm Shelter Session 1(The Shelter of God’s Presence): Well Placed Confidence


In the face of life’s uncertainties, place your trust in God.  “I tell you, Peter,” He said, “the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know Me!” (Luke 22:34). The words must have hung in the air, pointed and powerful. The disciples had just been arguing about who was to […]

Ministry in the Face of Mental Illness: Excerpt from “Melissa” by Frank Page

This is Chapter 1 of Melissa: A Father’s Lessons From a Daughter’s Suicide by Frank Page You’re Not Alone I was in my yard-working clothes when the call came. It was Friday morning. The day after Thanksgiving. Ten more minutes and I’d likely have been out on my mower, cutting the grass in preparation for getting […]

Overcome, Session 6 (Overcome an Earthly Mindset): What To Do When You Hit a Bad Light Cycle


I love it when I hit every green light on my way to my destination. Smooth sailing all the way. The truth is, it feels so right that many times I don’t really pay attention to the ease of the trip. Everything is as it should be. But I also know how it feels to […]

Overcome, Session 5 (Overcome Bitterness): Are You Destined for the Hall of Faith?

Hall of Fame etched in stone

This article originally appeared on February 20, 2013 on  Ever had one of those days? You know, one of those days when you super glue your rings together, dent the tailgate of your car, and broke your parents’ garage door — none of it on purpose and all in the same hour? Yesterday, I […]

Overcome, Session 4: Providential Provision


      God gives you just what you need just when you need it.  by Rhett H. Wilson, Sr. God provided in an unusual way and challenged me to trust Him financially in the years that followed my college experience. The summer after graduation, while preparing for seminary, I worked as a children’s minister. God […]

Overcome, Session 2: Strings Attached: Why The “Hook-Up Culture” Affects You


by Guy Chmieleski The hookup culture – this “no strings attached” paradigm toward casual sexual encounters – has become the new normal among many Christian collegiates in America. According to Relevant magazine, “Eighty percent of young, unmarried Christians have had sex. Two-thirds have been sexually active in the last year. Even though, according to a […]

Overcome, Session 1: Finding Your Way Out of the Desert


by Jim Johnston One of my favorite television shows is Man vs. Wild, an ingenious reality show that attempts to show you how to survive in any number of hostile environments—from the Costa Rican rainforest to the Alaskan frontier to a wide array of desert locations. The host is an aptly named British gentleman named […]