GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE In severe trials or easy times, Lauren Chandler knows her anchor will hold. by MARK KELLY LAUREN CHANDLER HAD good reason to thank God. “Most of my life was pretty charmed,” she says. “I grew up in a home where my parents loved Jesus and each other, loved my brother and me.
A Resolution to Lament Now is the time to be honest and say, “I’m not fine, God. Please meet with me.” by Esther Fleece JANUARY IS THE TIME for new beginnings. We put away our Christmas decorations, make our New Year’s resolutions, and leave our baggage behind. Many of us desire to start fresh each
THE PURPOSE OF DETOURS What may seem like a bad thing is really what is best for you. BY TONY EVANS Detours are delays. They’re rerouted paths that keep us from our original route. Detours pop up in places we hadn’t expected. When we get in our cars, we do so with a destination in
In Suffering, THEY THRIVE. The death of Nik and Ruth Ripken’s son launched them on a pilgrimage to learn from suffering Christians. by MARK KELLY MISSIONARIES NIK AND RUTH RIPKEN stood over the grave of their teenage son, Timothy. The onset of Kenya’s rainy season had released a flood of mold spores in their
THE HEART OF THINGS by Dawn Sherill-Porter God’s plans are much greater than we can ever imagine. The heart is an interesting thing. Physically, it keeps the blood pumping through our bodies and is, therefore, essential for life. Metaphorically, our hearts are the seats of our emotion and will — the source of all we
United in Prayer When an army of people work together to accomplish a goal, it becomes a formidable force indeed. by Stephen Kendrick and Alex Kendrick with Travis Agnew AN INTERESTING PASSAGE in Genesis 11 describes the construction of the tower of Babel. In this biblical account, ungodly people decided to build a city with
Prince Warriors “Mom, will I ever be in a war, a battle . . . with Satan?” This question from my son inspired me to write a new series for kids — teaching them about the importance of the armor of God and of the reality of the spiritual world. We are in a battle
Fiction A Conversation with the Devil: A Writer’s Tale by CHRIS FABRY He comes to us all in some way, at some point of vulnerability — for the butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker. Writers are not immune to his accusations. Usually, I hear the voice and don’t respond. Eventually, indifference makes him retreat.
Fervent Prayer FORTIFYING THE LIVES OF THOSE YOU LOVE By Priscilla Shirer All of our marriages and families are a huge deal. Yours and mine. They’re all that big of a deal . . . because each one is a billboard for the eternal, unchangeable love story between God and humankind. Each of their
FRUIT THAT LASTS FOREVER Will your legacy help the next generation know God? by ERIC GEIGER IT SEEMS THE OLDER WE GET, the more we hear and think about words like legacy, significance, and impact. As we become more and more aware of the brevity of this life, we long to make an impact, to