Awake, Session 4 (Return to God’s Word): Seek it Like Silver

Seek it Like Silver by Linda Tomblin “If you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will … discover the knowledge of God” (Prov. 2:4-5). I felt bad that I’d never received a college degree. My early training had consisted of business school and an occasional college course fitted […]

Awake, Session 4 (Return to God’s Word): A Treasure Awaits

A Treasure Awaits … How to Find the Unexpected in Your Bible Study by Jason Hayes There’s something wonderful about getting a gift out of the blue. Whether it’s a care package from home, rediscovering your favorite childhood toy, or finding $20 in an old pair of jeans — gifts are exciting. For a few […]

Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): Common Ground

BY SCOTT ATTEBERY Bound together by the need for grace. I don’t belong here. That was my first thought when I walked into the room labeled, “Singles.” I had recently relocated and was interested in building rela- tionships in my new church home. On that particular Sunday morning, I was greeted at the church entrance […]

Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): Is Jesus Really All You Need?

Is Jesus Really All You Need? “All you need is Jesus.” Ever heard that phrase? In the evangelical world that I consider myself a part of, this phrase is constantly proclaimed as the very essence of the Christian faith. All I need is my personal relationship with Jesus. Everything else may be helpful, but not necessary to live […]

Awake, Session 5 (Return to Unity): The People of God (Excerpt)

A New People Our oldest son, Zeke, was born on August 8, 2008. I know: 8.8.08 makes it pretty easy on us to remember! He was born literally 30 minutes before the start of the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. So my wife and I sat there in the hospital room […]

Awake, Session 6 (Return to The Task): Students Standing Strong

God grants a mother’s dream to encourage thousands of students in their faith through their high school. by Terry Ann Kelly A mom with a desire to raise her children to have a heart for the Lord, combined with a simple God-breathed party idea, has organically grown into a ministry designed to help children know […]

Awake, Session 6 (Return to The Task): Broken Pieces, Beads, and Bling that Bring Life

Broken Pieces, Beads, and Bling that Bring Life by STEPHANIE HUFFMAN When we hear a tragic story, it’s a human response to search for the redemptive part of the tale. There has to be some good that comes from the broken pieces. At least, that’s what the Word of God teaches us, right? They were […]

Awake, Session 6 (Return to the Task): Restore the World

Restore the World: A Q&A with Author Gabe Lyons By Emory Colvin   The first time a self-proclaimed atheist asked me to pray with her, I knew the tide was changing. After spending several months intentionally doing life with a group of mostly non-Christians, she began to openly ask questions about my beliefs and initiate […]

Game Changer, Session 6 (Act Faithfully): Wildest Dreams

 Wildest Dreams Instead of being a bully’s worst nightmare, ask God to help you offer hope to the hopeless. by Nick Vujicic   TANNER KIRK, 16, appeared on stage with me to talk about the impact of bullying on his life. He described what it is like to be “trapped inside my own body.” Like […]

Game Changer, Session 6 (Act Faithfully): Keep the Fire

Keep the Fire Re-ignite the passion and purpose in your life. by LEONA BERGSTROM   WHAT REASON could God possibly have for sending a 60-plus-year-old woman to another country for 14 days? Paula, a newly retired teacher, repeatedly asked this question while traveling with us and several other boomers on a short-term mission trip to […]