Awake, Session 1 (Return to God): The Need to Let Things Go

The Need to Let Things Go By Mike Glenn OCTOBER is a fickle month. Depending on the day, and sometimes even the time of day, the temperature can vary 30 or 40 degrees. During the day, it’ll be in the upper 60s or 70s, and in the evening, it’ll be in the 30s. If you […]

Awake, Session 3 (Return to Prayer): The Power of Prayer and Fasting

Fasting and Prayer as Your Spiritual Worship Excerpt from The Power of Prayer and Fasting By Ronnie Floyd The disciplines of prayer and fasting are not reduced to a formula or a hoop that we are to jump through as if we are in a kind of spiritual circus. Nor are they physical tests or exercises in […]

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 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 […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 6 (Call Others to Step Forward): Seasons of a Leader’s Life

Excerpt from Seasons of a Leader’s Life by Jeff Iorg (B&H, 2013) Lesson 16 Serve Humbly   John 13:1–20 Jesus and the disciples gathered just before the Passover for their evening meal. During the meal, Jesus quietly slipped away from his place at the table, removed his robe, tied a towel around his waist, and […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 5 (Work Through Conflict): Moving Beyond Life’s Messes

God loves His children, whether or not their beds are made. Lately I’ve been observing a side of me I don’t like. It’s a sarcastic, critical, nagging side concerning my early-digit teen daughter, Ashley. I find myself annoyed at small things: her leaving her clothes on the bathroom floor, not hanging up her towel, not putting away her books or colored pens, leaving […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 4 (Move Beyond Failure): The Artistry of God

    The Artistry of God God creates a mosaic masterpiece from the shards of your life. Human beings are like snowflakes — there are no two alike. Everyone is utterly unique from everyone else, and that uniqueness can be seen in the physical, emotional, and mental makeup of any single person. What’s more, that […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 2 (Be Confident in God’s Power): Holding Tight

  Holding Tight A father places his five daughters in God’s hands. by Polly House When Jeremy Adkins’ wife died nine days after giving birth to their fifth daughter, he just wanted to run. And he did. “I knew I had a choice to make,” Jeremy said. “I could either run to God or away […]

Be Strong And Courageous, Session 1 (Accept Your Leadership Role): Lessons From a Mentor

I AM WRITING this column about one week after I learned that one of my professional mentors has announced his retirement. As his friend and coworker, I have watched him live his faith in his home and in his ministry. He is for me what a mentor ought to be: someone who so walks with God that you want to […]