From the Editor: 3 Facts about Sex

Originally posted on on October 28, 2014 We live in a society that seems saturated in sex. Movies, books, commercials, songs, YouTube videos and more seem to face us at every turn with sensuality and sexuality. As this is being written, the trailer for a film based on a popular pornographic novel series has […]

From the Editor: Being Ready to Help the Poor

This post originally appeared on on October 14, 2014 What thoughts come to mind when you see a person begging on a street? “Get a job”? “I can’t give him money because he’ll only buy alcohol”? “The Bible says if a man does not work, he should not eat”? All of these are common […]

From the Editor: Ready to Stand Against Injustice

Originally posted on October 7, 2014 on There is something about the activity of the Holy Spirit in the child of God that causes us to hate injustice. We know when things are not as they should be, when there is an affront to the righteousness of God. We know the poor should be […]

From the Editor: God Will Protect You

Originally posted on on January 6, 2015 For most parents, there is nothing more important than making sure our children are safe. Bike helmets, elbow and kneepads for sports, baby strollers that look like moon buggies, safety gates, and car seats with 5-point harnesses. We do everything we can to ensure our kids are […]

From the Editor: The Shelter of God’s Peace

We live in a world where peace is hard to find. Russia is reasserting itself in the Ukraine. ISIS and related terror organizations are moving across parts of the Middle East, killing military personnel and murdering civilians. Israel and Hamas seemingly exist on the brink of war. The United States has been involved in a […]

From The Editor: Facing Discouragement? We Need Protection in God’s Encouragement

  This article was originally posted on on December 16, 2014 Discouragement is one of the enemy’s most effective tools against the people of God. How many small group leaders begin with great dreams of seeing spiritual growth in their group members only to become discouraged and quit? How many pastors assume leadership in […]

From the Editor: Sheltered in God’s Forgiveness

This article originally appeared on on December 2, 2014. Have you ever been faced with the need to extend forgiveness but you didn’t really want to? Has the wound ever been so deep and the grief so painful it felt as though holding the grudge was actually a healing balm rather than the poison it is? […]

From the Editor: Sheltered in God’s Salvation

This article was originally posted on on November 25, 2014 Have you ever been caught walking in a rainstorm without an umbrella? Do we not all begin looking for big trees, doorways, or awnings to stand under to avoid being drenched? I could have used that this past week as I attended our University […]

From the Editor: Sheltered by God’s Presence

This post originally appeared on on November 18, 2014.  Where do you go when bad times come? Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel like the end is near? Do you sometimes feel one step away from doom? You are not alone. Literally. The child of God is never abandoned. God is always near His […]

From the Editor: Ministry Among Those With Mental Health Issues

Note: This blog post corresponds to the special focus session for this unit. It was originally published on on September 30.  The evangelical world mourned in April 2013 with the news that Rick and Kay Warren’s son, Matthew, had committed suicide. News that Matthew had dealt with mental illness his entire life caused many […]