One of the most important things you can do is be part of a small group. New groups connect more people than existing groups. Whether they are believers or do not know Christ, new people are more likely to come to a group with other new people as it is easier to get connected and form new relationships. New small groups also matter for personal growth. Discipleship is relational, and small … [Read more...]

Amanda Sherzer is a normal girl from Texas whom God has used in a powerful way in unique places of influence. Her story is unique, and the thread of God’s provision in her life is so clear. Not only is Amanda my friend, she’s also my cousin. I hope you’re encouraged by her story of being faithful right where the Lord plants you. How did you end up working in Washington, DC? I went to college … [Read more...]

There’s no question that hospitality truly is a gift, and it’s an incredible way to show Christ-likeness to people in our lives.  I wish that I could tell you that I’m an incredibly hospitable person, but it just doesn’t come naturally for me. It’s something I have to constantly work on. My friend Amy, however, has the gift of hospitality. She opens her home on a regular basis for friends to … [Read more...]

Hope doesn’t come easily, and it doesn’t last long if it’s based solely on circumstances. That’s because when things are going well in our lives, hope bubbles up and lingers. But when tough times come, our sense of hope fades away and sometimes disappears. The biblical idea of hope is different. In Scripture, hope is something that endures. It endures because it’s based on the eternal, living … [Read more...]

The long, lazy days of summer inevitably draw to an end. Students pack their bags and head to colleges, universities, and technical schools. Many are miles away from the ones they love. Most settle in well, but even the strongest occasionally needs a pick-me-up from loved ones back home. A care package from a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or friend is a great way to remind that special … [Read more...]

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“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Jesus taught (Matthew 5:44). This sounds easy until situations like the one going on now in the Middle East arise. ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), a radical Islamic terrorist group, is raiding parts of Northern Iraq and Syria, expelling or executing Christians. Those who have been able to flee their homes have left with … [Read more...]

Update: Congrats to Denise, Eleanor, Sarah, Pat, and Rebecca for winning this giveaway! In Wherever the River Runs, Kelly Minter invites us on a jungle adventure down a river teeming with piranhas, caymans, a beautiful people, and, especially, God's presence. Her honest and engaging narrative pulls back the curtain on one of the most captivating places on earth as well as on parts of the gospel … [Read more...]

When I wrote my first Bible study, I invited an few friends over once a week to dive into the Word together and cook dinner. We discovered that cooking together, sharing recipes, and lingering around one another's tables set the tone for the deeper things God wanted to do in our lives. Recently my Mom mentioned that she had cooked a delicious and healthy recipe, and because I cannot think of … [Read more...]

The bell is poised to ring. The teacher breathes deep. Pencils sharpened to a perfect point and stacks of brilliant colored paper arranged in neat bins. Bulletin boards fresh and bottles of glue in tight little rows. Everything in just the right place. Waiting for eager voices to enter with nervous laughter. A new school year stands ready to begin. Be it public, charter, or private, our … [Read more...]