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...]

“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...]

My husband and I have always been road trip lovers. Hours in the car driving to a fun destination gave us lots of time to chat, dream, plan, and enjoy each other’s company. Then we had three children. Roadtrips suddenly became less about fun adventure and more about keeping everyone alive and somewhat happy for hours on end. We didn’t shy away from road trips, though, and neither should … [Read more...]

What does it mean to "be holy"? What does holiness look like? How can we practically pursue holiness? Chris Adams, LifeWay's Women's Ministry Specialist, just recently wrapped up an eight-part series on holiness. We've collected all the posts and combined them here for you as you seek to pursue holiness in your own life and lead other women in doing the same. Living Holy in an Unholy World … [Read more...]

I hope all of you are enjoying the somewhat lazy days of summer. The heat and humidity of the South remind me of my trips to the Amazon jungle—without the breeze of being on the riverboat, without the piranhas, pink dolphins, and Irish green toucans. (Okay, so it’s kind of not at all the same.) For any of you who may have gone through my Bible studies on Ruth or Nehemiah, you’ve read … [Read more...]

In His sweeping depiction of kingdom citizenship, Jesus utters some of the most familiar passages in all of Scripture. Most of us have only encountered the Sermon on the Mount in fragments, considering its subdivisions as complete teachings in their own right—a study on blessedness, a reflection on the Lord's Prayer, a meditation on lilies of the field. But what if we navigated these three … [Read more...]