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...]

As you gear up for your fall Bible study season, here are five new Bible studies we recommend considering for your next group! #1 | Children of the Day by Beth Moore Join Beth Moore and walk the shores of Thessalonica with this verse-by-verse Bible study of 1 and 2 Thessalonians. During this nine week study, you'll learn how to let go of past mistakes and discover your circumstances are not … [Read more...]

“Desperate times call for desperate measures.” Whoever coined that phrase must have been a parent. If they weren’t, surely they had a window into our home during one of those harrowing moments usually striking between the time school lets out and the time heads hit the pillow. If we’re honest, much of our parenting is a reaction to the messes and mistakes our children are making all around us. … [Read more...]

Join us next this morning for a fun online party celebrating the launch of Karen Kingsbury's new Bible study, The Family of Jesus! WHO: You, your girlfriends, your family members—anyone! WHAT: A webcast to celebrate the launch of Karen Kingsbury's new Bible study, The Family of Jesus! We'll have special guests (including Pam Tebow, mom of former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow), fun giveaways, and … [Read more...]

Let's turn up the volume on a couple of 4th of July BBQ sides! Sidle up these dishes next to your perfectly grilled burgers and barbecue chicken for a spread to remember (and enjoy). Watermelon Cucumber Salad Serves 6-8 2 limes, juiced 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar 4-6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper 1 seedless watermelon, diced (about … [Read more...]

Sharon’s letter grabbed my attention. She loved my books—couldn’t put them down. But she had never opened a Bible. “I can’t get into it,” she told me. And suddenly I knew what God was calling me to do. Sure I could introduce people to God through fiction, I could give them Scripture and lessons rooted in God’s word and I could speak to them through the backdoor of their hearts. But how was I … [Read more...]