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God Meets You in Your Confusion *Editor’s Note: Just days before, Jacob had been comfortably living at home, safe, and with his brother not actively wanting to kill him. But ever since Jacob had cheated his brother Esau out of his dying father’s blessing, Jacob had been on the run. When Joseph Shulam became a follower of Jesus, he discovered what... Photo of Joseph ShulamJoseph Shulam
Why Wonder Predictable. Often times, our worship services are predictable. Before addressing the glaringly bad side of predictability, let’s first acknowledge the good side. Sunday after Sunday, it’s comforting to know what to expect so we’re not taken aback by the uncertainty of an unknown expression of worship. You’ve probably been in that position where you’ve invited... Photo of Corey ScottCorey Scott
The 7 Rhythms Played Out We discover from the Gospels that Jesus modeled 7 recurring “relational rhythms” as he made disciples. Here are the rhythms, and then, below that is a message we received recently from a Renew.org partner who has been following the rhythms as he disciples Chinese new believers: The Rhythms Listed: Grounded in and flowing from FASTING... Photo of Renew.orgRenew.org
Book Review: Origins, by Paul Copan and Douglas Jacoby Origins: The Ancient Impact and Modern Implications of Genesis 1-11, authored by Paul Copan and Douglas Jacoby, was written to address the cultural and cognitive environment of the Ancient Near East (ANE) in which Genesis 1-11 was written. It represents the first eleven chapters of Genesis as distinctly literary rather than as literal history. Origins... Photo of Jonathan LichtenwalterJonathan Lichtenwalter
Promise Keepers and the Power of Prayer “The fervent, effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” — James 5:16 “And he was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not to lose heart.” — Luke 18:1 “Pray without ceasing.” — I Thess. 5:17 Prayer played a huge role in the Promise Keepers... Photo of David RoadcupDavid Roadcup
10 Things Every Christian Should Do When Traveling Abroad If you’re planning a trip to another country, you’ve probably already looked at lists like this of must-haves (chewable Pepto tablets, blister band-aids, and dry shampoo are some of mine) and must-dos (I love to have locals show me their favorite spots that aren’t tourist-heavy). But if you are a Christian, I believe there are... Photo of Taffeta ChimeTaffeta Chime
Our Problem with Prayer We can understand everything there is to be understood about the purpose of prayer, but it is only as we practice prayer that those purposes are fulfilled. And when it comes to the practice of prayer, no one set a better example for us than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. In Mark the first chapter,... Photo of John CaldwellJohn Caldwell
125 Countries and 1 Core Mission – Interview with Douglas Jacoby If you had the opportunity to sit down and talk with a world traveling disciple maker, what questions would you ask? As for me, I was curious about what lessons Douglas has gleaned for the American church from his time… Photo of Douglas JacobyPhoto of Daniel McCoy
Will God Move for You? I call people on the phone. I’m 36, and most of my friends prefer to text, but I like to hear the inflection in someone’s voice. I was driving back from lunch a few months ago when I suddenly thought out of the blue that I needed to call a specific person. I called, and... Photo of Joel SingletonJoel Singleton
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Kingdom VS Democracy Just what did you sign up for when you became a citizen of Jesus’ Kingdom? And how much authority is given to your opinions and inclinations? Photo of Renee SprolesRenee Sproles
Dreaming as a Sign of Spiritual Health What comes to mind when you think of the word dream? A romantic relationship with your knight in shining armor? A daydream that takes your mind off your situation or a bad dream which causes worry and fear? A false hope or pie-in-the-sky, wild idea with no basis in reality? If you are like me... Photo of Shawn PattersonShawn Patterson
An Inviting Alternative to Defensiveness I have four children, ages four, three, two, and seven months. It’s virtually impossible to leave the house without strangers estimating ages in their head or making comments like, “Your hands are full,” or simply, “Oh.” My wife once had a lady tell her, “Be careful. We don’t want to be seeing you on the... Photo of Luke GrayLuke Gray
Holiness is Beautiful? “Give to the LORD the glory due His name . . . . Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness!” (Psalm 96:8-9, NKJV). But what makes holiness beautiful? To answer that question, we need to first answer the question, what is beauty? We can readily give examples of beautiful things, such as mountain... Photo of Kelvin JonesKelvin Jones
Embracing the Truth about Your Adoption I’ve discipled many women that were struggling with their identity in Christ. Many times we work through Neil T Anderson’s book Victory Over Darkness. He describes how we, after the fall, are born physically alive, but Adam and Eve were born both physically and spiritually alive. This created a oneness with God. So, God created mankind in... Photo of Michelle EagleMichelle Eagle
Spoiler Alerts for Your New Decade I went for years, happily not flossing. What ruined it for me was the dental hygienist. The conversation went something like this: “No, I don’t really floss.” “Oh, well then you’ll probably get heart disease.” “Come again?” “Yeah, many heart related diseases are directly related to how well you care for your teeth. By not... Photo of Daniel McCoyDaniel McCoy
Is the Church Accomplishing Anything? Our world is difficult enough with just humans in it. Added to that, we deal with all types of disasters: famines, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, war, poverty, and hunger. Disasters affect thousands to hundreds of thousands of people every day. If you’ve experienced any of these, you can attest that it can sometimes feel distant or... Photo of Randy JonesRandy Jones
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