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prayer: experiencing awe and intimacy with god

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

What is prayer? In my work as a youth ministries pastor, our team of leaders recently took our students through some of the core spiritual disciplines of the Christian life. When it came time for our group of groggy middle schoolers to define prayer on a Sunday morning, it didn’t […]

10 Keys for Effective Parenting

I devoured a bunch of parenting books back in my child-rearing days, and they all left me feeling somewhat inadequate. They influenced me positively, I’m sure, but when reading chapter after chapter of solid techniques and creative ideas, I couldn’t escape the feeling that I had missed the perfect parenting train. I was running behind trying […]

Suffering Is Not What It Seems

What if suffering isn’t quite what it seems? Often, suffering is viewed as a mood-destroying interruption (in our best moments) or a faith-wrecking obstacle (in our worst). Whether we are hitting one too many red lights, causing us to be late for work, or we have just received a bad […]

10 Factors that Distinguish Us According to the Flesh

What does it mean to regard someone according to the flesh? 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 says: From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he […]
most powerful people in the world

The Most Powerful People in the World

For the second straight year, Russian president Vladimir Putin was named the most powerful person in the world. Each year, Forbes Magazine produces a list of the world’s most powerful people, and the 2014 list shows the top five people to be: Vladimir Putin, President of Russia Barack Obama, President […]
Unforgivable Sin

Bible Q&A: Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

Question: Hello. I am 19. I have been struggling the past few months with terror of hell and God and hopelessness that I cannot know the Lord. I have seen my sins and realized how holy God is and how offensive I have been towards Him by living in sin. I […]