Month: May 2015

lion and the lamb

The Lion and the Lamb, Jesus Christ

What’s the most frequently used name for Jesus in the Book of Revelation? Is it the Lion of Judah? After all, the lion symbolizes royalty—power, dominion, strength. And that’s the theme of “the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place” […]

summer reading suggestions

60 Summer Reading Suggestions from Our Team

C.S. Lewis once said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” In other words, good books stand the test of time, and really good books are the […]

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 […]

when life doesn't make sense

Four Mistakes We Often Make When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Have you ever experienced a time when you could clearly see God’s hand guiding you in a certain direction, and suddenly, “BAM!” Circumstances took a sudden and sharp turn in a direction you never saw coming? Recently, God allowed what seemed to be his provision to be suddenly stripped away, leaving […]

longing for heaven

Two Things We Need to Know About Our Longing for Heaven

Why do we long for heaven? Why do you long for heaven? We talk about “one day” when we’ll see Christ, when we’ll be freed from sin and suffering, when we’ll be united with the witnesses of the faith. We sing about being there 10,000 years, we hear sermons about […]

trust God

Five Reasons We Can Trust God in the Detours of Our Lives

As I drove to work the other morning, I couldn’t help but get frustrated at the road work happening in our neighborhood. Big, orange “Detour” signs regaled the road, signaling to drivers that they would need to take an alternative route. I turned right, onto a suburban street I did […]

love for Christ

Has Your Love for Christ Grown Cold?

Friend, how is your love for Christ today?  Is it warm, vibrant and joyful?  Or has your love for Christ grown cold? If you’ve found that your love for Christ is indeed cold, you need to ask yourself this:  Do you have a rich, robust view of your own sin? […]