Have You Really Let God Have Your Whole Heart?
by Samantha Villenave
At the core of every relationship is the heart, and our relationship with God is no exception. We can do all the right things to make ourselves look like we think Christians should on the outside, but until we have surrendered our deepest places to the Spirit of God, we are separated from Him. When we let Him enter into every room of our heart, we are made ... Read More
A Broken Heart Is A Good Thing
by Kristen Wetherell
A broken heart can be a good thing.
It is a good thing because it mirrors the heart of God, which is broken to pieces over those who turn away from Him.
God's Word tells mankind that it has two choices: to trust in the world, or to trust in God. Jeremiah 17 presents this dichotomy:
"Thus says the Lord:'Cursed is the man who trusts in manand makes flesh his strength,whose h... Read More
Who Does He Say that You Are?
by Samantha Villenave
When we are reborn into the Christian life, we are called to walk this earth as Jesus did, with divine purpose. Whether you have been a believer from an early age, or converted to the Christian faith many years later, the Father created you with a purpose and destiny in mind. Ministry is not something that you have to wait for; it is a daily walk that bears fruit, holding immeasurable value in the eyes of God. You were born to minister, and you are equ... Read More
The Dying Art of Truly Living
by Jennifer Maggio
I remember the first time I saw a cell phone. Actually, I’m not certain it was called a cell phone. It was an analog, portable phone. At the time, I worked for a small furniture store, and there was an analog phone in the delivery truck for drivers to use in case of emergencies. It was stored in a large leather bag and was approximately the size of a large briefcase. I’m not kidding. It was huge and heavy and awkward. Some time later, my cousin got her first cell phone. It was lar... Read More
5 Unexpected Spiritual Benefits of Failure
by Jessica Galán
A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with a woman struggling with the consequences of wrong choices. I reminded her that our God is always willing to grace us with forgiveness when we’ve made mistakes. And while I don’t know the particulars of what she failed to do or not do, I know this—Christ died for our mistakes: past, present, and future.
Can God use our mishaps or shortcomings for the better? Let’s consider the following benefits of fa... Read More
What Does God Have to Say about Choosing Our Own Identities?
by Brenda Rodgers
First there was Bruce Jenner and his identity change to “Caitlyn.” Then there was Rachel Dolezal, the woman who identifies as black even though both of her parents are white. Finally, the Supreme Court voted to make same-sex marriage legal in all fifty states.
For the past month the news has including a story about people either changing their identity or celebrating the legality of their identity.
With each of these stories, there is a common thread. It’s ob... Read More
Walking in the Spirit with Your Family
by April Motl
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16 NIV
In college, I had a friend who was the absolute picture of sweetness. She completely amazed me because she was a very new Christian, but she just exuded this beautiful grace and light that was straight from the Holy Spirit. Then there was me. I was privileged to grow up attending church and having access to some great Biblical teaching. I don’t remember a time when I didn... Read More
Marriage as a Mirror to the Heart
by Samantha Villenave
"The greatest need of every person is to know how to give love and receive it."- Jill Briscoe, from her Bible Study, "Eight Principles of a Christ-Centered Marriage"Read More
20 Marriage Lessons after 20 Years of Marriage
by Christina Fox
A lot of things can happen in the space of twenty years. Five presidents could serve in office. A child could be raised and sent off to college. Fashion styles could change multiple times and then circle back around again. Wars could be fought and won and the names and boundaries of a country could change. A song popular today will in twenty years be considered a classic.
This month marks my twentieth wedding anniversary. I was twenty-one when I married, a week after graduating colleg... Read More