Scripture has a great deal to say about the Holy Spirit’s role, but it takes careful study before we draw objective (what we can know for certain) vs. subjective (cannot be verified but has reflects a person’s perspective) conclusions. ...

2 Peter 1:5-7 provides clear instruction on how we pursue a good and godly life. In God’s great kindness, where am I growing? In God’s great mercy, where do I need to grow? ...

We all know that eating healthy is good for us and that a poor diet results in poor health. Yet there may be an even more important diet we are missing. ...

The term “Startup” has almost become a religious experience. For the young and the brave, they take the pilgrimage to create their own reality. Many bright young minds are no longer interested in working for the company, they prefer to be the company. They are risk takers, entrepreneurs, ambitious and have a “thought leader” mystique. ...

Have Christians de-emphasized the POWER & JUDGEMENT of God and overemphasized the LOVE & FORGIVENESS of God? “We may not be certain that it was fear of the Jews’ God that led to the Gentile conversions, but there can be little question that these conversions were... ...

One night one of my coworkers walked up to the dock foreman and said to him, “Where is Mark O’Neil?” The foreman said, “I don’t know where Mark is, but wherever he is, he is working.” ...

It is time many of us rethought our definition of "blessed" to mean more than simply physical or material well-being. Learn more in this guest blog post from Mark Irving. ...

Like those excited shepherd boys who spread the news of the Savior's birth, all of us can participate in spreading that good news. We are all both sent and senders. Learn more on the blog: ...

God the Father sent the Son so that we could know Him. And the Son sent us to take this Good News to all people. Can we do less than He? ...

If the word "missionary" is somewhat foreign to you, don't let fear be bigger than your faith. Missionaries are not individuals to put on a pedestal as someone you can't relate to. Learn more from our guest post this month from Brittany Bruns, who is a missionary. ...

What if true spiritual leadership was marked by an innate belief that God’s Word, God’s Spirit, and God’s people were the most important elements to a rich and strong marriage, and out of that innate belief a man lived his life differently, viewed his marriage differently, and treated his wife and children differently? ...

Exploring and applying God’s purpose of marriage, the concept of two becoming one, and the responses of leadership and submission became a crucial cornerstone in our marriage and in the marriage mentor group curriculum we teach. ...

Marriage can be both holy and happy, but it takes serious work, commitment, and an unwavering desire to place God at the center of your relationship through His Spirit, studying His Word, and being in community with His people. Join us as we unpack the concept of marriage mentor group in this 4-part #MarriageMentor series. ...

Grief has the power to renew our faith. ...

Christ sent the disciples out in teams. Explore some new ways to think about team in your ministry context. ...

It’s very easy to indicate the faults of someone (or something) in a disapproving way. It’s easy to criticize. Sometimes, criticizing words are spoken, and sometimes they are written. Neither are fun, especially when received by mail – wow, that’s no fun at all. ...

How do you live "in context" as a believer, in the world of laughter and entertainment? This is a website exclusive with Michael Easley as he and award-winning standup comedian, John Crist, speak plainly about the vulnerabilities and risk of such a life. ...

Do you remember what life was like before the "Quick Start" guide? I sure do. Isn't there one of those for the Bible? ...

The Dictionary of Bible Themes defines adore as an attitude of worship characterized by love and reverence towards God. In strict terminology, the Latin expression adoratio is a designated act of worship due to God alone. ...

Avi Luskie taught me how to block. We played sandlot football in my neighborhood. Boys gathered at the “field” and we played tackle football on hard dirt. I was a tall, lanky, uncoordinated kid. I was often picked last. No matter. We were out to... ...

Over thirty plus years, I have officiated many weddings. Every pastor has some great and forgettable stories about wedding rehearsals and ceremonies. Perhaps seeing your children married is one of the most interesting. Pastor’s kids – aka PKs – live in a glass house. Some... ...

In college I worked for a painting contractor. He taught me to paint, stain, varnish, lacquer, texture, hang wall paper… all kinds of finishing skills for home and office construction. In new construction our work began after the trim (windows, baseboards, doors, and crown molding)... ...

In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus, the king of Ithaca, leaves home to fight the Trojan War. He places his household under the care of Mentor, who will teach and care for Odysseus’ son, Telemachus. Twenty years later Odysseus finally returned home. Telemachus had become a man,... ...

I’ve been asked many times if I would use “medical” marijuana for my chronic pain. As a former drug user in my teen years, I know about the effects of all kind of legal and illegal substances. In private conversations I’ve answered the question, but... ...