Amazing grace! How sweet the sound That saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; Was blind, but now I see. ’Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear The hour I first believed.
Does your church like teenagers? Most would answer a hearty and enthusiastic, “Of course!” Why else are you buying all that pizza, offering all those programs, and doing everything you can to teach and care for your teens? You want to keep them in church. But lurking in many hearts
I didn’t plan to have a fourth child. Life was stressful enough parenting three, teaching school, and settling in from a recent move. In my eyes, I couldn’t handle another kid. The timing was lousy. What was God thinking? Even though I already loved the child growing in my womb,
Editor’s Note: I’d like to preface this by saying that I am writing from my own experience on a worship team in a large church. The opinions expressed in this piece are my own, and are likely different than yours which is okay. People worship in different ways, and as
How the Power of Grieving Prepares Us to Dance Death. It is an inescapable fact of life. Ecclesiastes 3:2,4 (NIV) describes that there is a season for everything, a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot… a time to weep
There’s nothing like a good ol’ neighborhood gathering, and summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill and connect with nearby folks. This comes naturally for some of us — we chat with neighbors daily, the kids play together, carpooling and housesitting are the norm. Other neighborhoods aren’t
It used to be seen as the right thing to do. So you did it. You made the effort. Walked barefoot through rain, hail, sleet, snow, or shine. You dressed in hats and your Sunday best because that was what you did. You went to church. Every week. But society
How can I get more involved in my church? This is a common question among churchgoers. The first place to start in answering this question is to find out the specific needs of your church body. The specific needs of each church will be different based on a few factors.
The following is an edited transcript of Russell Moore’s podcast Signposts. The other day I had someone ask me about a funeral that she was going to. She said “This is a funeral for an unbeliever, and I’m trying to think through what to say.” I think that’s a really
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” These words are the John 3:16 of American cultural Christianity. Watch how often they show up on the Bible verse plaques sold in
Every year on our nation’s Independence Day, I think back to the start of it all. I think back on my high school history classes and remember what I learned about the documents that set the tone for this new country, with its new freedoms, new ideas, new laws,
The worst people in your church might not be the first ones who pop into your mind. In fact, they might even, from time to time, include you! All Christ-followers are positionally saints, but they may still have a long way to go in the practical outworking of their faith,
As a leader, I have experienced the reality of burnout and I have seen it in others. My goal is the help protect others from going through the motions of burnout which can often lead to offense with the church and leadership. Unfortunately the statistic is true: 20 percent of
Just Read, Pray, and Sing Read the Bible Chapter by chapter, read through books of the Bible together. The younger the children, the more you will want to use narrative passages and read shorter sections. As the children get older, set a goal to read through the entire the New
Christianity has run into a problem. We’ve gotten into the habit of putting our spiritual lives into a box labeled “Sunday Mornings Only!” that gets put back on the shelf the second we get home from church. But we’re not supposed to compartmentalize our lives into two different categories, “Jesus”
My wife and I have four children, with our oldest in college and youngest in elementary school. Helping them develop their own walk with God is on our minds—a lot! So are questions about why so many young people are walking away from faith, and why parents often have a
It’s much easier to tell our children to say their prayers than to guide them through the process. Praying out loud is a bold expression of faith. Though many of us feel comfortable praying out loud in a group, it’s hard for others to muster the courage to verbalize prayer
Okay, first let me say this: if you don’t have much time, just skip through what I’ve written below and go to the video at the end where Joni Eareckson Tada is interviewed by Todd Wagner. What Joni says in this video is more important than what I say below
Fear. One of the enemy’s most popular weapons that he uses against us. Worry, anxiety, fear…can overwhelm us with a thick shadow of darkness, controlling our every move and decision. So much crazy going on around us today – wars, conflicts, persecution, violence, crime, natural disasters, terrorism, economic uncertainty, unemployment, divisions, disease,
Prayer is a spiritual journey. Just as a journey from your present location to the other side of the country requires that you have a plan to reach your destination, you need a plan to assist you in your spiritual journey of prayer. Prayer is your personal communication with God.