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For Christian Women Only
There are many single Christian women out there simply frustrated with the process of dating and relationships. It can feel like there is so much unnecessary nonsense attached, and that causes some to lose hope. For those that feel this way, don't be discouraged, but be mindful of what adjustments you can make to see some improvement in that area.Read More
For All Young Women
I jolted awake. What is that sound? I peered through the curtains to see Steve hammering on some odd contraption in the yard.
Does that man ever sleep? It's six o'clock in the morning! And he was helping the kids with homework yesterday until after midnight.Read More
As the only perfect person to ever walk the earth, one would think that the last type of people Jesus the Christ would want his name associated with were sinners and transgressors. Yet that is exactly how He is depicted in Matthew 11:19:
Help for the Home
I've never been the kind of wife to create gourmet meals. I can successfully follow a recipe, but I wouldn't call myself a great cook. Very early in my marriage, I could make about four dishes. Terrell and I ate a lot of chicken and green beans. I also could bake a cake, so there was that. Somehow I perfected homemade potato soup, which quickly became my husband's favorite meal ... until the Potato Soup Fight.
Managing God's Money
One of the most recognizable differences in the believer and the world he lives in is his unusual relationship to money and possessions. However, even serious believers sometimes balk at the seeming extremities in the teaching and lifestyle of Christ and the leaders of the New Testament church. Can we duplicate this New Testament lifestyle in our day?
For a More Intelligent Faith
When the storms of life hit, we are often tempted to run for cover. When they continue indefinitely, we struggle to find encouragement. When the rain and the wind gather strength until they turn into what seems to be a hurricane, we find ourselves saying, "I can't do this any longer," The truth is this: we can't, but God can.
Keeping the Soul-Winner's Fire
One of the great failings of many Christians is their failure to react correctly whenever an opportunity to teach God's message is presented to them. It is not an unusual event to ignore opportunities to teach another person; actually many of us do not realize when an opportunity comes our way to teach another person. Opportunities to teach others are often neglected because we do not understand what an opportunity is.
From Pastor to Pastor
While on mission to Indonesia, an American pastor felt insulted that the group of national pastors to whom he was preaching did not look him in the eye. For the duration of the sermon, these pastors kept their faces down, fixed solely upon their papers. Of course his concern was alleviated when he learned that each one was actually listening with extra care, given their intention to pass along the same sermon soon after. A sense of insult transformed into a sense of honor.
For Teenage Girls
Have you ever thought that having friends could be a bad thing? Well, there are some reasons why we need to be careful with our friendships.
I'm looking forward to the day that you'll be able to ask any random person at the Summit why we put so much focus on church planting, and they'll look at you like you're crazy just for suggesting otherwise. I have a dream that nobody at the Summit will be able to sit in a pew (shout-out to my West Clubbers) or an over-sized chair without considering being a part of a Summit campus or church plant.
In the Pulpit
The noted German pastor and theologian Helmut Thielicke once said, "Sell all [the books] that you have ... and buy Spurgeon. "
For All Young Men
Editor's Note: The following is a report on the practical applications of Richard Simmons' book,The True Measure of a Man: How Perceptions of Success, Achievement, and Recognition Fail Men in Difficult Times, (Evergreen Press, 2011).
Someone I'll call Benny told me this story.
Benny volunteers at a recreation center for inner city kids twice a week. Each afternoon, they drive through the neighborhood picking up kids and taking them to the rec center.Read More