Christian Life & Growth





How does knowledge turn into devotion? Can I be holy without becoming self-righteous? Once I have faith, do I have to prove that I'm saved? This column explores the practical aspects of living the Christian life—without giving you a guilt trip.

For an index of our articles on depression, see here.





Being Known  |  Jul 6, 2015
How do we get to know each other? Time, talking, and meeting people where they are.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Testing our Faith: The Purpose of Trials  |  Jul 6, 2015
Why does God test our faith if He knows everything about us? If we fail a trial, are we still saved?

Read more...Julio Cotto


The Desire to Know and be Known  |  Jun 29, 2015
We are designed to be known. To have friends who see us deeply. We are also made to know others. How do we do that?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Why are Christians so mean?  |  Jun 29, 2015
If Jesus is love, why are some of His followers so cruel? What makes a Christian mean?

Read more...Tim White


Hypersensitivity: How Offensive!  |  Jun 29 2015
Hypersensitive people are said to wear their hearts on their sleeves. Is this a good thing? How can we stop being so offended?

Read more...Beth Hyduke


Ladders and Trees: Why Self-Development Won't Get You Nearer to God  |  Jun 29, 2011
Tired of trying to climb the ladder? The world has its ideas of success and failure, and some of us just don't measure up. What are God's standards for success? Have we failed in His eyes too?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Do all Christians have a "salvation moment"?  |  Jun 22 2015
Do you have to have a specific conversion moment to be a Christian? Or can salvation be a longer, gentler experience, only realized in retrospect?

Read more...Beth Hyduke


Living by the Word and Not the World  |   Jun 15, 2015
The world tells us to feed the flesh and follow the immoral majority. The Word tells us to be transformed. Only one choice leads to life.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


How should a husband respond to emotional abuse from his wife?  |  Jun 15, 2015
Spouses are supposed to encourage and protect each other. Husbands subject to emotional abuse from their wives need the love and support of God and the church.

Read more...Tim White


Glass and Light  |  Jun 9, 2015
Like great windows, Christians are called to bring light to the world. But glass can only withstand so much burden.

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Mistreatment and Persecution at Work  |  Jun 9, 2015
How should a Christian respond to mistreatment at work? What does the Bible say about unfair treatment on the job?

Read more...Tim White


Speaking Truth in Love on the Internet  |  Jun 8, 2015
Speaking the truth in love is sometimes very difficult to do. You want to be bold, but you don't want to cause offense. And when the conversation is online, it gets even more complicated.

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Our Refuge and Strength  |  Jun 3, 2015
There are times when Jesus cares for us in a special way, becoming our refuge and strength. When does this happen?

Read more...Jim Allen


Did the devil make you do it? Possession vs. Oppression  |  June 1, 2015
Often, people caught in sin will say they have a "spirit of" that sin. But more often than not, we don't need deliverance, we need repentance.

Read more...Susan Lockhart


Discernment: Your Fool-Proof Tool for Following God  |   May 27, 2015
Too often we make decisions and judgment calls by the seat of our pants. What does it mean to have real discernment?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Parenting Difficult Adult Children  |  May 25, 2015
What do we do when our adult children rebel against God? How does our role as parents of difficult children change when they become adults?

Read more...Tim White


Do we need to attend the same church as our parents?  |  May 20 2015
Must adult children attend the same church if their parents instruct them to? How do we balance honoring our parents with our freedom in Christ?

Read more...Beth Hyduke


Of Perspective and Expectations  |  May 18, 2015
"It's all about perspective." We've all heard this, but what does it really mean? How do our expectations define our perspective — for better or worse?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


How All Things Can Work Together for Good  |   May 13, 2015
The Bible says that all things for for good to those who love God and are called for His purpose. How can we build our faith to actually believe — and see — God's promise?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


The Crevasse: An Allegory of Mental Illness  |  11 May 2015
What does mental illness look like from the inside? What kind of support is actually useful? Maybe an allegory can help.

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


What things should I give up to follow Jesus?  |  May 11, 2015
Do we have to give up anything to follow Jesus? Why does it look like Jesus-followers have to give up so much if salvation is a gift?

Read more...Hailey Vansell


Worry, Fear, and College Finals  |  May 11, 2015
Are worry and sin always a sin? Is it even possible — or good — to never worry or fear?

Read more...Jesse McPhaill


Mental Health and Life Transitions: Personality Disorders  |  Apr/May 2015
How does do personality disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders affect normal life transitions? How can friends and family support those who suffer from mental health issues?
Personality Disorders
Depression
Anxiety Disorders
The Church
T. Jaden Ozwell


Is corporate prayer more effective than praying alone?  |  Aug 27, 2014; Revised May 4, 2015
Matthew 18:19-20 seems to say that prayer is more effective if done in a group. Is that true? To roadmap the answer, it will be helpful to explain the nature of prayer and why we do it.

Read more...Jesse McPhaill


"Whatcha know good?"  |  May 3, 2015
"Whatcha know good?" the old man would say. But it's what he knew about purpose and joy that can speak to our lives.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


You Too Can Learn to Walk on Water!  |  Apr 27 2011; Revised May 3 2015
Sometimes, as we are following Jesus, He walks on water and we hesitate on the shore. But He has promised to provide a sure place for our feet. Following Him might be scary, but it's always the safest road.

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Life is Like a Box  |  Apr 30, 2015
Your life is like a box; what you allow in it determines who you are.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Running the Race  |  20 Apr 2015
There's a reason Hebrews and 1 Corinthians compare the Christian life to distance running. It's not just the endurance, the pain, and the endless training. It's also the unexpected moments of joy.

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Christians and Addiction  |  Apr 29, 2015
When we are saved, we are made a new creation. But it often takes work for Christians with addiction to live out the victory they've received.

Read more...Barry Huddleston

Guilt Trip: Freedom from a Guilty Conscience  |  Apr 2015
Guilty Conscience: How can a person escape the feeling and the reality of a guilty conscience?
Guilt Trip: Are you tired of feeling guilty and condemned in your walk with God?

Start HereTiffany Wismer


Discouraged?  |  Apr 27, 2015
Are there any among us who do not get discouraged and have a lingering sense of not knowing what's next? Find comfort in Psalm 23.

Read more...Jim Allen


When Acknowledging the Fear Trumps Avoiding it  |  Apr 22, 2015
Avoiding the things that scare us is effective - if we don't acknowledge them, they're not there. But there comes a time when you have to face your fear to live in freedom.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Light to Grow  |  Apr 15, 2015
To grow into a strong, spiritually healthy and fruitful Christian, we must be rooted and built up in Christ. How do we grow toward the light?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


How does obeying God make us His friend?  |  Apr 13, 2015
Friendship with God isn't based on equality or mutual admiration, but on His willingness to sacrifice His Son for us.

Read more...Lesley Mitchell


Does God see us as sinless?  |  Apr 6, 2015
When God looks at us, does He see us as pure, righteous sons and daughters, cleansed by Christ's blood? How does an omniscient God not see sin?

Read more...Pastor Brian Warner


Think Before You Speak  |  Apr 6, 2015
Stereotypes are powerful. They pass on a message that can be completely false. For truth, though, think before you speak.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Christ is Risen! Personally Experiencing the Resurrected Lord  |  Mar 30, 2015
He is Risen! But what does that mean for us? How can we experience the resurrection of Jesus in our lives?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Faith to Believe  |  Mar 30, 2015
People know they need to believe the Gospel but do not always have enough faith to believe they have been delivered. Why?

Read more...Jim Allen


Do you trust God?  |  Mar 25 2015
Why is it so difficult to trust God? Why should I believe what God's Word says? Is God's Word trustworthy?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Pulled From the Snare: God's Love in Action  |  Feb 21 2012; Revised Mar 25 2015
God's love is truly a love in action. Both in the Scripture and in our experiences, we can see that God protects us and proactively moves against the things that endanger us.

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


How can art glorify God and serve the church?  |  Mar 18 2015
Does art have to be overtly spiritual to glorify God and edify the church? Or can a good job done well be just as effective?

Read more...Beth Hyduke


Shame and Lies  |  Mar 18, 2015
There is a shame that leads to repentance. But there is also a shame based on lies. When we recognize the lies, we can be free of the shame.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


True Friendship: What the Bible Says About Friends  |  Mar 18, 2012; Revised Mar 18, 2015
What does it mean to be a good friend? How can we recognize true friendship? And what does the Bible tells us about God's friendship? How is He the truest friend of all?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


From Shame to Grace  |  Mar 12, 2015
Shame tells us we're broken — that we don't deserve to be fixed. That if others knew, we'd be abandoned. But here's the thing: shame is a sham.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


How does a Christian find a good counselor or therapist?  |  Mar 3 2015
What's the importance of finding a Christian counselor? What does Scripture have to do with the science of modern psychiatry?

Read more...Lana Brogan


Passion, Emotion, and Mr. Spock  |  Jan 31 2012; Revised Mar 3 2015
What is the difference between passion and emotion? Does controlling one mean eliminating the other? Does God have emotions if He is a spiritual being? Does that mean that emotions are something more than chemical reactions?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Speaking into the Silence  |  Feb 27, 2015
We avoid speaking about difficult topics, thinking the attention would hurt hearts and relationships. But it is silence that most harms those who struggle.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


The Purpose of Prayer  |  Feb 25 2015
Why pray? God knows everything, anyway. He has a plan we can't change. If talking to God isn't about changing Him, what is it for?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Harmful Relationships: The Biblical Response to Bullies  |  Feb 24, 2015
How should Christians deal with harmful relationships? Christ did not redeem us to be doormats, victims, or wimps.

Read more...Edie Edmondson


Fifty Shades — No Grey Area  |  Feb 19 2015
Christians should know enough about secular culture to be able to interact and engage with those who live in it. But we also need to know when to stay away.

Read more...Mark King


"The Umbrella Fashion Show"  |  Feb 17, 2015
God's Word protects us like an umbrella. The question is, which umbrella do we choose?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


God's Love and the Regretting Soul  |  May 19, 2011; Edited Feb 16 2015
Regretting is painful. Our mistakes and the consequences of those mistakes can haunt us for years. Is there any way to break the pattern of regret? How do we move on? How does God help us?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


The Love of Friendship  |  Feb 12, 2015
We don't need a special Valentine if we have the love of friends. And some chocolate.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


The Beauty of a Gentle and Quiet Truth  |  Feb 10, 2015
God cares for the short-lived flower growing from the trash. How much more He cares for the beautiful truth lived out in gentle and quiet lives.

Read more...Jim Allen


How Would Jesus Love?  |  June 7 2012; Edited Feb 9 2015
What is Jesus' love really like? And when we're asked to love as He loved, do we know what that looks like? Do we understand and feel His love to us, so that we can offer it to others?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Falling in Love  |  Feb 9, 2015
Falling in love takes intentional effort and a firm foundation in respect. A relationship may start with infatuation, but it can't stay there and be successful.

Read more...Lea Ann McCombs


Experience is Our Second Best Teacher  |  Feb 4, 2015
Experience is easy to believe. It's immediate. Emotional. Compelling. But everything, including experience, must be compared to the Bible.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Forgive Yourself  |  Feb 4 2015
Is it biblical to forgive yourself? Of everyone we know, who is harmed more by our sin than ourselves?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


God is a Firefighter  |  Feb 2 2015
How is God like a firefighter? Watching the fires in Colorado, we started to see herds of frightened deer and rabbits running past our houses, and soon frightened evacuees were running into the arms of friends on the East side.

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Child Molestation and a Good God  |  Jan 28, 2015
How can a good God allow child abuse? How does God support and love victims of child of abuse?

Read more...Lena Oben


Shrouds: A Reflection on the Shroud of Turin  |  Jan 21, 2015
The Shroud of Turin distracts us from the hard evidence of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's one of many shrouds we use to cover biblical truth.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Crash and Turn  |  Jan 19 2015
Does God use injury and sickness to teach us? Why does it often take something traumatic to get our attention?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Blame Game  |  Jan 19 2015
Why do we play this game — blame the victim to make ourselves feel safer? God didn't put us — any of us — in a safe world.

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Contentment and the Consumer  |  January 19, 2015
Sometimes it can feel like contentment is totally out of reach. What does it mean to be content? Can a human being truly find happiness in this life? What does the Bible say about contentment? Is the world's way of finding happiness viable?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Thoughts on Salvation: Happy or Holy  |  Jan 19, 2015
It's said Christ came to make us holy, not happy. But we forget — He also came to bring us joy.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Salvation and the Christian Life  |  Jan 15, 2015
Eternal life to come, but restoration and joy now. The double-whammy blessings of salvation make sin less and less appealing.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Comfort Food: Be Fed to the Full on God's Word  |  Jan 14, 2015
Too often we look to food (or TV, the internet, shopping, etc.) when we are frustrated and lonely. But the Word of God is the ultimate comfort food.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Ich und Du: Why Loyalty Trumps Compatibility in Marriage  |  January 14, 2015
How important is compatibility in a marriage? What does it mean to have an "I and You" relationship? What if you and your spouse are not compatible at all? Is bailing out the best option?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Do you know Jesus? It's how you say it  |  Jan 7, 2015
It's a simple question, but the most important you'll ever answer. And how you answer it will depend on how you ask it — Do you know Jesus?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


The Gift of Punctuated Time  |  Jan 6, 2015
Time is a gift. But so is time punctuated by opportunities to look back and see God's blessings.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Faith and the Family at Christmas  |  Dec 22, 2014
Family members that think they're Christians but aren't? Family that are of another faith? How do we use Christmas to reach our family for Christ when they don't think they need Him?

Read more...Lesley Mitchell


Showing Up, Slowing Down, and Inviting Jesus In  |  Dec 22, 2014
What would it look like if we didn't worry about schedule or expectations, but just showed up, invited Jesus into our day, and loved others?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Biblical Truth and Behavioral Science  |  Dec 17, 2014
Behavioral science tries to explain and determine how we humans think and act. Funny how the most accurate findings directly reflect biblical truth.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Winsomely Authentic  |  Dec 10, 2014
There are characteristics that naturally turn us off to people. But then there are people who we are drawn to despite their quirks. It turns out that authenticity is a big part of being winsome.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Peace in the Midst of the Storm  |  Dec 3, 2014
When life is nothing but storms, Jesus still tells us, Peace. Be still. Let us pass to the other side.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Purity in Marriage  |  Dec 1, 2014
God intended marriage to create one out of two, including sexually. How can a man keep purity in his marriage when his wife isn't interested?

Read more...Izaak Noel


Think Differently: Changing the World by Rejecting Worldliness  |  Dec 1, 2014
Apple's ad campaign said those who think differently can change the world. Christians change the world by rejecting what the world has to offer. Can't think much more differently than that.

Read more...Jim Allen


Of Purchase Prices and Restoration  |  Nov 19 2014
A used car may be affordable, but the maintenance costs can be high. Our purchase price was Jesus' blood; will we allow Him to restore us?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Givers and Takers: Of Love and Greed  |  Nov 19, 2014
Some believers give of themselves daily with no thought given to their own provision. What do they have that the greedy lack?

Read more...Jim Allen


Learning What You're Taught  |  Nov 19, 2014
Church is a good place to learn about our relationship to God. But we're also called to be responsible for our own Bible study.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Winter Weather  |  Nov 13, 2014
Winter is a time of rest. We don't need to battle it; just remember God exists.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Are you fearful of God?  |  Nov 12, 2014
Do you fear God? Is there any among us who do not have moments of doubt, fear, and a lingering sense of God's rejection?

Read more...Jim Allen


Forgiveness According to Scripture  |  Nov 12, 2014
Christians are often taught that we must forgive, immediately and completely. Does the Bible really say that? Or is there another step that's often skipped over?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


The Difference between Lust and Attraction  |  Nov 6, 2014
Can we be attracted to someone — even sexually attracted — without lust? If we couldn't, it would make dating and finding someone to marry pretty difficult.

Read more...Larry Greco


Child-Like Faith  |  Nov 6, 2014
With childlike boldness, we should humbly put all our faith, trust, and delight in our Creator.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Borrowed Faith  |  Oct 29, 2014
As the end of this age approaches, many believers have a faith that looks to the words of others to light their path. What does it mean to live on borrowed faith?

Read more...Jim Allen


Nephews, Play-Doh Fun Factories, and the Church Body  |  Oct 29, 2014
When God gives gifts to others in the church body, do we thank Him? We should be grateful to others and give honor where honor is due. But we must not forget the Source.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Broken Promises  |  Oct 21, 2014
What happens when we break our promises to God? Will He punish us? Or remind us that we don't need to try to impress our heavenly Father?

Read more...Don Balbieran


The Cut of His Two-Edged Sword  |  Oct 21, 2014
God wields His Word like a two-edged sword to cut off His enemies on the one hand, and on the other to cut out the crap that plagues His imperfect children.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


On Being an Adult  |  Oct 15, 2014
Recently I've been alternating between bemoaning the realities of adulthood and embracing adulthood with joy. Perhaps I have racked up enough years on this earth to come to a new appreciation for the process of change.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


When You Doubt Your Salvation  |  Oct 8, 2014
It's common for Christians to doubt their salvation. How to be sure you really are saved.

Read more...Lea Ann McCombs


The Haman Factor  |  Oct 8, 2014
"The Haman Factor": when the noose you wickely devise for someone else's neck ends up around your own. How the gentle humility of Esther saved herself and her people.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Lifestyle Evangelism: Why I Don't Tell Everyone I'm a Christian  |  Oct 2, 2014
Some are gifted for evangelism; some make evangelism a part of their lifestyle.

Read more...Catiana Nak Kheiyn


As You wish  |  Sep 29, 2014
Do we love Jesus enough to say, "As You wish" to the things He asks of us? What is our heart attitude towards Him when He reminds us, through His Word and by His Holy Spirit, what He expects from us as His ambassadors?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


The Fiery Furnace of Popular Opinion  |  Sep 24, 2014
How hard it is to stay on the straight and narrow path when the wide and crooked one's got a "politically correct" party going on with all the folks trying to trip you up, drag you down, knock you over or take you out.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Getting My Priorities Straight  |  Sep 17, 2014
Exercising self-discipline takes priorities, motivation, time, repetition, and steadfastness, then wash, rinse, repeat. And having someone to cheer you on never hurts.

Read more...Catiana Nak Kheiyn


Heavyweight Champion  |  Sep 17, 2014
Fight the good fight. No matter how our bodies may fail, we are more than conquerors — more than "heavyweight champions" — through Christ.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


What color is your life?  |  Sep 10, 2014
Classrooms use a color chart to check students' attitudes from "Outstanding" to "Parent Contact." What color is your attitude?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Infectious True Love  |  Sep 3, 2014
Only by a personal relationship through Jesus Christ can anyone really know true love. God's love is not 'too good to be true' but is as good as it is because of the very fact that it is true. God is love as well as truth.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


The Comfort of Christ  |  Aug 27, 2014
Whatever you're going through right now, God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Wow. Did you get that?

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Vision: Being part of the bigger story  |  Aug 26, 2014
We're told to have vision, to be part of the bigger story. But our story will never be big enough if it's not God's.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


The Christian and Depression  |  Aug 25, 2014
Shouldn't Christians be able to overcome depression, even clinical depression, through the power of the Holy Spirit?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


"You will seek Me and find Me"  |  Aug 21, 2014
There are times that we feel as if the Lord is far away from us and we couldn't trace His presence anywhere, but He promised we will find Him if we seek Him with all our hearts.

Read more...Desiree Angeles


Conviction is Better than Guilt  |  Aug 20, 2014
There is a big difference between feeling guilty about something and feeling convicted. Both guilt and conviction cause pain in the sense that they both make you feel bad about your wrong. But guilt gives you a pained mind, while conviction gives you a changed mind.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Hot, cold, or in-between?  |  Aug 13, 2014
If we look honestly at Christians today, many of us live in that comfortable in-between. But Jesus calls us to be "hot" — fervent — for Him and cold toward sin.

Read more...Laurel J. Davis


Mindful Pursuit  |  Aug 11, 2014
Intellectually, I am sometimes more eager to find an answer or come to resolution on an issue than I am to actually learn. But I've recently been struck with the fact that knowledge takes time.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Love is how we speak truth, not how we avoid it.  |  Aug 7, 2014
Is it possible to lovingly rebuke someone? Or does love mean we avoid confronting someone about their sin? Love is how we talk about sin — and it's the reason we must.

Read more...Beth Hyduke


Getting to Know God  |  Aug 6, 2014
Just as I should not stop getting to know people I've known all my life, I should not stop getting to know God. Pursuing God is a lifelong endeavor.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Is Christianity about freedom or slavery?  |  Aug 1, 2014
Is Christianity about freedom? Or about being a slave to Christ?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Forgiveness - A True Story  |  July 29, 2014
The Bible tells us about Jesus' divine virtue of willingly forgiving all injustices. Are we to do the same?

Read more...Jim Allen


The Bible Unplugged  |  July 28, 2014
Smart phones are amazing — with one device you can keep in contact, share with friends, even read the Bible. But sometimes the distractions are more powerful than the convenience and we need to unplug our Bibles.

Read more...MeLissa LeFleur


Did God really say?  |  Jul 25, 2014
The only way I am going to do any worthwhile learning is to examine the facts. I need to see what God really has said.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Lessons in Love  |  Jul 17, 2014
Trust, control, fear, pain...the things that make us run from love are the very things that make us need love.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Battling the Wrong Enemy  |  Jul 11, 2014
The enemy does not allow us to live unopposed. He is shrewder than we think, using the very things we think we "should" be to draw us away from God and each other.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Feeling Saved  |  Jul 11, 2014
We are saved by grace, through faith; we cannot earn salvation. So how can we feel something that we did nothing to get?

Read more...Lesley Mitchell


What does God (really) want?  |  Jul 1, 2014
We're all haunted by an enduring, nagging hunch that God wants something. God does not channel surf. He has something in mind and we perceive it.

Read more...John Myer


Washed Clean  |  Jul 1, 2014
How often we forget, friends: We have been washed clean from our stains, and are 100 percent complete and beautiful in Christ. We. Are. Forgiven.

Read more...Dennis Cooper


Spoken For  |  Jul 1, 2014
Being spoken for frees me to live the life my Good Shepherd came to bring. I am accepted, wanted, and known.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Role Models  |  Jun 26, 2014
It's good to have role models. It's good to have people we can look up to for inspiration. But it's also good to remember we don't have to strive to emulate the person in total; we can admire a particular aspect of that person's character.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Spiritual Maturity and Past Shames  |  Jun 25, 2014
Often, the more spiritually mature we grow, the more we are struck by the weight of our past mistakes. How can we deal with shame from our past while looking to Jesus?

Read more...Lesley Mitchell


Sharing Comfort: Celebrating the joy of God's blessings  |  Jun 18, 2014
Life is hard, and Christian life has its own challenges. But when God's blessings fill us with joy, it's time to share the comfort.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


The Good Work: Our struggles may be opportunity in disguise  |  May 28, 2014
Sometimes the Christian life can feel as frustrating and slow-going as construction season in Cincinatti. But both our spiritual walk and the orange cones come with the promise that the good work in us will be completed.

Read more...Dennis Cooper


The Daniel Plan: The Dangers inside the Diet  |  May 28, 2014
The Daniel Plan diet claims to be based off the diet Daniel followed when faced with Nebuchadnezzar's rich foods. Striving to be healthy is a good thing, but it may be that the only thing biblical about the diet is the name.

Read more...Alice Trebus


Suit and Tie: Our Identity in Christ  |  May 19, 2014
When it comes to loving others well, submitting to cultural customs or expected norms can go a long way in forging relationship. Sometimes our identity in Christ is more important than our wardrobe.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


The Story of Life: Chapter 1 of a Book I really Hope He's Going to Finish  |  May 8, 2014
'My life is written by the Author of life. He is holding the pen and writing His story. I get to be the ink and go where He guides me. He has beautiful handwriting and takes His time on each letter...each word...each sentence...'

Read more...Rebecca King


Fostering Packs of Hope  |  May 8, 2014
The Bible tells us to care for orphans. There is no more direct way to do so than to provide a loving foster family for a child in crisis.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Christians and the furry/punk/steampunk/Ren Faire/cosplay lifestyle.  |  May 8, 2014
Can a Christian be a furry, goth, or punk? What does the Bible say about steampunk, Ren Fairs, and cosplay?

Read more...Anthony


And on the eighth day...coffee?  |  Apr 22, 2014
'After six long days of making, well, everything, and a solid day of well-deserved rest, one could assume with humor and light-hardheartedness in mind that on day eight, the first Divine cup of coffee was poured...'

Read more...Dennis Cooper


A Blanket for Someone Else's Baby  |  Apr 15, 2014
It takes a special grace to adopt a child. But even more grace to watch him slip away.

Read more...MeLissa LeFleur


Ride the Swell  |  Apr 2, 2014
When waves threaten to overcome and crush you, ride the swell.

Read more...Lauren Birago


Sweeter than Honey  |  Mar 17, 2014
How is the Word of God in the heart like seed in the soil? Is it necessary to study the Bible — the Word of God — in order to answer the deep questions of faith?

Read more...Jim Allen


How does prayer work in spiritual warfare?  |  Mar 17, 2014
What does it mean to 'pray without ceasing'? How is prayer an essential part of spiritual warfare?

Read more...Denise Baum


Sabbath Rest  |  Mar 12, 2014
The Old Testament law is not required for Christians in the church. We do not have to follow the Sabbath. But maybe we should, anyway...

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Freedom, Legalism, Responsibility, and Grace  |  Mar 12, 2014
Our days are filled with choices and very strong feelings. When does living out a conviction stop being freedom and start being legalism?

Read more...Tim White


Discontentment  |  Mar 3, 2014
Does God hold out on us? Or do we suffer from the sin of discontentment? What a bunch of whiners wandering through the desert for forty years can teach us about ourselves.

Read more...Alice Trebus


Knowing Why  |  Feb 26, 2014
Do you struggle with situations, hard situations, that you don't understand? Do you ever wonder why God doesn't just take care of things — or at least explain what's going on?

Read more...Rosemary Cross


The Biblical View of Elder Care  |  Feb 26, 2014
People are living longer, but not necessarily healthier. What does the Bible say about elder care and the responsibility of adult children to their parents? How do we fulfill those responsbilities?

Read more...Alice Trebus


Tea with God  |  Feb 17, 2014
We can set aside time to pray. We can show up. But it doesn't mean we're present.

Read more...Lauren Birago


Blame Freud  |  Feb 11, 2014
Our parents have a great influence on who we are and how we interact with the world. Where does personal responsibility fit in? And what does Freud have to do with it?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Are you ready for the call?  |  Feb 3, 2014
Do we receive our calling by personal message? Or by being so close to God we overhear His still, small voice?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


The Worst Friday Night Ever  |  Feb 3, 2014
Our worst day, worst week, worst year, are images of a day long ago — the worst Friday ever.

Read more...Robin Schumacher


Counseling and the Church  |  Jan 28, 2014
Christian counseling is good and needed, but where is the church? Couldn't the church provide much of the support now left to professional counseling?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Cast Them  |  Jan 22, 2014
My disclosures during my conflicted moments are occasions when he can remind me, in a very personal way, that these truths are not just affirmations during a time when the negative emotions need to diminish. Instead, they are a description of how he can heal me when I come to him in anger, fear, and confusion.

Read more...Lauren Birago


Finding your Vocation  |  January 21 2014
In today's job market, it's hard enough to find a job, let alone a vocation. What should you look for when seeking the place of your life's work?

Read more...Frederic Carlson


Don't Waste Your Worry  |  Jan 15, 2014
Is the peace of God real? Can it really change our hearts and take away our anxiety? Or are we doomed to waste our worry?

Read more...Catiana Nak Kheiyn


Temptation and Masturbation  |  January 9 2014
Everyone deals with temptation. What can we do when a temptation like masturbation threatens to take over our lives? What does the Bible say about masturbation?

Read more...Steve Webb


What is the role of a godly husband?  |  January 9 2014
What is the role of a godly husband? What does it mean to lead a family? Does the Bible tell men to be controlling despots or gentle care-takers?

Read more...Steve Webb


Responsibility: The Easy Burden  |  Jan 7 2014
It took a week of doing nothing to make me realize what I shouldn't be doing.

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Should a Christian make a New Year's resolution?  |  Dec 31, 2013
Should a Christian make a New Year's resolution? If so, what sort of a New Year's resolution should a Christian make?

Read more...S. Michael Houdmann


Nothing will be Impossible  |  Dec 20, 2013
The angel Gabriel announced the birth of Christ to Mary. How is this announcement and the birth similar to the Christian's life journey?

Read more...Jim Allen


What is prayer?  |  Dec 19, 2013
What is prayer? How should we pray? How do we get God to give us what we want? Some things to consider when speaking to the Creator of the universe.

Read more...Mindi Furby


Hallmark Movies and Trusting God  |  Dec 13, 2013
The Bible tells us to trust God instead of being anxious. We forget that the little things cause anxiety, too. What Hallmark movies can remind us about peace in the Christmas season.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Family Holidays: Tidings of Joy  |  Dec 3, 2013
Arguments over the menu, over-tired kids, and old wounds. What does the Bible say about surviving family holidays?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Full Disclosure: The Gift of Confessing our Sins  |  Nov 25, 2013
Confession: humbling, vulnerable, sometimes shameful. Why does the Bible instruct us to do it?

Read more...Catiana Nak Kheiyn


God's Going to Be Okay  |  Nov 20, 2013
The Tinkerbell effect refers to things that only exist if you believe in them, like the orishas of the cult of Santeria. Fortunately, God is self-existent. He does not need us. So why did He make us? For love.

Read more...Catiana Nak Kheiyn


Sadness and Psalm 23  |  Nov 13, 2013
In a world where, if we desire, every moment can be recorded and every reaction announced, I don't know how to be sad.

Read more...Kristi-Joy Matovich


Forgiveness Once-Removed  |  Nov 11, 2013
It's one thing to forgive a friend. We all have plenty of experience with that. It's another to forgive someone who hurt your friend. How do you do that? And do you have to?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


Christians and Sin  |  Nov 8, 2013
Can Christians sin? What does it mean when Christians sin? Why do Christians sin?

Read more...Jeffrey Gante


Marriage is for Losers  |  Nov 7, 2013
One thing I have learned through all my failures and triumphs in love is this: in order to have a successful relationship, you must be ready to let go of your own needs.

Read more...Catiana Nak Kheiyn


Should Christians Use a Digital Bible Instead of Print Bible?  |  Oct 25, 2013
Is it okay to use an electronic Bible? What should we consider before switching from paper to an e-reader?

Read more...Dillon Burroughs


Handwriting the Bible  |  Oct 25, 2013
We read the Bible, study the Bible, memorize its passages. But have you ever tried writing the Bible?

Read more...Dillon Burroughs


Toxic Thoughts: Christian thought control  |  Oct 14, 2013
We know we're supposed to 'dwell on things from above,' but when toxic thoughts invade our minds, how do we control our thoughts?

Read more...Susan Lockhart


Life in the Fast Lane  |  Oct 10, 2013
All of us are living life in the fast lane. We meet ourselves coming and going. In all of this hub bub, when was the last time you heard God speaking to you?

Read more...Dev Bradley


Exit  |  Oct 1, 2013
Sometimes it isn't sin that keeps us bound, but the secure feeling of a prison cell we don't want to leave.

Read more...Lauren Birago


Knowing the World through Limitations  |  Sep 17, 2013
Those who are blind live in a world of surprise, where every moment brings a new discovery. But, really, so do we all...

Read more...Kristy-Joy Matovich


Murky Water  |  Sep 3, 2013
Weighed down by the darkness of depression, God's voice calls to me--'Look for Me in the murky water.'

Read more...Lauren Birago


Glass Houses  |  Aug 26, 2013
Christians can be horrible hypocrites. But so can non-Christians. Is there any way we can reject the venom and suspicion and listen to each other?

Read more...Dev Bradley


Relationally Open  |  Aug 21, 2013
Relationships have been on my mind recently. Perhaps more specifically the way I relate with others and whether it pleases God...

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Tongue-Twisted  |  Aug 12, 2013
Determining not to lie is a good thing. But only a good heart can prevent a twisted tongue.

Read more...Lauren Birago


Addicted to Sin  |  Aug 7, 2013
Christians and sin are like alcoholics: new and being made new; addicted but not enslaved.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


It's not wrong; it's just different  |  Jul 29, 2013
In our quest for holiness, it's easy to think that our way is the right way. But sometimes people aren't wrong--they're just different.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Validation  |  Jul 22, 2013
We know our validation comes from God, but how do we live that when the world tries to tell us we're not enough?

Read more...Dev Bradley


Life, the Universe, and Everything  |  Jul 15, 2013
Making the choice to love God, our brothers and sisters in Christ--and the people who think we're crazy.

Read more...Dev Bradley


Glasses, the Gym, and Heaven  |  Jul 12, 2013
Living life on a fallen world is a bit like going to the gym without your glasses—a lot of hard work and very little clarity.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Salt  |  Jul 4, 2013
Recently I realized the importance of demonstrating that I am a believer walking a Christian journey. This is different than saying that I am. My actions and quality of speech should show the salt of my faith.

Read more...Lauren Birago


Words with Friends  |  Jun 27, 2013
Hawk Nelson says, 'Words can build us up, words can break us down.' What effect do my words have on my friends? On myself?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Celebrating Life in the Midst of Illness  |  Jun 21, 2013
Counting years reminds us we're all one step closer to death. But when illness strikes, it's also a reminder that God has given one more year of life.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Go be Jesus  |  Jun 12, 2013
As fires once again rage around the Colorado Springs area, residents jump at the chance to help their neighbors—to 'be Jesus' for them. But shouldn't we be Jesus every day?

Read more...Kristi-Joy Matovich


Forgiveness of the Heart  |  Jun 5, 2013
Forgiveness is a choice the victim must make. The restoration of a relationship relies also on the perpetrator. We can't restore a relationship with someone who doesn't want it.

Read more...Lauren Birago


Experiencing the Journey of Life  |  May 22, 2013
Life is a journey for a reason. Spiritual growth takes time. If we rush, we'll miss out on life, but we'll also miss becoming who God wants us to be.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Am I spiritually beautiful?  |  May 16, 2013
The recent Dove Campaign showed how women underestimate their own physical beauty. The spoof joked that men can overestimate how they look. Spiritually, which is closer to the truth?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Here Comes the Judge           Part 1  |  February 6, 2013           Part 2  |  May 5, 2013
How many times have we shown hostility to someone else simply because they aren't acting according to Christian standards? Why are we so eager to dish out judgment for our "neighbors" when God has commanded us to love unconditionally?

Read more...Rebekah Largent


Does a Christian Who Commits Suicide Go to Heaven?  |  April 15, 2013
Many have concerns about what happens to a Christian who commits suicide. Will a Christian still go to Heaven, or does suicide in some way keep a Christian from receiving eternal life?

Read more...Jeff Reiter


Unlocking Hearts for a Blended Family  |  February 11, 2013
God created us for relationship. Not just with Him, but with one another. The pain of divorce causes us to shut and lock the doors of our hearts. Yet with God, we have the freedom to keep the doors of our hearts open so He may fill every room with His precious and pleasant riches.

Read more...Jeff Reiter


For My Christian Brothers   |  January 28, 2013
The media has painted men as buffoons, perpetual frat boys incapable of seriousness, clueless lovers unable to truly understand a woman's needs. What does God say a woman wants and what a man should really be?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Derailment  |  January 8, 2013
We don't react to derailment well. We like our days, for the most part, to be orderly. Not necessarily regimented with a routine figured down to the minute and carefully color-coded in a day planner, but we do have certain expectations for the day. When that expectation gets derailed, the consequences can be disastrous.

Read more...Kristine Pratt


Balancing Grace and Truth  |  December 30, 2012
God's love of and grace is in perfect balance. His grace does not mean He is a weak pushover or that we are singularly amazing or endearing. God's love is true, tough, enduring, and full of justice and truth. He doesn't wash over the truth of our sin. He deals with realities, but He does so with grace.

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Why should I believe?  |  November 14, 2012
We often spend so much time on the intellectual aspects of faith in God that we fail to realize that belief in God is beneficial to our hearts. God isn't just sitting in Heaven, passively hoping that we'll agree with Him. Faith is more than a "ticket to Heaven"—much more!

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Jesus Christ: Version 316.4  |  November 7, 2012
We each have our various passions, and we sometimes develop our version of Jesus around those values. We pick and choose from our favorite attributes until we have the perfect Jesus for us. Have you allowed your environment, passions, and culture to influence your view of Jesus?

Read more...MeLissa LeFleur


God in the Hard Times  |  October 29, 2012
When tragedies happen, we often wonder where God is. Why would a loving God allow things like this to happen? He has the power to shield us from sorrow such as this—so why doesn’t He? Blogos writer Rebekah Largent shares the story of losing her home in the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire.

Read more...Rebekah Largent


What went wrong in the world?  |  October 22, 2012
When a person can be pro-life when it comes to the murder of Jews during the holocaust, yet support the murder of babies in the womb behind the mask of being pro-choice, we have to ask, "What has gone wrong in our world?"

Read more...Gwen Sellers


What is abundant life?  |  October 10, 2012
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10) Abundant life is the gift of Jesus to His followers—something Christians can confidently claim, a promise of God. But what is abundant life?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


Be Still in the Chaos  |  September 18, 2012
Are you ever still? Are there moments in your life when you are truly at rest—physically, mentally, emotionally? God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. But do we take time to be still in Him?

Read more...Gwen Sellers


When Suicide Just Makes Sense  |  August 23, 2012
I’ve struggled with suicidal ideation for many years. I needed God to show me that my earthly life was worthwhile aside from an earthly guilt-trip.

Read more...T. Jaden Ozwell


God doesn't make sense  |  August 2, 2012
God doesn't make sense - How can I learn to trust Him anyway? What is the key to trusting God when times are tough? Are tough times actually God's mercies in disguise?

Read more...MeLissa LeFleur


A Consuming Fire: Lessons from the Colorado Wildfire  |  June 28, 2012
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.

Read more...Dolores Kimball


Graced By The Nature Of God  |  June 7, 2012
The truth is, God showed grace from the very beginning. We're not waiting for some delayed grace. God's grace has already been delivered. He shows grace to us every day of our lives, and will continue to show us grace until the day we die.

Read more...Jonathan Fashbaugh


Do You Really Know His Unconditional Love?  |  May 30, 2012
Even people who have been Believers for decades can struggle with the feeling that God's love is not really unconditional love. They feel the need to perform, but the Bible says it's way too late for that! His love never depends on our performance.

Read more...Jonathan Fashbaugh


Who Wrote the Gospels?  |  May 9, 2012
One often hears the claim, made frequently by skeptical scholars and laypeople alike, that we have no grounds on which to think the four canonical gospels were actually written by the people to whom they are ascribed. Is this true? Who wrote the gospels?

Read more...Jonathan McLatchie


Being in Control: The Power and Peace of "I Don't Know"  |  April 25, 2012
We care about being in control. We want to get a hold of ourselves. But the truth is, we don't need to get a hold of ourselves. We need to let go of ourselves. We need to stop trying to control our lives; stop trying to pretend as though we have the answers, and get a grip of God.

Read more...Jonathan Fashbaugh


Is Jesus Divine? Part Four  |  April 25, 2012
Is Jesus God? This is part four of a series of blog posts about the divinity of Jesus. In parts 2 and 3 of this series we examined the four canonical gospels and how they portrayed Jesus as claiming to be divine both in His statements and His behavior.

Read more...Dan Barkman


What is Christian Love?  |  April 4, 2012
Has our understanding of Christian love become skewed? When we talk about the love Christians have for one another and the world, what does that really mean?

Read more...Dolores Kimball


The Gospel According To John Carter  |  March 20, 2012
The movie John Carter has been in theatres lately, and although the story's creator did not intend to introduce an allegory, certain aspects of the film do resonate with spiritual themes of redemption.

Read more...Jonathan Fashbaugh


Hope in Heaven: The Not Yet Perspective  |  March 13, 2012
Is it possible to attain satsifaction and joy in this life? How can we be content and peaceful while still acknowledging that this world falls short of ideal?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Being Happy: Some Thoughts on Contentment  |  February 21, 2012
Sometimes it can feel like contentment is totally out of reach. What does it mean to be content? Can a human being truly find happiness in this life? What does the Bible say about contentment? Is the world's way of finding happiness viable?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


What Does it Mean to Be in Love?  |  February 7, 2012
Eros is clearly different from the other loves. It stands alone. It must have been created by God to teach us something specific about God. But what? What is the purpose of Eros love? Why did God create it?

Read more...Tiffany Wismer


Covenant Faithfulness: Religion and Relationship  |  February 7, 2012
God doesn't just want our ritual, he wants our hearts too! When we go to church, are we truly thankful for all that God has done for us? Is it a relationship? Or just religion?

Read more...CG


Dead Men Make No Choices: The Hard Truth About Freedom of the Will  |  August 4, 2011
Freedom of the will is joyfully embraced by the Christian Dufflepuds, but how can the will of dead people be free? The Bible says we are ‘dead in sin'. The last I heard, no corpse ever hopped up from its coffin and danced a gig.

Read more...Dolores Kimball


Christian Dufflepuds and Free Will  |  July 19, 2011
Free will has been used by postmoderns to excuse and explain God, and worst of all, free will is been portrayed as the ultimate restrainer of the Creator of the Universe.

Read more...Dolores Kimball


Doubt vs. The Assurance of Salvation  |  July 7, 2011
Many Christians desperately want the assurance of salvation. They pray for it, search for it, and agonize over it. One of the most frequently-asked questions at Got Questions Ministries relates to doubts about salvation. God wants Christians to be sure they are saved!

Read more...Dolores Kimball


Who's in charge here anyway?: So God is sovereign. So what? Who's in charge here anyway? Part 1 - A look at the sovereignty of God  |  April 20, 2011
Who's in charge here anyway? Part 2 - Does Satan call (some of) the shots?  |  April 22, 2011
Who's in charge here anyway? Part 3 - If God is sovereign, so what?  |  April 30, 2011

Start here...Dolores Kimball






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