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.







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


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


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


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 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


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


'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


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


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


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


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? 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


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? If so, what sort of a New Year's resolution should a Christian make?

Read more...Shea Houdmann


What is prayer?  |  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...Mindi Furby


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


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


Arguments over the menu, over-tired kids, and old wounds. What does the Bible say about surviving family holidays?

Read more...Kersley Fitzgerald


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...Tiffany Wismer


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


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...Carl Gobelman


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


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


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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