Life After a Layoff

This article was originally published in the Disciple Journal. I live with my husband and three children in a worn-out, 170-year-old house on a lake in Maine. Sometimes I’m afraid I love this place so much that I wouldn’t be able to let it go. That fear has been part of my struggle since my […]

A Playlist for Peace

Oh peace be still You are here so it is well Even when my eyes can’t see I will trust the voice that speaks Peace, peace, yeah Over me – “Peace, Be Still” by The Belonging Co. While sadly and frustratingly this is still an uncertain and anxious time for many people, we believe in […]

The Three-Step Journey to Solitude: Hush, Listen, Be

This article was originally written by Arni, a pastor in India. When we try to enter solitude, we usually have many noises—outside and within—that must first be gently hushed. Ideally, we go to a place that is quieter, without great distractions such as people coming in and out, loud noises, phones, or beeps. A retreat […]

We see an empty carriage to illustrate the emptiness we can feel when God is silent. But our own sience can help us to pray to God and just sit in His presence.

How to Pray: Praying When God is Silent

This blog is written by Jarrett Stevens, author of Praying Through: Overcoming the Obstacles That Keep Us from God. — Jesus knew the value of silence. He did not run from it; he ran after it. The Gospel writers make sure that we get that silence was a part of how Jesus prayed through his […]

A young man in a jacket and beanie hat, stands with his back to the camera. in the background all we see is light and dark gray tones.

How to Pray When Praying Is Hard

Today’s blog is written by Jarrett Stevens, author of Praying Through: Overcoming the Obstacles That Keep Us from God. — I’ve been a pastor for over twenty years, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the following: “I just don’t know how to pray.” “I didn’t grow up doing this kind of […]

A young man is walking down the street with his cap on backwards, it says 'PRAY' on his hat.

How to Pray: How to Make the Lord’s Prayer Your Prayer

Blog brought to you today by Jarrett Stevens, author of Praying Through: Overcoming the Obstacles That Keep Us from God. — I have a friend who sums up the Lord’s Prayer this way: “Simply pray, and pray simply.” Don’t overcomplicate it. Don’t smother it in “should.” Don’t make it some sort of spiritual competition with others. […]

A young man in a t-shirt and beanie hat stands with his back to us, with his arms open wide and his palms facing upwards, he is in prayer.

How to Pray: Gratitude, Your Wonder Prayer

Blog brought to you today by Jarrett Stevens, author of Praying Through: Overcoming the Obstacles That Keep Us from God. — What if I told you that there was a pill that was scientifically proven to dramatically improve your state of being—not just a temporary high but a wholistic enhancement of your body, mind, and […]

A Man sits in his expensive-looking car, with a mobile phone in his hand, surrounding by palm trees. He looks wealthy, but is he rich in his soul?

Living The Good Life: What God Has To Say About Wealth and Money

Guest post from Randy Alcorn, excerpted and adapted by Unfolding Faith, from his wonderful book, Giving is The Good Life: The Unexpected Path to Purpose and Joy. — Not life, but a good life, is to be chiefly valued. SOCRATES The good life is reserved for the person who fears God, who lives reverently in […]

A man's tattooed hand grips a steering wheel. What happens when we allow Jesus to take the wheel? That's what we explore in this post.

Jesus Take The Wheel – How Surrendering Control Brings You Real Freedom

The bent to promote, protect and exalt self starts early in life. One of the first phrases our children said was, “Me first!” Because our self-centeredness is so inbred, Jesus made it clear that if we want to follow him, we must give up our “selves.” Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase of this verse in Luke states […]

A young woman in a sweater and skirt, sits on the floor leaning up against a sofa. She is reading her Bible that is great for new believers!

The Best Bibles for New Believers

Trying to select a Bible as, or for, a new believer can be really confusing. Which translation should you go for? Do you want the New Testament or the full Bible? Should you buy a personal size or large print; and what even is a regular size one? So many questions and too many options. […]

A woman walks along a beach. The lighting is dark and moody, with an unfriendly gray sky. God can help you in your grief with His 12 steps to Recovery.

God Knows All About Your Grief – And Here’s His First Step to Recovery

“But remember, like Sarah and Job, we are not helpless.” — This post is excerpted from The Life Recovery Workbook for Grief: A Bible-Centered Approach for Taking Your Life Back, by Stephen Arterburn M. ED and David Stoop. Click this link to experience the whole first step, with workbook questions for your own reflection, for free. […]

A brunette woman stands with her back to the camera, with a flower garland in her hair and white angel wings on her back. Will we be angels in Heaven? Randy Alcorn says no.

What Will I Look Like in Heaven?

by Randy Alcorn, excerpted from Heaven. I’m often asked if people, particularly children, become angels when they die. The answer is no. Death is a relocation of the same person from one place to another. The place changes, but the person remains the same. The same person who becomes absent from his or her body becomes […]