Making Friends in a Divided World

  by Tim Scott, US Senator and co-author with Trey Gowdy of Unified: How Our Unlikely Friendship Gives Us Hope for a Divided Country If we want to build friendships with people across lines of division, we must focus on what we have in common and not become distracted by what separates us. We do this naturally—and often without even […]

What Is Christian Testimony? How Do I Tell My Own Testimony Story?

During their journey to a saving relationship with Jesus, many people find the most compelling stories about Him, and reasons for having faith, come from the Christians they already know. If you’re looking for proof of Jesus, ask your peers about their journey with Christ. What they tell you is their own Christian testimony: The […]

How Our Faith Gives Us Freedom

The same reason we find our country’s freedom precious is the same reason we find the eternal freedom won for us on the cross and in a sealed grave more than two thousand years ago so precious. by Heidi Chiavaroli, author of The Hidden Side I love the Fourth of July. The celebrations, the parades, the […]

Focusing on Hope When Pain Distracts You

  By Danny Gokey  In a way, pain reminds us that we are still alive. The abundant life we’ve been promised doesn’t come filtered and separate from pain and suffering. It is part of what rounds out our existence. We don’t go looking for pain, yet it seems to find us. We don’t ask for pain, […]

Five Ways to Start Relying on God’s Promises

Today’s guest post is written by Troy E. Schmidt, author of Fish Sandwiches: The Delight of Receiving God’s Promises. When two people first get married, they give of themselves as much as they can in light of having only limited information about each other.  Then, as the years go on, and they see each other […]

Inspiring Men: Two Best Friends, One Wheelchair And 500 Miles.

It’s a beautiful, lazy San Diego Saturday and I’m alone in my living room with the ATV remote braced against my leg. Though I can no longer open doors, hold a cup to my lips, or button my shirt, I can still somehow manage to use the remote. Every bit of independence is precious. I […]

How Do I Start Reading the Bible? Start with John!

  The Holy Bible can seem like a big, overwhelming, sometimes highly confusing book—we know your hesitation with reading it, and we know exactly how you feel when deciding where to start in the Bible. A lot of people reading the Bible for the first time have had the same thought; how do I start […]

Inspiring Men: The Four Key Traits of an Effective Father of Faith.

  Guest post written by Roger Patterson, author of A Minute of Vision for Men I want to unpack a biblical “Father of Faith.” His name is Jairus, and he was an influential man. He was a ruler of the synagogue and a religious leader. He was successful and prominent. But, like you and me, Jairus […]

Spiritual or Religious?

This week’s blog is by Greg Paul, author of Resurrecting Religion and was originally posted on The Disciple Maker. Given the travesties the church has committed in the past and the nonsense it still gets stuck in today, it’s tempting to just chuck the whole notion of religion into the waste bin of failed concepts. Mighty tempting, indeed. Especially when we ourselves are also […]

Seize the Day: How to Draw Closer to God

Today’s blog was written by Katherine J. Butler and was originally posted on Read the Arc. Have you ever felt like there was so much distance between you and someone else that nothing you could do would ever close the gap between you? I have. In the first few years of our marriage, my husband and I struggled to feel close. In addition […]

The Bible in 6 Sentences

This week’s blog was written by Leonard Sweet and was originally posted on The Discipleship Maker. Someone once challenged me: “I bet I can tell you the whole Old Testament and New Testament in six sentences—three for each.” “You’re on!” I said. He started with the Old Testament: “‘They tried to kill us. We survived. […]

Being the Person Your Friend Needs

This blog was written by Melanie Shankle and was originally posted on Read the Arc. There’s a certain security that comes when you see that your best friend is managing to do something you aren’t sure you can do, and seeing my best friend Gulley transition into motherhood gave me the courage to follow her. My husband […]