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Honoring God in Neediness

Author: Matt TonneCategory: General

James tells us, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” The true religion of caring for those who are vulnerable is a beautiful thing. But I have also had the opportunity to learn the beauty of receiving care in my own times of vulnerability.

Why Doesn't God Just Change Me?

Author: Adam GriffinCategory: General

When you estimate a distance, it is best to use a helpful unit of measurement. If someone asks me how tall I am, I don’t give my answer in miles (I’m .00117 by the way). The distance between the sun and me is not normally measured in inches. We use large units for large things and small units for small things. For instance, when we measure our massive universe, we apply one of the largest ...

How to Visit Someone in the Hospital

Author: Kyle WorleyCategory: General

We’ve all been there. A loved one from our family, friends or Home Group winds up in the hospital, and we feel the desire to go and visit them. We want to communicate that the person is loved, that we are praying for them and we want to bless and encourage them. But, how do we do that?

The Mother of All Swear Words

Author: Jen WilkinCategory: General, Parenting

When I was in the first grade, I noticed an unfamiliar word scrawled on the bathroom wall, so I went home and looked it up in the dictionary. I'm not sure how I knew not to ask my mother what it meant, but after reading its definition, my gut instinct was validated: Here was forbidden stuff, with a capital “F,” if you know what I mean. There was no way my mom knew that word. Thank heaven for ...

Stepping Into Spiritual Battles

Author: Beth BroomCategory: General

The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10 I love the imagery found in this verse: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower.” It makes me think of fairy tales—a giant, cylindrical fortress rising into the sky. I imagine a tiny door at the base, almost invisible to the naked eye. I run to that door, open it and quickly slam it behind ...

Christianity is a Crutch for the Weak

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

I often hear unbelievers make the statement that Christianity is a crutch. It’s a statement intended to insult believers—to imply that only a weak person needs religion. And, in our culture, it’s a statement that hits its mark more often than not because our culture despises weakness. We don’t want to be seen as weak. We want to be perceived as strong.

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