As is customary on Thanksgiving Day, giving thanks for everything we have can be easy or hard depending on what’s going on in our lives. If things are tough, it’s often hard to give God our thanks; when things are going well, sometimes we forget to thank God, too. We praise God first because he loved us and sent his only son to die for us on the cross (John 3:16), everything else should be gravy. Of course, it’s never quite that simple. If you’re like me and you need constant reminders to stop and be grateful and thank God for everything, you’ll find this list of Thanksgiving Bible verses handy.... Read More
Buying a gift for someone is hard, but buying a gift for the writers and readers in your life doesn't have to be. Those of us who love reading (and writing) would rather be discussing ideas or jotting down poems crave gifts that speak to our souls. Call us bibliophiles, nerdy, wordy, or bookish, we'll respond nicely when you feed the beast that craves anything having to do with the written word. In this list of 20 unique gifts for the writers and readers in your life, I'll aim to pick some great finds for you to consider for the next birthday or holiday gift. ... Read More
One's conversion to Christianity often includes a dramatic overwhelming God-moment. Something incredible happens when the Holy Spirit breaks through and speaks to you directly. This type of encounter with God usually causes a change, or pivot, from doubt to belief. When God shows up, the overwhelming evidence is convincing, and we have no choice but to accept and say yes to God. ... Read More
When I became a Christian over twenty years ago, I wanted to know the best ways to fully engage with my new faith and become a devoted follower of Christ. While I grew up in Christian Science and attended church with my family regularly, I didn’t really understand that Christianity hinged on the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ as my personal savior. As I fully devoted myself to him, I wanted to be a good Christian but wasn’t sure what I needed to do. I was looking for ‘checklist Christianity’—a rubric for how and what to do as a new Christian.... Read More
I rattled off some details about my life, slightly nervous to bear my soul to a complete stranger. So goes it when you begin a relationship with a new therapist—one part medicine, one part confessional.
Without too much warning, she asks me point blank,
"It sounds like you're wrestling with meaning and purpose. Do you know what your purpose is?"... Read More
The Bible can offer us peace and comfort during times of anxiety, grief, and depression; however, if you are having symptoms that go beyond what you can handle, I strongly encourage you to reach out to a medical or mental health professional. Bible verses about anxiety can pave the path to reducing stress and remind you that God loves you and is there for you.... Read More