How to Wrestle God (and Win)

By Shane Raynor
If you're going to wrestle with God, you may as well put up a good fight. That's what Jacob did in Genesis 32. And it's one of those mysterious passages in the Old Testament that… read more

Blessed Alliance: Marriage and the Proverbs 31 Couple

By Carolyn Custis James
For the six months leading up to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton (now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) the topic generating the most speculation and putting… read more

Why Nazareth?

By Adam Hamilton
The Christmas story begins in the town of Nazareth nine months before the birth of Jesus. Now, if any narrative ever cried out for attention to detail it is this one, so it's… read more

Top 5 Ways to Mess Up Your Christmas Opportunity

By Maurilio Amorim
Every year I have to convince senior pastors that Christmas Eve is a powerful and great opportunity to reach out to their communities. Catholic churches have known this for… read more

Christmas is Not Your Birthday: Sermon Series

By Mike Slaughter
I stood before our congregation in the fall of 2004 and said, "I want you to have a slim Christmas this year . . . and whatever you spend on your family, bring an equal amount for … read more

Celebrate Pastors in Recovery

By Betsy Hall
Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a Christ-centered recovery program that began twenty years ago through Saddleback Church. Today, over 700,000 people have gone through the CR program in … read more

Not Just a Tree

By Betsy Hall
One of the highlights for me during the Advent season is the Chrismon Tree. A Chrismon Tree is an evergreen tree decorated with chrismons, or Christ-monograms. Chrismons are… read more

The Christmas Story in First Person

By Matthew L. Kelley
There is an old saying, "Christmas comes but once a year." For children, this is a phrase of disappointment, reminding them that the season of decorations, carols, sweets, and… read more

The Truth About Santa Claus

By Max Lucado
Some call him Sinterklaas. Others Pere Noel or Papa Noel. He's been known as Hoteiosho, Sonnerklaas, Father Christmas, Jelly Belly, and to most English speakers, Santa Claus. His… read more

So you want to be a pastor...

By Ron Edmondson
I have the opportunity to talk with lots of young pastors each week. Another group that has recently started interacting with me are those preparing for the pastorate. I love… read more

God's Verdict on Video Games

By Mike Poteet
On June 28, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in the case of Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association, that a California law prohibiting the sale of violent video games to… read more

Aging and Faith Podcast

By Missy Buchanan
Author Leigh Lowden knows what it is to have your life changed by an 87 year-old Alzheimers patient. Tune in to hear her story and discover God in unlikely situations. Missy… read more
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