Fasting: A 'New' Discipline for a New Year

By Melissa Slocum
2013 has come and gone, and the new year is less than a week old. The good news is that, regardless of what 2014 brings, we can hold fast to the truth that "Jesus Christ is the… read more

Steps in the Right Direction

By Brett Younger
Matthew 4:12-23 The crucial moments in which we choose directions for our lives aren't usually marked with caution signs, bright red flags, or even the feeling that we are about… read more

A Greater Story, The God Story

By Jacob Armstrong
I remember a conversation I had with my dad when I was eight or nine years old. We were sitting on our front porch in old wood rocking chairs. It's an interesting memory for me… read more

Hearing God in 2014

By Shane Raynor
2014 could turn out like most other years... a few highs, a few lows… nothing earth-shattering for most of us. Or it could be a year when all hell breaks loose in the… read more

Psalm 99

By Simon Peter Iredale
This week's psalm gives us a brief but tantalizing glimpse into the heavenly realms. In verse 1, we hear of the Lord "enthroned upon the cherubim." This gives us the opportunity… read more

Worship for Kids: February 2, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12. The Beatitudes is one of those familiar passages which adults often think children ought to learn, but which children have… read more

Worship for Kids: February 9, 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Old Testament: Isaiah 58:1-9a (9b-12). Isaiah's basic message is that God is more interested in the way we treat other people than in religious… read more

Come and See

By Brett Younger
John 1:29-42 How would your life be different if you were not a Christian? For some of us who have lived surrounded by Christian people, it's hard to imagine, but what if you had… read more

What's Wrong with Playing the Lottery?

By Mike Poteet
'Tis the (Scratch-Off) Season Did you find lottery tickets in your Christmas stocking? Did you stuff some in someone else's? Every holiday season, state lottery agencies spend… read more

Another Diet

By Leanne Ciampa Hadley
Pursue love, and use your ambition to try to get spiritual gifts... (1 Corinthians 14:1a CEB) Like many people, I am almost always on a diet. I have tried counting calories, gave… read more

Christmas Miracle

By Don Underwood
On April 25th of 2013 I wrote a column about Max the dog. Max officially belonged to my grandson Liam, but I was keeping him at Siete Ranch. I wrote about how Max left for several … read more

Psalm 121

By Simon Peter Iredale
This week's psalm appears in my order of morning prayers, so I am reminded of God's constant presence with all human beings (and indeed, all created things) every morning. There… read more
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