Valuing Your Calling

By Kimberly Dunnam Reisman
Recognizing and responding to the call of Jesus is what we call discipleship. It involves listening to God's voice and following where that voice leads us. Let's explore the call… read more

Are You Living the "Just Get By" Plan?

By Betsy Hall
In his new book Dare to Dream, Mike Slaughter wants you (and me) to discern what our God-Sized Mission Statements are and he won't be content until our children and youth have one … read more

Advent Resurrection

By Don Underwood
The disciples had been sitting around Jerusalem for three days. The crucifixion had wiped out all their hopes and dreams. In their understanding, Jesus was dead and buried, sealed … read more

Worship for Kids: Epiphany Sunday 2014

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12. The details of this story are often missed in children's Christmas pageants, when wise men simply follow the star to the… read more

Worship for Kids: Christmas 2 (Year A)

By Carolyn C. Brown
From a Child's Point of View Gospel: John 1:1-18. Though "the Word," "the light," and "the life" in this poem are too abstract for children, the poem has the answer to questions… read more

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?!?

By Melissa Slocum
Thanksgiving is three days away. This annual celebration of turkey and football is the unofficial beginning of the holiday season—six weeks of shopping, baking, traveling… read more

Prayer in a Postmodern World

By Alex Joyner
Talking to "Houston in the Blind" In the recently released Hollywood movie Gravity, some of the most poignant moments are of people floating in space talking into the void in the… read more

Luke 2:1-20 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
The Birth of Jesus (2:1-21) Caesar Augustus was the Roman emperor from 26 B.C. to A.D. 14. Caesar was the title of the ruler and Augustus was the name given him by the Roman… read more

Titus 2:11-14 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
What God Expects from All Christians (2:11-15) With no further explanation, the preceding charges sound like little more than moralisms: You should do. Therefore, verses 11-14… read more

Psalm 96 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
Declare God's Glory (Psalm 96:1) This hymn was written for the annual festival of enthronement of the Lord. The rites are a magnificent drama complete with full splendor and… read more

Isaiah 9:1-21 (Basic Bible Commentary)

By Ministry Matters
The Messianic King (9:1-7) Verse 1 of chapter 9 indicates that the prophet is moving from judgment to promise in his message to his audience. In the original Hebrew text, this… read more

Teaching Youth—You Can Do It!

By Crys Zinkiewicz
You've agreed to teach the youth. You have a heart for young people, and you have hopes for your experience together. You want to: connect them with God help them grow spiritually … read more
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