Making Life Matter

By Shane Stanford
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Easter People

By Alex Joyner
Easter in a Name She was standing near the tomb, weeping. After all the loss and violence of the last few days, there was no room in her mind or her heart for anything else. Mary… read more


By Mike Slaughter
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"Father, Forgive Them"

By Adam Hamilton
"Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34) It is not surprising that these words—the first words spoken by Jesus from the… read more

Making Children's Ministry the Flagship

By Judy Comstock
Children are often the entry point for families in joining a church—churches that recognize this are on their way to vitality and growth. But, it's also a fact that children … read more


By Joseph Yoo
God's voice is, more often than not, described as a small, still voice—a whisper. It's not a stupid question to ask, "Why?" Wouldn't it be more beneļ¬cial for both God and… read more

Held Captive to "Small Group Worship"

By John Flowers, Karen Vannoy
What do pews, columbaria, sidewalk bricks, and local church histories have in common? In many churches, these are the places where people can find names of families who are… read more

Group Study: Where is Peace Found?

By Patrick J. Willson
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-9; John 20:19-23 Background Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; John 20:19-23 Key Verse It was still the first day of the week. That evening, while the… read more

Christ Is Risen! Christ Is Risen Indeed!

By John P. Gilbert
Christ is risen! Not restored to life from the dead, not resuscitated, not brought back to life, but Risen! Given new life, given a new body! Given a new beginning! Christ is… read more


By Randy A. Hayes
When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them. "Receive the Holy Spirit." (John 20:22) It must be somebody's law that when one thing goes wrong, everything will go… read more


By Jan Turrentine
"Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned… read more

Too Much Vision

By Jeff Anderson
There's a new champion fundraiser in town. Her name is Vision. She's not really new. She's been helping congregations raise money since the early church began, and in Old… read more
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