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Mental Illness Has a Face
What I learned while visiting a mental health facility.
Mental Illness Has a Face

The large door labeled "Mental Health" stood at the end of the hallway. Maybe it really was ominous, or maybe it was just my imagination, but I took a deep breath before pressing the black button beside the door, fully aware that a camera was ...

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What Do Muslims Believe?
We should befriend those who practice Islam, but to do so we need to understand what they believe.
What Do Muslims Believe?

Today’s neighborhoods are diverse, and Christians often rub shoulders with people from different religious and cultural backgrounds. To choose relationship is, I believe, reflective of God’s nature.

Jesus told us to be the salt of the earth ...

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Telling the Gospel Through Story
Evangelism that keeps hearers wanting more.
Telling the Gospel Through Story

Steve was a house painter from England vacationing at a beach in the Philippines with his family. I happened to be staying at the same resort. One day during a conversation that began to turn toward spiritual things, Steve said, "I've talked to numerous ...

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Bible InsightsSee All
"Why, God, Why?"
Facing the painful questions that life keeps asking.
"Why, God, Why?"

My mother's pale, gaunt face was transformed into wreathes of joy when I walked through the door of her hospital room. Although her eyes seemed sunken, they sparkled with the zest for life that is her own special trademark. With IVs dangling from ...

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How to Form a Lifelong Habit
Seven tips for introducing new Christians to the Bible.
How to Form a Lifelong Habit

While most Christians want to read their Bibles regularly, we often fall short of integrating Scripture reading into the daily rhythm of our lives. We rely mostly on Christian “professionals”—pastors and popular Christian teachers—to ...

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A Review of Logos 6 Bible Software
A tool filled with resources for in-depth Bible study
A Review of Logos 6 Bible Software

If you're the kind of person who has a million new questions pop up every time you hear a sermon, Logos 6 is the perfect resource to help you explore the Bible. Whether you start wondering about the original Greek, find yourself curious about ...

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Spiritual FormationSee All
Learn to Listen
Listening is an important gift we can give others.
Learn to Listen

Have you ever been in a conversation with others and realized you had checked out? You see their mouths moving, but aren't engaged? Situations like this make me ask:

  • Why is it so difficult to stay in the present?
  • How can we remain engaged when we are in conversation?
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How God Can Redeem the Darkness
What I learned about seeing myself as God sees me.
How God Can Redeem the Darkness

The concert ran late and I knew I was breaking curfew, which spoiled any of the fun I had in the previous hours that night. I carefully tiptoed up to my room hoping that, for a change, my mother had already gone to sleep so my punishment would come in ...

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What Can I Do for the Persecuted Church?
Practical ways you—and your church—can help.
What Can I Do for the Persecuted Church?

How can a Christian who is undergoing persecution for their faith manage to keep perspective? Ziya Meral says:

For the average persecuted Christian, their prayers seem unanswered and they lack peace, strength, courage, and joy. Their humanness in a very ...
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TheologySee All
Kingdom Imagination
What we can learn from Joshua and Caleb
Kingdom Imagination

Moses sent spies to the Promised Land to check things out. They brought back a mixed report.

They gave Moses this account: "We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. But the people who live there ...
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Participating in the Resurrection
We have the privilege of being part of the story too.
Participating in the Resurrection

High in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah stands a magnificent aspen forest. If you could visit that place today, you would be amazed by the beauty and abundance of life beneath that golden canopy. What would be less obvious is that what appears to the eye ...

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The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry
Young people are not bored by theology. They are bored by theology that doesn't matter.
The Theological Turn in Youth Ministry

The questions that young people have are often the same ones that perplexed the great theologians, driving them to search for God in the places God didn't appear to be—places of brokenness, suffering, and confusion. So it's not surprising that ...

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Church & Home LeadershipSee All

"It does sometimes seem a shame that Noah and his party did not miss the boat," quips Mark Twain as his sharp tongue aims at the heart of humanity. My favorite thing that Mark Twain satirically advocated, however, was to bring home missionaries from ...

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Casting Out Post-Election Fear
Whatever the results of the election, God tells us not to fear.
Casting Out Post-Election Fear

“There is no fear in love, for perfect love casts out fear.” (1 John 4:18, ESV)

At the time of this writing, many people in the United States are fearful about the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. They’re anxious about what ...

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What You Need to Know About Depression, Suicide, and Mental Illness
11 resources to help those who are suffering
What You Need to Know About Depression, Suicide, and Mental Illness

Any time suicide is in the news, we're filled with a sense of loss. We mourn the loss of what might have been, and we grieve the loss of gifts and talents. Whether it's a celebrity or someone closer to home, suicide is always a tragedy.

Let's ...

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Top 10 Bible Studies 2016
Our most popular Bible studies of 2016
Top 10 Bible Studies 2016

Each year, we end the year by bringing you the 10 most popular Bible studies from the past 12 months! These studies cover a variety of topics that will strengthen your faith, draw you closer to God, and help you grow as a Christian in an ever-changing ...

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Top 10 Bible Studies for Father's Day

Fathers play an important role in the lives of their children. They have the opportunity to set an example of what it means to live a righteous life. Great responsibility comes with this role, and the demands and temptations of everyday life can make ...

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Top 5 Thanksgiving Bible Studies

Thanksgiving is a time for reflection that inspires gratitude. Through the joys and trials of life, we find hope in God that makes us thankful. But the path to thankfulness is sometimes complicated. These studies will help you focus your heart and experience ...

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