Personal Concerns
1 – 20 of 25 Articles
Page:12
No Previous PageNext Page

People pray on bended knee, opening their hearts to God, asking him for a myriad of things: healing of cancer, a job after all these months, a buyer for their house in a frozen market, the end of pain. Some prayers will be answered, and the recipients ...

Continue reading

Food is on my mind a lot. Besides simply deciding what we might like to eat for dinner, my wife and I give careful thought to where our food comes from. We try to buy organic and local and seasonal produce whenever we can. We do this for a number of ...

Continue reading

Are there times when a person should be asked to leave a small group? I think so. But those times should be rare, and it should be done only for the right reasons. So what are those reasons? I can think of a few.

The person is just too needy.

Once or twice ...

Continue reading

The biggest change Christ made in my life is a desire to serve others rather than myself. Before I became a Christian, it was all about me. Afterward, I was drawn to the weak and hurting and constantly looked for opportunities to minister. I took to ...

Continue reading

We must learn to rely on God's promises. The following helps you know how to do that.

Joshua could have spent a lot of time worrying. With enemies to conquer, rivers to cross, in-house problems to solve, and land to divide fairly, many people depended ...

Continue reading

For as long as the church has existed, Christians have embraced the arts as a poignant and effective method for telling the story of the Bible. From visual displays to music to literature, no organization has been more responsible than the church for ...

Continue reading

Christians love to talk about strengths. Want proof? Just ask a church leader to list his or her spiritual gifts, talk about his areas of passion, or tell you her Myers-Briggs profile (any other ENTJ's out there?). You're sure to get an enthusiastic ...

Continue reading

It was one of the first men to use total war, American Civil War General William Sherman, who used to say, "War is hell!" He was both right and wrong.

It is hellish in its horror and destruction: the unleashing of the forces of evil.

It is hellish in its ...

Continue reading

From beach novels (The Da Vinci Code) to art photography (Andres Serrano's "Piss Christ") to music videos (Lady Gaga's "Alejandro") to video games, Christian outrage and criticism have lifted numerous works up from obscurity—and made household ...

Continue reading

We should treat them as we would like to be treated. Sound familiar?

My husband, Brad, met Norman when Brad spoke at an interfaith Easter service. Norman approached him and asked if he could talk. In a short time, Brad learned that Norman had been a practicing ...

Continue reading

A photo of my seven-week-old nephew, Jayden, shows an irritated expression on his face and a tiny black shirt printed with a white rib cage on his little tummy. Jayden's ensemble was a nod to my family's legendary ability to ignore a gently rumbling ...

Continue reading

On a sitcom, one regular character carried meekness to a fault. He bustled into the office muttering, "I'm sorry I'm late."

"You're not late."

"Well then, I'm sorry I'm early," he replied.

"You're not early, either."

"I'm sorry," he sighed.

In some cases ...

Continue reading

Amy Julia Becker responded to debates over some preliminary research showing that drug therapy might improve cognitive function in people with Down syndrome. Several high-profile bloggers wrote about this research from the angle of whether Down syndrome ...

Continue reading

Although alcohol is by no means a central scriptural issue, the Bible alludes to its use. The problem emerged in Jewish experience after the conquest of Canaan. The land of Canaan flowed not only with milk and honey but with wine as well. The hills of ...

Continue reading

A: It's November. The holidays are coming we tell each other, sometimes with a wild, fearful look in our eyes. But think about that word—holidays. Holy days. Its etymology is far removed from its current stress-inducing connotation, but I want ...

Continue reading

Many years ago I was walking in Newport Beach, a beach in Southern California, with two friends. Two of us were on staff together at a church, and one was an elder at the same church. We walked past a bar where a fight had been going on inside. The ...

Continue reading

I understand this question because I, too, am an introvert that has to make myself reach out. I first truly understood how difficult this is for me when I was at my friend Mary's house along with a woman who was in campus ministry. This woman told us ...

Continue reading

The wife of a verbally or emotionally abusive spouse is one whose self-esteem has been diminished by constant criticism, blaming, name-calling, mocking, manipulation, public embarrassment, or humiliation. She may become more withdrawn and isolated under ...

Continue reading
How do I know God's will?

How do I make good decisions? What does God really want from me? Does God care about every little choice I make? The big question behind all of these questions, of course, is this: What's God's will for my life?

Continue reading

Good question, because it's a big problem. Josh was one of the most zealous workers we'd seen at church, but I realized he was three steps beyond "weary in well doing" when I read his letter: "My walk with the Lord is nonexistent. I've allowed the pressure ...

Continue reading
1 – 20 of 25 Articles
Page:12
No Previous PageNext Page

Free Newsletters

more newsletters

Follow Christian Bible Studies

Small Groups

SmallGroups.com offers a diverse set of adaptable training tools for small group models that can be customized to a church's unique needs.

14-Day Free Trial

Get complete access free for 14 days.

Free Trial
Featured Training Tools:
Leading 101Leading 101
A la carte price: $14.95
Subscriber price: $0.00
The First MeetingThe First Meeting
A la carte price: $14.95
Subscriber price: $0.00