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

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?
What Do Muslims Believe?
We should befriend those who practice Islam, but to do so we need to understand what they 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
Telling the Gospel Through Story
Evangelism that keeps hearers wanting more.

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 ...

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

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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Top 7 Study Bibles
Top 7 Study Bibles
Our favorite study Bibles to help you enrich your time in Scripture.

A good study Bible can prove to be an invaluable companion as you dive into God’s Word. But with so many options to choose from, where should you begin? We’ve compiled a list of seven of our favorite study Bibles released over the past couple ...

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Print Still Rules
Print Still Rules
Innovative formats keep print Bibles popular in a digital age.

Everyone has heard the expression, “print is dead,” and there is no shortage of opinion about the explosion of digital publishing in the past few years. This massive shift in how people read has been changing the publishing industry, but ...

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

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 to Deal with Bitterness and Resentment
How to Deal with Bitterness and Resentment
Forgiveness is hard, but it sets us free.

Jenny was 92 years old when she died. For the 50 years I knew Jenny, she told the story over and over of a time her sister would not give her the dollar she needed for a pair of shoes. Her details made it seem like the offense had happened just days ...

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Standing on Holy Ground
Standing on Holy Ground
Is God going to be enough for my hurt?

I am an unnervingly present person. I rarely think about the future. I’m too caught up in the now to worry about what has to be done tomorrow. For some reason, pregnancy launched me into a preparatory nightmare. I couldn’t be too equipped. ...

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TheologySee All
Kingdom Imagination
Kingdom Imagination
What we can learn from Joshua and Caleb

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 ...
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Participating in the Resurrection
Participating in the Resurrection
We have the privilege of being part of the story too.

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 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
Are the secular classics I love to read compatible with my Christian faith?

"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
Casting Out Post-Election Fear
Whatever the results of the election, God tells us not to 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
What You Need to Know About Depression, Suicide, and Mental Illness
11 resources to help those who are suffering

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 for Fall 2019
Top 10 Bible Studies for Fall 2019
Our most popular studies for fall of 2019.

This fall’s top ten studies cover a variety of topics to grow your faith. Each curriculum gives you resources to lead a group study, but is also perfect for your own personal time.

1. Colossians: Against the TideThe Book of Colossians teaches principles ...

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Top 3 Bible Studies on Gray Areas of Faith for Fall 2019
Top 3 Bible Studies on Gray Areas of Faith for Fall 2019
This fall’s top three list cover bible studies on gray areas of faith. Each curriculum gives you resources to lead a group study, but is also perfect as your own personal study.

In Greek, pistis means faith. Faith appears to be a short and simple word, but it is preceded by profound history responsible for countless divisions within Christianity. Ultimately, faith has generated contention amongst various congregates and denominations. ...

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Top 10 Bible Studies on Prayer for Fall 2019
Top 10 Bible Studies on Prayer for Fall 2019
Our most popular studies on prayer for fall of 2019.

This fall’s top ten list cover a variety of studies on prayer. Each curriculum gives you resources to lead a group study, but is also perfect for your own personal time.

1. Prayer: The Ultimate LifestyleWe simply can’t know God without prayer. ...

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