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Joni Eareckson Tada: Suffering Helps Me See Heaven
I used to wonder why Paul calls hardships “light and momentary.” Years of affliction opened my eyes to his insight.
Opinion | Discipleship. Joni Eareckson Tada: Suffering Helps Me See Heaven. I used to wonder why against the door. “I bet you can't wait for heaven. You know
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Why Apocalypse Is Essential to Advent
This season demands a clear view of darkness. Here’s how scholars reckon with it.
“In those days after that tribulation,” he continues, “'the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens
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I Inherited a Failed Sunday School. Here’s How It Flourished
Four counterintuitive keys to successful discipleship.
In Matthew, Jesus famously rebukes the disciples for turning away the little children, saying, “for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” (Matt. 19:14).
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Treasures in Heaven, Tchotchkes on Earth
What happens when our kids don’t want our heirlooms.
Opinion | Family. Treasures in Heaven, Tchotchkes on Earth. What happens when our kids don't want our heirlooms. Michelle Van Loon. Image: fstop123 / iStock.
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Praising God Saves Me In My Pain
In the face of illness, death, and disability, Lamentations gives me a script for how to suffer.
3:24). Here, though, is the hope of all laments: Generations after the events of Lamentations, Jesus left the comfort of heaven and entered Jerusalem's long years of suffering.
Our Homemaker, Who Art in Heaven
Modern women have a complicated relationship with domesticity—but God points us toward the true meaning of home.
excerpt. Our Homemaker, Who Art in Heaven. Modern women have a complicated relationship with domesticity—but God points us toward the true meaning of home.
Prison Was My First Pulpit
Linda Barkman was incarcerated after the man she lived with murdered her toddler. But she turned hardship into ministry.
I am the mother of the victim, and I had to come to grips with how I felt about him. People ask, “What if you meet him in heaven? How will you feel?” Well, I pray that he is redeemed.
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What Advent Waiting Means for Singles
In the midst of relational uncertainty, this season invites me to savor God’s goodness.
Bonhoeffer goes on to say, “Our whole life, however, is Advent—that is, a time of waiting for the ultimate, for the time when there will be a new heaven and a new earth.”.
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Why Song of Solomon Is Key to the Great Commission
Working effectively for Christ requires intimacy with him.
In the meantime, seeking him allows us to partner with him to strengthen others, to bring more of heaven to our earthly realities, and to see love truly change the world.
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Find Your Creative Voice
Creativity becomes more than expressing ourselves as we reflect God into the world.
“Nor, if they did, could anyone believe that they were made by the same hand that made Heaven and earth.” Whether our job is making tables or waiting on them, working at a computer
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I Found Hope in My Husband’s Chronic Illness
Disability changed our family. It also brought us closer to these three Christian truths.
Yet we live on this side of heaven and can only see the beginning of Christ's work—what is often referred to as the “already/not yet” of the Christian life.
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Talking with My Kids About Death
How my husband and I are fumbling through some of the hardest—and holiest—conversations we’ve ever had.
of lupus. Upon inquiring where people go after they die, our jumbled replies of “heaven” have quickly translated into “Kevin's” in their minds. Somehow
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How Fiction Fueled Madeleine L’Engle’s Faith
How does a lonely kid understand that she’s loved by God? An author’s childhood holds the answer.
Lewis would go on to credit MacDonald for influencing everything from his understanding of heaven to his trust in the great love of God. The same was true of L'Engle.
God Understands Hard, Thankless Parenting
Mother’s Day is difficult for many. But Scripture portrays a Father who knows our plight.
But in God's sovereignty, it can still be holy, and even blessed. Motherhood can be the sharpest tool in heaven's drawer, wielded and aimed toward our sanctification.
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Four Lies That Keep Us from Church
These common untruths prevent us from fully participating in the body of Christ.
119:11; Matt. 6:6), and each one should rejoice in the precious fact that her name is written in heaven (Luke 10:20). Yes, our relationship to God is personal.
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Fleming Rutledge: Why Being ‘Spiritual’ Is Never Enough
Americans increasingly identify as “spiritual but not religious.” Radical faith goes beyond both.
imagine. Therefore be bold, be unafraid, dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. We have a great gospel. There is nothing else like it in heaven or on earth. It
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6 Ways Martin Luther Led Me to My Own Personal Reformation
As a young Catholic, learning about the Protestant Reformation dramatically changed my faith.
The pastor preached on Martin Luther, the devout Catholic monk who was exhausted by trying desperately to earn his way into heaven through good works.
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6 Ways to Survive the Grief of Childlessness
In a time of loss and lament, here’s how I found spiritual solace.
When you've walked through childlessness—whether for a season or a lifetime—your heart will never be the same. But with great suffering on earth, there is great support from heaven.
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God Came to Me in My Cancer
At a time when I should have felt abandoned by God, I experienced what Augustine called “the sweetness.”
At a time when I should have felt abandoned by God, I experienced what Augustine called “the sweetness.”.
Women Speak Up in #SilenceIsNotSpiritual Campaign
Leaders from Lynne Hybels to Jen Hatmaker want evangelical churches to take a more proactive position on behalf of victims.
our head and saying, 'Isn't this terrible?' and never arresting the moment. “This is a kairos [opportune] moment,” she said. “Heaven help us if we miss it.”.