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An Undivided Heart
A Biblical Approach to Pop-Culture Entertainment

by Leslie Ludy

If I become entangled in any inordinate affection; if things or places or people hold me back from obedience to my Lord, then I know nothing of Calvary love.– Amy CarmichaelThe movie theater lights grew dim as a quiet expectancy fell over the audience.  I relaxed in my plush stadium seat and eagerly awaited the opening credits to come onto the screen.  It had been a long, emotional


Relationships

Honoring Authority
Regaining the Lost Art of Godly Respect

by Leslie Ludy

The youth room resounded with clamor as twenty rambunctious teens flopped onto garage-sale couches and tattered beanbags.


Justice

The Crucial Choice
Gaining God's Heart for the Unborn

by Leslie Ludy

It is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.Matthew 18:14When our first child, Hudson, was almost two, I became pregnant with our second child.  Excitedly, we told our son he was going to be a big brother.  We announced to friends and family that there was a new little Ludy on the way.  We tossed around ideas for baby


Lifestyle

Hiding in Plain Sight
The Subtle Deception of Sin

by Jasmin Howell

CLEANSE ME FROM SECRET FAULTS.Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me.  Then I shall be blameless, and I shall be innocent of great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight,  O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.


Devotion

Becoming a Bravehearted Woman
The World-Changing Power of Christ-Centered Femininity

by Leslie Ludy

The stillness of the African night was shattered by a piercing scream. Fair-skinned, red-haired Mary Slessor hurried out of her hut, a concerned look on her face. As she stood listening, she heard the sound of yelling and drumming growing steadily louder in the distance.


Relationships

Four Ways to Prepare for a Successful Marriage
Or Strengthen the One You Already Have

by Leslie Ludy

Our modern world is overflowing with trendy new ways to help you find a spouse and build a successful, satisfying relationship. But do these methods really work? Do they actually lead to true and lasting love? If you’ve ever asked these question, you are not alone.


Serving

Choosing the Lowest Place
Keeping Our Eyes on a Better Prize

by Leslie Ludy

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who ...


Devotion

The Lost Art of Godly Discernment
Protecting Your Soul from the Enemy's Subtle Lies

by Leslie Ludy

"Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears." Acts 20:30-31 A dusky haze settled over the muggy summer evening


Singleness

Secure and Satisfied Singleness
Staying Your Heart Upon Your Trustworthy King

by Annie Wesche

MY PRINCE, MY CASTLE, & MY KINGThe train rolled steadily along as I watched droplets of rain gently tap the window beside me.  I watched one English town after the next pass by in a blur, feeling a combination of intense apprehension and joyful excitement.  After a year of praying, planning, and dreaming, I was finally on my way to Bible college in the breathtaking Lake District of E


True Beauty

Building a Christ-Centered Identity
A Biblical Answer to the "Just be You" Trend

by Leslie Ludy

The aroma of pepperoni and cheese lingered in the air as my girlfriends and I tossed our paper plates into an overflowing garbage can and meandered into the living room where our pretty, twenty-something youth leader was waiting to inspire us with a weekly “devo” (youth group slang for a devotional lesson).


Devotion

Strength to Overcome
Trading Self-Pity for Spiritual Fortitude

by Leslie Ludy

If I am soft to myself and slide comfortably into the vice of self-pity and self-sympathy; if I do not by the grace of God practice fortitude, then I know nothing of calvary love.- Amy CarmichaelMarissa pulled her car into the driveway of her little blue house and sighed as a feeling of heaviness descended upon her.  It had been a hard week.  Actually, it had been a hard year.


Relationships

Guarding Against Gossip
Honoring Others with Every Word

by Leslie Ludy

...[The tongue] is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.  With it, we bless our god...Out of the same  mouth proceed blessing and cursing.