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Colliding with Reality
How God's Truth Can Guard Us from Disappointment

by Jasmin Howell

If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it's not so bad. Imagine a set of people all living in the same building. Half of them think it is a hotel, the other half think it is a prison.


The Gospel

Popular Christianity
A Biblical Perspective on "Spiritual Trends"

by Leslie Ludy

When the Church and the world can jog comfortably together, you may be sure there is something wrong.  The world has not altered.  Its spirit is exactly the same as it ever was, and if Christians were equally faithful and devoted to the Lord, and separated from the World, living so that their lives were a reproof to all ungodliness, the world would hate them as much as it ever did.&mdash


Singleness

Honoring Your Future Husband
An Unexpectedly Simple Solution

by Anonymous Warrior Poet

She had high ideals for her future husband. With a booklet full of verbose depictions of him beneath her pillow, she would spend endless hours pondering what her future husband might be like. Would he have blue or brown eyes? What would they name the children they would one day have? Where would they live?


Relationships

Treating Him as a Christian
Displaying Christ-like Love to Your Spouse

by Heather Cofer

Before my husband and I got married, a lot of people offered us practical advice. Some of it was excellent, and some was … not so excellent.


Singleness

A Surrendered Heart
Laying Our Romantic Dreams at Jesus’ Feet

by Leslie Ludy

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other.Matthew 6:24It was a warm September evening, twenty-three years ago.  I sat quietly on my bed, gazing through my open window at the brilliant colors that lit up the sky as the sun slowly dipped below the horizon.  It was a beautiful scene, but I coul


Devotion

True Devotion
Remaining Faithful to What God Sets Before Us

by Jasmin Howell

I sat in a wing-back chair by the blazing fireplace, surrounded by friends on a Wednesday night; our weekly life-group meeting was underway. As I read aloud from Acts 2, I caught myself pausing when I came to verse 42: “...and they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42, NIV).


Devotion

Sweeter Than Honey: Part One
A Guided Bible Study

by NR Johnson

I grew up in church. Week after week I heard how important the Bible was to the Christian life, the problem was no one taught me how to study it. During my teen years, I read it through a few times, hoping that would suffice. I asked people around me how they studied, but it was little more than reading.


Serving

A Heart Like His
Serving Because of Love

by Heather Cofer

My four-year-old son, Jude, and two-year-old daughter, Jenesis, were thrilled to wake up on a frosty morning last December to see a beautiful blanket of snow and big, fluffy flakes still falling plentifully from the sky. They decided breakfast was less important than beginning their snowy adventures, so they eagerly slipped into their winter gear and ran outside into the yard.


Singleness

Handfuls of Purpose
Thriving in Singleness

by Sarah Guthrie

...then let her surrender herself, and follow God along whatever path her loving Lord thinks fit to lead her: whether it be to contemplation or action, to usefulness or enjoyment; whether in sorrow or in joy, let her follow on.– Tauler It was a summer day in sunny Colorado ... yet my mind was 2,000 miles east of where I stood.


Purity

Beyond Promise Rings
Cultivating Purity that Lasts

by Leslie Ludy

Stacey’s eyes overflowed with regretful tears as she watched the lovely bride walk down the aisle in her dazzling white gown. She tried to concentrate on the wedding ceremony but couldn’t keep thoughts of shame and remorse from filling her mind. How would she feel at her own wedding someday, wearing a white dress but inwardly knowing she had given away her purity?


Lifestyle

Cast Aside What Hinders
Embracing New Patterns of Living for the Glory of God

by Jasmin Howell

...Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.  And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus...Hebrews 12:1-2 NIVExcitement kindled in my heart as I walked up to my front door and saw the much-anticipated package leaning against the frame.


Prayer

The God of Miracles
Experiencing the Power of God in Your Daily Life

by Leslie Ludy

Cannot the same wonders be done now as of old? Do not the eyes of the Lord still run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those who put their trust in Him? Oh, that God would give me more practical faith in Him! Where now is the Lord God of Elijah?