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A God-Honoring "Girls' Night"
Edifying Ways to Spend Time with Friends

by Leslie Ludy

Chick flick.Gossip.Eat.Guy-talk.Repeat.For most of my teen years, this was the precise formula my friends and I followed every time we got together for a “girls’ night.” I attended many sleepovers and girl get-togethers that consisted of nothing but junk food, binge-watching movies, analyzing available guys, and gossiping about the latest romantic sagas unfolding around us.There


Lifestyle

Whatever is Lovely, Whatever is Pure
Honoring Christ in our Media Choices

by Mandy SaelerHeather CoferLeslie Ludythe setapartgirl TeamJess WhiteJasmin Howell

An Introduction from Leslie LudyOne of the most convicting statements I’ve ever read is “A pure heart is one to which all that is not of God is strange and jarring” (John Tauler, as quoted in God’s Missionary, by Amy Carmichael). As Christians who are set apart for Jesus Christ, the ungodly sights and sounds of our culture should never feel “comfortable” to us.


Lifestyle

Grace Notes
Tuning Our Hearts to Christ's Perfection

by Sarah Guthrie

The weighted ivory keys beckoned me closer. Accepting their invitation, I drew out the piano bench, arranged my sheet music, and arched my fingers slightly. As the first notes of Beethoven’s Für Elise lingered in the air, I was transported from the parlor to a place of soul that didn’t exist before I began piano lessons. Let it be known — I am far from a piano prodigy.


Purity

A Clean Heart
Experiencing God's Renewal from the Inside Out

by Leslie Ludy

Create in me a clean heart, o God;and renew a right spirit within me.Psalm 51:10There it was again — that distracting heaviness that I just couldn’t explain.  I sat staring at my open Bible, but the words were merely blurry lines on a page.  I was attempting to have a quiet time, but spiritually I felt hollow and empty.  With a sigh, I closed the cover and whispered a si


Singleness

Keys to a Christ-Centered Love Story
Principles to Live by Whether Married or Single

by Leslie Ludy

In the years since When God Writes Your Love Story was released, many Christians have responded enthusiastically to the beautiful, hope-filled vision of Christ-centered romance portrayed in the book.


Devotion

Nothing Less
Leaning Wholly on Jesus

by Heather Cofer

Has anything taken a place in our heart that is reserved for One?There it was – another testimonial. Someone started taking a health supplement and within weeks their life was drastically changed for the better. For two years I had been taking this particular brand of supplement, hoping to see improvement in some of my long-term health issues.


Relationships

Where Two or More are Gathered
Four Qualities of a Christ-centered Small Group

by Leslie Ludy

The cozy living room was filled with the sound of cheerful conversation as people began to congregate in the quaint home.  I found a seat near the piano and observed the eclectic mix of believers who had come together for this weekly time of worship, Scripture reading, fellowship, and prayer.


Devotion

Pause. Ponder. Praise.
Treasuring Jesus Through His Word

by Guest WritersNR Johnson

The path was well worn. And while not an intense hike, I did have to watch my step. As the back of my neck felt red with the beginning of a sunburn, I paused to grab a sip of water. That’s when I gasped.The view was incredible. How had I missed it?A friend and I had climbed a popular mountain but being slightly out of shape, my focus was on footfalls and not dying from a lack of oxygen.


The Gospel

Glad Tidings
Heralding the Gospel at Christmas

by Sarah Guthrie

Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.Luke 2:11Each year and just in time for Christmas, my dear family gathers in the warmth of our cozy living room on a winter’s eve. The wood stove has been freshly stoked and the nostalgic scent of citrus and clove diffuses through the air as a fresh pomander dries on the mantle.


Lifestyle

Hopeful & Bright
Strength for Today and Faith for Tomorrow

by Mandy Saeler

With my destination firmly planted in mind, I navigated the back roads of my small town to the highway that would take me westward. My destination? The Colorado Rocky Mountains – specifically, the well-loved little mountain town of Estes Park. Absorbed in the familiar drive, the highway miles passed quickly and I soon reached the canyon.


Relationships

The Power of the Tongue
Using Our Words for Good and Not Harm

by Leslie Ludy

Death and life are in the power of the tongue.Proverbs 18:21aThe church sanctuary glowed with candlelight as Eric and I stood hand-in-hand, surrounded by the most important people in our lives.  Our much-awaited wedding day had finally arrived, and each moment seemed to sparkle with significant meaning.  One of the most powerful aspects of the ceremony was when our parents and spiritual


Devotion

Keeping Christ in the Heart of Christmas

by Jasmin Howell

Joy to the world the Lord is come, Let earth receive Her King; Let every heart prepare him room.The Christmas that my family came home from five years on the mission field was one of the most vivid of my childhood.