Special Features

Little Miracles

Little Miracles

How a bunch of poor, but precious homeless people minister to their minister in Brazil.

Dennis Downing writes about Church on the Streets and a special morning worship service when the minister receives the ministry of the people he came to serve.

Lead with Gentleness

Lead with Gentleness

In a society where parents are overwhelmed, overbooked, overworked, and overstressed, I can be a voice of gentleness!

Tom Norvell reminds us that gentleness is essential in today's divided world because we know that Jesus is near.

A Time for Giving Thanks!

A Time for Giving Thanks!

On this day when many pause with their families to give thanks to God, let’s remember what the LORD God has done to bless us!

Phil Ware reminds us to give thanks for all of our blessings!

Your Part Is to Trust

Your Part Is to Trust

Don’t believe the voice in your head that says that it’s up to you to do it or to overcome it.

Max Lucado reminds us that we can believe in Jesus and that Jesus can handle whatever we bring Him.

Living Simply?

Living Simply?

The call to live simply and with contentment is not easy. I am not there, but I’m trying.

Tom Norvell encourages us not to grow weary in our battle to live simply so we can find true contentment.

God Is Not Surprised!

God Is Not Surprised!

No matter where I go or what happens, God is not surprised, and He will not abandon His own!

Tom Norvell reminds us of the truth of David's famous Psalm 139 about God's presence in every twist, turn, and chapter of our lives.

His Words, Your Community

His Words, Your Community

It always brought tears to her eyes when she thought of the first part of Genesis.

Tom Norvel reminisces about the days our personal copy of the Bible and our visits to church were something precious and asks us to think through how important they are to us today.

God's Providence? Perhaps!

God's Providence? Perhaps!

Is this any less amazing than Paul’s unlikely meeting with Onesimus?

Steve Higginbotham connects us with God's amazing work at getting people together and helping them live as brothers in Christ both in Bible times and today!

A Tabulated List of Grace

A Tabulated List of Grace

Registered forgiveness! No humiliation! No shame!

Max Lucado shares a short anecdote on forgiveness and grace.

Creation Speaks

Creation Speaks

If we are willing, and if we allow ourselves the space to listen, God’s voice surrounds us.

Jackie Halstead reminds us to listen for God's voice in creation.

I Will Cling to the Old Rugged Cross

I Will Cling to the Old Rugged Cross

Like him, and because of him, we live and die to live again.

Phillip Morrison reminds us where the journey of Holy Week ends and our new life in Christ begins, the cross and the empty tomb.

More Deadly than Cancer

More Deadly than Cancer

We fool ourselves into discounting the malignant threat of sin to our souls.

Bill Sherrill has a visit with a surgeon about removing malignant tissue and this experience opens his eyes about how we must treat sin in our lives.

Breaking Through the Clouds

Breaking Through the Clouds

If you find that you are surrounded by dark clouds and wonder if you will ever break through, keep believing.

Tom Norvell reminds us that our Pilot can land us even though we are surrounded by dark and ominous clouds.

Life Happens!

Life Happens!

No one is exempt from life’s challenges.

Brian McCutchen uses the journey of Asaph in Psalm 73 to remind us that life happens to everyone, but God is with those who love him.

Every Heart a Manger

Every Heart a Manger

Have you invited him in?

Max Lucado reminds us to make our heart a manger and every day Christmas.

The Story of Our Savior's Birth

The Story of Our Savior's Birth

Sometimes we just need to hear the familiar story told simply with fresh words.

Jesus' birth stories from Matthew and Luke are shared in straight Scripture from The Voice Bible.

The Perfect Tree

The Perfect Tree

The search is on for the perfect Christmas tree!

Max Lucado reminds us that just as we carefully pick out the perfect Christmas tree, God has carefully chosen and placed us.

A Thanksgiving Conversation

A Thanksgiving Conversation

What would a frank conversation between us and God about thankfulness look like?

Tom Norvell shares an imaginary but important conversation between himself and God.

I Have Found the Answer!

I Have Found the Answer!

Here's what seems to be most needed in our harsh and cruel world.

Tom Norvell reminds us of the needed virtue in today's harsh world.

On Getting What We Deserve

On Getting What We Deserve

Fans sitting around him (some who had tried to make the catch themselves) berated him, threw beer and food at him, and threatened him.

Patrick Odum shares an insightful take on the target of Cubs' fans wrath for the past years for interfering with a foul ball trying to be caught by Moises Alou.

Resurrection Sunday!

Resurrection Sunday!

Have you read the story lately?

This is a harmonization of the accounts from the Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, of the resurrection appearances of Jesus on the first day of his resurrection.

Another Perspective

Another Perspective

Was 2016 a hard year? So how are you going to face 2017?

Byron Ware reminds us that even after a very hard year in 2016, we have good news to carry with us in 2017!

A Christmas Invitation You Don't Want to Miss!

A Christmas Invitation You Don't Want to Miss!

Hold on to your Christmas hat, because you've received the same invitation as the shepherds!

Rick Brown reminds us that we can tell the story of Jesus' birth just as well as the shepherds did!

A Baby Changes...

A Baby Changes...

When a child enters the world, that baby changes everything for everyone involved!

Rick Brown challenges us to look at some of the words that surround Jesus' birth and take seriously what they can mean to us.

Something Greater to Come

Something Greater to Come

Waiting for the Lord to come and realizing that his coming is clothed in love.

Phillip Morrison reminds us that waiting and Christmas and Advent involve waiting and the wait is worth the effort when the desire of our hearts comes and fills us with his love.