Articles Tagged 'Grace'

The Real Root of Brokenness

The Real Root of Brokenness

We must not dare forget to give thanks for how we're blessed and how great the Father is!

Ann Voskamp reminds us again of the incredible importance of giving thanks.

Fifty Shades of Grace: Delight

Fifty Shades of Grace: Delight

So we are really supposed to delight in this?

Phil Ware continues his series of posts and articles called Fifty Shades of Grace and focuses on the gift of pleasure, delight, joy, fulfillment, and blessing in sexual intimacy for the Christian married couple.

Fifty Shades of Grace: Intimacy

Fifty Shades of Grace: Intimacy

What does God really want for us in intimacy

Phil Ware continues his series on fifty shades of grace and what God has in mind for us in marriage with sexual and physical and spiritual and emotional intimacy.

The Sweet Grace of Opportunity

The Sweet Grace of Opportunity

What sweeter taste can there be than the taste of grace?

Phil Ware writes about four remarkable young women -- Karen, Melody, Annie, and Jinda -- and how Compassion and mission trips and Jesus have changed everything for them.

The Missing Link

The Missing Link

What's lacking when see all this failure in positions of leadership?

Rubel Shelly reminds us that the real missing link in so many great athletes, politicians, and business leaders is integrity and character.

Tiny Enough for All of Us

Tiny Enough for All of Us

Before we put Jesus away with our Christmas ornaments, let's pause for...

Phil Ware has one more Christmas thought to place in our hearts before we lose Jesus in the New Year!

'...and thankful!'

'...and thankful!'

So we are supposed to give thanks for this?

Phil Ware continues his 4 part series on Thanksgiving and how important it is for churches to leverage change and growth in in their church families.

Interconnected Grace

Interconnected Grace

Far from isolationism, we are called to

Phil Ware challenges us to think about the small blue planet we find ourselves on and how are we going to interconnect it with grace.

The Declining Church

The Declining Church

What can we learn from Acts about the traits of a declining church?

Tim Woodroof continues his six part series on life and growth and stages of churches, especially churches in decline.

Sinners and Holy People

Sinners and Holy People

Jesus came for the good, the bad, and the ugly

Jesus wants to remind us that performing a series of religious acts doesn't make us right with God. Our attitude matters. What the Bible calls "the heart." While men look at the outside, God looks at the heart.

The Hardest Lesson Learned

The Hardest Lesson Learned

Why is it so hard to learn this simple lesson on which so much of life hangs?

Phil Ware continues his series on the prodigal son called the Journey home and he looks at the hardest lesson learned, that it is better to be a servant in our Father's house than to be on our own and alone.

All Undone

All Undone

Can the Lord help put me back together so I can keeping serving those I server for Him?

Michele Howe shares with us a poignant story of a woman caregiver and the loss of a client, or patient, and friend, and how it wipes her out and discourages her until she finds a way to bless this friend and her family and goes to the Father in prayer.

Compassion after Easter

Compassion after Easter

Why not give the gift of new life to a child who is waiting for someone to help them experience grace?

Phil Ware gives three reasons to sponsor a child with Compassion International.

No God Could Forgive Me!

No God Could Forgive Me!

I'm bad and no god could forgive me!

There is a God who can forgive all the heinous acts anyone can perform. There is a God who allowed His only Son to save all of us by paying the price none of us deserved. There is a God who can take the worst sinner and transfer him or her into a forgiven

Can I Be Forgiven?

Can I Be Forgiven?

How do you deal with those feelings of remorse?

It doesn't matter what you have done. Your sins can be washed away. You can start over. God will cleanse you and give you a new life.

Asking and Honoring

Asking and Honoring

How could he know for sure?

Stacy Voss reminds us that John the Baptist asked a deep and important question of Jesus and Jesus answered with not only truth, but also words of honor and affirmation.

The ARC of Grace

The ARC of Grace

What does grace really look like in real life?

Phil Ware reminds us the way Jesus uses grace as an action, a living out of God's grace, in real life that has urges that Go back to the original woman and man.

Worship Is a Lifestyle

Worship Is a Lifestyle

It's not a Sunday morning deal we make with God!

Brian McCutchen talks about worship and how it must be a daily part of our lives or it is not real worship like the early Christians shared and lived.

Tattletales, the Devil, and You

Tattletales, the Devil, and You

Satan wants to make sure you get what's coming to you. Not God.

Satan wants to tattle on us to God so we get what we deserve. God will not let him. Instead, he forgives our sin.

Prayer for 2014

Prayer for 2014

Let's begin with prayer!

Rubel Shelly re-shares a prayer for the New Year and a fresh start on life.

When You're Missing Being Loved

When You're Missing Being Loved

Sometimes we don't see that love is defined by surprise and sacrifice.

Ann Voskamp talks about this year's wheat harvest and how it reminds her of God's grace and message of love when she was once in France and how communion is about love and love is about sacrifice.

The Real Love Stories... and Why There Really Are No Blurred Lines

The Real Love Stories... and Why There Really Are No Blurred Lines

So where can we find real love stories today?

Ann Voskamp writes about the love she shares with her farmer husband and how he loves her with real love.

The Light of Grace

The Light of Grace

A simple reminder of grace from one in a difficult place.

Phil Ware shares the sweet prayer request from one of the translators in a predominantly Muslim nation wracked with violence and bloodshed: "Please pray for the terrorists that they know Jesus Christ like Saul who became Paul :)"

Where Is Your Olive Oil?

Where Is Your Olive Oil?

Where do you go when you don't think you have enough?

Robyn F. Johnson shares the story of the widow and Elisha in 2 Kings 4, and she reminds us that God cares for us and provides for us, we just need to look for our little vial of olive oil and offer it to him.

No More Miss Nice Girl!

No More Miss Nice Girl!

So what's so bad about being

Lisa Mikitarian talks about being younger, being enamored with a biker while in the military, and how being too nice plagued her until she learned the importance of kindness.