Apr 20
Lance Sudduth

In John 4, Jesus stops at a well while traveling through Samaria and engages a woman in conversation despite their racial and religious barriers. Samaritans were a mixed race that Jews refused to associate with. Understand, Jews did their absolute best to avoid Samaritan communities at that time.

Jesus went straight for this area. I can only imagine that when the disciples heard they were going through Samaria they thought, “Man, this day is about to get really interesting.” It did get interesting – revival broke out in Samaria, led by a woman who was an outcast within an entire...

Apr 13
Jenna DeWitt

I’m not usually a fan of all the talk in the marketing world about “personal branding,” but I reconsidered when I saw this sentence in an article for Inc.

" Before you can establish or develop your expertise, you have to decide what you want to be known for.

- Jayson Demers...

Apr 06
Mark Schutzius

Let me preface everything I'm about to say with this: I love sports. I played organized sports all the way through high school and I follow just about every major sport in America. I even competed in collegiate sports and hold three collegiate national championships. Don’t think that I'm a bitter sport hater and think anything involving a ball is of the devil.

I want to tackle this subject with patience, grace, understanding and honesty. In Jeremiah, the southern kingdom of Judah had fallen so far from God that they had committed hideous acts for the sake of worshipping their false...

Mar 30
Jared Brock

I have a confession to make: I'm an extrovert.

By nature, I'm quite active – in fact, I got permanently kicked out of Sunday School in the fifth grade.

I grew up in the church and was forced to learn so many Bible verses that I actually won a green frog-shaped swimming pool. But I can't, for the life of me, remember learning any of those verses – I was too busy running around, playing basketball and lighting things on fire. 

I recently went on a 37,000-mile prayer pilgrimage around the world, a modern re-working of the...

Mar 23
Annie Lobert

If you ever needed proof that God can work all things for His glory, meet Annie Lobert. Today Annie is known as the founder of Hookers for Jesus, an outreach ministry for those enslaved to the commercial sex industry. But that wasn’t always her story: 




 

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Mar 16
David Martin

This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.

- 1 Corinthians 1:25-26, NLT

"I'm biblically illiterate. And I don't have a heart for students. I smoke cigars, have tattoos, like wine and I can have a dirty mouth on occasion."  Those words left...

Mar 09
Derek Gillette

It’s one of the biggest contributors to success in life, but it’s an uncomfortable topic, so we put it off.  This is the approach many parents and youth leaders take when it comes to having “the financial talk.” Yet we know that good financial habits, including generosity, are one of the best predictors of adult success. Without a good financial foundation, we are setting our children and teens up for failure. 

As with any topic this big, it gets overwhelming quickly and energy soon fades. To elaborate on the famous verse in Proverbs, where...

Feb 27
Margaret Feinberg

Author Margaret Feinberg has been through a brutal fight with cancer and shares the unexpected lessons she discovered along the way in her new book and Bible study “Fight Back With Joy.”

 

Q: Your newest book and Bible study, “Fight Back With Joy,” was born out of your fight with a life-threatening illness. What was your difficult diagnosis, and what has your journey to health entailed?

For the last 18 months, I’ve been battling breast cancer. Breast cancer isn’t just one disease. It...

Feb 23
Chad Inman

Discipleship, at its core, is about growth. Since humans are integrated wholes, spiritual growth requires increased maturity in other developmental areas. Discipleship challenges individuals to take the next faithful step in their development in order to grow in their understanding of God, the church and the Gospel. Those ministering to youth and families can facilitate growth by meeting each group where they are developmentally.

Using some basic developmental theory, youth ministries can help nurture Christian growth by…

 

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Feb 16
Lance Sudduth

If God would not provide for us would we still want to be with Him?

This question is a good gauge as to how we view our relationship with God. Do we only follow God as long as He is providing us with blessings (necessity)? Or do we follow God because we want to be with Him (intimacy)? 

In Acts 17, Paul gives the people of Athens insight into how God relates to us. He says:

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by...