Christian Devotion

A Word On Contentment

By Julie Simmons Picture the scene – you are driving your shiny, new car past well-manicured lawns on a bright, sunny day.  You and your well-dressed friends are laughing at a clever joke.  All of you are perfectly happy, without a care in the world.  The commercials would make you think it is all because of your new […]

An Interview with Jackie Hill Perry

By Jessica Burke             Jackie Hill Perry has a story to tell. In high school, she had her first girlfriend. Two years later, she was living openly as the stud in a steady lesbian relationship. Her book, Gay Girl, Good God, tells about that part of her life and how God called her to Him. Over ten years […]

Danny Akin – Raising a Missional Family – via TGC

One of our favorite segments from the 2019 TGC National Conference included Dr. Danny Akin’s talk “Little Global Hearts: How to Give Kids a Vision for the World”. In this session, Dr. Akin provided some very practical steps we can all implement to help our families gain a better understanding for living on mission. Having […]

Seven Arrows Bible: A How-To Study Bible

Ten years ago, I sat in an IHOP parking lot drawing on a napkin. A young man named Tim recently came to faith in Jesus and I was meeting with him to read the Bible together. Tim was hungry to learn more about God’s Word—as you might expect for a new believer. He was reading […]

We Can Change

When I lose sight of my hope, I’m prone to believe lies. One lie I hear whispered frequently is that I’ll never change, that I can’t change. It’s a lie completely antithetical to the gospel – the good news that I could change, or rather that I could be changed. Why is it after more […]

Six Things to Remember in Your Suffering

Six Things to Remember in Your Suffering by Christopher Dilley The Apostle Peter addressed his powerful first epistle to Christians who were experiencing degrees of persecution for their faith in Christ. They were suffering saints in need of a word of encouragement. Peter writes to them in their time of need and reminds them of […]

Persevering in Family – Session II from the 2018 Unite Conference

Have you ever felt the pressure from balancing family, the legitimate needs of your flock, and your responsibility to faithfully prepare a sermon for Sunday? We’ve all been there at some point… If you’re struggling with this now, please take the time to listen to this powerful sermon by Pastor Jose Abella, delivered at the Unite Conference […]

Persevering in the Ministry – Session I from the 2018 Unite Conference

  Last week marked the 6th annual Unite Conference, hosted by the Pillar Network in joint partnership with Baptist21. While this conference addressed a wide variety of subject matters pertinent to pastors and church planters alike, the primary focus emphasized persevering in the ministry. The conference speakers provided numerous insights to help us run faithful races […]

Stories Matter

            For my husband’s seminary ethics class, one of the assignments was to read Francine Rivers’s The Atonement Child. The book tells the story of Dynah Carey who has everything she thinks she needs in life: a handsome fiancé, loving parents, and the respect of her Christian community. When a violent rape leaves her pregnant, […]

Message Monday: “Overcoming Our Desires” by Tanner Turley

This week’s sermon. Name: Pastor Tanner Turley Tanner and his wife, Marsha, have four beautiful children, Parker, Kesed,  Jordyn & Titus. When he is not spending time being outnumbered at home, he enjoys hanging with friends and a good book with a good cup of coffee. Tanner played basketball in college, and is an avid […]

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