Every baby is big news, but last month, the birth of one Toronto baby grabbed international headlines. What is Baby Storm’s claim to fame? The fact that his/her parents have opted to leave their baby’s gender a secret.
"There is something more that God is wanting to do." Do you believe that? Or do your eyes glaze over when the word "revival" is mentioned?
Posted on 06.28.11 by Karen Waddles
A new minister's wife recently told me "submission makes me feel inferior, insignificant, and taken advantage of." It's easy to empathize with this new wife, isn't it?
Posted on 06.27.11 by Elyse Fitzpatrick
One of my favorite movies is The Sound of Music. Between the handsome Christopher Plummer and the perky, immensely talented Julie Andrews—and a sound track filled with some of the best music around—it’s hard not to like it . . .
Many families I know take the summer fun approach. They fill their days with trips to the pool, excursions to the lake, and movies in the afternoon. I’m all for fun summers. I love to take my boys swimming, cool off with red popsicles, and stay up late enough to catch lightning bugs in old mason jars. But, I think summer also offers a unique opportunity to do ministry together as a family . . .
Today I want to share several videos with you. If I could, I’d make some homemade caramel popcorn for you to munch on as you watch (my personal movie tradition) . . .
It all started several months ago when our staff began watching the “Flow” video series by Pastor John Ortberg, who likened life in the Spirit to . . . surfing!
Posted on 06.21.11 by Karen Waddles
It’s difficult to hold to the tenets of our faith when they rub hard against the reality of a culture that is wildly independent and unashamedly hedonistic.
Posted on 06.20.11 by Carrie Gaul
My eyes filled with tears as I whispered, “Really, Lord . . . It’s grace I need? It’s grace You’re whispering to this heart overwhelmed by circumstances and sin?”
This is such an important topic, especially for those of us who have more practice at dishing out correction than affirmation!
I’ve heard it said that it takes seven compliments to undo a single criticism. If that’s true, we should be complimenting others—a lot.
I don’t hear a lot of “Excellent job with that diaper changing technique, mom,” or “I love the way you scraped the dried milk out of my sippy cups,” or “I really liked your voice inflection the fifth time you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to me today.”
Circumstances certainly have bearing on our reactions, but the liberating concept for me—one that my dad emphasized even more as I got into my teenage years—was, “You will not have to give account to God for what someone else does to you. You will only be held accountable for how you respond.”
I’ve known something for a while now that has had me really scared, and it’s this: I’m terrified of sharing the Gospel with unbelievers. So terrified that I’ve started telling God “No, I won’t—I can’t—tell them about You.”
As we’ve shared in the preparations and enjoyed giving pre-marital counsel, my mind keeps returning to the Ultimate Wedding I’m longing to attend.
The wedding that’s caught my attention this year isn’t the one most people were talking about early last month. I’m focused on one a little closer to home—my son’s. Since the time he was in the womb, we’ve prayed for the woman God had in mind for him and are absolutely delighted with His choice!
Posted on 06.08.11 by Carolyn McCulley
Once he told me, "It's like I'm going down a ladder into a dark hole with no way out. I feel like Job and ask God why." Yet the darkness that shadowed his last days could not erase the blessing he had been to residents, staff, and families for so long.
I admit it. The topic of woman’s appearance is trivial compared to the war on the other side of the world–but given the reality of our culture, it’s a battle that hits much closer to home.
My dad used to say it this way: “You are what you have been becoming. And you will be down the road what you are becoming now.”
The CNN Belief Blog featured an article by Dannah Gresh on May 31 titled “My Take: There’s Nothing Brief About a Hookup.” Last time I checked, there were 758 comments!
Ruth and Naomi faced difficult circumstances and yet they loved each other well, respected each other, and were blessed because they decided that God’s standards for relationships applied to the way they treated each other.
I once heard someone say that the relationship between a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law is the most fragile of all human relationships.