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Why You Must Care for Orphans

Why You Must Care for Orphans

And as redeemed image bearers, we reflect our father’s heart to the world. His heart is for the orphan.

13 Reasons Why and Our Responsibility As Believers

13 Reasons Why and Our Responsibility As Believers

Often our discomfort with a topic (sex, rape, homosexuality, suicide, etc) can be misinterpreted as discomfort with the person. As believers, we can respond to difficult stories and hard conversations with compassion for the people who share them with us.

Missions in a Terrorized France

Missions in a Terrorized France

For years my family and I have been preparing to head overseas. We have a church-based team heading to France early 2016. Our first team retreat was scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015.  And then on November 13, all hell broke loose in Paris

Self Sufficiency

Self Sufficiency

That’s when I realized that in the midst of my need, I didn’t actually want God to provide for me; I wanted Him to make me comfortable. I didn’t want enough to cover this specific need. I wanted enough that I would never have to rely on the help of others again. I said I relied on God, but I really just wanted to make ends meet on my own terms. I didn’t want other people to be involved. I wanted Him to provide in a way that I could just meet the demands I faced by myself. 

They Don't Need Your Pity

They Don't Need Your Pity

Whether we realize it or not, most efforts that appear to be merciful are, in fact, anything but merciful; they use the poor for our own gratification to give our people ministry opportunities or some other short-sighted end. Do the people we minister to really need this type of ministry?

Dear Parents All Over the World Everywhere

Dear Parents All Over the World Everywhere

Dear Parents All Over The World Everywhere,

I'm sorry I underestimated you. And I'm sorry I've never truly been as impressed as I should have been. Turns out, parenting can make you feel like the newest character on Looney Tunes. One minute it's all, Let's have another! And the next it's, How is it possible to be angry at a five-week-old?

Why Nostalgia Isn't Hope

Why Nostalgia Isn't Hope

Through nostalgia, we're really offering one another hope. If you are unable to bear the present, you can escape your pain in the fantasy of the past until the circumstance changes. Depression ensues because no one can be sure the future holds the “better days” to which we look back and in which we hope.

Inviting or Evangelizing?

Inviting or Evangelizing?

The key to evangelism is spending time with God—reading and studying your bible, praying, etc. Evangelism is an over-flow of your heart and it begins with your relationship with God.