This is excerpted from Tricia's blog.
There are so many reasons to help and ways to dive in. As you decide how to help, try to identify why you want to help. Is it because you know this family well, you see a need, and you can fill it? Or is it because you feel overwhelming compassion—perhaps even a sense of guilt that your life hasn’t fallen to pieces—and you simply must-must-must respond in a tangible way?
There is a difference between wanting to give to the one who is...
Why did Jesus spend time praying? What are the lessons that Jesus’ prayer life teaches us? How should we pray in order to know God intimately?
Bible Gateway interviewed Tim Cameron (@timcameron8245) about his book, 40 Days Through the Prayers of Jesus: A Journey to Pray More Like Christ (Charisma House, 2017).
What’s the purpose of prayer?
Tim Cameron: I believe prayer has two great purposes. The first purpose is to change us. Prayer changes your outlook on life. It changes your...
1 (4-oz.) package feta cheese, crumbled
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds carrots
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Folks, I’ve never really been a fan of candied carrots—at least until I started cooking them with balsamic vinegar and tossing ‘em with feta cheese. Things changed quickly after that. These little darlings deserve a place at the table.
We’ll begin by cutting our carrots lengthwise into long, thin strips. Then...
“We may be little, insignificant servants in the eyes of a world motivated by efficiency, control and success. But when we realize that God has chosen us from all eternity, sent us into the world as the blessed ones, handed us over to suffering, can't we, then, also trust that our little lives will multiply themselves and be able to fulfill the needs of countless people?”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen
Church planters are some of the great heroes of the faith. Especially when you realize how many church plants fail within the first few years.
But I wonder, how many failed churches might still be alive and well today if we didn’t pressure them to reach numerical goals that most churches, even after decades of existence, fail to achieve?
What would happen if, instead of sending one church planter to start a church, hoping for it to reach (to pick an arbitrary number) 5,000 attendees, we sent...
Today, after a feverish couple of days, I woke up to sunshine, feeling well again! I think bouts of illness or pain, big or small, serve as reminders to embrace the euphoria of an everyday, average, normal day without sickness or pain.
Feeling under-the-weather reminds me to pray for my very brave friends who are battling health issues that go on for weeks, months, years. And to use my good health to do good things in this world, not to take it for granted or waste the privilege.
This comes from Jim Burns' HomeWord blog.
Keeping the Spark in Your Marriage Alive
It has often been said that the best thing you can do for your children is to love your spouse. At times, this means putting your spouse’s needs before your children’s. Many children who grew up in a home where the parents had a child-focused marriage say they have a difficult time knowing what a good marriage looks like exactly. In other words, your greatest family investment may be your...
I vividly remember a certain time in my life several years ago. A close friend and I found ourselves in very similar situations. We were both asking God to be faithful in the same area of our lives. We would talk about the anxiety and hurt that came with longing for God to show up and move and the uncertainty of not knowing. We found comfort in bearing each other’s burdens. We lifted one another up, encouraged by the empathy of the other, hopeful in waiting to see Him move.
And then, a few...
Christianity Today recently talked with Clayton King, author of the new book Overcome: Replacing the Lies that Hold Us Down with the Truths that Set Us Free. Clayton is Founder and President of Crossroads Summer Camps, Crossroads Missions, and Clayton King Ministries. He is also Interim Senior Pastor at NewSpring Church and Distinguished Professor of Evangelism at Anderson University.
Ed: First of all, what are the lies that hold us down that need to be replaced that you talk...
Disney recently announced that it cast major roles for its upcoming, live action adaptation of Aladdin. Along with Will Smith in the role of the genie and Mena Massoud as Aladdin, 24-year-old Naomi Scott would play Princess Jasmine. The casting has been big news for Disney fans, but has also led to somedebate online. The film takes place in a fictional city called Agrabah, which is thought to be in the Middle East, and the original story comes from “One Thousand and One...
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shredded peeled zucchini
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup dried cranberries
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Zest of a small orange
2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
We’ll start by combining a half cup of sugar, a half cup of peeled and shredded zucchini, a third cup of almond milk, one egg and a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
Now, in a separate bowl, we’ll add two teaspoons of baking powder to a cup of all-purpose...