by Jim Mitchell My wife and I are both Christians, but we’re not always spiritually matched. Let me explain. No, we’re not what you would typically call a “spiritually mismatched” couple, where one spouse loves the Lord and yearns for his/her unbelieving spouse to embrace the truth of the Gospel. Many Christians are facing this […]
Do You Remember Where You Were September 9,...
by Suzanne Thomas We all remember where we were that day, September 11, 2001. But, do you remember where you were September 9, 2001? My friend, Cindy does, because she was attending Worship Services in the Brooklyn Tabernacle in New York, New York, listening to a sermon by Jim Cymbala. What the pastor could not […]
God Hates Divorce, but He Loves Me!
By Glenda Lesher My husband and I walked in to the attorney’s office with faces lined in despair and defeat. There seemed no other way out but to divorce. The papers were signed and we left, but then the finality of the decision set in. I felt sick at my stomach about the ending of […]
by Tim Grissom My dad, brothers, and I used to do a lot of carpentry work. Though none of us were ever seriously injured on a job, we certainly met our quota of smashed thumbs, splinters, and cuts. Whenever one of us boys would get hurt, Dad would look at our wound and say, “Yep, […]
by Jo Gritzon The Tsunami in Japan, the earthquake in Haiti, the tornados in Joplin, floods and fires throughout the country, all of them are tragic and all have brought suffering into the lives of thousands. It is easy to see the suffering that such tragedies brings but when we pause to look at our […]
Signs of New Life
by Jen Powell Just weeks ago the air was bitter cold and our lawn was crunchy brown. A turn of the calendar page and spring has sprung in the south. Daffodils, hyacinths and tulips decorate our neighborhood. This stark contrast is truly breathtaking. It makes me think about the ways I study my children and […]
Grow Where You Are
by Glenn Gritzon Life is filled with improbably moments—placing us in unthinkable places. Our first thought is to believe we’ve been dealt a pretty poor hand in life. Cars break down, or we experience “intense fellowship” in our relationships, or our work is less than satisfying, or we are bothered by a nagging pain or […]
Sad vs. Tragic
Contributed by Cherissa Roebuck The day before yesterday we received the hard news that my mom’s cancer is growing and spreading at a rapid rate. Without miraculous intervention, she may not have many good days left. It’s a reality that our family has been living with for the past two years, but each report brings […]
On My Knees
by Jen Powell The clock doesn’t need to tell me it’s after midnight. My droopy eye lids and incomplete thoughts make that very clear, but my heart is heavy. I have a familiar feeling inside… lingering ache, tears just below the surface, a churning stomach & mind. It is the burden for the betrayed, hurting […]
by Branden DesCarpentrie My wife enthusiastically plants a garden every spring. She plans, buys supplies, and tenderly places plants and seeds into newly tilled soil… and then comes summer. When it comes to the garden, summer seems to provide a constant source of contention in our marriage. Her enthusiasm for attending the garden is curbed […]