When we sacrifice things we love to make time for God, He notices. Often when I give something to God, I notice His blessings even more.
God is a patient counselor who turns one page of our hearts at a time and says, “Will you give me this today? Will you trust me to gently cut this out of your life?”
We know that we are forgiven so why do we try to hide from God? We’re ashamed. We worry that this time His love might run out. It won’t.
If Scripture tells us not to be anxious, then why do we get butterflies and sweaty palms?
God’s love is a lot more like the love of a spouse. His love demands everything. It doesn’t feel so miraculous when He’s busy rearranging my entire life.
We can get so busy doing stuff _for_ God that we forget to _rest in_ God? That's when we make the work of the Lord more important than the Lord Himself?
We can't confine Jesus to a religious box. The only acceptable response to Him is total surrender--to pledge loyalty and give up control.
I know flossing is important but I struggle to do it consistently. It was the same when it came to spending time with God until I tried this.
When we live with little prayer we are really telling God that we don’t trust Him. Maintaining a vital connection to God in prayer is a choice.
We can understand why God won't answer prayers for things that are selfish or immoral. But it's hard to understand when our heartfelt, well-intentioned, biblical prayer seems to go unanswered.
Some people suffer for what they have done; others suffer because of what people have done to them. Where is God when it really hurts?
What does it really mean to be a disciple? You get to see the amazing. Hang on! Are you ready for this?
Much like parenting, following Christ is often inconvenient.
Treasuring the kingdom is a daily choice, an uphill battle over the long haul. We make choices every day that either expand or undermine God’s influence in our lives.
The best protection against evil is a heart bent toward the good—seeking God in all things. Light banishes darkness. They cannot occupy the same place at the same time.
The challenges of life can be overwhelming and we often don't know the way out. In the face of heartbreak and disappointment, what has God promised?
How do you keep a total commitment to Jesus? Alone, you can’t. But you’re never on your own. You have the Holy Spirit.
What if we saw "sacrifice" as a beautiful word?
Do you trust God enough to follow Him when you can’t see where He’s going?
Not every thought that runs through your head is from God. How do you know when a prompting is from God and when it’s Satan whispering lies?
Following Jesus isn’t about rules, duty, or sacrifice. It’s about love: receiving God’s love, loving God, and giving His love to others.
Give everything to Jesus and you’ll discover the priceless treasure of life with Him. Simple? Yes. Easy? No. Worth it? Definitely.
People say things like, “God spoke to me” or “The Lord told me.” What does that mean? If I don’t hear from God, am I doing something wrong?
How would you describe your current experience as a Christian? Growing. Frustrated. Disappointing. Fulfilled. Forgiven. Stuck. Joyful. Up and down?
Do you have a hard time believing that your sin has been paid for? The fact is God has forgiven you. You simply need to claim His forgiveness.
Have you heard the wonderful news about the Spirit-filled life?
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to marry someone you find attractive. But your reasons for marriage have to go beyond that tingling sensation that shoots down the spine.
I can’t imagine leaving a gift unopened: but I’m reminded of the treasure Jesus gave me, and I realize that I have often left His gift on the table.
A great way to be reminded of your total commitment to Christ is to keep a Life Card with you. You can also give cards away to inspire others to experience the joy of complete surrender to Jesus.
Guarding your heart means being mindful of the things you let into your thoughts and emotions. When I leave the door open, unattended, I give Satan easy access to slip all kinds of things in there.
Gratitude is all about paying attention. It's a habit of noticing and responding to what God is doing. Start this habit today. Your life will never look the same!
Much like parenting, following Christ is often inconvenient. But when we let God change our plans, we’re in for the ride of our lives.
What happens when God asks you to do something unexpected?
Rediscover Christmas with these 8 ways to share the joy of the season with your Instagram followers this Christmas!
Take a minute to share this video and introduce your friends to the man at the very heart of Christmas.
Have you ever wondered where Christmas traditions come from? I have, and like a good millennial, I Googled it!
Rather than amping up willpower to make New Year's resolutions, let's take a look at how God resolves to be faithful to us. Then we'll know how to make our lives count this year.
God never stops loving us as His children. Our position in His family is totally secure, but we often get sidetracked and can't experience His love.
Only the Holy Spirit can change you from the inside out and make you more like Jesus. But to experience that, you need to let Him lead.
To experience the full life God has for you, it's important to know His recipe for spiritual growth. Put these six disciplines into practice and you'll see your faith grow.
Are you just starting out trying to follow Jesus? Doubts, questions and failures are common, but you can still know for sure that Jesus has entered your life to stay forever.
Without realizing it I had started to believe that I had to take care of my finances myself. I thought that if I gave 10% there wouldn't be enough. Clearly God and I had some work to do.
That Bible on the shelf or night table can seem a little intimidating, but God's word will change your life if you crack it open and try these Bible study tips.
It started with a trip to a walk-in clinic. Then there was the phone call, “You need to come to the hospital right now.” Then came the diagnosis: “We think you have leukemia.” This is Mike's story.
Expectations – whether they’re too high or too low – can have a major impact on the success of your marriage. Whether you've been married for 5 months or 15 years, Gary Thomas has advice you need to hear.
The idea that there's one person created just for us comes from Plato, not God.
I know men and women who are kind, smart, funny and compassionate. They long to be married but so far God has said, “No.” I do not know why but I believe that God does.
Choosing your spouse is the second most important decision you'll ever make. Bestselling author Gary Thomas has some advice you need to hear.
I can’t remember the last time I sat down with my roommates without Snapchatting, BBMing or watching YouTube videos while trying to carry on a conversation. This is a problem--and I don’t think I'm alone.
The day Cheryl heard the Gospel was awful. She looked back on her divorce and saw everything she had thrown away.