April 15, 2020

In the first chapter of Ephesians, the apostle Paul piles up four synonyms for power to communicate the enormity of the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Then he makes the astounding as...

February 1, 2020

Some Christ-followers are careless about learning the truths of the faith. Like fans of low-calorie versions of food and drink, they subsist on a “lite” understanding of biblical truth. They...

January 15, 2020

El mal humor es una dolencia común causada típicamente por una ofensa o un revés. 

Alguien dice o hace algo, o no lo hace, y a nosotros nos da un ataque de mal humor. Tenemos una sobrecarga d...

January 15, 2020

Colds and other ailments are common in winter. Even when take precautions, we usually manage to “catch” something. Sadly, there are common spiritual ailments to which we are susceptible any...

January 1, 2020

Cada año, alrededor de este tiempo, tenemos que luchar con una temporada de influenza. 

Para evitar el contagio se nos aconseja dormir bien, tomar multivitaminas, lavarnos las manos o usar un...

January 1, 2020

Every year, about this time, we contend with a flu season. 

To avoid infection, we are urged to get sleep, take multivitamins, wash our hands or use hand sanitizer, avoid touching our face, e...

November 15, 2019

God performs mighty works in ways that confound our expectations. When we trust him, he saves by many or few, by strong or weak, by much or little.

When we first meet Gideon, he is a wimp, as...

November 1, 2019

Sometimes we face challenges far beyond our capabilities. At these times, it is good to remember biblical heroes who prevailed against great odds.

The most famous of all underdog stories is D...

October 15, 2019

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). 

When the one true God makes a promise or describes some unseen reality, we can be sure thi...

October 1, 2019

The 18th century nursery rhyme, “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” rightly identifies contrariness as an undesirable trait.

Still, there are times when it is good to be contrary.

When another perso...

September 15, 2019

The multi-site movement, normally associated with larger churches, also creates an option for small and mid-sized churches. Where two (or more) sister churches are located in relative proxim...

September 1, 2019

Week by week, empty nesters Charlie and Martha Starr participate in two churches. They worship in the early service at Cross Roads BIC (Mt. Joy, Pa.), a thriving church near their home. Imme...

August 15, 2019

In recent years, the phenomenon of crowdsourcing has been used to obtain goods, services, finances, information, and insights for a task or project by enlisting the participation of a great...

July 15, 2019

As thunderstorms sweep through on summer evenings, thunder rolls and lightning sears the sky. When storms of dissension rile churches, lightning often strikes in the areas of youth and music...

July 1, 2019

Left unattended, troublesome issues tend to pile up. Before long, a group can divide into adversarial “sides” facing a daunting tangle of disagreement.

In Getting to Yes, a classic...

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