If we are honest, in the past two decades there has been a lack of helpful Christian resources when it comes to dating. Many Christians aren’t sure what to think about dating, courtship, and engagement. We have felt this void and longed for more practical resources that think deeply about the Bible as it relates to romance before marriage. Continue reading
If you have a family member or friend trapped in the throes of addiction, you know enduring pain. One of the most devastating realities of addiction is that it inflicts collateral damage on loved ones — the people trying to help the most end up being hurt the most.
Care for people struggling in addiction demands a resiliency of character and commitment that is extraordinarily difficult to sustain over time. Continue reading
The season of dating often poses awkwardness and difficulty, and that’s before you get asked out or you ask someone else out. The combination of two people figuring out if they like each other, with the opinions of family, friends, and mentors sprinkled in, can create a chaotic and confusing…
Dear friend, Sex is like fire. When it blazes in the fireplace, a good fire warms and brightens the room, enhancing joy and companionship. But when fires ignite in the wrong places, the house burns down. Is your sexuality igniting in the wrong places? Are you treating sexual sin casually? How do you know when […]
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Dear friend, What do you do when you are still struggling? What do you do when repeated failure, guilt, and shame weigh heavily on your conscience? Let me begin with a story about a friend of mine. He had come to faith in Christ when he was in his late twenties. As they say, “He […]
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Vision of Hope (VOH) is a residential program for women ages 14 and older struggling with eating disorders, addiction issues of all types, self-harm habits, and unplanned pregnancies. With loving pastoral oversight and church family support based upon relationship-building among residents and church members, VOH is intricately woven into the fabric of Faith Church. A few years ago, VOH launched an “upcycling” thrift store called Reclaimed Hope. Some spiritual metaphors of the thrift store and the program itself come to mind. Continue reading
How many ways can we love one another? Guest writer and pastor Paul Tautges counts 37 ways. Consider using this list to discover how you can love the people in your church. His article appeared first here on his website and is used with permission. A local church is not built by one man, or…
God is perhaps the most misunderstood Person, even though the Bible is the best-selling book of all time. “The very year that Harry Potter maxed out in sales, the Bible still outsold Harry Potter,” Pastor Jack Wellman says in a Patheos article. With the popularity of the Bible, you might figure that people would know the basics…
I have had the privilege of spending the last 13 years working as a music teacher and crisis counselor for teens. The following six tips represent a handful of lessons I have learned along the way. If you’re the parent of a teenager or pre-teen, I pray that you find this helpful. Continue reading