7 Commandments of a Great Marriage

Consider these 7 Commandments of Marriage: Thou shalt serve one another. A good marriage practices mutual submission. Ephesians 5:21 commands us to submit to one another out of reverence to ...

3 Reasons Why Some Christians Avoid Church

by John Aloisi A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the myth of unchurched Christians. Unfortunately the reality is that there are a good number of professing Christians ...

The Best New Year’s Resolution

Philippians 3: The Best New Year’s Resolution There isn’t a better New Year’s resolution than what starts in the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3:7-8. He writes, “But ...

Jesus is for People who Hate Christmas

Don’t get me wrong, I really do like Christmas. I like getting together with my family to open presents and sit around the tree and watch reruns of Seinfeld and The ...

How to Make Your Church a Safe Place for Sinners

In recent years, there has been an explosion of websites which allow people to anonymously confess their deepest, darkest secrets. The website “Post Secret” allows people to send in anonymous ...

Become a Fruit-Bearing Christian

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit ...

Prayer with an Attitude

The Bible tells us we should “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Unfortunately, for many of us, a few minutes spent in prayer feels like forever. Why do we struggle so ...

How God Uses Pain to Help Us Grow

Watching the day-old calf frolic across the field—full of life and hope—I am filled with joy. I then see its mother, nudging it forward. I am reminded of the way ...

3 Bible Verses You May be Getting Wrong

Bible verses need a home. When they get plucked out of their dwelling place—that is, the surrounding paragraphs—they can make a great deal of mischief. Many times, isolated verses can ...

7 Ways to Cultivate Joy

Want more joy in your day? Cultivate it! Joy springs from viewing the day’s events from eternity’s perspective. With this intentional focus, you’re sure to see today differently — with ...

7 Commandments of a Great Marriage

I have an advanced degree in counseling and hundreds of hours experience working with couples. I’ve taught marriage retreats for years. I wouldn’t say I’m an “expert” in marriage—because I’m ...

5 Ways to Invigorate Your Prayer Life

I don’t know about you, but I can be easily distracted when I’m praying. But over the years I’ve picked up some great ways to focus my prayers…. Here are 5 more ...

Who Are You Serving This Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving provides a great opportunity to serve others. Rather than spending the whole day crashed out on the couch in a tryptophan-induced coma watching football games you don’t really care ...