Bible Reading · Children · Christian music · Faith · Ministry · Missions · Prayer · Serving

Five Ways to Help Children Grow in Their Faith

Recently Lifeway Research asked Christian adults about their faith practices as children. The study surveyed 2,000 Protestant and non-denominational adults. If we understand what helped these adults grow in their faith from childhood, we can apply those practices to help our children grow in their faith. First, we must understand that there are no guarantees… Continue reading Five Ways to Help Children Grow in Their Faith

Comfort · Grief · Peace · Prayer

A Specific Prayer for Those Who Grieve

Charlie Brown’s famous line is “good grief!,” but I’m not sure I’ve had grief that was good. Grief can be caused by a lot of things, but usually it is grieving the passing of a family member or friend. Grief can extend beyond that of physical death. It can even come from a loss of… Continue reading A Specific Prayer for Those Who Grieve

Children · Mother · Prayer · Proverbs

Praise for Boring, Faithful Moms

Let me start out by saying I’m not a mom, so my deficiency starts there. But I have three advantages that would allow me to write such an article. First, this might surprise you, but I have a mom. I’ve observed her my whole life and how she functions, loves others, and how she has… Continue reading Praise for Boring, Faithful Moms

Jesus · Mary · Prayer · Saints

Why I don’t Pray to Mary or the Saints

Depending on what area of the country you are from, this may be controversial to you. Where I currently live, this can be a sticky wicket for sure. Give me just a couple minutes to show you  Scripture that will explain to whom we should pray.    There are two main reasons that I don’t pray… Continue reading Why I don’t Pray to Mary or the Saints

Book of Common Prayer · David · Habakkuk · Job · Prayer · Psalms

When You Should Talk to God Instead of Pray

We live in a culture where people have fallen away from the practice of praying. Prayer has always been a staple of Christian life. It says, “God, I can’t do this without you, I need you.” It’s a reliance on someone who is really in control. When I suggest we talk to God verses praying,… Continue reading When You Should Talk to God Instead of Pray

Creation · Prayer · Psalms · Worry

Instead of Pray, Stare at the Stars

Over the last couple of decades there has been a push to replace God with His creation. You will hear people say things like, “The woods are my church.” By that, they mean that you can worship God just as well, if not better, in the woods. Think about it – there are no distractions;… Continue reading Instead of Pray, Stare at the Stars

Confession · Disciple · Discipleship · Encouragement · Prayer · Reconcile · Spiritual Growth

5 Ways to Help Your Church Grow Spiritually

There are times that people struggle with their church in how it is doing spiritually. This is not unusual, and at times is even healthy. I’m not addressing this in response to anyone lately – please understand that. That being said I’ve heard this from various people  in the past about their churches, so I… Continue reading 5 Ways to Help Your Church Grow Spiritually

Bike · God's Glory · Hike · Prayer · Prayer Guide · Walk

Walk, Hike, Pray: A Prayer Walk Guide

The Spring of 2019 was huge for our community. We had an already amazing rail trail reopen with a new resurfaced path. As I write this, I am working remotely while hiking on the trail. The O&W and D&H Rail Trails run blocks from Main Street, and I can access both trails from the church… Continue reading Walk, Hike, Pray: A Prayer Walk Guide

God's Will · Husband · Marriage · Prayer · Wife

3 Times God Doesn’t Answer Prayer

Many people see God as a magic genie when it comes to prayer. Rub the lamp, make your wish (pray) and the genie will provide what you have asked for. Prayer does not work like this. As a result, what happens then is people deduce that either prayer does not work, or that God does… Continue reading 3 Times God Doesn’t Answer Prayer

Guest Blogger · Marriage · Prayer · Spouse

Praying with Your Spouse by Fred Jacoby

Every once in awhile I take a week to point you to other voices who speak truth. One of the ways I do this is by featuring a guest blogger. I’ve known Fred Jacoby for several years. He has been a great friend and mentor, and I have enjoyed his ministry – Foundations Christian Counseling… Continue reading Praying with Your Spouse by Fred Jacoby