• Harvard Has Abandoned God and Its Christian Principles

    When Kelly Monroe Kullberg's book, Finding God at Harvard, came out in 1996, those who followed The New York ...

  • Five Dos and Don'ts to Help Christian Leaders Guard Their Sexual Purity

    As a traveling evangelist I'm on the road...a lot. With all the headlines of Christian influencers, Hollywood actors ...

  • Will Catholics Go to Heaven? John Piper Answers

    Will Catholics go to Heaven?Bethlehem College & Seminary chancellor and DesiringGod founder John Piper answers this ...

  • Five Lessons That Billy Graham Taught Us

    As a young man at the time, I was captivated by this living legend. But even more so, I was captivated by the Savior he ...

  • The World Is Watching and So Is God

    The world watched, as I did, in awe of 17-year-old, Chloe Kim, catapulting herself into the air rotating her body ...

  • A Response to Joy Behar: 'More People Should Listen When Jesus Speaks'

    Joy Behar recently said on "The View" that "it's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to ...

  • What Really Is Faith and What Does It Mean?

    There is a lot of confusion about the nature of faith in our culture today. If you ask someone to define "faith" you ...

  • Does God Need to Like Us or Just Love Us?

    It was the middle of July and I was speaking at a student summer camp in West Texas. This particular Thursday night was ...

  • Where Is the Power for the Church Today?

    After a month of tumultuous political discussion on my social media feed, I had to ask the question:Where is the power ...

  • Who Is Raising Your Kids? Well, It's Not Jesus - It's Hollywood

    One of the more problematic trends that has befallen the modern Christian church is that it has become enamored with ...

  • The Third Way Is Less About Power or Fear - It's More About Relational Values and Finding Hope

    The third way is neither Democrat or Republican. It is less about politics and more about relational values. How do we ...

  • Does Everyone Inherit Sin From Adam And Eve?

    Adam and Eve were created by God and originally lived in the Garden of Eden apart from sin. In Genesis 3, the ...

  • Dreamers Are Thankful

    With the recent cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, these are especially difficult times for nearly 800,000 DACA recipients (also known as Dreamers), immigrants brought into the country as children and who are without legal status, and continuously so for millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows in the U.S. Beginning next March, unless Congress intervenes, approximately 30,000 DACA-recipients per month will lose their work permits and be made elig

  • CNN's finding Jesus series wrap: denial, doubt, Dedication

    MOUNT HERMON, CA (ANS - March 27, 2017) -- Have you ever lied about a relationship to protect yourself? Or told close friends you didn't believe them ... about something really important? Maybe you can identify with Peter or Thomas, subjects of the two remaining episodes in CNN's second season of Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery. "The Bones of St. Peter" airs on April 2; "Doubting Thomas" on April 9. Each of these two followers of Jesus had their signature flaw. Each deserted the one t

  • Finding the best during the worst of Times (writer's opinion)

    GROVE, OK (ANS - March 26, 2017) -- So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand" -- Isaiah 41:10 (NIV).

  • I’m Successful, But Missing Something. Is it God?

    Yes, I believe God is trying to tell you something—and I pray you won’t ignore Him or try to shut...

  • The Life-Transforming, Heart-Healing Power of Praise

    Our worship of God does not make him more powerful. Neither does it compel him to act. But God is pleased by praise. He loves to act on behalf of his people when his people exult in him and exalt him in worship. Praise is where God lives (Ps. 22:3)! It is his home! That is why when we worship, things happen: the spirits of the discouraged are lifted and refreshed, sick bodies are healed, unsaved souls come to faith, the Spirit's voice is heard, relationships are healed, hope is restored, the Wor

  • 10 Things you should know about the Postmillennial view of the Kingdom of God

    Before I delineate the 10 things all of us should know, let's look at a definition of postmillennialism by one of its advocates, Lorainne Boettner. He describes postmillennialism as, "that view of the last things which holds that the Kingdom of God is now being extended in the world through the preaching of the Gospel and the saving work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of individuals, that the world eventually is to be Christianized, and that the return of Christ is to occur at the close of

  • Three Lies we might easily believe

    The following brief article was written by my friend Ray Ortlund and posted on his blog on February 28, 2017. I was deeply moved by it and thought it should be made available again to those who may not have seen it. It is very much in the Devil's interests that we despair. If he can get us to believe any of these three demoralizing lies that he loves to whisper into our thoughts, our powers for Jesus are greatly diminished. And each one seems to us quite plausible.

  • Undistracting Excellence

    The psalmist exhorts us to worship "skillfully" (Ps. 33:3). Does this simply mean with technical precision or is there something more involved? I would like to suggest that what the psalmist likely had in mind is similar to what John Piper calls "undistracting excellence." Here is how he defined it: "We will try to sing . . . and pray and preach in such a way that people's attention will not be diverted from the substance by shoddy ministry nor by excessive finesse, elegance, or refinement. N

  • 7 Easy Ways to Encourage Innovation on Your Team

    Most leaders want to lead an innovative organization. If you are like me, you don't necessarily have to be the first to do something new, but you don't want to be years behind either. As conservative as we might be, as long as we remain true to our core values, we still want to be "cutting edge" to some degree. We certainly don't want to be stuck in the last decade

  • Wonders of EIN Karem and Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM, ISRAEL (ANS - March 23, 2017) -- Standing in a lovely one-story Ottoman period home, overlooking the picturesque valley of the Yemenites, in one of the most enviable locations in Israel, it is hard to imagine that when the original residents of this community came to their homes nearly 70 years ago, the area was an abandoned village without electricity or water, situated in an undesirable area isolated from population centers, grocery stores and other services.

  • 10 Things you should know about Marijuana and the Christian

    I need to make a confession right up front. I've never smoked marijuana. I've never been drunk with alcohol. In fact, I've never used an illicit drug of any sort. I mention this because I'm quite sure that some will object to what I say in this article by insisting that I have no right to speak about an experience in which I've never personally indulged. I think that's ridiculous. Whether or not I've ever been "high" (and again, no, I haven't), is irrelevant to the question of whether or not Chr

  • Dare to hope!

    Early this morning the Sun passed directly over the equator on its journey towards the Tropic of Cancer. Most of us did not stop to think or be thankful for this particular demonstration of God's care. The reality is that he will be faithful whether he is asked to be or not. Because God is who he is, he can't be anything but faithful to his promise he made to Noah thousands of years ago and to all of his promises.

  • Is God Silent?

    Is the weather personal? But before you answer that here are some more basic questions. Is your everyday world controlled by a personal God who has a purpose for all that you encounter? Or is life on earth just a matter of random chance? Or is your life governed by impersonal forces that take no account of the moral decisions that you make each day? If you decide for either random chance or an impersonal force then you must conclude that God is silent.

  • 5 Really Bad Reasons to Plant a Church

    I love church planters. When I moved into church revitalization part of the concern I had in doing so was I might not have a foot into church planting. That would be tough for me. After two successful plants and having worked with literally hundreds of planters, I think it's in my blood. (Interestingly, I learned a few years after my first plant that my mom served on the core of a church plant during her years before marriage. It's truly in my blood.)

  • 5 Ways I Expand My Leadership Potential

    It takes an intentional effort to improve as a leader. I think the best leaders expand their influence and leadership potential by continuing to learn and grow in experience. You can read books, follow blogs and Tweets, attend conferences, and hang out with other leaders. These are all good practices to improve as a leader.

  • 7 Ways to Be a Community Building Pastor

    I have a theory of pastoring successfully today. To be a kingdom building pastor you MUST be a community building pastor. I admit "must" is a strong word - and there are few things I'm emphatic about unless they are Biblical, but I do believe in order for us to reach people today we have to get outside the walls of our church buildings. And, this means we MUST do something intentional to make it happen. The community has to know - and believe - we really do care for them.

  • Does God Care if I’m Busy and Forget About Him?

    Billy Grahams says, "If you're too busy for God, then you're simply too busy." Read why it matters.

  • Finding Beauty in the ashes of Life

    GROVE, OK (ANS - March 19, 2017) -- "To all who mourn in Israel he will give: beauty for ashes; joy instead of mourning; praise instead of heaviness. For God has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for his own glory" -- Isaiah 61:3 (TLB)

  • He became an Addict as a USC student, then God brought Intervention

    CARBONDALE, CO (ANS - March 18, 2017) -- He walked away from the faith of his childhood and became a drug addict and alcoholic amidst the rollicking party scene at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. But years later, God's love drew him out of the darkness and he became a drug interventionist and counselor for Pete Carroll's Trojan and Seahawks football teams. "I grew up with a very good, solid relationship with Christ," says Dirk Eldredge, now the CEO of Jaywalker

  • She hid Jews in WWII, became a Nazi's sex slave after she was discovered

    POLAND (ANS - March 18, 2017) -- She was only a teenager when Hitler's Panzer divisions overran her beloved Poland, separating the young nursing student from her family, and launching her on a mission a Catholic girl with Aryan features might never have imagined -- rescuing Jews from certain death. "God blessed my hands to save many lives," said Irene Gut Opdyke, shortly before her passing in 2003. Opdyke was honored by the Israeli Holocaust Commission in 1982 as one of the "Righteous Among t

  • The real St. Patrick

    Saint Patrick is remembered as the man who drove the snakes from Ireland. Each March 17th, the color green is worn with pride and various forms of celebration erupt in western Europe and America. However, the real story of St. Patrick is one of a man on mission. Not a mission to drive out snakes and party but to bring the power of the gospel to his Irish captors. In the fifth century, as the Roman Empire was collapsing, Patrick was captured by Irish pirates and taken to Ireland from his nativ

  • Toxic Bodies, whole Lives

    Cancer attacks healthy tissue and turns it toxic. Modern medicine attacks these toxic cells with surgery, poisonous medications and lethal radiation. The question becomes whether the human body can survive the treatment. Two years ago the decision was made to attack my cancer with a combination of toxic chemicals and targeted radiation. The plan was to eliminate the toxic cells.before they spread throughout my body.

  • 7 Hidden Costs of Attempting to Eliminate Risk

    Every leader I know attempts to limit a certain amount of risk when making decisions or leading change. We should attempt to have good systems, adequate resources, and even contingency or emergency plans. We don't want to jeopardize the organization - ultimately the people - we are trying to lead. The problem for some leaders, however, is they confuse limiting risk with attempting to eliminate risk. I'm not sure we can ever fail-proof anything completely, so it's a futile attempt at best. The

  • 7 Things I’ve Learned about Following God

    For the last 30 years or so, I've attempted to listen to, obey and follow the voice of God. I have never heard it audibly but I have had it for only impressed upon my heart and mind. I have actually been a believer for over 40 years, but I got serious about my faith in my early 20's. It's been a long road, and I'm still a pilgrim in the process, but I've learned a few things along the way. These are based totally on my personal experience.

  • The Leader’s Crisis of Belief

    Every leader at some point faces a crisis of belief in their leadership - or what her or she is attempting to lead. Questions such as: Will this work? Is there a better way?

  • Why is sin Attractive to your Children?

    Selfishness, lies, anger, self-pity, cruelty, come naturally to your children. On the surface these sins appear out-of-character for the infant in your arms who just wants to be warm, fed and held close. So, when the ugly indicators of a dark heart emerge, it is easy to be surprised and taken aback. Too often the response to dark hearts is to increase creature comforts, to focus on the external issues as if children were still infants needing to be warm with full tummies and a clean diaper. Thus

  • The Earthquake that was my Life until I found Christ

    ROCHESTER, NY (ANS - March 17, 2017) -- My story begins in "Surf City," Huntington Beach, Southern California, where I was living at the time. On that fateful morning of June 28, 1992, my daughter and I were soundly sleeping, that was until at 4:57 AM, when apartment building where I was living, started to shake. It grew stronger and stronger and for that minute, my daughter, Tiffany, and myself, had by now jumped out of our beds, and stood shaking between the bedroom door jam on the secon

  • ‘I AM Manel - Not Moses: The Thoughts of an Indigenous Leader

    LA UNION, PUEBLA, MEXICO (ANS March 16, 2017) -- It was back in 1972 when Manuel Arenas, a Totonac Indian, born in a primitive hut in Zapotitlan, Mexico, and who turned out to be a brilliant young Indian man, began reaching out to his own people with what was then called the Totonac Bible Center, Inc. Right from his early days, Manuel exhibited a fiery curiosity about life beyond the green canyons that hemmed his village, and the course of his life changed radically when he met an American Wy

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