Rick Warren: Bible Interpretation Requires Faith

“No one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:11b NIV) Have you ever heard someone say, “Well, that’s just your interpretation of the Bible”? It’s as if that little phrase disproves everything that’s been said. But it really doesn’t disprove anything.

Wyoming’s Jennifer Nichols Takes Bible Verses To The Olympics

In a story that is close to home for me, Jennifer Nichols, a resident of Cheyenne Wyoming will be taking a tiny book of Bible verses with her in her quiver of arrows as she goes to compete in the 2012 Olympics in London. This is the third time that Jennifer has been an Olympic Archer representing the United States and the state of Wyoming. Here are some excerpts from the story I found in USA Today.

The High Impact Life

The knowledge of God gives you the strongest position in any circumstance and whatever must be accomplished can be done but only if we are in agreement with God.

Keith Knight: Changing the Nations

Rarely do we know when the Lord is using us for His purpose or to what ends. More often than not the moment simply passes us by. But when we become aware of the Lord’s purpose for our lives and come into agreement with His plans, nations are changed. Look at Moses, King David, Mary and Joseph, they all thought they were living ordinary lives, but when they discovered God’s purpose for their lives and came into agreement with Him they saved the Hebrews from pharaoh, established Israel, and bro


Stephen Altrogge: You Are NOT Who You Think You Are

Take a long look at yourself in the mirror. If you look closely you will see all the labels that have been slapped on to you over the years. Some of these labels have been put on by others. Parents, schoolmates, coworkers, friends, pastors. Some of the labels have been self-administered.




From Billy Graham to the Graduate

School is out and for many students that means preparing for the next level of education. Here's a message from Billy Graham to share with the recent grads you know:


The Gift of Forgiveness - Samaritan’s Purse

A father learns an important lesson from a young refugee in South Sudan The first thing I noticed about young Khaja was her beautiful lavender headscarf. She was wearing it when she entered the grass hut where Samaritan’s Purse was conducting a trauma-counseling workshop in the Yida refugee camp. It looked like an accessory either of my two daughters would love to play dress-up with.

Christian Cocktails

Gina was so tired of defending what she knew was right. She'd heard it repeatedly-today's issues aren't black or white. Her teens kept telling her that her opinions were no longer a reality. But why should she "tolerate" behavior that used to be illegal?


Fear God More Than the NSA

Every analogy breaks down at some point which is why it is unwise to push an illustration too far. In the past I have written about the data each of us creates on a daily basis and have illustrated with airplanes and bloodhounds.

If You Can’t Run with Men, How Will You Run with Horses?

I was going through a very difficult time in ministry and was facing some overt persecution. In sharing some of my angst with one of my closest friends and ministry partners, he referred me to Jeremiah's lament recorded in Jeremiah 12 and God's response recorded in verse 5: "If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses?"

On Being Successful

At this point in my carreer I can safely say I feel like an author though the definition of "successful" eludes me. Who gets to define successful? Is it a feeling? Or the applause of your peers? Or perhaps a certain relatively stable income?

Sing With All Your Might

Bethany's director of adoption recently traveled to meet with our partners in China. The following is part of a piece she wrote upon her return. I was moved by the scene she describes as I have also witnessed similar scenarios in my travels to China.


Forgiving My Mom

On Sunday evening, the first Sunday of the month of October 1980, I was talking with the Single's Minister, Bud, at my Church. One of his sons, Greg, came up and asked if he could go eat pizza with the youth.

Graduates: Can You Pass This Test?

You are about to graduate from high school. You've taken your share of tests and feel fairly well equipped to manage life. But there's another test coming right after you get your diploma. We'll see if you're prepared for this one.

Evangelicals Unite

"Who is the next Billy Graham?" Isn't that a question we have all heard at one point or another? Where is the guy that will rise from the ranks to shoulder an entire era of Christianity?


Samaritan's Purse (May 23): Helping After Deadly Tornadoes in Oklahoma

Around 3 p.m. on May 20, Lake and Peterman were at Lake's house with Lake's 3-year-old daughter. Her 11-year-old autistic son, Gavin, was at school. They heard the tornado alert on the TV, but they weren't particularly alarmed. Oklahoma is part of "tornado alley." Such alerts aren't uncommon.

Convoy of Hope Moore Response, Update on MAY 23, 2013 | 2:30 PM

"For many of these families, this is the first time they've been able to return to their homes to recover what they can," says Jim Batten, one of the first team members in the area. "We got word that what many people need are plastic storage containers to put their belongings in. Thankfully we had containers as part of our relief supplies so we were able to distribute them this morning."

The Toothless Gospel

When a mother heard her young son rummaging through the kitchen drawer she came in and screamed. There was the young boy standing with a long knife pointed at his chest ready to plunge the knife into his heart.