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



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