Becoming a Woman of Faith


I was born into a nonreligious family; the name of Jesus was never mentioned in my home, neither was his Word. I didn’t know anything about Him and I didn’t attempt to. It wasn’t until moving away from Florida—away from drinking and bad influences, away from the devil’s tricks—that I was brought to church. Long

From “Holeness” to Wholeness


The entire first year after my divorce, I could barely lift my head off the pillow. It took everything I had to get my kids to school, put together a meal, or feel any sense of hope. I think the statement “Divorce is like open-heart surgery with no anesthetic” is true. Like any surgery, the

1 JOHN: So We Can Know


First John contains a tiny verse that assures us of our salvation in Jesus Christ.  Don’t miss it in 1 John 5:13: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” That settles is for all of us.

Oh, Son of God (FREE Song Download!)


“I remember the first time I heard the song, ‘Oh, Son of God.’”  Francesca Battistelli says. “I didn’t know what to expect, but the haunting melody and sweeping arrangement took my breath away.  I don’t often record songs I didn’t write, but this was an opportunity I didn’t want to let go.  It’s a beautiful

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Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. —Psalm 119:11 kjv In Deuteronomy the Lord instructed the Israelites regarding how they were to respond to God’s counsel: “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart; you shall teach them diligently to your children,

That’ll Leave a Mark


I’m a preacher’s kid—not just some preacher from some church on some corner somewhere, but a preacher and church that is literally known around the globe. And when I was a wee one, I had a knack for making sure other people knew it. My life-long childhood friends tell me that whenever I wanted to

A Holy Hug


Last September, just days after Kelly Gaygen and her sister attended the Women of Faith event in Rochester, NY, Kelly watched her 83-year-old mother’s life ebbed away. “I was exhausted, but God gave me the strength to do what He had called me to do. I watched the Gaither Gospel Hour on Sunday and who

2 PETER: It’s a Process


Peter wants us, his readers, to understand the process in the Christian life. Maturity doesn’t just happen; it takes time and comes in stages. In the first chapter of this book, he begins to spell out what is required for spiritual growth. He cautions us to beware of false teachers, and he reminds us that

God’s Thoughts


Your thoughts—how rare, how beautiful! God, I’ll never comprehend them! I couldn’t even begin to count them—any more than I could count the sand of the sea. —Psalm 139:17–18 msg Did you know that the God of the universe, the sovereign ruler over all the earth is thinking about you? Our president has the people

Learning to Say No


After months of scrimping and saving, [my husband] and I had enough to put an offer on a house we’d fallen in love with. Our offer was accepted, and a moving date was set for five weeks later. I reveled in the joy for about a second, when the reality of the situation finally hit.