Category: christian living

God DOES Have Great Plans for You (They Just Might Be Different Than What You Expected)

I'll admit, I love those pretty, colorful memes on Facebook that give me a tiny, "Christian" pep-talk in just a few seconds--"You are amazing and God has awesome plans for you!" There's just one problem: it's not really a biblical message. At all. And while I, like anyone else, love a good, encouraging word, I'm afraid we're ...

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Letters to the Church: The Most Life-Changing Book I’ve Read Yet

Letters to the Church, by Francis Chan, may quite possibly be the most important book of our day. I don't say that lightly. There are lots of good books out there. But this one is different. It's hard to describe how this book affected me. Chan left his mega church because he believed, after reading the ...

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The Power of Gathering Around the Table: Beyond Hospitality

Gathering around the table: a once-almost sacred event, carefully guarded from distractions, is almost just a relic in American memory. Perhaps we have lost our understanding of its importance, consequently giving our allegiances to other activities which leave no time for the family dinner hour. Admittedly, we have begun to struggle with this as sports ...

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When Christians Should Judge One Another

  Wanna get someone really mad at you really fast? Judge. Say that something is a sin. It doesn't necessarily have to be something that person is doing. We have never lived in a time more hostile than calling something wrong. It's the favorite line on social media: "Judge not." Consider just one example: abortion. There are campaigns ...

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Am I Willing To Lose Something to Be a Disciple of Christ?

Discipleship has really been on my mind a lot lately. And for the Christian, this has two parts: becoming a disciple of Christ, and then becoming a discipler of others. My dad and I were discussing a devotional he had read. The author pointed out a profound and almost foreign point about becoming a disciple of ...

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Is it OK For Christians to Cuss?

  Can we talk about [Christians] cussing (especially my young friends)? I don't think it's my imagination that there is a trend among young people who proclaim Christ to think nothing of cursing. I did it when I was young, but I didn't justify it as an acceptable behavior as a Christian; I knew I was ...

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An Open Letter to “The Christian Bad Girl”: There is No Such Thing

I get the spirit of the article, An Open Letter to the Christian Bad Girl (met with comments like, "Now that's f****** awesome).  And I even understand the marketing drive behind writing the kind of content that people love to share.  And I'm sure the author is lovely. But because it's being shared, I felt the ...

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Why We Must Be Theology-Loving Christians

"I don't really get into 'theology' or 'doctrine.' I mean, I love Jesus. That's really all that matters." Have you heard this? Have you said it? The opposition to theology has caused a great number of problems in the Church. Maybe it's that our terms have not been defined or understood. But theology informs all our ...

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Helping Our Children Stand In & Influence an Ungodly Culture: It’s All in The Balance

We aren't living in a new era, where suddenly the culture is hostile to Christianity. It feels a bit like it here in America, because our country has seen a shift over the last several hundred years from heavy Christian influence to increasing godlessness. But sin is as old as the earth and the Christians in ...

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Join Me This Saturday in IL–Homeschool Conference

For those of you in Southern IL, I'll be speaking this Saturday at the ICHE (Illinois Christian Home Educators) Conference and I sure would love to meet you! They have extended the deadline for registration, and it would be well worth your time and money to come and be encouraged for your journey. Todd Wilson ...

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