Why Vision is Not Enough

Why Vision is Not Enough

Our mission as Christians was the same yesterday as it is today and will be tomorrow. The world, however, is changing faster than ever before, and keeping up feels impossible. The realities of human life—from how we develop relationships to how we use technology to...
Ministry to the Poor

Ministry to the Poor

A Look at What God Can Do When the Church Says ‘Yes’ CityServe Imperial Valley (CA) Each week, in a region close to the Californian/ Mexican border, Lupita Bawarski helps lead a CityServe ministry in the Imperial Valley of California. When talking with...
How to Eat Your Bible…What Does that Mean?

How to Eat Your Bible…What Does that Mean?

I vividly remember a point in my life when the Bible was completely foreign to me. I had heard and understood the gospel, confessed my sins to the Lord, believed in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, attended church regularly, prayed often, participated in small...
The Joy Switch

The Joy Switch

Have you ever lost it—at a time when things were humming along for you? You were feeling good—until someone said or did just the thing to set you off. You got derailed, pushed out of your sweet spot. You stopped listening and started reacting. You no longer felt like...
Back to the Good Stuff

Back to the Good Stuff

  When we refuse to sacrifice our time for the sake of busyness or of keeping up with the person next to us, we can get back to the good stuff. We can enjoy the rewards that come from instilling these values in our children. We can get back to the simple joys...
Three Ways to Help Your Severely Depressed Loved One Part 2

Three Ways to Help Your Severely Depressed Loved One Part 2

Love. Even if we’ve never cracked open a Bible, most of us know evangelical America’s favorite verse, John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. The verse sums up the essence...
Our Churches and the Great Commission

Our Churches and the Great Commission

Thoughts from the Back Pew All Christian churches preach and teach the “Great Commission,” the command Jesus gave to all of us to go and make disciples. The Greek word translated “go” is in the present-perfect verb tense and more accurately can be translated “while...
Three Ways to Help Your Severely Depressed Loved One Part 1

Three Ways to Help Your Severely Depressed Loved One Part 1

Severe depression is, by definition, an unhealthy, unnatural state of mind, inherently and wholly illogical. It really and truly doesn’t make sense. And that’s what makes it so difficult for those who’ve never dealt with it (and even many who have) to understand....