Growth

How to Care For a Depressed Loved One

He didn’t notice at first when she came down for the day dressed in black.…

Chip Ingram: The Lie of Angst

Early in my Christian life, I remember thinking that spiritual warfare was primarily about exorcisms,…

Lisa Bevere: The Cult of Comparison

The following account is a sadly true and embarrassing story about me. I hope none…

Lecrae: If God Can Redeem Me, He Can Redeem Anyone

The biggest shift in my spiritual perspective involved coming face-to-face with how I viewed the…

7 Questions to Ask Before You Throw Down Online

Twenty years ago, it was a lot harder to get into arguments with people. For…

Six Ways to Resist Negativity in 2020

Looking for more joy and less stress in the time of COVID? Perhaps you’d love…

How the Thought of Heaven Changes Our Perspective Now

Only four experiences in my life have fully lived up to expectations. That’s probably because…

Richard Rohr on the Mysticism of Prayer

Scroll through Twitter or Instagram feeds, and odds are you’ll see Christians of the millennial…

The Future Belongs to God

Francois de Fenelon, a great Christian leader in seventeenth-century France, wrote in a letter to…

Jamie Ivey: Learning How To Be You

Jamie Ivey is an author, speaker and podcaster living in Austin, Texas. Her new book…

Christine Caine: Becoming Unshakeable

When I was 33, everything I thought to be true about my life was shattered…

Living As a People Pleaser Will Suck You Dry

For the first four decades of my life—and please try to squelch any envy you…

Erwin McManus: Everyone Is a Creative

Not many of us think of ourselves as “creatives.” We use that label to apply…

Unity Doesn’t Mean Conformity

In theory, we all desire unity in the Church. We talk about reconciling our differences…

The Real Key to Healthy Self-Esteem

There is nothing more transformative in human life than suffering. Whether it be from significant…

So, Why Hasn’t Jesus Come Back Yet?

Devastating wildfires. Global plagues. Unprecedented political swerves. If you’re looking for an apocalypse, there certainly…

What Good is God?

How do I get myself into these predicaments? I asked myself as the plane left…

Why Your Prayers Aren’t ‘Working’

I wish I could say that my prayer life is one defined by consistent authenticity…

Why Is Praying So Hard?

Be honest for a minute: How is your prayer life? That’s what we call it,…

Max Lucado: If You’re Feeling Stuck, It’s Time to Make a Change

On a trip to the United Kingdom, our family visited a castle. In the center…

The Deeper Message of Holy Week

When I was a kid, a free-flowing river meandered its way through my backyard. Growing…

What to Do When You Can’t Hear God

There is a picture sitting beside my bed that I have held dear for nearly…

Silly Things Christians Say: ‘Ask Jesus Into Your Heart’

Editor’s note: This piece originally ran on CoreyFarr.com. It was republished here with permission. “All…

Matt Chandler: Here’s Why Lent Still Matters

Editor’s note: This piece originally ran in 2017. In the six weeks between Ash Wednesday…

Want Spiritual Growth? Read More Fiction

Before college, I wasn’t much of a reader. C.S. Lewis was the only author I…

4 Ways to Grow Where God Has Planted You

I grew up in a tiny town way out in the country. There were apples on…

N.T. Wright Says Many Christians Are Wrong About Heaven and the Afterlife

Acclaimed New Testament scholar and author (his latest is called The New Testament in Its…

Habits, Bible Reading and New Year’s Resolutions

In less than a week, everyone is going to be writing down their New Year’s…

9 Common Myths Christians Believe at Christmas

Christmas truly is the most wonderful time of the year, because it calls our attention…

When It Feels Like God Has Forsaken You

I was sitting on a hillside in Israel when I first believed God loved me. …

Here’s YouVersion’s Most Read Bible Verse of 2019

The makers of widely used Bible app YouVersion have announced the most-read Bible verse of…

What if Christians Actually Did What Jesus Did?

Everyone has heard the saying “WWJD”, right? What would Jesus do? You’ve heard it preached,…

Jesus’ Most Common Teaching Wasn’t About Money

What did Jesus teach on the most?  If you have been in church during a…

Mark Batterson on the ‘Double Blessing’ of Handel’s Messiah

During his celebrated career as a composer, George Frideric Handel wrote 42 operas, 29 oratorios…

Jesus Never Promised an Easy Life

Recently, I met with a couple who had been married for 20 years. A few…

When Reading the Bible, Suspect Yourself

You are a major character in the Bible.  You may not have walked through the…

Why the Idea of Being in ‘Union’ With God Is So Life-Changing

We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as…

The Church and the Depressed Christian

Growing up as a church kid, who suffered from severe depression, I was not met…

How to Become the New Spiritual You

If getting in shape was easy, then everyone would do it. That’s the thing about…

The Danger of Bypassing Your Emotions

Have you ever stuffed your emotions because you thought they couldn’t be trusted?  I did,…