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The Unexpected Benefits of Real Community

Here’s a story with which you may be familiar. Boy meets girl. They fall in…

10 Things Every Thanksgiving Host Should Know

This year, my family has hit the Thanksgiving jackpot: we’re going to the lake with…

What to Do When You Feel Stuck in Life

For most of my twenties, I felt like such a failure.

 I felt lost, frustrated…

Why We Should Take Fun Seriously

I love to have fun, but sometimes I feel a little guilt about it. It…

What to Do About Angry Christianity

I recently sat in a carpool line behind a Toyota 4-Runner whose backside was plastered…

It’s Never Too Early To Start Thinking About Your Legacy

Typically, we only use the word legacy when we talk about the rich and famous.…

Four Things We Wish We Knew About Sex Before We Were Married

When it comes to Christians and newlywed sex, there are usually two extremes. For some…

Seven Ways Christians Should Deal With Stress and Anxiety

I’ve always considered myself to be a person who handles stress pretty well. I like…

Today’s Devotional: Alive Again

But because of his great love for us,God, who is rich in mercy, made us…

Everything My Church Taught Me About Sex and Marriage Is Wrong

As a sixth grader, I went to a big Christian summer camp where the speaker…

Eight Things You Should Never Say to Your Single Friends

“It’s OK, your Prince Charming is out there!” I was told recently. Frozen smile on…

Eight Things Healthy Couples Don’t Do

Last week, I saw a woman slam the car door in her husband’s face and…

Four Pieces of Dating Advice That Are Actually Helpful

As I’ve noted before, if you’re single, you’ve most likely received your fair share of…

20 Ways to Change Your Life in Your Twenties

When we speak with the twentysomethings we work with, they often ask us: “What is…

Four Ways to Find Your Dream Job

The world has fundamentally changed since the great recession of 2008. In 2013 alone, 77…

Today’s Devotional: The Gift Of Singleness

Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to…

What the Bleep Does the Bible Say About Profanity?

One of my favorite and most uncomfortable memories as a Bible professor was when I…

How Worry Warps Your View of God

A couple weeks ago, I started having trouble sleeping. This wasn’t normal for me. But…

Is Debt a Sin Issue?

Debt has a strangling effect on the soul, does it not? It rakes up emotions…

Have We Made an Idol Out of Sexual Purity?

I’ll never forget the look on her face as she shared the story of her…

Seven Signs You’re Way Too Busy

Have you noticed “busy” has become the new “fine”? When someone asks you how you…

Is Loving Others Without Loving Yourself First Even Possible?

It had been one of those weeks. By Friday night, my inbox was full, my…

Five Dating Mistakes You’re Probably Making

There are so many mistakes to be made when it comes to dating and relationships.…

How to Rest for Real

As I glanced at my calendar for the week last weekend, I felt a sinking…

Stop Trying to be Perfect

Try harder. Achieve more. Make no mistakes. Produce perfection. These are the messages the world…

Where God’s Purpose and Your Passion Meet

You know that feeling when you look back at what you wanted to be when you were five (doctor, ballerina, rocket scientist) and where you are now—working the late shift, paying rent and overwhelmed by the prospect of what’s next? Dan Miller has something to say to you.

Marriage Isn’t About Your Happiness

Did you ever think someone could show you love through a bologna sandwich? I didn’t…

What to Do When You Don’t Feel Like You’re Making a Difference

Some people are determined to have a job that changes the world around us. Whether…

You Are Who You Date

The people we hang out with can determine the people we become. As Author Don…

Why Christians Should Have a Healthy Body Image

Two hundred years ago, back in the days when childbearing hips were in, I would…

Reminder: Knowing Your Worth Is a Commandment

For many Christians, the idea of loving yourself is one we either shy away from…

When You Have a Job You Don’t Love

I’ve always been somewhat uncomfortable with my Western privilege. I sometimes feel guilty that I…

What to Actually Say to a Friend Who’s Grieving

Editor’s note: This article was originally published in 2016, but given the amount of grief…

The Problem With Casual Dating

A sure sign of any healthy relationship is the fact that it continually grows. Of course, many would say that growing slowly together is a good thing, and keeping things casual at first can help. But can casual dating ever get in the way of real growth?

Going to Therapy Doesn’t Mean You Have a Lack of Faith

Going through something traumatic often leaves us paralyzed in the moment—and unable to ever move…

Are You Sure You’re Ready For Love?

As a professional counselor, I have worked with countless couples whose problems and strife stemmed…

Six Reasons You Seriously Need to Slow Down

In 1967, experts on time management delivered a report to the U. S. Senate. These…

The Scientific Case for Forgiveness

The Bible makes me think Jesus was obsessed with forgiveness. He never stopped talking about…

Stop Waiting for Him to Ask You Out

In college, I waited—like I thought every good Christian girl was supposed to. The Christian…

Today’s Devotional: Embrace of the Rejected

George Elerick discusses truly loving and embracing the rejected.