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When You Start to Ask: Is Reading the Bible Really Doing Anything?

The Bible is a book like no other.

While we can learn so much through seminaries and scholarly commentaries, God wants to reveal himself to us through Scripture as we read right in our own homes. Through the Holy Spirit, The Bible contains the power to transform you from the inside out as you read, study, and obey.

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3 Bible Questions You’ve Asked Yourself Before

As the #LentChallenge comes to an end—(can you believe it?!)—we’re inviting Dr. Craig Blomberg to weigh in on a few final questions.

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Good News: A Medical Update

Margaret —  January 1, 2014 — 127 Comments

A Medical Update From

Sometimes, prayers are merely felt by the one lifted up; other times, they actually transform the situation. For me, your prayers this last year have accomplished both.

For months, many of you have joined with Leif and me to #prayforzero. You’ve asked the God who heals that at the end of my treatment, my body would have zero cancer cells left.

After many months of chemotherapy and several surgeries, we finally received the initial test results.  Continue Reading...

Every year, we look forward to receiving the funniest Christmas card of the year from our friends, the Runyons. Dave, his wife Lauren, and their four kids never disappoint. They embody the idea of being more funny than wrong, though they do get close some years to being more wrong than funny and we love them for it. Just when we begin to think, "There's no way they can top that one!", they do it again the following year.

One year they created a photo card depicting A-Not-So-Silent-Night. Another year they offered wise man advice like, "don't eat yellow snow." Last year, we chuckled at their version of TLC's Sister Wives as they dressed like those in the television show.

One of my personal favorites was the year they found out Lauren was pregnant with their fourth kiddo. They reenacted a doctor’s visit in the photo with each of the kids pretending to be doctors, surgeons, and nurses, and the card said: “On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, a vasectomy.” Dave's face in the photo said it all.

By the way, Dave Runyon is the co-author of The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside Your Door. And for this year's Christmas card. Drum roll please: 

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Is Your Calling Too Small

I’m often baffled when a person who is a committed follower of Christ asks, “What’s your calling?”

To me, the answer is a no-brainer. The “call” of every Christian is the same: to commit ourselves to follow Jesus and be conformed to His image[Tweet this] In other words, the calling on our lives is to press our noses so close into the shoulder blades of Jesus that He’s the only one we see and follow.

The real question isn’t “What’s your calling?” Continue Reading...