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4 Signs You May Be Suffering From Spiritual Decay

Athens in ruins.

Such words evoke centuries old images of one of the great cities reduced to rubble.

The images of Athens in ruins you’ll see below are startling. Not because their thousands of years old, but demonstrate what can happen in ten short years since the 2004 Summer Olympics. Continue Reading...

This Challenge Will Reset Your Whole Week

Over the years, I’ve discovered that even a brief moment in the presence of God can change everything—my perspective, attitude, and reaction. Being aware of and experiencing God’s presence reminds me of my dependence on God. He is the source of everything—joy, provision, protection, love, grace, mercy, hope and so much more.

One of the greatest wonders of God is His presence. Continue Reading...

Brad Gray is the Teaching Pastor at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland, Michigan. He has traveled extensively to the biblical lands of Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and Greece, and currently leads biblical study trips to Israel and Turkey. Brad and his wife, Shallon, live with their four children in Holland, Michigan.

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

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by Brad Gray

On September 25, my wife gave birth to a little boy–Xyler Josiah. He’s the fourth child in the Gray clan, and as with our other three, our hearts soared the moment we laid eyes on him. It still amazes me that something at 6 lbs., 3 oz. and 20 inches in length can have such a life-altering impact on you. But it does, and I’m immensely grateful for that.

For the last three weeks, I’ve been holding this little, vulnerable, dependent, precious miracle, wondering about his life. What kind of personality is he going to develop? What’s he going to do with his life? How will he impact the Kingdom with the gifts God has already instilled within him? And what effect will I have on his life?

It’s this last question that’s the most sobering. Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Leeana. Leeana Tankersley is the author of Found Art: Discovering Beauty in Foreign Places and the Breathing Room: Letting Go So You Can Fully Live. Leeana holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. She is married to Steve Tankersley, an active duty Navy SEAL, and they are currently stationed in San Diego, California, with their three kids Luke (5), Lane (5), and Elle (2).

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

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by Leeana Tankersley

I started seeing a spiritual director, Beth. Luckily for me she has dreads because I’m absolutely sure people with dreads hold the spiritual secret the rest of us are seeking.

I’ve been in one of those seasons of life when you look in the mirror and realize your eyes are melting down your face and you greet your kids in the hallway and have to think to remember their names. Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Unhinged. Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Mike. Mike Erre is the Lead Pastor of EvFree Fullerton, located in Fullerton, California. Mike is from Ohio and moved to Southern California to earn his MA in Philosophy of Religion and Ethics through Talbot School of Theology. He has authored five books: The Jesus of Suburbia, Why Guys Need God, Death By Church, Why the Bible Matters and Astonished. Mike has served as an adjunct professor at Biola University and has spoken at universities, retreats, Catalyst, Leadership Network, on radio and television. Mike is the husband of Justina, the dad to Nathan, Hannah and Seth.

This fall, I've invited a few friends to share what God is teaching them. I hope their words are an encouragement to you as you continue to awaken to the joy and delight that comes with being a child of God.

When You’re at the End of Your Rope

by Mike Erre

There is a cliché I’ve heard in Christian circles that needs to be done away with. Continue Reading...