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Join 50,000 People Reading Through the Gospels for Lent Beginning February 18

Imagine spending the next 40 days drinking in the teachings of Jesus, watching his jaw-dropping miracles unfold, and falling more in love with God with each turning page.

You're invited to come along as we read the Gospels during Lent 2015 beginning on February 18.

Two years ago, I prayed, “God, what do you want me to lay hold of through Lent.” I felt led to read through the entire Bible in 40 days. We posted a reading plan online and more than 5000 people downloaded it in the first few days.

Last year, I invited you to join me in reading through the entire New Testament for Lent. Friends joined in including, YouVersion, Catalyst Conference, and many more. Over 50,000 people asked to receive a copy of the reading plan.

We couldn’t be more thrilled that so many are setting apart time to dive into the Scriptures and prepare their hearts for Easter. We expect the numbers to multiply again this year, but honestly, who cares? We’re just thrilled people are committing to set apart time to seek Christ and God’s leading in their lives.

This year, I sense we’re supposed to go deeper in the Scripture during Lent and focus on the Gospels.

Matthew. Mark. Luke. John. Or as I like to say it, “Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.” Continue Reading...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Cherie. Cherie Lowe is an author, speaker and hope bringer. Her book Slaying the Debt Dragon details her family’s quest to eliminate over $127K in debt in just under four years. As her alter ego the Queen of Free, Cherie provides offbeat money saving tips and debt slaying inspiration on a daily basis.

Why God Doesn't Care About Your Debt

by Cherie Lowe

I was sitting in the back left corner of the worship gathering at our church.

In a place where I knew I was loved.

In a place where I experienced grace.

In a place where I was certain I heard God’s voice.

Running my fingers along the grooves of the purple upholstered chairs, I recounted my own mistakes and fears. They were more numerous than the dollars that we owed and left me feeling glued to my seat, not wanting to go anywhere, not really listening to the message of Hope being spoken over my life.

When my husband Brian totaled our debt just days before, I could barely believe my eyes. Over $127K emblazoned at the top of that legal notepad. All of those months, I sent in payments–the minimums of course. All of those months, I bought the groceries and made sure our daughter had shoes that fit. All of those months, I had never stopped to count the total cost.

What were we going to do now? Continue Reading...

Read Fight Back With Joy Before Anyone Else: Join the PartyMob

Dear Friend,

If we’re connected on social media, you may have heard that I was diagnosed with cancer and have been on a challenging journey. I made the decision to focus on what God was speaking to me during that time and spend as many seconds as I possibly could with my family.

The trade-off was that I didn’t post updates about my treatments or details about my suffering. I didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for me and even though I felt so many prayers and was so touched by the outpouring of love, I also felt a little guilty. Would people think that I was sharing because I wanted attention? Cancer does crazy things sometimes.  Continue Reading...

The Biggest Mistake of Caregivers

Margaret —  December 19, 2014 — 8 Comments

Margaret and Leif Oines

My husband, Leif, never imagined after a decade of marriage that he’d wake up and find his role had shifted from spouse to caregiver.

In the wake of a difficult diagnosis, he spent long hours driving me to hundreds of doctors’ appointments, watched me endure brutal medical treatments, and took over countless everyday tasks when I could no longer care for myself.

Leif has been my rock through the past painful 15 months. But, as any caregiver understands, it hasn’t come without a price. You’ll catch glimpses of this in the Fight Back With Joy and Bible study releasing January 6. Pre-order your copy today and receive some awesome gifts.

I asked Leif to share a bit of his wisdom: Continue Reading...

Giveaway: 5 Fun Facts About Scouting the Divine to Celebrate the 5th Printing

Sweet Friends,

I am humbled, honored, and downright thrilled to announce that Scouting the Divine: My Search for God in Wine, Wool, and Wild Honey has entered into its 5th printing! To celebrate, I wanted to give a few extra special gifts. Continue Reading...