You Might Be Saying “Thank You” in All The Wrong Ways

October is Pastor Appreciation Month.

Every day is a great day to show appreciation to your pastors, but why not start today? It's a great time to say "thank you" to anyone and everyone on your church staff, including volunteers. I recently asked friends who are pastors and ministry leaders from around the country:

What is the most meaningful or helpful thing people in your church have done to show their appreciation for you as a pastor?

My hope and prayer is that their responses spark gratitude in your own hearts on how to shout “THANK YOU!” to your pastor and church leaders: Continue Reading...

It’s Time to Select Your Spring Bible Study (And FREE gifts)

Your Bible study and small group are moving along. You’re diving into Scripture. You’re getting to know each other better. People are opening up. You’re having Aha! moments through the teaching and homework. But now you’ve scooted your way toward the end of the study.

What’s next?

What if joy is more than you imagined? What if we could really know the right things to say or do when our friends face difficult circumstances? 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...

Why Breast Cancer Patients Hate October

A young mom coos at her six-month-old child as she reaches to rub noses with her baby girl. The child releases a gleeful sound of delight. The love between the two wafts across the room. I inhale deeply. Then remember where I am.

This isn’t just any room.

This is the breast cancer waiting room.

This woman is fighting for her life. Continue Reading...

Let me introduce to my friend, Michelle. Michelle DeRusha lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, with her husband and their two boys. She is the author of Spiritual Misfit: A Memoir of Uneasy Faith.You can connect with her on her blog and on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

What You Need to Know about Your Work

By Michelle DeRusha

Madeleine L’Engle quit writing on her fortieth birthday.

That was the day her manuscript for A Wrinkle in Time was rejected yet again. Declaring the rejection “an obvious sign from heaven,” L’Engle shrouded her typewriter with a sheet and then promptly burst into tears.

The trouble was, while she paced back and forth in her study weeping and bemoaning the loss of her profession, L’Engle found herself busily working out a new novel in her head. When she realized she was essentially still writing, L’Engle made a decision that would change the course of her life. Continue Reading...