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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...

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...

Let me introduce you to my friend, Megan. Megan Clinton Allison graduated from Liberty University and is currently attending Physician Assistant School at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. As part of the Extraordinary Women team, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know and love the Clintons—including sweet Megan and her hubby, Ben.

She has a passion to see young women find their identity in Christ, be set free, and live God’s dream for their lives. Megan married to the love of her life and high-school sweetheart, Ben last winter. They have a teacup Yorkie named Bella.

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.

Why You Should Celebrate Teenage Rebellion

By Megan Clinton Allison

God made a woman.

These words, taken from Genesis 2:22, are the heart of our identity. If God wanted to, He could have made another man, but no—He chose to make woman. And my goodness, was she very different from man!

Just ask Adam. One look at her feminine beauty, and he said, “Whoa . . . man!” Continue Reading...