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5 Delicious Recipes—and 5 Ways to Serve Others this Holiday Season

5 Delicious Recipes—and 5 Ways to Serve Others this Holiday Season

Leaders are everywhere—in our homes, schools, offices, boardrooms, and government. And despite having access to more opportunities, training, connection, and resources than ever before, we see leaders fail every day. As you’ve probably experienced, the consequences are messy, disruptive, and often painful.

My Mom, the Peacemaker

Our greatest example of a peacemaker is Jesus. Isaiah 53:5 says, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus comes and gives everything, just like my mom did for my aunt.

What the Bible Says About Peace

The world is desperate for peace. Peace is something we've been seeking forever, really, and we have tried all kinds of things. People have devoted their entire lives to seeking peace, beautiful people who we celebrate because they gave their lives for peace. We know...

Prepare Your Heart: Rejoice and Pray

This is rich with what we need today, in 1 Thessalonians 5:16: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks.” Today we’re going to look closely at the “rejoice” and “pray” parts. Rejoice. Paul understood joy is the evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. He even says it’s one of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Joy is infused with hope.

Prepare Your Heart: Thanksgiving

God desires for you and I to give thanks no matter what’s going on in our lives, because it’s good for us. God knows this is what we need to do. Gratitude isn’t just about feeling good. Gratitude doesn’t mean we have to be happy. But gratitude leads us to joy. It elevates us, at least for a moment, from the things of this earth into the heavenly realm.

What’s Your Identity?

We tend to ignore the question of identity, because it can feel uncomfortable or overwhelming, but I think that’s a mistake. I think our identity through Jesus Christ is a great gift and in fact, the Bible tells us we should become what we already are in Christ.

Jesus is Willing to Answer Prayer

Jesus is Willing to Answer Prayer

Jesus is willing. He is willing to heal, to renew, to redeem and to make whole. He doesn’t always answer when or how we expect or want, but we must ask boldly and humbly. He will answer, and all along the way, he will love us through whatever challenge we might face.

Four Things Kids Need From Parents and Mentors

Four Things Kids Need From Parents and Mentors

God loves us as a Father, and models for us good parenting. I know that not everyone reading this is a parent, but everyone has a child or younger person in their life, so I think it’s important that we look to the Word of God for wisdom about these relationships.