Drop the Façade | Trish Donohue

July 31st, 2016

Let’s face it. We all stink at something. How often do we think to embrace those weaknesses and even boast in them? Trish Donohue, author of Between Us Girlsjoins us today to take a look at what we can learn from Paul and how he handled the thorn in his flesh. To learn more about Trish and her new release, visit reminding-myself.com.

The females in my family line have a weird disorder. I can’t seem to find it in the medical books, and I don’t think it has an official name, but here it is: We can’t do cartwheels.

There, I said it. It’s shocking, I know. I was surprised by it when I was little and every neighborhood girl I knew would cartwheel across the lawn like a runaway wagon wheel. My sister and I were in good shape, but our best attempts ended in heaps. Our cartwheel… read more »

Five Thoughts on Dying Well | Kara Tippetts

March 27th, 2016

How do you celebrate grace when your life turns out differently than the one you dreamed? Kara Tippetts shares how you can celebrate life in the midst of pain and suffering in the final book, And It Was Beautiful, she wrote before her death in March 2015. In light of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, how can we make the most of the life we are given in Christ Jesus? Read Kara’s five thoughts on dying well below.

That’ll really brighten your day, huh? Honestly, though, I think about this all the time. How does one die well? How does one glorify God in death? Here’s what I’ve come up with for today. I’m sure as time passes I could expand on this list, but this is enough for today.

1. Live with deep forgiveness to share and honest repentance with those you love.

Keep short accounts and don’t find offenses that aren’t there…. read more »

The Art of Prayer | Jennifer Kennedy Dean

March 20th, 2016

Prayer can become extraordinary when we live connected to the heart of Jesus. So how do we pray? Author and speaker Jennifer Kennedy Dean joins us today to share what we can learn from how Jesus taught his disciples to pray. Also, be sure to check out Jennifer’s new release, Synced, and enter to win Kindle Fire HD 6. Click here to learn more and enter. 

Jesus, as a rabbi, chose disciples into whom He would pour His life. Not just teach them information, but disclose His heart. These disciples observed Him in every setting. They had backstage passes to His most intimate moments. They were welcomed into His private dealings. Jesus’ disciples—with all this up close access—made a connection between His life of prayer and His life of power, and they asked Him to teach them to pray.

It was customary for a rabbi to teach his disciples to… read more »

Sunday Refreshments with Saundra Dalton-Smith | A Journey to Healing

February 21st, 2016

You’ve heard the say, “Time heals all wound,” but is it really true? Saundra Dalton-Smith, author of Come Empty: Pour Out Life’s Hurts and Receive God’s Healing Lovejoins us today to share about the necessary, but difficult process of healing. Join Saundra in celebrating her new release and join her five-day Come Empty challenge. Click here to learn about the challenge and her prize pack giveaway.

Does time heal all wounds?

Contrary to the popular saying, time does not heal all wounds. There is a process to healing and that process is similar whether the wound is physical, emotional, or spiritual. In my years of practicing medicine I’ve found that much of the pain entering my door is not simply physical pain, but emotional and spiritual pain manifesting as physical symptoms. Although all who grace my exam table proclaim a desire to be healed, all are not willing to take… read more »

Sunday Refreshments | The 3 “G’s” of Tithing – Brad Hewitt

February 14th, 2016

Nothing makes a congregation squirm more than when the paster brings up the “M” word  . . . money. Everything thing we have is a gift from God, including our money. Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial and author of Your New Money Mindsetjoins us today to share what the Bible has to say about our money and tithing. Learn more about Brad, visit newmoneymindset.com.

Every Christian is on a journey regarding their relationship with money and possessions. We are bombarded on a daily basis by messages that relate to money and materialism. These messages tell us that money will make us happy, that the money we have is ours alone to do with what we want. But the Bible tells us something different. That everything – yes, everything – is a gift from God. The Bible tells us that we are called to be good managers not… read more »

Sunday Refreshments | Teaching Kids to Pray – Catherine DeVries

November 8th, 2015

How (and where) do you start when it comes to teaching your children about prayer? Catherine DeVries joins us today to share how you can encourage your kids to start praying. Keep reading to learn more and make sure to check out her children’s book, Let’s Learn About the Lord’s Prayer.

When it comes to teaching our kids or grandkids how to pray, we might not always know where to start, or even feel comfortable doing this ourselves. What do we say? Do we close our eyes and fold our hands? Or do we just have a conversation in the midst of our day? Do we pray with other people or by ourselves? Well, I believe the answer is “yes” to all.

God invites us to talk with him through prayer. I don’t think He is as concerned about the various customs and methods surrounding prayer as much as us… read more »

Sunday Refreshments with Sonya Contreras | Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

August 30th, 2015

Why do bad things happen to good people? Sonya Contreras takes a deeper look at trials and their ability to bring us closer to the God who loves us. Keep reading to learn more and make sure to check out Sonya’s new release, Until My Name is Known!

Why do bad things happen to good people? Why are we here?

Man is not the center of things. God does not exist for the sake of man. Man was created for God. “Worthy are You…to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Revelations 4:11) We are created for God’s pleasure.

He created us so that He may be “well pleased.”

Our happiness is not the end goal of Christ. He desires to make us like Him.

What was that first sin?

Before the fall, man’s thoughts centered on God… read more »

Sunday Refreshments | Is Pain Good?

August 23rd, 2015

Is pain a good thing? Sonya Contreras takes a deeper look at this difficult question in today’s Sunday Refreshments.

P.S. Make sure to check out Sonya’s new release, Until My Name is Known!

“Taste and see that the Lord is good.” Psalm 34:8a

Do we believe that verse in the midst of pain?

If I say that God is good, then what He does is good.

If I say God is good, yet see suffering . . . we doubt His goodness.

Let’s reconsider that statement . . . If God gave us suffering, then it must be good.

How is pain good?

What is pain?

Nerve endings (receptor cells) feel pain and send a chemical and electrical code to the brain where meaning is given.

When there is pain, all other signals in the body are ignored. Pain is given priority, alerting the entire body to respond.

Where are these receptors of pain?

If dust lands… read more »