Growth

Christine Caine: How to Create an Unshakable Foundation

When I was 33, everything I thought to be true about my life was shattered…

Loving Your Enemy in the Outrage Era

We live in a time of political polarization, online vitriol and constant online outrage. It’s…

Don’t Let Your Spiritual Life Become a Side Project

I’m pretty sure I used to be cool. I talked cool, I acted cool, I…

Prayer for People Who Suck at It

Exasperated by my spiritual life, I thought about how little I prayed and felt no…

Don’t Let Comparison Undermine Your Joy

The following account is a sadly true and embarrassing story about me. I hope none…

Worship Isn’t About What Kind of Music You Like

A few weeks after we got married, my husband and I moved to a different…

Why Does It Take God So Long to Answer Prayers?

“Love is patient…” “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait…

Prayer Is So Much More Than Asking For What We Need

Prayer remains a mystery. Nobody argues disagrees about that. We don’t ultimately know all the…

The Life-Changing Power of Expectant Prayers

I wish I could say that my prayer life is one defined by consistent authenticity…

The Danger of Bypassing Your Emotions

Have you ever stuffed your emotions because you thought they couldn’t be trusted?  I did,…

John Mark Comer: The Discipline of Hoping in God

We want to be optimistic. It’s just not always easy.  John Mark Comer knows all…

Three Ways You Can Love Those Who Think Differently

We can often be tempted to put our allegiance in the wrong order. If you…

Why Is It So Hard to Pray?

Be honest for a minute: How is your prayer life? That’s what we call it,…

What to Do When You’re Running Low on Faith

Faith is walking toward your dreams despite the odds. It’s knowing that your best effort…

How Summer Travel Can Be a Spiritual Practice

I recently traveled to one of my favorite cities in the U.S., Washington D.C. I often…

Mercy Is a Verb

Jesus taught us, “Be merciful, even as your heavenly Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). If…

What to Do When You Feel Stuck in Life

After graduating college, a friend of mine was offered two jobs. Both with good pay,…

Beth Moore on How to Handle Your Spiritual Coming-of-Age

There is a coming-of-age for fruit-bearing Jesus-followers. At some point in your growth in the…

What Good is God?

How do I get myself into these predicaments? I asked myself as the plane left…

Tim Keller on Jesus’ Death and Resurrection

Tim Keller writes in a book excerpt posted on RELEVANT about Christ’s resurrection, especially why it really happened and the proof for a factual event.

How (Not) to Read the Bible

Crazy-sounding Bible verses all have backstories  that help us better understand what they meant to…

Hearing God’s Voice Isn’t the Same as Obeying It

In my first semester of Bible class, the professor explained a misconception in the church…

‘Love Does’ Author Bob Goff on Living Peacefully and Intentionally

Author and speaker Bob Goff opens up about how he deals with conflict and how…

Jamie Ivey: Contentment Is About Perspective, Not Circumstances

Since discontentment is something we’ve seen in play since the very beginning, is there any…

Fighting for Good In a World That Isn’t

How do we fight for truth and love in a world of hurt and rage?…

Silly Things Christians Say: ‘Ask Jesus Into Your Heart’

Editor’s note: This piece originally ran on CoreyFarr.com. It was republished here with permission. “All…

How What We Think About Heaven Changes How We Act Today

Only four experiences in my life have fully lived up to expectations. That’s probably because…

Max Lucado: If You’re Feeling Stuck, It’s Time to Make a Change

On a trip to the United Kingdom, our family visited a castle. In the center…

There’s a Difference Between Hope and Faith

The Bible is littered with ethereal ideas like belief, love and joy. Paramount among them…

Is God Ghosting Me?

You went on that date and thought you both had a good time. But days…

Does Fasting Even Matter Anymore?

Jesus and Moses began their earthly ministries by spending 40 days alone in the wilderness…

The Difference Between Being Happy and Finding Joy

I’ve been thinking about joy for quite some time now. Or rather, why we Christians…

Can Humor Be a Spiritual Discipline?

There are times when laughing very hard is brave defiance; a dare to the darkness…

How to Become the New Spiritual You

If getting in shape was easy, then everyone would do it. That’s the thing about…

Every Life Is a Story. Here’s How to Make Yours a Good One.

When I meet people for the first time, as soon as the introductions are out…

Revolutionize How You Pray in 2022

Prayer is one of those things we know we “should” do, but often don’t know how. But perhaps we’re making talking to God harder than it really needs to be.

How to Find Rest in Restless Times

Most of us have been there. We wake up, somehow peel ourselves out of the…

Being Mentored Is Good. Being Discipled Is Better.

A few years ago, a young woman asked me to mentor her on being a…

A Spirituality of Gratitude

The power of gratitude is the ability to see the good. More specifically, a grateful…

Lysa TerKeurst: What Do I Do With All of These Painful Memories This Christmas?

Do you ever find yourself defining life by before and after the deep hurt? The…