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Christian Life is joyful

Christian Life Is Infused with Joy

Christian Life Is Infused with Joy

The Christian life is marked by notable milestones, and you’ll find joy in every one of them. Remember, just because something is important and serious doesn’t mean it can’t also be filled with joy and the beauty of deep, abiding contentment. Salvation The moment of salvation is inexpressibly joyous. This is our eternal, spiritual delivery

Grace on Tap

Living “in the world,” we can look for natural opportunities to dispense grace — not just words — to those around us. Gabe Lyons recommends inviting community leaders, whether Christian or not, into church to tell how best to engage with the neighborhood and its problems. As he notes, African American churches have historically done that, finding ways to honor teachers,

Alpha Session One: Is There More to Life Than This?

Alpha Session One: Is There More to Life Than This? What, if any, has been your experience of Christianity? Boring? Untrue? Irrelevant? At the heart of the Christian faith is the person of Jesus Christ. Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life.” (John 6:35) JESUS SAID, “I AM THE WAY.” The first-order questions

Do No Harm

The apostle Paul said about a healthy community, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” The Christian community, known worldwide by the symbol of a cross and by our regular partaking of a sacrament “in remembrance of Me,” should be able to make

Prayer: Timeless Love

The scene of Jesus huddled in a locked room with a dozen friends, one of them a traitor, while outside temple guards and Roman legionnaires buckle on their swords and whips and torture devices, preparing for another dreary night’s work, stands as a tableau of human history. A hushed moment of foreboding, a heartfelt prayer,

Ask Seek Knock

Editor’s Note: Today is the National Day of Prayer and we would love for you to join other believers all over the United States in praying for our families, our nation, and the world. We’re so thankful for God’s blessings and know that He hears us and responds when we pray. We hope you’ll join

I Want to Know Why!

It does not help to try to quantify suffering, I have learned along the way. That the tsunami of 2004 killed far more people than the tsunami of 2011 or that more students died at Virginia Tech than at Sandy Hook Elementary School does not make one event more tragic than the other. Likewise, to

The Scandal of Forgiveness

The only thing harder than forgiveness is the alternative. Magnanimous forgiveness, allows the possibility of transformation in the guilty party. Lewis Smedes details this process of “spiritual surgery”: When you forgive someone, you slice away the wrong from the person who did it. You disengage that person from his hurtful act. You recreate him. At

Oddballs, Defectives, Sinners, Aliens, Gentiles… and Grace

Before writing The Jesus I Never Knew, I spent several months researching the background to Jesus’ life. I learned to appreciate the ordered world of first-century Judaism. I admit that the ranking of people rankled my American sensibilities — it seemed a formal pattern of ungrace, a religious caste system — but at least the

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