Longing for the Kingdom

Longing for the Kingdom

And he said to them, “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see that the kingdom of God has come with power.” Mark 9:1 This verse makes me wonder at the level of longing we have for the Kingdom of God. Do we want to...
Two or Three Witnesses

Two or Three Witnesses

In the Book of Mark, one can find an opening where everything focuses on Jesus Christ: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.” (Mark 1:1) These words set the stage for everything written in the book. The Book of Mark may be the shortest among...
The Heart of Homeschooling

The Heart of Homeschooling

By Mindy Pierce “What curriculum should I use?” “How do I teach reading?” “What about socialization?” When I first started homeschooling, my daughters were in third and first grade. I worried about everything, from choosing curriculum to the daily schedule to finding...
Home School Mom and Kids Impacted

Home School Mom and Kids Impacted

By Pam Sullivan As a homeschooling mom who also experienced daily health challenges, I often found myself feeling lonely and far from God. Although I attended church every week, I found it difficult to attend a weekly Bible study due to the hectic homeschooling...
In His Hands

In His Hands

When Jesus died, He broke the curse of sin and death’s eternal hold. Despite this, there are some Christians who are irrationally afraid of death. Death is inevitable– sickness comes, we die; old age comes, we die; an accident comes, we die.  Death happens, but...
Wanting the Fullness

Wanting the Fullness

Have you noticed how caring for people expands our capacity to dream? When we start to love others, we cannot help but dream beyond ourselves. Suddenly it’s not all about “me” or what’s in it for me, but about “us” and the benefit of more people. Ephesians 4:11-13...
A Promise of Protection

A Promise of Protection

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”   Psalm 91:1 When Typhoon Haiyan hit, Tacloban City (Philippines) was ravaged by destruction....
Influence: No Room for Jealousy

Influence: No Room for Jealousy

When we think about life, chances are we think of situations we’ve been in– conversations, activities, good days, bad days—a combination of all the details we believe make us who we are. Lodged in the layers of our experiences are people whose lives have...
The Father of All Comfort

The Father of All Comfort

People who may have had harsh, demanding, and abusive fathers may find it difficult to see God our Heavenly Father as kind, compassionate, and comforting. There’s the temptation to think, “Oh, compassion? That sounds like Jesus, but not our Father God.” Or we might...