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Speaking out today about one’s faith in a politically-correct age can be dangerous. Yet church leaders who are hesitant can draw inspiration from biblical leaders like the Apostle Paul.

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An inspiring view of our entry into heaven

"At first we may burn with the brilliant newness of being glorified, but then in the next instant we will feel at peace and we will be at home as though it were always this way, as though we were born for such a place." (Joni Eareckson Tada at NACC.)
November 03, 2014  

7 Ways pastors (and others) can develop thicker skin

Among the top five most frequent issues I hear about from pastors is criticism. The number of “bosses” a pastor has equals the number of church members. Some are very opinionated, and some of those are harsh critics of the pastor. Not surprisingly, the most common questions I get are: ...
September 11, 2014   Thom Rainer

Joni Eareckson Tada: It's a daily fight to stay satisfied in Jesus

"Don't think I am looking forward to heaven to get a new body," says Joni. "No. I am looking forward to heaven to get a new heart - a heart that is free of sin." (Uplifting video courtesy of NACC.)
September 08, 2014  

God is bigger when we need him more

Joni Eareckson Tada describes her morning wake-up routine as a battle with bitterness, then a surrender to the Lord, ending in joy. "God always seems bigger to those who need him most." (Courtesy of NACC.)
August 15, 2014  

Recalling “as it was” 57 years ago on July 4.

It’s been 57 years since I was graduated from high school, the Class of 1957 in fact. And I still recall opening homeroom exercises at Palmyra, Pa., high school on Cherry Street in the morning by repeating the pledge of allegiance to the flag and, yes, even then, reading Scripture ...
July 08, 2014   Ronald Keener

Live the hallelujah life

Pastor Rick Atchley of The Hills Church of Christ tells the story of an Olympic snowboarder who kept competing even though the judges had already awarded him the gold. This is the kind of life we are to live in the light of Revelation, says Pastor Rick.
July 08, 2014  

Why does God allow so much pain?

This spring I attended the funeral of Barbara Comp, the widow of Gerald Comp. The preacher of my hometown church, I described Gerald’s tragic passing in the first chapter of my new book, Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain? It has been 46 years since that heart-breaking tragedy. ...
July 01, 2014   Bob Russell

One night I couldn't fall asleep

Joni Eareckson Tada recounts a fitful night in bed that turned into a morning full of joy. "How did that happen?" she asks. This clip includes a video produced by Joni & Friends about her life story. (Courtesy of NACC.)
June 29, 2014  

Why your Church is Probably Operating at Less than 50% Effectiveness

Most of you will disagree with what I am about to suggest. Nevertheless, I will try my best to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 13 years. Keep in mind that this post title is not a theory; it comes from a front row seat watching real transformation ...
May 29, 2014   Will Mancini

On the loss of Linda, who loved people and puppies

I lost my wife Linda nearly three months ago, March 7 to be exact. It is still hard to use the “die” word; “passing away” is easier to express too. She went into a bone marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital on February 6 and we both believed the dangers ...
May 15, 2014   Ronald Keener

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Silent, aloud, alone, in groups or meetings – prayer is conversation with God. Asking God for help, praising him, repenting for sin, listening for his direction, yielding to his will, and seeking his revelation in the Bible are all a part of prayer.