The Self-Care Craze: A Faux Gospel?
By Tess Lopez Photo by Taryn Elliott from Pexels We’re living in a bit of a self-care craze. Our culture tells us when we’re feeling down in the dumps, overwhelmed, or when something in our daily life goes awry; we need to apply some self-care. You know, a dedicated spa day; a shopping spree; throwing…
You Can Make Disciples
By Alea Anderson I was known as the quiet kid growing up. I was never the one to raise my hand when a teacher asked the class a question or offered to lead small groups in our class projects. When I took my required public speaking class, I struggled through every speaking assignment. It’s only…
Mama Kay: The Woman Behind the Jesus Movement
Pastor Chuck Smith’s wife, Kay, was the force behind one of America’s greatest revivals. In the foreword to her book Pleasing God, Pastor Chuck wrote, “Kay was the first to reach out to the hippies of the ’60s. Her prayers and tears laid the foundation for our church, Calvary Chapel.” But to understand her heart…
“He gets us,” but do We Get Him?
A day or two after Super Bowl LVII, a friend messaged me and asked if I had seen the “He Gets Us” commercials that aired during the game. I am not a football fan. I have nothing against those who love the game but have little interest in anything it offers. So, I told my…
Knowing & Believing the Love
Every February, florists, jewelers, restaurants, greeting card companies, chocolatiers and bakeries, and party supply stores prepare far in advance for the crowds who want to express their love for that special someone. Perhaps, you go with a bouquet, a piece of jewelry, reservations at a favorite restaurant, a greeting card, a heart-shaped box of chocolates,…
All Means ALL
It’s a simple three-letter word – A-L-L. Yet, in Scrabble, it earns a whopping three points. Sometimes we fail to realize just how big the little, low-point word can be. When the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Philippi in chapter four, he gave them, and consequently us, a preview of how big ALL…
The Importance of Staying in the Word Daily
We’re only one month into a new year, and life is already taking its toll. Our schedules are busy. We are anxious as we try to keep up with everything. We begin our day with a blaring alarm on our phone, forcing us out of bed and then heading into our day jam-packed with meetings,…
It’s the new year, so it is time for New Year’s resolutions or, some might say new commitments!
The Darkest Day
The winter solstice. The time of year when the sun reaches the tropic of Capricorn, and we have our shortest day and our longest night. I wasn’t aware of this as a teenager. It was the darkest day of the year, yet it became the most important day of my life, full of the Light of…
By Adrianna La Tortue Life is an endless succession we go through every day. We find that as time passes, we start to take on more and more responsibilities. We start spending less time with friends, family, and even God. One can be fully committed to God and miss attending church because they’re so busy…