Archives

2017
Jan
01
Two Lists for a Happier New Year

“By Elaine Creasman
There’s a new year here, and so many times we Christians who are …”

A New You in the New Year

“By Dr. Bill Patterson
A wise man once defined craziness as “doing what we’ve always done …”

In The World—January 1, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Officer Helps a Grieving Man
When Mark Ross heard his sister had been killed …”

Worship Is a Verb—Life Application for January 8, 2017

“By David Faust
Can you identify an English word that uses all the vowels including Y? …”

A Fresh Start

“By Kelly Carr
The new year has different connotations for us all. Maybe you relish the …”

Praise God with a New Song—The Uniform Lesson for January 8, 2017

“By Mark Scott
The Psalms improve your song. If your song is exuberant, a psalm will …”

Evaluation Questions for January 8, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

The ABCs of Life-Changing Goals

“By Brian Jennings
How can we set good new year goals as a family?
A few years …”

Our One Job in God’s Kingdom

“By Joel Jackson
“You had one job!” This phrase is a meme associated with some entertaining …”

08
Evaluation Questions for January 15, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

From MasterChef to Ministry

“By Jamie Shafer
Although auditioning for Fox TV’s MasterChef was originally a friend’s suggestion, Tanorria Askew …”

Praise God the Provider—The Uniform Lesson for January 15, 2017

“By Mark Scott
“Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who brings …”

From the Streets, Back to the Streets

“By Jeffery Chaves
“I was running from God, but he had a different plan.”
Ron Cornell speaks …”

Bow Down—Life Application for January 15, 2017

“By David Faust
In more ways than one, the earth is off-kilter. Our planet isn’t straight …”

Tension in Mercy

“By Kelly Carr
Living in the city, it’s a tension I experience daily. I pull up …”

In The World—January 8, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Comedian Helps Family in Need
Tim and Keri Richardson have fostered more than 70 …”

Responding to Injustice

“By Drew Coons
“We had so little to begin with,” an American missionary in Africa sobbed. …”

Living Out the Christian Call to Justice

“By Katerina Parsons
In an urban neighborhood just outside of Honduras’s capital city Tegucigalpa, the streets …”

Stepping into the Reality of Suffering

“By Naomi Zacharias
I recently sat across from a woman I wanted to adopt as a …”

13
Not So Black and White

“By Sean Palmer & John Alan Turner
Today we are listening in to Sean Palmer and …”

15
God’s Fingerprints—Life Application for January 22, 2017

“By David Faust
The philosopher Cicero wasn’t a follower of God, but he had a logical …”

In The World—January 15, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
World Relief Resettles a Record Number of Refugees
World Relief, along with 1,180 churches, …”

Evaluation Questions for January 22, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Be the Bridge

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
As this week we celebrate the life and ministry of the Rev. …”

Praise God the Creator—The Uniform Lesson for January 22, 2017

“By Mark Scott
The Creator is separate from his creation. He transcends nature. Creation is awesome. …”

The Crayon Effect

“By Kelly Carr
There’s nothing like a fresh box of crayons—preferably the box of 64, with …”

Shades of Diversity

“By Thilini Cate
“Mommy, I’m biracial.”
“Biracial? Where did you hear that word?”
“I didn’t hear it. I …”

22
Who Are You?

“By Kelly Carr
Who are you?
How would others describe you—what image do you depict to the …”

Opening Doors for the Gospel

“By Laura McKillip Wood
Germany always interested Larry and Teri Lewis. Their ancestors came from Germany, …”

Evaluation Questions for January 29, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

“By Kit Coons
The moment we start exploring our world, we also begin discovering ourselves. That …”

Identity Crisis

“By Macey Phillips
I’m 25 years old and in the midst of an identity crisis.
So many …”

Praise God with All Creation—The Uniform Lesson for January 29, 2017

“By Mark Scott
“All Creatures of our God and King” was created around the 1900s, but …”

In The World—January 22, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Christian Beliefs and Body Image
Does what the Bible says change the way Christians …”

I Am Not My Avatar

“By Daniel Darling
Last year, Jeannie and Jim Gaffigan announced they were stopping production of their …”

The Perils of Safety

“By Meg Foster
The word safety invokes a comfort to most. The definition itself suggests such. …”

The Grand Symphony of Praise—Life Application for January 29, 2017

“By David Faust
I like a variety of music, at least in small doses. When it’s …”

28
Storehouses

“By Laurel Thomas
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you …”

29
Called to the Little Things

“By Kelly Carr
As I write this, I have recently experienced the joy of the International …”

Re-Created to Live in Harmony—The Uniform Lesson for February 5, 2017

“By Mark Scott
Someone has rightly said, “You cannot be ‘revived’ if you have never first …”

The Secret of a Meaningful Retirement

“By Bob Russell
An exhausted minister who was on the verge of retirement was asked what …”

Gourmet Service in a Fast-Food World

“By Christine Venzon
Have you ever watched those extreme cooking shows on TV? Chefs compete in …”

Understanding God’s Will

“By Dr. Barry Thornton
In the timeless classic It’s a Wonderful Life, George Bailey, played by …”

In The World—January 29, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Fighting Malnutrition
The World Food Programme (WFP) is struggling to meet the needs of …”

Evaluation Questions for February 5, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
These …”

Putting on the Uniform—Life Application for February 5, 2017

“By David Faust
There’s beautiful simplicity in the apostle Paul’s assertion, “So in Christ Jesus you …”

Feb
03
Anthony Munoz: Eyes on the Goal

“By David Faust
Anthony Munoz grew up east of Los Angeles, California, where he excelled at …”

Steele Johnson: Life Beyond an Olympic Medal

“Photo: David Boudia and Steele Johnson © 2016 The Associated Press
By Mike Berry
I remember it …”

05
Confessions of a Former Couch Potato

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
As this issue is devoted to sports, the intersection of sports, particularly …”

New Birth Brings Freedom—The Uniform Lesson for February 12, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
Today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Were he still living he would be …”

The Heart of the Game

“By Kelly Carr
It will be a familiar tale in households across the country today. Tis …”

Homeruns, Fumbles, Families, & Sports

“By Brian Jennings
As the third base coach for my son’s T-ball team, my job was …”

In The World—February 5, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Unexpected Star Under the Friday Night Lights
Noah Kennedy has struggled with severe health …”

Get out of the Pigpen—Life Application for February 12, 2017

“By David Faust
One of Jesus’ most famous quotes is, “You will know the truth, and …”

Evaluation Questions for February 12, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

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God’s Liberating Power—Life Application for February 19, 2017

“By David Faust
Don’t you like it when you get something for free, like a sample …”

Inspiring Stories

“By Kelly Carr
This week we begin a three-week series we’ve titled See Your Community. We’re …”

Freedom in Christ—The Uniform Lesson for February 19, 2017

“By Mark Scott
Benjamin Franklin was leaving Independence Hall in Philadelphia when the Constitutional Convention ended, …”

Loving Our Community

“By Brian Jennings
It’s so easy for us to become absorbed in our own little worlds. …”

Reaching a Community—Changing a Church

“By Jennifer Johnson
Broadway Christian Church has stood proudly in downtown Lexington for 100 years. While …”

Evaluation Questions for February 19, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Jesus with Skin On

“By Sue Tornai
Sunday school teachers see their students grow physically and spiritually into adults. I …”

Small Churches—Big Impact

“By T. R. Robertson
In towns and cities all over America, small churches are known for …”

In The World—February 12, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Returning Home to Iraq
Residents of the Christian town of Keramlis, Iraq have begun …”

13
New Owners for Christian Standard Media

“Parker, Colorado—February 13, 2017—The Solomon Foundation (TSF), a church extension fund serving the Christian churches …”

19
Supporting Airline Personnel

“By Jamie Shafer
Imagine someone who travels the world and encounters a mission field of opportunities …”

It’s What You’re Already Doing

“By Kelly Carr
Have you ever heard a sermon or conversation at church that involves the …”

Christ Creates Holy Living—The Uniform Lesson for February 26, 2017

“By Mark Scott
Jesus taught that good trees bear good fruit and bad trees bear bad …”

An Outlawed Gospel

“By Laura Adkins
True evangelism has a cost. For some believers, that cost is time, money, …”

Evaluation Questions for February 26, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way—Life Application for February 26, 2017

“By David Faust
The lyrics of a song popularized by Glen Campbell, “Try a Little Kindness,” …”

Sharing Christ Over Dinner

“By Blake Oliver
“Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a …”

In The World—February 19, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Growth of Churches in Iran
Today there are anywhere from 300,000 to 1 million …”

What If the Mission Were Different?

“By Sean Kelly
When I say the words “I’m on mission,” I don’t typically mean things …”

26
Take Another Look

“By Kelly Carr
If you thought about the word overlooked to describe someone, who comes to …”

Elder Orphan Care

“By Laura McKillip Wood
A Romanian pastor and his wife were watching the news in 2006 …”

Conversations with Skeptics

“By David Timms
A cynic or skeptic lurks deep within many of us.
Cynics, on the one …”

Bury Us with Dignity

“By Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros
When driving into small towns like Smiley, Texas, the “Mexican American Only” cemeteries …”

Evaluation Questions for March 5, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

In The World—February 26, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Views of Scripture Affect Church Growth
A study published by Review of Religious Research …”

Perfect Love—The Uniform Lesson for March 5, 2017

“By Mark Scott
God’s primary identity must become our primary activity. That identity and activity in …”

We Get to Carry Each Other

“By Sean Palmer
I break out in cold sweats when I think of 2004. What should …”

You Are Loved—Life Application for March 5, 2017

“By David Faust
If the Bible didn’t say it, we might not dare to think it …”

Mar
05
The Grape Wars

“By Sandi Brown
All of my life I had this idea of what a perfect mother …”

Celebrating God’s Work Behind the Scenes

“By Dr. Doug Redford
Whenever the month of March appears on the calendar, the minds of …”

OVERWHELMED & underjoyed

“By Kim Wright
It had been a rough few months. We bought a fixer-upper to work …”

Never Too Late to Play!

“By Karen O’Connor
“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me …”

Fun Is Good

“By Kelly Carr
Sometimes when we think about the Bible, we get our serious faces on. …”

Making Room for Play

“By Brian Jennings
What role does playfulness have in the kingdom of God?
The role of …”

Evaluation Questions for March 12, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Two Words—Life Application for March 12, 2017

“By David Faust
In a sermon I mentioned that the shortest verse in the English Bible …”

Great Love—The Uniform Lesson for March 12, 2017

“By Mark Scott
The Bible is not flat. While all Bible verses are inspired by God, …”

In the World—March 5, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Minister Inspired by Peanuts
Gregory Fryer, a minister in New York City, has a …”

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In The World—March 12, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Childcare Costs for Student Parents
Nearly 5 million college students in the United States …”

Kids These Days

“By Kelly Carr
Today we begin a three-part series on generations. What’s that? I’m glad you …”

It All Adds Up—Life Application for March 19, 2017

“By David Faust
Jesus had a lot to say about fruitfulness:
• “I am the vine; you …”

A Message for My Would-Be Grandparents

“By Rebecca Landry
Last summer I spent five weeks in Spain. Within a couple weeks of …”

Impacting History & Culture

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
As March is National Women’s History Month, I’m devoting this column to …”

Looking for a Coach

“By Eddie Schmidt
Every week after our church service, I talk to parents about all sorts …”

Christian Millennials in Three Words

“By Blake Oliver
Millennials aren’t deaf to what society says about us. Generations of hardworking Americans …”

What We Millennials Need

“By Macey Phillips
“Kids these days are lazy and self-absorbed.”
“The millennials don’t know what it means …”

Matchless Love—The Uniform Lesson for March 19, 2017

“By Mark Scott
Matchless means peerless; no equal; unsurpassed. When we speak of God’s love for …”

Evaluation Questions for March 19, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

13
Restoration Movement Media Announces Christian Standard Media Publisher Transition

“PARKER, CO—The president of Restoration Movement Media, Doug Crozier, along with its board is very …”

19
Golden Oldies

“By Kelly Carr
As we continue in our generations series, this week we are hearing from …”

The Open Door

“By Elizabeth Van Liere
“Here you go, Sweetheart,” the man said as he opened the City …”

Restoring Love—The Uniform Lesson For March 26, 2017

“By Mark Scott
God’s love is perfect, great, and matchless (the subjects of the former three …”

Evaluation Questions for March 26, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Remember What It Was Like to Be Lost?—Life Application for March 26, 2017

“By David Faust
Sometimes the far country seemed like a dream.
And so did the feast his …”

Gettin’ Old Ain’t for Wimps

“By Karen O’Connor
During the 100th anniversary year of the National Park Service (2016) I enjoyed …”

Becoming Golden in the Kingdom

“By Sandi McReynolds
“Thank you, I think, but what exactly does that mean?”
The next few moments …”

In The World—March 19, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Faith & the Philadelphia Eagles
There is a spiritual awakening happening in an unexpected …”

Ensuring & Insuring the Mission of the Church

“By Jamie Shafer
Much like in our personal lives, churches need the protection that insurance provides. …”

Leaving a Legacy

“By Steve Wyatt
Our church serves a master-planned community that’s evenly divided between two very different …”

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Plan Now for a Fruitful Future

“By Terry Magee
Those of us in middle age can feel sandwiched between caring for aging …”

Learning to Let Go

“By Evelyn Eng
I didn’t notice when it happened, but I had become my Asian parents. …”

Do You Consider Yourself a Shepherd?—Life Application for April 2, 2017

“By David Faust
The problems of our time won’t be solved by better government, but by …”

Triumph Over a History of Tragedy

“By Laura McKillip Wood
In the 1800s, the Dakota people (Hunkpati Oyate) of the Crow Creek …”

Generations: God’s Legacy

“By Sylvia Schroeder
The car doors slam, and we slide into opposite sides. We look at …”

Evaluation Questions for April 2, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Stuck in the Middle

“By Kelly Carr
We’ve looked at the opposing ends of the spectrum, and now in the …”

In The World—March 26, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
The Sanctuary Movement
Three hundred churches across the country are joining the Sanctuary Movement, …”

Three Little Words

“By Dawn Gentry
When I was 12 years old, we often visited my grandparents’ home. But …”

Shepherding Love—The Uniform Lesson for April 2, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
David’s music comforted King Saul (1 Samuel 16:23), but the lyrics of …”

Apr
02
Saving Love—The Uniform Lesson for April 9, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
This famous text contains the teachings of Jesus, the questions of Nicodemus, …”

Five Values for Maturity

“By Terry Magee
Both skills and character values are important to help our children or grandchildren …”

Flying the Nest

“By Trey Faull
College is a big change. Growing up in one town, attending one high …”

Everybody Bleeds—Life Application for April 9, 2017

“By David Faust
I have visited a lot of hospital patients over the years and I …”

Ready or Not, Here He Comes

“By Monica Cane
Five years before we ever conceived our son, I began praying for him. …”

Rite of Passage

“By Brian Jennings
What is a rite of passage ceremony and how can we use it …”

Evaluation Questions for April 9, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Transition Teens Successfully

“By Tammy Darling
When I heard from an acquaintance that her male cousin went off to …”

In The World—April 2, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Ohio Ruling Gives Juvenile Offenders a Chance for Release
“It does not take an …”

Transition: The Great Unknown

“By Kelly Carr
Change can be intimidating. Even if you look forward to the adventure, many …”

09
Evaluation Questions for April 16, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

It Is Finished

“By Kelly Carr
Think about the last big goal you set for yourself. You had a …”

With Jesus on the Road to Destiny

“By T. R. Robertson
Jesus is bound and determined to join the Passover pilgrimage. He could …”

Victorious Love—The Uniform Lesson for April 16, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
God’s victorious love unites with his resurrection power to bring life out …”

Celebrating the Power of the Blood

“By Dr. Doug Redford
Many people become rather squeamish at the sight of blood. Some even …”

What Do You Believe?

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
Doubt in the major tenets of the Christian faith is nothing new. …”

In The World—April 9, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Help for Young Adults with Autism
Clay Heighten and Debra Caudy’s 19-year-old son, Jon, …”

Dying for Something New—Life Application for April 16, 2017

“By David Faust
Who first looked at a lobster and said, “You know, I bet that …”

The Culmination of Jesus’ Mission

“By Jon Hembree
The triumphal entry on Palm Sunday is one of just a handful of …”

13
Seven Statements from the Cross

“By Bob Mize
The seven statements Jesus uttered while dying for our sins guide us through …”

Come In

“By Kelly Carr
It’s time. But we’ve arrived embarrassingly late to the grand event, skittering to …”

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Evaluation Questions for April 23, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

No Longer Enemies—Life Application for April 23, 2017

“By David Faust
Only a few English words start with the letter X, but one of …”

In The World—April 16, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Centenarian Breaks Cycling Record
In 2012, Robert Marchand, a Frenchman, set the world record …”

Forgiven and Free

“By Robin Stanley
“If I’m not perfect, what am I?”
I repeated the question she wanted me …”

Reconciling Love—The Uniform Lesson for April 23, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
How did the facts of Jesus’ death on the cross and his …”

No Chance Encounters

“By Jamie Shafer
On any given day, Jealeania Morris might find herself working at her desk …”

Applying Grace Where You Are

“By Charles C. Grimm
It can be difficult for English teachers to enjoy worship. Years and …”

23
How Do You Feel About Your Body?

“By Rebecca Landry
She glanced at the photo we had taken and critiqued her own “saggy …”

In The World—April 23, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell

Sensors Predict Illness Before You Feel Sick
Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine …”

A Mission to the Missionary

“By Laura McKillip Wood
As a young girl in Illinois, Janeece England dreamed of marrying a …”

Evaluation Questions for April 30, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Get Out, Get Moving

“By Kelly Carr
Spring might be my new favorite season. (I used to be a fall …”

He Calls Us by Name—Life Application for April 30, 2017

“By David Faust
To me, most sheep look pretty much alike. If you’ve seen one wooly …”

Focus on the Physical

“By Javan Rowe
We often think of our walk with the Lord solely in spiritual terms, …”

Longing for Open Spaces

“By Cleo Lampos
A breeze tinged with spring crispness and the scent of overturned dirt drifted …”

Protecting Love—The Uniform Lesson for April 30, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
John’s Gospel is rich in metaphor. A key verse in our text …”

28
Editor Change for The Lookout

“Shawn McMullen has been named the new editor of The Lookout. He will begin his …”

30
Blessed Assurance

“By Bob Russell
Do you or does someone you love struggle with anxiety?
Some Christians experience anxiety …”

Going Deeper with Jonah—Life Application for May 7, 2017

“By David Faust
Children consider Jonah a favorite person in the Bible because it’s fascinating to …”

When a Friend Faces Depression

“By Kelly Carr
We make snap judgments every day. We look at people and create assumptions …”

Offering Light and Hope

“By Kim Wright
Depression has such a stigma attached to it, especially within the body of …”

Sustaining Love—The Uniform Lesson for May 7, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
The book of Jonah is minor due to its size, not due …”

The Unmentionable Subject of Suicide

“By Amanda V. Porter
It’s not hyperbole to state that there is a widespread, sweeping, and …”

In The World—April 30, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell
Depression as Damaging to the Heart as Cholesterol and Obesity
A study found that …”

Surviving with Depression: 7 Ways to Cope

“By Blake Oliver
I was diagnosed with depression when I was in first grade. My parents …”

Evaluation Questions for May 7, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

My Husband’s Diagnosis

“By Ann L. Coker
I took off work to hear my husband preach in chapel. Arriving …”

May
07
Drugs on My Street

“By Kelly Carr
It happened the first week we moved in.
For almost 10 years we lived …”

Struck Down but Not Destroyed

“By Wasted2Cor4
As I write these words it has been exactly a year to the day …”

Preserving Love—The Uniform Lesson for May 14, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
God is so high that he can help us when we feel …”

A Whale of a Prayer—Life Application for May 14, 2017

“By David Faust
Jonah sloshed around in a fish’s stomach for three days. Have you spent …”

Evaluation Questions for May 14, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

In The World—May 7, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell
Minister Returns to Pulpit After Alcohol Addiction
Last summer Perry Noble was removed from …”

Helping Kids Overcome

“By Brian Jennings
What should I do when I suspect something is wrong with a child? …”

Deadly Delusion

“By Jerran Jackson & Kaela Taylor
Joe is a capable man. He is 6 foot 5 …”

I Am a Recovering Heroin Addict

“By Samantha Frashier
There is no way I should be alive today.
Every 24 hours went the …”

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Evaluation Questions for May 21, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

My Mother’s Day Gift

“By Kelly Carr
I decided that since it was Mother’s Day, and since I’m a mom, …”

Is It Time for Some Sackcloth?—Life Application for May 21, 2017

“By David Faust
The Bible stirs my imagination and piques my curiosity. After three days inside …”

Fighting Mother’s Day Demons

“By Tanya Cowley
I have two demons. Their names are Sorrow and Anger. They constantly lurk …”

Mature Motherhood on the Rise

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
I’m not sure of the reason, but the lives of my close …”

Lesser-Known Mothers of the Bible

“By Lindsey Bell
When we think of mothers in the Bible, we often remember Mary, the …”

She’s a Keeper

“By Doug Redford
My mother, Katherine Redford, passed away suddenly in December of 2015 at the …”

Mom’s Never-Failing Gift

“By Diana C. Derringer
I had settled into my dorm room, survived the first few weeks …”

Forgiving Love—The Uniform Lesson for May 21, 2017

“By Mark Scott
God’s forgiving love was in place for Nineveh but also for Jonah himself. …”

In The World—May 14, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell

Ashton Kutcher Fights Human Trafficking
Ashton Kutcher is an actor and cofounder of the …”

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The Labor of Listening

“By Sylvia Schroeder
“Hello, is anyone home?” I want to ask my husband while he sits …”

21
The Prophet’s Pity Party—Life Application for May 28, 2017

“By David Faust
Anger is only one letter away from danger. In the age of road …”

Pervasive Love—The Uniform Lesson for May 28, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
God’s love is pervasive (expanding, spreading, and permeating). Jonah’s love was narrow, …”

Listening in the Teeth of the Storm

“By Stephen D. Boyd, PhD
One of the most important Christlike skills we can develop in …”

Tell Me More

“By Kelly Carr
Listening is one of my favorite hobbies. I’m not even kidding. I love …”

Listen Now, Be Heard Later

“By T. R. Robertson
“Mom, your whole life is going away.” This statement was delivered by …”

Evaluation Questions for May 28, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

A Ministry in the Marketplace

“By Jamie Shafer
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a season for everything. Life is a …”

Are Your Ears Burning?

“By Joy Crichton
Denise reluctantly tied her gym shoes and gathered her water bottle and towel. …”

In The World—May 21, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell

Pornography Declared a Public Health Crisis
In 2016 Utah became the first state to …”

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Deborah and Barak—The Uniform Lesson for June 4, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
The book of Judges is one of the darker books of the …”

Listen, Learn, and Live

“By Kelly Carr
This week marks Memorial Day—when our nation stops to remember those who gave …”

The Source of My Strength

“By Teresa Wells
There was a time in my life when the Bible was optional. I …”

A Long Obedience

“By Laura McKillip Wood
Eugene Peterson calls a life of discipleship “a long obedience in the …”

Evaluation Questions for June 4, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Standing Out—Life Application for June 4, 2017

“By David Faust
The book of Judges tells about a stormy period in Israel filled with …”

In The World—May 28, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell
Most Pastors Satisfied with Their Marriages
A new study by the Barna Group reported …”

Unleashing the Bible’s Power in Our Lives

“By Jim Eichenberger
A story tells of a dissatisfied customer returning a chainsaw to a hardware …”

Celebrating the Light of the Word

“By Dr. Doug Redford
The Guiding Light was one of many soap operas that have been …”

Jun
04
In The World—June 4, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell
1.7 Million Kids Die Because of Pollution
A new study released by World Health …”

Shrink Your Army, Grow Your Faith—Life Application for June 11, 2017

“By David Faust
Reducing the size of your army is a strange way to prepare for …”

3 Reasons Jesus Loved Kids & Wants Us to Imitate Them

“By Brian Jennings
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me” (Mark 10:14). His words …”

Trust: Lessons from the Widow’s Mite

“By Joyce Long
It’s one of my treasured possessions, but I rarely wear it. A gift …”

Gideon—The Uniform Lesson for June 11, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
Damon Runyan said, “The race is not always to the swift nor …”

Clinging to God

“By Matt Wilmeth
I will never forget stepping into the room to meet my daughter for …”

Trust Behind an Unopened Door

“By Beth Jarvis
“Let’s take a selfie!”
“How about the steps? What about in front of the …”

Trust Fall

“By Kelly Carr
“I thought she said ‘back flip,’ so I moved out of the way. …”

Evaluation Questions for June 11, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

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Evaluation Questions for June 18, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Entering Their World: The Hartley Family

“By Anna Fasolino
“Good morning, Captain!” 21-year-old Abby Hartley’s clear voice sails through the loudspeakers over …”

He Makes Beautiful Things

“By Kelly Carr
I knew I had to go that day or it would be too …”

Made in God’s Image: Becoming Creative Creatures

“By Katherine Scott Jones
Its first stirrings drew me awake this morning, my subconscious forming the …”

I Learned Empathy Through Acting

“By Meg Foster
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch says, “You never really …”

In The World—June 11, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell
New Way of Detecting Cancer
There’s a new way to detect cancer, but it’s …”

Art for God’s Glory

“By H. Lynn Gardner
Marv Dahmen, a retired art teacher, serves as a deacon of the …”

The Lens of Faith

“By Jon Hembree
When you have a talented sibling, you can either be jealous or proud. …”

Refashioned

“By Lucinda J. Rollings
Peggy rummaged through her fabric scrap box, choosing a flowery red piece, …”

Those Disturbing Stories—Life Application for June 18, 2017

“By David Faust
The story of Jephthah contains so many rough edges that it almost hurts …”

Jephthah—The Uniform Lesson for June 18, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
In the book of Judges, the judges get progressively worse as we …”

Entrepreneurs Encouraging Entrepreneurs

“By Jamie Shafer
Nikki Carlson and Kailynn Bowling knew that business principles rooted in faith could …”

18
How to Live: Lessons from My Grandfathers

“By Stef Coleman
My daughter shrieks and I look out the window. Her grandfather has her …”

Fathers of Faith

“By Rose Cassie
Being retired, I am now enjoying reflecting on the shadow of the almighty …”

Samson—The Uniform Lesson for June 25, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
I do not like Samson. Like Esau, he was a sensualist (Hebrews …”

In The World—June 18, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell
Woman Seeks TV Help to Reunite with Long-Lost Father
Amanda Holdiness was raised by …”

Evaluation Questions for June 25, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

He Had It All—Life Application for June 25, 2017

“By David Faust
Samson had it all. He was part athlete, part playboy, part warrior, and …”

Fatherly Influence

“By Javan Rowe
I have been noticing increasingly more lately how much the things of this …”

Honoring the Fathers

“By Kelly Carr
We require a lot out of you, dads:
•  We want you to be …”

Refugees: Where Do You Stand?

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
President Trump’s presidency is nearly six months old. From the day after …”

Repairer of the Breach

“By Simon Presland
I sat on my second-hand couch in the tiny apartment I had rented, …”

25
This Is for Everyone

“By Gene Appel
I’m fired up for this week’s 2017 North American Christian Convention in Kansas …”

In The World—June 25, 2017

“By Lindsey Bell
Making Sure No Students Eat Alone
Do you remember what it was like to …”

Evaluation Questions for July 2, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

A Smile for Everyone

“By Jerry Harris
It’s interesting how some people can be so isolated, even in a crowded …”

Moses—The Uniform Lesson for July 2, 2017

“By Mark Scott
One of the great characteristics of God is his interpersonal capacity. He communicates. …”

The Most Difficult Simple Message

“By Kelly Carr
Oftentimes we focus on the things that are not rather than the things …”

Excuses, Excuses—Life Application for July 2, 2017

“By David Faust
Ever since Eve blamed the serpent and Adam blamed Eve, the human brain …”

Deaf Missions

“By Laura McKillip Wood
Chad Entinger began working at Deaf Missions as a way to give …”

What Everyone Means to Jesus

“By Liz Curtis Higgs
I grew up in a small Pennsylvania town where everyone looked like …”

Jul
02
Isaiah—the Uniform Lesson for July 9, 2017

“By Mark Scott
In the first religious awakening of America, Jonathan Edwards preached a now famous …”

Evaluation Questions for July 9, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

The Real Freedom Fighters

“By Karen Wingate
Join any July 4 celebration in the United States and you’ll soon hear …”

Rooted and Established in Love

“By Kelly Carr
I’m fascinated by giant tree roots that become visible—to see the winding intricacies …”

The Cookbook: Discovering My Family’s Roots of Faith

“By Stef Coleman
In my move from rural Tennessee to Chicago, I lost my Dede’s cookbook. …”

Prayers That Set the Tone—Life Application for July 9, 2017

“By David Faust
If you strike a tuning fork and hold it near another tuning fork—even …”

In The World—July 2, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Restaurant with a Mission
Everytable, a restaurant chain in Los Angeles, has a unique …”

The Only Name That Matters

“By Dr. Steve Carr
I was always defensive about that name.
When we started a church in …”

Making the Most of Your Age and Stage

“By Brian Jennings
My life is panning out differently than I expected. How should I react …”

09
Called to Shape the Future—Life Application for July 16, 2017

“By David Faust
On the day after my new granddaughter was born earlier this year, I …”

Encouraging Your Influence

“by Kelly Carr
You are leading and influencing people every day in some way. You may …”

Jeremiah—The Uniform Lesson for July 16, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
It would seem that when God wants to make a prophet, he …”

In The World—July 9, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Following Christ Without the Church
Ten percent of Americans say they are Christians who …”

Evaluation Questions for July 16, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Faith-Based Films of 2017

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
While going to the movies is one of my favorite pastimes year-round, …”

People Are Watching You

“By Kelly Carr
As we noted a few weeks ago, sometimes we don’t feel creative, yet …”

Godly Character: The Fragrance of Christ

“By Simon Presland
A quick search on Amazon shows that almost 140,000 books have been written …”

Anyone Can Do It

“By Nikki Hunt
“I wish I could help you in outreach efforts, Nikki, but right now …”

16
Slowing Down and Having Fun on a Staycation

“By Karen O’Connor
“Slow down. Take a deep breath. What’s the hurry? Why wear yourself out? …”

Evaluation Questions for July 23, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Intentional Relaxing

“By John Dorroh
“Where are you taking the family for vacation?” I heard a friend ask …”

How We Make World Travel a Family Value

“By Katherine Scott Jones
Last summer my husband and I toured Southeast Asia for the first …”

Church Camp: Where Leaders Are Grown

“By Matt Robinson
It isn’t uncommon to find local churches in tough financial circumstances. Debt is …”

Judging for Jesus

“By Lindsey Bell
When my husband and I were approached about potentially adopting a baby …”

Vacation—All I Ever Wanted

“By Kelly Carr
I was never so happy not to have cell phone service.
Not getting service …”

In The World—July 16, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
Sermons Are Central
What attracts people to a particular church? A Gallup poll says …”

Ezekiel—The Uniform Lesson for July 23, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
The librarian says, “You are what you read.” The designer says, “You …”

Heaven’s Grand Opening—Life Application for July 23, 2017

“By David Faust
Have you ever attended the grand opening of a restaurant or a store …”

23
Being Reborn

“By Christine Graef
Under cover of night, a Jewish leader and teacher named Nicodemus approached Jesus, …”

Restore the Wonder of John 3:16

“By Rebecca Landry
Most people reading this live in a place with easy access to Scripture …”

Amos—The Uniform Lesson for July 30, 2017

“By Dr. Mark Scott
In the field of education, accreditation is an organized means of ensuring …”

In The World—July 23, 2017

“By Melissa Wuske
How Christians Respond to Persecution
When believers face opposition for their faith, their responses …”

Curiosity Didn’t Kill the Cat

“By Lena Wood
It was worry that killed the cat—according to the original adage. Around A.D. …”

A Wild and Broken Place

“By Laura McKillip Wood
Emmy met her husband, Cole, when they both volunteered at a program …”

Jesus’ Rescue

“By S. Daniel Smith
You’ve seen it before. Usually it’s a pole with a snake wrapped …”

Evaluation Questions for July 30, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Step into the Light

“By Kelly Carr
This week we begin a four-part series looking at four different people (or …”

God’s Blunt Instruments—Life Application for July 30, 2017

“By David Faust
Do you listen carefully to those preflight safety talks on airplanes? Flight attendants …”

2016
Jan
03
Everything I’ve Learned About Prayer

“By Kelly Carr

As we charge ahead into a new calendar, what better way to dive …”

Where You Live for January 10, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“Questions and Activities for Small Groups

By Michael C. Mack

1. Which of the following do you …”

The Top 7 Prayer Secrets of Jesus

“By Bob Hostetler

If anyone exemplifies the blessed life, it is Jesus. Though he never owned …”

Strategy Sessions with Jesus

“By T. R. Robertson

Prayer, for many people, is like climbing onto Santa’s lap at the …”

Turning Your Worries into Prayers

“By Bev and Phil Haas

I’m finally admitting it—I worry about my kids. My husband says …”

The Most Beautiful Bride—The Uniform Lesson for January 10, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

We should always interpret the Bible in light of the genre used …”

When Jesus Prayed for Us

“By Terry Magee

Jesus prayed on many occasions, including when feeding the five thousand, before selecting …”

In The World—January 3, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Evangelicals Urge Government to Welcome Refugees

In response to the worldwide refugee crisis, the …”

The Beauty List

“By David Faust

I am a list maker. I keep on my desk a list of …”

Is This, Then, How You Should Pray?

“By Riane Konc

We were in the middle of family prayer when the phone rang. My …”

The Lesson and Life for January 10, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Song of Solomon 6:4-12 

By Elizabeth Matko

Despite God’s warning that we should avoid …”

10
#BlackLivesMatter

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

With the dawning of a new year, it is time to put …”

In The World—January 10, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

3-D Printers Help Surgeons

Mia Gonzalez, age 4, spent years of her life sick …”

An Unfaithful Bride—The Uniform Lesson for January 17, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

School boys used to say, “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugliness …”

Hope—Without Healing

“By Kelly Carr

I met Forrest Theiss when he attended our church several years ago. He …”

One Need, Four Friends, and a Miracle

“By Dr. Bill Patterson

When the Bible gives an account, the Lord considered that biblical event …”

Bought Back

“By David Faust

Hosea had it rough. God commanded him to marry a promiscuous woman. Sometime …”

The Lesson and Life for January 17, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Hosea 1:1-11 

By Elizabeth Matko

I used every trick in the book when I …”

Where You Live for January 17, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“Questions and Activities for Small Groups

By Michael C. Mack

1. Who gave you your name? What …”

Unclean

“By Tyler Edwards

Jesus was a man with a mission. The single most important mission in …”

Do You Really Want to Be Healed?

“By Joy Crichton

The smell of mocha permeates the air like vapor energy, a kind of …”

17
Where You Live for January 24, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What is the most joyful wedding and reception you’ve attended? What …”

For Our Own Good

“By Kelly Carr

Clearly I’m not the one who should be writing this. I can barely …”

In The World—January 17, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

The Impact of the Self-Employed Workforce

Many people picture massive corporations as the driving …”

Confronting Those We Love

“By Amanda Fillebrown

Most people cringe at even the mention of the word confrontation. This is …”

Why Miracles Matter

“By David Faust

Recently I talked with a young woman who visited our church at the …”

Embracing Faith at School

“By Jamie Shafer

Over the past few decades, the public education system in America has removed …”

Handling Conflict in a Healthy Manner

“By Simon Presland

Conflict. Just the mention of the word sends shivers down our spines. Images …”

A Wedding in Cana—The Uniform Lesson for January 24, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Jesus was a worker of wonders. He worked miracles for several reasons. …”

The Lesson and Life for January 24, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on John 2:1-12

By Elizabeth Matko

What if Mary had not chosen to intercede for …”

Jesus Confronted the Religious Leaders

“By H. Lynn GardnerWhy would Jesus who taught “turn the other cheek” engage in controversy? …”

24
Training in Ukraine & Beyond

“By Laura McKillip Wood

For Valentin and Luba Siney, ministry is a family tradition. Valentin grew …”

When the Lord Delays

“By David Faust

I don’t like to wait. In stores, slow-moving checkout lines test my patience. …”

The Master Teacher

“By Eva Juliuson

One of my favorite parts of being a teacher is seeing my students …”

In The World—January 24, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Effective Suicide Prevention

In the face of rising suicide rates nationwide—despite interventions like the …”

Encouraging Teachers

“By Kelly Carr, Editor

Looking at Jesus’ teachings inspires me to honor teachers I
 know. …”

The Lesson and Life for January 31, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on John 11:38-44

By Elizabeth Matko

Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, …”

On Top of the World

“By Doug Redford

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have …”

The Death of a Friend—The Uniform Lesson for January 31, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Jesus and death cannot coexist. Death has no victory around Jesus (1 …”

The Hard Teachings of Jesus

“By Lindsey Bell

Jesus wasn’t always popular. At times, the crowds loved him. They loved him …”

Where You Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups, January 31, 2016

“By Michael C. Mack

1. Would you want to know the date and cause of your …”

31
What Keeps You Up at Night?

“By Jim Corley

Sales of sleep aids are booming. According to Marketdata Enterprises, Inc. three major …”

No Matter the Outcome

“By Ashlea Massie

Worry is a result of our lack of control in life and, if …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for February 7, 2016

“By Michael C. Mack

1. Have you ever participated in a Seder meal (the meal that …”

Come to Supper

“By David Faust

It’s not about the food.

Wedding cake tastes delicious, but that’s not why you …”

In The World—January 31, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Divorce and the Church

“The vast majority of churches do not have an effective …”

Worry: It’s Not Insurmountable

“By CaReese Rials

We live in troubling times. We hear of political unrest overseas. There are …”

Faith or Worry?

“By Karen Wingate

Worry has a way of playing tug-of-war with our faith.

My faith was at …”

Winning Over Worry

“By Bob Russell

Don’t worry! That command is really difficult for many of us to obey. …”

The Dreaded W-Word

“By Kelly Carr

To begin with, it was 11:30 at night. When you are half asleep, …”

Passover—The Uniform Lesson for February 7, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

The driving metaphor of religious practice in the Old Testament is a …”

The Lesson and Life for February 7, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Exodus 12:1-14

By Daryl Reed

When I was a teenager I saved my 3-year-old …”

Feb
07
Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for February 14, 2016

“By Michael Mack

1. Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day in any way? Why or why not? 

• …”

The Lesson & Life for February 7, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Exodus 12:1-14

By Daryl Reed

In anticipation of my fiftieth birthday, my wife asked …”

What’s in It for Me?

“By T. R. Robertson

“So why do you guys do this?”

I posed the question to a …”

In The World—February 7, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

High School Experiences & Inequality

Carla Shedd, part of Columbia University’s sociology and African-American …”

Man-Sized Strategies

“Guest editorial by Mark Taylor

Over the next three weeks, we’re looking at three groups—men, women, …”

Two Loaves of Bread

“By David Faust

When my wife, Candy, and I moved to a different neighborhood a couple …”

Festival of Weeks–The Uniform Lesson for February 14, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Valentine’s Day celebrates love. Wedding anniversaries celebrate commitment. Probably the most noteworthy …”

Being the Head v. Being Ahead

“By Charles C. Grimm

“But she’ll make more money than you!”

I couldn’t believe I was hearing …”

Be an Involved Dad

“By Bev and Phil Haas

Looking back on my childhood, my mom was around a lot …”

A Call to Men: Lead Intentionally

“By Charley Jones

With voices, responsibilities, and people screaming for your attention, the last bits of …”

14
In the World—February 14, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Working Families in America

The percentage of households with both the mother and father …”

Supporting Sisters

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

As this issue of The Lookout is devoted to women’s topics, I …”

Women: Wired to Help

“By Valerie Jones

A rather quick glance at the women of the Bible can leave quite …”

Where You Live—Questions and Answers for Small Groups, February 21, 2016

“By Mike Mack

1. On a scale of 1-10, how much of a perfectionist are you? …”

Hello

“By Kelly Carr, Editor

See that woman across the way? No one is talking to her. …”

The Lesson & Life for February 21, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Leviticus 16:11-19

By Daryl Reed

There are several things we all have in common. …”

The Price of Forgiveness

“By David Faust

Have you ever struggled to forgive someone? Do you find it hard to …”

The Competition Trap

“By Tammy Darling

Women have a tendency to compete with each other on a much greater …”

Confessions of a People Pleaser

“By Joyce Long

After grabbing two granola bars and my purse, I literally pushed my 10-year-old …”

Day of Atonement–The Uniform Lesson for  February 21, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

“The forgiveness of God, in my opinion, is the most powerful and …”

21
Same Story, New Characters

“By Kelly Carr
We sat in the darkened theater in eager anticipation. After enduring many, many …”

Feast of Tabernacles–The Uniform Lesson for February 28, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Pushing the pause button to remember God’s faithfulness is a healthy spiritual …”

In The World—February 21, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Abortion & the Church: Culture of Silence

A survey by LifeWay Research highlights a …”

Unclub: Nurturing Middle School Kids

“By Elaine Creasman

“I don’t want to go,” my 11-year-old granddaughter, Destiny, moaned on another Sunday …”

Where You Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for February 28, 2016

“By Mike Mack

1. Growing up, which days of the year were the biggest celebrations for …”

Childhood Scars—Adulthood Fears

“By Brad Wise

One day back when I was in third grade, I walked out to …”

Rebel with a Cause

“By Tammy Darling

Some kids rebel by sneaking out of the house late at night or …”

Community Impact

“By Jamie Shafer

In the Marketplace Faith column, we have the privilege of highlighting individuals whose …”

The Lesson & Life for February 28, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Leviticus 23:33-43

By Daryl Reed

Some of my fondest childhood memories are camping trips …”

Dos and Don’ts When a Child is Bullied

“By Linda Gilden

Autumn was going down the steps one morning before school, looking for her …”

Your Joy Will Be Complete

“By David Faust

Some might find it surprising and almost sacrilegious to suggest that God built …”

28
Wrath of God

“By Javan Rowe

The Old Testament God is angry and the New Testament God is nice. …”

In The World—February 28, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Surveying the Megachurch Landscape

A survey by the Leadership Network and the Hartford Institute …”

Every Once in a While

“By Kelly Carr

I remember celebrating the birthday of a former coworker when she turned 16. …”

Powerful Faith–The Uniform Lesson for March 6, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

The apostles said, “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). What could be more …”

 The Lesson & Life for March 6, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Mark 9:14-29

By Jonathan Underwood

Faith is a critical issue for the Christian. We …”

The Gracious God of Time

“By Valerie Jones

Time, either too much or too little of it, is often a part …”

Designing Freedom

“By Laura McKillip Wood

When people hear the word missionary, a certain stereotype leaps to mind: …”

Star Power

“By David Faust

You may not have heard of a nineteenth-century English poet named Jane Taylor, …”

The Year of Jubilee

“By Dr. Bill Patterson

Adam and Tina (not their real names) live in Indiana but spent …”

Where You Live—Questions and Answers for Small Groups for March 6, 2016

“By Michael C. Mack

1. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Man is made by his belief. …”

Mar
06
Hymnody Through the Ages

“By Eunice Porter

The sunbeams shine through stained glass windows, the organ swells the introduction, and …”

Memories Brought to Life

“By Elizabeth Van Liere

No matter if the skies are gray, my Tuesday mornings shine with …”

There Rings a Melody

“By Kelly Carr

Hymns powerfully put into words so many great truths about God and our …”

Psalms, Hymns, and Songs from the Spirit

“By Bryan K. Brigham

Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 challenge us to encourage each other with …”

Hanging on to the Hymns

“By Emily M. Akin

“Why sing songs with words that are a hundred years old?” A …”

Riches That Last

“By David Faust

When I left for college at age 18, everything I owned fit in …”

The Lesson and Life for March 13, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Mark 10:17-31

By Jonathan Underwood

In preparing for the future, two things are especially …”

The Boy Who Wrote Hymns

“By Jewell Johnson

“The singing in this church is dull and lifeless,” a young English man …”

In The World—March 6, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

The Healing Power of Music

Saginaw, Michigan, has been hit hard by the collapse …”

Amazing Faith—How Sweet It Is

“By Karen O’Connor

I felt the aircraft wheels touch the runway and my heart thumped. My …”

Where You Live for March 13, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What one object do you own that you would be extremely …”

Simple Faith—The Uniform Lesson for March 13, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Affluenza complicates simple faith. Affluenza is a sickness caused by too many …”

Using Music to Teach About God

“By Bev and Phil Haas

What can we do to help our kids embrace Christian music …”

13
Struggling Faith—The Uniform Lesson for March 20, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

A common struggle we face is consistent faith. On Palm Sunday the …”

In The World—March 13, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Movement Toward Christ Among Muslims

“We are living in the midst of the greatest …”

Look at the Palms

“By David Faust

Palm trees bring to mind vacation spots and warm ocean breezes. Prized by …”

The Lesson and Life for March 20, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Mark 10:17-31

By Jonathan Underwood

Among the gems of wisdom the Holy Spirit has …”

Experiencing a Church-Wide Fast

“By Candy Arrington

When our minister called our church to a 40-day period of prayer and …”

Fasting: Addition by Subtraction

“By Nikcole Wiles

Have you ever considered fasting in different ways? We don’t only have to …”

How My Disinterest with Fasting Led Me to a New Perspective on Life

“By Mike Berry

Can I just be honest? I’m not a fan of fasting. Never have …”

Conflicts in Church

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

Ideally, a church should be a sanctuary of peace and harmony, but …”

Holding Fast

“By Kelly Carr

What is it about human nature to want to do what we’re told …”

Where You Live for March 20, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack

1. Pride goes before a fall. That saying is a paraphrase of …”

20
Pause to Remember

“By T. R. Robertson

This past year, on a chilly weekend in January, my wife’s extended …”

Rejected & Returning King

“By Valerie Jones

The crowd shouted, “Hosanna!” and laid their palm branches at his feet as …”

Carefully Approaching the Atonement

“By Dr. David Downey

Easter is almost upon us. For Christians, this is more than just …”

Thoughts on Good Friday

“By Sandi McReynolds

“MomMac, why do they call the day they killed Jesus ‘good’?”

It’s Good Friday, …”

Forever

“By David Faust

If you are living on fast forward and need to press pause, I …”

In The World—March 20, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Teen Bible Reading Today

A survey of practicing Protestant teens yields encouraging results about …”

Approaching Jesus

“By Kelly Carr

When someone talks about palm trees, my mind immediately goes to my dream …”

Bringing Beauty from Ashes

“By Jamie Shafer

Walking life’s journey can be difficult, especially when we go alone. We all …”

Resurrection Faith—The Uniform Lesson for March 27, 2016 

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Our celebrations of Easter can be pretty bland. Easter eggs, chocolate, and …”

The Lesson and Life for March 27, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Mark 16:1-8

By Jonathan Underwood

Many people long for a second chance—an opportunity to …”

Where You Live for March 27, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What is the biggest obstacle you’ve faced in your life? Have …”

27
Amazing Jesus

“By David Faust

Words like great and awesome have become so overused these days that they …”

4 Ways to Honor Christ at Easter

“By Bob Hostetler

It’s a busy time filled with Easter baskets, Easter bunnies, egg coloring, egg …”

Incomprehensible

“By Kelly Carr

There are moments, days, weeks at a time when you are plodding along …”

In The World—March 27, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Tragedy Averted Through Scripture

On New Year’s Eve, a man walked into a service …”

Where You Live for April 3, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What is the most amazing thing you’ve ever witnessed? 

Read Luke 7:1-10. 

2. …”

Amazing Faith—The Uniform Lesson for April 3, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

How can an all-knowing God be amazed at anything? Scripture affirms that …”

Scared to Death of Death

“By Sean Palmer

In the middle of Vacation Bible School, I got the news that Sue …”

Mystery for the Ages

“By Laury L. Davis

I love a good mystery—the setup, the red herrings, the suspense, the …”

Follow Your Calling

“By Laura McKillip Wood

Phil and Michelle Parker met in the cafeteria at Johnson University in …”

The Lesson and Life for April 3, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Luke 7:1-10

By Rachel Friel

Reflect upon the time when your heart was first …”

Apr
01
Thomas: More than His Doubts

“By Javan Rowe

When we contemplate doubt and what the Bible says on the subject, our …”

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The Lesson and Life for April 10, 2016


Devotional thoughts on Luke 7:36-50

By Rachel Friel
Imagine you are living in biblical times. You hear stories of a …”

Traits for Thriving Families

“By Bev and Phil Haas

My wife and I both grew up in families that survived …”

In The World—April 3, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

Prayer App for Persecuted Believers

Stories of persecution against Christians are prevalent. Recently, a …”

Shameless Faith—The Uniform Lesson for April 10, 2016

“By Mark Scott

Love and forgiveness are inextricably linked. The reason that God forgives so well …”

In Good Company

“By Miriam Y. Perkins, PhD

If you went paging through the New Testament looking for one-sentence …”

Doubt—You’re Not Alone

“By Kelly Carr

Change is hard. Even when change is for our own good, the transition …”

Where You Live for April 10, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack

1. If you were holding a dinner party, what living person would …”

How to Help Friends Who Doubt

“By Simon Presland

My friend’s father died in his arms. “Where is God?” he asked me …”

Rescued

“By David Faust

Some friends of mine recently adopted a dog. It’s a mixed breed—half Dachshund …”

Waiting and Wondering

“By Jennifer Avery

In my mind I can very clearly remember the days all throughout school …”

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In The World—April 10, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

What to Do About Ministers and Porn

Pornography is an issue among ministers and …”

Countercultural Body Image

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

As we are steeped in American culture, particularly pop culture, it is …”

Beauty on the Other Side of Pain

“By Bryan K Brigham

Tragedy, suffering, and pain come to each of us eventually. If you …”

The Lesson and Life for April 17, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Luke 8:26-36

By Rachel Friel

Have you ever questioned the ways of God? Have …”

Designed by Our Creator

“By Kelly Carr

Just last week I observed some amazing beauty created by God. Ever since …”

Notice People

“By David Faust

Several years ago my daughter Michelle started making art projects using ordinary objects …”

Fighting an Ugly Disease

“By Kathy Bruins

“You have cancer,” my doctor told me on September 11, 2009. My “911” …”

Beautifully Calm in Chaos

“By Brad Wise

We were three days into our 25-day film shoot for a movie I …”

Where You Live for April 17, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What is the story behind how you got your name? 

Read Luke …”

Recovered Faith—The Uniform Lesson for April 17, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Three of the Gospels record this story (Matthew 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20; and …”

Beyond the Looking Glass

“By Nicole R. Pramik

“In me she has drowned a young girl, and in me an …”

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Sharing Christ: in the Country

“By Kelly Carr

I loved going to my grandparents’ farm as a child. There was space …”

Where You Live for April 24, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack

1. As a kid, did you ever run away or think about …”

Tested Faith—The Uniform Lesson for April 24, 2016

“By Mark Scott

This parable is the most familiar of Jesus’ 40 parables. Jesus’ teaching on …”

The Lesson and Life for April 24, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Luke 15:11-24

By Rachel Friel

Each day Christians face an unseen spiritual battle. We …”

Small But Mighty

“By Karen Wingate

The ground swelled beneath me as my plane descended toward the Moline, Illinois, …”

In The World—April 17, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske

A Nobel Nomination for the Greek Isles

Most of the 900,000 refugees who arrived …”

God’s Good Gifts

“By David Faust

Prayer isn’t an attempt to twist the arm of a reluctant deity. Prayer …”

Concert in the Cookhouse

“By Shara Bueler-Repka

I stomped the cold from my feet and rubbed my hands together, feeling …”

Fellowship in a Small Town

“By T. R. Robertson

In January 2007, 40 people gathered at an intermediate school in Hallsville, …”

Corporate Strategy: Integrity

“By Jamie Shafer

Christians in the marketplace often wrestle with what it looks like to live …”

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In The World—April 24, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Bible-Minded in America
An annual study by American Bible Society (ABS) and Barna Group …”

At Home and Abroad

“By Laura McKillip Wood
Dr. Chip Anderson moved to Costa Rica to work with Latin America …”

Proper Tactics for the Suburban Church

“By Luke Davidson
While I hear of Christianity being in decline across our nation, I have …”

Loving My Suburban Neighbors

“By Amy Simon
Like many other Americans, our family lives in a middle class suburb. Everyone …”

A Mission Next Door

“By Alex Lozada
Not everyone in our family wanted to move. My wife, Heather, and I …”

The Lesson and Life for May 1, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Luke 17:1-10
By Jen Dunning
“When I’d get tired and want to stop, I’d …”

Sharing Christ: in the Suburbs

“By Kelly Carr
When Christians think of places where the gospel needs to be spread, they …”

Where You Live for May 1, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack
1. In what area would you like God to grow your faith …”

Coming and Going

“By David Faust
Psalm 121:8 says, “The Lord will watch over your coming and going both …”

Increased Faith—The Uniform Lesson for May 1, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott
Jesus’ teachings often overwhelmed the disciples. When he taught that he was …”

May
01
Pointing Your Kids to Jesus

“By Bev and Phil Haas
My parents weren’t Christians, and I didn’t become a follower of …”

Sharing Christ: in the City

“By Kelly Carr
I held a number of stereotypes about city living and its residents until …”

Grateful Faith—The Uniform Lesson for May 8, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott
Gratitude should be our default setting (Psalm 107:1; 118:1). Gratitude is God’s …”

The City Is a Mission Field (But Not Only in the Way You Think)


By Liz McEwan
It’s been 13 years since I first stepped foot in Cincinnati, Ohio.
My first …”

The Importance of Cities

“By Stephen Um
The trends of urbanization and globalization are two realities in our culture today. …”

In The World—May 1, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Islamic State Murders Declared Genocide
The parliament of the European Union voted to designate …”

Where You Live for May 8, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack
1. Of all the ways God has blessed you in your life, …”

Studying Your City

“By Brian Jennings
When I jog through the neighborhoods surrounding our church building, I’m reminded of …”

That Little Extra

“By David Faust
When I hired a woodworker to lay a hardwood floor in my house …”

The Lesson and Life for May 8, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Luke 17:11-19
By Jen Dunning
Take a moment and imagine you are the lead …”

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In The World—May 8, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Plumbers Help Flint
More than 300 union plumbers from across Michigan went to Flint …”

Of Rocks and Tundra Flowers

“By Susan Shannon
I used to live in Colorado, and I loved hiking in the mountains. …”

A Mother’s Legacy

“By Dr. Barry Thornton
In the movie, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Glenn Holland spends his entire life …”

Church Ladies

“By Kelly Carr
A few months ago at church there were a few of us adults …”

The Other Mothers

“By Betty White Coleman
One of the most celebrated days in the month of May is …”

Sanctimommy: The Struggle of the Modern Young Mother

“By Meg Foster
By a stroke of serendipity, I became pregnant around the same time that …”

Keeping Up Appearances?

“By David Faust
Our church staff needed some new publicity pictures, and it was time for …”

The Lesson and Life for May 15, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Luke 18:9-14
By Jen Dunning
Most of us like to be recognized and enjoy …”

Humble Faith—The Uniform Lesson for May 15, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott
Humility was not prized in the ancient world. It was viewed as …”

Church Security

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
In December Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, …”

Where You Live for May 15, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack
1. Who taught you how to pray? What did this person teach …”

15
Stand Firm & Be Still

“By Kelly Carr
There are lots of things people dislike, but for some those develop into …”

In The World—May 15, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Reducing Risk of Dementia
A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine …”

Take the Leap

“By David Faust
What did it take the first time someone used a parachute? bravado? curiosity? …”

Childlike Faith—The Uniform Lesson for May 22, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott
My close friend J. K. Jones said, “I spent the first 40 …”

Where You Live for May 22, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack
1. On a scale of 1-5 (1—not at all; 5—very much) how …”

The Lesson and Life for May 22, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Luke 18:15-17; Mark 10:16
By Jen Dunning
Children have amazing faith and trust. The …”

Attack of the Wasps

“By Sandi Brown
Fear. What comes to mind when you hear that word? Think about the …”

Dentistry: From Fear to Faith

“By Jamie Shafer
From the start of our conversation, Dr. Yooson Kim readily acknowledges that fear …”

Controlling Fear with Scripture

“By Drew Coons
Rock climbing, racing, gambling, stealing—some people actually get high on danger-induced adrenalin. Not …”

Your Hands Shall Be Strengthened: Defeating Fear to Fulfill Our Calling

“By Nathan Dempsey
My dad had an amazing opportunity in college: become a pilot through the …”

22
Social Media

“By Kelly Carr
I had a MySpace page once. Yes, that was a popular website for …”

The Lesson and Life for May 29, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Luke 19:1-10
By Jen Dunning
Have you ever been surprised by something that turned …”

How We Can Be Salt & Light Online

“By Brad Wise
Five years ago I shut down my Facebook account. I was going through …”

Where You Live for May 29, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack
1. What popular person, if he or she were coming to your …”

Eradicating Spiritual Poverty

“By Laura McKillip Wood
Nathan Davenport began his ministry working at a Christian college, where he …”

Joyous Faith—The Uniform Lesson for May 29, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott
“The gospel is for sellouts.” That is how our oldest son, Casey, …”

Social Media Bible Study

“By Karen Wingate
My friend Linda Hulse posted this observation about Facebook:
“If you are a gossip, …”

On Mission Online

“By T. R. Robertson
Social media sites can be a blessing, but they can also cause …”

In The World—May 22, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Faith-Changing Movie Role
Actress Jennifer Garner recently played Christy Beam in the real-life story …”

Songs in the Trees

“By David FaustFar back in a field on the farm where I grew up, there’s …”

You Know You’re Addicted to Social Media When . . .

“By Lindsey Bell
Sometimes I miss the days when a phone was just a phone.
There are …”

23
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What I Learned from Crystal

“By Ashley Faith
Crystal entered my life when she was just 8 years old. She lived …”

Being the Church—Together

“By Steve Yeaton
He didn’t like the change made in the way our church serves communion. …”

It’s Not the End of the World

“By David FaustIt’s a common saying. You experience a minor mishap and shrug your shoulders. …”

The Lesson and Life for June 5, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Zephaniah 1:4-6, 14-16; 2:3
By Alan Dowd
It may be easy to dismiss Zephaniah’s …”

The Day of the Lord—The Uniform Lesson for June 5, 2016

“By Mark Scott
The Bible is full of contrasts related to God’s people. There was the …”

Where You Live for June 5, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael Mack
1. What day of the year do you look forward to the most …”

Cross-Generational Relationships: Be Intentional

“By Kelly Carr
Almost 11 years ago we left a large, vibrant congregation to plant a …”

Bridging the Generation Gap

“By Eva Juliuson
There is a troubling trend in the church. In more and more cases, …”

In The World—May 29, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Many Americans View Christianity as Extreme
A study by the Barna Group explores American …”

The Church’s Response to an Aging Culture

“By Bob Russell
Bill Hulsey, executive director of The Forum at Brookside, a retirement community in …”

Jun
05
Reaching Out

“By Kelly Carr
I’ve seen sports, sewing, and sign language ministries. I’ve watched church groups build …”

Pointers on Peer Pressure

“By Bev and Phil Haas
We have good kids, but like all kids they sometimes give …”

That Day is Coming—The Uniform Lesson for June 12, 2016

“By Dr. Mark Scott
“Turn out the lights” or “00:00” or “Pay day some day” are …”

Aligned with God

“By David FaustWhen you go grocery shopping, do you ever get one of those shopping …”

The Disillusionment High

“By S’ambraosia Wasike
In 2007 a documentary called Glue Boys was released, chronicling a day in …”

The Lesson and Life for June 12, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Zephaniah 3:1-8
By Alan Dowd
Zephaniah wrote about God’s beloved city—Jerusalem—which had veered far …”

Where You Live for June 12, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack
1. When have you been jealously angry, either in a positive or …”

Reaching the Community—Touching Lives

“By Karen O’Connor
Twin Lakes Church (TLC) in Aptos, California, is known for reaching out to …”

In The World—June 5, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Christlike Conflict
Thirty Palestinian Christians and Messianic Jews gathered to study and pray and …”

Extending Mercy

“By Daisy Townsend
When we returned from our vacation the summer of 2013, we got to …”

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Minding the Home Front: Supporting the Families of International Missionaries

“By Diana C. DerringerWhen Mom requires surgery, we camp out at the hospital and provide …”

Where You Live for June 19, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael Mack1. Is Father’s Day a day of gladness or sadness or a little …”

Three Components of Effective Discipleship

“By Brian JenningsIf I peek my head around the corner at my coworker Dave, I’d …”

In The World—June 12, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeIsraeli & American Views on IsraelPew Research Center studied the differing views of …”

Dealing with Difficult People

“By Simon PreslandA twig of a lady, Tracey* smiles generously whenever she greets someone in …”

The Fight Against Drug Addiction

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessThere is a tendency to assume that the people you go to …”

Seriously?

“By David FaustWe don’t take God seriously enough.• Listen to our conversations. Do we take his …”

The Day of Joy for the Remnant—The Uniform Lesson for June 19, 2016

“By Dr. Mark ScottHave you ever considered God in the role of a tailor? He …”

The Lesson and Life for June 19, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Zephaniah 3:9-14, 20By Alan DowdThere’s no doubt that the book of Zephaniah …”

Reaching In

“By Kelly CarrLast week we looked at ways that Christians are reaching out to their …”

Singles in the Church

“By CaReese RialsMost churches strive to be a place where anyone can come and feel …”

19
An Old Man and His Garden

“By David M. RossDad was my first hero and to this day remains at the …”

A New Season

“By Steve YeatonThe son is ready—the father, not so much.The son eagerly anticipates what’s coming—the …”

In The World—June 19, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeRacism and the War on DrugsSince the Nixon administration began the War on …”

Opting In

“By T. R. RobertsonMy first year as a father was everything I had expected, plus …”

Ignoring God’s Plain Truth—The Uniform Lesson for June 26, 2016

“By Mark Scott“There is none so blind as he who will not see.” Today’s text …”

Dads Making a Difference

“By Kelly CarrMy friends’ dads who were sponsors for my high school youth group were …”

It’s Father’s Day!

“By Bob MizeOnce a new father told me, “Becoming a dad is the best thing …”

Reality Is Our Friend

“By David FaustWhen listing God’s attributes, it’s common to mention his love, justice, wrath, and …”

A Heart for the Harvest

“By Jamie ShaferNestled in the heartland of America, Brandywine Creek Farms is providing much more …”

The Lesson and Life for June 26, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 1:18-32By Thilini CateI enjoy working after 10:00 p.m. It offers a …”

Where You Live for June 26, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack1. How old were you when you understood there is an eternal, divine, …”

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The Greatest Complainer

“By Kelly CarrI laughed aloud when I heard the radio interview with Jasper Griegson, dubbed …”

In The World—June 26, 2016

“By Melissa WuskePersonality and Music PreferenceDoes personality dictate music preference? David Greenberg, a University of …”

Where You Live for July 3, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack1. If someone asked you why you are a Christian, how would you …”

Needing More than Law—The Uniform Lesson for July 3, 2016

“By Mark ScottAmerican Express had a commercial: “Membership has its privileges.” But if a member …”

40 Days of Thankfulness

“By Evelyn EngMy friend’s Facebook post caught my attention. She wanted to stop complaining and …”

The Lesson and Life for July 3, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 2:17-29By Thilini CateFor Christmas my husband and I bought our 6-year-old …”

“Are We There Yet?”

“By Dr. Candace WoodThe book of Numbers is a deeply felt diary of the journey …”

Community Change Brings Life Change

“By Laura McKillip WoodBorn and raised in Zimbabwe, Denford Chizanga began his education in a …”

Conquering Complaining

“By Rick EzellI was at lunch with Bill, a friend, when Jon sat down at …”

We Need Him More Than We Think

“By David FaustAmericans declared our independence in 1776, and we continue to declare it every …”

Jul
02
Freedom—Just Another Word?

“By T. R. RobertsonThe meaning of the word freedom has been in dispute for as …”

Becoming a Citizen

“By Kelly Carr“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure …”

Where You Live for July 10, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack1. Jesus said, “The mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Matthew …”

Avoiding Sin Damage—Living in the Sonlight

“By David FaustAre you spending a lot of time in the sun this summer? You …”

Freedom in Forgiveness

“By Bev and Phil HaasWe’re newlyweds, but the newness is beginning to wear off. My …”

In The World—July 3, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeFlag Facts for the FourthThe iconic American flag has a rich lore, full …”

Struggling Under Sin’s Power—The Uniform Lesson for July 10, 2016

“By Dr. Mark ScottSomeone said, “When you are young you make faces in the mirror. …”

The Lesson and Life for July 10, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 3:9-20By Thilini CateMy husband and I grew up in two different …”

Always a Soldier

“By Jason Fry
I first became interested in joining the military after a friend shared with …”

A Deeper Appreciation of America

“By Pat Jeanne DavisIt wasn’t what I expected would happen when I first visited the …”

06
Hit the Wall

“By David FaustMy friend hit the wall the other day. He’s a gentle fellow with …”

Entering the Gates Together

“By Javan Rowe“No man is an island,” so the saying goes. For a world saturated …”

God Set Things Right—The Uniform Lesson for July 17, 2016

“By Mark ScottEvery so often we notice a high watermark in the Bible. After all, …”

Where You Live for July 17, 2016— Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Mike Mack1. Besides your salvation, what is the best thing you’ve ever gotten for …”

Fellowship: A New Perspective

“By Joel JacksonFriday evening was different. My usual after-work routine includes changing into a comfortable …”

The Art of Senior Fellowship

“By Michael P. MurphyIt’s called the Saguaro Club, an active Christian fellowship of seniors at …”

Standing Together to the End

“By Valerie JonesIt seemed so trivial, but a trivial disagreement with my husband that morning …”

Fellowship in a Small Church

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessEvery few years or so, there is a debate about which is …”

In The World—July 10, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeWhat’s New in Youth MinistryA Barna Group study, in partnership with Youth Specialties …”

Spur One Another On

“By Kelly CarrThere was a room in my home church where I loved to go …”

The Lesson and Life for July 17, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 3:21-31By Thilini CateIn Letter VIII of C.S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters, Screwtape …”

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Letting God Write the Story

“By Dave Stone The North American Christian Convention has arrived. Ready or not, it’s here! …”

12
A Better Story v. A Contrived One

“Interview with for King & Country by Dale Reeves“Every day I find it’s a fine …”

Getting Lost in a Story

“By Kelly Carr
Surreptitiously I crept to the hall closet, making my 7-year-old self as minuscule …”

Propelled

“Interview with Christine Caine by Kelly Carr, editorChristine Caine is a speaker, author, founder of …”

The Strength of Kindness

“By Naomi ZachariasI am a country girl at heart. I love the city with its …”

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Unwavering Hope—The Uniform Lesson for July 24, 2016

“By Mark ScottWe taught a Sunday school class called H.O.P.E.—Hitched Or Patiently Engaged. Some maintain …”

The Lesson and Life for July 24, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 5:1-11By Mike BerryIt’s easy to see the chaos in our life …”

In The World—July 17, 2016

“By Melissa WuskePayday Loans—Sinful?A recent study by LifeWay Research found that more than three-quarters of …”

The Missing Peace

“By David FaustWhere can you find the missing peace? Ballgames, movies, and vacations can’t fill …”

Where You Live for July 24, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack1. Think of a time when you watched someone create a masterpiece. …”

Convicted to Change

“By Jamie Shafer“A lot of what I do is plant seeds,” said Eric Perry. “I …”

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More than You Can Handle

“By Matt Wilmeth“God will never give you more than you can handle.”Has anyone ever recited …”

Beauty from Ashes

“By Shara Bueler-RepkaThe morning sun flecked the curtains as shock waves coursed from my chest …”

My Rise from Rock Bottom

“By Christy Heitger-Ewing“It’s gone. It’s just gone,” I mumbled to myself as I rapped my …”

Mending Broken Lives

“By Rick EzellBrokenness is defined as fractured into pieces, sundered, weakened, crushed by grief, out …”

Who Believes in Heaven?

“By David FaustAccording to the Pew Research Center, 7 out of 10 Americans (72 percent) …”

Ministering to the Broken

“By Kelly CarrWith one movement, it toppled.It was a small vase, given to me by …”

In The World—July 24, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeThe Most Important Voter IssuesNearly a third of voters say a candidate’s position …”

Community in Krakow

“By Laura WoodTwenty years ago Jay Bowyer and Colette Ladan never would have imagined themselves …”

From Death to Life—The Uniform Lesson for July 31, 2016

“By Mark ScottJesus specializes in bringing life out of death. To the widow’s son at …”

The Lesson and Life for July 31, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 5:1-11By Mike BerryI like boundaries. Boundaries tell us where our limitations …”

Where You Live for July 31, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael Mack1. What event has marked the biggest change of direction in your life? Read …”

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A Sheltered Life

“By David FaustHas anyone ever accused you of living a sheltered life? Critics allege, “You …”

In The World—July 31, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeMinisters Face Financial StressA recent survey by the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) …”

The Lesson and Life for August 7, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 8:28-39By Mike BerryA few years ago, I was suddenly fired from …”

Empowering Extraordinary Adults

“By Joyce Long“Charlene needs to work with them like she needs to breathe.” A few …”

More Than Conquerors—The Uniform Lesson for August 7, 2016

“By Mark ScottWe have a grandson who can be hyper. Guess what? God is hyper, …”

Special Needs, Special Families

“By Linda Gilden“G’wace, G’wace. You OK. Calm down.” Elizabeth, age 2, ran to her 4-year-old …”

Where You Live for August 7, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael Mack1. Who would you want on your side if you were in a …”

The Gospel of Prevention

“By Bob RussellSince “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” we vaccinate …”

Special Challenges

“By Jeanne M. Phelan“Jeanne, do you think you could care for a 7-year-old boy with …”

Autism: A Parent Perspective

“By Kelly CarrFor this topic of special needs, I talked to my sister-in-law, Heather Carr. …”

Aug
05
Pressing on Toward the Goal

“By Geri Lieb BenterPassion is a driving force and takes people to the ultimate limit …”

My Marathon Man

“By Tina W. GanongMy husband, Marty, ran 20 miles before church last week. He even …”

In The World—August 7, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeOlympian Praises God Despite Spinal InjuryJamie Nieto, former U.S. Olympic high jumper from …”

The Olympic Spirit Under Attack

“By Terry MageeHow would you respond if you thought you had won a contest, only …”

Hard Work, Discipline, & Focus

“By Kelly CarrMy dad had joked that it would be all downhill from here. He …”

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Living Under God’s Mercy—The Uniform Lesson for August 14, 2016

“By Mark ScottIn the church at Rome, there was tension that you could cut with …”

The Rowdy Child

“By David FaustIt already had been a long night even before we boarded the plane. …”

Raising Kids Who Persevere

“By Bev and Phil HaasOur son gets frustrated when faced with difficult tasks. Whether it’s …”

The Lesson and Life for August 14, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 9:6-18By Mike BerryI’ve often thought, I don’t deserve all of these …”

Where You Live for August 14, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael Mack1. Who is the most famous or interesting person in your family tree?Read …”

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Leaders & Followers Serving Together

“By H. Lynn GardnerLeaders and followers serving together produce effective organizations, including churches.LeadersA leader is …”

8 Ways to Be a Great Team Member

“By Phil KendonLeading a team and being part of a team each have their own …”

Are We Talking Teams?

“By Kelly CarrI’m one of those people who likes brainstorming. I know others who find …”

In The World—August 14, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeBurundi Woman Awarded for Saving LivesThe Aurora Prize, “an international initiative recognizing the …”

Grafted In—The Uniform Lesson for August 21, 2016

“By Mark ScottDad used to say, “The greatest word in John 3:16 is ‘whosoever,’ because …”

Equipping Change Makers

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessBirthed in 1999, Catalyst is a nondenominational organization that defines itself as …”

Being a Leader Worth Following

“By Kathy BruinsDid you love playing Follow the Leader as a kid? One person leads …”

The Lesson and Life for August 21, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 5:1-11By Mike BerryMany years ago I attended a Christmas musical at …”

Where You Live for August 21, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack1. Do you like to garden? What are your favorite things to …”

Can We Skip the Growing Pains?

“By David FaustSomeone has said, “Anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but it …”

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How Introverts Can Participate in an Extroverted Church

“By Elizabeth ReidOver the last several years, personality labels have become incredibly popular. My Facebook …”

I Don’t Hate You; I Disagree With You

“By David FaustNoah’s animals aren’t the only things that come in pairs. It takes two …”

The Lesson and Life for August 28, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Romans 12:1, 2; 13:8-10By Mike BerryI remember the first time I was …”

Personality Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together in Your Home, Career, and Community

“By Karen O’ConnorOur lives, like those of millions around the world, are filled with different …”

The Importance of Balance

“By Joel Jackson & Kyle SomerfeldtThe contrast is always striking. Even after a long, exhausting …”

Introverts, Extroverts, & Deepening Friendships

“By Kelly CarrThis summer we were blessed when two dear couples who had moved to …”

Where You Live for August 28, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack1. Why do you think people so often and so easily go …”

Personal Care for Patients

“By Jamie Shafer“For me, it’s all about one-on-one interaction with the patients,” shared Stephanie Hart, …”

In The World—August 21, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeBiblical Engagement Among MillennialsWhile millennials overall are most likely to be skeptical of …”

Love Fulfills the Law—The Uniform Lesson for August 28, 2016

“By Mark ScottThe most outstanding attribute of God is love (1 John 4:8). The greatest …”

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An Unusual Form of Freedom—Life Application for September 4, 2016

“By David FaustShe looked serene as she walked into my office. She had requested an …”

Epic Fail

“By Kelly CarrLittle did we know when we chose this topic that our editorial team …”

Woven Together

“By Laura McKillip WoodThe story of Tom, Ryan, and Maggie* spans three continents and many …”

Falling Down & Getting Back Up Again

“By Claire KinneyWhen my sister was in third grade, she did a project on her …”

Victory Over Failure

“By Dr. Rhansyl HarrisIt was the Cincinnati poet Nikki Giovanni who said, “I really don’t …”

The Peaceful Kingdom—The Uniform Lesson for September 4, 2016

“By Mark ScottThe Prince of Peace knew that wars and rumors of wars were standard …”

Evaluation Questions for September 4, 2016

“By David FaustThese questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.Sunday …”

The Blessing of Failure

“By Liz McEwanI’ve always been comfortably above average. Not a genius. Not an overachiever. Not …”

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In The World—August 28, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeOvertime Pay for MinistersAccording to a new Department of Labor decision, all employers …”

Sep
04
Extravagant, Covenant Love

“By Laurel ThomasIt was a superb setup in my grandmother’s garden. I was 4 years …”

Love: Revisited

“By Naomi CassataAgape love is not a mere suggestion, but a command. “Dear friends, let …”

Speechless—Life Application for September 11, 2016

“By David FaustAre you familiar with the word verklempt? According to a Jewish dictionary, “verklempt …”

Bounty of Spiritual Fruit

“By Kelly CarrDo you like fruit? It’s summertime as I write this, and I am …”

Sheltering Your Kids

“By Bev and Phil HaasThere are lots of disturbing things happening in our world. Is …”

The Mountain of God—The Uniform Lesson for September 11, 2016

“By Mark ScottGod does some of his most important work on mountains. God’s wrath against …”

Evaluation Questions for September 11, 2016

“By David FaustThese questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.Sunday …”

In The World—September 4, 2016

“By Melissa WuskeNew Version of the BibleWant a different glimpse of the Scriptures? Try Bible …”

The Glory of Insignificance

“By Rebecca LandryKids have a way of saying things that requires something of you. They …”

10
Joy in the Face of Tragedy

“By Kelly Carr
Today marks the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the World …”

11
The Old Testament: A Journal of Joy

“By Doug RedfordIf one were to ask people what they associate with Old Testament religion, …”

Joy at Grandma’s House

“By Nancy HoagSome say childhood disappears quickly and never returns, but I call mine back …”

Defeating the Enemies of Joy

“By Pati PageUnexpected thieves seek to steal a precious gift purchased for us. They hover …”

Foundations of the Earth—The Uniform Lesson for September 18, 2016

“By Mark ScottThere are such things as primal realities. Examples include the law of gravity, …”

Renew Your Strength—Life Application for September 18, 2016

“By David FaustGod’s capacity to get things done far surpasses ours. We use preexisting items …”

A Daddy Named Joy

“By Teresa WellsMy dad’s name was Joy. It was an ironic moniker for my stoic …”

What’s in a Name?

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessEver since I was a little girl, I was always fascinated with …”

Evaluation Questions for September 18, 2016

“By David FaustThese questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.Sunday …”

In The World—September 11, 2016

“By Melissa WuskePersecution Does Not Stop Chinese ChurchesA Chinese church member told China Aid, a …”

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Everlasting Covenant—The Uniform Lesson for September 25, 2016

“By Mark Scott
God likes covenants because he dislikes misunderstandings. He likes agreements, pacts, and contracts. …”

Making Peace Through the Law

“By Jamie Shafer
To Ron Dove, becoming a lawyer was more than just choosing a career …”

Evaluation Questions for September 25, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Peace from the Lord

“By Kelly Carr
Peace is a word we might hear often, yet it conjures up different …”

In The World—September 18, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Religious Restrictions Around the World
Pew Research released its annual study on global religious …”

Peace by Piece

“By Janet M. Todd
“What about this one?” Tim, my husband, asked as he lifted a …”

What Do You Find in the Bible?—Life Application for September 25, 2016

“By David Faust
My mother gave me five tattered leather-bound volumes of Adam Clarke’s commentary on …”

Becoming a Beacon of Peace

“By John W. Dorroh
It was early April when my high school physics students—many of them …”

Threefold Peace

“By Terry Magee
Peace. Everyone claims they are seeking it, yet it remains elusive. We pray …”

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Scooby’s Great Escape

“By Sandi Brown
Patience. Doesn’t that word just make you cringe? Patience is something that is …”

The Radiance of God’s Glory—The Uniform Lesson for October 2, 2016

“By Mark Scott
Dennis Kinlaw wrote a book entitled Let’s Start with Jesus. It’s a book …”

I Hate to Wait

“By Kelly Carr
I know I’ve said it before, but I hate to wait:
•  In the …”

Evaluation Questions for October 2, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Learning to Wait Well

“By Laurel Brunk
We run up escalators, race through yellow lights, and make reservations at restaurants. …”

Choosing to Go Slowly

“By Beth Jarvis
“Ich rede. Ich rede.” I talk. I talk.
Asil was busy talking. We had …”

Patience in Parenting

“By Christy Heitger-Ewing
I vividly recall the first insult because it happened just one week after …”

The Radiant Servant King—Life Application for October 2, 2016

“By David Faust
Radiant. Most of us don’t use that word very often. We reserve it …”

Patience in Process

“By Laura McKillip Wood
Jeff and Michele Royce know a little about patience. They began their …”

In The World—September 25, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Businesses Helping Homeless
The Le Carillon project in Paris’s 11th arrondissement neighborhood aims to …”

Oct
02
Christ, the Home Builder—Life Application for October 9, 2016

“By David Faust
Architecture varies from one culture to another. I grew up in a farm …”

In The World—October 2, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Hobby Helps People Living on the Streets
Judy Gardner, a senior citizen in New …”

Dealing with Our Differences

“By Bev & Phil Haas
My husband and I are so different. At times it seems …”

Trouble on the Freeway

“By Eugenie Daniels
Did you ever feel that God had failed you? Sitting on the side …”

“I See You—You Are Valued”

“By Kelly Carr
Our family was walking home from an evening event in the park. There …”

Evaluation Questions for October 9, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Learning from People Who Are Different from Us

“By Karen O’Connor
We need to develop a kind disposition, to be sensitive to others and …”

5 Principles the Bible Teaches About Kindness

“By Brian Jennings
The village lacked running water or electricity. I’d just finished preaching a sermon …”

Builder of the House—The Uniform Lesson for October 9, 2016

“By Mark Scott
Our grandkids enjoyed watching a television show called Bob the Builder. The refrain …”

09
The Presidential Election

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
In just under a month, our nation will elect its 45th president. …”

Is There Goodness Left?

“By Kelly Carr
•  When I talk to my Venezuelan friends who describe the atmosphere of …”

Using Our Ears for God’s Good

“By Monica Cane
I knew I was officially grown up when my aunt Gladys from New …”

Holy Goodness

“By Steven Clark Goad
One particular Scripture text often puzzles me somewhat. It is the one …”

The School of Hard Knocks—Life Application for October 16, 2016

“By David Faust
Do you remember your first grade classroom? I can still picture mine at …”

Taste and See Even When God Doesn’t Seem Good

“By Tanya Cowley
Once upon a time, I had this really bad habit of keeping score. …”

The Great High Priest—The Uniform Lesson for October 16, 2016

“By Mark Scott
The Bible is full of priests. There is a sense in which all …”

In The World—October 9, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Evangelism Tool Transcends Literacy
Evangelists in Sierra Leone and other regions have a new …”

Evaluation Questions for October 16, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

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Am I Faithful to God?

“By Roger Wayne Hicks
Many hymns and other Christian songs vividly remind us of the faithfulness …”

Flying High with Jesus—Life Application for October 23, 2016

“By David Faust
What does it mean to say Jesus “always lives to intercede” for us? …”

Home Again, Home Again

“By Laura Hicks Hardy
The bedside table holds three books: a children’s book of nursery rhymes, …”

Safe Travels in the Airline Industry

“By Jamie Shafer
Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a season for everything. We know we …”

In The World—October 16, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
The Pain of Converting from Islam
Author Nabeel Qureshi grew up as a Muslim …”

Second Chances

“By Dawn Gentry
My husband, Harold, and I have been married 30 years. Some days are …”

A Faithful Fan

“By Kelly Carr
Considering faithfulness, a vivid example that springs to mind is a sports fans. …”

Faithless in Little, Faithless in Much

“By T. R. Robertson
When I was 6 years old, my parents accidentally left me behind …”

The High Priest Forever—the Uniform Lesson for October 23, 2016

“By Mark Scott
How long is forever? On this side of eternity, forever is difficult to …”

 Evaluation Questions for October 23, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

My Grandparents’ Faithfulness

“By Javan Rowe
We have all heard that cliché about making faith our own. The truth …”

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Helping Orphans Succeed

“By Laura McKillip Wood
Gentleness isn’t a concept many of the children Orphan Helpers works with …”

Model of Endurance—The Uniform Lesson for October 30, 2016

“By Mark Scott
One of my college professors titled a chapel sermon, “Love.” We thought the …”

A Gentleman with Agreeable Answers

“By Nancy Hoag
My husband is both a gentleman and a gentle man who puts the …”

Evaluation Questions for October 30, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

The Gentle Whisper

“By Kelly Carr
Gentleness is something I think of to describe the feel of a soft …”

What I Learned from Gentle Bill

“By Daniel Darling
“Leaders are not nice,” I was told by the man who ordained me …”

A Perfect Day for the Church—Life Application for October 30, 2016

“By David Faust
In their book, Why Nobody Wants to Go to Church Anymore, authors Thom …”

Gentleness: Quiet Power at Work

“By Doug Redford
Watch a mother dry the tears of a child who’s fallen while playing …”

In The World—October 23, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Overcoming Odds for Education
Fred Barley, age 19, is not a typical student. He …”

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Widowed and Tempted

“By Veda Thomas Hall
Widow—I still cringe when I hear the word. It’s not what I …”

No More—Life Application for November 6, 2016

“By David Faust
The cry of our time is for more. More money. More technology. More …”

Confessions of an Impulsive Shopper

“By Nicole R. Pramik
Shopping has evolved into a pastime. Can you relate?
Impulsive shopping involves making …”

In The World—October 30, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Talking Politics or Religion?
Nearly 60 percent of Americans would rather talk about their …”

Heading for Home with a Glad Heart

“By Bob Russell
Billy Graham wrote a book titled, Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well. …”

Brand New—The Uniform Lesson for November 6, 2016

“By Mark Scott
The New Testament has two different Greek words translated new (four times in …”

Resisting the Devil

“By H. Lynn Gardner
After Jesus’ baptism at the beginning of his ministry, the devil attempted …”

Resist!

“By Kelly Carr
Self-control—does anyone have it all the time? Doubtful. Just when I feel confident …”

Evaluation Questions for November 6, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Nov
04
The Marginalized Among Us

“By Michael P. Murphy
Imagine you live in a 1,200-square-foot home with more than 20 family …”

Civic Duty—More Than Voting

“By Kelly Carr
I’m glad we vote this week. I’m ready for the election to be …”

What I Learned About Being an American While Living in China

“By Amy Young
I had no idea how American I was until I moved to China. …”

How Then Shall We Vote?

“By Steve Carr
This year’s American presidential campaign has been fascinating. The compelling spectacle has captured …”

Teaching Respect

“By Bev & Phil Haas
How can I teach my children to show respect in a …”

06
Foretastes of Glory—Life Application for November 13, 2016

“By David Faust
Fanny Crosby was blind, but God gifted her with the spiritual insight to …”

New Jerusalem—The Uniform Lesson for November 13, 2016

“By Mark Scott
Jerusalem is a stunning city. When the sun hits this city of stone, …”

Evaluation Questions for November 13, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

In The World—November 6, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Drones Drop Bibles Over ISIS Territory
The Word of Life Church in Uppsala, Sweden, …”

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The Hispanic Church in the U.S.

“By Miguel Lara
Discipleship has similarities and differences across diverse cultures. If I am to talk …”

Healing the Nations—Life Application for November 20, 2016

“By David Faust
Among the images of Heaven in the final chapter of the Bible, none …”

Discipleship Through Extravagant Love

“By Beth Guckenberger
My husband, Todd, and I met in March of 1990, and as a …”

Evaluation Questions for November 20, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

In The World—November 13, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Better Hospitals for the Elderly
“The older you are, the worse the hospital is …”

Make Disciples Who Make Disciples

“By Mike Schrage
Since we often hear the bad news in the world, I think we’re …”

Help Us Show Your Love Near & Far

“By Kelly Carr
Ever since she was old enough to understand, once a week during bedtime …”

Diving In

“By Laura McKillip Wood
Jim Bettison grew up in a family he describes as “churchgoers but …”

Living Waters—The Uniform Lesson for November 20, 2016

“By Mark Scott
So much of our environment and lives have to do with water. Think …”

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More Precious Than Silver

“By Jamie Shafer
Amanda Grella’s journey has been one focused on creative expression, gratefulness, generosity, hard …”

Gratitude: In View of God’s Mercy

“An interview with Trip Lee by Kelly Carr, editor
Trip Lee is a pastor, an author, …”

Carrying on the Thanksgiving Tradition

“By Janet L. Jackson
Thanksgiving always brought joy to my heart and stomach when I was …”

Thankfulness in Terrible Times

“By Victor Knowles
He was a prisoner of war, far from home in a foreign country …”

Thanks Never Goes Out of Style

“By Kelly Carr
One podcast I enjoy listening to each week is Awesome Etiquette. Hosts Lizzie …”

The Thanksgiving Façade: Supporting Silent Sufferers

“By Shayla L. Hilton
Oh, the sounds of Thanksgiving! Laughter and joy echo from every room …”

From Beginning to End—Life Application for November 27, 2016

“By David Faust
A good story grabs your attention at the start and never lets your …”

First and Last—The Uniform Lesson for November 27, 2016

“By Mark Scott
On this first day of Advent we consider the last passage of the …”

In The World—November 20, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Community Repairs Racist Vandalism
While Marvin Phillips and his family were away on a …”

Evaluation Questions for November 27, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

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God Promises a Savior—The Uniform Lesson for December 4, 2016

“By Mark Scott
One thing that we can take to the bank is that God always …”

Tithing Your Time

“By Dr. Wendy LeBolt
“I plan to have a little chat with God when things settle …”

Giving: A Faith Journey

“By Susie Kearley
It’s great when Christians are able to give lots of money to the …”

The Other Question

“By Elizabeth Reid
I have a picture on my wall of the gang of missionary kids …”

Giving God the Firstfruits

“By Valerie Jones
It’s that time in the worship service when the music plays and the …”

Evaluation Questions for December 4, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
These …”

How Will This Be?—Life Application for December 4, 2016

“By David Faust
In the late 1800s when visionaries proposed connecting Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with the …”

Should I Keep Tithing?

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
“God Vs. Your Bank Account: Can You Afford to Tithe?” was the …”

In The World—November 27, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Teens’ Views on the Bible
Nearly 70 percent of American teens own a Bible, …”

Can I Pay You Back?

“By Kelly Carr
I have a tough time receiving gifts. Actually I love receiving gifts in …”

Dec
04
Sabbath: Coloring Outside the Lines

“An interview with Margaret Feinberg by Kelly Carr, editor
Do you recall that childhood enjoyment of …”

It Is What It Is—Life Application for December 11, 2016

“By David Faust
We’re all familiar with motivational plaques you see on workplace walls. I appreciate …”

STOP—Things Can Wait

“By Kelly Carr
Rest . . . ahhhhh. That’s got to be the sixth love language, …”

The Affirmation of the Promise—The Uniform Lesson for December 11, 2016

“By Mark Scott
Few things feel as good as affirmation. Is this because we are so …”

In The World—December 4, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Christians Act with Compassion Toward Refugees
While the news is often filled with rhetoric …”

Surviving Your Extended Family

“By Phil & Bev Haas
It’s not easy to admit, but my extended family is a …”

Evaluation Questions for December 11, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

In the Middle of Nowhere

“By Renata Vicente
I consider myself an expert at finding “nowhere” everywhere. On my first international …”

Working to Rest

“By Sarah Mae Ratliff
God gave the command of observing the Sabbath, but we often feel …”

Do You Distrust Rest?

“By Sean Palmer
It’s late. Not terribly late, but later than I’d normally find myself waiting …”

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Paradoxical Parenthood—Life Application for December 18, 2016

“By David Faust
Year after year they tried to have a baby, but with zero results. …”

What I Wish I Had Known About Grief

“By Blake Oliver
I was at the hospital when they “called it.” Nothing prepares you for …”

When the Circle Has Been Broken

“By Megan E. Vance
I never thought my tears would stop. One sad day long ago, …”

Evaluation Questions for December 18, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Submitting to Grief and Loss

“By Karen O’Connor
Dr. Wu closed the door behind him as he entered the small, sterile …”

Why Me, Lord?

“By Steven Clark Goad
We are daily surrounded by sorrow and grief and pain. Sometimes it …”

Friendships Are Good for Your Health

“By Jacqueline J. Holness
“Squad goals” is a social media term that gained popularity in 2015 …”

The Forerunner of the Savior—The Uniform Lesson for December 18, 2016

“By Mark Scott
Musicians have their warm-up acts, knights have their introducers, kings have their cupbearers, …”

In The World—December 11, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Growth of Megachurches—in the U.S. and Worldwide
Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, …”

Loss Shapes Our Perspective

“By Kelly Carr
I became acquainted with grief at a young age.
When I was 5 years …”

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Many Ways to the Manger

“By Nicole R. Pramik
The story of Christ’s birth has a rather diverse cast, from his …”

The Gift of Christmas

“By Tyler Edwards
Have you ever wanted something so badly it was all you could think …”

We Do This Every Year—Life Application for December 25, 2016

“By David Faust
There’s a predictable familiarity about Christmas. Every December we watch the same movies …”

In The World—December 18, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Clipping Coupons for Those in Need
Lauren Puryear of Woodbridge, Virginia, is an avid …”

Year-Round

“By Kelly Carr
A friend was visiting with a minister back at the end of the …”

The Savior Has Arrived—The Uniform Lesson for December 25, 2016

“By Mark Scott
“The Savior has arrived.” That is quite a headline. Big news. Make no …”

Evaluation Questions for December 25, 2016

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Faith that Serves and Protects

“By Jamie Shafer
For almost 12 years Sergeant Chris Wilburn has been serving on the streets …”

A Priceless Holiday

“By Eunice Porter
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you …”

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Evaluation Questions for January 1, 2017

“By David Faust
These questions coordinate with Engage Your Faith and This Week with the Word.
Sunday …”

Christmas Through Tears

“By Doug Redford
In its opening verse, the beloved Christmas carol “Silent Night” describes a scene …”

In The World—December 25, 2016

“By Melissa Wuske
Americans Believe in Miraculous Healing
About two-thirds (66 percent) of American adults believe that …”

Christmas Hope

“By Drew Coons
Christmas means many things to different people. Family, gifts, vacation, traditions, carols, and …”

React to Christmas

“By Kelly Carr
There are many ways people reacted over 2,000 years ago to a small …”

Unexpected Lessons in My Father’s World—Life Application for January 1, 2017

“David Faust
Do you know that groundhogs can climb trees? I didn’t realize this was possible, …”

A World of Opportunity

“Laura McKillip Wood
Every November when she was a child, Rebecca Monnier and her family helped …”

The Wayward Nativity Scene

“By Bob Laver
It was quite a nativity scene. The Wise Men were trying to stay …”

Praise God for Creation—The Uniform Lesson for January 1, 2017

“By Mark Scott
Mother Nature is not God’s wife, but creation is God’s gift. It is …”

2015
Jan
04
A Resolution Worth Keeping

“By Bev and Phil HaasEvery year my husband and I make a few New Year’s …”

In the World—January 4, 2015

“By Christy BarrittRestaurant Owner with Disability ThrivesRestaurant owner Tim Harris believes in offering three things …”

Jesus’ Prayer for His Disciples–The Uniform Lesson for January 11, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThe night when Jesus was betrayed was filled with significance. Matthew, Mark, …”

What’s New?

“By Kelly Carr 

Does today feel any different to you? Can you sense that we are …”

The Starting Point—Genesis 1:1

“By David FaustThe new quickly becomes old. Drive a new car off the lot and it …”

How to Discover Gold in Bible Study

“By Rick Ezell

Imagine living in the mid 1800s and hearing that gold has been discovered. …”

WHERE YOU LIVE—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for January 11, 2015

“By Michael C. MackIf Jesus were praying for your group or your church, what specifically …”

The Hiding Place

“By Doug RedfordMost everyone who has attended Vacation Bible School remembers the pledges that were …”

THE LESSON AND LIFE—January 11, 2015

“By Miguel LaraWhat do you do when you are about to take a long trip …”

101 Ideas to Study God’s Word

“By Michael C. Mack  Has your study of God’s Word become tedious or tiresome? You’re not …”

05
New Look for the New Year

“We’ve got a new look for The Lookout. Click on the cover image and flip …”

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WHERE YOU LIVE—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for January 18, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack
What people or situations do you most sympathize with? Where does that …”

Human Trafficking

“In this issue of The Lookout, we delve into the tough subject of human trafficking. …”

Atheist Advocates Gain Ground

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessAt the start of each year, we Americans customarily make resolutions and …”

No Room in the Inn (for Boys)

“By Brian JenningsThe story repeats over and over, but the horrific shock remains. Hopelessness highlights …”

In Your Backyard: Human Trafficking in the U.S.

“By Kathleen BruinsShe stared at me without saying a word.“What’s wrong, Cassandra?”“You said his name. …”

Just One Person

“By Kelly Carr 

My Bible study small group was studying Micah 6:8 recently. A friend said …”

Exiting Exploitation: Behind the Dark Curtain of Bondage

“By Joyce Long

“If I go and be a prostitute, I know I can make more …”

Jesus’ Intercession for Us—The Uniform Lesson for January 18

“By Sam E. StoneThe writer of Hebrews reminded Jewish Christians of the new dispensation’s superiority …”

THE LESSON AND LIFE for January 18, 2015

“By Miguel LaraJames Dobson, in his Family Legacy Series simulcast, talked about his personal family …”

In The World—January 11, 2015

“By Christy BarrittCity Policies May Hurt the PoorA report by the National Coalition for the …”

Selling Out—Genesis 25

“By David FaustSellouts come in many forms. Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. …”

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In The World—January 18, 2015

“By Christy Barritt

Men Deliberately Flub Housework?

Many men deliberately perform poorly when it comes to housework …”

Powerful Prayer—The Uniform Lesson for January 25

“By Sam E. Stone This month’s theme, “Learning to Pray,” helps us consider the topic of …”

What People Facing Unplanned Pregnancies Really Need from Us

“By Lindsey BellNot long ago, I overheard a couple of women talking about a young …”

Sanctity of Life: Neglected and Attacked

“By Donna BrendelI couldn’t say the words out loud, so I worked as fast as …”

THE LESSON AND LIFE for January 25, 2015

“By Miguel Lara
James discussed several types of prayers in James 5:13-18: prayer and joy in …”

Joy Comes in the Morning

“By Sharon Nickerson“Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm …”

Sanctity Beyond the Womb

“By Kelly Carr When I consider all the efforts, prayers, and time that Christians put into …”

After the Struggle, Dawn—Genesis 32:22-32

“By David FaustYears ago my brothers and I were wrestling in my room. Somehow the …”

WHERE YOU LIVE—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for  January 25, 2015

“By Michael C. MackWilliam Cowper said, “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Christian on …”

Valuing Life

“Today on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, we share with you several testimonies and consider …”

Flickers of Hope

“By Jamie ShaferKate Walsh’s Peripeti Home candles make impressions wherever they go. Crafted from all-natural …”

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In The World—January 25, 2015

“By Christy Barritt5.8 Billion People Have Access to Bible According to Wycliffe Bible Translators USA, an …”

Positive Peer Pressure

“By Kelly Carr

Health habits are a lot like peer pressure—it’s easiest to do what those …”

A Hobbit for All Seasons

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr Peter Jackson’s third Hobbit film has been in theaters for a …”

The Healing Power of God’s Natural Produce

“By Susie KearleyI used to not believe in the power of God-given nutrition. It took …”

Happy, Healthy You!

“We want to encourage all of us to come together and find ways to take …”

Savoring Sweet Sleep

“By Karen O’ConnorHave you ever been desperate for a good night’s sleep? That was my …”

The Lesson and Life for February 1, 2015

“By Ali DenneyOn a recent trip to Haiti, a friend commented on the grotesque amount …”

Feasting and Fasting—The Uniform Lesson for February 1

“By Sam E. Stone“The Book of Daniel has attracted more interest than any book of the …”

Gathered to His People—Genesis 49:33

“By David FaustTrying to be tasteful, a corporate memo described mechanics fired from their jobs …”

Physical Exercise and Spiritual Growth

“By David Timms

A month ago we celebrated Christmas. A month before that, Thanksgiving. A month …”

Where You Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for February 1, 2015

“By Michael C. MackWhat is the weirdest diet you’ve ever tried? What is the strangest …”

Feb
01
The Lesson and Life for February 8, 2015

“By Ali DenneyHow often do we live our lives just wanting to do the bare …”

If We Couldn’t Pray—Exodus 2:23-25

“By David FaustOf all the blessings we take for granted, what is greater than the …”

Where You Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for February 8, 2015

“By Michael C. MackHave you ever been in need and were surprised by someone else’s …”

In The World—February 1, 2015

“By Christy BarrittCharacteristics of Genuinely Friendly ChurchesThom Rainer, President of LifeWay Christian Resources, analyzed data …”

Hustle and Heart

“By Kelly Carr 

Sports have been a part of my life ever since I can remember. 

My …”

An Athlete on Purpose

“By Anne WilsonAfter his failed Olympic hockey tryout in 1982, Paul Kobylarz found himself coming …”

Serving God in the Ring

“By Monica Cane

When Richard Perez was in his early 30s, he sensed a message from …”

Daunted But Not Defeated

“By Dr. Barry ThorntonSometimes divine appointments occur in our daily lives when we’re least expecting …”

Bedroom Confessions

“By Bev and Phil HaasI realize this may sound somewhat selfish, but my needs are …”

Serving Neighbors, Serving God—The Uniform Lesson for February 8

“By Sam E. StoneAfter Jesus concluded his Galilean ministry, he began to make his way …”

Game On

“It’s a great day for NFL fans—the big game. In The Lookout discovered the stories …”

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Where You Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for February 15, 2015

“By Michael C. MackThink back to the playground when kids chose teams. What was that …”

On Our Good Days

“By Kelly Carr 

While lunching with some coworkers, one of them said that she finds certain …”

Red and Yellow, Black and White—We Are Precious

“By Evelyn EngI felt like an outcast in my own church. I did not grow …”

Serving the Least—The Uniform Lesson for February 15, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThe four lessons this month show the importance of a believer’s stewardship …”

Racial Reconciliation Sunday

“What does life look like from someone else’s point of view? Let’s examine how the …”

When Bias Is Skin Deep

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessMy husband is often the big black guy in the room. At …”

Bedrock Principles—Exodus 20:1-17

“By David FaustAs a Hebrew father and his son take an early evening walk in …”

When Churches Care About Diversity

“By Daryl Reed

In 2009 I was invited to speak at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, …”

The Lesson and Life for February 15, 2015

“By Ali DenneyLife is characterized by seasons. Sometimes it’s spring, where everything blossoms into stunning …”

Calling All Nathans

“By Dr. Rhansyl HarrisWhen I was a little boy my mother taught my brothers and …”

In The World—February 8, 2015

“By Christy BarrittLoneliness Is a DiseaseA new study suggests that loneliness isn’t a symptom of …”

15
The Blessing of Singleness

“By Kathleen TrisselThe blessing of singleness is not always seen—but on the other side of …”

When “We” Becomes “Me” Again

“By Amanda FillebrownMarriage changes lots of things. A spouse fills one of the closest relationships …”

Navigating Life as a Christian, Single Male

“By Brian JenningsWhen I neared graduation from Ozark Christian College without a spouse, I wondered …”

Family Matters: The Single Life

“This week we begin a 4-part Family Matters series by looking at The Single Life. …”

In The World—February 15, 2015

“By Christy BarrittFilipino Girl Marries Boy Who Sent Shoebox of GiftsTyrel Wolfe from Idaho was …”

Let’s Ask

“By Kelly Carr 

Today we start a series about families. Family can mean a lot of …”

THE LESSON AND LIFE for February 22, 2015

“By Ali DenneyToday’s Scripture takes me back to my childhood. Sunday School BaggageHere I am, impressionable …”

A Cup Overflowing

“By Jamie ShaferDave Baldwin said God has taught his family many lessons through the launch …”

Glimpses of Glory—Exodus 33

“By David FaustAt breakfast with a couple of men the other day, we laughed about …”

Clothed and Ready—The Uniform Lesson for February 22

“By Sam E. StoneToday we complete this quarter’s survey of practical help for Christian living. Having …”

WHERE YOU LIVE—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for February 22, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. Imagine that during your small group meeting you are attacked by …”

Singles in Our Congregations—Are They Encouraged or Discouraged?

“By Brian JenningsNo church leaders intend to discourage singles in their congregation, but leaders ought …”

22
In The World—February 22, 2015

“By Christy BarrittPoll: Americans Support Gun Rights More than Gun Control For the first time in …”

Three Things Parents of Teens Know—But Don’t Act Like They Believe

“By Laury L. DavisThis morning my husband tried to give fashion advice to our 14- …”

Parents, You’re Not Alone

“By Kelly Carr What comes to your mind when you hear the word family? That likely …”

Family Matters: Through the Years

“Part 2 of our Family Matters series looks at parenting through the years. Are your …”

Beauty, Glory, & Truth

“By Dr. Charlie W. StarrBeauty appeals to the imagination. In part that means it appeals …”

Supporting, Not Smothering, Adult Children

“By Terry MageeWhen I walked my daughter down the aisle, I knew we had reached …”

Beginning the Journey into Parenthood

“By Anne WilsonI had a conversation with myself this morning, and it went like this: …”

THE LESSON AND LIFE for March 1, 2015

“By S’ambrosia WasikeHave you ever imagined what it would be like to be counted among …”

Not My Favorite Book—Leviticus

“By David FaustMost Bible readers don’t place the book of Leviticus high on their list of …”

Where You Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for March 1, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. If you could be introduced to any living person, who would …”

The Lamb of God—The Uniform Lesson for March 1

“By Sam E. StoneThis month’s lessons highlight “The Pledge of God’s Presence,” as seen in …”

Mar
01
Only the Stepfather

“By Nancy HoagI was a single mother waiting tables, delivering newspapers, raising my little girl, …”

Tend the Lamps—Leviticus 24:1-4

“By David FaustWe take light for granted. Flip a switch and you can light up every …”

WHERE YOU LIVE—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for March 8, 2015

“By Michael C. MackThink of a time when someone you love broke the news that …”

Another Advocate—The Uniform Lesson for March 8

“By Sam E. StoneIn his Gospel, the apostle John often focused on a central theme …”

THE LESSON AND LIFE for March 8, 2015

“By S’ambrosia WasikeThere was a time when listening to my mother lecture me with Bible …”

In The World—March 1, 2015

“By Christy Barritt Man Looks for Stranger with Ex-Girlfriend’s NameA Canadian man will go on a …”

I Challenge You . . .

“By Sandi BrownJesus commands us in the Great Commission to reach out to the world …”

He’s Crying

“By Kelly Carr 

My friends Scott and Robyn Duebber have been foster parents for several years. …”

Living in the Mix: Help and Hope for Unconventional Families

“By Karen O’ConnorI remember well the day my Grandpa Ennis, my mother’s father, came to …”

Blending Families Successfully

“We are beginning to blend two families into one. This is much harder than either …”

Family Matters: Mixed and Blended

“Part 3 of our Family Matters series is called Mixed & Blending. We look at …”

08
The Spirit of Truth—The Uniform Lesson for March 15, 2015

“By Sam E. Stone The Holy Spirit’s role was noted on several occasions during Jesus’ earthly …”

In The World—March 8, 2015

“By Christy BarrittMost Popular Bible VersesYouVersion Bible App revealed the most popular verses people looked …”

Resting in Peace

“By Donna BrendelI’ve lost many family members over the years, starting with my mom when …”

Honoring Mom and Dad

“By Kelly Carr In our final installment of the family series, we look at caring for …”

What’s Best for Your Aging Parent?

“By Lynn DukeWhen should a family come up with a plan for taking care of …”

Solid-Rock Confidence

“By T. R. RobertsonMy 82-year-old father was sick at Thanksgiving. By Christmas he was diagnosed …”

We Can Certainly Do It—Numbers 13 & 14

“By David Faust“With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26), but the four words, “It …”

WHERE YOU LIVE—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for March 15, 2015

“By Michael C. MackWhat were the circumstances when your parents, a teacher, or some other …”

THE LESSON AND LIFE for March 15, 2015

“By S’ambrosia WasikeThere are times in our lives when situations arise that we just cannot …”

Family Matters: Parenting Parents

“As we wrap up our Family Matters series, we look at the challenges and blessings …”

A Long Goodbye

“By Tammy DarlingOctober 6, 2010—the day will forever be etched in my mind. That day …”

Eternity Beckons: Mom’s Journey Home

“By Joyce LongDarkness enveloped the bedroom as the phone’s blast interrupted our deep sleep. My …”

11
Protestants and the Season of Lent 

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

If you grew up in a Protestant church like I did, you …”

15
Where You Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for March 22, 2015

“By Michael C. MackImagine your group must carry out a seemingly impossible task—something so big …”

Work: Rules, Retiring, & Our Real Job

“Work—groan. That word usually doesn’t invite excitement. But in our 2-part series on work, we’ll …”

Work Is Not a Curse

“By Kelly CarrDolly Parton lamented working “9 to 5,” and Lee Dorsey crooned the plight of …”

Break the Snake—Numbers 21:4-9

“By David FaustI’m not orphidiophobic (possessing an abnormal fear of snakes) or even herpetophobic (fearing …”

In The World—March 15, 2015

“By Christy BarrittChristians in North Korea Facing More DangerDavid Curry, the CEO of Open Doors …”

Our Real Job

“By Eva JuliusonLooking for a job can be confusing, scary, depressing, and often a long, …”

Helping Others Find Their Way Home

“By Jamie ShaferFor many American families, owning a home seems like a far-off dream that …”

The Lesson and Life for March 22, 2015

“By S’ambrosia WasikeThroughout the Bible, God seemed to have a habit of granting special encounters …”

A Future—Even in Retirement

“By Eunice M. PorterWhen I lived in Portland, Oregon, each morning as I walked to …”

On-the-Job Rule #42

“By T. R. RobertsonMy son got his first job when he was 15, as a …”

The Spirit of Peace—The Uniform Lesson for March 22, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThis month’s study in the Gospel of John comes full circle today. …”

22
The Lesson and Life for March 29, 2015

“By S’ambrosia WasikeThere is something to be said about the beauty of personal times of …”

“Did you hear about . . . ?”

“By Kelly CarrI’m all about a good story. My favorite books are fictional with relatable …”

Like a Girl

“By Dr. Charlie W. StarrAfter America hosted the 1999 Women’s World Cup in soccer and …”

In The World—March 22, 2015

“By Christy Barritt

Trends in Christian Culture

According to Ed Stetzer, the president of LifeWay Research, there …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for March 29, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. What are some of the ways you usually celebrate victorious events? …”

5 Ways to Deal with Disrespectful Coworkers

“By Karen O’ConnorIn a company where I once worked, two of the employees in my …”

Work: Difficult Coworkers & Bosses

“Do you face difficult coworkers or bosses at your job? You’re not alone. Find tips …”

Difficult Bosses

“By Ashley FaithFor more than a decade I have worked with a difficult boss. She …”

The Son of David–The Uniform Lesson for  March 29, 2015

“By Sam E. Stone The “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem is significant for many reasons. …”

Work Redeemed

“By Javan RoweWork is often viewed negatively, and perhaps rightly so. It can be stressful, …”

The Awesome and the Ordinary—Deuteronomy 6:4-9

“By David FaustAs a longtime baseball fan, I’m happy when spring training takes place each …”

29
The Heart of Holiness

“By Rick EzellWhat we think about God may be the most important thoughts we have. …”

In The World—March 29, 2015

“By Christy BarrittA Study on . . . PajamasA new poll has found that the …”

The Lesson and Life for April 5, 2015

“By Laura AdkinsHow often do we consider the impact of Christ’s resurrection on our everyday …”

Dive Deeply

“By Kelly CarrSome denominations and liturgical churches call this Holy Week. Deliberating on that, the …”

Dying Well—Deuteronomy 34

“By David FaustMy friend Don died well. He didn’t die easily. I’m not sure anyone …”

Made Holy by Grace

“By Eva JuliusonFor more than two years I spent half a day, once a month …”

Is the Church Redeeming or Reflecting the Culture?

“By Bob RussellA young minister accepted the call to a small country church. Shortly after …”

Holy Week

“On this Palm Sunday, we take time to reflect on Jesus’ final week and the …”

Jesus’ Final Week

“By Dr. Bill PattersonJesus’ earthly ministry lasted three-and-a-half years. However, the Gospel writers devoted from …”

Believe in the Resurrection—The Uniform Lesson for April 5, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneOften 1 Corinthians 15 is described as the “resurrection chapter” of the …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for April 5, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. On a scale of 1 (total skeptic) to 5 (believe everything …”

Apr
05
It’s Opening Day!

“By Doug Redford

This year opening day of the baseball season is tomorrow, Monday, April 6. …”

When the Manna Stops—Joshua 5:11, 12

“By David FaustGod led his people on an extended camping trip through the wilderness for 40 …”

The Living Christ

“By Naomi CassataNothing better expresses the obliviousness of Jesus’ followers concerning his resurrection than the …”

Resurrection’s Power

“By Kelly Carr 

I am very thankful for Jesus dying on the cross. I remember his …”

Where You Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for April 12, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. What is the most outrageous thing you’ve ever been told to …”

In The World—April 5, 2015

“By Christy Barritt

Stained Glass Windows Making Comeback

A new Barna survey found that 67 percent of …”

The Ultimate Sacrifice

“By Bev and Phil HaasLast year Oprah Winfrey told Barbara Walters, “I chose to not …”

“This Easter Sunday, consider what difference Jesus’ resurrection makes in your life.”

The Lesson and Life for April 12, 2015

“By Laura Adkins“Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” This quote, often …”

Present with the Lord

“By Simon PreslandThe following account is by Trish Presland, as told to her husband, Simon.I …”

Love One Another—The Uniform Lesson for April 12, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneLove is the hallmark of God’s community. It is also the theme …”

12
Fostering Dialogue Between Science and Religion

“By Cheri Lynn CowellAs my neighbor and I walked around the neighborhood, she shared how …”

Safe Places—Joshua 20:1-9

“By David FaustRefuge is a warm, welcoming word. A young child finds refuge in her …”

In The World—April 12, 2015

“By Christy BarrittNew Study Claims that Sitting Is Harmful to HealthA NASA scientist wrote a …”

BRING ON THE SCIENCE: How Advancing Science Supports the Biblical Worldview

“By Terrell ClemmonsIn Souls in Transition: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults, Notre …”

A Journey to What Is True

“By Kelly Carr A Journey to What Is TrueI am inclined toward words rather than hypotheses …”

Trust in God’s Love—The Uniform Lesson for April 19, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneIt is easy to understand why John has often been referred to …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for April 19, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What is the biggest obstacle in life you’ve had to overcome? …”

Church & Science

“The Church and science—we often stereotype these as enemies. But the Bible and the study …”

The Lesson and Life for April 19, 2015

“By Laura AdkinsJesus told us that we will have trouble in this world, but he …”

The De-Churched

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessIf your minister is anything like my minister, you are always encouraged …”

The Power of Church and Science Together

“By Drew Coons“All truth is God’s truth.” Although a cliché, this is accurate. Church and …”

19
The View from the Bus

“By T. R. RobertsonDuring my afternoon commute today I spied a great blue heron—seldom seen …”

God’s Artistry

“By Kelly Carr

This week is the first of two issues about how we can learn …”

Watch Out for Deceivers—The Uniform Lesson for April 26, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneDeceivers are all around us. While the last two letters from the …”

Caring For God’s Creation: Nature

“With Earth Day this week, we consider how we can care for the beautiful natural …”

In His Image

“By Jamie ShaferWhen we think of team building in a professional environment, our minds might …”

Grace in the Backyard

“By Karen Ward Robertson“Wook!” Johnathan shouts. “Wain!”“It’s not raining,” I say with a laugh. “Flower …”

In The World—April 19, 2015

“By Christy BarrittBritain in Favor of Three-Parent BabiesMembers of British Parliament voted in favor of …”

The Lesson and Life for April 26, 2015

“By Laura AdkinsThe apostle Paul told the Romans, “Do not conform to the patterns of …”

If Heaven Is My Home, Why Save the Whales?

“By Claire KinneyI’m a middle school science teacher, so I ask questions for a living. …”

God’s Beautiful Creation—Just Around the Corner

“By Terry Magee

I have been to many beautiful places on earth, including the Grand Canyon, …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for April 26, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. What is the most important letter you’ve ever received? Who was …”

Gideon’s 300—Judges 7 and 8

“By David FaustNumbers are an important measure of success, but they are not the only …”

Our National Treasures

“By Diana C. Derringer“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and …”

26
In The World—April 26, 2015

“By Christy BarrittDoes Divorce Make People Happier?The National Survey of Families and Households recently issued …”

DIY Religion—Judges 17:6; 21:25

“By David FaustI smiled at the irony when I read a sign in a hardware …”

The Love of Dog

“By Riane KoncI’m a cat person. I didn’t become a cat person until I was …”

Trust for the Trail

“By Shara Bueler-RepkaI focused on the path in front of us and kept my seat …”

Work Together for the Truth—The Uniform Lesson for May 3, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThe three short letters sent from the apostle John to first-century Christians …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for May 3, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. Do you enjoy entertaining people in your home? How about having …”

Interstellar Lenses

“By Charlie W. StarrLast November saw the release of a new Christopher Nolan film (he …”

Creatures Great and Small

“By Kelly Carr In part two of our series on caring for God’s creation, we consider …”

The Lesson and Life for May 3, 2015

“By Laura AdkinsAre you a positive leader or a negative leader? I find that many …”

Hide and Seek

“By Christine VenzonIf cats have nine lives, I figure Eunice Louise has maybe five more …”

May
03
The Lesson and Life for May 10, 2015

“By Chris HigginsDecember 10, 2006, brought a rare moment in NFL history. LaDainian Tomlinson of …”

Big Wonder from Small Souls

“By Karen O’ConnorI remember a summer visit in Ohio with my daughter and her husband …”

Gifts of the Spirit—The Uniform Lesson for May 10, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThe apostle Paul spent about 18 months in the prominent Greek city …”

Returning to Narnia

“By Riane KoncThe first time I read The Chronicles of Narnia, I was 6 years …”

Things My Children Teach Me

“By Javan RoweGod refers to himself as our Father, indicating something vital and unique about …”

A Voice Cutting Through the Cultural Clutter—1 Samuel 1

“By David FaustThe sense of hearing is one of God’s great creative achievements. My dog knows …”

Let’s Be Kids Again

“By Kelly Carr God’s ways are often a far cry from the approaches we might take …”

In The World—May 3, 2015

“By Christy BarrittFailing School Revitalized by ChurchA public school in inner-city Portland, Oregon, was once …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for May 10, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. Share a time when your parent (or a parental figure in …”

Taming Tantrums

“By Bev and Phil HaasI’m having a terrible time controlling our son’s tantrums. They were …”

10
Mom’s Home Remedies

“By Elizabeth Van LiereWhen I was a child and a sore throat hit, my mom …”

One Body, Many Members—The Uniform Lesson for May 17, 2015

“By Sam E. Stone

Last week we considered the first half of 1 Corinthians 12, and …”

No Longer a Motherless Child

“By Kathleen A. Barr

“Don’t pull her hair,” her husband said. 

But Jo didn’t listen, and it …”

How to Encourage Women Who Want a Child but Don’t Have One

“By Lindsey BellMy first Mother’s Day as a pregnant woman was wonderful. My thoughtful husband …”

Tender Hearts on Mother’s Day

“By Kelly Carr 

There is stillness now. Already forgotten is the pain and concern and struggle …”

Examining Our Perspective of Muslims

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessWhile listening to a talk radio program, the idea for this column …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for May 17, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. What is the best team (sports, school, work, etc.) you’ve ever …”

The Lesson and Life for May 17, 2015

“By Chris HigginsI love the plaque that adorned the Oval Office when Ronald Reagan was …”

In The World—May 10, 2015

“By Christy BarrittKirk Cameron Big Winner at 35th Golden Raspberry AwardsKirk Cameron took home top …”

When God Chooses a Leader—1 Samuel 16:7

“By David FaustGod sent the prophet Samuel to the home of a man named Jesse …”

Mother’s Secrets to Longevity

“By Bob MizeWe live with and care for my 93-year-old mother. She raised four sons …”

17
NACC 2015

“By Kelly Carr I am excited that the North American Christian Convention (NACC) will be here …”

Friends Indeed—1 Samuel 18–20

“By David FaustFriends are one of God’s greatest gifts. We need friends when we are …”

Gift of Languages—The Uniform Lesson for May 24, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThe first-century church in Corinth faced special challenges. One problem was that …”

Making a Mosaic

“By Jamie ShaferWhen it comes to careers, many convey their job in a sentence or …”

We Speak

“By Mike BakerThe idea for the theme of this year’s North American Christian Convention, We …”

PRACTICE FOR THE GRAND FEAST: Why I Go to the NACC

“By Laura BuffingtonThere are a lot of ways to spend a week in June. You …”

The Lesson and Life for May 24, 2015

“By Chris HigginsOver the years I have spent a lot of time studying the role …”

You Won’t Regret Attending the NACC

“By Everett BrewerWhen asked to write about why people should attend the North American Christian …”

In The World—May 17, 2015

“By Christy BarrittOne-Third of Christian Media Audience UnchurchedA new study by LifeWay Research shows that …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for May 24, 2015

“By Michael C. MackWhat languages do you speak? When was a time you were in …”

24
In The World—May 24, 2015

“By Christy BarrittBlind Dog Brightens Days for ManyA golden retriever named Smiley is cheering up …”

The Truth About Sexual Sin—2 Samuel 11 & 12

“By David FaustFrom Bill Clinton to Bill Cosby, allegations of sexual misconduct find their way …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for May 31 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. Which of these love songs best communicates how you feel about …”

Trusting God’s Faithfulness

“By Sandi BrownIt’s easy to say that we believe God is faithful. It’s even easy …”

Faith of Our Grandmothers

“By Laura McKillip WoodMy grandmother grew up in a remote location somewhere in the wilds …”

Those Who’ve Paved the Way

“By Kelly Carr 

Reflecting on our past is a helpful endeavor. Days such as Memorial Day …”

The Greatest Is Love—The Uniform Lesson for May 31 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThis week concludes a study of key passages in Paul’s first letter …”

The Lesson and Life for May 31 2015

“By Chris HigginsI love Ephesians 3:17-19: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established …”

Why Churches Should Observe Memorial Day

“By Bob Russell

Following the Civil War, our forefathers established Memorial Day to ensure that future …”

Traditions

“By Heather DavisLast summer, my family of five traveled to my hometown to be a …”

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Deathless Television

“By Charlie W. StarrMovies and television have increasingly been exploring the question of life after …”

Based on a True Story

“By T. R. RobertsonOrange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison is …”

Watching Together

“By Kelly Carr Today we begin a three-part series on one of my favorite topics—media. I’ve …”

The Lesson and Life for June 7, 2015

“By Kay MollWhat did Amos feel as he set out to deliver God’s message? Was …”

In The World—May 31, 2015

“By Christy BarrittThe Great American Road TripIs visiting every state on your bucket list? It’s …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for June 7, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. True or false: The sins of churchgoing Christians are worse than …”

God Passes Judgment—The Uniform Lesson for June 7, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThis quarter’s lessons are taken from a number of important passages in …”

Is Your House Right with God?—2 Samuel 23:1-5

“By David FaustMy wife, Candy, recently celebrated an important birthday. I shouldn’t identify the milestone …”

Church v. Hollywood

“By Tyler EdwardsOil and water—that’s Christianity and Hollywood. The two just do not appear to …”

Images of Truth

“By Brad Wise“People come to the theater for truth. And we have that in spades.” My …”

Jun
07
Media Guidelines for Kids

“By Bev and Phil HaasOur 6-year-old has grown up with mobile devices like the iPad …”

Making Music Memories

“By Shawn Wuske

When I was in school at Cincinnati Christian University, our chapel service ended …”

My Father’s World—1 Kings 4–8

“By David FaustA cook in a college cafeteria taught me a memorable lesson about prayer. …”

In The World—June 7, 2015

“By Christy BarrittTraffic Stop Ends in PrayerWhat began as a routine traffic stop in Gadsden, …”

Engaging Others Through Music

“By Kelly Carr Music moves me. Sometimes it’s physical as I listen to tunes while running …”

That Song Stuck in Your Head

“By T. R. RobertsonWoah oh oh oh . . . Woah oh oh oh . …”

The Lesson and Life for June 14, 2015

“By Kay MollSeveral years ago I was playing with two of our granddaughters on a …”

Where you Live

“Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for June 14, 2015By Michael C. MackDivide …”

God Is Not Fooled—The Uniform Lesson for June 14, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThe exact length of Amos’s ministry is not specified in Scripture. Most …”

Music for God’s Glory

“By Candace WoodI claim no musicianship, but I certainly like to listen to music of …”

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The Power of a Good Book

“By CaReese RialsIn addition to working as a freelancer, I have the unique experience of …”

In The World—June 14, 2015

“By Christy BarrittTerrorists Target Christians in KenyaAt a Kenyan university in April, 147 people were …”

The Lesson and Life for June 21, 2015

“By Kay Moll 

God accused Israel of lying on beds adorned with ivory and of lounging …”

The Only One Left?—1 Kings 18 & 19

“By David FaustThe prophet Elijah rode a spiritual roller coaster of highs and lows. In …”

Oh the Places We’ll Go

“By Kelly Carr As you might imagine, considering my job as an editor, I love to …”

Who Are You Reading?

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessAs an INFP (Introversion Intuition Feeling Perceiving) according to the Myers-Briggs Type …”

God Abhors Selfishness–The Uniform Lesson for June 21, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneAmos began his prophecy by pronouncing judgment on the major countries throughout …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for June 21, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. Which would you choose and why?• a night in a luxurious …”

OF ZOMBIES, ALIENS, AND ELVES: Seeking Salvation in Speculative Fiction

“By Nicole R. PramikSome of Jesus’ most powerful lessons were delivered through parables—and the art …”

Books that Changed My Life

“By Tim SweetmanIt remains amazing that the simple pages of our books instantly grant us …”

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Online Tools to Grow Your Faith at Work

“By Jamie ShaferRecently I spoke with a young woman whose newfound faith was causing her …”

The Lesson and Life for June 28, 2015

“By Kay MollThe words of Amos 8:7 are haunting: “The Lord has sworn by himself, …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for June 28, 2015

“By Michael C. MackHave worship services or group gatherings ever felt like an “inconvenience” to …”

Lead Like a King—1 & 2 Kings

“By David FaustThe Bible is the best leadership manual ever written. As the books of …”

God Will Never Forget—The Uniform Lesson for June 28, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThis month we have focused attention on Amos, one of the most …”

In The World—June 21, 2015

“By Christy BarrittThe State of the Bible in 2015The American Bible Society released its annual …”

Dad’s Memory Glitch

“By Diana C. Derringer“You’re never too old to learn.” “Get all the knowledge you can.” “Make the …”

Father’s Day Forgiveness

“By Christine VenzonOne Easter Sunday when I was about 5 years old, my dad took …”

A Blessing from a Stranger

“By Allen SchofieldSeveral years ago I was driving through West Central Missouri, more than 100 …”

Childless on Father’s Day

“By Drew CoonsFather’s Day could be a non-event for me. Both my father-in-law and my …”

Thank You, Gentlemen

“By Kelly Carr Father’s Day is one of those holidays people may tiptoe around. These days …”

22
Prayers for Charleston

“Our thoughts and prayers for God’s comfort and peace go out to all those affected …”

28
Three Almost Wholesome Shows

“By Charlie W. StarrI use the phrase “almost wholesome” in my title in a tongue-in-cheek …”

Anticipating God

“By Kelly Carr

Through my church, my work, and my husband’s work, I get the privilege …”

Finding Rest in the City That Never Sleeps

“By Nathan WinsteadI grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is about the same as living …”

No Rest for the Wicked–The Uniform Lesson for July 5, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneDuring this month we will focus attention on another of the “minor …”

Lessons from a Tire Blowout and TSwift

“By Trevor DeVageA few months ago I had the privilege of being in Phoenix with …”

The Lesson and Life for July 5, 2015

“By Emily Hill

Do you ever notice how we don’t want to hear the advice that’s …”

Idols Among Us—2 Kings 17

“By David Faust

In his classic book, Knowing God, J. I. Packer wrote, “Disregard the study …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for July 5, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. Have you ever been criticized, ridiculed, or muzzled for speaking the …”

In The World—June 28, 2015

“By Christy BarrittSixty is the New Middle AgeA new study says that 60—not 50—is the …”

Good News—for Anyone

“By Jodi HickersonWhen I was 12 years old, my family moved from rural Kentucky, a …”

Jul
05
In The World—July 5, 2015

“Melissa WuskeDeath Row Inmate ExoneratedAnthony Ray Hinton was freed after serving 30 years on Alabama’s …”

No Tolerance for Corrupt Officials–The Uniform Lesson for July 12, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneMicah began his prophecy with a scathing indictment of all who held …”

God’s Answered Prayers: Testimonies from WWII Veterans

“By Kayleen ReusserI’ve had a quest in the last several years to interview as many …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for July 12, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. What leader do you know who is a good model of …”

Biblical Freedom

“By Jerran Jackson & Joel JacksonA prison chaplain once explained: “Inmates would like to have …”

Living Out Our Privileges

“By Kelly Carr It happens every time. At every Cincinnati Reds home game, they pause between …”

The Lesson and Life for July 12, 2015

“By Emily HillWe love to make ourselves feel more righteous by comparing ourselves to others—putting …”

Mistaken Identity

“By Therese Marszalek“Wasn’t he just born?” I whispered to my husband, Tom. My heart swelled …”

Freedom for Your Kids

“Bev and Phil HaasMy husband tells me I’m hanging on too tightly to our 15-year-old …”

12
Wherever We Go

“By Kelly Carr This week we begin a three-part series looking at the time when Israel …”

Pass the Plate, Please—1 Chronicles 29

“By David FaustAt the dinner table it’s rude if you don’t pass the food. At …”

Following a Long-Serving Leader

“By Dr. Bill PattersonConsider the following scenario: You are asked to teach a Bible class …”

Joshua: Entering In

“By Charley DilcherGod did a mighty thing when he brought the entire multitude of Israelites …”

Millennials Matter to Churches

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessOnce heralded as the largest generation in U.S. history, hence their name, …”

In The World—July 12, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeChinese Artists Point to ChristRoger Cui is the leader of Cornerstone Art Associates, a …”

What the Lord Requires–The Uniform Lesson for July 19, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneDuring the first two weeks of our study of Micah, we have …”

The Lesson and Life for July 19, 2015

“By Emily HillOnce our eyes become opened to the injustices in the world, we start …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for July 19, 2015

“By Michael C. MackDecide if you agree or disagree with each of these statements:• Religion and …”

God Uses Ordinary People

“By Rick EzellHave you ever noticed that God seems most interested in people who are …”

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Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for July 26, 2015

“By Michael C. MackIf someone were to ask you, “Who is God?” how would you …”

In The World—July 19, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeThe Ultimate Compact BibleThe Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute has created a minute-sized Bible …”

It’s All Ministry

“By Jamie ShaferIt’s not unusual for Christians to encounter a career crossroads, a moment when …”

Lord, Heal Our Land—2 Chronicles 7:14

“By David FaustRecorded in 2 Chronicles 7 is how King Solomon and the Israelites dedicated …”

An Unfinished Symphony

“By Jerran JacksonWe were flying comfortably at 5,000 feet when the instructor took control. He …”

The Lesson and Life for July 26, 2015

“By Emily HillDietrich Bonhoeffer wrote some of the most freeing words I’ve ever read when …”

Judges: The Repeating Cycle

“By Victor KnowlesAmerica, a relatively young nation, will turn 240 years old in 2016. Compare …”

Worth the Effort?

“By Kelly Carr A number of years ago in a Sunday school class we studied the …”

Expect the Unexpected

“By Laura McKillip WoodI’m going to start out by being really honest. I’m interested in …”

God’s Matchless Mercy–The Uniform Lesson for July 26, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThis month our study has focused on the message of another of …”

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A God Choice

“By Sharon NickersonEach day we are faced with decisions. While the simple choice of what …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for August 2, 2015

“By Michael C. MackWhat injustices in the world are you most zealous about? Why? Read Isaiah …”

Naomi: Faith Amid Trial

“By Pati PageThere is a mystery in suffering—a hidden truth that is only unveiled when …”

A Redeemer in Zion–The Uniform Lesson for August 2, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThis lesson begins the final month in this quarter’s study about God’s …”

Support for the Struggling

“By Laura McKillip WoodJody Hesler joined a search committee at her church in the early …”

In The World—July 26, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeTurkish and Armenian Christians Seek ReconciliationA shocking scene at the Armenian Genocide Memorial …”

Perilous Power—2 Chronicles 26

“By David FaustJesus never said, “Blessed are the powerful.” However our culture persistently communicates the …”

The Lesson and Life for August 2, 2015

“By Dan HamiltonPerhaps you grew up in a home where justice was swift and powerful. …”

The God of Refuge

“By Kelly Carr Today we conclude our series on Settling in the Promised Land. We’ve looked …”

Spiritual Role Models

“By Pat EnnisWho are your role models? Perhaps you have several in your life—one role …”

Aug
02
Accountability: Tips for Success

“By Dr. Bill Patterson“I need an accountability partner. I’ve been praying about it, and I …”

Somersaults & Other Life Lessons

“By Courtney M. BrownMy first memory of Bethany is the two of us standing, hands …”

In The World—August 2, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeChef-Prepared Meals for Seniors—at Home“The number of seniors out there who aren’t eating …”

A Choice to Be Just–The Uniform Lesson for August 9, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneJeremiah is one of the best-known Old Testament prophets. He tried valiantly …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for August 9, 2015

“By Michael C. MackWhat initially interested you about your church? Was it the building? the …”

Laugh or Cry?— Ezra 3:10-13

“By David FaustWhen I was a Bible college professor, one day a ministry student told …”

Mentoring Youth

“By Bev & Phil HaasHelp! Our kids are becoming teenagers! We’re looking for ideas to …”

The Blessings of Friendship

“By Ashley FaithAt its most ideal, friendship adds beauty to our days. It seeks out …”

The Lesson and Life for August 9, 2015

“By Dan HamiltonSuperstitions and good-luck charms come in a variety of disguises. We expect those …”

When I Fall: What to Look for in a Spiritual Friend

“By Michael C. MackMy friends and I were rolling alongside a creek on a rocky, …”

06
Look After Each Other

“By Kelly Carr Did you know the first Sunday in August is considered Friendship Day, as …”

09
A Call for Repentance–The Uniform Lesson for  August 16, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneEven before Jerusalem fell in 586 BC, many of her finest people …”

Essentials of the Restoration Plea

“By H. Lynn GardnerThe heart of the Restoration Movement plea is a search, an ongoing …”

Church Unity: Maneuvering Through Denominational Differences

“By Steve CarrI went out a little later than normal for one of my runs …”

Harnessing the Power of Synergy—Nehemiah 3

“By David FaustHellen Keller observed, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do …”

Living with Only the Essentials

“By David TimmsIf you want to stir up a hornet’s nest, simply ask people what …”

In The World—August 9, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeConflict over Campus Student LeadersColleges and universities around the country have created “all-comers” …”

Capitalize on Commonality

“By Kelly Carr “In essentials, unity; in opinions, liberty; in all things, love.” This statement (or variations …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for August 16, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. Which of the following are not in the Bible? • Money is the …”

School Choices for Christians

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessThis month America’s children will once again shed the summer sun and …”

The Lesson and Life for August 16, 2015

“By Dan HamiltonThe origins of old sayings are often interesting. If several online sources are …”

16
In My Opinion

“By Kim WrightWe all think thoughts. We all have opinions. There are the deeper, more …”

Serving Together

“By Kelly Carr  This is the second of three parts discussing the statement: “In essentials, …”

Heartfelt Faith

“By Jamie ShaferIf people have had a connection to spirituality in their past, then it …”

Disputable Matters

“By Victor KnowlesOpinions. We all have them. What is the best translation of the Bible? …”

The Lesson and Life for August 23, 2015

“By Dan HamiltonWhen you were a child in Sunday school, do you remember doing fun …”

A Demand for Justice–The Uniform Lesson for August 23, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneThe people of Israel were taken captive to Babylon. After 70 years, …”

In Nonessentials, Liberty

“By Steven Clark Goad“In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, charity.” This …”

Marks of Spiritual Fitness—Nehemiah 8 & 9

“By David FaustWhen your body is healthy you sleep well, feel energetic, and enjoy a …”

In The World—August 16, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeReligious Groups Barred in AngolaThe southern African nation of Angola banned a number …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for August 23, 2015

“By Michael C. MackImagine you are the parent of a teen whom you try to …”

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The Lesson and Life for August 30, 2015

“By Dan HamiltonLife is full of little indicators. When it comes to automobiles, brake lights …”

Forgiveness—Decades Later

“By Eunice PorterThis story is about forgiveness many years following the incident. It spans two …”

Forgiveness: An Act of Love

“By Charles GerberWhy is it so difficult to forgive someone? We are supposed to forgive. …”

In The World—August 23, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeMuseum Paintings Accessible to Visually ImpairedMost art museums have placards that chide visitors: …”

Transition to Thailand

“By Laura McKillip WoodNathan and Amy Randall moved to Thailand less than a year ago, …”

Faith in Tense Times—Esther 4:12-17

“By David FaustA geode is a kind of rock that contains quartz or other minerals …”

Only Just Everything

“By Steve WyattIf you’re a tenured Christ follower—with the scars to prove it—you’ll find the …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for August 30, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. What are some moral changes that have occurred in our culture …”

A Plea to Return to God–The Uniform Lesson for August 30, 2015

“By Sam E. StoneDuring the past three months we have seen how various Old Testament …”

Love Is

“By Kelly CarrThis is the last of our series surrounding the challenging and liberating statement …”

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Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for September 6, 2015

“By Michael C. MackWhat observable evidence do you have that God has heard your prayers? Read …”

The Away Team: Welcome to ICOM 2015

“By Jim TuneIn the fifth century, Romans reclined in their villas in the south of …”

Four Days that Pack a Spiritual Punch

“By Karis PrattThe first words uttered as we searched for the ICOM exhibitors’ unloading dock …”

In The World—August 30, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeFaith Leaders Oppose Predatory LendingThe Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the …”

The Lesson and Life for September 6, 2015

“By Robin StanleyAre you ready to respond as Peter did to the needs around you? …”

Praying for Boldness–The Uniform Lesson for September 6, 2015

“By Mark ScottLots of things qualify as “acts” in the Book of Acts —miracles, speeches, …”

ICOM: God’s Greater Plans

“By Joy Grace ChenWhen I first felt God nudging me to attend the International Conference …”

Growing Concept of Missions

“By Kelly Carr 

I distinctly remember the first missionary family I ever knew. There was a …”

Is One Sin Just As Bad As Another?

“By Bob RussellThere’s a phrase I’ve heard recently that’s becoming a popular spiritual myth. I’ve …”

Sins We Don’t Like to Talk About—Isaiah 5

“By David FaustIf a professional athlete cheats, ESPN covers the story. CNN and Fox News …”

Sep
06
Hearts in Prison

“By Karen Ward Robertson“Most of what you know about prison life you probably learned from …”

In The World—September 6, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeOld Bible Brings New Hope in ChinaA pair of American missionaries in China …”

Helping Those Who Are Homeless

“By Conover SwoffordI never planned on being homeless. I don’t think anyone does. Suddenly I …”

Sharing with Sincerity–The Uniform Lesson for September 13, 2015

“By Mark ScottIn Luke’s summaries of the earliest church, we see it at its best …”

SAFE FAMILIES: Providing Hope for Struggling Parents

“By Amy SimonParenting is a huge responsibility that can overwhelm us at times. Many of …”

Serving Instead of Sitting

“By Bev and Phil HaasAs our kids have gotten older, Sundays have become a struggle …”

The Lesson and Life for September 13, 2015

“By Robin StanleyHave you ever been the recipient of a gracious, unearned gift simply because …”

Dwell Among People

“By Kelly Carr Just last week we discussed the concept of missions being not just overseas …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for September 13, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. Which is worse—an internal or external attack? Why? Read Acts 4:34—5:10. 2. What …”

The Lord of the Middle— Isaiah 6:1-8

“By David FaustA friend told me, “Since the Lord is the Alpha and the Omega—the …”

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A Listening Love

“By Alan W. DowdWhen you think of being like Christ, what comes to mind? being …”

Effective Listening

“By H. Lynn Gardner“You’re not listening to me!” “But, that’s not what I said!” “Let me finish!” The …”

In The World—September 13, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeEvangelicals Supporting Immigration ReformIn 2012 a group of leaders from national evangelical organizations …”

Minister with Your Ears

“By Kelly Carr “Huh? Sorry—what’d you say?”How many times a day do you say something to …”

The Lesson and Life for September 20, 2015

“By Robin StanleyStanding up for something you believe in is never easy. It requires more …”

Religious Intermarriage Increases

“By Jacqueline J. HolnessAs I grew up in church and became interested in dating, there …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for September 20, 2015

“By Michael C. MackWhen is civil disobedience acceptable and appropriate? Read Acts 5:27-29, 33-42. There are two …”

Where Will You Plant Your Feet?—Isaiah 28:16

“By David FaustWhen I was 17, a friend in the construction business gave me a …”

Speaking Up for God—The Uniform Lesson for September 20, 2015

“By Dr. Mark ScottThe first internal challenge to the church had been put to rest …”

When God Speaks

“By Chad RathThe day started out like any typical Monday morning. I had just arrived …”

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Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for September 27, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack1. If you were to tell the story of your people, what …”

The Neighborhood Store

“By Karen Ward RobertsonI stole a box of crayons from the shelf at the neighborhood …”

The BC Gospel—Isaiah 53

“By David FaustI listened while a friend shared his faith in Christ with a Jewish …”

In The World—September 20, 2015

“By Melissa WuskeLost Luggage HeavenBetween 95 to 98 percent of bags lost and then found …”

Your Neighbors Are Not Who You Think They Are

“By Daniel Darling“We are Muslims,” my neighbor told me after I knocked on his door …”

Standing Firm Against Opposition—The Uniform Lesson for September 27, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Opposition always hurts. It especially hurts when it comes from kin. Stephen …”

The Lesson and Life for September 27, 2015

“By Robin Stanley

“Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, did great wonders and …”

Side by Side

“By Kelly Carr My neighborhood has an interesting history. It was established as one of the …”

Family Faith on the Farm

“By Jamie Shafer

“You can still succeed in this country, working as a family and doing …”

God’s Hesed In Action

“By Simon PreslandOne extremely cold Sunday in January 2014, I opened my bedroom curtain at …”

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In The World—September 27, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Connecting Women to the Church

A new study by the Barna Group found that …”

Simon Is Rebuked–The Uniform Lesson for October 4, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

The four lessons of October focus on the two most famous apostles …”

Transformed Through Tattoos

“By Liz McEwan

One great miracle of the Christian life is the way God chooses to …”

Broadway Dreams & Being Enough

“By Lindsay Travis

My line of work is incredibly superficial and selfish. People are nice to …”

The Lesson and Life for October 4, 2015

“By Rhansyl Harris 

Several years ago I went to a particular gas station because my tank …”

Stumbling in the Street—Isaiah 58, 59

“By David Faust

To illustrate his culture’s moral decline, God’s prophet used a startling metaphor: “Truth …”

An Unexpected Plan

“By Laura McKillip Wood

Paige* didn’t start life planning to be a missionary. In fact, her …”

Are You Creative?

“By Kelly Carr 

I have a secret: I’m thrilled by other people’s creativity. When people can …”

Through the Lens

“By Tim Sweetman

All images in this post © Innovatory Photography

Photographers Joe and Amanda Porter develop …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for October 4, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. When have you been fooled by something (or someone) that was …”

Oct
04
Going Through the Emotions—Jeremiah 9:1

“By David Faust

We know Abraham for his faith, Joshua for his leadership, Esther for her …”

Saul Begins to Preach—The Uniform Lesson for October 11, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

It is hard not to overstate the significance of the conversion of …”

In The World—October 4, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Charity from a Different Faith

Reports of damaged and destroyed churches are deeply disturbing …”

Becoming a Storyteller

“By Bev and Phil Haas

I remember my dad telling us stories about God and how …”

Story Time

“By Kelly Carr 
“Hey, Kaelyn, look out the window at that cool bird flying over there. …”

God’s Eternal Story

“By Charley Dilcher

Everyone loves a good story. Simply said, but listen again: everyone loves a …”

Unlocking the Power of Story

“By Cleo Lampos

I lived in the rural areas of Iowa and Wisconsin, where I attended …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for October 11, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

“A leopard can’t change its spots”—meaning, people can’t really change their character, …”

Tell Me a Story

“By Drew Coons

My wife, Kit, and I attended a seminar led by three people. Two …”

The Lesson and Life for October 11, 2015

“By Dr. Rhansyl Harris

When I graduated from high school, I went to the prestigious Tuskegee …”

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In The World—October 11, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Income Levels Worldwide

According to a Pew Research study, global poverty has dropped dramatically …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for October 18, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What do you think is the biggest cultural or worldview change …”

The Lesson and Life for October 18, 2015

“By Rhansyl Harris

Ministry tends to pull us into uncomfortable places. In fact, if we are …”

God’s Sense of Humor

“By Danny R. Von Kanel

We all know of those corny jokes where people use Scripture …”

On God’s Pottery Wheel—Jeremiah 18

“By David Faust

In biblical times working with clay was serious business. Pottery making required strength …”

Do You Celebrate Halloween?

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

As a candy-corn-loving minister’s daughter, this time of the year always made …”

Hippie for the Holy One

“By Linda Gilden

Torry Martin has been a lifelong learner, but school wasn’t his favorite place. …”

Ha Ha!

“By Kelly Carr 

I love to laugh. How about you? 

Do you recall learning your first knock-knock …”

Peter Preached to Gentiles—The Uniform Lesson for October 18

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Reading the book of Acts is like throwing a pebble in a …”

Upbeat and Tumor-Free

“By Susie Kearley

When I met Debbie last year at a British holiday park (an all-inclusive …”

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Processing Pain

“By Kelly Carr 

Though we are all affected in some way by pain, sometimes it’s tough …”

In The World—October 18, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Young Believers’ Stance on the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Christian communities continue to grapple with …”

It’s the Little Things

“By Joy Crichton

My best friend’s husband has aggressive cancer. Each day I hear the weariness …”

When Business Fuels Ministry

“By Jamie Shafer

Business and ministry don’t mix. At least that is what Chris Patton, president …”

Peter Defends His Actions—The Uniform Lesson for October 25, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Not everyone is happy with church growth. The wide embrace of the …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for October 25, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. When have you had to explain your actions to someone? What …”

Caring for a Spouse with Alzheimer’s

“By Paul V. Harrison

“He was my dictionary,” Peggy said. “Whenever I needed to know how …”

The Lesson and Life for October 25, 2015

“By Rhansyl Harris

Offense is one of the biggest enemies of the church. No matter how …”

Trust Your Instruments— Jeremiah 32

“By David Faust

Any experienced traveler knows the feeling. You stare at the departure board in …”

When Darkness Comes: Turning to the Light of Christ

“By Karen O’Connor

“Karen, I fell last night.” 

I opened my email one morning to read these …”

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A Letter to Those Who Hurt

“By Kelly Carr 

Dear Friend,

I see you. 

I want you to know that first and foremost. You …”

God Rescues Peter—The Uniform Lesson for November 1, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Rescue is at the heart of the gospel. Germane to the meaning …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for November 1, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What keeps you up at night? 

Read Acts 12:1-11. 

2. What possible motivations …”

Mental Illness: An Insider’s Journey

“By Ruth Eleos

I had been exhibiting bizarre behavior for a few weeks, but the day …”

Depression: A Family Illness

“By Gillian Marchenko

A few years ago, I gave up on life. It’s hard to admit …”

You Are Not Your Depression

“By Tim Sweetman

Cowering in the dark. Lying in the bed unable to get up. Desperate …”

In The World—October 25, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Presidential Candidate Photos

New Hampshire teen sisters Addy and Emma Nozell have a bold …”

The Lesson and Life for November 1, 2015

“By Ashlea Massie

How many times have you prayed for something in particular, not expecting the …”

Morning by Morning—Lamentations 3:22, 23

“By David Faust

Morning sounds like birds chirping, alarm clocks buzzing, radio weather reports blaring, and …”

Helping a Depressed Friend

“By Bev and Phil Haas

My friend seems to be having a difficult time. She’s confided …”

Nov
01
In The World—November 1, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Chinese Forbidden to Display Crosses

Over the past few years, the Chinese government has …”

Weary, Wounded Messengers—Ezekiel 1–5

“By David Faust

Churches need leaders for the same reason cars need shock absorbers: often the …”

Sharing the Feast

“By Pete Isenberg

The pickup rumbled northward from Madang, Papua New Guinea, on the two-lane coastal …”

A Conversation Between a Muslim and a Christian

“By Samyr El-Refaie and Andrew Wood

A middle-aged man in jeans and a travel-worn jacket worked …”

Life Between Two Cultures

“By Dr. Reuben Lang’at

Eleven years ago my family and I left Kenya and arrived in …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for November 8, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

Why is it difficult for some people to move from an old …”

To Crimea & Back Again

“By Laura McKillip Wood

When David and Annette Dryden decided to work as missionaries, they did …”

The Lesson and Life for November 8, 2015

“By Ashlea Massie

The early church knew what salvation entailed: believing in Christ, asking forgiveness of …”

Saved by Grace—The Uniform Lesson for November 8, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Church growth can be a pain. It demands more space, time, effort, …”

Birds & Squirrels

“By Kelly Carr 

Biologist Erick Greene recently made an interesting discovery. He’s been researching birds, with …”

08
What About Hell?

“By Victor Knowles

Hell is firmly fixed in the volatile vocabulary of the world. You hear …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for November 15, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

Joe Ellis said, “God is sometimes boxed out of his own enterprise …”

Why Did God Create the World? And Is This the Right Question?

“By Miriam Y. Perkins, PhD
I recently participated in an evening event hosted by Globalscope (Christian …”

What Is Theology?

“Guest Editorial by Jack Cottrell

What is theology?

We use the word theology in different senses, from …”

From Derbe to Philippi—The Uniform Lesson for November 15, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

The pioneer statement, “Go west, young man,” matches our text. Another way …”

Church Building Decline

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

As Christ’s church, Christians recognize that our own bodies are “temples of …”

In The World—November 8, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Christian Teen Rally in Myanmar

Last July, Teen Mania held its first overseas Acquire …”

The Lesson and Life for November 8, 2015

“By Ashlea Massie

How many times have you felt like you should call people to check …”

The Trinity

“By Shawn McMullen

In The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer wrote, “What comes into our …”

Who Is Responsible?—Ezekiel 3, 18, & 33

“By David Faust

When we were boys, my brother John and I often played ball in …”

12
Coming Soon

“Engage Your Faith: a new column by David Faust coming in 2016.”

15
In The World—November 15, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Hilton Hotels Cut Porn Channels

Hilton Hotels are cutting one of their amenities: pay-per-view …”

Running Where Jesus Walked: A Student’s View of the Holy Land

“By Terry Magee

Each year numerous organizations offer trips to the Holy Land, and most tours …”

Never Stop Growing

“By Kelly Carr 
A few weeks ago I was in conversation with faithful reader Alfred Taylor …”

 A Beautiful Mission

“By Jamie Shafer

“I never saw myself in this industry,” shared Sam Hills.It’s a special day …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for November 22, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

Think of one person you know who is not a believer in …”

Prepare to Teach, Prepare to Learn

“By Jim Eichenberger

“While we teach, we learn,” noted the 1st century Roman philosopher Seneca. In …”

The Lesson and Life for November 22, 2015

“By Ashlea Massie

Many men, women, and children are being led astray today by false teachers—all …”

Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens—The Uniform Lesson for November 22, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Acts 16 set the stage for the gospel going up and down …”

From Foolish to Faithful

“By Deborah McLoed

Have you ever felt like a fool where the Bible is concerned? I …”

Become Relevant: 8 Tips from Jesus

“By Tyler McKenzie

In Matthew 5 the truest preacher of all time began the greatest sermon …”

Take Care of the Flock—Ezekiel 34

“By David Faust

God leads his sheep by still waters, but low-character leaders poison the stream. …”

22
What I’m Thankful For: 15 Years of Poverty and Disappointment

“By Jeanette Hanscome

A week before Thanksgiving, I sat in my bedroom/office preparing to speak at …”

Holidays and Family on the Field

“By Laura McKillip Wood

Missionary families face the challenge of teaching their children about American culture …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for November 29, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

What is the best team you’ve ever been a part of? What …”

Shine or Rain

“By Dr. David R. Downey

The rains swept in yesterday, and I am looking out of …”

Who’s at Your Table?

“By Kelly Carr

Growing up, I thought Thanksgiving was an OK holiday, but I often pushed …”

Teaching God’s Word—The Uniform Lesson for November 29, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Our lesson title is taken from verse 11 of our text: So …”

The Lesson and Life for November 29, 2015

“By Ashlea Massie

Paul was a man led by God. He went from town to town, …”

In The World—November 22, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Study of the Pastoral Profession

It’s no secret that ministry is a tough job, …”

What if You Couldn’t?—Daniel 1–6

“By David Faust

A friend in our church has been battling cancer, so he and his …”

For This Family, We Give Thanks

“By Nancy Hoag

My husband and I had been longing for a holiday around the table …”

29
The Positive Witness of Lavish Generosity

“By Bob Russell

Generosity has many benefits. It helps conquer greed. It lays up treasure in …”

The Lesson and Life for December 6, 2015

“By Josh Cadwell

Whenever we obey commands from God, we normally view it as a gift …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for December 6, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What would a perfect day of rest look like for you?

Read …”

The Sabbath Day—The Uniform Lesson for December 6, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

A certain workaholic said, “Thank God it’s Monday.” But even the most …”

When God Has Your Money: 4 Signs Your Heart is in the Right Place

“By Lindsey Bell

“All your church ever talks about is money.” I overheard someone saying this …”

Financial Perspective

“By Kelly Carr 

Money—it’s always on our minds. We work to earn enough for food, shelter, …”

Mission: True Financial Freedom

“By Simon Presland

“Count it down!”

“Three, two, one . . . we’re debt free! Freeeedoooom!”

If you’re …”

In The World—November 29, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Cross-Country Ride for Homelessness

Spencer Nee rode from the Golden Gate Bridge to the …”

The Price of Faithfulness—Hosea 1–14

“By David Faust

Last summer my wife, Candy, and I vacationed at Yellowstone National Park, which …”

Return on Investment

“By Christine Venzon

When it comes to financial planning, I would love to see my assets …”

Dec
06
It’s a Little Crowded

“By Kelly Carr 

We strive to choose topics for The Lookout to help you grow deeper, …”

Simplify Your Family Life

“By Bev and Phil Haas

Our family life is busier than ever, and there’s no end …”

Clearing the Clutter

“By Dr. Barry Thornton

New homes grew from an average of 1,660 square feet in 1974 …”

In The World—December 6, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

German Minister Baptizes Hundreds of Muslim Refugees

“Will you break away from Satan and …”

The Years the Locusts Have Eaten—Joel 1–3

“By David Faust

Unless you understand some things about agriculture, it’s hard to appreciate the difficulty …”

Being Satisfied with Less

“By Rachel Hamman

Stories abound of people who quit their six-figure jobs in pursuit of a …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for December 13, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What is the most special Christmas gift you’ve ever received? What …”

The Lesson and Life for December 13, 2015

“Devotional thoughts on Leviticus 22:17-25, 31-33
By Josh Cadwell

Around my house my children know that there …”

Acceptable Offerings—The Uniform Lesson for December 13, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Someone rightly said, “Exodus is about getting God’s people out of Egypt …”

A Simple, Childlike Heart

“By Karen Ward Robertson

My peace is rumpled, Father. I’m afraid, disappointed, tired of struggling. So …”

09
Standard Publishing Group LLC Announces Its Corporate Name Change to Christian Standard Media LLC

“Christian Standard Media LLC Will Continue to Produce and Market Christian Ministry Resources Such as …”

13
Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for December 20, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

What family Christmas traditions are you using this year to focus on …”

In The World—December 13, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

Rising Persecution Around the World

According to Christian Freedom International (CFI), every five minutes …”

Little Books, Big Lessons—The Minor Prophets

“By David Faust

Little waves create far-reaching ripples. Small businesses stimulate the economy. Tiny babies bring …”

Christmas Traditions to Make Your Holiday Special

“By Linda Gilden

“What? No vegetable soup?” screeched my daughter as she lifted the lid on …”

Reaching Out at Christmastime

“By Chad Rath

The Christmas season is my favorite time of year. Some people bemoan how …”

Dedication of the Firstborn—The Uniform Lesson for December 20, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

There is an old downward spiral to sin that goes like this: …”

Love It or Loathe It?

“By Kelly Carr

This season of preparing for Christmas can be fun or it can be …”

The Lesson and Life for December 20, 2015

“Devotional thoughts on Exodus 13:13b-15 and Luke 2:22-32
By Josh Cadwell

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, …”

A Different Kind of Gift Exchange

“By Joy Crichton

It was the Sunday after Christmas and our church family had returned from …”

A Revealing Data Hack

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

In December people begin reflecting on the best and worst parts of …”

20
In The World—December 20, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

A New Kind of Weather Forecast

Want a forecast that’s more than just a …”

Jesus, Mighty God

“By Javan Rowe

It is obvious from observing many Christmas celebrators that they miss the true …”

Wonder of a Counselor

“By Dr. David Downey

We are in a season of significance and joy! There are many …”

The Facets of Christ

“By Kelly Carr

Isaiah 9:6 is one of my favorite Scriptures describing Jesus. Appropriately, during this …”

The Lesson and Life for December 27, 2015

“By Josh Cadwell

At one point in life, I thought that if I went to church, …”

Where you Live—Questions and Activities for Small Groups for December 27, 2015

“By Michael C. Mack

1. Who is the most generous person you’ve ever known? What makes …”

Jesus Is Our Peace

“By Kit Coons

Christmas is like no other holiday. The smell of fresh evergreens, the sound …”

Three Unexpected Gifts—Micah 5–7

“By David Faust

After 40 years of marriage, it’s hard for me to surprise my wife. …”

A Generous Gift—The Uniform Lesson for December 27, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Generous gifts and humble deeds sharply contrast with shrunken hearts and hypocritical …”

Rooted in Truth and Love

“By Jamie Shafer

“We are a family business, but we like to think of ourselves as …”

28
How to Have Childlike Faith in the New Year

“By Lindsey Bell

When my oldest child was about 2, he was deathly afraid of storms. …”

A Year of Rest

“By Tammy Darling

Every year I fall for it: the promise of simplicity wrapped in a …”

Homecoming

“By Mark Pratt

I had been back six months before I decided to go out and …”

Love After All These Years

“By David Faust

Candy was only 20 years old when she became my wife. I was …”

In The World—December 27, 2015

“By Melissa Wuske

The Life-Saving Gift of Blood

Most people have never heard his name, but James …”

Get Engaged!

“By Kelly Carr

This week we are introducing a new column to our 2016 Bible study …”

The Lesson and Life for January 3, 2016

“Devotional thoughts on Genesis 29:15-30

By Elizabeth Matko

Jacob encountered some tough family issues. No matter how …”

The Old Testament’s Grand Finale—Malachi 4

“By David Faust

It’s natural to feel a touch of melancholy when something comes to an …”

A Different Approach

“By Laura McKillip Wood

Christian work in India has a long history, including such well-known missionaries …”

A Bride Worth Waiting For—The Uniform Lesson for January 3, 2015

“By Dr. Mark Scott

Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire …”

Where You Live for January 3, 2016—Questions and Activities for Small Groups

“By Michael C. Mack

1. What is your favorite romantic movie? Why do you like it? 

Read Genesis …”

2014
Jan
02
The Lookout’s 2014 Bible Reading Plan

“Use this guide to read through the Bible in 12 months. Follow David Faust’s comments …”

05
Where You Live — for January 12, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. If you had to give up one of the following, which would …”

The Resurrection Differential–Acts 1-4

“By David Faust

 

Everyone has a burden to bear—and sometimes many burdens. Collectively, the people you …”

The Thing Couples Fight About the Most

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

I’m starting to think that my spouse and I should avoid …”

In the World — January 5, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Different States, Different Moods

A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social …”

Living as God’s People–The Uniform Lesson for January 12, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Luke does not specify the time and place when Jesus delivered the …”

Spinning Straw into Gold: The Surrendered Life of a Servant

“ 

By Laury L. Davis

 

“It will sure be embarrassing if you don’t end up going,” my …”

Learning the Art of Surrender

“By Michael C. Mack

 

The words were like a punch in the stomach: “I just don’t …”

The Lesson and Life — for January 12, 2014

“By Cindy Tuttle

 

Several years ago I was blessed when God sent a very special young …”

New Year, New Adventures

“Kelly Carr, Interim Editor

 

There is so much potential in a new year, don’t you think? …”

Committed Like Daniel

“By Don Dilmore

 

“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, …”

12
Where You Live — for January 19, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Was there a popular group or an “in” crowd when you were …”

Great Faith for Ordinary People

“By Kelly Carr, Interim Editor

 

Faith can be intimidating. It sounds like an attribute only the …”

The Lesson and Life — for January 19, 2014

“By Cindy Tuttle

 

Not long ago I had a friend request on Facebook from someone I …”

The Root and the Fruit: Faith and Works

“By Victor Knowles

 

“Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like …”

In the World — January 12, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Part of Air Force Academy Oath Now Optional

When cadets at the U.S. Air …”

Enlarging Your Circle–The Uniform Lesson for January 19, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

The scene described in today’s text takes place in the third year …”

Understanding Atheists

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

I honestly believe you can learn lessons from anyone—even atheists. Although it …”

A Strange Sort of Joy–Acts 5:29-42

“By David Faust

 

A medical school student preparing to become a doctor refuses to receive training …”

Seven Expressions of Faith

“By Victor Parachin

 

For 16 years, a Florida Keys treasure hunter named Mel Fisher searched for …”

The Transformer

“By Steven Clark Goad

 

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed …”

16
Read Through the Bible in a Year

“Bible Reading Plan 2017

Use this plan to read through the Bible in 12 months. (The …”

19
Sacrificial Lambs

“ Ruth O’Neil

 

When you read through the Bible, you probably notice new things you never saw …”

In the World — January 19, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Man Wants Ministry to Return Donations

A man who donated hundreds of thousands of …”

Doors of Opportunity

“By Jamie Shafer

 

From the first handshake, Lindsay Crane’s smile and friendly demeanor is immediately engaging. …”

The Heartbeat that God Starts

“By Nancy B. Gibbs

 

There are many important topics that arise in our lives. We often …”

Where You Live — for January 26, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Take out whatever set of keys you have with you. If you …”

The Lesson and Life — for January 26,2014

“By Cindy Tuttle

 

Years ago while my husband was a youth minister, we participated in the …”

When God Shows Up

“By Guest Columnist Cathy Griffith

 

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Day, a day of remembrance—a …”

Protecting Life Beyond the Womb

“By Ida Smith

 

As Christians, it is easy to say we are against abortion. But is …”

Why Shouldn’t I?–Acts 8:36

“By David Faust

 

We don’t know the name of the chariot-rider who rolls across the scene …”

Showing Compassion for the Poor–The Uniform Lesson for January 26,2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

The parable we study today follows directly the story that Jesus told …”

26
In the World — January 26, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Gun Violence Increases in PG-13 Movies

The amount of gun violence in movies rated …”

Prayer That Doesn’t Give Up

“By Diane McLoud

 

One spring day, my small sons came home from McDonald’s carrying special kid’s …”

What I Learned About Prayer from the New Testament

“By Delbert Teachout

 

When I was a small child, I received a book about prayer that …”

A Time to Pray

“By Dr. Donald E. Phillips

 

Do you have reason to live? A purpose which gives motivation …”

The Lesson and Life — for February 2, 2014

“By Danielle Metz

 

I was wronged by someone once, and in my hurt I became very …”

Hear and Do the Word–The Uniform Lesson for February 2, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Most Bible scholars believe that the James who wrote this epistle is …”

Conversing with the Almighty

“By Kelly Carr

 

If you haven’t noticed, tons of books have been written about prayer. Formulas …”

God Is Mysterious—and That’s a Good Thing–Acts 12

“By David Faust

 

Do you ever wish God would be a little less mysterious? Do you …”

Five Gripes

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

Ever have one of those days when you feel like you …”

Where You Live — for February 2, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Which of these communication styles most closely resembles you?

• speak first; think later

• speak …”

Feb
02
Why Persevere?

“By Jason Rodenbeck

 

I sit in my home, enjoying the late afternoon with its deep yellow …”

Midnight Songs–Acts 16

“By David Faust

 

Was the apostle Paul a tenor, a baritone, or a bass? The Bible …”

Making Marriage Last

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

We just had some friends tell us they’re ending their marriage. …”

Where You Live — for February 9, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. From your experience in the community you grew up in, what was …”

Making Peace with Pain

“By Elaine Creasman

 

I’ve discovered a truth: when I run from pain, I tend to run …”

Give Up or Play On?

“By Kelly Carr

 

Today is one of the most celebrated days in America—Super Bowl Sunday. Whether …”

Triumphing Over Tragedy

“By Kathleen A. Barr

 

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted . . . …”

The Lesson and Life — for February 9, 2014

“By Danielle Metz

 

We drive a 1994 green Toyota Corolla with a paint-barren hood and a …”

In the World — February 2, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Google and Bing Block Child Porn

Child pornography will now be more difficult to …”

Treat Everyone Equally–The Uniform Lesson for February 9, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Edwin Markham once said, “We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; …”

09
Where You Live — for February 16, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Take a piece of paper and make a list of 10 activities …”

In the World — February 9, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Longest Married Couple Shares Advice

After celebrating their 81st anniversary, a husband and wife …”

A Good Imitation

“By Effie-Alean Gross

 

When we think of an imitation, we might visualize a fake copy of …”

Intimidating Imitating

“By Kelly Carr

 

When my daughter was the tender age of 3, she was in a …”

Getting to Know the Unknown God–Acts 17

“By David Faust

 

Ancient Athens was a center of classic art and philosophy, but by the …”

Show Your Faith by Your Works–The Uniform Lesson for February 16, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Some Bible teachers suggest that Paul and James disagree with each other …”

Do You Speak Christianese?

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

Chances are, if you grew up in the Christian church or have …”

Living in His Light

“By Simon Presland

 

I admire my senior minister more than any other person I know. He …”

The Lesson and Life — for February 16, 2014

“By Danielle Metz

 

Have you ever felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit yet ignored him? …”

Sent to Mentor

“By Karen Ward Robertson
“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they …”

16
Control Your Speech—The Uniform Lesson for February 23, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

In today’s text, James returns to a subject introduced earlier in his …”

From Sorrow to Song

“By Kimberly Davidson

 

Most days when we turn to the news, it seems like we’re living …”

Shrinking the Giant

“By Javan Rowe

 

David placed the stone in his sling, righteous anger flowing through his veins. …”

A Clear Calling

“By Jamie Shafer

 

A recent Gallup poll concluded that only 30 percent of American workers indicate …”

Greatest Fish Story Ever Told—and All True

“By Dr. Bill Patterson

 

After I preached on Jonah at a conference, a man named George …”

The Lesson and Life — for February 23, 2014

“By Danielle Metz

 

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman presents the idea that each of …”

Give It Up–Acts 20:35

“By David Faust

 

It’s one of Jesus’ most famous quotes, but many don’t realize he is …”

In the World — February 16, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Janitor Saves Nursing Home Residents 

A stay-at-home dad in California decided to work as …”

“Come, Let Us Rebuild”

“By Kelly Carr

 

If someone asked your favorite Old Testament narrative, which would you choose? 

In this …”

Where You Live — for February 23, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Words are powerful. In this age of impersonal mass media and social …”

23
Where You Live — for March 2, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. When you hear the words “church building,” what image immediately comes to …”

Faithful to the True King

“By Terry MacCabe

 

Faithfulness was once a virtue demonstrated in most every aspect of life. A …”

Love, Faith, & Obedience

“By Arlene R. Graber

 

In 1850, agriculture in the south of the United States was booming …”

Ten Great Works of Christian Literature

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

As with any kind of art, in literature there’s bad, good, …”

The Inconvenient Gospel–Acts 24:25

“By David Faust

 

We’re into convenience these days. Why work if someone else will do it …”

In the World — February 23, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Fatherlessness Neurologically Harms Children

A new study has proven what many people already knew: …”

Stepping Back or Stepping Up?

“By Dr. Candace Wood

 

The 12 Israelite spies who were sent by Moses to get a …”

An Eternal Kingdom—The Uniform Lesson for March 2, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

God made covenants with various individuals in Old Testament times, as well …”

The Lesson and Life — for March 2, 2014

“By Jerry Borton

 

Of course David would build God’s temple, right? He had the perfect resume. 

David …”

“Recite the victories of the Lord”

“By Kelly Carr

 

I’ll tell you a secret: though there are many great biblical narratives to …”

Mar
02
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

“By Kelly Carr

 

To say I dislike conflict is an understatement. I despise politics because of …”

Son of David–The Uniform Lesson for March 9, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Today’s lesson is based on three passages of Scripture. Psalm 89 affirms …”

Can We Handle the Truth?–Romans 1

“By David Faust

 

If an exterminator discovers that your house has termites, do you want him …”

In the World — March 2, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Most Americans Don’t Trust Religious Leaders

Each year Gallup releases a poll showing which …”

Time Together Over Time

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

It seems like our family is being pulled in so many …”

One of Us Is Wrong

“By Steve Wyatt

 

“One of us is wrong . . .”

An offense has happened. Right out …”

Keys to Maintaining Christian Unity

“By Peggy Park

 

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. …”

The Lesson and Life — for March 9, 2014

“By Jerry Borton

 

Jesus is known as Immanuel, God with us. He entered our world at …”

Where You Live — for March 9, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Of the following, which amazes you most and why?

• clear starry night

• surging ocean …”

Are You Easily Offended?

“By T. R. Robertson

 

Christians in 21st century America have a reputation for being easily offended. …”

09
Where You Live — for March 16, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. If you had to describe the word justice to someone who was …”

The Lesson and Life — for March 16, 2014

“By Jerry Borton

 

I was born with Cerebral Palsy and now use a power wheelchair. I …”

Getting to the Heart Wisdom

“By Cheri Lynn Cowell

 

My heart sank. I bit my bottom lip and shook my head …”

Steps for Growing in Wisdom

“By Tammy Darling

 

In Proverbs 4:7 we are told, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get …”

Feeling Wise

“By Kelly Carr

 

“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun …”

Curious About the Classics

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

If you were a student in an average American public school system, …”

Faith That Faces Facts–Romans 4

“By David Faust

 

Mindless Christianity isn’t biblical Christianity. The foundational rule of the Old Testament stated, …”

Peter’s Report–The Uniform Lesson for March 16, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Two passages form the basis of today’s study. The first is from …”

The Importance of Proverbs

“By Simon Presland

 

I’ve often wondered what it would have been like to be present in …”

In the World — March 9, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Police Officer Gives Sweatshirt to Homeless Man

A New York City police officer was …”

16
The Lesson and Life — for March 23, 2014

“By Jerry Borton

 

What do you think of when you hear the word worship? For most …”

Count Your Change–Romans 8

“By David Faust

 

When you purchase a hamburger in the drive-thru lane at a fast-food restaurant, …”

Glorifying God with Your Family

“By Brian Jennings

 

I was pretty excited about my first opportunity to referee a basketball game. …”

In the World — March 16, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Last Comes Marriage?

According to analysis by the National Center for Family and Marriage …”

Making Unity a Reality

“By Kathleen A. Trissel

 

“Never do anything to embarrass yourself, your team, or your family” is …”

Sticking Together as Siblings in Christ

“By Steven Clark Goad

 

Have you ever noticed how the kingdom of God is like the …”

Where You Live — for March 23, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What is one of your favorite songs (any style, from any time …”

Anchored Faith

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Emmy award winner Scott Swan anchors the noon and 5:30 p.m. newscasts of …”

Friend or Foe?

“By Kelly Carr

 

Everywhere I look, there’s division and rivalry, clashing animosity and fierce antagonism. Unity …”

Worthy Is the Lamb—The Uniform Lesson for March 23, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Revelation was written by the apostle John. While he was in exile …”

23
Where You Live — for for March 30, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Most television shows are not broadcast live. They are recorded and edited …”

Willing Messengers

“Kelly Carr, Interim Editor

 

Think of a time when someone made you feel special. Maybe it …”

The Gospel Found in the Gospels

“By David Timms

 

The statistics are enough to alarm any Christian parent. One study suggests that …”

Triumphant and Victorious—The Uniform Lesson for March 30, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Continuing this quarter’s study, “Jesus’ Fulfillment of Scripture,” we come to the …”

The Lesson and Life — for March 30, 2014

“By Keith Short

 

Excitement was building, and the entire town was looking forward to the coming …”

Over the Rail

“By Laura L. Wood

 

I sat in the mall with my two preschoolers, my own infant, …”

Listening with Both Ears–Romans 10:14-17

“By David Faust

 

The Malchus miracle is one of my favorite wonders recorded in the Bible. …”

In the World — March 23, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Three-Year-Old Collects 900 Teddy Bears for Sick Children 

When Bennett Nester was diagnosed with …”

Ten Great Christian Films

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

Everyone’s list of favorite films is different, including their list of …”

Finding Hope

“How witnessing reopened my heart and helped me heal

By Christy Heitger-Ewing

 

On a sunny afternoon last …”

30
Biblical Principles for Financial Freedom

“By Karen O’Connor

 

Money, money! Cunning, conniving, confusing. Like food, we can’t live without it, but …”

Giving the Gift of Honor–Romans 13:7, 8

“By David Faust

 

Can you see the love of God in the gritty courage of a …”

In the World — March 30, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Bill Could Curb Access to Student Data

Washington lawmakers are considering a new bill …”

Jesus Cleanses the Temple—The Uniform Lesson for April 6, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

The messages of two prominent Old Testament prophets provide background for today’s …”

Don’t Lose Heart

“By Bob Russell

 

In the past few years I’ve preached to over 200 churches. Nearly everywhere …”

The Freedom to Give

“By Kelly Carr

 

This issue is about financial freedom. Usually that term brings to mind budgets …”

Where You Live — for April 6, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Do you go through some type of routine personal evaluation? (Examples: employer …”

The Lesson and Life — for April 6, 2014

“By Keith Short

 

It was a sad time in the life of one local church. For …”

Finally Debt Free

“By Steven Clark Goad

 

“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to …”

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

“By Victor M. Parachin

 

In a rural county, a handful of residents offered $45,000 in donations …”

Apr
06
God’s Sandhogs

“By Philip Huber

 

We take fresh water for granted. For most, it is as simple as …”

A Greater Grasp of Grace

“By Victor Knowles

 

My friend Norm remembers a revival meeting that he, his parents, and his …”

An Epidemic

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

We have good friends from church whose 20-year-old son was hospitalized …”

In the World — April 6, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Christians and the Death Penalty 

Christians are divided along generational lines as to whether …”

David Berkowitz: From Son of Sam to Son of Hope

“By Terrell Clemmons

 

The capacity crowd assembled in the Suffolk, Virginia, National Guard Armory for the …”

Partners with God–1 Corinthians 3:9

“By David Faust

 

If you were asked to sing a duet, what musician would you select …”

Where You Live — for April 13, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. If you had to define yourself to someone who didn’t know you and …”

A Messianic Priest-King–The Uniform Lesson for April 13, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

All of the Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah were fulfilled in …”

The Lesson and Life — for April 13, 2014

“By Keith Short

 

When our two boys were growing up, we encouraged them to read. There …”

Beauty Out of the Ugly

“By Kelly Carr

 

Grace. It’s a word I’d heard for years without it having much impact …”

13
Where You Live — for April 20, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What life experiences do you wish you had known more about before …”

Jesus’ Storyline

“By Javan Rowe

 

When we purchase a highly anticipated novel, we would never read the introduction, …”

The King of Kings Salvation Brings

“By T.R. Robertson

 

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,

How Jesus the Savior did …”

Evaluating our Spiritual Selfies

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

When Oxford Dictionaries announced that their word of 2013 winner was selfie, …”

My Favorite Parade

“By Kelly Carr

 

Do you enjoy parades? I don’t consider myself a parade aficionado, but I …”

The Results of Jesus’ Death

“By Candy Arrington

 

Following his death, Jesus’ followers huddled together behind locked doors, fearing what would …”

The Lesson and Life — for April 20, 2014

“By Keith Short

 

Sometimes we just do not understand what has happened or even why. These …”

You Have the Right to Give Up Your Rights–1 Corinthians 6

“By David Faust

 

Common wisdom says the higher you climb on the organizational ladder, the more …”

The Third Day–The Uniform Lesson for April 20, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Hosea prophesied during the eighth century BC, speaking to the people in …”

In the World — April 13, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Animal Rights Activists Petition Pope to Stop Releasing Doves

A new petition is calling …”

20
Make Easter Holy

“By Eva Juliuson

 

We can’t make Holy Week any more holy than it truly is. Our …”

Not-So-Holy Holiday

“By Kelly Carr

 

Sometimes it’s hard to get emotionally built up for an annual event. When …”

Fishing for Something New–How one man let faith guide his job transition

“By Jamie Shafer

 

As God transforms us, his light bursts through to all components of our …”

The Lesson and Life — for April 27, 2014

“By Keith Short

 

It was an early morning stroll along the beach. It was one of …”

What Should the Resurrection Make of Us?

“By Donald S. Tingle

 

We know that the resurrection gives us hope for the future. God …”

From Suffering to Glory–The Uniform Lesson for April 27, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Chapters 42–53 of Isaiah contain what are called the “Servant Songs.” Isaiah …”

Where You Live — for April 27, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. If you had your choice, which would you prefer?

• planting a garden in …”

In the World — April 20, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Dating Preferences in 2014

The “2014 State of Dating in America” report was released …”

Why the Resurrection Matters

“By Steve Wyatt

 

His name was Cleopas—and he felt hopeless. So did his friend. 

These two friends …”

Passed On–1 Corinthians 11

“By David Faust

 

On rainy days I wear a tan-colored raincoat. It’s a little too big …”

27
More Than a Game

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

As I write this article, college football has just wrapped up …”

In the World — April 27, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Christian Singles and Sex 

In a continuation from last week’s news item about dating …”

Jesus Resists Temptation–The Uniform Lesson for May 4, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

This month concludes our study of “Jesus’ Fulfillment of Scripture,” as we …”

Together on Purpose

“By Karen Ward Robertson

 

During a small group gathering, Brian told us about the difficult transition …”

As If We Were Leaving–1 Corinthians 12-16

“By David Faust

 

I was raking my yard the other day when Jesse walked across the …”

The Power of Encouragement

“By Kayleen Reusser

 

If you’ve never given much credence to the act of encouragement, consider that …”

Spur One Another On

“By Kelly Carr

 

When we evaluate our lives, we may think about the big events that …”

Faith in Community

“By Daniel Darling

 

I’ll never forget the bumper sticker I once saw affixed to a new …”

The Lesson and Life — for May 4, 2014

“By Chris Higgins

 

Our youngest son, who is now in college, was baptized when he was …”

Where You Live — for May 4, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What’s the best job you’ve ever had? Were you ever tempted to …”

May
04
Reading and Listening

“By Kelly Carr

 

My nose has been buried in books for as long as I can …”

In the World — May 4, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Developer Treats 50 Homeless to Elegant Dinner

An Ohio developer recently treated a group …”

Why Do We Trust Scripture?

“By David Timms

 

Relatively few people—even Christians—seem to trust the Bible anymore, if by trust we …”

Letters from God–2 Corinthians 3:1-3

“By David Faust

 

Every day when I arrive home from work, there’s a pile of mail …”

Talk with Me

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

My husband and I need to talk with each other more, …”

The Lesson and Life — for May 11

“By Chris Higgins

 

In the history of the world there have been a lot of big …”

Jesus’ Mission on Earth–The Uniform Lesson for May 11

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Each Gospel adds details and insights that help us better understand the …”

The Old Testament: A Human/Divine Masterpiece

“By Doug Redford

 

The term Old Testament is not one that seems user-friendly. It contains two …”

The New Testament: That You May Believe

“By Ruthanne (Candy) N. Arrington

 

Many of us process our experiences by keeping a journal or …”

Where You Live — for May 11

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. People build physical bridges over rivers and gorges as a way to …”

11
“Just” a Mom?

“By Tammy Darling

 

Recently a good friend confided in me that she was struggling with being …”

To Work or Not to Work?

“By Sandi Brown

 

When I was a little girl, I pictured myself being the type of …”

A User-Friendly Look at Proverbs 31

“By Marcia Hornok

 

How practical is Proverbs 31:10-31 for modern women? 

She burns the candle at both …”

A Call for Healthy Living

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

I read a Facebook post by gospel singer Mandisa about why she …”

Strong Women

“By Kelly Carr

 

I come from a family of strong women. I’m very blessed to have …”

In the World — May 11, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

FDA Considers Allowing Three-Parent Babies

In February, a U.S. advisory board within the Food …”

The Lesson and Life — for May 18, 2014

“By Chris Higgins

 

In his fascinating book, The Greatest Stories Never Told, Rick Beyer recounts the …”

Light and Momentary Troubles–2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“By David Faust

 

Twice in 2 Corinthians 4 the apostle Paul says, “We do not lose …”

Jesus’ Teaching on the Law–The Uniform Lesson for May 18, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

While Jesus was teaching in Galilee some 50 miles away from them, …”

Where You Live — for May 18, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What’s your favorite family tradition? What is involved? How often do you …”

18
Hope on the Home Front

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Doug Hedrick has learned to thrive in the midst of living a dual …”

Renewed, Recharged, Revived

“By Mark Snavely

 

I knew nothing of the North American Christian Convention until I began attending …”

The Lesson and Life — for May 25, 2014

“By Chris Higgins

 

A few years ago I was approached by an elderly lady in a …”

In the World — May 18, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

German Homeschool Family Permitted to Stay in U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security …”

Provisions for the Journey

“By Dan Hamilton

 

They were bone tired. For weeks now the team had been pressing on …”

Concern for All the Churches–2 Corinthians 11:28

“By David Faust

 

If you think your life is filled with hassles and headaches, imagine how …”

The Greatest Commandment–The Uniform Lesson for May 25, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Today we study Jesus’ answer to a question about the greatest commandment. …”

NACC: Is It for You?

“By Marcy Levering

 

The words North American Christian Convention
conjure up many different emotions in …”

Why Attend NACC 2014?

“By Guest Columnist Dick Alexander

 

Military leaders talk of “mission creep”—military action launched with a clear …”

Where You Live — for May 25, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Think about things you love to do. Then think about things you …”

25
The Lesson and Life — for June 1

“By Paul Cole

 

Have you ever disappointed God? As Christians, we know that we have failed …”

Where You Live — for June 1

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What excuses do people tend to make for putting their own …”

This Belongs To . . . Answering Hard Questions About Special Needs

“By Gillian Marchenko

 

I sit in a hospital cafeteria, a half-eaten chicken sandwich and a bottle …”

Meeting Every Need

“By Kelly Carr

  

I know a lot of amazing parents, but this issue’s topic brings some …”

Obey the Lord–The Uniform Lesson for June 1, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

After returning from Babylonian exile, the Jews laid the foundations for the …”

Does Insecurity Rule the World?–Galatians 1–3

“By David Faust

 

I have a theory. You can disagree with it if you want. My …”

It’s Not All Bad–Part 1: Video Games

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

I recently read a quote about a man who fears the …”

Does Noah Belong to the Church?–The Gospel, Inclusion, and Disability

“By Vangie Rodenbeck

 

For 10 years now, since he was diagnosed with autism, I have lived …”

In the World — May 25, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

“Sundays Are the Worst” Website Invites Conversation

A new website called “Sundays Are the …”

WOW Club

“By Sue Tornai

 

The faint scent of rubbing alcohol greeted Dan Brown when he entered Stanford …”

Jun
01
The Trip of a Lifetime

“By Kelly Carr

 

Summer is coming. Do you have any trips planned? 

Some of my favorite memories …”

In the World — June 1, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Pastor Launches WikiWorship 

A pastor in North Carolina has launched an interactive website where …”

Be Good to the Body–Galatians 5 & 6

“By David Faust

 

Amid all the talk about health care these days, God calls us to …”

After an Affair

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

My wife and I are trying to get our marriage back …”

Where You Live — for June 8, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. Describe something you have created, built, or rebuilt. Did others help …”

Who’s Following Your Example?

“By Bob Mize

 

My goal in writing this article is to motivate kingdom people to disciple …”

The Lesson and Life — for June 8, 2014

“By Paul Cole

 

During the month of June each year, we see many precious promises made …”

Trust God’s Promises–The Uniform Lesson for June 8, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Only 38 verses long, Haggai is the second shortest book of the …”

Disciple-Making Disciples

“By Tyler Edwards

 

All living things grow. It is a natural part of life. Think of …”

Discipleship in the Local Church

“By Rachel Hamman

 

When Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, 20, he …”

08
God’s Blueprint for Marriage

“By Simon Presland

 

After a recent service at my church, a young man approached me holding …”

In the World — June 8, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Minister Hopes to Transform Strip Club into Church

A New York City minister is …”

The Lesson and Life — for June 15, 2014

“By Paul Cole

 

As Christians we want to live holy lives because God commanded us to …”

Church and the Second Amendment

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

It has been argued that guns are as American as apple pie …”

As You Wish

“By Nick Burczyk

 

“Aaaas yooooou wiiiiiish!”

This was the cry of Westley (a.k.a. the Dread Pirate Roberts) …”

What Does It Mean to Be a Godly Wife?

“By Karen O’Connor

 

“An excellent wife . . . is far more precious than jewels. The …”

Where You Live — for June 15, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. When’s the last time you caught a sickness from someone? How …”

One Plus One Equals One–Ephesians 2-4

“By David Faust

 

God created mathematics, so he can do unusual things with it:

• With 100 warriors …”

Live Pure Lives–The Uniform Lesson for June 15, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Judah had been conquered, Jerusalem burned, the temple demolished, and the people …”

10
Love and Marriage

“By Kelly Carr

 

Celebrating 33 years of marriage last month, assistant editor Sheryl Overstreet and her …”

15
Every Good Gift

“By Jamie Shafer

 

What can a college graduate do with a secondary education or geology degree? …”

Because of Dads

“By Kelly Carr
 
Today when talking to my neighbor about our family backgrounds, she said, “You’re …”

Hope for a New Day–The Uniform Lesson for June 22. 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

This is the concluding lesson in our studies about rebuilding the temple …”

In the World — June 15, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Majority of Adults Say Church Not Important 

A new poll by The Barna Group …”

Our Father’s Fridge

“ 

By Alan W. Dowd

 

I always suspected they had kept all that stuff. I remember how …”

Out of Control–Ephesians 5 and 6

“By David Faust

 

Do you realize how much of life is outside your control? 

You can carry …”

Where You Live — for June 22. 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. If you were a superhero and could have just one super …”

The Lesson and Life — for June 22. 2014

“By Paul Cole

 

Today I turned 65. I was supposed to write this article on hope …”

If I Could Do It All Over Again

“By T. R. Robertson

 

When my boys were young we loved to read the comic strips …”

Before She Says “I Do”

“By Dale Reeves

 

Almost 28 years ago at Humana Hospital in Clear Lake, Texas, my wife …”

22
Pursue Unity in Christ–The Uniform Lesson for for June 29, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

For the next two months we will study passages from 1 and …”

The Forgiven

“By Javan Rowe

 

I have heard it said that we are very forgiving people. This is …”

Whatever Happens, Rejoice!–Philippians 1

“By David Faust

 

The apostle Paul wrote, “In all things God works for the good of …”

How Can I Forgive Her?

“By Courtney Newbery

 

I was leisurely pushing my cart down the pickle and condiment aisle when …”

The Process of Forgiveness

“By Vicki Edwards

 

“Let it go.” 

That was it: the sum total of my husband’s advice on …”

It’s Not All Bad Part 2: YouTube

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

I’m proud of my son, Bryan. Last year he found a …”

The Lesson and Life — for June 29, 2014

“By Melissa Wuske

 

One Sunday my church focused on personalities by breaking into groups based on …”

Forgiveness—You’re Not Alone

“By Kelly Carr

 

Forgiveness—who can say they are good at it? Who claims it’s a skill …”

Where You Live — for June 29, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. Who was your sports or movie hero when you were a …”

In the World — June 22, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Seminary Graduates in Record Debt

A new study has found that many seminary graduates …”

29
Coincidence or God-Incident?

“By Bob Russell
 
Have you ever noticed how often in the Bible that “it just so …”

Glorify God with Your Body–The Uniform Lesson for July 6, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

First-century Corinth was not an easy place for a Christian to live. …”

The Lesson and Life — for July 6, 2014

“By Melissa Wuske

 

Food is pretty much the only way I reward myself for anything. A …”

Where You Live — for July 6, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. How did you learn about “the birds and the bees”? How …”

Sacrificing for Freedom

“By Kelly Carr

 

While thinking about the topic of freedom, I spoke with Matt Braden, former …”

Preserving America’s Religious Freedom

“By H. Lynn Gardner

 

As a child, Dr. Garland Bare lived in Tibet until Communists forced …”

In the World — June 29, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Jesus Chalk Drawing

A church in Texas wanted to gain a world record by …”

The Lookout for June 29, 2014

“We hope you enjoy celebrating our country’s freedom this week. Fireworks, family, food—however you spend …”

How the Bible Shaped the New Nation

“By Candace Wood

 

“Proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants” (Leviticus 25:10). Can you …”

How Can the Church Change the Country?

“By Dr. Bill Patterson

 

In every country where Christianity has gained a strong foothold, major change …”

How Are You Doing—Really?–Philippians 3 and 4

“By David Faust

 

Personal greetings used to be formal: “Good morning.” “Welcome.” “It’s a pleasure to …”

Jul
06
Hollow or Holy?–Colossians 2:8-10

“By David Faust

 

Early one morning not far from my house, a towering tree tumbled swiftly …”

Where You Live — for July 13, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What personal freedom is most vital to you?

 

Read 1 Corinthians 8.

 

2. …”

Help From Heaven

“By Victor Knowles

 

Fourth grade was terrible for me. Our family had moved from a small …”

Exercise Freedom with Caution–The Uniform Lesson for July 13, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth was prompted by a …”

The Lookout for July 6, 2014

“This week The Lookout will be at the North American Christian Convention. If you’re heading …”

Questions About Estrangement

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

My daughter married into a family with money and has decided …”

The Lesson and Life — for July 13, 2014

“By Melissa Wuske

 

Our culture runs on freedom of expression, so not-very-well-directed good intentions are everywhere. 

As …”

Do You Know the Holy Spirit?

“By Cheri Lynn Cowell

 

Most of us can give a long list of the things we …”

The Mysterious Member of the Trinity

“By Kelly Carr

 

It was an odd moment, but I remember it distinctly: I was walking …”

In the World — July 6, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

College Students with Involved Fathers More Likely to Graduate 

College students with fathers who …”

The Mysterious Member of the Trinity

“By Kelly Carr

 

It was an odd moment, but I remember it distinctly: I was walking …”

More of Him, Less of Me

“By Karen Ward Robertson

 

It all started with a murder when I was 9 years old. 

The …”

13
In the World — July 13, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Census May Change Some Questions

After pushback from the public, the U.S. Census Bureau …”

Staying Put

“By Anne Wilson

 

At some point in our journey of faith, many of us lie awake …”

Where You Live — for July 20, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What is the most important lesson you’ve ever learned from the …”

Louder Than Words

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

“I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day.” This is …”

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

“By Kelly Carr

 

“Who are the people in your neighborhood—the people that you meet each day?” …”

Your Neighborhood Mission Field

“The Lookout–July 13, 2014

This week we look at people who are making a difference in …”

The Ongoing Relevance of the Second Coming–1 Thessalonians

“By David Faust

 

Why are Christians these days so reluctant to talk about the return of …”

You Have a Mission

“By Tim Harlow

 

My daughter Becca was 4 when we lost her on a beach in …”

The Lesson and Life — for July 20, 2014

“By Melissa Wuske

 

Last year I was overpaid by clients three times. One duplicate check and …”

Getting Outside the Walls

“By Chris Barras

 

On Tuesday, January 12, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck southern Haiti. Like many …”

Overcome Temptation–The Uniform Lesson for July 20, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Paul guided the Corinthians to live as a community of believers. In …”

20
Seek the Good of Others–The Uniform Lesson for July 27, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

From the day that the church began in Jerusalem, God endowed certain …”

Paper with Purpose

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Both Tim and Sarah Gosnell have full-time jobs and full personal lives in …”

Playing Second Fiddle

““He must become greater; I must become less.” —John 3:30”

Quiet Ambition–1 Thessalonians 4:1-13

“By David Faust

 

Unchecked ambition is an ugly trait. It makes people pushy and self-promoting. Ruthless …”

The Call of Humility

“By Dr. Donald E. Phillips

 

There once was a humble, faithful person who never missed church …”

The Lesson and Life — for July 27, 2014

“By Melissa Wuske

 

Last year my church started using small group discussion occasionally during Sunday morning …”

Where You Live — for July 27, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. Have you ever been in a situation where you did not understand …”

Helping Others Succeed

“H. Lynn Gardner

 

Famed basketball coach John Wooden defined success as “knowing you made the effort …”

In the World — July 20, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Kids Experience Fewer Traumas When Raised by Mom and Dad 

A new report released …”

Assistant to the Regional Manager

“By Kelly Carr

 

I was a huge fan of the TV show The Office. One character …”

When Others Hardly Notice

“By Danny R. Von Kanel

 

In many years of living, I have always served in a …”

27
The Lesson and Life — for August 3, 2014

“By Betty B. Gray

 

Susie and Janie, 5-year-old playmates, lived next door to each other and …”

In the World — July 27, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Church Sings in Airport During Layover

When members of Harmony Hill Baptist Church in …”

Learning to Slow Down

“By Karen O’Connor

 

Sooner or later we all have to learn the art and discipline of slowing …”

Where You Live — for August 3, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. Give an example of compassion you’ve seen lately. Or describe an …”

Life Is a Marathon—Pace Yourself

“By Tammy Darling

 

Even those of us who aren’t avid in the sport of track and …”

Why Waiting Isn’t All Bad

“By Lindsey Bell

 

I don’t like to wait. 

My guess is, neither do you. 

Our you-can-have-anything-you-want-and-you-can-have-it-now culture has …”

Honoring God by Working Well–2 Thessalonians 3:6-13

“By David Faust

 

Someone sent me a list of the best things to say if you …”

Growing in Patience

“Coming up in August you’ll find:

• The Not-So-Perfect Church

• Raising Righteous Kids, Parts 1 & 2

• No More …”

It’s Not All Bad –Part 3: Smarter TV Plots

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

I’ve often talked about what’s bad in mass media. In this …”

Moving Too Fast

“By Kelly Carr

 

Perhaps you’ve seen this little party favor toy that kids receive: a disc …”

Comfort in Times of Trouble–The Uniform Lesson for August 3, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Last month’s lessons were all based on Paul’s first letter to the …”

Aug
03
Where You Live — for August 10, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. Share a time when you intended to do something for someone …”

Tied for Worst–1 Timothy 1:12-17

“By David Faust

 

Can you imagine a conversation between King David and the apostle Paul? 

“I consider …”

The Beautiful Bride?

“By Eva Juliuson

 

The first time I truly believed that my husband loved me was when …”

The Curmudgeon and the Congregation

“By T. R. Robertson

 

I’ve decided to stop being the church curmudgeon.

In my teens and 20s …”

In the World — August 3, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Minister Refused Surgery

U.S. minister Saeed Abedini was denied a much needed surgery.

The Iranian-born …”

The Lesson and Life — for August 10, 2014

“By Betty B. Gray

 

Corrie ten Boom is one of the characters that I love to …”

A Permanent Solution

“By Mark Taylor, Publisher

 

“The temporary becomes permanent.” Dale McCann, senior minister at the first church …”

Forgiveness and Restoration–The Uniform Lesson for August 10, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Paul’s first letter to the Corinthian church contained many things that were …”

How to Love an Imperfect Church

“By Daniel Darling

 

So by now you’ve discovered that the church you attend is imperfect. The …”

Keeping Tabs on Your Teen

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

Like most parents we want to protect our kids from the …”

The Not-So-Perfect Church

“No church is perfect. But WE are the church! So let’s commit ourselves to building …”

10
The Lesson and Life — for August 17, 2014

“ Betty B. Gray

 

Recently at a large convention, I was putting up my Encourage Me Ministry …”

Treasure in Clay Jars–The Uniform Lesson for August 17, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Paul’s suffering is mentioned throughout this second letter to the Corinthians, especially …”

Faithful Sayings–1 & 2 Timothy; Titus

“By David Faust

 

A wise axiom says, “You cannot train a horse with shouts and expect …”

The Supreme Court Upholds Prayer

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

A Supreme Court ruling earlier this year is a reminder that Christians …”

Help Children Study and Memorize Scripture

“By Betty Aldridge

  

What if I offered you 12 exciting, new, and creative methods that will …”

The B-I-B-L-E

“By Kelly Carr

 

If you grew up going to church, do you recall Bible songs you …”

From Feelings to Action

“By Victor Parachin

 

When she was in sixth grade, Stephanie Taylor heard about a police dog …”

Wireless Parenting

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Anyone with children knows that parenting is not for the faint of heart. …”

Where You Live — for August 17, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. Dr. John Henry Jowett said, “Ministry that costs nothing accomplishes nothing.” Do …”

Raising Righteous Kids–Part 1

“Thanks for all you have done and continue to do to help new generations of …”

In the World — August 10, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

False Myths About Divorce Rates 

Christian researcher Shaunti Feldhahn recently did an eight-year investigative …”

17
Dear Mom and Dad

“By Rachel Friel

 

Dear Mom and Dad, 

 

I thank my heavenly Father for both of you each …”

Creating Meaningful Spiritual Moments for Your Family

“By Mike Berry

 

Even though the sun was shining and the temperature had reached a warm …”

But As for You–2 Timothy 3

“By David Faust

 

As our society drifts farther from God, what will it be like 10 …”

Raising Righteous Kids, Part 2

“Every day is filled with moments that God can use to encourage young people to …”

The Lesson and Life — for August 24, 2014

“By Betty B. Gray

 

In 2002 my best friend and I had the chance to visit …”

An Appeal for Reconciliation–The Uniform Lesson for August 24, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

In the section of 2 Corinthians just before today’s printed text, the …”

More than a Soapbox

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Although Wendy Childress’ first visit to Colombia, South America, was short, its impact …”

In the World — August 17, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Stranger Raises $35K for Exonerated Prisoner

When a Brooklyn man was exonerated after serving …”

30 Days of Praying for My Son

“By Sarah Robinson

 

I decided to spend 30 days in focused prayer for my son. I …”

Where You Live — for August 24, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What’s your all-time, favorite love song? If you’re willing, sing a …”

24
The Lesson and Life — for August 31. 2014

“By Betty B. Gray

 

Once you have been to Haiti you never forget the unbelievable poverty. …”

What? Me Worry?

“By Simon Presland

 

I recently read that more than 40 million people in our society suffer …”

Run to the Roar

“By Patricia Ennis

 

If you walk into a room and the conversation stops, what is your …”

Where You Live — for August 31. 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What thoughts or feelings do you have when a preacher, missionary, or …”

Addicted to Worry

“By Kelly Carr, Editor

 

Looking over my lifetime, I’d pinpoint one issue that has most often …”

Fix Problems Before They’re Too Big–Titus 2:15

“By David Faust

 

Doesn’t the word prefix sound like it means to fix something ahead of …”

Generosity in the Midst of Poverty–The Uniform Lesson for August 31. 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Despite the problems noted in 1 Corinthians (such as division, pride, and …”

Overcoming Worry

“By Kathleen A. Trissel

 

Has anyone ever told you, “You have control issues”? Worry is a …”

It’s Not All Bad–Part 4: Smarter TV Techniques

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

We’ve been doing a series on what’s good in mass media. …”

In the World — August 24, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Foster Mother Receives Financial Gift

A foster mother living in California received a tremendous …”

No More Worries!

“Coming up in September you’ll find:

• Vertical: A Peek at the 2014 International Conference on Missions

• Confirm …”

31
The Big Easy

“By T. R. Robertson

 

In the early 1970s, my family lived in a small town in …”

Rest or Stress?

“We hope you get to enjoy rest from your work on Labor Day. Take a …”

The Value of Sabbath

“By Joyce Long

 

Reddish-orange glints streak the evening sky, casting dancing shadows on the most holy …”

In the World — August 31, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Americans Get Enough Sleep 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their annual Time Use …”

Biblical Ways to Overcome Stress

“By Charles Gerber

 

Stress is all around! It cannot be avoided on this planet. Just turn …”

Take a Deep Breath

“By Kelly Carr, Editor

 

Labor Day is a big weekend here in Cincinnati. There’s a huge …”

Where You Live — for September 7

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. When have you been a part of a “Welcome Home” celebration? …”

A Prayer for Teachers

“By Bob Russell

 

The summer is ending and school is resuming in most places. This is …”

Charge It to Me–Philemon

“By David Faust

 

What amazes you most about Jesus? Are you astonished by his power over …”

The Lesson and Life — for September 7, 2014

“By Nathan Kline

 

I love seeing renewal, especially in the city. The renewal of the Over-the-Rhine …”

A Vision of the Future–The Uniform Lesson for September 7, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Even while the people of Israel were living as exiles in Babylon, …”

Sep
07
Fully Human in Every Way–Hebrews 2:14-18

“By David Faust

 

No section of the Bible portrays the superiority of the Lord Jesus Christ …”

When Your Kids Leave Home

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

Our kids are two and a half years apart. The youngest …”

Go Vertical

“By Dave Butts

 

Going vertical will change your life. And Columbus, Ohio, is the place this …”

In the World — September 7, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Parents Value Grades over Kindness

A new study by a researcher at Harvard has …”

The Lesson and Life — for September 14, 2014

“By Nathan Kline

 

There I was, standing before hundreds of people, crying my eyes out because …”

Answer to Prayer at ICOM

“By Sam Gill—Guest Editorial

 

I grew up in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, that has more …”

Hope for the Future–The Uniform Lesson for September 14, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Jeremiah is often called “the weeping prophet” because of the sad news …”

Impact of ICOM

“By Laura McKillip Wood

 

Last November, my husband and I packed our kids into the back …”

Where You Live — for September 14, 2014

“ 

By Michael C. Mack

 

1. If you could develop a “new and improved” version of something, …”

The ICOM Challenge

“By Karen Wingate

 

“Are you a missionary?”

The question hung in the air between me and the …”

14
A Little Bit More

“By Kelly Carr, Editor

 

Our household joined the international excitement over the World Cup this summer. …”

Anticipation of a New Future–The Uniform Lesson for September 21, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Despite all that was going on around them, the people of Israel …”

Called to Be Like God

“By Cheri Lynn Cowell

 

The news traveled fast. “Did you hear? John answered the call.” In …”

What’s the Good Word?

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

Although I attended church and Sunday school probably since a few days …”

In the World — September 14, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Homeless Find Innovative Shelters in Vancouver

A Vancouver charity found a unique way to …”

The Lesson and Life — for September 21, 2014

“By Nathan Kline

 

I’m a sucker for musicals. My wife and I love going downtown to …”

God Is Not Unjust–Hebrews 6:10

“By David Faust

 

NFL quarterbacks and senior ministers have something in common: Both of them get …”

Faith Wrestler

“By Javan Rowe

 

I stared in amazement at the wrestler facing me, trying desperately to hide …”

Where You Live — for September 21, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What’s the most illogical thing you’ve ever done (at least as …”

The Essence of Goodness

“By Steve Wyatt

 

My favorite teaching style is biographical. I love to take the full story …”

Nourishing Resources from The Lookout

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Confirm Your Calling—Part 1

“In this issue of The Lookout, we begin a 3-part series looking at the calling …”

21
In the World — September 21, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Global Prayer Vigil for Saeed Abedini 

A global prayer vigil for Saeed Abedini has …”

Where You Live — for September 28, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. Use the following sentence to tell us about your week: The …”

Choosing Self-Control

“By Tammy Darling

 

A  quick look at our society leads me to wonder, where is self-control? …”

Finding My Motivation

“By Kelly Carr, Editor

 

This week as we continue to look at our calling from God …”

Never Give Up

“By H. Lynn Gardner

 

In the struggle to live for God in this fallen world, who …”

The Lesson and Life — for September 28, 2014

“By Nathan Kline

 

Recently I embarked on an adventure I wasn’t sure I could complete: I …”

Simply Sweet

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Built with hard work, faith, and a lot of frosting, Confectioneiress has been …”

Growing in Knowledge

“By Victor Knowles

 

“Knowledge is indispensable to Christian life and service,” said John Stott. “If we …”

Future Peace and Joy–The Uniform Lesson for September 28, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

In last Sunday’s lesson Jeremiah was being held in a courtyard prison …”

Confirm Your Calling–Part 2

“Continuing our series on our calling from 2 Peter 1:1-11, we delve into knowledge, self-control, …”

Bow In–Hebrews 10:19-25

“By David Faust

 

Do you ever struggle to find the right balance between engagement and disengagement? …”

28
Reaching Up

“By Ginger Peters

 

Paige Cannon reaches up, above the major trials that have befallen her. Life …”

The Lesson and Life — for October 5, 2014

“By Jeanette Hanscome

 

When my attorney emerged from the courtroom, I expected her to tell me …”

It’s Not All Bad—Part 5: Smarter Film Techniques

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

We’ve been doing a series on what’s good in mass media. …”

Can’t We All Just Get Along? (Practicing Mutual Affection)

“By Riane Konc

 

If I want to get good and angry about something, all I have …”

Called by (Nick)Name

“By Jennifer Hinder

 

Nicknames are typically affectionate, silly pet names given to us by our friends …”

Confirm Your Calling—Part 3

“We finish off our series on calling by looking at godliness, mutual affection, and love.”

Yet I Will Rejoice—The Uniform Lesson for October 5, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

All that is known of the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk is found …”

A Beautiful Masterpiece

“By Kelly Carr

 

In our final issue concerning our calling from God, as discussed in 2 …”

In the World — September 28, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Americans Concerned About Eating Habits

According to a new report from Barna, Americans …”

Where You Live — for October 5, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. When have you had to wait for God to answer you?

 

Read …”

Finishing the Race—Hebrews 12:1, 2

“By David Faust

 

For years I’ve had a hard time understanding people who run marathons. Why …”

Oct
05
Where You Live — for October 12, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What do you think is worse: the conviction of an innocent …”

When I Stopped Saying Yes

“By Nancy Hoag

 

Setting boundaries may sound simple enough on paper, but what if it’s a …”

Setting Healthy Boundaries

“In this issue you’ll find:

• What the Bible Says About Setting Healthy Boundaries

• When I Stopped Saying …”

I Know That My Redeemer Lives–The Uniform Lesson for October 12, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

This is the first of three lessons highlighting key passages from the …”

The Lesson and Life — for October 12, 2014

“By Jeanette Hanscome

 

When I didn’t see Deanna at church, I knew something was wrong. She …”

Small Deeds Done–James 1:19-27

“By David Faust

 

The short letter of James is a favorite of many Bible readers because …”

Parenting with Choices

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

Everything is a battle with my son. If I say, “Do …”

Guard Your Yard

“By Amy Simon

  

I grew up watching the consequences of unhealthy boundaries in my family. I’ve …”

What the Bible Says About Setting Healthy Boundaries

“By Karen O’Connor

 

I remember the day I learned about relationship boundaries—not from a book or …”

In the World — October 5, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Sudan Bans Construction of Christian Churches

The Sudanese government has banned the construction of …”

Setting Up a Perimeter

“By Kelly Carr

 

It seems to be human nature to not want to be restricted. Cole …”

12
Moving Past Grief

“By Ruthanne N. Arrington

 

When my father-in-law had a heart attack, I spent lots of time …”

Where You Live — for October 19, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. If you could ask God any “why” question, what would it …”

The Marijuana Debate

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

The use of marijuana in American culture has long been associated with …”

The Lesson and Life — for October 19, 2014

“By Jeanette Hanscome

 

I was working at a preschool the year of the O.J. Simpson murder …”

I Will Call on God—The Uniform Lesson for October 19, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Last week’s study focused on Job 19. After that section, more attacks …”

In the World — October 12, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Minister Invents Prayer App

A 25-year-old youth minister in Lubbock, Texas, has created an …”

Foot in Mouth: What NOT to Say to Someone in Grief

“By Courtney Newbery

 

As she walked into the room, eyes puffy from crying, my normally chatty …”

Choosing to Believe: My Grief Journey

“By Evelyn Eng “Why not me? Love me.” In My Best Friend’s Wedding, Julia Roberts plays Julianne, …”

Beyond Understanding

“By Kelly Carr

 

I first stared into the face of grief when I was 5 years …”

Filling the Empty Boxes—James 4:13-17

“By David Faust

 

Ordinary objects seem more valuable when they aren’t readily at hand. Did you …”

Write For Us

“Take a look at a sample issue.

Note: We publish strictly according to our theme list. …”

19
Free Will & Tough Love

“By Kelly Carr

 

In the past few years, friends of mine have persuaded me to read …”

Where You Live — for October 26, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. When was a time you put your foot in your mouth …”

Confront or Don’t Confront?

“By Sandi Brown

 

In the days my husband and I were in Bible college, I imagined …”

In the World — October 19, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Bill Introduced to Protect Faith-Based Adoption

In August U.S. Representative Mike Kelly and Senator …”

Things Too Wonderful for Me–The Uniform Lesson for October 26, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Today we consider the closing section of the book of Job. Last …”

Tough Love

“• How do you love the unlovable?

• When should you confront and when should you not?

Dig in …”

Loving the Unlovable

“By Tyler Edwards

 

Some people are just harder to love than others. It sounds harsh, but …”

Love is a Battlefield

“By Steve Wyatt

 

There’s a war going on inside me, a fight that’s been raging for …”

The Lesson and Life — for October 26, 2014

“By Jeanette Hanscome

 

My sister held up the sequined V-neck sweater and laughed. I could only …”

Loving Without Seeing–1 Peter 1:8

“By David Faust

 

When my son, Matt, was a toddler, he was curious about the Lord. …”

How Do Christians Apply Faith at Work?

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Colossians 3:17 challenges us: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, …”

26
Are You a Lion Tamer?–1 Peter 5:8

“By David Faust

 

The radio broadcaster Paul Harvey created a popular essay called “If I Were …”

Christian Film on the Rise (Part One)

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

I’ve talked before about how Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the …”

The Lesson and Life — for November 2, 2014

“By John H. Corbin

 

During each summer Olympic Games, the marathon race is the last event. …”

LookoutMag.com

“By Kelly Carr

 

For 124 years, The Lookout has provided Christian adults with true-to-the-Bible teaching and …”

A Defeated Foe

“By Simon Presland

 

The Flip Wilson Show was a popular variety show in the 1970s that …”

Waging the War of the Worlds

“By Doug Redford

 

The Bible begins with God’s creative activity, including a paradise that was shattered …”

God’s Glory Filled the Temple–The Uniform Lesson for November 2, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

This month we consider “Visions of Grandeur,” looking primarily at Ezekiel’s prophecies. 

G. …”

In the World — October 26, 2014

“South American Family DNA Assists Alzheimer’s Research

A South American family has volunteered to be a …”

Protect Kids from the Occult

“By Ruth O’Neil

 

Not everyone agrees with me on what I allowed or did not allow …”

Where You Live — for November 2, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. Would you rather go to a home show or take an …”

Nov
02
In the World — November 2, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Britain’s Most Popular Baby Boy Name

Britain has a new most popular name for …”

I Will Remember

“By Kelly Carr

 

I tend to shy away from negative information. Is that war movie based …”

Remembering the Persecuted Church

“Election Day is this week. No matter who or what you’re voting for, recognize the …”

Prosecuted and Persecuted

“By Dr. Barry Thornton

 

Since the time of Christ and subsequent to the fourth century, governmental …”

Where You Live — for November 9, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. Would you rather follow detailed instructions or wing it?

 

Read Ezekiel 43:13-21.

 

2. What’s your …”

Marked with an X

“By Laura McKillip Wood

 

In 2013 a church in a village near Juba, the capital of …”

Change—the Unwelcome Guest–1 & 2 Peter

“By David Faust

 

I’ve experienced a lot of change this year. After 12 years as president …”

The Lesson and Life — for November 9, 2014

“By John H. Corbin

 

The specifications and dimensions listed in Ezekiel for building the altar were …”

Craving Encouragement

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

Lately my husband and I have noticed that our daughter seems …”

Resources for Standing with the Persecuted Church

“By T. R. Robertson

 

As you read this issue of The Lookout magazine, our hope is …”

The Altar Offers Hope–The Uniform Lesson for November 9, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

At this point in our study, Ezekiel had witnessed the measuring of …”

09
New View of Veteran’s Day

“By Kelly Carr

 

As I mentioned last week, I often avoid negative information. As you might …”

Water from the Sanctuary Gives Life—The Uniform Lesson for November 16, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Last week’s study ended with Ezekiel 43:21. After that Ezekiel was given …”

Give Thanks—It’s Good for You

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

While Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year,” our culture …”

Loving Scripture

“By Javan Rowe

 

I love reading the Bible. Sounds like an obvious statement for a Christian …”

The Power of God’s Word

“Do you love Scripture? Do you read it regularly? This week dwell on the power …”

Combat Cuisine

“By Patricia Ennis

 

I once had a minister who consistently stated, “No Bible, no breakfast!” As …”

What Happens When We Focus on God’s Word

“By Lindsey Bell

 

As I stared at the pregnancy test lying on the bathroom counter, I …”

In the World — November 9, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

How Black and White Christians Think About Race

The protests and riots in Ferguson, …”

Where You Live — for November 16, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What’s the best adventure involving water you’ve ever experienced?

 

Read Ezekiel 47:1-12.

 

2. Pretend your …”

Recall the Words—2 Peter 3:2

“By David Faust

 

Some recalls are bad. Automobile manufacturers issue recalls when they discover defects in …”

The Lesson and Life — for November 16, 2014

“By John H. Corbin

 

In the great state of Kentucky, most of our country roads follow …”

16
Called to Return

“By Riane Konc

 

“The needs around the world are so significant that you should go unless …”

Making Faith an Everyday Business

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Dawid and Justyna Wawrzyniak are passionate about following God’s plans, and they believe …”

Healthy Trends in Short-Term Missions

“By Donovan Weber and Bill Weber

 

Millions of people spend millions of dollars to travel the …”

Where You Live — for November 23, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What are you most thankful for in terms of your inheritance? (Examples: …”

Tales of the Not Forgotten

“By Beth Guckenberger

 

“I’m hungry!” The cries for more food were ringing in Edgar’s ears. He …”

The Lesson and Life — for November 23, 2014

“By John H. Corbin

 

Once while vacationing in Jamaica, I had the wonderful opportunity to meet …”

Should We Love the World?—1 John 2:15-17

“By David Faust

 

The Bible’s golden text informs us that “God so loved the world” (John …”

In the World — November 16, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

New Words Admitted into Dictionary

New words have been admitted into the online dictionaries …”

On a Mission for Chile

“By Kelly Carr

 

When I first supported Chile Mission founded by Jack and Janine Swanson, I …”

Inheritance Marks a New Beginning—The Uniform Lesson for November 23, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Our final lesson from Ezekiel brings us to the largest section of …”

Finding Our Way to Thailand

“By Adam Griffith

 

My wife, Kristy, and I have been on the mission field in Thailand …”

23
My Most Memorable Thanksgiving

“By Jill Davis

 

My mother loved family. The Thanksgiving when I was 10, she eased into …”

Why God Deserves our Thanks

“By Dr. Bill Patterson

 

An amazing encounter took place on Jesus’ last trip to Jerusalem. As …”

Stressed and Blessed–1 John 5:4

“By David Faust

 

Are you ready for a break? Sometimes Jesus had his disciples “come apart” …”

The Lesson and Life — for November 30, 2014

“By John H. Corbin

 

Allow me to introduce you to a person who truly rejoices over …”

Thankful

“Enjoy celebrating Thanksgiving this week. No matter how you spend your time, we hope you …”

Good News Brings Rejoicing—The Uniform Lesson for November 30, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

God called on the people of Israel to rejoice. Though they still …”

Living Thank-You Notes

“By Kelly Carr, Editor

 

My mom always taught me to send thank-you cards for gifts received. …”

Where You Live — for November 30, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. What is your level of joy at this holiday season? 

 

Read Isaiah 52:1, …”

Christian Film on the Rise (Part Two)

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

Last time I told you that, earlier this year, Christian filmmaking …”

In the World — November 23, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Homeless Elderly Prayed and Got Help

An elderly couple living inside their car in …”

Stressed and Blessed–1 John 5:4

“By David Faust

 

Are you ready for a break? Sometimes Jesus had his disciples “come apart” …”

The Well of Wonder

“By Tammy Darling

 

A crackling campfire with flames reaching for the stars stirs up thoughts of …”

30
The Lesson and Life — for December 7, 2014

“By Tyler McKenzie

 

Incarnation, the Christmas paradox: majesty dressed in humility, God’s Son growing in Mary’s …”

Fighting for Joy

“By Audrey Hector

 

As a mental health therapist, I recognized the signs of depression in others—yet …”

In the World — November 30, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Obamacare May Cover Abortions

A new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) …”

Contending for the Faith—The Book of Jude

“By David Faust

 

Jude’s 25-verse letter is one of the shortest books in the Bible, but …”

Worship Christ’s Majesty—The Uniform Lesson for December 7, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

The letter to the Hebrews does not tell us the name of …”

The Battle for the Mind

“Coming up in December’s issues of The Lookout:

• Striving for Purpose

• Worship

• Christmas Joy

• Facing Your Future”

What Does a Preacher Do?

“By Bob Russell

 

Ever question what a preacher does all day long? Ever wonder why so …”

Where You Live — for December 7, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. In 60 seconds write down the titles of as many Christmas songs …”

A Journey from Heartache to Hope

“By Doug Redford

 

Baseball fans recognize that the number 42 is a very important one in …”

Cultivating a Positive Attitude

“By Candy Arrington

 

Occasionally we hear stories of generosity, kindness, or heroism. These stories warm our …”

The Ministry of Empathy

“By Kelly Carr

 

In August when news broke that beloved actor Robin Williams had committed suicide, …”

Dec
07
What Christians Do—Revelation 1–5

“By David Faust
 
The New Testament portrays the early church with stark realism, and the picture …”

Selfless Image

“Dr. Barry Thornton
Forrest Gump, at the grave of his beloved Jenny, lamented life’s design: “I …”

Hold on to Jesus

“By Sylvia Schroeder
 

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the cloud of witnesses from Hebrews …”

Enjoying Family Time

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

I’m looking forward to the upcoming holidays. The main reason is …”

Where You Live — for December14, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 
1. What different styles of worship have you experienced in your lifetime? calm …”

Striving for Purpose

“Are you struggling to find purpose in some aspect of your life? Is it learning …”

In the World — December 7, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 
Domain .church Grows in Popularity
More congregations across the country are adopting .church domain …”

Seek and You Shall Find

“By Simon Presland
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to …”

The Lesson and Life — for December 14, 2014

“By Tyler McKenzie

 

Well it’s Christmas season, isn’t it? Look around—all the things that resemble sanity in …”

What’s the Point?

“By Kelly Carr

 

One of the novels I read this year was written from the perspective …”

Make a Joyful Noise—The Uniform Lesson for December 14, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Psalm 95 begins with a call to sing praises to the Lord. …”

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The Lamb-Shepherd—Revelation 7:17

“By David Faust

 

What makes the book of Revelation so intriguing? Why are some Bible readers …”

In What Ways Do You Worship?

“By Kelly Carr

 

What setting most often inspires your worship of God? 

• Do you enjoy exalting him …”

Speak, Lord, Your Servant Is Listening

“By Pati Page

 

It is no small thing that the God of the universe who dwells …”

Where You Live — for December 21, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack

 

1. How well are you prepared for Christmas—physically (home decorations, cooking food)? …”

Authentic Worship

“By Javan Rowe

 

There is much confusion today in the area of worship. Many seem to …”

The Lesson and Life — for December 21, 2014

“By Tyler McKenzie

 

It’s AD 14, Jesus will be 20 soon, and Caesar Augustus, the emperor …”

O Worship the King

“By Steven Clark Goad

 

Somehow I’ve managed to avoid the worship wars that have raged over …”

In the World—December 14, 2014

“By Christy Barritt

 

Ebola Outbreak Could Hit 1.4 Million by 2015

The Centers for Disease Control and …”

Worship

“Whether you are making a joyful noise or treasuring up all these things in your …”

Give Glory to God—The Uniform Lesson for December 21, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Of the four Gospel writers, Luke is the one who gave the …”

Contraceptive Controversy

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

It’s that time again—the end of another year. The last month of …”

21
An Ode to Joy

“By Kelly Carr Christmas week is finally here! How has the season been treating you? Maybe this …”

Faithful Living in Everyday Business

“By Jamie Shafer Never underestimate the power of everyday conversations to make a lifelong impact. Mark …”

Where You Live — for December 28, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack1. When in your life have you been the most terrified? What was …”

The Lesson and Life — for December 28, 2014

“By Tyler McKenzie Why do you believe in Jesus? What’s your motive? Do you believe in …”

Lost and Found Christmas

“By Sue Tornai

After the Cherub Choir’s dress rehearsal, I headed over to the nursery to …”

Keys to an Extraordinary Christmas

“By Danny R. Von Kanel Christmas—it’s the magical holiday that radiates joy and goodwill every December. …”

The Joy of Christ’s Birth

“By Victor KnowlesBeing a shepherd was probably a fairly grim slog. Bethlehem was not Rome. …”

Blessed Rest—Revelation 14:9-14

“By David Faust We are, indeed, a restless generation.Physically RestlessAccording to the Centers for Disease Control …”

Worship God’s Son—The Uniform Lesson for December 28, 2014

“By Sam E. StoneWith the feeding of the 5,000 in the third year of Jesus’ …”

Christmas Joy

“Have a wonderful Christmas, worshipping the incarnation of our powerful, loving God.”

In the World — December 21, 2014

“By Christy Barritt “Amazing Grace” Headed to Broadway?A new production about the real-life story behind the …”

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Where You Live — for January 4, 2014

“By Michael C. Mack1. Who first taught you how to pray? Read Luke 11:1-13. 2. Of all the things …”

Getting Past Your Past

“By Karen O’ConnorWhat a relief it is to read this beautiful Scripture from Isaiah and …”

On the Right Side of History

“By David FaustAfter writing a magazine column every week for nearly 19 years, I have …”

Facing Your Future

“As you finish up 2014, we hope you can look back on the year and …”

The Lookout’s 2015 Bible Reading Plan

“Use this plan to read through the Bible in 12 months. Readings for each day …”

Stronger Together

“By Kelly CarrIt’s the end of another year, and it’s been a different one for …”

How Should We Respond?

“By Dr. Charlie W. StarrFor most of this yearI focused on positives in media. I …”

In the World — December 28, 2014

“By Christy BarrittNew Facebook Feature Reaches Out to Friends after DisasterFacebook is unveiling a new …”

I Know Who Holds the Future

“By Patricia EnnisA new year is rapidly approaching and with it the opportunity to deepen …”

Jesus’ Model for Prayer—The Uniform Lesson for  January 4, 2014

“By Sam E. StoneThis month’s lessons focus on “Learning to Pray.” What an appropriate topic! …”

The Lesson and Life — for January 4, 2014

“By Miguel LaraWhen you get on your knees to pray to God, what do you …”

2013
Jan
05
Imitating Christ–The Uniform Lesson for January 13, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone Paul’s epistle to the Philippians reads more like a personal letter than …”

06
A resolution that leads to gladness

“By Shawn McMullen OK. What is it this year? Lose weight? Reduce stress? Read your Bible? …”

The Translation of Grace

“By Dr. Barry Thornton  During the first few weeks of my first preaching ministry in Ohio, …”

Where You Live — for January 13, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Some things in life give you energy; other things sap your energy. …”

In Search of the Pure Church

“By Gary D. Robinson

 

While reading Eugene Peterson’s insightful commentary on David, I was struck by …”

The Lesson and Life — for January 13, 2013

“By Ray Stites 

 

Why do we do what we do?

We were driving on an interstate highway. …”

The pivotal personality– Matthew 1-3

“By David Faust

 

Of all the billions of people who have walked on the face of …”

Grace That Truly Amazes

“By Simon Presland  You’re doing God’s work, but you are accused of doing everything except working …”

In the World — January 6, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Arizona Ordered to Fund Planned Parenthood

A federal judge ruled in October that Arizona …”

Keeping the communication lines open

“By Bev and Phil Haas We’re looking for tips that will help us keep the communication …”

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In the World — January 13, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Canadian School Continues to Give Out Free BiblesA Canadian public school system will …”

To Change a Life

“By Sarah Van Horn What does it take to change a life? Change a church? Change …”

Lasting value

“By Shawn McMullen It’s one of the most unattractive items in our kitchen, but we continue …”

Where You Live — for January 20, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Outside of church, work, school, and home, what other “extracurricular” activities take …”

Tag! You’re It!

“By Robb Faust “Tag! You’re it!” The sound of kids playing in the backyard is one …”

The Legend of VBS

“By Kelly Carr Once upon a time, not so very long ago, there was a beautiful …”

Winning the battle with temptation– Matthew 4:1-11

“By David Faust I asked members of a Bible college faculty to take a piece of …”

What will you do in the New Year?

“By Jacqueline J. Holness Few things cause us to reflect on life and legacy like sickness …”

Knowing Jesus Christ–The Uniform Lesson for January 20, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone This month’s lessons are all taken from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. …”

The Lesson and Life — for January 20, 2013

“By Ray Stites  “Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you,” are words to …”

20
In the World — January 20, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Montana Passes Parental Notification Law 

Voters in Montana approved a law in November that …”

Where You Live — for January 27, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What is one of the most daring things you have done in …”

Standing firm in Christ–The Uniform lesson for January 27, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

In his personal letter to the church family at Philippi, the apostle …”

The surprising power of the second mile– Matthew 5:38-48

“By David Faust

 

Why are the hamburgers square at Wendy’s? Founder Dave Thomas insisted, “We don’t …”

Merging faith and work

“By Jamie Shafer As Bryan Weese contem-plated the potential merger his law firm was facing, he …”

A simple pro-life principle

“By Shawn McMullen

 

In a third world country, a heartsick mother gingerly cradles her infant son. Having …”

The Lesson and Life — for January 27, 2013

“By Ray D. Stites Mature models! If there is an oxymoron in the fashion world, “old …”

Life-Giving Compassion

“By Ava Pennington

 

The Christian community has taken a stand on the issue of abortion. To …”

Life: Its Beauty and Value

“By Tammy Darling “You knit me together in my mother’s womb. . . . My frame …”

Compelled by Faith and Love: LifeChoices of Joplin, Missouri

“By H. Lynn Gardner At the LifeChoices annual banquet in 2010, Christian recording artist Rebecca St. …”

27
Finding a Way Out

“By Christine E. Miller Part of the glory of living is that each moment is dynamic. …”

Help for heavy hearts

“By Shawn McMullen

 

I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were …”

The Lesson and Life — for February 3, 2013

“By Darryll Davis

 

I was close to being “Top Gun” at the police target range. It …”

Helping the Hurting

“By Peggy Park There’s no quick fix for depression. My single sister, June, lived with my …”

Where You Live — for February 3, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. Pass around a box of crayons. Ask group members to select a …”

Willing and able–Matthew 8 & 9 *

“By David Faust A general called his troops together and said, “The bad news is, we’re …”

The problem with fundamentalists

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr  I’m writing this article two days after the September 2012 Prime …”

Coping With Crisis

“By Danny R. Von Kanel John’s world collapsed. He lost his job with the downturn in …”

In the World — January 27, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Church Fights for Tax Exemption

Christ Church Pentecostal in Nashville, Tennessee is taking the …”

Focused solely on Christ–The Uniform Lesson for February 3, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone Although the apostle Paul himself did not plant the church in Colossae, …”

Feb
03
Building From Scratch

“By Amy Simon My husband builds model ships as a hobby. Usually he starts with a …”

The Lesson and Life — for February 10, 2013

“By Darryll Davis I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live” (Galatians 2:20, King James Version). …”

The church: a valuable parenting resource

“By Shawn McMullen I know many Christian parents who are deeply committed to raising children who …”

Raised with Christ–The Uniform Lesson for February 10, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone If you had lived in first-century Colossae, you would have seen much …”

Raising Christian Kids: A Toolbox for Beginners

“By Rebecca Waters When her 8-year-old son was the victim of a neighborhood bully, Linda wanted …”

Is the Lord a home-wrecker?–Matthew 10:34-39

“By David Faust I love my kids. Yes, I still call them “kids” even though they’re …”

When your child asks about baptism

“By Bev and Phil Haas Our oldest child is nine years old and wants to be baptized. …”

Mentors and Models

“By Mary J. Davis

 

That Sunday morning in February 1972 was a wonderful and exciting day …”

In the World — February 3, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Christian Organization Calls on World for HelpThe Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) is …”

Where You Live — for February 10, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. If your life were a pie, what would its pieces look like? …”

10
Too tired to serve?– Matthew 11 & 12

“By David Faust He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might …”

Biblical Principles of Racial Reconciliation

“By Delroy Brown Since its founding in 1989, Toowoomba International Christian Church in Queensland, Australia has …”

Clothed with Christ–The Uniform Lesson for February 17, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone In the first two chapters of Colossians the apostle Paul demonstrated the …”

In the World — February 10, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

City to Remove Cross from Seal

Following legal threats from an atheist foundation, the …”

The Lesson and Life — for February 17, 2013

“By Darryll Davis October 12, 2012 was a sad day for me. After 15 years of …”

Loving while disagreeing

“By Jacqueline J. Holness I’m a sucker for romantic love. I always have been and always …”

Deliberately Diverse

“By Rebecca Waters and Darryll Davis On the night before Jesus died he expressed his highest …”

A reason to reconcile

“ By Shawn McMullen Jesus prayed that his followers would be united, even as he and the …”

Where You Live — for February 17, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. Think of a tragic news headline you’ve seen in the past couple …”

My Son Onesimus

“By Steven Clark Goad

 

“You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for …”

14
Advertise

“Share your message with more than 30,000 readers every week when you advertise in The …”

17
In the World — February 17, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Americans Likely to Become More ReligiousSurveys conducted recently by Gallup found that 40 …”

Disciplined for life—The Uniform Lesson for February 24, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone When reading Colossians, it is important to remember that this is another …”

Marketplace missionary

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Not having grown up in the church, Chuck Proudfit’s outlook on living the …”

A minor miracle?–Matthew 15:31-38

“By David Faust There is no such thing as minor surgery. If you are the patient …”

Reflections on forgiveness

“By Guest Columnist Dr Daniel R. Altman I still remember that day—a powerful moment as I …”

Where You Live — for February 24, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. If your group has been together for a while, take turns guessing …”

The Lesson and Life — for February 24, 2013

“By Darryll Davis  I’m not quite sure why, but when I think of discipline, I think …”

Forgiveness: Its Benefits and Blessings

“By Conover Swofford “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people” (Galatians …”

What the Bible Says about Forgiveness

“By Victor Knowles Forgiveness is the greatest need in the world today. We are living on …”

Forgiving the Unrepentant

“By Ruth O’Neil Many families have at least one member who seems to be a thorn …”

24
What would I have done?– Matthew 19:16-30

“By David Faust I like to think I would have been different.When I read Bible stories …”

In the World — February 24, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Congress Among Least Trusted ProfessionalsA new Gallup survey shows that only one in …”

Nine Biblical Principles to Help You Manage Your Money

“By Ronica Stromberg After learning a money management principle as a child, I paid for most …”

The Lesson and Life — for March 3, 2013

“By Tony Sullivan Later it would be called “the scream heard ‘round the world.” However, that …”

Putting on an act

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr I was dressing for work while watching Good Morning America. Tom …”

Daniel’s vision of change–The Uniform Lesson for March 3, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone The genuineness of the prophetic message of Daniel was sanctioned by Jesus …”

Who are you serving?

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Most of us have made poor financial decisions at some point in our …”

Avoiding the Danger Zone

“By Alan W. Dowd Sometimes I wish the only version of the Beatitudes was Matthew’s. After …”

Where You Live — for March 3, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. Have everyone draw a fuel tank gauge on a piece of paper …”

Lessons from an Unlikely Source

“By Ava Pennington Christians are to be light in a dark world. Salt in a corrupt …”

Mar
03
Taking Christ to the Community

“By Kayleen Reusser  In 2011 seven schools in the East Allen County School district of Fort …”

In the World — March 3, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Americans at 13-Month LowEarlier this year, Gallup’s Life Evaluation Index, which measures how …”

Daniel’s prayer–The Uniform Lesson for March 10, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone “The events of Daniel 9 were triggered by the reading of Scripture,” …”

Small Church, Big Mission

“By Tyler Edwards Your church may be small. Your God isn’t. Smaller churches will typically have …”

The Lesson and Life — for March 10, 2013

“By Tony Sullivan “Sir, we found a prayer journal at our gate at the airport. We …”

What’s Good About the Smaller Church?

“By Jerran Jackson Small churches operate differently from big churches. The church of Christ on earth …”

Where You Live — for March 10, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. What does the phrase, “I’m sorry,” mean to you? Is being sorry …”

They moved—and planted a church

“By Shawn McMullen  I’ve known Gene and Frances Hester most of my life. Longtime members of …”

Serving together as a couple

“ByBev and Phil Haas Our minister has asked my husband and me to lead a small …”

‘The Lord needs them’– Matthew 21:1-11

“By David Faust

 

Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and …”

10
Gabriel interprets Daniel’s vision–The Uniform Lesson for for March 17, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone The type of prophecies that Daniel gave to the Jews are frequently …”

What Christ’s Sufferings Teach Us About God

“By H. Lynn Gardner  From the pristine perfection of Heaven, Jesus came to earth to live …”

What is worse than being a hypocrite?– Matthew 23

“By David Faust Hypocrisy isn’t the only sin, but it’s a particularly destructive kind of evil. …”

Rethinking money management

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

I don’t know about you, but I would rather think about doing …”

In the World — March 10, 2013

“By Christy Barritt 250,000 Sign Petition to Label Westboro Baptist a “Hate Group”More than 250,000 people …”

Where You Live — for March 17, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. Name three items that are on your “bucket list” (the list of …”

A context for suffering

“By Shawn McMullen I was asked to speak to a men’s prayer group on the topic, …”

Why We Suffer

“By Kathleen A. Trissel When we suffer we want to know why, but few answers are …”

Embracing Suffering

“By Steven Clark Goad God washes the eyes with tears until they can behold the invisible …”

The Lesson and Life — for March 17, 2013

“By Tony Sullivan To say that 1998 was not a good year for our family would …”

17
In the World — March 17, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Marriage Declines in AmericaAccording to The State of Our Unions, a joint publication …”

God’s Unchanging Nature

“By Ava Pennington Benjamin Franklin suggested the only things certain in life are death and taxes. …”

The Lesson and Life — for March 24, 2013

“By Dr. Barry Thornton I carry a laminated picture of my wife in my wallet. It’s …”

Anywhere we go– Matthew 25:31-46

“By David Faust I grew up on a farm in Ohio, and my wife grew up …”

Where You Live — for March 24, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. Describe mealtime when you were growing up. Did your family sit down …”

The Lord’s Supper–The Uniform Lesson for March 24, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone To the Jew, Passover was the most important of all the annual …”

Holy, Holy, Holy

“By Simon Presland As I sit at my computer, hands poised over the keyboard, I’m ready …”

No second-class Christians

“By Jamie Shafer

 

For Ray Hilbert, Truth@Work cofounder and CEO, it seems all paths have been …”

Our unique God

“By Shawn McMullen God is unique. He is “above all gods” (Psalm 95:3) because he is …”

The Meaning of “Was”

“By Steve Wyatt Jesus Christ exists beyond time. He had no beginning and will never experience …”

24
Unexpected Extravagance

“By Joyce Long

 

The tension pressed around them like thick, suffocating humidity. Jesus and his disciples …”

Heaven . . . on earth?

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr Last November I saw two movies that offered answers to the …”

Watch and Pray

“By T.R. Robertson They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, ”Sit …”

What grows in the garden?– Matthew 26:36-46

“By David Faust I have a special appreciation for the early spring. Maybe it’s because I …”

The Lord lives–The Uniform Lesson for March 31, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone This quarter’s theme, “Undying Hope,” focuses this month on the resurrection of …”

The Father was there

“By Shawn McMullen We see Jesus Christ as the focal point of the final week, the …”

The Lesson and Life — for March 31, 2013

“By Dr. Barry Thornton I was ministering to a church in northwest Indiana in the late …”

Where You Live — for March 31, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. As you’ve grown older, what has changed most about your personality? (Examples …”

In the World — March 24, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Planned Parenthood Receives Millions from GovernmentAccording to Planned Parenthood’s annual report, the organization …”

An Upper Room Experience

“By Bob Stacy Have you ever wondered about the last night Jesus spent with his disciples …”

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Where You Live — for April 7, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. Complete the following statement:  “People might be surprised to find out that …”

In the World — March 31, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Group Distributes Bibles in Public SchoolsWorld Changers of Florida recently distributed Bibles at …”

Living in the Light of Christ’s Return

“By Victor Knowles The Mayans were wrong, dead wrong. I’m writing this article three days before …”

The Lesson and Life — for April 7, 2013

“By Dr. Barry Thornton Former Illinois basketball player and Portland Trailblazer rookie Meyers Leonard got a …”

Christ’s Resurrection Gives Us Hope

“By H. Lynn Gardner  Our 34-year-old son died in a truck accident in 1999. Four months …”

The Lord appears–The Uniform lesson for April 7, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone This month’s lessons continue to emphasize the Christ-ian’s undying hope. Today we …”

‘Do you believe this?’– Matthew 28

“By David Faust My dad died on St. Patrick’s Day in 2011. His death wasn’t surprising, …”

The relevance of Easter

“By Bob Russell The resurrection of Jesus Christ occurred nearly 2,000 years ago. Yet the reality …”

Astounding affirmations

“By Shawn McMullen I’m thankful for the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice makes …”

What Should We Make of the Resurrection?

“By Donald S. Tingle I wasn’t there 2,000 years ago when Jesus’ followers claimed he rose …”

Apr
07
Shifting gears–Mark 1:32-35

“By David Faust

 

Today most cars shift gears automatically, but drivers who grew up prior to …”

Why the NACC?

“By Rod Huron  Would you like to be simply a Christian? A Christ follower. No more. …”

NACC 2013: praying victoriously!

“By Guest Columnist Chris DeWelt Our Lord and Savior has gained the victory! Prayer is the …”

The Lord sends the Spirit–The Uniform Lesson for April 14, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone Jesus had told his disciples that he would send the Holy Spirit …”

Building your child’s self-esteem

“By Bev and Phil Haas I often hear about the importance of boosting a child’s self-esteem. …”

In the World — April 7, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Majority of Americans Feel Religious Freedom Is Declining in U.S.Fifty-one percent of American …”

The Lesson and Life — for April 14, 2013

“By Dr. Barry Thornton “God is more interested in our availability than our ability.” The wisdom …”

Where You Live — for April 14, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. Do you tend to be a person who is intrigued, or annoyed …”

Victorious!–A Preview of the 2013 North American Christian Convention

“By Matt Proctor Life is hard.Someone wrote that 10 years ago, our world had Bob Hope, …”

Come Home!

“By Kelly Carr When was the last time you went home? Perhaps it was just last …”

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Where You Live — for April 21, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. What is your favorite book (other than the Bible)? What is your …”

Embracing Peace

“By Tammy Darling Peter slept. Not unusual, unless you consider the fact that Peter was in …”

Walk in Joy

“By Karen Joy Robertson “Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may …”

The Lesson and Life — for April 21, 2013

“By Dr. Barry Thornton One of my favorite reality TV series is “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” …”

The Lord will return–The Uniform Lesson for April 21

“By Sam E. Stone The apostle Paul founded the church in Thessalonica on his second missionary …”

Laced with Love

“By Javan Rowe

 

Paul’s list of spiritual fruit in Galatians 5 is such a hopeful part …”

Bearing spiritual fruit

“By Shawn McMullen If you grew up in the church, you may have memorized the list …”

When leaders fall

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

When I heard recently that the author of one of my favorite …”

In the World — April 14, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Church Donations DownWhile charitable donations have increased over the past three years, church …”

Gathering the lame–Mark 3:1-6

“By David Faust He had a withered hand. We don’t know why. Maybe he was born that …”

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The Beautiful Outcome of Patience

“By Mary J. Davis One spring day, one of my students at the Christian preschool and …”

The Lesson and Life — for April 28, 2013

“Dr. Barry Thornton Need I say that postage prices have soared over the years?  And yet …”

Not weakness, but strength

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Most of us are familiar with the nine Christian character traits Paul calls …”

Truly Kind

“By Karen O’Connor On a hot day, what could be more refreshing than a cold drink? …”

Where You Live — for April 28, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. If you could think about your past week’s experiences as items you …”

Opportunities on the path

“By Jamie Shafer For Stella Walker, a national vice president with Arbonne cosmetics, life has been …”

Trusting God in treacherous times– Mark 6:17-29

“By David Faust

 

If this story were made into a movie, it would be rated R. …”

The Lord will triumph–The Standard Lesson for April 28

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Paul wrote his first letter to the church in Thessalonica to encourage …”

For Goodness’ Sake

“By Cheri Lynn Cowell Just what do we mean when we say something is good? We …”

In the World — April 21, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Proposed Bill Requires Behavioral Health Assessment for Students A bill has been proposed in …”

28
Living hope–The Uniform Lesson for May 5

“By Sam E. Stone Two letters from the apostle Peter have been preserved for us in …”

Where You Live — for May 5, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. If you had the freedom and resources to take a class or …”

In the World — April 28, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Americans Want to Keep Charitable DeductionsThe majority of Americans strongly oppose a proposed …”

Faithfulness That Keeps Us Going

“By Chuck Sackett “Why didn’t someone tell me it was going to be this hard?” Mike …”

Walking trees and growing faith– Mark 8:22-26

“By David Faust It’s not unusual to read in the Scriptures that “some people brought a …”

The Lesson and Life — for May 5, 2013

“By Joni Wood A long time ago I read a Dear Abby column titled, “Welcome to …”

Self-Control

“By Dr. Bill Patterson Roy Jones explained his car accident to his insurance agent. “I started …”

The Narnian order of things

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr One of the great schisms of our time goes mostly unnoticed …”

Gentle Warriors

“By Simon Presland Few words seem as ugly, destructive, and painful as cancer. Gentleness, on the …”

Gentle Christians

“By Shawn McMullen It’s next to last in Paul’s list of spiritual fruit (see Galatians 5:22, …”

May
05
‘Not so with you’– Mark 10:35-45

“By David Faust “It’s what Italians do,” he says when you dine at his home and …”

The Eldership in an Opinionated Age

“By Thomas Walters

 

The 21st century is a tough time to be a leader. The shortcomings …”

Our best advice to boost your marriage

“By Bev and Phil Haas Our marriage needs a boost. The honeymoon is a distant memory …”

Where You Live — for May 12, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. Would you say you have a good memory, or a poor memory? …”

Who Should Be an Elder?

“By Jerran Jackson A small congregation near ours was served by two elders. One died. No …”

In the World — May 5, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Transgenders Allowed in Public School BathroomsAccording to new rules being enforced in Massachusetts …”

The Lesson and Life — for May 12, 2013

“By Joni Wood Hope seems elusive here on earth. In this life we hope for many …”

Sure hope–The Uniform Lesson for May 12, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone This second letter from the apostle Peter to the churches (see 3:1) …”

Five Star Elders

“By Dr. Barry Thornton Many of us have known men in churches we have attended who …”

Leading like the perfect shepherd

“By Shawn McMullen Elders of the church are “shepherds of God’s flock” (1 Peter 5:2). Just …”

12
Where You Live — for May 19, 2013

“By Dan Lentz 1. Talk about a recent act of voluntary service that made you feel …”

Giving her all–Mark 12:41-44

“By David Faust Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched …”

In the World — May 12, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Department of Justice Argues Against Traditional MarriageThe U.S. Department of Justice filed a …”

Making Sense of Mother’s Day

“By Sandi Brown

 

Mother’s Day. The mere thought of the day approaching sent me into a …”

Revisiting the “holy huddle”

“By Jacqueline J. Holness In my first essay for The Lookout, I stated that one of …”

“By Shawn McMullen

 

You won’t find Jochebed in lists of popular names for baby girls, but …”

The Lesson and Life — for May 19, 2013

“By Joni Wood Two years ago my husband and I eagerly pursued teaching assignments in China. …”

Biblical Models of Motherhood

“By Dr. Candace Wood What It Means to Be a MotherWhat pictures come to mind when …”

Changing the World Your Home

“By Lynn Cowell Hit the alarm. Make breakfast.Pack lunches. Read God’s Word. Work out. Work. Make dinner. Collapse. Does your mom schedule read …”

Active hope–The Uniform Lesson for May 19, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone Persecution was common for the church of Peter’s day. His two letters …”

19
Paul on preaching

“By Shawn McMullen

 

I’ve known many powerful preachers in my lifetime, but none can hold a …”

In the World — May 19, 2013

“By Christy Barritt Marriage Education BillFlorida legislators are proposing a bill that would approve the creation …”

Preaching in Acts: From Pentecost to Prison

“By T.R. Robertson More than one-fourth of the book of Acts is taken up with sermons. …”

Patient hope–The Uniform Lesson for May 26, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone When doubters and cynics ridicule the church today, it is nothing new. …”

Where You Live — for May 26, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Which one of the following situations could you tolerate best? Which one …”

The power of the pulpit–Mark 12-14

“By David Faust Preaching holds such an honored role in church history that the pulpit has …”

Blessings on the road

“By Jamie Shafer When Tina Chance initially shared her plans with friends, they laughed in surprise …”

What Do You Expect?

“By Chuck Sackett Traveling along the Danube, I was enthralled as Dr. Robert Lowery explained the …”

Beautiful Feet

“By Vernon Eldridge I can think of several words to describe the appendages at the ends …”

The Lesson and Life — for May 26, 2013

“By Joni Wood Writing these articles about hope has been one of the hardest assignments I’ve …”

26
Decisions, Decisions

“By Tammy Darling “How will I serve God with my life?”“What career should I pursue?”“Where should …”

In the World — May 26, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Chicago Public Schools Expand Sex Education

A new policy approved by the Chicago Board …”

Worship and respond–The Uniform Lesson for June 2, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

This quarter we will consider God’s people and worship, learning from Isaiah, …”

The Lesson and Life — for June 2, 2013

“ By Tito Pel After my wife and I were married in 1986, we lived in an …”

Messing up, then rising up– Mark 14:66-72

“By David Faust The Bible’s utter honesty is one reason I believe it is true and …”

Graduation: A Time of Change and Challenge

“By Linda Gilden I checked the camera one more time. I looked through the viewfinder to …”

Help Us Improve The Lookout

“By Shawn McMullen We’re looking for ways to make The Lookout more useful to our readers. …”

Where You Live — for June 2, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Talk about something you’ve seen lately you thought was inspiring. (Examples may …”

Integrity for a Lifetime

“By Conover Swofford

 

Integrity means living our lives according to a certain code of values. The …”

The illustrating man

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr One of the most underrated writers in the history of American …”

Jun
02
Getting Along Starts with Me

“By Guest Columnist Danielle Metz I am a wife, a homemaker, and by the time you …”

Heaven’s Heroes

“By Alan W. Dowd

 

My wife and I were reorganizing our bookshelves—another wild weekend at the …”

Building Marriages That Last

“By Amy Simon

 

Marriages fail every day. Christian and non-Christian couples struggle to keep their commitments …”

In the World — June 2, 2013

“By Christy Barritt News Media Considered Less ReliableRecently the Pew Research Center released its annual report …”

Where You Live — for June 9, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Many companies and organizations have adopted three-word slogans. For instance, the clothing …”

For the Love of the Crowd–Mark 15 & 16

“By David Faust

 

In the first century, a cross usually drew a crowd. Onlookers gathered to …”

The Lesson and Life –for June 9, 2013

“By Tito Pel

 

In studying world history, I learned that some ancient emperors actually ordered certain …”

Worship with Thanksgiving–The Uniform Lesson for June 9, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

The apostle Paul told Christians, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks …”

Finding and Taking Time for Yourself

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

Q: I’ve been trying to set aside time for myself, but …”

Marriage Maintenance

“By Rick Ezell

 

A young minister was to perform his first wedding ceremony. Fearing he might …”

09
My Road to Contentment

“By Karen O’Connor

 

“I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, …”

Worship with Meaning–The Uniform Lesson for June 16, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Each week our lesson planners include a devotional reading that is parallel …”

In the World — June 9, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

“Stomp on Jesus” Lesson Brings Criticism to University

Earlier this year, a professor at …”

God’s Treasure in Your Heart–Luke 1 and 2

“By David Faust

 

Biblical authors came from many different walks of life. Moses and David were …”

Lessons from a Mazda

“By Amy Storms

 

If you happened to have been in southwest Missouri on a certain fall …”

The Lesson and Life — for June 14, 2013

“By Tito Pel

 

Having been in the ministry more than 20 years, I have heard many …”

Where You Live — for June 14, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What is your preferred method of long-distance communication (phone, letter, e-mail, text, …”

Where Else Can We Go?

“By Shawn McMullen

 

In John 6 Jesus fed a crowd of 5,000 men (plus women and …”

Keys to Contentment

“By Karen Joy Robertson

 

A dear friend lived her final years in overwhelming pain, intensified by …”

Taking Christ to Work

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

I love summer. I love hot, sunny weather. And even though we …”

16
The Gift of a Godly Father

“By Candy Arrington

 

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a …”

Where You Live — for June 23, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Divide your numeric age by three. Then think about your life in …”

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Albert Barnes suggested the psalm was written “when was entering on domestic …”

Worship in the New Creation–The Uniform Lesson for June 23, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

In this final lesson from Isaiah, we study part of his prophetic …”

Men’s Night Out

“By William Butterfield

 

“Men’s Night Out Tuesday at 6:30.” So goes the announcement every month to …”

The Heroism of Jesus–Luke 4

“By David Faust

 

We know heroism when we see it. We try to capture it with …”

The Lesson and Life — for June 23, 2013

“By Tito Pel

 

Christians are blessed with the privilege of coming before the throne of God. …”

In the World — June 16, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Atheist Group Planned Outreach to Christians

An atheist group, claiming to be participating in …”

Building the Huddle

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Recently, as a couple was sharing their story with me, the husband referred …”

Biblical Examples of Godly Fathers

“By Victor Knowles

 

Sir Francis Bacon said, “It is a reverent thing to see an ancient …”

23
In the World — June 23, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

FCC Considers Revamping Indecency Policy

The Federal Communications Commission is considering loosening its standards …”

Driving into Smoke–Luke 5

“By David Faust

 

I once had a frightening dream in which I was driving a car …”

“Where You Live — for June 30, 2013

 

By Dan Lentz

 

1. If your group doesn’t normally …”

Churches That Serve

“By Greg Herriford

 

After 18 years of organizing and participating in hundreds of short-term mission trips, …”

The Lesson and Life — for June 30, 2013

“By Dennis Messimer

 

Recently we were at our friend Jim’s house, enjoying homemade ice cream. Among …”

Churches That Support

“By Marvin Garrison

 

Handling snakes, dining on ethnic foods, playing driveway basketball with 50-year missionary veterans, …”

The Comic Rascal

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

Have you ever wondered what Bilbo Baggins (from Tolkien’s The Hobbit) …”

Restoring Joyful Worship–The Uniform Lesson for June 30, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Continuing this quarter’s theme, “God’s People Worship,” we now turn from Isaiah …”

Churches That Send

“By David Empson

 

I think Family Feud is one of the funniest game shows on television. …”

Why They Do What They Do

“ 

By Shawn McMullen

 

Why do missionaries do what they do?

Why do they travel thousands of miles …”

30
Change From the Inside Out

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Like many Christians, I’m alarmed by the rapid spiritual decline of our nation. …”

Let God’s Freedom Ring!

“By Tonja Talley

 

The children stood 225 strong. Following the pledge to the American flag, the …”

The Lesson and Life — for July 7, 2013

“By Dennis Messimer

 

About 15 years ago at a conference in South Africa, we were told …”

Do the Unexpected–Luke 6:27-33

“By David Faust

 

Do you ever experience déjà vu—the eerie feeling that you have seen or …”

Where You Live — for July 7, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What short-term goal do you expect to complete in the next month? …”

America Needs Christianity

“By Steve Yeaton

 

On Thursday night, February 28, 2013, Jeff Bush of Seffner, Florida was lying …”

In the World — June 30, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

America Becoming Post-Christian

Even though most Americans refer to themselves as Christians, there is …”

Should Christians Be Patriotic?

“By Bob Russell

 

This coming Thursday is July 4th. While we still go through the motions …”

Restoring the Temple–The Uniform Lesson for July 7, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

This is the second week of studies from the book of Ezra. …”

Remembering and Preserving America’s Christian Heritage

“By Bill Patterson

 

Shortly before the Soviet Union broke apart, a missionary obtained permission to distribute …”

Jul
07
The Lesson and Life — for July 14, 2013

“By Dennis Messimer

 

The first time I saw her, she was dressed all in black. Her …”

Raising Godly Children

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

What can we do to make sure our children grow up …”

Those Who Are with Us

“By Shawn McMullen

 

The nation of Aram was at war with the nation of Israel. (You …”

To Win Is to Honor Him

“By Kelly Carr

 

Sometimes it’s the day-to-day accomplishments that keep us going. After three days of …”

Living Outside of Nain–Luke 7:11-17

“By David Faust

 

“Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large …”

Victory Is Ours

“By Bob Stacy

 

“I wish I could experience the Christian life as others do.” “Why can’t I …”

Victorious Churches

“By Phil Claycomb

 

“A crisis is a terrible thing to waste.” A mentor shared this insight …”

In the World — July 7, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Anti-Bullying Presentation Makes Students Uncomfortable

An anti-bullying presentation at a New York middle school …”

Dedicating the Temple–The Uniform Lesson for July 14, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Worship with both song and sacrifice was once again practiced by the …”

Where You Live — for July 14, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Name a past project that seemed nearly impossible to complete but that …”

14
In the World — July 14, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

High Black Voter Turnout Propelled Obama’s 2012 Win

According to data analysis by the …”

Where You Live — for July 21, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Select one group member at a time and have the rest of …”

Fasting and Prayer–The Uniform Lesson for July 21, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

The book of Ezra is composed of two sections: chapters 1–6 record …”

Negotiating with God?–Luke 9:57-62

“By David Faust

 

Do you ever try to negotiate with God?

The Lord invites us to talk …”

Psalm 37: A Psalm of Trust

“By Kayleen Reusser 

 

A young Christian friend of mine learned that his cancer treatments had stopped …”

Psalm 42: A Psalm of Hope

“By Conover Swofford

 

Several years ago a group of six neighbors were going through different but …”

The Church and Mental Illness

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

During Easter weekend I watched The Undershepherd, a provocative movie about a …”

Why we read the Psalms

“By Shawn McMullen

 

The collection is called Praises in the Hebrew text. Later it became known …”

The Lesson and Life — for July 21, 2013

“By Dennis Messimer

 

When Nehemiah went to Jerusalem, he prayed and fasted (Nehemiah 1:4) and then …”

Psalm 23: A Psalm of Comfort

“By Javan Rowe

 

The level of despair I witness around me can be disheartening, especially when …”

21
Shout for Joy to the Lord!

“By T.R. Robertson

 

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the Lord with gladness;

come before …”

Unity Begins with “U”

“By Tammy Darling

 

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! It …”

Sorry, This Won’t Fit on a Hallmark Card

“By Steve Wyatt

 

My parents grew up in Heaven. Well, “almost Heaven.” You can’t hear me …”

Why We Need the Psalms

“By Shawn McMullen

 

As a child, I memorized the twenty-third psalm (King James Version) in Sunday …”

In the World — July 21, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Most Trusted People in America

A new survey by Reader’s Digest magazine listed “The …”

The Lesson and Life — for July 28, 2013

“By Dennis Messimer

 

In the 1950s, church leaders in South Africa set up a program that …”

Caring in the Workplace

“By Jamie Shafer

 

A car pulls into a driveway on a neighborhood street. The driver steps …”

What Makes Jesus Smile?–Luke 10

“By David Faust

 

When you picture Jesus, is there a frown of disapproval on his face? …”

Giving Gifts for the Temple–The Uniform Lesson for July 28, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Today’s lesson is the last of five studies in the life and …”

Where You Live — for July 28, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. When you are on the Internet, what websites do you frequent? What …”

28
Divorce: A Biblical Overview

“By George L. Faull

 

God’s idea of marriage is for a boy and a girl to …”

Protecting Your Marriage from Divorce

“By Sandi Brown

 

The word divorce may seem foreign to most happily married couples. But it …”

Caring for Single Parents

“By Sarah Robinson

 

The number of single-parent households is a growing statistic in the United States. …”

Temptation in Oz

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

My expectations for a March movie are usually pretty low. All …”

Dealing with Divorce: What Would Jesus Do?

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Charles M. Sheldon’s fictional classic, In His Steps, was first published in 1897. …”

In the World — July 28, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

NYC Includes Bisexuals in New Teen Pregnancy App

The New York City Health Department …”

The Lesson and Life — for August 4, 2013

“By Bob Hightchew

 

When I was young, I remember two days that were always special in …”

Eat, Drink, and Be Wary–Luke 12

“By David Faust

 

The apostle Paul debated Epicurean and Stoic philosophers in first-century Athens (Acts 17:18). …”

Feast of Tabernacles–The Uniform Lesson for August 4, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Nehemiah went to Jerusalem in 444 BC. Ezra had been there 13 …”

Where You Live — for August 4, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What was the last event you participated in about which you can …”

Aug
04
What Are You Doing About Biblical Illiteracy?

“By Guest Columnist Jonathan Underwood

 

It’s mid-summer, but many people are already anticipating the fall …”

School Days–Let’s Pray!

“By Eva Juliuson

 

Who says you can’t pray in school? Every day prayers go up to …”

In the World — August 4, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Peace Corps OKs Gay Couples to Volunteer

The largest government-run volunteer organization in the …”

Community of Confession–The Uniform Lesson for August 11, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Today’s lesson comes immediately after last week’s text (Nehemiah 8:2, 3, 13-18). …”

The Lesson and Life — for August 11, 2013

“By Bob Hightchew

 

“If you would have just told me the truth about what you did …”

Is Homeschooling For you?–The Value of Home Education for Christian Families

“By Karen O’Connor

 

Have you been thinking about homeschooling your children but aren’t sure it’s right …”

Partnerships That Work

“By Laura Wood

 

The public education system in the United States faces challenges from every side. …”

The Touch of the Master’s Hand–and Ours–Luke 13:10-17

“By David Faust

 

Did you shake someone’s hand at church last Sunday? Did someone give you …”

Grandparenting at a Distance

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

I’m shattered that my son-in-law has taken a job that will …”

Where You Live — for August 11, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Show the group a unique form of ID that you routinely carry …”

11
A Lifestyle of Worship

“By Simon Presland

 

A non-believing friend recently asked me, “Why does God want to be worshipped? …”

The Lesson and Life — for August 18, 2013

“By Bob Hightchew

 

Homecoming celebrations are special events. They allow you to see people you have …”

Where You Live — for August 18, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What’s your favorite way to celebrate a special accomplishment? As a reward …”

Christians and the Court

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

It is amazing how one can ignore segments of the Bible until …”

The Heart of Worship

“By Karen Wingate

 

The Melk Abbey, a 15th century monastery nestled in Austria’s Danube River Valley, …”

Dedication of the Wall–The Uniform Lesson for August 18, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

The first part of the book of Nehemiah describes the rebuilding of …”

Worshipping God’s Way

“By Pam Binkley

 

Worship is an expression of our love and reverence for God. Not only …”

Why We Worship

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Worship is a vital component of the Christian life, whether we engage in …”

In the World — August 11, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Religion Losing Influence

A recent Gallup poll revealed that 77 percent of Americans believe …”

God, the Seeker– Luke 15

“By David Faust

 

Lost. That has to be one of the saddest words in the English …”

18
Worshipping God in Silence

“By Michael C. Mack

 

“Your inner life is like a banana tree filled with monkeys jumping …”

Where You Live — for August 25, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Ask each group member to name a television show he or she …”

In the World — August 18, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Suicides on the Rise

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide deaths have …”

Capturing Life Through a New Lens

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Some of the greatest inspirations in life are fueled by the stories of …”

The Art of Biblical Meditation

“By Cheri Lynn Cowell

 

Say the word meditation to many Christians, and images of cross-legged yoga …”

Contemplating God

“By David Timms

 

To contemplate God—to think deeply about his nature, his character, and his Word—may …”

The Lesson and Life — for August 25, 2013

“By Bob Hightchew

 

A church hired a young minister. The church was small, running less than …”

Sabbath Reforms–The Uniform Lesson for August 25, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

The conclusion of the book of Nehemiah emphasizes how reform happens. James …”

Our Lives Are Signposts–Luke 17:1-3

“By David Faust

 

While driving toward scenic Hocking Hills State Park in central Ohio, I got …”

Search Me

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Search me. Since the early 1900s the phrase has been used to say, …”

25
Churches That Change Communities

“By Debbie Amend

 

The example and teachings of Christ are, by far, the driving vision and …”

Taking Christ to the City

“By Terry MacCabe

 

A Facebook friend recently posted, “How can we worship with a homeless man …”

In the World — August 25, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Low Public Support for Affirmative Action 

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll asked 1,000 …”

Where You Live — for September 1, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Give group members pieces of paper and ask them to write their …”

Building Walls with Music

“By Mike Helm

 

“It’s the coolest sound—it’s what excites me the most. All the hammers out …”

God Creates–The Uniform Lesson for September 1, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

During the next two months we will study highlights from the book …”

The Lesson and Life — for September 1, 2013

“By Doug Shamblin

 

I enjoy living in the country. I love to wake up in the …”

A Strange Brand of Happy

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

I don’t usually get to review movies before they come out. …”

Living Like Yeast

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Born in London in 1615, the Puritan Richard Baxter entered the ministry at …”

Out On a Limb–Luke 19:1-10

“By David Faust

 

Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see the Lord, but Jesus went out on …”

Sep
01
Where You Live — for September 8, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. How did you meet your spouse? If you are single, what words …”

The Lesson and Life — for September 8, 2013

“By Doug Shamblin

 

In the wedding scene of the movie The Princess Bride an impressive clergyman …”

Choosing Christ, Choosing Singleness?

“By Valerie Long

 

Today barely half of the young adults in America are married. And this …”

Recognizing Spiritual Abusers– Luke 20:45-47

“By David Faust

 

They looked sharp. They dressed well. Crowds greeted them with respect. Their names …”

Take Time to Honor Your Minister

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Although October is a month away, it will be here before we know …”

In the World — September 1, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Professor Requires Class to Wear “Rainbow” Ribbons

A professor at a community college in …”

Raising Honest Kids

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

Our daughter has just entered kindergarten and is starting to become …”

Singleness from Eternity’s Perspective

“By Pat Ennis

 

As a Christian woman trained as a home economist, I never expected to …”

God’s Image: Male and Female–The Uniform Lesson for September 8, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

“First Things” is the theme that ties this quarter’s lessons together, using …”

Ministering to Singles in Your Church

“By Don Hooper

 

I grew up in a great church in rural central Ohio. I spent …”

08
I ♥ ICOM

“By Shawn McMullen

 

I’ve attended the International Conference on Missions (ICOM, formerly the National Missionary Convention) …”

“Nation Will Rise Against Nation”–Luke 21

“By David Faust

 

Jesus predicted, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom” (Luke 21:10), …”

The Lesson and Life — for September 15, 2013

“By Doug Shamblin

 

We have been told that a mind is a terrible thing to waste. …”

Glorifying God Globally

“By Jair Castillo

 

For the past 25 years, my wife and I have faithfully attended ICOM …”

ICOM for Everyone

“By Emily Empson

 

ICOM (International Conference on Missions) is coming to Kansas City, Missouri, November 14-17. …”

Where You Live — for September 15, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. When you were younger, which of the following games did you enjoy …”

In the World — September 8, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Digital Reading Habits

A new study by the Barna Group on the topic of …”

Knowledge of Good and Evil–The Uniform Lesson for September 15, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

What a difference a day makes! When last week’s text concluded, everything …”

ICOM: Rich History, Exciting Future

“By Keith Wood

 

When Mr. and Mrs. John Chase of Los Angeles, California opened their home …”

Getting Married Later

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

By the time you read this column I will be 40 years …”

15
The Path of Purity

“By Shawn McMullen

 

The path of purity is clearly marked, but it doesn’t get much traffic …”

Life Mission

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Regardless of our position in the workforce, God has called us to a …”

Legalism or Holiness?

“By Simon Presland

 

So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that …”

Where You Live — for September 22, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Ask everyone in the group to choose a number silently from 1 …”

In the World — September 15, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Researchers Discover Surprising Facts About Atheists

Researchers from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga …”

An Everlasting Covenant–The Uniform Lesson for September 22, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of …”

Unfinished Spaces

“By Danny R. Von Kanel

 

Many Christians function with unfinished spaces in their walk with the …”

The Pattern of This World

“By Alan Dowd

 

To get an idea of how sex-soaked our culture is, try to look …”

Fighting Temptation—From Our Knees–Luke 22

“By David Faust

 

Temptation is “common to mankind” (1 Corinthians 10:13), and we’re all at risk. 

Temptation …”

The Lesson and Life — for September 22, 2013

“By Doug Shamblin

 

Our county seat is known for flooding since it is located on the …”

22
CIB: The Compressed International Bible

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

Last March, well known producer Mark Burnett and his actress wife, …”

Where You Live — for September 29, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Bring a box of toothpicks and gumdrops to your meeting. Form smaller …”

The Cross Still Stands–Luke 23

“By David Faust

 

There’s no escaping the cross. As the Latin word for cross suggests, it …”

Leadership Lessons from the Apostles

“By Victor Knowles

 

“Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him” (Luke 9:12). The Twelve. …”

Mondays with Roy

“By T.R. Robertson

 

For nearly two years, from the first Monday in September 2004, until the …”

Give Us Godly Leaders

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Recently I came across two stories that illustrate the importance of leadership and …”

The Lesson and Life — for September 29, 2013

“By Doug Shamblin

 

It’s fun to watch children build towers out of dominoes, jenga sticks, Lego …”

Lead Them Like Jesus

“By Lindsey Bell

 

 

I’m a stay-at-home mom. There are some weeks I don’t see anything except …”

In the World — September 22, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

VBS Remains Popular

Though the numbers have dropped some in recent years, Vacation Bible …”

God Scatters the Nations–The Uniform Lesson for September 29

“By Sam E. Stone

 

After Noah and his family came out of the ark, they sought …”

29
God Revealed in Nature

“By Ida Smith

 

It is said that an artist creates from the beauty within. Similarly, the …”

The Lesson and Life — for October 6, 2013

“By Andy Sims

 

Okay, I’ll admit it. I love Disney princess songs. 

On a recent trip we …”

What General Douglas MacArthur Learned About Effective Evangelism

“By Bob Russell

 

General Douglas MacArthur led the U.S. military forces in Japan following World War …”

Creation Ministries: Spreading the Word

“By Karen Wingate

 

John Clayton, former president of an atheistic association, used to ridicule preachers for …”

With Open Eyes–Luke 24

“By David Faust

 

The English architect Sir Christopher Wren rebuilt more than 50 church buildings after …”

Creation by the Hand of God

“By Ken Henderson

 

It was sort of strange the way God triggered my years of creation …”

All Nature Sings!

“By Shawn McMullen

 

This is my Father’s world, 

and to my listening ears 

all nature sings, and round …”

The Promise of a Future–The Uniform Lesson for October 6, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

For the past four weeks we have noted highlights from the opening …”

Where You Live — for October 6, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Ask group members to list every place they’ve lived for more than …”

In the World — September 29, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Indiana City Sued for Approving Cross Display

The city of Evansville, Indiana is being …”

Oct
06
Four Ways to Encourage Your Preacher

“By Steve Yeaton

 

Yes, the title of this article is a blatant rip-off of a popular …”

The Lesson and Life — for October 13, 2013

“By Andy Sims

 

I met Santiago on my first trip to Cuba. The house church he …”

Growing Up PK

“By Steve Wyatt

 

“Hello. My name is Steve and I’m a PK.”

It’s a chronic condition, this …”

Leading at Home

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

At work I’m the guy in charge, but at home I …”

Encouraging Our Encouragers

“By Sarah Mae Ratliff

 

I’m often encouraged by the words my minister speaks and by the …”

Down-to-Earth Communication from God–John 1

“By David Faust

 

Communication is a meeting of meanings—conveying information in order to gain a common …”

In the World — October 6, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

No Religious Freedom for For-Profit Corporations

A three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of …”

A Promise to Sarah–The Uniform Lesson for October 13, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

When God originally called Abram (as he was then known) to leave …”

Where You Live — for October 13, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What is one dream you had in your younger years that is …”

A Refuge for Ministers

“By Shawn McMullen

 

It is where God appeared to Abraham, promising the land (thus the term, …”

13
Racism and the American Church

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

For many people, birthdays are a time for celebration and reflection. I …”

Blessings for Ishmael and Isaac–The Uniform Lesson for October 20,2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Abraham is described in Scripture as an example of faith, and he …”

Happy Are the Humble–John 3 and 4

“By David Faust

 

Years ago my high school guidance counselor urged me to speak up for …”

In the World — October 13, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

College Bans Intelligent Design

The president of Ball State University has forbidden faculty members …”

The Lesson and Life — for October 20,2013

“By Andy Sims

 

I’ve been to my fair share of flea markets, antique malls, and auctions. …”

Biblical Promises for Stress-Free Living

“By Karen O’Connor

 

I remember well the day my sister called to say our father was …”

Where You Live — for October 20,2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Begin your group time by talking about your place in your family. …”

Pathway to Peace

“By Steven Clark Goad

 

Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing …”

Seven Ways to Manage Stress

“By Rick Ezell

 

Anne Marie, age 34, a manager with a large food distribution company, complained …”

Remember . . .

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Nineteenth-century physician, psychologist, and philosopher William James observed,  “The greatest weapon against stress …”

20
Business as Mission

“By Jamie Shafer

 

C. Neal Johnson’s résumé is nothing short of remarkable. His background includes experience …”

The Lesson and Life — for October 27, 2013

“By Andy Sims

 

On a recent trip I was privileged to baptize five women off the …”

Where You Live — for October 27, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Name something you’ve done lately for the very first time. How did …”

Discipleship from the Old Testament to the New

“By Dr. Barry Thornton

 

One of Leonardo da Vinci’s works now hangs, in all its brilliance, …”

Do You Want to Get Well?–John 5

“By David Faust

 

Crowds have personalities, just as individuals do. Excited crowds cheer at ballgames. Jovial …”

The Disciple Jesus Loved

“By Javan Rowe

 

The apostle John has always intrigued me. We know much about Peter because …”

The Blessing Passes to Jacob–The Uniform Lesson for October 27, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Last week’s lesson concluded with Isaac becoming extremely prosperous (Genesis 26:13). He …”

In the World — October 20, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Atheism Declining

A new study claims that the world is more religious now than …”

The People God Chooses

“By Shawn McMullen

 

God does significant work through insignificant people. The men Christ called to be …”

“Come and See”–The Story of Philip

“By Joyce Long

 

Poison ivy makes me crazy. It itches. I scratch it. Then it spreads. …”

27
What About the Leftovers?–John 6

“By David Faust

 

Do you like to eat leftovers? Some foods (homemade soup, for example) taste …”

Where You Live — for November 3, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. When you were young, did you ever want to be president of …”

A Super Movie

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

Jane Curtin once ended a very old Saturday Night Live skit …”

Simon Peter: Fisherman and Faithful Follower

“By Dr. Bill Patterson

 

“Go tell his disciples and Peter,” the angel said to the women …”

‘Disciple’ Is a Verb

“By J. Michael Corley

 

Five crows sit on a fence. If one crow decides to fly …”

God Prepares for Deliverance–The Uniform Lesson for November 3, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

In our study of Genesis we saw God appear to Abraham (Genesis …”

Matthew: A Lesson in Security

“By Arlene Graber

 

Capernaum was a flurry of activity. The city, on the northern shore of …”

In the World — October 27, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Taxpayers No Longer Funding Georgia Abortions

The Georgia Department of Community Health voted to …”

The Lesson and Life — for November 3, 2013

“By Delvin R. Sweeney

 

“Does Jesus Care?” The words of the hymn speak to the question …”

The People God Uses

“By Shawn McMullen

 

The crisis grew from a reasonable request (1 Samuel 25:1-35). Nabal of Carmel …”

Nov
03
The Church Can Tackle Human Trafficking!

“By Tammy Darling

 

While I had been interested in the human trafficking problem and financially supported …”

Scarlet Hope: Setting Captives Free

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Most of us think of human trafficking as the buying and selling of …”

In the World — November 3, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Genders M, F, and . . . X?

German government officials have added a …”

The Lesson and Life — for November 10, 2013

“By Delvin R. Sweeney

 

Some days are naturally memorable. Other days require special effort to make …”

Trying to Do the Impossible–John 7:37-39

“By David Faust

 

Do you ever feel like you are attempting the impossible? 

We serve a God …”

Emily Hill and Stop Traffick Fashion: Using Unique Skills, Abilities, and Gifts to Fight Human Trafficking

“By Melissa Anne Wuske

 

Emily Hill first heard about human trafficking when she was 22. She …”

Beginning of Passover–The Uniform Lesson for November 10, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

“The deliverance of Israel from the bondage of Egypt was at hand; …”

Hope for the Hopeless

“By Laura L. Wood

 

The once-hidden problem of human trafficking has taken the limelight in recent …”

Where You Live — for November 10, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Answer all three questions:

What is your favorite meal of the day?

What is …”

Reclaiming America: Encouraging a Nation to Turn Toward God

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Alison Lorkowski says God prepared her for the journey she has been on …”

10
Beyond the Nightly News: Venezuela

“By David Linn

 

When you hear about Venezuela in the news, what comes to mind? Maybe …”

The End of the World

“By Tim Woodroof

 

Bedraggled men wear signs announcing it. Ministers with over-heated imaginations write novels visualizing it. …”

Beginning of Freedom–The Uniform Lesson for November 17, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Last week we reviewed the institution of the Passover meal when the …”

Unleashed for the Unreached

“By Kelsey McMullen

 

As I drive through the streets of Louisville, Kentucky I see church buildings …”

A Big World with Big Problems

“By Andy Rodriguez

  

What’s the biggest problem in the world today?

The question was posed a few …”

Where You Live — for November 17, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Give each group member a piece of paper and something to write …”

Fulfilling the Commission

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Before he ascended into Heaven, Jesus said to his disciples, “But you will …”

The Lesson and Life — for November 17, 2013

“By Delvin R. Sweeney

 

If you grew up in a church youth group, you most likely …”

“In the World — November 10, 2013

 

By Christy Barritt

 

Majority of Americans Want the Bible in …”

Believable Words, Significant Deeds–John 9

“By David Faust

 

The bantering boxer Muhammad Ali insisted, “It’s not bragging if you can back …”

17
Beginning of the Tabernacle–The Uniform Lesson for November 24

“By Sam E. Stone

 

In the account of the building of the tabernacle, one refrain stands …”

In the World — November 17, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Permits for Baptisms?

This summer, the National Park Service began enforcing a policy in …”

The Greatest Miracle

“By Shawn McMullen

 

If you like resurrection stories, the Bible is the book to read. Accounts …”

The Grip of Death

“By Steven Clark Goad

 

“If someone dies, will they live again? All the days of my …”

The Lesson and Life — for November 24

“By Delvin R. Sweeney

 

When I was in grade school we broke ground on a new …”

Dealing with the Death of a Friend–John 11

“By David Faust

 

Where can you find hope in times of grief? Just ask King David: …”

When Your Wife Dies—Ten Coping Tips For Men

“By Victor Parachin

 

We were married 47 years when Grace died, leaving a huge hole in …”

Out of the Shadow-Lands

“By Gary D. Robinson

 

One night, in a large house in Northern Ireland, a young boy lay …”

Where You Live — for November 24

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. When you open a package and its contents require some assembly, which …”

Helping Kids Form a Biblical Worldview

“By Bev and Phil Haas Our church encourages parents to help their children develop a biblical …”

24
The Lesson and Life — for December 1, 2013

“By Tom Cash

 

“Christmas can’t come soon enough!” Have you heard this from others? Or, like …”

Where You Live– for December 1, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What are you doing today that you did not expect to be …”

The Angel Foretells Jesus’ Birth—The Uniform Lesson for December 1, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

For the next two months our lessons are taken from Luke’s Gospel, …”

C. S. Lewis’s Enduring Legacy

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the death of C. …”

In the World — November 24, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Americans’ View on Same-Sex Marriage Shifts 

In 2006, sociologists at Rice University polled 1,300 …”

Giving Thanks in All Circumstances

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Paul instructed the believers in Thessalonica to “Give thanks in all circumstances, for …”

Some Said It Thundered–John 12

“By David Faust

 

Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? “Father, save me …”

A Psalm of Thanksgiving

“By Terry MacCabe

 

I’d like to introduce you to my favorite psalm of thanks. I say …”

A Disposition of the Heart

“By Bill Weber

 

It was the fall of the year. We were anticipating a great weekend …”

The Grateful Samaritan: A Lesson in Thankful Living

“By Victor Knowles

 

Practically everyone is familiar with the term “Good Samaritan.” Even those who aren’t …”

Dec
01
The Uncompromising Claims of Christ–John 14:6

“By David Faust

 

It’s one of the best-known verses in the New Testament. But to postmodern …”

Mary Sings Her Praise—The Uniform Lesson for December 8, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

  

When Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel, she learned that God …”

Where You Live — for December 8, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. If you could choose the way your family does Christmas gift exchanges, …”

In the World — December 1, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Prayer, The Bible, and Mental Illness 

Lifeway Research posed the question: Can prayer and …”

The Lesson and Life — for December 8, 2013

“By Tom Cash

 

On November 16, 2007 my wife and I attended the National Missionary Convention …”

Lasting Fasting

“By Jerran Jackson and Lareesa Jackson

 

My mother decided, at age 83, to fast. She had …”

Words of Life

“By Candace Wood

 

Is it just me, or have you noticed how small the print has …”

Prayer: A Personal Journey

“By Karen O’Connor

 

I flipped to the new page of my devotional calendar on the kitchen …”

Staying Close

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

With our busy schedules we seem to be living together but …”

The Urgency of Drawing Near

“By Shawn McMullen

 

If we’re not drawing near to God, we’re not growing in our faith. …”

08
Face to Face with Fear

“By Tyler Edwards

  

“Do not be afraid” is a common command in Scripture. Even so, we …”

Zechariah Prophesies About His Son, John–The Uniform Lesson for December 15, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

It had been 400 years since the last of the Old Testament …”

Where You Live — for December 15, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What act of service do you most enjoy doing for others? Tell …”

The Right Kind of Fear

“By Shawn McMullen

 

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the …”

The Gift of Listening

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

Aside from the summer months, Christmas is “the most wonderful time of …”

Ever-Present Help in Trouble

“By Kelly Carr Last year Americans paid more than $400 million to be frightened. That is …”

The Lesson and Life — for December 15, 2013

“By Tom Cash

 

I woke up around 4 a.m. as my Uncle Bob passed two trucks. He …”

Courageous Kids

“By Javan Rowe

 

Fear is an interesting emotion because we all experience it, yet many of …”

In the World — December 8, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Parent Thrown Out of Common Core Meeting

A man in Ellicott City, Maryland was …”

Finding the Missing Peace–John 14:27

“By David Faust

 

When the chemical engineer Alfred Nobel died in 1896, his will established a …”

15
Where You Live — for December 22, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. In what places do you feel most at home at Christmastime?

 

Read Luke …”

The Lesson and Life — for December 22, 2014

“By Tom Cash

 

Can I brag on our grandchildren for a moment? While ministering in Indiana, …”

Born of a Virgin

“By Dr. Bill Patterson

 

“The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a …”

A Promised Ruler

“By T.R. Robertson

 

In 2007 I travelled to Mexico on a mission trip with a group …”

The Christ of Prophecy

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to …”

Interwoven: Fulfilling God’s Calling Through Workplace Ministry

“By Jamie Shafer

 

Over the past two years I have had the privilege of sharing the …”

Jesus Is Born–The Uniform Lesson for December 22, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

Of the four Gospel writers, Luke is the one who gives the …”

Jesus Christ, the Light of Life

“By Amy Storms

  

Literature was my favorite subject in school. Reading hardly felt like homework. I …”

In the World — December 15, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Mississippi Town Sued Over Gay Bar 

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing the …”

Mission Accomplished–John 17:4

“By David Faust

 

Many things in life go unfinished. Franz Schubert had an unfinished symphony. The …”

22
The Lesson and Life — for December 29, 2013

“By Tom Cash

 

While preaching my first sermon about stewardship in a small country church, the …”

An Important Announcement

“By Shawn McMullen

 

Each morning as the school day began, my grade school classmates and I …”

A Little Boy’s Big Question

“By Alan W. Dowd

 

My most memorable and Christ-exalting Christmas came at a most-unexpected time. Our …”

In the World — December 22, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Wisconsin School Silences Christmas

Several schools in the Wausau School District of Wisconsin cancelled …”

Where You Live — for December 29, 2013

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Think about two things you hope to accomplish in the coming year …”

Making Christmas Memories

“By Linda Gilden

 

Christmas is a time for making memories—memories that will last a lifetime. But …”

A “How Art Works” Encore

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

In 2011 I wrote a yearlong series on the purpose and …”

Why Was Jesus Born?–John 18:37

“By David Faust

 

Jesus said nothing about the Christmas holiday, but he did mention his birth. 

The …”

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple–The Uniform Lesson for December 29, 2013

“By Sam E. Stone

 

This month’s lessons have followed the theme, “God Sends Jesus,” based on …”

Do You Hear What I Hear?

“By Robert C. Shannon

 

I hear voices every Christmas—two voices.
I hear the voice of an …”

29
The Sacred Shadow

“By Steve Wyatt

 

Years ago I attended a retreat where every attendee had to tell his …”

Prayers for a Good Transition

“By Mark Taylor, Publisher

 

Standard Publishing’s ministry is to and through the local church. The local …”

The Lesson and Life — for January 5, 2014

“By Cindy Tuttle

 

From the time I was a baby, my parents blessed me by taking …”

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

“By Bob Russell

 

I’ve never been very fond of New Year’s Eve. When I was a …”

In the World — December 29, 2013

“By Christy Barritt

 

Creationist Billboards Attract People to Answers 

Answers in Genesis, a creationist organization based in …”

Honoring the Sabbath–The Uniform Lesson for January 5, 2014

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 

Questions about fasting arose early in Christ’s ministry (see Luke 5:33-35). It …”

Where You Live — for January 5, 2014

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Form smaller groups of three or four people. Ask each group to …”

What About Him?–John 21

“By David Faust

 

After Jesus’ dramatic post-resurrection appearances to Mary Magdalene, Thomas, and the other disciples …”

First Things First–Loving and Serving God Above All Else

“By Bob Mize

 

My wife and I went to a crowded coffee shop, purchased our drinks, …”

2012
Jan
08
In the World: January 15, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Ohio Amish Attacked

Several Amish living in eastern Ohio suffered attacks this past fall. …”

15
Is depression good for the soul?

“By Shawn McMullen

The title of the BBC News Magazine article caught my attention: “Is depression …”

From Mount Carmel to a Cave

“By Conover Swofford

 

Elijah, the mighty prophet of God, lying under a broom tree and wishing …”

Mike’s Car Wash: a family business built on faith

“By Jamie Shafer

As we read the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, we find a simple …”

Facing our own foolishness

“By David Faust

At first glance Psalm 14:1 sounds like a slap in the face to …”

Joseph transmits Abraham’s promise: The Uniform Lesson for January 22

“By Sam E. Stone

Joseph is one of the most outstanding figures in the Old Testament. His …”

16
How do you value life?

“By Shawn McMullen

 This issue of The Lookout honors Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, a day churches …”

Wholly Pro-life

“By Deborah Amend

 

We know life is precious; yet without a biblical understanding of the sacredness …”

Placing the Solitary in Families

“By Dr. Patricia A. Ennis

 

A blond, blue-eyed daughter, I looked like the perfect blend of …”

Abortion: The Deceptive Aftermath

“By Charles Gerber

 

I grieve for two victims in every abortion—for the discarded life filled with …”

Before they were stars

“Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

I’d like to kick off this slightly new column on Arts and …”

In The World for January 22, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Pakistan Christian Sentenced to Death

Asia Bibi was open about her Christian faith as …”

The Lesson and Life for January 15, 2012

“By Matt Thompson

 

The story of Israel’s deliverance from Egypt is so familiar to many of …”

The macro God in our micro world

“By David Faust

 

Psalms 19-22

 

According to Samford University preaching professor Dr. Robert Smith, “we have lost …”

Where You Live: January 15, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

 1. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “content in …”

Depression’s Causes and Cures

“By Kathleen A. Barr

 

My spirit rejoices in God my Savior (Luke 1:47).

We’ll call her “Grandma …”

A Pit of Despair

“By Sandy Quandt

 

The next time you are tempted to tell your spouse, relative, or friend …”

The Lesson and Life: January 15, 2012

“By Matt Thompson

 

 Proverbs 19:21 states, “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it …”

22
Israel is delivered from Egypt: The Uniform Lesson for January 29

“By Sam E. Stone

 

For the past two months we have studied God’s covenant relationship with Abraham …”

Where You Live: January 15, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Identify two or three relationships in your life that have shaped you …”

29
Oh, be careful!

“By Shawn McMullen

 

I watched with wonder as the little boy walked through the mall with his …”

Facebook 101: Navigating the Social Network Wild, Wild West

“By Terrell Clemmons

 

Facebook tapped into two universal human desires: to belong and to connect.

 

The Facebook …”

Social Media Planning for Churches

“By Jason Karpf

 

 

“We need to use social media.”

And God’s people said, “Amen.”

It’s easy to sermonize …”

Biblical Guidelines for Social Networking

“By Corey A. Hemmerich

 

The type of connections Facebook offers are often shallow, instant, and vastly …”

In the World — January 29, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Abortion Clinic Worker Pleads Guilty to Murder

A former employee of a West Philadelphia abortion …”

The Lesson and Life — January 29, 2012

“By Shane Lockard

 

Rule keeping. We’re conditioned to think that to gain anything in life, you …”

Justified by faith in Christ — The Uniform Lesson for February 5

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 The Uniform Lesson for February 5

 

During the first two months of this quarter, …”

Where You Live — January 29, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Have each group member answer these three questions:

• Where did you live …”

Facing our fears

“By David Faust

 

Psalm 27

 

 Some fears are mislabeled. We call it “stage fright,” but we’re not afraid …”

Feb
05
Loving Christ’s bride

“By Shawn McMullen

 John, the apostle of love, wrote three brief letters to Christians, encouraging them to …”

A Blueprint that Matters: First John

“By Arlene Rains Graber

 

The young man sat on the shore beside the Sea of Galilee. …”

Living in Goodness, Truth, and Love: Third John

“By David Timms

 

Of all the New Testament documents—27 total—John’s third letter is the shortest. Comprising …”

A Mentor for Me—and You: Second John

“By Simon Presland

 

I have read through the short epistle of 2 John many times over …”

Curbing the crazy cycle

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 My husband and I have been fighting a lot lately—verbal arguments, not …”

In The World–February 5, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Gay Adoptions Triple

In the past decade, the number of adoptions in the U.S. …”

The Lesson and Life–February 5, 2012

“By Shane Lockard

 

 “Father Abraham had many sons; and many sons had Father Abraham.” I always …”

Sleepless nights–Psalm 30

“By David Faust

 

 As a young man I served as a volunteer counselor at a summer camp …”

Blessed with Abraham–The Uniform lesson for February 12

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 Paul continues his warning to the Galatian Christians in today’s text. In last …”

Where You Live–February 5, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Which of these statements best describes you and why? Share your response …”

12
Loving Christ’s bride, part 2

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 If we love Christ, we will love his bride, the church. This includes loving …”

The Supremacy of Love

“By Cheri Lynn Cowell

 

If a billboard that read “School of Love” were erected on your …”

The Constancy of Love

“By Javan Rowe

 

Most of us fluctuate between highs and lows in life, with countless intricate …”

The Practicality of Love

“By Victor Knowles

 

Hazel Miner, 15, was an 8th-grade student in a one-room school at Center, …”

In the World — February 12, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

 

Worst Passwords Revealed

SplashData, a maker of smartphone applications, revealed the worst passwords of 2011. …”

The Lesson and Life — February 12, 2012

“By Shane Lockard

 A little boy prayed, “How Father, who does art in Heaven, Harold is …”

Fitting in

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

 As far back as I can recall, Christ has been a part of …”

Do not fret — Psalm 37

“By David Faust

 

Psalm 37 

 In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do …”

Inheriting Abraham’s promise–The Uniform Lesson for February 19

“By Sam E. Stone

 

The Uniform Lesson for February 19

 

  Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians …”

Where You Live — February 12, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. You may or may not have a written last will and testament, …”

19
Unassuming service

“By Shawn McMullen

 The church I serve has invested heavily in projects and events that connect our …”

First-Century Culture Shapers

“By Greg Swinney

 

As a chubby little Sunday schooler, I used to sit in the musty …”

Listening with Open Ears

“By Nicole R. Pramik

While Christians are called to be different from the world, we have …”

Hold It Out

“By Steve Wyatt

 

Several years ago, talk show host Merv Griffin interviewed a group of bodybuilders. …”

In the World–February 19, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Jesus Second Most Popular Person in America

Abraham Lincoln tops the list of most popular …”

The Lesson and Life–February 19, 2012

“By Shane Lockard

 

 Last fall my family and I visited a farm in East Tennessee. We …”

Eclipse: a business with balance

“By Jamie Shafer

 

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in …”

The weight of the gospel–Psalm 40

“David Faust

 

 Beloved preacher Wayne Smith tells about a reporter who went backstage at one of …”

Bearing the fruit of redemption–The Uniform Lesson for February 26

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 The Uniform Lesson for February 26

 

 

This week we conclude a four-week survey of …”

Where You Live–February 19, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Bring a basket of mixed fruit to group (apples, oranges, bananas, and …”

26
Reining in Anger

“By Kayleen Reusser

 

He stood in line at the cash register ready to pay. The store …”

Getting a Grip on Anger

“By Peggy Park

 

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger …”

When Small Groups Face Division: Six Ways to Avoid Angry Outbursts

“By Danny Von Kanel

 

Small groups depend on member interaction. Yet the same interaction that leads …”

A year of Christian-themed films

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

 While spending last year writing a series on the purpose of …”

The ugliness of anger

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 For some time, I’ve been asking the Lord to bring to light every area …”

In the World–February 26, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Military Chaplains and Same-Sex Marriages

Last fall the U.S. Senate passed legislation as an …”

The Lesson and Life–February 26, 2012

“By Jennifer Taylor

 

 Christians often say you shouldn’t look for “proof” of God’s power, but instead …”

Be still

“By David Faust

 

Psalm 46

 If you’ve ever said, “Too much noise makes me sick,” you may be …”

Wisdom’s origin–The Uniform Lesson for March 4

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 After today we will be studying the Gospel of John each week during …”

Where You Live–February 26, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. In addition to the church, what institution or organization has been a …”

Mar
04
Inspired to Worship

“By Elizabeth Delaney

 

Few things in life can inspire spontaneous worship like the beauty of God’s …”

Art As Worship

“By Kathleen A. Trissel

 

We get an early glimpse of human creativity in Genesis 2:19 when …”

Artists in Residence: A Unique Approach to Worship

“By Kirk Sheppard

 

Whitewater Crossing Christian Church, located on the west side of Cincinnati near Cleves, …”

Will you help light the fire?

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 At the beginning of this decade, a 10-year venture known as Restoration Revolution …”

Being an advocate for your child at church

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

 I don’t think my daughter is getting what she needs at …”

In the World–March 4, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Military Divorce Rates on the Rise 

The Defense Department released statistics confirming that the …”

The Lesson and Life–March 4, 2012

“By Jennifer Taylor

 

 The National Center for Education Statistics recently reported that just one year at …”

The worst (best) day of your life–Psalm 51

“By David Faust

 

 Psalm 51

 

It must have felt like the worst day of his life. And …”

The Word became flesh–The Uniform Lesson for March 11

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 Before the world was created, God existed. The first words of the …”

Where You Live–March 4, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What are some significant contracts you’ve signed or given your word to …”

06
07
Praise the Lord – The Uniform Lesson for April 17

“by Sam E. Stone

When I was a student in Bible college, one of my professors …”

11
Zombies—in Church?

“By Tyler Edwards

 

There are zombie churches among us—churches where genuine life has been lost and …”

In the World–March 11, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Kindness and Social Networking

Sixty-nine percent of American teens who use social networking sites …”

Diagnosing the church in America

“Guest Editorial by Dr. Bill Bravard

 

 The church, the bride of Christ, should be most desirable—the …”

What would Jesus do?

“By Jacqueline J. Holness

 

 What would Jesus do?

Youth minister Dan Seaborn likely created the most popular …”

Where You Live

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. What job(s) do you dread being asked to do? Why?

 

Read John 2:1-12.

 

2. …”

Who is my enemy?

“By David Faust

 

Psalms 56-61

 

 It’s good to ask, “Who is my neighbor?” But the Psalms compel …”

Water turned to wine–The Uniform Lesson for March 18, 2012

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 Last week we studied the introduction to the fourth Gospel, the Prologue. …”

Hang In There

“By Karen Wingate

 

Remember when high school and college students plastered their walls with poster art? …”

The Lesson and Life–March 11, 2012

“By Jennifer Taylor

 

 Christians often say you shouldn’t look for “proof” of God’s power, but instead …”

Antidote for a Toxic Faith

“By Kara Johnson

 

“If you go, you’ll lose your leg,” she said.

I was a month into …”

18
What’s not to like?

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 The church on earth will never be perfect—as long as people like you …”

We Liked What We Saw!

“By Marshall Hayden

 

On September 1, 2009 I retired after 28 fulfilling years with Worthington (Ohio) …”

Deaf Ministries: Breaking the Chains

“By Tonja Talley

 

My dad pulled my cousin from his bedroom window kicking and screaming as …”

Church Membership: Why Bother?

“By Karen O’Connor

 

My husband and I moved to a new city several years ago, found …”

In the World–March 18, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Online Evangelism Producing Results 

According to a recent study by Global Media Outreach, online …”

God’s love for all nations

“By David Faust

 

 Have you heard the slogan “Think globally, act locally”? The Lord does that …”

Nicodemus learns of new birth–The Uniform Lesson for March 25

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 Early in his Gospel, John introduces the reader to a Pharisee named …”

Where You Live–March 25, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Have each group member take a blank sheet of paper and make …”

25
What the Bible Says About Evangelism

“By Dr. Bill Patterson

 

Beverly, a high school sophomore, had just given her life to the …”

It Takes a Church

“By Joy Crichton

 

It was a sunny Friday in Haslett, Texas when 8-year-old Corbin Warren looked …”

Rehabbed

“By Nancy Hoag

 

ëI donít care,í I said. ëIíve had it.í

 

With the gift of mercy and …”

What we can learn from mythology

“Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

 Among our favorite stories are some we call “mythological.” Our culture is …”

Harassed and helpless

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming …”

In the World –March 25, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Parties Unite in Dissatisfaction with Government

The latest Gallup annual governance survey shows that …”

The Lesson and Life — April 1, 2012

“By Jennifer Taylor

 

 It’s common for businesses to display mission statements in their buildings and on …”

Make the most of every season of life–Psalm 71

“By David Faust

 

 My wife asked our 7-year-old granddaughter, “Kayla, do you think I’m old?”

Kayla pondered …”

Jesus testifies to the truth–The Uniform Lesson for April 1, 2012

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 Instead of continuing chronologically through the Gospel of John, this week we …”

Where You Live–April 1, 2012

“Queations and Answers for Small GroupsBy Dan Lentz

 

1. Talk about a time when you were …”

Apr
01
Bleeding and Beautiful

“By Dr. Doug Redford

 

On March 23, 2011, a bomb exploded in a section of the …”

Recalculating the Cost of Our Salvation

“By Joyce Long

 

The shortcut confused her. Then the directions changed. The programmed GPS voice announced, …”

Colts, Palm Branches, and Pieces of Silver

“By David Timms

 

Confusion marked that first Palm Sunday.

To the casual observer, it looked fairly straightforward. …”

Living reverently

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 “Profound, adoring, awed respect.” One of many phrases that define the word reverence …”

Leading at home and at church

“By Bev and Phil Haas

 

I’m considering resigning as a leader in our church because our …”

In the World–April 1, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Technology, Elections, and Young Adults

Social media just may be the best way to …”

The Lesson and Life–April 8, 2012

“By Jennifer Taylor

 

 Occasionally I attend services at an Episcopal church in downtown Nashville. Although I …”

When the innocent are mocked

“By David Faust

 

 The word itself sounds ugly: mock. The deed is uglier still, and we …”

Jesus lives!–The Uniform Lesson for April 8, 2012

“By Sam E. Stone

 Good Friday looked anything but “good” to Jesus’ disciples that day. Saturday …”

Where You Live–for April 8, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Think back to the first time someone close to you died. What …”

08
Memorable Easters

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 Having been raised in a Christian home and having been a part of …”

Hope in Death

“By Javan Rowe

 

I found myself at another funeral, one more death in a relatively short …”

Caring for the Fatherless and the Widow

“By Don Dilmore

 

The Scriptures remind us that God is concerned about orphans, widows, and strangers. …”

Raised in Glory

“By Flora Reigada

 

When African-American scientist and man of faith George Washington Carver asked God to …”

Dating and marriage—by the book

“Jacqueline J. Holness

 

 In the span of a year, seven friends revealed to me they were …”

In the World–April 8, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Most Americans Oppose Abortion

A poll released by CNN shows that 62 percent of Americans …”

The Lesson and Life–April 15, 2012

“By Alan Ahlgrim

 

 Toleration is the trademark of our time. Teachers are expected to tolerate the …”

Facing up to the Lord–Psalms 78-82

“By David Faust

 

 Apparently I am a social media dinosaur, for I am not on Facebook.

Who needs …”

Temple is cleansed–The Uniform Lesson for April 15

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 John’s Gospel clarifies the length of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Because he mentions …”

Where You Live–April 15, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Appoint someone to write on a white board or large piece of …”

15
Tampering with the Temple

“By Bob Hostetler

 

It began with cable television shows like The Learning Channel’s What Not to …”

The Disease that Stalked Our Family

“By Jewell Johnson

 

“Look, Mom,” Jenny said, holding her jeans out from her waist. “These don’t …”

The Meaning of the Scars

“By Traci Vandermark and Joy Trimbell

 

The blood left my head and I felt faint—in need …”

Not our own

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 I borrowed my neighbor’s lawn mower a couple of times last fall. Since …”

In the World — April 15, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

One in Five Adults Had a Mental Illness in 2010 

A survey funded by …”

The Lesson and Life — April 22, 2012

“By Alan Ahlgrim

 

 Jesus shocked a Samaritan woman by speaking directly to her. This was a …”

Practicing law and serving Christ

“By Jamie Shafer

 

 Based on his family record, one might have predicted Jonathan Sams would become …”

A doorkeeper in God’s house–April 15, 2012

“By David Faust

 

Psalm 84

 

 Who are some of the most important but least-heralded people in your …”

Samaritan woman finds living water–The Uniform Lesson for April 22

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 Early in Jesus’ ministry he reached out to those ignored or snubbed …”

Where You Live — April 15, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Distribute sheets of paper and ask group members to draw a series …”

22
Mind Worship

“By Cheri Lynn Cowell

 

Intellectual and snob were companion words in my childhood home. When someone …”

Resisting the Tempter: Strategies for Overcoming Temptation

“By Steven Clark Goad

 

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee …”

It takes more than wisdom

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 Last month our “in the World” news page contained a news item with …”

In the World — April 22, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

Komen Still Supporting Planned Parenthood

After making headlines in January for cutting ties with …”

The Lesson and Life — April 22, 2012

“By Alan Ahlgrim

 

 Everyone suffers; sometimes we even bring it on ourselves. When we eat or …”

Numbering our days– April 22, 2012

“By David Faust

 

 Psalm 90

 

Walking through a mostly empty church building, a friend of mine noticed …”

Where You Live — April 22, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Talk about your family. How many brothers and sisters do you have? …”

29
Where You Live — April 29, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. Plan ahead of time to share a meal together as a group. …”

A concert by creation’s choir– April 29, 2012

“By David Faust

 

 Psalms 93-98

 

Positioned in the center of the Bible, the Psalms remind us that …”

In the World — April 29, 2012

“By Christy Barritt

 

New York City Churches Evicted

Approximately 60 churches meeting in New York City public …”

Leading a church is hard work

“By Bob Russell

 

 “It’s much more difficult to oversee a church than to run a business.” …”

The Lesson and Life — April 29, 2012

“By Ben Cachiaras

 

 Do you remember Edmund from C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the …”

Stewards of the Natural World

“By Delroy Brown

 

Among the major precautionary steps being taken is the establishment of an international …”

Common sense caretakers

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 God cares about the natural world. Genesis 1 tells us he created it—land, …”

Earth Keepers: Bringing the Garden of Eden to Urban Cement

“By Cleo A. Lampos

 

Furrows created by seven decades of worry creased Stella’s forehead. She hunkered …”

God’s Mandate: Care for the Environment

“By Tammy Darling

 

Few topics today are more hotly debated than global warming and the role …”

The bread of life–The Uniform Lesson for May 6

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 An entire year elapsed between the healing of the lame man (John …”

May
06
Whatever you do

“By Shawn McMullen

 

 Having reached her support-raising goal, our daughter Kelsey recently moved to Louisville, Kentucky …”

The Lesson and Life — May 13, 2012

“By Ben Cachiaras  What are you drawing?” the teacher asked the little girl in Sunday school. “I’m …”

Making the Most of Your Talents

“By Conover Swofford In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Jesus taught some important principles …”

The good shepherd–The uniform Lesson for May 13

“By Sam E. Stone

 

 In the Old Testament, God’s relation to the Hebrew people was often …”

In the World — May 6, 2012

“Media Matters Attacks Christian Conservatives

News website The Daily Caller reported in February that Media Matters, …”

Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts

“By Peggy Park

 

Finding your spiritual gifts can be compared to searching through a drawer full …”

Understanding the Real You

“By Simon Presland John is easygoing. Sue loves to be the center of attention. People call …”

Where You Live — May 13, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. When you were younger, who was a mentor to you? How was …”

13
The Perfect Woman

“By Laura L. Wood “I’m trying to model myself after the Proverbs 31 woman,” I heard …”

Becoming a Woman Who Pleases God

“By Pat Ennis It’s Mother’s Day, and the minister announces the title of his sermon: “The …”

I Call Her “Chauncey”

“By Gary D. Robinson We were on a date. I don’t remember where we went or …”

The church and the prosperity gospel

“Jacqueline J. Holness  Home to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and a host of megachurches, Atlanta …”

As Christ loved the church

“By Shawn McMullen  Last January the cruise ship Costa Concordia ran aground in the harbor of …”

In the World — May 13, 2012

“Public Divided Over Birth Control Insurance MandateA national survey found that, of the Americans who …”

The Lesson and Life — May 20, 2012

“By Ben Cachiaras

 

 In the 1983 film A Christmas Story, a precocious boy named Ralphie is …”

Peace in (and after) the storm– May 13, 2012

“By David FaustPsalm 107  Quick—where do the folow-ing words appear in the Bible? “He stilled the …”

The resurrection and the life–The Uniform Lesson for May 20

“By Sam E. Stone  Matthew, Mark, and Luke are known as the “synoptic Gospels.” These three …”

Where You Live — May 20, 2012

“By Dan Lentz 1. Name something you wanted for a long time but never received. 2. Name …”

20
The Magnificent Intercession

“By Victor Knowles Few sights are more solemn than a leader appealing to God in prayer. …”

Unity: Our Final Victory

“By Valerie Long We watch it in theaters and read about it in books. It’s part …”

Choosing Your Hill

“By David Timms Churches divide over the craziest things. One congregation split over new seating arrangements in …”

A simple approach to unity

“By Shawn McMullen   Unity among believers—specifically in the context of the local church—was of great …”

In the World — May 20, 2012

“By Christy Barritt Medical Journal Promotes “After-Birth Abortion”Two academics who published an article in the Journal …”

The Lesson and Life — May 27, 2012

“By Ben Cachiaras  I had never been with someone at the brink of death. But now, …”

When faith costs

“By Jamie Shafer  Often when we read about Christians in the marketplace, we learn of men …”

To God be the glory– May 20, 2012

“By David Faust  Psalm 115 Some pride is healthy and appropriate. At the end of a hard …”

I am the way, the truth, and the life–The Uniform Lesson for May 27

“By Sam E. Stone  Some Bible students have pointed out that while John 13 contains a …”

Where You Live — May 27, 2012

“By Dan Lentz 1. Prior to your small group meeting, gather several pictures or drawings of …”

28
Remind me

“By Shawn McMullen  Memorial Day honors the memory of the men and women who died serving …”

Remember Me

“By James M. Corley  Wanting to express our appreciation to the men and women who have …”

The Value of Remembering

“By Rick Ezell Scripture’s clarion call is to remember God. God told Moses, “Say this to …”

Pictures in My Heart

“By Bob Stacy How thankful I am for the memories of people who have touched my …”

Once upon a prison

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

 The surprise hit of the 2011-12 television season was Sunday night’s …”

In the World — May 27, 2012

“By Christy Barritt Wrongful Birth Lawsuit in Favor of ParentsAn Oregon couple was recently awarded $2.9 million …”

The Lesson and Life — June 3, 2012

“By Brent DeWees  “Wrong is always wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is always …”

The rejected cornerstone– May 27, 2012

“By David FaustPsalm 118  Cook a meal, and minutes later hungry diners will consume the fruit …”

Practice justice–The Uniform Lesson for June 3, 2012

“By Sam E. Stone  In the three summer months we will focus attention on an important …”

Where You Live — June 3, 2012

“By Dan Lentz 1. If you could correct one injustice in the world today, what would …”

Jun
03
See you in Orlando!

“By Rick Rusaw  The North American Christian Convention has a long history of being the gathering …”

It’s Time to Be Refreshed!

“By Carie Schultz The Orlando World Center Marriott Resort, site of the 2012 North American Christian …”

Times of Refreshing

“By Dr. Delroy Brown In one of his Australian letters (Letters from Tertius, Vital Publications, 1975), …”

Refreshing One Another

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr What makes the hard times tolerable? I don’t mean the heartbreaking …”

Sibling rivalry

“By Bev and Phil HaasSummer is supposed to be a fun time, but I am …”

In the World — June 3, 2012

“By Christy Barritt Bus Ad from Atheist Group RejectedA request by an atheist group to place …”

The Lesson and Life — June 10, 2012

“By Brent DeWees  We live in a mobile society and I would expect people to be …”

Reading Scripture with our eyes wide open–Psalm 119

“By David Faust  Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in God’s Word. Appropriately enough, the theme …”

Live as God’s just people–The Uniform Lesson for June 10

“By Sam E. Stone  Compassion is a key part of justice. In the Lord’s directions for …”

Where You Live — June 10, 2012

“By Dan Lentz 1. Talk with your group about a pet peeve you have. (A pet …”

10
Marriage Made in Heaven

“By Simon Presland God intended marriage to be a joyous and sacred union for all couples, …”

Unequally Yoked

“By Lynn Duke What do you do when you find yourself “unequally yoked” in marriage? In …”

Love Letters

“By Alan Dowd The world will know we are Jesus’ followers not by the fish decals …”

Church: what size is the right size?

“By Jacqueline J. Holness  Americans seem to have a fascination with size—from our widening waistlines, to …”

Holding fast

“By Shawn McMullen  An account of the courtship of Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Dent describes …”

In the World — June 10, 2012

“By Christy Barritt Atheists Gather to Celebrate Non-belief Nearly 20,000 atheists showed up at Washington D.C.’s National …”

The Lesson and Life — June 17, 2012

“By Brent DeWees  Golf can be a frustrating sport. One day you’re at the top of …”

Good gifts from the good Lord– June 10, 2012

“By David Faust

 Psalm 119:65-112

 

 When I was a boy my parents taught me to say a …”

Celebrate jubilee–The Uniform Lesson for June 17

“By Sam E. Stone  Last week we learned that the Israelites were required to help the …”

Where You Live — June 17, 2012

“By Dan Lentz

 

1. If you could have any monetary debt forgiven or be released from …”

17
For Men Only

“By Tyler Edwards  There is a difference between being male and being a man. As a …”

The Gift of a Godly Grandfather

“By Karen O’Connor One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts …”

Leaving a Spiritual Legacy: Fathers and Grandfathers

“By H. Lynn Gardner

 

Fathers and grandfathers either leave a godly heritage or a godless legacy. …”

Creative ways my dad loved me

“By Shawn McMullen  Children look up to their fathers for many reasons. Some dads are admired …”

In the World — June 17, 2012

“By Christy Barritt Least Religious States RevealedAccording to a new Gallup poll, six of the least …”

The Lesson and Life — June 24, 2012

“By Brent DeWees  Friendly Persuasion is an old Gary Cooper movie set during the civil war …”

Getting real with Kathy Troccoli

“By Jamie Shafer  Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with singer, songwriter, speaker, and …”

A broken heart for broken people—Psalm 119: 136

“By David Faust  Nobody wants to be a crybaby. From childhood we learn to keep our …”

Love God, love people—The Uniform Lesson for June 24

“By Sam E. Stone  Today’s suggested devotional reading, Micah 6:1-8, presents the same principles taught in …”

Where You Live — June 24, 2012

“By Dan Lentz 1. Collect a number of small household items (brush, scissors, soap, and so …”

24
A Time and a Place for Tolerance

“By H. Lynn Gardner Living with our differences is a constant challenge. Understanding two rival definitions …”

Reaching the Younger Generation with the Gospel

“By Cheri Lynn Cowell Recent national surveys by the Barna Group have determined the three most …”

When Brethren Disagree

“By Steven Clark Goad But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is …”

The lion, the witch, and the physicist

“By Dr. Charlie W. Starr

 

I am a C. S. Lewis fanatic. I’ve read all his …”

What can we say about sin?

“By Shawn McMullen The God that holds you over the pit of Hell, much as one …”

In the World — June 24, 2012

“By Christy Barritt Judge Says It’s Legal to Pray for Other People’s HarmA Dallas judge ruled …”

The Lesson and Life — July 1, 2012

“By Marvin Garrison Boxes are an intricate part of life. There are gift boxes, pillboxes, storage …”

Climbing higher– Psalm 121

“By David Faust Psalms 120 through 134 are known as “Songs of Ascent.” Jewish tradition connected …”

Samuel administers justice–The Uniform Lesson for July 1, 2012

“By Sam E. Stone Further evidence of God’s desire for justice is found as we move …”

Where You Live –for July 1, 2012

“By Dan Lentz 1. You sometimes hear the expression, “Get serious!” used by people who challenge …”

Jul
01
For Future Generations

“By Tammy Darling Some in the Christian community say America is just one generation away from …”

What a President Should Be

“By Thomas Walters As America make its way through another contentious and divisive presidential election campaign, …”