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    A church behind the walls

    Arguably perhaps one of the greatest reasons for needing to share the Scriptures comes from the New Testament’s book of Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” And because of that truth we know that all of us need Jesus. Best of all, as Jerry and David’s stories […]

    Healing homelessness with community

    When Alan Graham’s life was transformed by his relationship with Jesus, he knew he wanted to help others experience the same love and forgiveness that he’d received. But when this successful entrepreneur had the desire to go out and change the world, he discovered that in the process he was also being changed. Discover how […]

    Reconciled marriages and transformed lives

    Each couples’ marriage started out with such promise, but unfortunately it didn’t take long before poor choices and devastating circumstances shattered the futures they’d envisioned. While they had given up hope, God hadn’t. Be encouraged that no marriage—and no one—is without hope of transformation or for reconciliation with Jesus in the center of their lives. […]

    Ruth’s Story

    Ruth cannot tell her story without tears. In her mid-eighties and unable to get around much anymore, Ruth may not appear to be a central figure in our church’s life. She depends on others for rides, and because she lives alone she doesn’t have a huge circle of influence.

    But when she tells us her story of salvation—as she does often—Ruth stands out as a remarkable example of God’s grace. Back when she was in her thirties, a friend invited her to go to a meeting one night. Ruth didn’t know she was going to hear a preacher. “I wouldn’t have…

    God calls us His masterpieces

    Troy was drawn into the world of gang violence; endlessly searching for acceptance, love, and a sense of belonging. From a violent past to a hope-filled future, his is a radical journey of how the love of Jesus transformed this gang leader into a church leader. For over 50 years, the Our Daily Bread devotional […]

    Jesus’s love shining through you

    Sharing with others who Jesus is and why they need Him in their lives isn’t just the work of an organized ministry or mission. It’s the work—the privilege, really—of all of us who follow Him, no matter who we are, where we’ve been, or what we’ve done. All that does matter is a sincere desire to […]

    A heart divided

    During WWII, Yola suffered under Hitler’s Nazi regime and was forced to flee her homeland. When she had the opportunity to return to Berlin to share her faith, could she find compassion for those living in the country she equated with such atrocities? Don’t miss a special edition of Words to Live By to hear […]

    Complete—Yet Under Construction

    As my mom and I entered the indoor prayer garden our church recently built, I suddenly felt the sweet peace and presence of the Holy Spirit. The room had plants, a paved walkway with Scriptures displayed, a small waterfall, and a lit cross on the wall. In contrast to this peaceful, awe-inspiring sanctuary, just outside we could see contractors working on a different part of the building—with dust, tools, noisy machines, and everything else one might expect to find at a construction site.

    New: Inside and Out

    A few years ago a publisher made a big mistake. A book had been on the market for several years, so it was time for a makeover. The author rewrote the book to bring it up to date. But when the revision was published, there was a problem. The publisher gave the book a nice new cover but printed the old book inside.

    The exterior was fresh and new, but the interior was old and out of date. This “reprint” was not really new at all.

    Sometimes that kind of thing happens with people. They realize a change needs to be made…

    The healing power of confession

    The old adage “confession is good for the soul” has a biblical basis, but it’s certainly easier said than done. Both Doug and Duane found themselves plagued by shame and regret until they each found forgiveness and freedom through Jesus. Once we’re alive in Jesus, we’re given the privilege of walking in this new life […]

    “I didn’t think I’d live to see 21”

    D.A. is Hispanic – he was raised in the hood, got into trouble, and had low aspirations about his life. He expected to be dead by 21. However, the Lord got ahold of him and he gave his life to Jesus. He got a college degree, is getting his doctorate in Theology, and will be […]

    Dave’s Story

    Dave Dietz attended church but really didn’t understand the love of Jesus, until…

    Living Truly Alive

    Between 2013 and 2016, South Africa experienced a devastating drought with the driest period on record. With little or no rain, the effects of death could be seen everywhere. Crops withered, livestock perished, and people suffered as food became scarce and rivers and dams dried up. The country was a sad-looking, brown dust bowl until the rains finally came. When the skies opened, the entire nation celebrated as new life was birthed. Lush, green grass that had lain dormant for three years now pushed its way up through the cracked, dry ground, and within days it was on glorious display…

    Honor by Example

    Darkness wrapped the jet in a quiet comfort, while a few reading lights remained on. Though it was late in the evening and passengers were trying to sleep, the loud chatter of two young women could be heard above the hum of the plane’s engine. Suddenly, an older woman seated in front of them turned around and sharply exclaimed, “Would you two be quiet!” Taken aback, they looked around to see who had heard and began laughing disrespectfully. Turning to glare once more, the disrupted sleeper settled back in her seat.

    God is in the business of transformation

    Feeling blue? God’s in the business of transformation! And you’re invited to join us today on Discover the Word, to hear the transformative series finale of our three-week discussion on how God responds to our deepest emotions. See how God turns our mourning into dancing and our tears into laughter. That’s on Discover the Word today!