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3 (Surprising) Ways to Jumpstart Your Prayer Life

March 23, 2019

Special Feature A few years ago, my prayer life got stuck. Really stuck! Though I’d often struggled to make prayer a regular part of my day, this was different. This time I found myself unable to even find words to express myself to God, and He felt so distant I wondered, “what’s the use of …

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Jesus on a Mission

March 23, 2019

Encouraging Word One of my favorite Bible verses is Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free …

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The Women of Easter 

March 23, 2019

Best Books The first person to preach an Easter sermon was a former demoniac. If that isn’t scandalous enough, the aforementioned host of seven demons was also, dare I say it…a woman. Mary Magdalene has a powerful, yet mysterious presence in the gospel narratives. While most of the disciples were cowering in fear and hiding …

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Stressed Out? 3 Ways to Find Rest in the Middle of a Busy World

February 23, 2019

Healthy Living “Busy.” It is the common response to the courteous question of, “How are you doing?” The busy nature of our lives has evolved from a hole from which to dig oneself out to a social status that helps to define our importance. We are busy because we are needed. We are busy because …

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February 23, 2019

Encouraging Word In John 14:6, Jesus says, “. . . I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through me.”  Jesus is announcing that He is the one and only! The WAY. Jesus begins by saying He is the way. He was acknowledging that only through …

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When “Likes” Aren’t Enough: Social Media & the Search for Value

January 26, 2019

Parenting Points In the mind of every teenager echoes a simple question: “Am I enough?” One of the greatest struggles of the teenage experience is determining who they are, where they fit, and if they matter. Students seek to be cool enough, smart enough, athletic enough, popular enough, or successful enough. No matter what area …

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Navigating Life’s Issues

January 25, 2019

Encouraging Word The longer we experience life, the more aware we become that we control very little of life’s happenings. Situations occur; circumstances vary; events come and go; and issues develop; all without our permission. Our primary goal is to manage as best we can what has crossed our path and successfully get through it. …

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My Two Front Teeth

January 24, 2019

Publisher’s Note My oldest son Benton tried to make his teeth wiggle all through Kindergarten in hopes of having his name on the “snaggel tooth” bulletin board. Finally, at the age of six and a half, he came running to me with not one- but two loose teeth. He grinned and bared it as he …

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Ruth Graham, Prayer & the Presence of God

January 23, 2019

It’s been one year since Ruth Graham’s father, the evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As she and her siblings rode from Asheville, N.C., to his final resting place in Charlotte, N.C., the interstate overpasses were crowded with well-wishers kneeling, waving flags, holding signs and praying. “I’m …

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Let Your Light Shine Through Prayer

December 26, 2018

Special Feature Let your light shine.  That’s a snippet of Matthew 5:16, and it’s the theme verse for this year’s Legacy League Scholarship Luncheon at Samford University. And while there are countless ways we can live out this charge—ways we can let our light shine, reflecting the light of God’s love—one of my favorites is …