Like other mental illnesses, clinical depression is a hidden disability. People walk in and out the doors of the church without anyone knowing (or noticing) their despair. Unfortunately, misconceptions about depression have found their way into the church and affected our response to those suffering. Kathryn Butler shares her insight into how believers can best […]
Overcoming a Fear of Evangelism
What is it that keeps believers from telling non-believers that they are loved by God and that their sins are forgiven in Christ? This is the question posed by Ed Stetzer to a student, and the student’s response led Stetzer to share how we can overcome the fear of sharing our faith with others. 3 […]
Women’s Conference Partners with Local Churches
Fresh Grounded Faith, a refreshing women’s event hosted by author and Bible teacher Jennifer Rothschild, partners with local churches across the country. Find an event coming to your area here. Or, find information about booking Fresh Grounded Faith event at your local church here.
Do You Defend Your Volunteers?
As ministry leaders, most of us have had to create policies and procedures to best carry out ministry. Yet, it is often volunteers that end up enforcing our policies. What do you do when your volunteer is taking the heat for your decisions? Danny Franks suggest these 4 ways to best defend and protect your volunteers. […]
God’s Training Ground for Transformation
Jesus was traveling from Galilee when He came upon His cousin, John, at the Jordan River. In an exchange between the two, Jesus shared with His cousin His intent for John to baptize Him. John was horrified and objected. Yet, Jesus persisted and John allowed him to be baptized. Scripture says, “When Jesus was baptized, […]
Practical Help in Preparation and Procrastination
Do you know that feeling when Bible study is in two days and you haven’t even finished the homework, much less prepared for the group session? We’ve all been there. I sense my lack of preparation when I’m teaching Sunday school, leading Vacation Bible School or facilitating discussion in my women’s Bible study group. I’m […]
Understanding Group Dynamics
Have you experienced the uncomfortable feeling when you ask a discussion question and a long silence settles over the group? With your eyes begging someone to break the ice, you wonder if you should let the question linger or jump in with your own answer. Other problems with group dynamics surface when Silent Suzy never […]
4 Conditions of Unhealthy Busyness
There’s an adage that says, “If the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” Clearly, the person who wrote this and the people who repeat it believe being busy is very wrong. But what if God is actually pleased with the right kind of busy? There are only two references to busy in […]
What Does God Intend for the Sabbath Today?
“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath” Mark 2:27 (NIV) For years, I tried to find a loophole to honoring the Sabbath. It didn’t seem possible to stop working one day a week, so I tried to justify my actions. Was it really “work” if I enjoyed doing it? Anyway, how […]
3 Safeguards to Protect Your Influence
This morning I made my usual ‘to do’ list. Make a list. (I immediately feel productive when I cross this off.) Drink the coffee. Start the crockpot for tonight’s dinner. Have a private conversation with someone else’s husband that will eventually crumble my church, end two marriages, and send our children spiraling out of control. […]
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