Facebook Friends with…Jesus?

Facebook Friends with…Jesus?

I have 1,218 friends on Facebook, but to be honest, I’m not really “friends” with all of them—in the truest sense of the word. In fact, I’m not even friends with most of them. Many of them have come about as a direct result of my being an author and writer. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not trying to say that I’m famous, well-known, or even well-lik

Lord, Am I a Jealous Woman?

Lord, Am I a Jealous Woman?

It was the last day of school before Christmas break. As my students exchanged gifts, I noticed that some students did not receive gifts, while others received two or three (the students didn’t have a “party;” it was just those who wanted to give to their friends). I watched a few sad faces, and a few “oh-well” faces, but the kids who struck me the

A Christian Student’s Toolbox #7: Turning Trials into Something More Valuable than Gold

A Christian Student’s Toolbox #7: Turning Trials into Something More Valuable than Gold

The purpose of this series was to compile strategies that would be useful in encouraging young adults to stay in the church.  In the first article of this series, we learned that roughly one in three young adults eventually will leave the church—this is a heartbreaking statistic; therefore, the Christian Student's Toolbox series was created in an a

Lions at the Throne: Approaching God Without Fear

Lions at the Throne: Approaching God Without Fear

Approaching God can be a scary proposition for mere mortals. After all, He is depicted as sitting in the sanctuary above, surrounded by a retinue of billions of angels, twenty-four elders, and four living creatures beyond human imagination. In the book of Daniel, He is seen surrounded by millions of angels as He begins the work of the investigative

5 Attitudes We Need in Our Prayers

5 Attitudes We Need in Our Prayers

This week I found myself in need of revisiting the basics of praying. My prayers had become “vain repetitions,” because I wasn’t really trying to have a relationship with God nor was I trying to make a difference with my prayers. They seemed like time fillers, not the type of prayers that can move mountains or change a life. I went back over what G

Sabbath-Keeping and Prayer

Sabbath-Keeping and Prayer

Someone has said that God is not calling us to be successful, but to be faithful. Are we faithful in keeping the Sabbath holy? Pavel Goia is the pastor of the Lexington Seventh-day Adventist Church. In the video below, he shares his powerful experience of Sabbath-keeping while living under the communist regime. For more on Pastor Goia’s experience,

Skipping Breakfast

Skipping Breakfast

Diabetes. An all-too-familiar word in our communities these days. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of 2014 there were 29 million people in the United States with this disease and an additional 86 million with prediabetes. These numbers have increased significantly over the past few years, and not only in the older pop

Annual Council: Behind the Scenes with the Prayer Warriors

Annual Council: Behind the Scenes with the Prayer Warriors

Every year for the past six years, the General Conference Ministerial Association has brought in a team of volunteers to bathe Annual Council and the pre-council meetings in prayer. This was my second year in a row that I have been blessed to be a part of this process. Seeing how God moved upon the delegates and hearing time and time again from lea