Top Five Misunderstood Sayings of Jesus
There are many of Jesus’ sayings and teachings from the New Testament that are frequently misunderstood. Whether the verses are taken out of context or the understanding behind them is...
Finding Peace, Hope, and Joy during a Bittersweet Christmas
For many people, Christmas is an exciting time of reuniting with family, spending quality time together, and eating too many cookies.
But for others, it’s a painful reminder of broken...
The Cycle of the Christian Life—Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio
The longest chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119. The Psalm is divided into twenty-two sections, one for each letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each section speaks about God’s Word in a vast...
Your Emotions and God
Lately, I’ve been a little grumpy.
Call it stress, overcast fall days, or the impending Michigan winter, but either way, my mood has been off. I’ve been irritable, frustrated, and low...
What is God calling you to do? Find out in this book by Jeff Leininger | Friday Favorites
Brinn shares her favorite book, Callings for Life: God's Plan, Your Purpose
by Pastor Jeff Leininger. Learn more about your vocation, what God is calling you to do, and God's biggest mission for us.
A Student’s Sneak Peek into Deliver Us
My book list for last semester was more hefty than usual, and I dreaded putting in my $100 order at the bookstore. But there was one relief. A required book written by my professor wasn’t...
Six Christian Books for Busy College Students
Classes keep you busy, and you look forward to those five minutes you can spend doomscrolling on your phone at the end of the day. I get it. Sometimes you need to turn your brain off and...
Waffles, Mugs, and Bible Study: Four Tips for Building Christian Community That Lasts
You’ve got everything laid out: snacks, Bibles, pens, and a welcome sign. You even turn on an inspirational playlist for mood music. Despite these eager preparations, only a few people...
What I Wish I Knew before Attending My First LCMS Youth Gathering
It’s upon us again. The time when youth are scrambling to pack, leaders are double-checking transportation, and committees are reviewing who goes where and when. This summer, a buzz of...
Three Bible Verses for When Showing Grace Feels Impossible
As a sinful human being, I rely on the Holy Spirit to help me respond with grace when I am under pressure. I have often fallen short on this. I’ve responded without grace or a caring heart...
The Spiritual Practice of Slowing Down
Have you ever felt like time is just slipping away? Maybe it’s time to rethink and slow down! Adele Werner shares her reflections on the benefits of stepping back and slowing down.
Christian Summer Reading List
Reading is a great activity all year round, but especially in the summer! With school out, the sun setting later in the evening, and the days lasting longer, summer is a great time to head...
Asking Christian Questions Is Okay (and Encouraged)
When I first became a follower of Christ, I was not very biblically literate. I had a very basic understanding of the Bible as a whole. I knew the bullet points of how we historically got...
As a Christian, Can I Have It All?
If I could “have it all” as a missionary, here’s what my life would look like . . .
The Hero’s Journey Is a Gospel Tool
A lot of us start our day by playing Wordle, but do you know what WORD-will change your life? It is fun to awkwardly joke about how to connect our culture to the story of Jesus. But in...
The Living Water of Forgiveness
I’ve been thinking about tone of voice in the Bible. Anyone who texts, emails, or engages on social media is familiar with the challenge of conveying tone through words alone. We often...
Growing Your God-Given Relationships
Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? Did any of them concern relationships in your life?