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Holy Week: How to Rebuild & Rise from the Ashes (How a Family, Church, Civilization can Experience the True Story of Restoration this Easter)

O n the Monday of Holy Week, in one of the most secular countries on globe, in the midst of a fire hungrily devouring the planet’s most famous gothic church —    a chain of humanity forms, to pass from one hand to another hand, what is believed to be a nail that held Christ to Golgotha’s Cross, the piercing thorns that pressed His brow, and a piece of the Cross itself.   Regardless of the veracity of the relics, this is what matters: that people think that any of this still matters.   There i...
Tags: Books, Hope, Children, France, Religion, Paris, Faith, Notre Dame, Christ, Conversations, Christendom, Cross, Zondervan, Macron, Restoring Wonder, Bible Reading


Don’t Give Your Critic Words

Emily P. Freeman has the gift of puttinginto words the thoughts you don’t have time to think and sharing the kind of wisdom your soul needs to help you breathe. If you’re in a time of confusion, doubt, and foggy transitions that lead to decision fatigue, Emily is the voice you need to help you follow what she’s found is the best time-tested advice: just do the next right thing. It’s a grace to welcome Emily to the farm today . . . guest post by Emily P. Freeman W e stand on the corner of Rand...
Tags: Books, Hope, Religion, Guest Posts, Chicago, Peace, Faith, Jesus, Baker, Emily, Randolph, Shannan, Emily P Freeman


Does Anybody See Me? Trusting God When You Feel Invisible

Have you ever longed to feel loved? Wondered if anyone accepted you? Wanted to belong somewhere? Life is full of ups and downs that can make us feel like we are invisible or overlooked. It’s hard to know that God is there through the trials and sometimes more difficult to believe He knows us in the midst of them. Yet in all of it, God is at our side—even when He feels far away. Jill Eileen Smith knows what it feels like to face the valleys of life. To feel overlooked and unnoticed. It is a grac...
Tags: Books, Hope, Israel, Religion, Guest Posts, Egypt, Faith, God, Baker, Abram, Abraham, Jill, Solomon, Hagar, Sarai, Marcia Brady


How to Live Sent in the Place You Call Home

Have you ever wondered why God has you where you are? What His greater purpose is for the place you call home? Despite being part of one of the most mobile societies in history, we find it easy to feel stuck where we are. Maybe it’s because of a recent move or because you’re still in the same place you’ve been for years. Many of us just aren’t where we thought we’d be or doing what we thought we’d do with our lives. Sometimes we may wonder if God knows what He’s doing. Shauna Pilgreen understan...
Tags: Books, Family, India, Africa, Religion, America, San Francisco, Georgia, Guest Posts, Liberia, Faith, Jesus, Baker, Dad, Ben, Abraham


Find Your Courage to Fight through the Darkness

As a pastor of one of the largest churches in America, Kyle Idleman has pastored and counseled thousands. Over the years, he’s noticed a particular theme emerge from those he connects with and realized one important thing: we all need encouragement. We need hope to get through the darkness. No matter our struggles, no matter our story, we desperately need to hear these words: don’t give up. Here Kyle writes about the story of Jacob in Genesis 25-33 and how we can draw inspiration and encouragem...
Tags: Books, Religion, America, Guest Posts, David, Faith, Annie, MMA, Baker, Don, Kyle, Louisville Kentucky, Jacob, Esau, Kyle Idleman, Southeast Christian Church


When God is the top priority for a person and family, all other relationships fall into place

Marriage is one of the most beautiful and difficult relationships we enter into . . . something fiction author Jolina Petersheim has experienced personally and also explores in her new novel— How the Light Gets In, a story about marriage and motherhood, loss and moving on. While writing the novel, Jolina and her husband Randy faced several trials that tested their marriage deeply: moving across country with three young daughters after homesteading in Wisconsin; building (by hand) a new home; th...
Tags: Books, Family, Marriage, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Wisconsin, Jesus, Crossfit, NICK, Ruth, Randy, Lancaster Pennsylvania, Jolina, Tyndale, Francine Rivers


Three words to help your family grow together and not grow apart

As someone who wants to do more than guess in my parenting, I’m so grateful for Growing With, my new favorite parenting book by Kara Powell and Steve Argue. Kara and Steve are veteran church leaders and world-class researchers, but most of all, they are parents who find that growing with their teenagers and young adults (three kids each!) is one of their greatest joys and privileges. In the midst of all I juggle and wonder about as a parent, I love learning with and from these two, and no matte...
Tags: Books, Family, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jesus, Baker, Steve, Kara, Christianity Today, Krista, Lisa Damour, Kara Powell, Fuller Youth Institute, Levi Voskamp Levi Voskamp Levi Voskamp, Steve Argue Kara


Dear Overwhelmed Heart, Relief is Coming

Sarah Beth Marr is a quiet-hearted soul on a mission to help women find the peace God offers right in the midst of busyness. A former professional ballerina, wife, and mama to three growing sons, Sarah pens words of grace, truth, and hope to point women to the only One she knows who completely satisfies hearts. Sarah’s tender, gentle words will tug your heart towards God, tip your soul towards a more life-giving, grace-laced pace, and turn your focus back to the One who is tenderly guiding yo...
Tags: Books, Hope, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jesus, Baker, Sarah, Matthew, Slow, Marr, Wild Kratts, Restoring Wonder, Sarah Beth, Sarah Beth Marr


No Matter How Small; Imagining a New Human Dignity Movement

Daniel Darling is a friend of mine who invited me to speak last year at a gathering in Washington, D.C. entitled, Evangelicals for Life. The purpose of this gathering is to encourage Christians to care about the most vulnerable among us, from the unborn to the undocumented. That’s why I was eager to endorse Daniel’s new book, The Dignity Revolution, where he imagines what a movement that spoke up for all kinds of vulnerable people would look like. It’s a grace to welcome Daniel to the farm’s ...
Tags: Books, Japan, Washington, Religion, US, America, Guest Posts, Peace, Italy, Faith, Nashville, Conversations, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Horton, Daniel


PSA: Why You’re Not Alone & It’s Never Too Late

Chrystal Evans Hurst was that girl — the girl who struggled with insecurity, anxiety, and comparison. And she used to think that she was the only one — the only woman who felt lost in the middle of her life. She thought no one else struggled like she did to move forward through the messy stuff. She thought everyone else had something she didn’t have that made life a little easier for them to navigate. But what’s she’s found is that we all struggle to some degree in our lives and that the keys t...
Tags: Books, Texas, Hope, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Tony Evans, Hershey, Zondervan, Chrystal, Chrystal Evans Hurst


When You Need to Hear that You Have it In You to Go a Little Bit Further

Sally, Sarah, and Joy Clarkson are remarkable women who share a remarkable friendship. Sally has spent her life investing the hearts of women through writing and speaking, pouring love and wisdom even as she pours a cup of her favourite Yorkshire Gold tea. Sally always believed that friendship was the foundation of growth, influence, and healing in our lives. It was that love and intentionality that Sally longed to pass to her daughters. Now that Sarah and Joy have emerged as women in their own...
Tags: Books, Hope, Scotland, Religion, Guest Posts, Oxford, Faith, Oxford University, North Sea, Sarah, Joy, University Of St Andrews, Anne, Sally, Sally Clarkson, Green Gables


Seriously. What If we began again…?

I have said many times that books by Scott Sauls should be in the hands of every single Christian without exception. I concur with our friend Christine Caine when she says, “I love everything Scott Sauls writes.” Scott’s latest, Irresistible Faith: Becoming the Kind of Christian the World Can’t Resist is no exception. On a personal note, Scott has become a deeply trusted, unwaveringly faithful friend to my husband and I. When we have hard questions that are wrestling us down, when we need praye...
Tags: Books, New York City, Religion, America, Rome, Guest Posts, Moon, Faith, Nashville, Jesus, Abigail, Peter, Scott, PAUL, Luke, Nashville Tennessee


When a Cussing, Drug-Addicted Mom Shows Up at Your Church

I have said many times that books by Scott Sauls should be in the hands of every single Christian without exception. I concur with our friend Christine Caine when she says, “I love everything Scott Sauls writes.” Scott’s latest, Irresistible Faith: Becoming the Kind of Christian the World Can’t Resist is no exception. On a personal note, Scott has become a deeply trusted, unwaveringly faithful friend to my husband and I. When we have hard questions that are wrestling us down, when we need praye...
Tags: Books, Hope, New York City, Religion, Trust, Guest Posts, Faith, Nashville, Humility, Jesus, John, ANN, Christ, Corinthians, Jesus Christ, Abigail


When the Doctor has Hard News: How to Live & Love

Sarah Williams  is extraordinary. You could say she had it all –  a happy marriage, a secure post as an Oxford professor, two healthy children. But it would be her third child – someone who would never have credentials, health, or success, who would teach her what it truly means to be human. Meet Cerian, whose birth day was also her death day, and whose wisdom and perfection live on to teach us all. Sarah wrote of this journey in her new book, Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian. Her word...
Tags: Books, Death, Children, Religion, Guest Posts, Oxford, Faith, Sarah, Oxfordshire, PAUL, Sarah Williams, Vancouver Canada, Mrs Williams, Sarah C Williams, Cerian Welsh, Cerian


The Power of Welcome: Helping Our Kids Choose Love over Fear

You are welcome here. Those words disarm us. We can let our guards down and feel safe when we feel welcome. But we live in a world that is nervous about welcoming others, about risking comfort and security. Kent Annan will tell you to take the risk: choose love over fear. He beautifully describes the power of “welcome” in this story about his son who asks, “Are we for or against them?” We are for them and welcome them, Kent shows, because as the title of his book reminds us, when we welcome o...
Tags: Books, Family, Florida, Love, Religion, Syria, Guest Posts, Faith, Fear, Jesus, Kent, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Annan, Mafraq Jordan, InterVarsity Press


Rare gemstone particles found in an 8th-century nun's mouth shatter a historical misconception

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


Teeth prove women helped produce 8th-century religious manuscripts

It turns out medieval religious manuscripts were not exclusively the domain of male monks. Fleck of a rare gemstone pigment in fossilized teeth prove women were involved in the making of religious manuscripts. We'll never see these exquisite books the same way again. Surviving medieval religious manuscripts can be quite beautiful, with impeccable calligraphy and adorned with intricately detailed and brightly colorful illustrations. By and large, their authors remain unknown, and they've been as...
Tags: Art, Books, Gender, History, Afghanistan, Christianity, Innovation, Faith, Salzburg, Radini, Anita Radini, Fleck, Max Planck Institute, Ancient World, Badakshan, Alison Beach


The Secret to Freedom — and it’s not what you’d expect

A brief conversation with her husband changed the trajectory of her life when he told her, “You don’t make our house a place I want to come home to.” Wendy Pope faced two choices: take the words to the God who loved her, or let the words take root in her heart and sprout bitter resentment toward the man she loved. In trusting God with the painful words, He taught her the life-changing disciplines of Yes to God which cultivates trust in God, No to Self that invites revelation from God, and Maybe...
Tags: Books, Family, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jesus, North Carolina, Facetime, Christ, Wendy, Scott, Luke, Carolinas, David C Cook, Daddy, Eucharistic Living


When Your Marriage & Close Relationships Veer: How to Take a You-Turn

Who hasn’t let unmet expectations with a friend or loved one go unattended until a once-revved relationship slowly stalls? All the more tempting is dodging conflict in the interest of maintaining a peaceful homelife, when the “friend or loved one” is our spouse. Which is why I’m grateful for Kimberly Miller’s real-life example of how she and her husband used a breakthrough approach that I have personally adopted to grow through conflict rather than allowing it to curb their marriage. Kim’s pass...
Tags: Books, Love, Religion, Guest Posts, Harvard University, Faith, Jesus, Kim, Central America, Ken, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Thomas Nelson, Kimberly Miller, Restoring Wonder, Kimberly J Miller


How to Take a You-Turn When Your Marriage and Close Relationships Veer Off-Course

Who hasn’t let unmet expectations with a friend or loved one go unattended until a once-revved relationship slowly stalls? All the more tempting is dodging conflict in the interest of maintaining a peaceful homelife, when the “friend or loved one” is our spouse. Which is why I’m grateful for Kimberly Miller’s real-life example of how she and her husband used a breakthrough approach that I have personally adopted to grow through conflict rather than allowing it to curb their marriage. Kim’s pass...
Tags: Books, Love, Religion, Guest Posts, Harvard University, Faith, Jesus, Kim, Central America, Ken, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Thomas Nelson, Kimberly Miller, Restoring Wonder, Kimberly J Miller


What Hanging Off the Edge of a Mountain Teaches Us About the Love of God

Years ago, Kendra Fletcher and I met as homeschooling bloggers. We both wrote about our homeschools, our faith, and our out-sized families. And we both soon found ourselves distracted by the many promises that legalism makes. Somehow, if we homeschooled this way and parented that way and did church this way, we would find that God was really pleased with our good works and might love us better for it. Since then, we can both say we’re deeply grateful for God’s faithful work to undo our own atte...
Tags: Books, California, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jesus, God, John, Ansel Adams, Royal, Pacific Ocean, Christ, Conversations, Robbins, El Capitan, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK


What You Need to Know About Hearing God’s Voice

If you met Jane Johnson on the street and shared the bare-bones basics of who you are, she would tell you she is a woman who is caught in a passionate love affair with the Word of God. She is a Scripture-digger with a heart for teaching women how to study the Bible. In her debut book Mercy Like Morning, Jane shares the things she learned the hard way. When life broke her heart, Jane turned to Scripture. Through her decade-long journey of infertility, Jane dug in. While grieving the loss of her ...
Tags: Books, Hope, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, God, Moses, Maui, Mount Sinai, Jane, Zephaniah, Moses Moses, Harvest House, Jane Johnson, Maui Jane


When Your Best Ideas Happen in the Most Unexpected Places

She describes herself as more Malibu Barbie than G.I. Jane, but that doesn’t stop Lenya Heitzig from following God into the world’s jungles and deserts to minister to the broken. I love that Lenya confidently strapped a Barbie to her pack as she entered the jungles of Burma as a reminder when she felt out-of-place or like she didn’t belong that she was exactly where God wanted her. In her book Reload Love, Lenya shares how when her heart was breaking for refugees and children impacted by war, G...
Tags: Books, Religion, Syria, Guest Posts, Middle East, Faith, Burma, Jesus, God, John, Barbie, Conversations, Listening, Bashar Al Assad, Jane, Calvary Church


How to find joy in the land of unanswered prayer

When his oldest son was diagnosed with severe autism, pastor Jason Hague found himself trapped, stuck between perpetual sadness and a lower, safer kind of hope. This is the common struggle for those of us walking through the Land of Unanswered Prayer. Life doesn’t look the way we expected, so we seek to protect ourselves from further disappointment. But God has a third path for us, beyond sadness or resignation: it is the way of aching joy. It’s a grace to welcome Jason to the farm’s front porc...
Tags: Books, Family, Children, Israel, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jesus, God, Jack, Christ, Jason, Joy, Nathan, Isaiah, Center Church


We are all in the process of becoming: how we can learn to accept ourselves

Janice Peterson and her late husband Eugene Peterson are very special people. They have so lovingly given themselves away as they practice spiritual friendship, even with me. Here, Jan talks about the value of hospitality in building rich, meaningful friendships. I think these words will be a literal gift to your heart and soul. Masterful and luminous, you will be inspired and encouraged to do the hard and holy work of digging deep into true community using simple acts of giving yourself away. ...
Tags: Books, Religion, Guest Posts, Peace, Faith, Christ, Douglas, Gertrude, Janice, Eugene, Jan, Quaker, Appalachian Trail, Janice Peterson, Eugene Peterson, NavPress


If You’ve Been Asking for God to Give You a Message: Here it is

Such a traveler has moved on to the far better beyond. I confess, since I heard about Eugene, I’ve often fought tears. I love the man. I met him only once, sat in the Colorado mountains, a few of us in a log cabin, with Eugene and his bride, Jan, for an hour or two. I will never forget his mirth, the way he laughed and his eyes danced. Eugene and his gentle joy.  I thank God for Eugene’s faith battle that helped countless of us win more of ours. We were all graced with one of the great saints...
Tags: Books, Hope, Colorado, Montana, Religion, Time, Guest Posts, Ocean, Faith, Jesus, Pope, John, Christ, Elvis, Matthew, Don


How discovering and using your voice can change just about everything

I think that when we see others achieve things with such great heights, we assume that every other area of their life is soaring just as high. It seems that for something to be so high-achieving, then everything else around them should be, too. This may especially be true of a singer, whose craft, their voice, is expected to be as polished and perfect and strong on the inside as it is on the outside. You may not expect that a Grammy Award winner with millions of albums sold struggled with her v...
Tags: Books, Hope, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, God, Voice, Mom, Craig, Don, Mike, Sandi Patty, PAUL, Christ Jesus, Philippi, Zondervan


When things are not as they should be yet still good

One glance at the headlines will tell you that the world is a dangerous, confusing place. Forget the headlines—just look at your social media feed. From global tragedies to interpersonal conflict, it can feel like the only choice you have left is to hunker down and do your best to survive. But what if God wants more for you in this life than survival? Better yet, what if He has a plan to restore the goodness of the world? What if you’re part of that plan? Hannah Anderson invites you to embrace ...
Tags: Books, Family, Virginia, Religion, Guest Posts, David, Paris, Faith, Notre Dame, Montmartre, Louvre, Lewis, HANNAH, Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Eros, Henri Nouwen


The Invitation to Notice: How my son with Down syndrome is teaching me the richness of a small, unhurried life

Four years ago I wrote the foreword to Micha Boyett’s first book Found: A Story of Questions, Grace and Everyday Prayer, her story of rediscovering prayer in the chaos of motherhood. “The moments all matter,” I wrote of her book. “The daily awareness of the small adds up to the whole of your life, stirring you to wake and walk.” When she wrote Found she was learning how to live prayerfully, how to notice the smallness of God’s presence in her ordinary life. And since that book? Since then she h...
Tags: Books, Family, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jesus, Patheos, Micha, Micha Boyett, Maggie Beadle


When you need to know how to befriend parts of your soul you’ve long denied

You know how hard it can be to reign in your most difficult emotions. And yet God made you to experience strong and powerful feelings. In this post, Dr. Alison Cook shares how her journey to becoming a psychologist was disrupted when she had to face her own overwhelming emotions and learn to befriend them. In her new book, Boundaries for Your Soul, Alison writes with wisdom and compassion about how you can befriend the sometimes challenging parts of your soul and guide them in partnership with ...
Tags: Books, Hope, Boston, Religion, Guest Posts, Faith, Jesus, Salvation Army, Alison, Joe, Matt, Thomas Nelson, Henri Nouwen, Alison Cook, Alison You



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