Self-Esteem & Depression

We find ourselves living in challenging times today with many spiritual, psychological, and physiological struggles in almost every part of our lives. A study by the NIMH reports twenty-one million adults (8.4%) in the US have experienced a major depressive episode. While there can be many different causes it might be beneficial to address one […]

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A Warm Place

During the recent winter months, amidst freezing temperatures, we were provided an opportunity to remember those who do not have adequate shelter and be thankful for ministries and other organizations who reach out to those without a home. Chris Avell is the pastor of a church called Dad’s Place in Bryan, Ohio. He has a […]


Who Do You Think That I Am?

With that brief question Jesus Christ confronted his followers with the most important issue they would ever face. He had spent much time with them and made some bold claims about His identity and authority, Now the time had come for them either to believe or deny His teachings. Who do you say Jesus is? […]


BLIP! Unexpected Bumps in Your Journey

My life is going pretty well. I feel like I’m meeting my goals and addressing my needs. Suddenly, I am surprised by some kind of disturbance, a blip. Perhaps an opportunity comes my way and I have to decide whether to grab it and hold on tight, or dismiss it as a distraction. Another blip […]


First Choice: Speaking to the Hearts of Moms and Dads

First Choice Women’s Medical Center is not just about being pro-life but also pro-abundant life. Those at the center know that each time a mom chooses life for her baby, she needs a lot of support to bring that baby into the world. “And ultimately, we know the truth is that the greatest need of […]


Faith @ Work with Thomasina Austin

How did growing up in the church shape you into the woman you are today? Thomasina: Growing up in the church, I saw God’s love in action. Today, I am a person who shows the love of God to others. My house has always been open to feed, house, clothe, encourage, and love people. I […]


More to the Story Deep Answers to Real Questions on Attraction, Identity and Relationships
by Jennifer Kvamme

It can’t be easy to be a young person today. I suppose it never has been, but it seems that today’s teens and young adults are forced to grapple with especially difficult questions. If that’s true of many different areas, it’s most notably true when it comes to matters of attraction, identity, and relationships. What […]


The Deconstruction of Christianity What It Is, Why It’s Destructive and How to Respond
by Alisa Childers & Tim Barnett

There is nothing new and nothing particularly unusual about apostasy—about people who once professed the Christian faith coming to deny it. From the early church to the present day, we have witnessed a long and sad succession of people walking away from Christianity and often doing so with expressions of anger, animosity, and personal superiority. […]


Prayer Days for our Adult Children and Grandchildren

Most Christian parents begin to pray for their children even before they’re born. The frequency of prayer for our children only intensifies as they grow. We pray for their health and safety, good and moral friends, success in school, the development of godly character and love for God’s Word, and emotional maturity. Some people have […]


Four Words for Easter

This month’s Pastor’s Perspective is delivered by Pastor Daniel Gillenwater, The Church at Eastern Oaks Around this time of year, there are countless Easter Egg hunts all over town. Almost every church, including mine, will host an Easter Egg hunt. (If you would like to come, The Church at Eastern Oaks will host ours on […]