“Jesus Is Better”—But Is That Practical?

Kim Kira

Kim Kira

Imagine a friend comes to you because she is stressed that she might lose her job. Realizing that her anxiety is a result of her idols being threatened or harmed, you ask a few questions to try to discern the idolatry of her heart. Very quickly you conclude that she has made an idol of money. More than anything else, she is worried about what losing her job will mean to her finances. Money is the idol -> it is being threatened by a job loss -> she is stressed. Continue reading

New Research: Volunteering Gives Purpose and Help to Veterans with PTS

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

Since the attacks of 9/11, our nation has been engaged in war for the longest period in our history. As a result, we have a growing number of men and women who have returned from the battlefield struggling with posttraumatic stress.

For many veterans the transition from the battlefield to the home front proves to be very difficult. They struggle with nightmares, sleep disturbances, anger, fear, and sadness over the losses they have suffered. Continue reading

The Brain’s Response to Threat

Charles Hodges

Charles Hodges

Hodges - The Brains Response to Threat

It is always great when someone in research science spends time and money to prove something that we knew all along. In a study done at the University of Exeter, researchers have found that the brain response to a perceived threat is stopped when we are reminded that we are loved and cared for! Who knew? Continue reading

Picture Perfect: The Root (Part 2)

Amy Baker

Amy Baker

Picture Perfect - The Root (Part 2)

We’ve got to start asking questions, “What do I mean by perfect or right? Why do I want these things done perfectly? What makes perfection important to me? Where does God fit into all of this?” These won’t necessarily be easy questions to answer. Uncovering desires can often be difficult. Continue reading

The War Within: Galatians 5:16-18

Jim Newheiser

Jim Newheiser

Recently I have come, in my exposition of Galatians, to the end of chapter five which deals with the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. I have been richly blessed as I have sought to better understand what it means to walk by the Spirit and to be led by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 18, 25). I need this and my counselees need this. Continue reading

Holiday Cursings

Venessa Ellen

For some women this holiday season is not as joyous. For these women jingle bells is just a bunch of noise, winter wonderland has turned into a mud slushy that they are responsible for cleaning. For these women, the dreams of staying up all night cooking and cleaning has turned into frustrating nightmares. Continue reading