Americans Optimistic about Nation’s Future: Most Say U.S. Has Special Bond with God — by Lisa Cannon Green
In a nation founded on religious liberty, most Americans believe God has a special relationship with the United States, and they’re optimistic the best is yet to come.
Despite headlines lamenting the global decline of the United States since the Cold War, 54 percent of Americans believe the nation is on the upswing, according to a September survey by LifeWay Research. Only 4 in 10 think “America’s best days are behind us.”
Consider It Pure Joy—Abisha Robinson
If I can be honest, I don’t like the process.
The process that puts me in less than comfortable situations where I’m forced to come to the end of myself. The process that calls for me to bend and stretch beyond my comfort zone while He strategically preps me for His zone.
I’ve been known to fill my agenda with finding my own way using self reliant methods that have led me from dead ends to wrong turns creating the very mountains and barriers that keep me from knowing the intimate places of His heart.
7 Ways to Parent With Grace—Ron Edmondson
Grace-based parenting is one thing I believe we did right.
For an easy definition: Grace-based parenting attempts to parent children the way God parents us — by grace. It makes sense to me — if God leads us by grace we should lead our children by grace. I read in the Scriptures that grace teaches, graces protect, grace encourages, and grace redeems. Grace even disciplines and corrects. Oh, the power of grace.
We are not under the law — but grace.
A God Who Wants Us—Trevin Wax
If Billboard ranked church songs, “Jesus Loves Me” would probably be #1 on the preschool chart. From the time kids can put two sentences together, they’re singing about Jesus’ love for them — love we learn about in the Bible, love that overcomes our weakness, and love that welcomes the “little ones” who belong to His family.
Fighting Our Fears With God-Given Faith—Trillia Newbell
The statistics are in and the church is going to hell in a hand-basket… At least that is what you’d think if you watched the flurry of responses to information such as the recent Pew Research Center survey that claimed Christianity is declining. I wonder how the early church would have responded if the society then were able to keep stats on every event and cultural shift? It might look something like:
A man named Peter preached at a Christian celebration called Pentecost and approximately 3,000 people were added to his group. But according to our statistics, only 1 percent of the population was in attendance. Therefore, if we want to calculate the religious affiliations throughout the world, it’s minimal growth. Additionally, some reports indicate the leaders of this event were heavily intoxicated, calling into question the legitimacy of the Christian movement.