“Make a Difference Today”

BRADENTON, Fla. – ENCOURAGE: To give support, confidence or hope to someone. I met Clint Hurdle, the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, last season in Cincinnati. I...

Prayer & His Divine Opinion



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Prayer & His Divine Opinion

Prayer is the avenue leading to God’s perspective. Through prayer, we can summon our Heavenly Father’s opinion and faithfully demonstrate our ability to believe in His plans.

His Love Solves All Things

Only a God who adores His children, would allow the suffering that Jesus endured to provide the opportunity for every child to be restored...

Lost Souls

Not only does God forgive us but he sets a new path before us. Typically, when Christians speak of a “lost soul” they are talking...




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  • Bill Hybels Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Willow Creek Leaders
    John and Nancy Ortberg, others confront megachurch with its own #MeToo moment. “The charges against me are false,” says Hybels of former friends’ “collusion.” When the #MeToo movement arose this past fall, Willow Creek Community Church sprang into action. “If you’ve been sexually harassed or harmed, your pain matters—to us and to God,” the suburban […]
    Bob Smietana
  • What Will You Do Each Day to Make Our World—and Those Around You--Better?
    What if we challenged ourselves to shift our focus from self-improvement to fostering community? As what all too quickly happens, the New Year pizazz motivates us to make some positive changes or accomplishments with our lives and year ahead, and then quickly dims into tiredness, excuses, or disappointments as only about 8% of us actually […]
    Colleen Cooper
  • The Palms, the Temple, and the Nations
    What made Jesus explode in the Temple on Monday is actually related to his Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday. The black Baptists of the South are not known for their adherence to a liturgical calendar, but we do know Palm Sunday and Easter. Palm Sunday is the tremor before the earthquake of our resurrection celebration, […]
    Esau McCaulley