Francis V

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You Don’t Have to Be an Alpha Male to Plant a Church

Here’s a serious danger for ministers: having knowledge and skills that surpass your maturity.When I say maturity, I mean growing in spiritual …

4 Ways Sexual Sin Can Kill Your Marriage

When my husband, Sam, was in grade school, he heard some words around the lunch table he didn’t understand. But from the way the big kids chuckled …

Weakness and Failure Will Build Your Faith

There are so many things I wish someone could have told me at thirty, because at thirty I thought I had life figured out.I didn’t.Life turned upside …

If He Calls You, He Will Equip You

I married young. Just months after graduating from college, I wed my high school sweetheart, my best friend. We loaded the U-Haul with all our …

Parents, Take Note of the Spiritual Practices Common to Kids Who Flourish As Adults

Parents, don’t take the biblical proverb “train up a child” and treat it like a promise, assuming that if you do everything right in your parenting, …

The 7 Books That Taught Me How To Love Being Alone

We are taught that there is shame in being alone. For women, in particular, there lurks the implication that no one is ever willingly by themselves. …

Books

The Crucial Difference Between Spiritual Abuse and Spiritual Trials

Everywhere I turn, I hear someone angrily calling out controlling pastors, and it has to stop.<p>I often hear people use the term "spiritual abuse" when …

8 Signs Your Christianity Is Too Comfortable

In many parts of the world today, it can be easy to live a comfortable life as a Christian. Certainly where I live—in Orange County, California—this …

The Origins of the New Testament Canon

Evangelical Christianity

Making Sense of Scripture’s ‘Inconsistency’

I find it frustrating when I read or hear columnists, pundits, or journalists dismiss Christians as inconsistent because “they pick and choose which …

Let Death Teach You How to Live

Some of life’s greatest gifts are found in the strangest of places.Alex Zanardi won gold in the handcycling event at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de …

Why So Many Believers Don't Pray for Revival

As I have been praying for a heaven-sent visitation of God and for people to have a heart to pray for one, the Lord spoke to me four reasons why we …

7 Powerful Ways to Revive Your Time With God

Let me start out by saying that you're not the only one.<p>Maybe you're reading this right now thinking that you're the only Christian who has let their …

Trust Your Bible — Not Your Experience

If we confess Jesus as Lord, then we know we have the Spirit in us because the Bible says so. And we know we are saved if we confess because the …

3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Say ’Reading the Bible Is Easy’

In a valiant effort to get people into God’s Word, pastors and church leaders sometimes stress the simplicity and ease of Bible reading. We want to …

Preach the Word. Build the Church.

Popular agnostic Bart Ehrman, religious studies professor at UNC Chapel Hill, starts one of his courses with a class exercise.1 He begins, “How many …

Good Lovemaking Is About God

Years ago a friend named John met with a group of young men. He was the only married man at the time, and the rest were dabbling with pornography. In …

Should I Be Friends with My Ex?

I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. How could someone who told me he loved me and cherished me just walk away? I remember waking up in the morning and …

The Great Prize in Christian Dating

I got lots of things wrong in dating, but as I think back over my mistakes and failures — dating too young, jumping from relationship to …

No Bible, No Gospel, No Jesus

You cannot be “gospel-centered” or a “Jesus follower” if you don’t love the Bible. We only know Christ and the gospel in the written word.Watch Now

It Is Impossible to Read the Bible

Reading the Bible should always be a supernatural act.By “supernatural act,” I don’t mean that humans are supernatural. We are not God, and we are …

5 Gifts I’ve Found in My Singleness

If you had asked my 17-year-old self what one of my worst-case scenarios would be, being single into my 30’s would have been up there at the top.

Open Bible, Burning Hearts: Response to Andy Stanley

Now that Andy Stanley has responded so fully and helpfully to the critics of his sermon “The Bible Told Me So,” we may be able to sort out a few …

Why Single Is Not the Same as Lonely

It was the kind of e-mail that breaks your heart.<p>A friend of mine, who lives too far away, contacted me to say he was struggling to understand how …

Evangelical Christianity

Where are You Actually Placing Your Hope?

Hope is a dangerous word, because in today’s culture, it’s so drastically misunderstood.

Soul Mates: Bad Theology, False Expectations, and Deep Disappointment

ou want to know one reason why so many Christian marriages end up in divorce?

3 Ways to Pursue Purity in Your Dating Relationship

Have you ever started a dating relationship with good intentions to pursue sexual purity, yet within a few weeks you cross a line you promised you …

10 Scriptures That Say Jesus is Your One True Love

As a follower of Christ, I have the most faithful, attentive, romantic significant other ever: Jesus.

5 Things Singles Should Do on Valentine's Day

I always had a better Valentine’s Day when I was spending it with others rather than alone.

How to Date with Holiness, Honor, and Humility

You see, there is a point to boundaries. There is a motivation. The point is the glory of God!