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Seek the Lost: Sharing the Rest of the Story

Brandton and Katie Wood

Most all of us are familiar with Jesus’ famous parables of the lost sheep, lost coin, and lost son recorded in Luke 15. Many of us also recall Paul Harvey’s entertaining The Rest of the Story commentaries that aired for decades on radio stations across the nation.

As we explore this month’s theme of Seek the Lost, let’s combine those 2 examples to consider how we can effectively seek and reach the non-Christian population around us in today’s world.

Are You a Silent Christian?

woman with duct tape over her mouth

“I haven’t shared the gospel with anyone recently because _______.” Does this statement ring true for you? How would you fill in the blank?

Love Your Neighbors through Your Spiritual Gifts

young woman shoveling snow

“Can I bring you dinner tonight?” read the text from one of my friends. As I typed and retyped, I wasn’t sure whether I could accept such kindness. The immediate answer in my heart was “yes, please,” but my pride and my sense of not wanting to be a burden tempted me to say no.

Group Growth: Why Community Matters for Discipleship

young women reading Bibles at a Bible study

Community has always been essential in discipleship. In the Old Testament, the Israelites gathered collectively to hear the Word of God proclaimed. In this assembly, they were reminded how to live as God’s people and the great things He had done for them.

Be like Christ: How to Grow in Christlikeness

Young woman praying and worshipping outdoors in the evening

To be honest, I feel as if I am the last person who should be writing about Christlikeness. My sin has been evident today, illuminating the selfish, insecure, and harsh parts of my soul that, despite my efforts to crush them, still loom.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Nancy Potter*

Missionary Nancy Potter serves in Southeast Asia

Missionary Nancy Potter often sees God-sized miracles as she serves in Southeast Asia. “Oftentimes something that seems so simple becomes much more complicated on the mission field,” she says. An encounter with a female monkey she hoped would become a pet became the backdrop for a miracle.

How Can You Grow in Christlikeness?

Kerri Johnson with Graffiti 2 Works WorldCrafts artisans

What does it mean to grow in Christlikeness? The obvious answer is to continuously become more like Christ—in your attitudes and actions as well as in your interests and intents. Sounds like a daunting task, doesn’t it?

A Chaplain: “Being There” until the Last Breath

Chaplain David Carey and his family

“For me, God has taken away the sting of death,” says David Carey, a full-time hospice chaplain in Maine. “And because of that, I am able to minister to the spiritual needs of those who are terminally ill, along with their families.”

How to Use Your Gifts: Be You and Flourish

young woman with backpack in snow

I took a spiritual gifts test, one of those online tests where you answer 50 questions and it tells you what your gifts are, and to be honest, I didn’t entirely disagree. It told me mine were discernment, exhortation, faith, mercy, and administration.

Celebrating the Gift of God’s Grace and Second Chances

Margaret Roland portrait

When I contemplate God’s amazing grace, I am reminded of the Larnelle Harris song “God of the Second Chance,” which recalls how God made it possible for us to be born again through the saving work of Jesus.

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