Remind me

By Shawn McMullen    Memorial Day honors the memory of the men and women who died serving the United States. We owe them a great debt, and it’s only fitting that we have a national holiday to remind us each year of their sacrifice—a sacrifice American citizens can’t afford to forget. In a similar way, […]

The ugliness of anger

By Shawn McMullen    For some time, I’ve been asking the Lord to bring to light every area of my life, great or small, that doesn’t conform to his holy will. As he makes these areas known to me, I ask the Holy Spirit’s help to put to death every misdeed of the body (see Romans […]

The church at prayer

By Shawn McMullen  Commissioned by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the early church enjoyed “the favor of all the people” (Acts 2:47). This favor was short lived, however. As early as Acts chapter 4 the church began to fall on hard times. Peter and John were imprisoned for healing a disabled man and […]

Honoring your minister

By Shawn McMullen    Although we’re halfway through October, you and your congregation still have time to honor your minister and staff during Clergy Appreciation Month. Since 1994, when Clergy Appreciation Month was first introduced by Focus on the Family, churches across the country have designated a Sunday in October to honor those who serve […]

The priority of the poor

The Editor’s Desk by Shawn McMullen God cares about the poor: “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap” (Psalm 113:7). He warns against mistreating them: “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God” (Proverbs 14:31). He […]