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Johnnyswim - Touching Heaven
Video of the Day

Johnnyswim - “Touching Heaven” from the album Georgica Pond. 

Prayer for the Day

Living Word of God, speak to me and reveal the hidden places of my heart. Empower me to take the steps your Word points me to, so I can live in your blessing. 

Racial Difference Without Division
Current Happenings

In recent years, I’ve heard this unusual comment: “I hear you know how to talk to white people about being white.” Now, the funny thing is: I’m not white. I’m ethnically Korean.

As a Korean American woman, I’ve spent the past several years traveling across the country, training Christian leaders on how to engage in cross-cultural ministry and steward their ethnic identities for the sake of the gospel.

This journey started for me with a Korean Christian fellowship at MIT. I came to...

How to Be Busy but in Balance
Current Happenings

You know that famous saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun?” Well, in my experience, that’s just not the case. Time flies regardless of whether I am enjoying myself or not. Finding a way to accomplish every line item on my to-do list and trying to keep my calendar in order day in and day out can be quite a challenge. Perhaps that’s true for you as well.

Like most people, I am always working to accomplish one thing: balance. Don’t get me wrong, work is central to a...

Hamburger Stroganoff
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

½ cup minced onion

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 clove garlic, minced

1 lb. Fresh mushrooms (or 1 eight ounce can)

¼ cup butter and 3 tablespoons of butter

5 tablespoons flour

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/2 cup milk

1 lb. Ground beef

1 cup sour cream

salt and pepper to taste

We’ll begin by sautéing a half cup of minced onion and a clove of garlic in a couple tablespoons of butter while we brown a pound of ground beef in a different skillet. Once we’ve browned and drained the meat, we’ll add it to our onions...

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

Inspirational Quote

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. 

John Piper

Prayer for the Day

Father, I want to keep my eyes on Jesus. Help me and give me grace to consciously turn my eyes away from my problems and the things of this world to the one upon whom my faith depends from start to finish. In the name above all names, Amen. 

Author Chat: Samuel Parker
Author/Musician Interview

Title of your most recent book:  Coldwater. It releases January 2, and is available for pre-order now!

What do you love to write and what inspired you to start?  

I started writing at the age of 7.  My second grade teacher was a writer herself, and so encouraged me to write stories.  Most of what I wrote back then were simple adventure stories in the vein of Indiana Jones rip-offs, or as I came to learn, H. Rider Haggard stories.

How and where do you write? 

I usually write on...

Tips for Growing Great Kids #200
Parents Place

by Cheri Fuller

Read a book of Japanese haiku poems and then show your child how to write this simple form of poetry: The first line is five syllables; the second line is seven syllables, and the third is five.

Cheri Fuller is a gifted speaker and award-winning author of over 45 books—including her newest, Dangerous Prayer: Discovering Your Amazing Story in the Eternal Story of God (Barbour Books). Having been awarded the Gold Medallion for her coauthored book and twice the Silver Medallion, Cheri’s works have sold well over one million copies and impacted people both in the U.S. and around the world. Order Dangerous Prayer from www.amazon.com.

Inspirational Quote

When God puts His Spirit inside you, your body becomes a temple of God, a residence for His love.

--Rick Warren

Fall’s Favorite Spice Tea
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

1 cup instant tea

2 cups lemonade mix

2 cups Tang instant breakfast drink

1 cup sugar (optional)

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. allspice

We’ll begin by measuring out a cup of instant tea, two cups of lemonade mix, and one cup of sugar. We’ll mix this up with a teaspoon each of ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and allspice. Then we’ll put it in a dry container and store it in the pantry. Now, when you want a great cup of spice tea, just heat a mug full of water and stir in...

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

Inspirational Quote

“A gracious person holds the golden bridle of temperance; he takes his food as a medicine to heal the decays of nature, that he may be fitter, by the strength he receives, for the service of God.”

Thomas Watson 

Prayer for the Day

God, just as you were faithful to this missionary, you promise to be for me. I surrender my fears and trust in you to see me through. Grant me grace to praise and thank you this day and to see your glory, no matter what!

Inspirational Quote

Holiness is produced within us as we present ourselves to our Creator and Redeemer. This is our personal act of spiritual worship. 

--Steve Arterburn 

Broccoli and Cheese Cornbread
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

8 ounces of sour cream

4 eggs

1 cup cheddar cheese (grated)

1 (10 ounce) package chopped and frozen broccoli

2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix (7.5 ounce boxes)

Half stick of butter

I’ve gotten a head start by cooking one 10 ounce package of chopped and frozen broccoli in the microwave with a couple tablespoons of water. Now we’ll take a large bowl and stir our broccoli together with 2 boxes of Jiffy cornbread mix, 8 ounces of sour cream, four beaten eggs and a cup of cheddar cheese. Last step—...

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

Inspirational Quote

“As the silkworm, when she weaves her curious work, hides herself under the silk, and is not seen; so when we have done anything praiseworthy, we must hide ourselves under the veil of humility, and transfer the glory of all we have done to God.”

--Thomas Watson 

An Interview with Sheila Walsh
Author/Musician Interview

How can the spiritual disciplines of confession, prayer, and Scripture meditation form a daily connection to Jesus to help women in their mental health struggles?

In the following question-and-answer, Sheila Walsh (@SheilaWalsh) talks to Bible Gateway about her book, In the Middle of the Mess: Strength for This Beautiful, Broken Life.


You write openly about your father’s and your own mental health struggles. Why did you decide to be so vulnerable in your book?

Sheila Walsh: When...

Inspirational Quote

We have the profound honor, as Christians, to bear the Spirit of God within our very hearts. Because His Spirit dwells in us, we are not our own! This should change both how we view and treat our bodies, and also what we use them for.

-- Phylicia Masonheimer

Nourish My Day

Oh Lord our God, you are higher than the heavens and your voice shakes the earth. When all around me are dazed by the surprising shakings, help me trust in you and your eternal plan. Only ou are worthy of trust, praise, honor, and glory. 

In Training
Discipleship Moment

by Paul Kent

The following comes from Paul Kent’s The Real Force: A 40-Day Devotional.

The great Jedi master of Star Wars fame, Yoda, argued that Luke Skywalker needed more training to evade the dark side of the Force. The evil way had seduced Darth Vader and the emperor, and they in turn would certainly use it on their inexperienced opponent. There would be no “quick and easy path,” Yoda said, to Jedihood.

Nor is there a quick and easy path to Christian maturity. We who have believed in...

Paul Muckley, who writes under the pseudonym Paul Kent, has authored eight books and contributed to many more. His goal is to spur interest in the Bible for readers of all ages and backgrounds. His most recent book is The Real Force, a 40-day devotional identifying biblical parallels to characters, events, and themes in the epic Star Wars saga.

Homemade Caramel Corn
Dinner Table Worthy Recipe

by Shellie Rushing Tomlinson

4 quarts popped corn

2 cups dry roasted nuts

1 and 1/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup butter

2/3 cup dark corn syrup

1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

The first thing I’ve done is pop up four quarts of pop corn in the microwave. That’s four quarts (or 16 cups) of already popped corn! So, don’t pop 4 quarts of kernels unless you want to feed your whole cheering section in the stands. Here’s a tip—it’s about 3 of the 3 ounce bags of microwave popcorn. Oh, okay. Now that we have that straight, we’ll pour...

Shellie Rushing Tomlinson is a Jesus loving, humor-gathering author, speaker, and radio host known as The Belle of All Things Southern. Shellie believes "The whole world stops for a story." She lives in Louisiana and stacks her stories up at All Things Southern.com

Inspirational Quote

We have a wonderful opportunity to worship God throughout the day. We belong to Him, and he swells within us. This is good reason to treat ourselves well: We honor God by caring for His temple. 

--Steve Arterburn 

Prayer for the Day

Lord, grant me the faith of a child, the assurance that you are good and you are in control, and the grace to believe and welcome your promises into my life. 

Prayer for the Day

Blessed be your name, oh Lord, for providing a way into intimate relationship with you. Words can't express my gratefulness and awe!

Date Night Ideas: Have an Appreciation Date
Date Night Ideas

by David & Claudia Arp

According to a poll taken several years ago, three things Americans value the most are family relationships, good health, and faith in God. Amazingly, material possessions, wealth, and fame were way down on the list.

What would be on your list today? Probably all would list healthy relationships—so why not look to ways to affirm what you appreciate each other? Have an Appreciation Great Date.

Take some time to prepare for your date. Think about and write down your thoughts about the...

Claudia and David Arp, MSW, share a passion for helping couples build great marriages through fun, relationship-building dates. The Arps introduced the dating concept when dating wasn’t cool. Today their 10 Great Dates® brand of resources including books, DVD-based programs and seminars, are popular nationally and internationally. www.10greatdates.org 


Prayer for the Day

Lord, thank you for caring about all the details in our lives and for supplying the wisdom we need to do life, parenting, work, and relationships. Thank you that long before we loved you, you loved us!

Prayer for the Day

Thank you, Lord our God, that you promise to be with us, to help us, and never fail or forsake us! We can take refuge in you and count on your goodness and mercy all the days of our lives. 

An Interview with Barnabas Piper
Author/Musician Interview

Christianaudio.com recently sat down with Barnabas Piper to discuss his audiobook, The Curious Christian. The full interview and audio can be found on their blog. Enjoy!

Curiosity is such a childish word, right?

Not so fast. Just because we grow up doesn’t mean we should lose our wonder at the world, or the people around us. When we do, we lose so much because curious is how God made us to be.

Without curiosity a Christian’s life is incomplete. His relationship with God is...

When Combat Trauma Tests a Marriage
Current Happenings

“I feel like a silent warrior,” a fellow military wife told me. “I don’t want people to think badly of him. They have no idea what he’s been through. But they also have no idea what I’m going through.”

Though she felt isolated, this military spouse was far from alone. Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) disability claims by military veterans have soared to over 940,000 cases. More concerning is the fact that many veterans are unlikely to speak up about their symptoms due to...

Inspirational Quote

“The only true satisfaction we can seek is the satisfaction of being obedient to the Lord.” 

― Lysa TerKeurst

Prayer for the Day

Lord, may we never forget your amazing deeds. Grant us faith and grace to share them with others, and fill us with praise. 

Watch Tori Kelly’s Incredible Cover of Hillsong United’s ‘So Will I (100 Billion X)’
Video of the Day

Grammy-nominated pop singer  Tori Kelly has teamed up with the Bible app YouVersion to record an incredible cover of the Hillsong United song “So Will I (100 Billion X).”

As YouVersion explains in the video description, she also recorded “an exclusive four-day YouVersion Bible Plan called ‘A Heart of Worship.’”

Click through to view the video and continue reading!

How to Transform Ministry Disappointment into Hope
Current Happenings

Wen I was in seminary, one of the professors told us aspiring pastors that we should never expect to have close friends in the churches we lead. It is always best, the professor said, to seek out friendships with people who are not part of our church families.

Having now served for 18 years in pastoral ministry, I resist the professor’s advice. I can safely say that my closest friends are from the church I serve as pastor, and they have been in previous churches as well.

Click through to...

4 Ideas Changing Church for the Better
Current Happenings

Laurence became disillusioned with church during his sophomore year of college. Despite squeezing in a Sunday worship service most weeks, something wasn’t clicking. So week by week, his attendance grew less and less frequent. Until he just quit.

For the next couple of years, Laurence would occasionally drop in on a church, usually sitting in the back, critical of everything. He’d leave even more discouraged.

When his fiancée moved to town, they decided it was time to pick up the search...

Inspirational Quote

We can teach our whole self—spirit, mind, and body—to be godly. It involves action, like the daily surrender of our will to God’s, meditation on his truths, and getting education about how to nourish our bodies.

- Steve Arterburn 

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