I Can Do It All

 Guest Post by Edie Melson: I met Edie at the Blue Ridge Christian Writer’s Conference last year, and she made a huge impact in my life. She loves the Lord, has a heart for people, and knows how to encourage others. When I asked her to be a guest blogger, she graciously said yes, and I’m thrilled to be able to share her words of wisdom with you. I can do all things through Christ who

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A Biblical Example of Discipleship

Are you considering discipling someone but not sure what that looks like? In 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12, Paul demonstrated through his relationship with the Thessalonians what a discipleship relationship should look like. He related to the Thessalonians in four ways: (1) He related to them as a mother in 2:7. “But we proved to be gentle among you, as a nursing mother tenderly cares for her own children.” The characteristics of a mother-child relationship are gentleness, tenderness,

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The Names of God

God has given me a passion for writing Bible studies. As the Women’s Ministry Director at First Evangelical Church in Memphis, I get to do that as part of my job. Last year I had the opportunity to write a study on the names of God for our Women’s Bible study. Yes, I know… there are  several studies already out on the names of God, but they weren’t the right fit for where I wanted

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Cat and Dog Theology

              Have you heard the phrase “cat and dog theology”? There is actually a book by that title written by Bob Sjogren and Gerald Robison. Most of us have probably owned a cat or dog or been around one at some point in our lives. It is obvious there is a big difference between the way dogs and cats view life and relationships. It has been said that dogs

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God, Don’t You Remember?

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by guilt over past sin(s)? You know Jesus died for your sins, but perhaps you still have trouble grasping that you are truly forgiven. Years ago I heard the story of a “conversation” between God and “Sally.” It made such an impact on me that I still remember it vividly to this day.  It went something like this: Sally: God, I feel so bad about what happened a few years ago. I

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Are Trials Really Worth It?

Are you in the middle of a trial and desperately want out? James 1:2-4 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” If you understand the purpose of trials, then you will be able to count it all joy because you know what God

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Press On to Spiritual Maturity

Some of you may be floundering in your faith today or struggling with pressing on in a specific season of life. You may be a young mom who is exhausted, a caregiver who is worn out, a wife in a difficult marriage. Perhaps you are in a job that is requiring more from you than you can handle, or you are fighting a sickness or disease. These challenges can hinder you from pressing on to

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Questions about Discipleship

I often find that people want to disciple someone, but they are held back by fears and a feeling of inadequacy. “What do I do with them? What if they ask me a question I can’t answer?” The purpose of this website is to provide resources to help you disciple others. Today I’m going to address some of the questions I’m often asked about discipleship. Do I need to have a natural affinity for the

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Quiet Time With God

In the midst of a hectic, busy world, we need to find time each day to slow down and meet with God. I’ve had people ask, “What do I do in a quiet time alone with God?” It’s a great question. When I was a junior at LSU, Bonnie (my discipler) took me with her one morning to the Chapel on campus and let me “participate” in her quiet time. It gave me first-hand experience

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Can I Miss God’s Will?

This has been an incredibly difficult season of life for me, especially in the past two months. My 97-year-old mother has been in and out of the hospital and doctors’ offices quite frequently and it has consumed my life. Don’t get me wrong – I love being able to spend this special time with mom in the remaining years of her life, but it’s been hard. Roles have been reversed, and I’m the parent now. I have

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