Embracing Jesus changes hearts — and lives. That’s the lesson author Ericka Andersen learned after she met her now-husband, Rick, discovered his backstory and then watched God move in his life in stunning fashion. After growing up in an intensely abusive household and later suffering from the results of that treatment, Rick found Jesus — and his life was never the same.
The nation continues to experience a deep divisiveness — a splintering that has impacted families, friendships and everyday dialogues. Christians are uniquely tasked with the command to love God — and love others. And in an era when this is becoming increasingly difficult, it’s important to explore the ins and outs of compassionate discussions and interactions.
Tithing is one of the most common Christian traditions. Simply defined, it is the practice of giving a portion of one’s earnings to the church in an effort to help pay for expenses and build God’s kingdom. There’s a great deal of discussion and debate surrounding the practice, with questions about the percentage required, the frequency of offerings, among other related issues.
Some adoption stories start off with both parents knowing they are called to adopt, but others need a little more nudging. Though Joel and Samantha Brandt are now working on their second United States adoption, it wasn’t that long ago that Joel insisted he’d never adopt. But God works on our hearts gently and over time.