Don't Set Aside Your Differences, by Mike Lankford

Much of the time, we in the body of Christ have operated like a dysfunctional family. We have not always acknowledged and appreciated each other’s differences. 

Jesus prayed, “Father, make them one as We are one”. One of the things that makes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit one is that they have their own individuality but refuse to work independently without each other.

In the Moment, by Kim Farr

Is it possible to be in Jesus’ presence all the time?  “Keeping your eyes on Him” . . . what does that mean to you? 

When Jesus was talking to Nicodemus, He was on earth talking to him and in the Heavenly spirit realm at the same time (John 3:13). Jesus was, and is, always teaching us how to do everything He did—teaching us how to be on earth, doing what we do in everyday life, and yet dwelling in the Heavenly realm at the same time.

The Power of Faith, by Darrell Martin

Over the last few weeks, my family has been studying faith together: what it is, what it is not, how it comes, and how you release it. We have learned that faith works as you believe God’s Word in the very core of your being and speak God’s Word without doubting it.

So often, we get caught speaking words that are in direct opposition to God’s Word, and as a result, God’s Word has no effect in our circumstances. In short, I believe this is because we don’t understand the power that is in our words. To shed greater light on this and to increase our understanding, I’d like to share a revelation with you that I recently received as we were studying faith. 

Slaves to Sin or Slaves to Christ, by Pete Spinks

There are a lot of negative feelings and emotions when people hear the word “slave”. Why is that? Well, for obvious reasons, we know why that word carries a lot of weight. But, what did Paul mean when he says that he is a slave of Christ? Hopefully in the next few paragraphs I can help answer that question. 

Can We Be a Non-Reactive Vessel? by Chris Norman

It helps me to think in analogies, I like a little visual storytelling to stand alongside my conversation. 

So my question is this; can we be like the glass component of a reaction between God and the people around us? Further still, how do we remain non-reactive amidst our frustrations and pain?

Texas Strong VS. Heaven Strong, by Karis White

I was raised truly believing that the region of the country in which I was born entitled me to more strength and courage than someone born anywhere else.  Now, before you get aggravated, I understand that this thinking is completely absurd in the natural sense. But, when we are born again, we are born into the Kingdom of God.  Our nationality, our identity, our very inner self is completely transformed.

Transition Into Peace, by Tabitha Shumate

Transitioning into the unknown. This is what it felt like, graduating with my master’s degree this past May. I’ve been through several different types of transitions, but this one was the most different and felt very unfamiliar, which also caused unfamiliar insecurities to come forward.

One Mind & One Accord, by Joshua LaCoe

What is unity? One of the definitions (of many) listed in Webster’s Dictionary really put it straightforward: the quality or state of being made one. So, what does this mean for our church? And what does it mean for the church as a whole? I believe prophetically that God is calling us into a unity that will carry on beyond the current season we are in at Living Word.

Follow Me, by Jessica Howell

There’s a phrase that has been in my mind and heart the past several months, and it is simply, “Follow me.” Two simple words, but they stir so much within my soul. It brings the beauty of possibility, hope, expectation, and right alongside these thoughts and feelings creep in uncertainty, questioning, and even fear.

3 Reasons You Need a B-Team, by Bob Bevan

“Who are you to tell me what I need?”

Maybe that’s not what you are thinking, but a few years ago I might have if I saw this article.  But today? It is no exaggeration, I believe everyone needs a B-Team.

The obvious next question is, if this B-Team is so important, what in the world is it?

The Best Thing, by Demetria Patton

Can I let you in on a secret? If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you already have the best thing: Him. If you have yet to do so, let me let you in on another secret: Accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is the best thing you will ever do in this life. You will never regret it.

Football Players on a Baseball Field, by Mike Jones

What I understand from the vision is that Living Word Church is an Ephesians 6 church. They are a people that are well equipped and ready for an intense game, more challenging. The challenge, however, means that Living Word Church is switching to an unfamiliar model, one that doesn’t necessarily make sense given the normal framework of how things “ought to be done.”

A Lost Narrative, by Tina Richardson

For many of us, it is common practice to wear masks. We put up facades that hide who we truly are. We smile when we want to cry, and we push people away when we want to be held. Because at the core of it, we have been so hurt by people and events that we are crippled by fear of vulnerability. We don’t know how to be vulnerable.

Redemption, by Sierra Almy

God is good, all the time. A constant lesson in my life, but the conclusion I have come to every time. I always thought I was really good at trusting God. From a young age, I saw the Lord work out what I thought would be horrible situations into good things. I experienced His goodness first-hand and never really had a reason not to trust Him. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and worry, though, this was always quite the contradiction. I came to realize that I didn’t fully trust God as much as I thought I did.

Another Angle on Perception, by Betty Blackwell

God is. God is faithful. God is interested in me. He is also interested in you. Every experience is a step in the pathway to a priceless relationship with God even when it is hard, even when it hurts, even when we fail, fall, or royally mess up. Save the memories and see how God moves you along toward Him.

Love is in the Air! by David Gray

Jesus was hanging out in the temple one day sharing stories as he was prone to do. Pharisees, Sadducees, Priests and elders were systematically grilling him with difficult questions in an attempt to trip him up and catch him saying or teaching something wrong.  Jesus handily deflected the verbal arsenal as each inquiry was launched at him.  Finally, one particular Pharisee, who happened to be a lawyer, scrutinized him with yet one more question.