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Feeling Troubled?

Feeling Troubled?

Three reasons peace can be yours todayBSF Content Development Director“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for...

Listening to His Voice

Listening to His Voice

Learning to hear God's voice through ScriptureGuest Contributor“For the word of God is living and powerful.”  (Hebrews 4:12)  My love of reading began early in life. My grandmother taught me to read when I was five years old. She and my grandfather lived right across...

6 Reflections for a Busy Christmas

6 Reflections for a Busy Christmas

Short devotionals from John 1:14From the Editorial TeamAfter a 90-mile journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, an exhausted mother-to-be felt the first pangs of childbirth. She knew her baby was special, a gift from God Himself, and this shining hope gave her strength. In...

What I Learned Praying For a Miracle

What I Learned Praying For a Miracle

What to pray when you are waiting for a miracleBSF Editorial ManagerPaul Wambi needed a miracle. Hospital monitors beeped in the background while his infant son, Matthew, fought for survival.   As a husband and father, Paul stood helpless.   “I stood at the hospital...

Relational Evangelism: Does It Work?

Relational Evangelism: Does It Work?

How to reach the people you love with gospel truthBSF Editorial AssistantEight-year-old Lakhvir Kaur listened to her friend Stephanie talk about Jesus like He was her best friend. He sounded so amazing that Lakhvir wondered if she could meet Him too. She kept her...

Knowing Jesus to Make Jesus Known

Knowing Jesus to Make Jesus Known

I love studying John’s Gospel. It was BSF’s John study that helped me see both truth and grace on display. I find it incredible how Jesus never shrinks back from truth for the sake of grace. Nor does He offer grace at the expense of truth.  As one who grew up with an...

The Secret to John’s Faith

The Secret to John’s Faith

How did this disciple persevere in a lifetime of adversity?If you could go back in time, what would you do differently? How have you matured? How have you changed? For each of us, time offers the benefit of hindsight. We learn from our mistakes, we strive to be...

The Prophets Remained Faithful, and We Can Too

The Prophets Remained Faithful, and We Can Too

And We Can TooGod’s call to be a Teaching Leader was so clear. Yet just three weeks into the new role, I was questioning my abilities with a trusted friend. I hoped she would say, “Hollie, you are doing just fine.” Instead she said, “That is not yours to judge. You...

A simple step toward justice and mercy

A simple step toward justice and mercy

A Simple Step toward Justice and MercyGod shaped Kelsey's heart for foster care.By Bennett Rolan, Editorial ManagerKelsey Anderson silently prayed as she held 18-month-old Jayden* for the last time.   “Lord, protect this little one. Help me to trust You with his...

“God Knew My Heart”

“God Knew My Heart”

"God Knew My Heart"Vera Abandoned God, but He Never Forgot HerBy Bethany Lockett — Editorial Assistant Vera Xu looked back on her past with amazement. For so long she pursued a lifestyle forsaking the God she knew as a child. But in that brokenness, God had a plan to...

A Simple Invitation

A Simple Invitation

A Simple InvitationSeeds Planted in Emmy's Life Grew into a Life TransformedBy Bennett Rolan — Editorial ManagerOn her wedding day, Emmy Josefson was given a Bible. Two months later, when she moved with her husband from Texas to Qatar, Emmy left her Bible behind.  “It...

How to Test Your Decisions

How to Test Your Decisions

How to Test Your DecisionsThree Questions to Ask Yourself When Facing Hard ChoicesBy Bethany Lockett — Editorial AssistantDan Lister faced an impossible situation. His decision might even cost him his job.     Because of a mistake made by the global business unit he...

A Story of Faith in Action

A Story of Faith in Action

A Story of Faith in ActionAs prison guards searched her belongings, fear and doubt threatened Ana Machado's resolve. God had called her to share His Word. He had opened too many doors at the Miami, Fla. correctional facility for her to turn back. What would she find...

“Thy Will” vs. “My Will” – Praying Like Jesus

“Thy Will” vs. “My Will” – Praying Like Jesus

"Thy Will" vs. "My Will"Praying Like JesusBy Sherry Thomas and Bethany LockettIn the early years of my marriage, conflict was frequent. Something as inconsequential as which direction the forks were placed in the dishwasher would result in a serious argument.I would...

Sharing the Easter Story

Sharing the Easter Story

Sharing the Easter StoryThe Easter story is troubling and thrilling. Jesus willingly submitted himself to betrayal and beatings, accusations and arrest, contempt and crucifixion and ultimately death. He could have stopped it, but He did not. Why? Because God himself,...

Grief, Guilt, and God’s Goodness

Grief, Guilt, and God’s Goodness

Grief, Guilt and God's GoodnessDiscovering God's comfort through a lifetime of griefBy Bethany Lockett - BSF Editorial AssistantAfter decades of grief and pain, Sandy Stubbs finally felt ready to share her story. During last year’s BSF Share Day, Sandy walked to the...

The Power of Humility

The Power of Humility

The Power of HumilityHow Jesus transforms our view of status in Matthew 18 By Karen McNary - BSF Director of Global Cultural Engagement and Community I was about 10 years old when I had my eyes examined for the first time. I was able to function in school and sports...

Pray for Christians in Nigeria

Pray for Christians in Nigeria

Bearing Persecution with JoyHow to Pray for Christians in NigeriaBy Bennett Rolan - BSF Editorial ManagerHalfway through his morning commute, Luka’s senses are on alert. As he walks through the streets of Jos, Nigeria, Luka scans his surroundings for subtle changes....

What is your greatest work?

What is your greatest work?

Our Greatest WorkExploring Jesus' Mission in Matthew 14By Joy Dahl - Guest ContributorAs we emerge from a long season of uncertainty and isolation, many of us still struggle with ongoing challenges and lingering questions:  How do you feel about the future?  How do we...

Sharing the Gospel With Family

Sharing the Gospel With Family

Sharing Faith with FamilyBy Bennett Rolan - BSF Editorial ManagerErin Levine’s heart broke for her husband, Tony.   Raised in a Jewish home, Tony believed in God and prayed during important events, but exploring Christianity wasn’t a priority. As a successful college...

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