A Call to Fast and Pray – 3 Ways to Fast

A Call to Fast and Pray - 3 Ways to Pray

By Melissa McLaughlin The first time I participated in a time of prayer and fasting was in high school. In order to raise awareness and raise money to fight world hunger, our church youth group organized a sleepover at the church that included a time of prayer and fasting. This afforded us the opportunity to … Read more

Seeking Racial Justice and Healing in Christ

Seeking Racial Justice and Healing in Christ

By Melissa McLaughlin Another gruesome and wicked act of racial injustice carried out in our land. My heart dropped. My stomach sickened. My body heaved with grief. How did we get here, Lord? How can we bring justice, Lord? How can we bring healing, Lord? What is our response? Stealing, Killing, Destroying? Some have chosen … Read more

My Prayer for the World at Such a Time as This

We are living in a time we could never have imagined. The world and its systems have come to a screeching halt. Businesses, schools, churches, activities, travel have all been put on hold. In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus pandemic turned the spotlight on the fragility of our lives. The simple truth of our limited time is exposed, in plain sight, glaringly visible. All of a sudden, we are faced square on with the undeniable truth that we are but human, mere dust of the earth.

With this new, yet longstanding reality taking center stage, may we pray with fresh awareness that only God is God. Truly, our tomorrows on this earth are not promised. Here is my prayer for the world at such a time as this.

Jesus’ Teaching on Prayer – 3 Parables

jesus teaching on prayer 3 parables

By Melissa McLaughlin We all love a good story! I have an uncle who can tell a story like nobody’s business. Complete with animated facial expressions, exuberant gestures and winsome voice inflection. The listeners are always captivated and waiting for the punchline at the end. Jesus knew the power of a good story and used … Read more

How Did Jesus Pray? The Model Prayer

How Did Jesus Pray? The Model Prayer

By Melissa McLaughlin Close Communication Who is your closest friend? Our closest friends are typically those with whom we share our deepest aches, goofiest moments and most candid thoughts. We rest in their love for us knowing they will enjoy the high points, cry with us in the low points and gently but honestly correct … Read more

Passing By

Christian poem Passing By

By Melissa McLaughlin Lord, let me not pass by Let me not pass by without a glance at Your glory Your splendor Your majesty Your golden voice singing, “See what I have made, For joy For wonder For awe For beauty So you can gaze And not pass by My gentle touch Waiting for you … Read more

3 Prayers of Hope

3 Prayers of Hope

By Melissa McLaughlin Ever had one of those days? Whether you are taking your first few steps to follow Christ or you have traveled myriad miles in your walk with Him, there are days when it feels we simply cannot take one more step. Days when it seems impossible to put one foot in front … Read more

Strength in Surrender

Strength in Surrender Story of Nehemiah

Strength in Surrender. The story of Nehemiah is one that grabs my heart every time. From beginning to end, I see a man of strength through surrender. Though surrendered leadership seems an oxymoron, when we are surrendered to the Lord, it becomes our greatest strength. Read the amazing story of Nehemiah and the remnant of Israel rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem after Babylonian captivity. It is God’s miraculous hand moving through people surrendered completely to Him.

The Time Between Time: Two Extraordinary Moments in God’s Story

The Time Between Time Two Extraordinary Moments in God's Story

Have you ever wondered about the time between time. Two extraordinary moments in God’s story. Two pauses when God is silent. The first is the 400 years between Malachi and the birth of Christ. The second is from the end of Revelation until Christ’s return. And so…here we are. Right here, right now. In the time between time. What does this mean? How should we live?