2017 Top Ten Books From The S4U Staff

2017 is coming to a close! We leave 2017 with full hearts and look forward to what the Lord has in store for 2018! As we look back through the year, there are many things we can celebrate and many things we have learned. We are thankful for many Christian writers who share their wisdom with the church. Here […]

Reignite Your Prayer Life

How’s your prayer life? Hardly any question — unless perhaps if someone asks about your evangelistic efforts — can cause more chin-dropping, foot-shuffling embarrassment for Christians than asking about their prayer life. Why is that? Why do so many followers of Jesus suffer with such unsatisfying prayer lives and consider themselves hopelessly second-rate Christians because […]

The Serious Business of Heaven: Finding Joy in God

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will […]

Bearing One Another’s Burdens: Disabilities and the Local Church

According to a 2010 study by the Kessler foundation, people with disabilities are less likely than people without disabilities to attend church. Ironically, the Americans with Disabilities Act may be partly to blame. Enacted in 1990 with the intention of protecting people with disabilities and fostering greater inclusion, the ADA made one telling exception: religious […]

10 Reasons Your Family Needs a Mission Statement

I get lost in my own neighborhood. I have no sense of direction. Worse, I have too much pride to ask. Someone told me that this was the curse on man and I got an extra handout. It makes me wonder if the real reason God made Eve was to help poor Adam find his […]

Strength in the Midst of Miscarriage

A couple of years ago a girl I knew faced a period of tremendous heartache with miscarriage, infertility, and the late pregnancy loss of her baby girl. As she commented on her period of grief she remarked that it was really hard for her when people told her that she must be a strong person […]

He is Lord Over the Storm: Devastation and Hope

Thursday, August 24th, 2017, was an epic day for me. I was moving into my very first place all by myself. For years I had lived with either my parents or roommates and now I was finally on my own. I took months deciding on a color scheme, picking out towels, figuring out how I […]

History Matters: The Early Church for Contemporary Christians

Perhaps one of the greatest ills within evangelical Christianity is its amnesia related to the early Church. If amnesia is too strong, then certainly there has been a major neglect of this era of the church’s history among modern day evangelicals. Contrary to this notion, the theology and events of the ancient church is a […]

God Is Our Refuge

Psalm 46 – [1] God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. [2] Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, [3] though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. [4] There is […]

We Love Them Both: A Conversation about Adoption

Adoption is an amazing picture of the gospel. It greatly displays the idea that families are not formed by blood alone. It’s beautiful to see families made up of different races and ethnicities, mirroring the body of Christ. Adoption, however, does have it challenges. Recently, Noah and Brandy Lee shared about one of those challenges […]

The Witness of not Performing an Abortion

When I was in medical school, I loved my rotation on the Labor and Delivery Ward. I worked with some outstanding obstetricians who modeled compassionate medical care and gave hands-on training. To divvy up the training opportunities, the other med students and I worked out a rotating system in which we all took turns joining […]

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