Resources by Topic: Salvation & My New Identity

The God Factor

Without the God Factor my schedule would overwhelm me, criticism would destroy me, and life would overtake me. I owe my life to the God Factor. …

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The Gospel and Eeyore

While I was never a big fan of that mopey donkey, Eeyore, I never imagined how the shadow of gloom in his world would one day permeate my own life. …

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The Grace Ambulance

God's grace is like an ambulance that races to the point of our need the minute a call for help is made. But if we don't call, the ambulance doesn't come. …

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The Idolatry of Numbers

I hate math, but sometimes I act as if numbers are my thing. I'm guilty of counting "likes" on my Instagram post, RSVPs to my party, and visitors to my blog. …

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The Odd (Wo)Man Out

I've always felt like I am the odd one out . . . like everyone else is on the inside and I’m standing outside pleading to be let in. …

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2 Letters to My Landlord

One month as I sat down to write my landlord a note to accompany my rent check, I tried slipping God into my talk of cable cords, nail holes, and trashcans. . . …

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Who Am I, Lord?

Through the years, I transitioned into and out of many identities: wife, daughter, mom, psychologist, author, friend, and radio personality. …

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Will You Give Me Grace?

This little girl was slumped in her chair looking hopeless and defeated. Her dark eyes met mine and she hesitantly whispered, “Will you give me grace?”  …

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You're a Power House!

It’s so easy to SAY I believe God’s Spirit lives in me, but as I examine my life, it’s obvious I don’t, because my daily living just doesn’t reflect His power. …

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Why I Write

With so many words already circling the stratosphere, I often stare down this question: "Why should I keep writing?" …

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Am I a Failure?

Are you grappling with discouraging failure? Know that you are defined not by failure, but by the victory of the cross. …

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The Tempting Apple of Ambition

We're all tempted by the desires of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life to find significance—but in Christ, we don't have to chase after applause. We rest in His finished work. …

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Breath and Dependence

I am physically, mentally, and spiritually dependent on the Lord God for every single thing—right down to the most basic function of being alive—the need to breathe. …

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The Antidote for Apathy

The moment our salvation becomes ordinary, we open the door for something else to captivate our hearts: apathy toward God and the gospel. …

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A Thirsty Woman

Do you seek to satisfy the thirst of your heart in ways that are dishonoring to God? The Lord is seeking to fill the void of our hungry souls with Himself. …

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A Whole New You

For the first time, I understood Jesus didn't die to forgive me of my sin and leave me in it. He died to forgive and to free me from the power of sin! …

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Birthday Treasures

One of the occasions I make a big deal about each year is May 14, 1963--the day when as a young girl I first consciously trusted the Lord Jesus to save me. …

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Blanketed by Grace

A snow-blanketed junk yard or trash heap looks as beautiful as rolling hills or a forest because all you can see is the snow. The same is true in our lives. …

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Cherish Grace

It's easy to cast ourselves among the few who, like Mary Magdalene, were appalled by the cross, isn't it? But C.J. Mahaney makes a compelling case otherwise. …

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Forgiven Much

When Simon the Pharisee invited Jesus to a dinner party at his house. Jesus came, but from the moment he stepped in the door, it was obvious how “welcome” he really was . . . …

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Grace Revisited

My eyes filled with tears as I whispered, “Really, Lord? It’s grace I need? It’s grace You’re whispering to this heart overwhelmed by circumstances and sin?” …

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Illogical Easter

A magnificent exchange of the blood of the perfect On for all of my deep, dark, even secret ugly sins seems, well, illogical and unfair. Isn't more required? …

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Is Jesus Smiling at You?

Imagine if Jesus were to suddenly show up. . . . The resurrected Savior is standing in the midst of your daily reality with His eyes fixed intently on you. …

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Noah, The Gospel, and Hell

Today I want to share several videos with you. If I could, I’d make homemade caramel popcorn for you to munch on (my personal movie tradition) as you watch... …

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Rain

The added rumble of thunder--without the threat of a lightning storm--only adds to the afternoon drama. …

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Safe!

In a secluded area of a hotel, I came face to face with a suspicious looking man twice my size. My instinctive radar shot off alarming distress signals. …

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Something Good Theology

As a young girl, I enjoyed watching Captain Von Trapp and Maria in The Sound of Music discover their love for each other and thinking, “Wow! How romantic!” …

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Striving and Soul Rest

I see you there, crumpling up that sheet of paper, tossing it into the waste basket and wondering if anything good will come out of your life. …

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Beyond the Masquerade

The Christian life can feel like a big game . . . trying to become someone so that God will notice you. God died not only to save you from sin, but to rescue you from the meaninglessness of this world's definition of your significance. Dr. Juli Slattery will challenge you from her journey to find God's love and break ...

Dr. Juli Slattery Dr. Juli Slattery The Christian life can feel like trying to become someone so that God will notice you. God died to save you from sin and to rescue you from meaninglessness.  Continue Reading 

Vicki’s Gnawing Emptiness (Profile Video)

Growing up in New York City, Vicki had always thought that being rich, famous, and in Women's Wear Daily would bring happiness and fulfillment. But after all those things had happened, she was still empty.

Vicki Rose Vicki Rose Vicki had always thought that being rich and famous would bring happiness and fulfillment. But after all those things had happened, she was still empty.  Continue Reading 

Clara Nathalie’s Story (Profile Video)

God's Word prevailed to heal and restore the soul of a young woman whose life had undergone much destruction. (Note: This message is in Spanish and has subtitles in English.)

Revive Our Hearts Revive Our Hearts God's Word prevailed to heal and restore the soul of a young woman whose life had undergone much destruction.  Continue Reading 

Finding Christ in an Unlikely Place

Jennifer Smith shares her powerful testimony of the freedom she found when Christ awakened her to the gospel while incarcerated—when her sin collided with the cross. Jennifer then joins a panel of women who also came to know the Lord while serving sentences at McPherson’s Women Prison in Arkansas. Watch them share their radical life-change stories.

Jennifer J. Smith Jennifer J. Smith Jennifer Smith shares her story of the freedom she found when Christ awakened her to the gospel while incarcerated.  Continue Reading