Reformation Women, God’s Strength in the Cancer Battle, and More

5 Lessons from Reformation Women

If you’ve enjoyed Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s interview on Revive Our Hearts this week, be sure to check out this article about other women who lived during the Protestant Reformation. You may recognize names such as Katharina von Bora, the nun who later married Martin Luther, but you’ll also be introduced to other women who “didn’t teach from pulpits . . . [but] from printing presses, throne rooms, and hospitable homes. Here are five things we can learn from these mothers in the faith.” Read this post.

Risk Your Kids for the Kingdom? On Taking Children to Unreached Peoples

For a parent, there may be no greater fear than the thought of losing a child, but John Piper says, “There are things vastly worse than death. Wasting your life is worse than losing it.” Does that mean Christian couples should include their children in potentially dangerous missions to take the gospel to unreached people groups? Yes, Piper says, “because the cause is worth the risk, and the children are more likely to become Christ-exalting, comfort-renouncing, misery-lessening exiles and sojourners in this way than by being protected from risk in the safety of this world.” Read this post.

Redeem Halloween: Being Missional on Fright Night

On October 31, Kelly Needham says, “We will turn our porch lights on, set out a sign, and hand out king-sized candy bars to hundreds of kids, moms, dads, and teens. Some will grumble that we receive sinners. But they said this of Jesus, too.” As Kelly explains, “Halloween is a day that Satan has intended for evil, but we are leveraging it for the good of others through sharing the gospel and the glory of God by pointing to His grace.” How can your family shine a light in the darkness this Halloween? Read this post.

How God Has Upheld Connie Dever

“How would you handle physical suffering if it persisted for years? What would you learn? What would happen to your joy? Your prayers? Your faith? These questions became deeply real to Connie Dever . . . when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in December 2013.” Since then, Connie has said that she has not wanted to “waste a speck of this trial;” instead, her goal has been to “know God so intimately that [she] could laugh at the days ahead, looking to God’s bountiful resources instead of [her] puny ones to meet them.” Here she shares what God has done through her cancer journey. Read this post.


How to regard single people in the church today is a knotty question, writes Janie B. Cheaney, “but the answers should be clear. And with more singles in the pews, they should be forthcoming.” In this post, she explains that “singles need the church . . . But the church also needs them, and not just as nursery help or cleanup crew. The church needs single teachers, organizers, and administrators who are faithfully navigating a course marked by its own forms of temptation.” Read this post.

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Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep

Katie Laitkep is a hospital teacher, a seminary student, and a Lyme patient living in Texas, where God continuously sustains her through Scripture, dry shampoo, and Mexican food. She blogs her journey through medical treatment at with the hope that her words will be a picture of the Lord’s perfect faithfulness in chronic pain; for even in suffering, God is good.

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