relationship

Prayer is unity

How Does Prayer Connect Us to God? Part 3

Prayer is one of the most intimate forms of worship in which we open our hearts to God, to be able to grow and mature in the faith.

Prayer is a gift

How Does Prayer Connect Us to God? Part 2

Prayer is a gift that allows leaders to come before God while God renews their mind and transforms them to be good and acceptable before God.

Prayer Connecting Us to God

How Does Prayer Connect Us to God?

How does prayer connect us to God? Prayer is how we communicate with God and how He in return communicates back to us.

Is peace lost or missing among us today?

Is Peace Lost or Missing Among Us Today?

Is peace lost or missing among us today? Your desire is for relationship. Your desire is to restore and renew relationship.

Beyond Summer Camps – Third Place (tie)

Since I’ve been a teenager growing up in the Church, summer youth camps have always been the “spiritual high” in my Christian walk. I always looked forward to them and couldn’t wait for next year. When I left camp, I felt a void in my heart. There was a weird feeling when I left my […]

Serving in Hope

My childhood memories of many sermons in church were from men who seemed angry about a lot of things. They preached long and hard about world conditions and the imminent battle of Armageddon. I greatly feared the nations of Gog and Magog! Late at night, I thought I could hear those evil armies crashing over […]

The Priesthood

The theme of reconciliation is as old as humanity itself. Because of sin, humans damaged their relationship not only with God but also with their neighbor. Because of the Fall, communion between Adam and Eve was lost, giving rise to individualism. Both covered themselves with fig leaves, which they had not needed before: “I was […]

First Word – Peace and Pieces

Greetings, BA readers! It’s an exciting new year, and we have an exciting new theme to go with it. Following our Great Commission focus last year, 2020 is dedicated to what the apostle Paul called the “ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:14-21). We have all year to explore this profound and demanding text, but here’s […]

Relationship-Fueled Leaders

Let’s face it. When a Christian leader considers their ministry to-do list, it’s the equivalent of swiping through a newsfeed on a smartphone. Barring Jesus’ return, that list is never, ever going to end. To press the metaphor further, there’s a word for getting so lost in your smartphone that you ignore the physical people […]

No Regrets

I toss my gym bag over my shoulder and head for the exit at the rec center. Normally I tune out sounds from the racquetball court as I pass by it. But this day, the squeaks from shoes on a polished floor and the ricochet of a slammed ball make me stop. My mind suddenly […]