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The Working Woman's Dilemma

Even today, some church leaders tell Christian women that God wants them to stay at home. But what does the Bible really say?

In the small town of Berryville, in northwest Arkansas, members of the board at First Baptist Church voted in February 1997 to close their church-run day-care center. They made the abrupt decision not because the facility was too expensive to operate or because they didn't have enough children enrolled. The official reason, as stated in a letter that was mailed to parents, was that church leaders felt their day-care center was encouraging women to work outside the home.

"God intended for the home to be the center of a mother's world," the letter from First Baptist stated, adding that working moms "neglect their children, damage their marriages and set a bad example." First Baptist's day-care center board, under the direction of the pastor, also noted in their letter that families should learn to get by on the husband's single income." read more

Lord, Please Change Me!

As part of our Christian life, we are being steadily transformed from the inside out. We are assured in God's Word that someday our transformation will be completed. read more

Exceed Your Expectations!

The heart of Jesus' message is for us to embrace His power within us. When we do, we are free to walk in His extraordinary grace in every situation. read more

God Didn't Put You on the Sidelines

s women in the kingdom of God, we are uniquely privileged to demonstrate our faith. Women and men are to complement one another as partners in the cause of Christ. read more

The Devil's Worst Nightmare

(PART 1)

Deliverance is not a one-time experience. Our Lord is the thorough Healer who leads us through every step necessary for gaining and maintaining freedom in Him. read more

Victory Over Temptation

(PART 1)

You are called to be an overcomer. When you claim that identity and earnestly seek the Lord, you will not yield to temptation. read more

Finding Your Way To The Secret Place

Being still before the Lord is a rewarding, yet sometimes difficult practice. But it is only when we are calmed and silent in our hearts before Him that His still, small voice can be heard. read more

Contend for Your Promise

Do you ever feel as if you are in a season of perpetual winter, when everything in your life seems cold and dreary and there is no sign of spring in view? Perhaps you are experiencing health, relational or financial problems, and the promises of God appear to be lying dormant rather than coming to fruition as you had thought they would.

If you are going through difficult circumstances that appear to threaten the fulfillment of your destiny, you can relate to the biblical character Tamar, who was the wife of Judah's oldest son, Er (see Gen. 38:6-30). Tamar was truly a victim of negative circumstances. Not long after she was married, God judged her husband to be wicked and put him to death.

According to Jewish custom, Tamar was then given as a wife to Onan, her husband's brother, so that he could produce offspring for Er. But because Onan refused to fulfill his duty, God put him to death also. read more

Heart-Healthy Living

(PART 1)

God has equipped us with all that is necessary to lead disciplined lives. His Word gives us guidelines that will safeguard our health--spiritually, physically and emotionally. read more

The Joy of Christ

(PART 1)

The Lord desires for us to have His joy. We can have this experience as we obey Him and give up our own wills in order to live in humility and holiness as Jesus did. read more

God's Perfect Timing

(PART 1)

Two words God uses to answer prayer are "never" and "always." God says we must never be afraid because He is with us. And because He is with us, we must always stand firm in our faith. read more

When Forgiveness Seems Impossible

When God forgives our sins, He does so totally and completely. He wipes the slate clean. Now He wants us to offer that same total forgiveness to others. read more

I Found Safety in the Storm

God's purpose for the storms in our lives is to make us grow stronger. When storms come, we need to remember God's goodness, trust Him and put down deeper roots of faith. read more

What Does Jesus Say About Women?

(PART 1)

The role of women in the church has been limited by a misunderstanding of Paul's letters. But Jesus, not Paul, is the head of the church. We need to take our cue from Christ--His teachings and His example. read more

When We Praise Him

When we praise God, He rewards us with His presence--which is where we find power and provision to meet our every need. read more

Growing in God Together

God brings special Christians into our lives to mentor us toward spiritual maturity. He intends for us to turn around and share the wisdom we learn as mentors for others. read more

Going it Alone

It is good to have spiritual mentors. But when trying times come--and they will--our dependency is to be on Christ, not other people. read more

Women of God, Arise!

God is calling women in leadership to use their gifts and talents to mentor and minister to other women in the body of Christ. We need to be prepared to heed that call. read more


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