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Utter Heartbreak: A Response to ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

There are times to be heartbroken. The coming to the big screen of ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ is definitely such a time. In this article, Wesley Strackbein not only sounds a wake-up cry against the deceptive perversity of the ‘Fifty Shades’ phenomenon, but he calls on Christians to eschew the empty lure of sexual sin, offering five points from Scripture on how to overcome it in the fear of the Lord.

How to Close 2016: Lessons from Esther’s Husband and Israel’s Prince

We need to close out 2016 the right way. Regrettably, we tend to focus on what we don’t have, rather than on what we have. We’re prone to forget all the undeserved blessings God gives us day by day. This article looks at two stirring examples of Esther’s husband, King Ahasuerus, and Israel’s Prince Amnon, offering practical steps of how each family can count their blessings and rejoice!

Struck by Trial: Why God Sends Affliction and How Christians Should Respond

Death. Betrayal. Sickness. Abuse. Persecution. Rejection. Financial setback. Delay of hopes realized—all of these trials are the lot of most Christians at some point. Yet how should God’s people view such suffering and respond to it? Drawing wisdom from of a man who lost six children to early death, this article offers sober insights as well as hopeful encouragement to Christians burdened by affliction.

Keep Your Heart with All Diligence

How could David — a man after God’s own heart — fall prey to adultery and murder? How could his son Solomon — who received wisdom from God Himself — multiply wives and turn his heart from the Lord? This article surveys the powerful testimony of this father and son, offering six key lessons from their lives on why we must keep our hearts pure before God.

Utter Heartbreak: A Response to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

There are times to be heartbroken. The coming to the big screen of Fifty Shades of Grey is definitely such a time. In this article, Wesley Strackbein not only sounds a wake-up against the perversity of this phenomenon, but he calls on Christians to eschew the empty lure of sexual sin, offering six points from Scripture on how to overcome it.

Travel Trends Reveal Priorities

Vacation trends tell a tale of priorities, and over the last several decades, the decision of millions of tourists to trek to Jane Austen’s England and New Zealand’s “Middle Earth” shows a vacationing public bent toward escapism. A lesson to be learned is this: Christians must be gripped by the real God of history rather than fantasy.

From Beowulf to WWII

In every age, there have been wars that defined a generation of men who took up arms to fight—from Beowulf to the present. The experiences these warriors encountered profoundly shaped their life and outlook. We have a duty to seek out insights from these battle-scarred elders, drawing out the wisdom they have to teach us.

The Fall of Babylon

Deep behind the walls of ancient Babylon, a grand feast of revelry carried into the night. The party’s host was none other than King Belshazzar, the grandson of Nebuchadnezzar and reigning monarch of the city. Yet—just as with his famous grandfather—Belshazzar’s pride would bring him down, as God decreed the fall of Babylon.

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