Numerous studies suggest that a strong faith is a vital part of healthy aging. Nourish your soul with the articles in this section.  The words in the header image come from the Old Testament book of Micah, a profitable saying on the conduct of life ("what does the Lord require of you?").

In addition to the articles, the Faith section also includes a Seeking God feature, including links to websites and documents, and two guides with links to passages in the Bible, "What the Bible says about..." and "Where to find help when you are....[afraid, angry, anxious, etc.]."


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Arts & Entertainment

 1 record found

AD TV Series: The Bible Continues . . . in Prime Time by Rusty Wright


(April 4, 2015)
Hollywood's Bible Power Couple is back—with a flourish…
Topics: Beliefs Bible Christian Life Discipleship History



Faith, Religion & Spirituality

 31 records found

Why? Why? Why? by James N. Watkins


(August 15, 2020)
Facing the pandemic's toll of doubt…
Topics: Christian Life Circumstances, Life Events Coping COVID-19 Faith Loss & Grieving


Winds of Love and Hate by James N. Watkins


(May 29, 2020)
Point-counterpoint on Pentecost Sunday and the role of Christians in today's divided world…
Topics: Beliefs Bible Character, Integrity Christian Life Faith Jesus Love Religion Social Issues


The Admonition to be Still by George Garrison


(May 21, 2020)
Not for the comfort of humankind, but the glory of God…
Topics: Bible Comfort & Consolation Contemplation, Insight COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News God Inspiration


Gone Missing? by Rusty Wright


(April 24, 2020)
God and coronavirus…
Topics: COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News Disease Faith God Relationships


Easter Morning 2020 by James N. Watkins


(April 12, 2020)
It's Sunday, amd Jesus is still coming!…
Topics: COVID-19 Crisis Disease Easter Faith Inspiration Jesus Religion


There are 26 more items in this category...See the whole list


Health & Wellness

 1 record found

Amazing Breakthroughs by Bill Nichols


(January 6, 2016)
Medical breakthroughs in 2015 give us reason to think about becoming 'instruments of breakthrough' in 2016…
Topics: Achievements Faith Health Care Hopes & Dreams Inspiration News Opportunity



Holidays

 12 records found

Visible Signs of Love by Greg Asimakoupoulos


(December 23, 2019)
…and the Christmas story…
Topics: Christmas Holidays Holiday Season Love


The Christmas Story in Chronological Order by James N. Watkins


(December 15, 2019)
Putting the events surrounding Jesus' birth in perspective…
Topics: Bible Christmas Faith God Holidays Holiday Season Jesus Religion


Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Silent Night by Greg Asimakoupoulos


(December 23, 2018)
The story behind the Christmas classic written in 1818…
Topics: Christmas History Holidays Holiday Season Music


Top ten things I (Jim) am giving up for Lent by James N. Watkins


(February 22, 2016)
After a humorous top-ten list, perhaps like Jim there is something you would really like to give up for Lent...and beyond…
Topics: Christian Life Easter Religion


Easter Cartoons by James N. Watkins


(February 11, 2016)
An Easter basket full of entertainment and encouragement…
Topics: Christian Life Easter Faith Holidays Humor Jesus


There are 7 more items in this category...See the whole list


Inspiration

 3 records found

The Strength to Soar by George Garrison


(April 30, 2020)
Rejuvenation and hope as we wait for the pandemic to end…
Topics: Character, Integrity Coping Courage COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News Faith Hopes & Dreams Inspiration


Generosity by Stu Johnson


(February 15, 2018)
It's more than money…
Topics: Bible Character, Integrity Christian Life Discipline Faith Financial Service Values Volunteer


Earth's Oldest Car Teaches Great Lesson by Bill Nichols


(February 27, 2016)
Big ventures start with seemingly insignificant small steps…
Topics: Christian Life Faith History Inspiration



Life Events

 5 records found

In This World You Will Have Trouble by James N. Watkins


(March 19, 2019)
When you think things can't get worse…
Topics: Comfort & Consolation Coping Faith Inspiration Trouble


Comfortable Saying I Don't Know? by Bill Nichols


(December 21, 2018)
For some it's a hard lesson to learn…
Topics: Christian Life Communication Faith God Relationships


Stepping Out in Faith by Stu Johnson


(May 5, 2018)
Discovering the meaning of faith in stories from life's journey…
Topics: Christian Life Circumstances, Life Events Courage Faith God Inspiration Jesus Prayer Religion Values


Luck and Success by Stu Johnson


(April 4, 2018)
How would you descrbe your life journey?…
Topics: Attitudes Beliefs Choices and Decision Making Coping Faith Hopes & Dreams Optimal Aging


Decisions, Decisions by Stu Johnson


(February 22, 2018)
Making life choices…
Topics: Beliefs Choices and Decision Making Christian Life God Hopes & Dreams Learning Planning



News & Current Events

 5 records found

Lamentation and Limitation by George Garrison


(June 11, 2020)
Reacting to both a physical and social virus…
Topics: Beliefs Bible COVID-19 Crime, Justice, Punishment Current Events, News Disease George Floyd God News Social Issues Social Movements


Empathy Week by George Garrison


(April 8, 2020)
A perspective on Holy Week in the midst of a global pandemic…
Topics: Coping COVID-19 Crisis Current Events, News Easter History Jesus News Relationships Religion


Remembering Billy Graham by Stu Johnson


(February 24, 2018)
A tribute to a remarkable man of God…
Topics: Beliefs Bible Personal Stories (Biography/Autobiography) Character, Integrity History Inspiration Jesus Memories News Religion Tribute, Testimony


Prayer Scrutinized by Dan Seagren


(January 17, 2016)
City council opening prayer that tries to cover all the bases is no joke…
Topics: Government Political Correctness Prayer Religion


Responding to CharlestonLiving the gospel following tragedy by Scott Ridout


(June 26, 2015)
How should we respond to the murder of nine innocents at Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina…
Topics: Choices and Decision Making Christian Life Forgive, Forgiveness Grace Tragedy



Relationships

 2 records found

Grace by George Garrison


(July 17, 2020)
The believer's gift to a Covid-crazed world…
Topics: Character, Integrity Civility COVID-19 Current Events, News Disaster Disease Faith God Grace Inspiration News Relationships


Your Church May Be Prejudiced by James N. Watkins


(June 26, 2020)
The top ten signs have not changed in twenty years…
Topics: Change Current Events, News George Floyd History News Relationships Religion Social Issues



Tragedy

 1 record found

Responding to Disasters: What You Should and Shouldn't Say by Bill Nichols


(February 21, 2016)
Helping victims of disaster cope with the loss and questions…
Topics: Christian Life Coping Disaster Relationships Tragedy