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A Dad Fostering Love

By FamilyNo Comments

The following is a guest post by Relevant Church Partner Josh Suiter.

My wife and I have been involved in foster care for about three years now. In those three years she has sent me a lot of articles and blogs (I may or may not have read them all), but the ones I did read were always written not just by women, but mainly directed to women as well. I realized that more often than not, women are faster to jump on board with foster care and men are quick to have reservations. So I want talk to you guys, who I’m sure have the same fears and insecurities that I struggled with. And because I’m a guy and I don’t really know where to start, I’ll just start at the beginning. Read More

7 Baby Steps for Saving Money, Getting Out of Debt and Building Wealth

By StewardshipNo Comments

If you’ll take that first step, you can go anywhere you want to go. The “7 Baby Steps” won’t be easy, but they’re guaranteed to work if you follow them. They go beyond simply treating the symptoms of money problems like debt and lack of savings, and focus on changing your behavior—the real cause of those issues—through a proven, step-by-step plan. But it’s up to you to get started. Are you ready? Read More

Settling Your Identity

By Spiritual FormationNo Comments

The way you see your life shapes your life.

I wrote those words 16 years ago in The Purpose Driven Life, and I still mean them today. We’re tempted to see ourselves as everyone else does. You know the way it goes. You see yourself as broken and beaten up. You see yourself as an addict or former addict. You see yourself as a failure.

If that’s what you believe about who you are, you’ll never become who God wants you to be. How you define your life determines your destiny.

That’s one of the reasons why, when John Baker first started Celebrate Recovery®, he didn’t ask people to identify themselves by their addictions. Read More

A Biblical Model of Grieving: Hope in the Midst of Your Grief

By Healthy Living, Spiritual FormationNo Comments

The Big Idea: In just 1,000 words we contrast the world’s way of grieving with the Word’s way of grieving and growing.

How Do We Face Suffering?

How do we face suffering face-to-face with God rather than turning our backs on God during the grieving process? What does the journey with God look like as we find hope when we’re hurting?In finding God’s healing for life’s losses, we have two basic options. We can turn to the world’s way. Or, we can follow the way of God’s Word. Read More

Fight For Your Marriage…Even If Everyone Tells You Not To

By Family, RelationshipsOne Comment

Do you want your marriage to work, but you don’t know how? You know staying together is the right thing to do, but everything about our society makes it easier to give up and move on. Even the way people talk about marriage makes you question whether staying together is worth it:

“It’s just a signed piece of paper.”

“If you don’t like being married, just get a divorce. It’s that simple.” 

It is easy for someone else to tell you to quit when the going gets tough, but only you are responsible for your decisions. And if you’ll choose to fight for your marriage, God will fight with you.

Throughout the Bible, God is described as our help, our shield, our fortress, and our strength. And in Psalm 33, the Bible promises that “the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love…” Read More

The Best Is Yet To Come

Prayer: The Final Push

By Devotional, Spiritual FormationNo Comments

Week of Grand Opening

As Relevant’s Grand Opening weekend comes and goes, we realize that all of our collective efforts would fall short without God’s help and our utter dependence upon him. Over the next six days, would you pray specifically for our staff team and for those with whom you serve—that God would enable, empower, and protect them and their families? Let’s do it together!

Day 1 – SaturDATE Night Services
Day 2 – Pastor Carl and Julie Nichols (Jase and Trey) – Lead Pastor
Day 3 – Pastor Brandon and Laura Conn (Ava, Ellia, and Jack) – Worship Pastor
Day 4 – Pastor Mark and Melissa Einersen (Olivia, Natalie, and Brook) – Operations Pastor
Day 5 – Pastor Daniel and Tiffany Mead (Cooper) – Campus Pastor
Day 6 – Dream Team Volunteers – If you currently serve, pray for the people with whom you serve.


The Best Is Yet To Come

The Long Road To An Overnight Success

By Devotional, Spiritual FormationNo Comments

DAY 19

From Newspring Church.

Read 1 Samuel 17:1-37.

David was not an “overnight success.” The unknown shepherd laid the groundwork for his victory against Goliath long before the epic showdown that made him a legend.

Before defeating Goliath, David was tasked with tending sheep (1 Samuel 17:15). Hardly heroic, the assignment was mostly unremarkable.

But David’s responsibilities required him to fend off bear and lion attacks. Read More



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