But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Above All Else - Apologetic Report
Friday, 08 June 2018 06:17

I'm Writing a Book

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The Mexican restaurant we had just arrived at made me nervous. My husband Jimmy had a concert to perform that night and our gracious hosts had decided to honor our Texas heritage by taking us to their favorite south-of-the-border spot. The problem? We were in Nebraska. 

Don’t get me...

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Tuesday, 01 May 2018 06:32

Connecting with God through the Word

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But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018 01:10

Replicating Our Faith

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This message is from a women's luncheon on the topic of mentorship. 

As women, we need multigenerational relationships. Titus 2 makes it clear that we need older women teaching and discipling younger women. But sometimes that can seem so intimidating to walk out. I hope this message will...

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Last November I had the privilege of speaking in Jamaica on the topic of biblical womanhood. I brought my friend Laura with me and we both felt so encouraged to hear about all the good work churches in that country are doing to further the kingdom of God. It was such a privilege to serve along side...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 07:01

Happy Galentine's Day?

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What is Galentine’s day? A holiday introduced by fictional character Leslie Knope in an episode of Parks and Recreation that debuted in 2010. According to Knope, Galentine’s Day—celebrated on February 13—is a time to celebrate the importance of female friendship. And this...

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Sunday, 17 December 2017 11:45

Arrows to Jesus: Gift-Giving to the Glory of God

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This year, the Houston Astros won the World Series. It was a big deal! (If you know me or my husband, you also know it is a big deal that we even know this information!) Although we’re not a sports family, we’re native Houstonians. We both grew up going to ‘Stros games. On top of...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:51

The Everyday Woman's Guide to Revelation

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There’s an intersection near my house that’s known for peddling. Sometimes there are puppies for sale, other times it’s rugs. But sometimes it’s prophecy. Signs warning me about “the mark of the beast” and the end of the world accompany a man in an old truck...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 02:45

A Solitude Guide

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I have really fond memories of solitude. Being quiet on purpose to hear from God has become a spiritual disciple I cannot live without. I've written before about these rhythms of silence in my life and hope you'll consider ways to implement some quiet space into your life.

But, I also understand...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 07:21

Kelly's Story on TryingCollective.com

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I never had a problem getting pregnant. It was staying pregnant that seemed to be my problem.

It was the fall of 2007 when those 2 pink lines first changed my life. My husband had signed a contract with a record label just 18 months earlier and our lives had becoming increasingly hectic. We had...

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Since we first moved in to our house on Sleepy Hollow 6 years ago we've been dreaming up ways to showcase the Gospel in our neighborhood. One way we do this is by handing out hundreds of king-sized candy bars on Halloween. 

It was no surprise to learn that our street was a popular...

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Friday, 15 September 2017 13:48

Your Letter to Your Future Spouse

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I vividly remember the first time I saw the movie Titanic. The passionate love between Jack and Rose awakened something fierce in my little preteen heart. I thought little of marriage before that movie. Now it consumed my thoughts and dreams.

For my friends and me, riding off into the sunset with...

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Friday, 01 September 2017 05:38

It's always a good time for truth

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"There are 6 things which the Lord hates, yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes..." Proverbs 6:16-17a
"The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverted mouth, I hate."  Proverbs 8:13

If being a Christian was a sport, I would have had...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 23:15

How to Cultivate Connection

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We all desire to have close friends within our communities, but it can seem so challenging to see that desire come to fruition! So what can we do? How can we work to create an environment where deep and meaningful friendships can form? This is exactly the question I was hoping to address at a...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 05:14

Dying to Self: For Your Good and His Glory

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"If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it" (Luke 9:23–24).

Familiarity with these verses can often cloud their obvious meaning: to follow...

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The longer you walk with God, the more dangerous the path.

It’s dangerous not because of hardship and suffering (though they may be present) but because of the temptation to rely on your ever-growing experience instead of on Christ alone.

Amplifying this temptation is the presence of many young...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 12:22

The Greatest Work You Can Do in College

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For the Christian, the college years are often marked by grand desires to change the world in the name of Jesus and to dream of the impact you could have during your time on earth. It is a time filled with ministry opportunities and therefore marked by busyness for many young people who don't want...

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