Christian Living

Why Your Work is Not in Vain

By Danielle Munoz
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 13 

Work. The Lord gave it to Adam and Eve not after, but within Eden, one special blessing among many in the “good” world He founded.  

As they created, collected, organized, pruned, and explored among the fruit and creatures of God’s garden, the couple walked in their identity as ones made in their Creator’s image (Genesis 1:28).…

Faithfully Navigating the Holidays

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

The air feels different during the holidays. Maybe it’s the decorations on all of the store fronts. Maybe it’s the red cups filled with holiday-themed beverages. For some, maybe it’s the prospect of time off from work. Or maybe it’s the feasting and gift giving with family and friends. Whatever the reason, the air is thick with hopeful expectation – the holidays are magical.

Do We Have to Observe Advent?

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

This year, more than ever, I have noticed a tangible excitement for the Advent season. More shops are creating and selling Advent material. More families are asking how they can prepare their hearts for the true meaning of Christmas through the observation of Advent.…

Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

I used to think the gospel was just for unbelievers. It was the good news for salvation and not much more. But as I grew in my understanding of Scripture, I realized that, while the gospel certainly does matter for one’s moment of salvation, it also extends to every single aspect of life moving forward. You see, the gospel is for unbelievers and believers alike because the gospel is for sinners. Though we are declared positionally holy because of Christ at the moment of our salvation, that moment also signifies the beginning of our journey of sanctification on this side of eternity.  

But what is sanctification, and why do we need the gospel for it?

“Do Your Quiet Time”

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

Growing up in the church, the resounding exhortation I heard in youth group was this: do your quiet time! Essentially, what the leaders were getting at was this: read the Bible and pray consistently! And they’re right – right? These are essential spiritual disciplines for all believers! However, I clearly remember the struggle to follow through. I would attend a youth conference and come home fired up.…

Making the Most of the Lord’s Time

By Aubrey Coleman
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

When looking to the week to come, do you grab your calendar and prioritize the events of the week, filling in the spaces with extra house work or errands? Or do you prepare for scheduling in prayer, asking God to shape your time in the way He desires it to be spent?…

A Quiet Life is Hidden in Christ

Aubrey Coleman
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

A tranquil evening in the Coleman household was once interrupted by a seemingly intrusive commercial shouting,  “If you are going to live… LIVE LOUD!” The ad, encouraging viewers to purchase a new model of a car brand, sought to lure the audience in with flashing images of fast cars, bright lights, wealth, and fame.…

Sin and the Gift of Repentance

By Chelsi Woods
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 10 

Sin is something that is addressed less and less in the church these days. It is almost like we are so worried about stepping on toes that we don’t call for any accountability. I think many of us are afraid to address our own sin because we know we are forgiven.…

Resolve to Live Life Well

By Stefanie Boyles
Staff Writer for The Daily Grace Co. 

How often are the New Year’s resolutions we made at the beginning of the year at the forefront of our minds at the end of that same year? Do we even remember what we resolved to do? If you’re anything like me, your New Year’s resolutions were forgotten by March.…

Idol Factory

By Kristi Powell
Originally Published in Be Still Magazine, Issue 10 

Sunlight dappled through the trees on ancient ruins in a tranquil Tunisian wood. The quiet weighed eerily, and the dirt path sloped gently downward. At the bottom, several caves were carved out of the rocky hillside.…

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