How to Know & Love God Through Prayer

How to Know & Love God Through Prayer

In his book, Be Jesus in Your Neighborhood: Developing a Prayer, Care, Share Lifestyle in 30 Days, Alvin VanderGriend writes of his attempt to define prayer in which God led him through a series of steps, each step adding a clarifying word or phrase.  In step one, he...
God Answered Our Desperate Prayer

God Answered Our Desperate Prayer

“For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord” (1 Sam. 1:27-28). This verse hung in our empty nursery for years. We would often go into that room...
Why Church Eldership Is So Important

Why Church Eldership Is So Important

For many in the church, the topic of church elders can seem ambiguous. So, what are elders and why are they important? Here at College Park, we ask three key questions when it comes to eldership: 1. What is the Role of Church Elders?So, what is an elder? He is “a...
How to Jump-Start Your Prayer Life This Month

How to Jump-Start Your Prayer Life This Month

My wife gasped in alarm. “Watch out for that car!” My adrenaline surged and I was at full alert. We were headed to a New Year’s Eve party when the cars in front of us stopped suddenly as the lead car was turning left. No worries…I made the stop and gave God thanks. Is...
A Timely Reminder on God’s Purpose in Suffering

A Timely Reminder on God’s Purpose in Suffering

David and Sally Michael’s younger daughter was diagnosed with a life-altering, incurable disease a year ago. The following excerpt is from one of Sally’s CaringBridge updates. As we were sitting in the Cleveland Clinic waiting room, I received a text recording sent by...
6 Bad Reasons to Join a Small Group

6 Bad Reasons to Join a Small Group

You’ve likely heard of many good reasons to join a Small Group. However, there are also bad reasons to join a Small Group. Let’s look at six bad, but common, reasons to join a Small Group: 1. It Can Replace Sunday Morning Worship The lure of sleeping in and the...
My Top 10 Favorite Christian Rap Songs

My Top 10 Favorite Christian Rap Songs

Christian rap and hip-hop have played a large role in my life. These ten songs in particular are incredibly impactful, and I hope you’ll find them as helpful as I have. 10. “Greatest Story Ever Told” by Shai Linne ft. FlameWant a big picture of what the Bible is...
Christian New Year’s Resolutions: How?

Christian New Year’s Resolutions: How?

It’s that time of year when we make promises with ourselves to finally change. We read books, listen to podcasts, start new systems—all with good intentions. These resolutions often last a month or two, and then quickly wain. Could there be a way to pursue lifestyle...