Author Archives: Joy Dyer

5 Practical Ways To Improve Your Prayer Life

Prayer is the lifeblood of Christianity. Through this special space where we communicate with God, we express our thankfulness, make our needs known, repent of our sins, and go to bat for our friends and family. And the most beautiful part? The more we pray, the closer we get to God. It is our direct […]

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Don’t Just Follow Your Dreams, Follow Jesus

“If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24, ESV). When someone asks, “What’s your biggest dream?” does a picture immediately come to mind? Perhaps it’s a dream you’ve carried around since childhood, one that’s changed a few times as you’ve gotten older, or […]

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Relearning Connection After A Year Apart: 6 Tips for Easing Back Into Social Interaction

After a year of social isolation, returning to face-to-face “real life” interaction from virtual gathering can be as anxiety-inducing as it is exhilarating. As the CDC has lifted key requirements in its mask mandate, and nearly half of eligible Americans have been fully vaccinated, a cautious optimism has sprung up across the country that sings […]

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Breaking the Stigma: Common Barriers Christians Face When Considering Counseling

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended countless lives and devastated the nation’s economy, but its staggering, often unseen, impact on mental health is just as alarming. We’ve seen an increased rise in mental health challenges over the past year, including anxiety and depressive disorders, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation among Americans, especially among youth. But Christians […]

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5 Beautiful Reminders of a Mother’s Love From Matriarchs of the Bible

A mother’s love is truly unlike any other. A friend who never leaves you, the one-woman fan club that supports your bold dreams (no matter how far-fetched they may seem), and your safe place to land at the end of the day. You would think God knew what He was doing when He tasked the […]

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7 ‘Good News’ Promises the Resurrection Guaranteed

The Easter miracle is the cornerstone of Christian faith. More than 2,000 years ago, God sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins so that we might live. Think about that for a second: God loved us so much He was willing to sacrifice His only son for our ransom. Our salvation didn’t come cheap; […]

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Daylight Saving Time and How Light Illuminates the Bible

Across most parts of the country, this month marks our return to daylight saving time, our annual adjusting of our clocks one hour forward. Originally invented to conserve energy use, it is the traditional exchange of giving up an hour of sleep to gain an extra hour of daylight in the evening. Those long summer […]

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#BlackHistoryMonth: 3 Lessons in Racial Justice From Unsung Black Bible Heroes

We hear countless examples of Black heroes saving the day: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harriet Tubman, and W.E.B. Du Bois, to name a few. But what about the Black heroes of the Bible who have gone unnoticed? This might come as a surprise to some, but the Bible is a multicultural, multiethnic book. Black religious leader Richard Allen put […]

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How to Move Forward in 2021: Keep Your F.A.I.T.H. in Focus

We made it to the other side of the year that changed the world. 2020; an incomparable season of disarming loss, accelerated change, civil unrest, and compressed uncertainty. For some of us, standing here today is our testimony alone.   As we enter into 2021, wondering where year two of the pandemic will take us, […]

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