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On the cover: Author and speaker Linda Evans Shepherd, founder of the prayer ministry Got to Pray: Transforming Life Through Prayer (www.gottopray.com)
Photo courtesy Crystal Scheidies Photography
6 Wake Up and Suit Up
by Stephanie Rische
Linda Evans Shepherd shares though her life story — including a traumatic accident involving her daughter — how important it is to put on the full armor of God every day.
12 Created for a Purpose
by Ken Walker
Shepherds Ministries offers a range of amazing residential programs for those with intellectual disabilities. The staff at Shepherds not only lead these precious ones to salvation but teach them to live and work independently so they can reach their full God-given potential.
18 I Am Renamed
by Michele Cushatt
Michele Cushatt felt abandoned by an unwanted divorce and thought the word “divorce” now defined her identity. But then she discovered a freeing truth from Scripture about her true identity in Christ.
22 Bad Driver
by Adam Weber
The Tomorrowland Speedway at Walt Disney World is exhilarating, as long as there’s a steady, skilled hand at the wheel. But what happens when little Wilson takes the driver’s seat is a colorful illustration of what happens in our lives when we insist on doing thing our way.
26 An Angel Escort
by Max Davis
Just moments before Judy passed away in her hospital bed surrounded by loved ones, she spoke with great joy and awe about what she saw waiting for her.
28 The Bible: The Living Word
by Dan Brownell
Attacks on the Word of God continue to mount around the world, but the assault is no match for the Bible’s power and endurance.
30 Bible Resource Guide
by Brandon D. Smith and Dan Brownell
Learn about the various Bible translations and formats available to help you choose one that’s right for you. Also, find out how devotionals can enhance Scripture engagement.
40 Allergen-Friendly Church Potlucks
by Jessie Clemence
For the increasing number of people with allergies and other food sensitivities, church potlucks can unintentionally create barriers to fellowship or even cause sickness. Discover how your church can increase food safety and create a more welcoming atmosphere for all.
10 Living in Wisdom
16 Ask Dr. Walt
Advice on Supplements and Prescriptions
20 Live Right Now
Show Grace for Others Your Loving Care
24 Dave Says
Smart Money Management
27 Turning Point
A Garden of Grace
36 Persecution Report
Church Massacre in Cairo and Open Doors World Watch List 2017
50 Grace Notes
A Prisoner Set Free
4 The Fine Print
5 2017 Writing Contest
23 Daily Bible Connection
33 Word Search Puzzle
34 Quips & Quotes
43 Laugh Lines
44 Quick Takes
48 Kids of the Kingdom