The Bible may be the best-selling book of all time, but it's definitely not the most-read book. Certainly not today. And that's sad.


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thank you for following the Koinonia guidelines
thank you for following the Koinonia guidelines
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Dear writer

There were several stories in the queue this morning. Each one had to be sent back because of major formatting issues. Except yours. For that …

I thank you.

Thank you for reading our guidelines post

When I wrote the submission rules and formatting guidelines post in November 2019, it was under the direction of publication owners Janis Cox and Kimberley Payne, and then-head editor, Bett Harris. They wanted a more uniform look for the publication overall, as well as a way to help writers grow in professionalism.

We spent hours, days, and even weeks communicating as a team to come up with a list of the…


I’m so grateful it’s greater than mine!

God’s grace is greater than your bad parenting
God’s grace is greater than your bad parenting
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The other morning before school, I was talking to my younger daughter about how I can see the Spirit of God working in her heart and life. She accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior when she was six years old. She’s ten now.

“You used to be such an angry little thing, even when you were a baby,” I told her. “You got mad and threw a little temper tantrum over everything, and it only got worse as you got older … until you met Jesus. Since then, I can see a real change in your attitude. …


Scripture

Some thoughts on transparency before our Creator

God’s love for us is as intense as the heat of the sun
God’s love for us is as intense as the heat of the sun
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I’ll never forget the conversation

I was in a Bible study with two older ladies several years ago. It was one of those studies that focused on health in all different realms — emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual.

At one point, the study mentioned prayer, and about how we need to be open and honest in our prayers … even if we’re upset with God about something.

One of the ladies said, “I don’t think I could tell God if I was mad at Him.”

I blurted out (because it’s hard for me to keep my thoughts inside my head sometimes), “Why not? …


And the amazing thing that happened as a result

Getting baptized again — when do you need to do it?
Getting baptized again — when do you need to do it?
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That Sunday started out just like any other

Every Sunday morning, I drink coffee and eat breakfast, and then I take a shower as part of my getting-ready-for-church routine.

That Sunday, as the water poured down on me, I started talking to God. It’s not uncommon for me to talk to God while I’m in the shower. It’s one of the few moments of “alone time” I have. So, it’s a good time to focus on uninterrupted prayer with Him.

This particular prayer time was different, though. He said something directly to me, and it stopped me in my tracks.

It wasn’t really a command, more of a suggestion

The way He phrased it, it wasn’t like…


My love song to my Savior

Life without God, none of the puzzle pieces fit, complete chaos
Life without God, none of the puzzle pieces fit, complete chaos

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, NIV)

In the beginning,
God …
But,
what if …
not?

What if I had never seen “Jesus” gazing out at me from the cover of the family Bible on my grandmother’s coffee table?
“Hi, Jesus,” I said, as I toddled around and around.
Not my first words, but probably my first words to Him.
I knew then who He was, and I knew He knew me.

What if I had never heard Jesus calling out to me through the kids’ Bible stories on the cassette tape I…


Scripture Prompt

Are you seeking solace in the wrong things?

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91:1–2
I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Psalm 91:1–2
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The world is a scary place

For a couple of decades now, I’ve joked that George Orwell’s 1984 was meant to be a work of fiction, not an instruction manual. Now, I’m even more convinced that the humor inside the statement lies in the fact that it’s absolutely true.

Except … it’s not very funny. It’s slightly terrifying.

And we know that things are only going to get worse as the day of Jesus’ second coming approaches (and, of course, we’re closer to that than ever before! )

Consider what Jesus said about the signs that show He is returning soon:

Watch out that no one…


A poetic prayer based on Luke 11

Lord, teach us to pray; poetic musings based on Luke 11
Lord, teach us to pray; poetic musings based on Luke 11
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Lord,

Teach us to pray,
“God’s kingdom come,
Your will be done,”
for forgiveness for us to extend to others.

Teach us to pray,
to keep asking,
to not give up
until You answer.

Teach us to pray,
to look for open doors,
to knock them down if need be,
to get to Your heart.

Teach us to pray for what we need,
for what we want,
for what You want to give us.
Because You want to give us more than we could ever ask.

Teach us to pray for unity,
unity with You and with others. …


A nonfiction book review

Promotional photo for The Loneliness Solution by Jack Eason
Promotional photo for The Loneliness Solution by Jack Eason
Promotional image for The Loneliness Solution by Jack Eason, courtesy of Revel Publishers

My daughter’s confession

Not long ago, my younger daughter confessed to me that she felt lonely. How do you help someone else who feels that way? What do you do when you’re feeling lonely yourself? What is the best loneliness solution?

This is something Pastor Jack Eason, husband of bestselling fiction author Lynette Eason, explores in The Loneliness Solution. When presented with the opportunity to review this book, I was immediately drawn to the title because of my daughter’s recent confession.

Would I find anything inside these pages I could use to help her?

I didn’t really know what to expect from ‘The Loneliness Solution’

When I first opened the package for this book…


A movie review

The bride awaits her groom with her bridesmaids; Before the Wrath
The bride awaits her groom with her bridesmaids; Before the Wrath
Still from ‘Before the Wrath,’ courtesy of Ingenuity Films

Should I really be reviewing this movie?

Most people don’t believe that the rapture will occur. What if there was evidence to prove that it will? — Before the Wrath

These are the words and the thought that this movie, Before the Wrath, begins with.

When I was presented with the opportunity to review this movie, I wondered if I should take it. End times prophecy has never been all that interesting to me. It’s never been that important to me, given that I know Jesus is coming back for me before the end (I am a pre-tribulation rapture believer).

What happens after that is pretty much…

Mishael Witty

Search for Jesus Discipleship Coach. Biblical counselor in training. Committed to making something beautiful out of the broken pieces.

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