What are some ways we can grieve the loss of our individual dreams, especially when the pain hurts so deeply? Here are three suggestions.

By Ryan Romero I was attending a church of about 200 people when I had my first big dream—a vision for my future that I knew didn’t originate with me. It was a calling, one much greater than anything I could accomplish on my own. I was involved with the worship team and was a leader in the youth group. I was still a young Christian and spent a lot of time poring over the Bible and learning from my leaders. I was also struggling to do ministry with people who didn’t think as I did because they were from…

The following is a Bible Gateway exclusive Sneak Peek and First Listen of It’s Not Over: Leaving Behind Disappointment and Learning to Dream Again (Thomas Nelson, 2020) by Joshua Gagnon (@joshgagnon). Order the book and unabridged audiobook on CD in the Bible Gateway Store. By Joshua Gagnon While God-sized dreams often begin with our response to a specific need, there are lots of needs in our world. Actually, there are lots of needs in each of our communities. So we need more input when it comes to identifying which needs (and which dreams) God is using to direct our steps….

In a cycle of homegrown food – seeding, growing, tending, harvesting – I came to understand a different version of the American dream.

Cross-racial partnerships only have lasting power if they’re rooted in Scripture. April 4 marks the 50-year anniversary since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. In a time of resurging hate groups and racially charged gatherings, King’s prophetic messages matter now more than ever. Our churches, too, need his message. The New York Times recently published an article that notes an exodus of black people from predominantly white churches. In this fraught moment, the obvious solution is to start conversations among Christians and across racial lines. The less obvious truth, however, is that believers need to start with the Bible…