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Are You Thankful?

A thankful person is someone who recognizes the goodness of God. In fact, the spring of thanksgiving is a deep confidence that God is good. If we do not believe that God is good, then this spring has run dry....

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The Heart of Jesus

What is the heart of Jesus like? There is only one place in all the New Testament where Jesus explicitly tells us what his heart is like. That is significant and should gain our attention. ...

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Hear With Profit, Return With Praise

Should sermons impact our lives? Hopefully you believe they should. The bible says "faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ" (Romans 10:17). In an average day we are exposed to thousands of images and videos, in many cases shrinking our capacity to "hearing the word of Christ". ...

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A Life of Faith

The life of faith is learning to live in the power of Someone else....

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Ian Janecek's Testimony

Ian Janecek has had some remarkable experiences that have brought incredible encouragement to many and a great Christ-centered aim to his life....

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Is God Doing Anything Good in Your Pain?

Nobody enjoys suffering. Well, slightly (or very) strange people may. But we all do suffer. What are we to make of it? How should we respond? Well, certainly Christians should seek relief, help, and healing from God. But that’s not it; we should trust that God is doing something good smack dab in the middle of it. You may not like to hear that, but it is true and ...

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Jenny's Testimony of Grace

Testimony-JennyPowers from Real Life Church Ankeny on Vimeo. Psalm 40:1-3: I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in t...

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You Need to Know the Holy Spirit - Part 1

It has been said that the Holy Spirit is the forgotten member of the Trinity. Whether or not this is true, getting to know the Holy Spirit better only helps. I want to take [at least] a few articles to highlight the Person and work of the Spirit and to underscore how absolutely essential it is that we understand who the Holy Spirit is and seek to live as Spirit-filled foll...

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The Dawning of Eternal Hope - An Advent Poem

When all seems lost, dear saint of God Recall the treasured news Of how God broke into the world To walk within our shoes When Adam fell both sin and death Covered the world like night Yet in the garden, God promised a Man Who would come and put things right For so long the world yearned and craved God's pledge to crush the snake While His hidden plan rolled along Go...

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Hope! God Is The Ruler Yet

As we look on the world scene, there are some scary political figures. What if Vladimir Putin tries to rebuild the old Soviet coalition? What if Kim Jung Un gets a nuclear weapon? In our own country, we are rightly concerned with the upcoming elections. What if Clinton wins? What if Trump wins? What will this mean for our country? What will it mean for Christians? Will we ...

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