Holidays

What’s in a Name: The Powerful Names of Jesus

Taking time to meditate on the many names of Jesus can enrich your worship.

History Starts and Ends With Jesus

Jesus, our Alpha and Omega, existed before Creation and will return to rule forever. He is the consistency our hearts long for.

Rescue is Right Around the Corner

When anxiousness or discouragement creeps in, I try to remind myself that rescue is just around the corner.

God With Us

Contemplating Immanuel which means “God with us” gives me a reason to hope in the midst of a world beaten down and burdened.

Celebrate a “First” This Christmas

This Christmas you can introduce someone to Jesus in a fresh way.

Feeling Alone This Christmas?

A military wife shares her struggles and a hopeful reminder.

12 Ideas to Show Christ’s Love This Christmas

Make sure to spend your holiday the way God would want. Here are some ideas to get you started.

4 Ways to Prepare Your Heart for Christmas

Advent is a time for us to prepare our hearts to respond to the gift of God’s Son. Here are some practical steps we can take to be ready to celebrate Christmas.

12 Ideas for Christmas

Use the Christmas season to serve and talk to others about Christ.

Unwelcome Delays or Divine Interruptions?

What if instead of viewing interruptions this Christmas as unwelcome delays, you strive to see them as divine opportunities for inviting others into conversations of some spiritual significance?

A Welcome Form of Evangelism

Going door-to-door with a Bible may be taboo any other time of the year, but during Christmas Season, singing the gospel is still captivating.

Outreach Ideas for Christmas

Consider creative ways to help people see Christ in Christmas this holiday season.

How to Talk about Christmas

Here are 5 questions related to the topic of Christmas that you might find of value.

The Other Christmases

Understandings and celebrations of Christmas differ around the globe. Read how Cru staff members celebrate in Japan, Bulgaria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Silent Night, Lonely Night

Lessons from Siberia on how to survive, even thrive, in dark days.

After-Christmas Conversations About Jesus

Just because Christmas is over doesn't mean you have to stop talking about the greatest gift God has given us in Jesus Christ.

For Some It’s Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Billboards and commercials advertise Christmas as a “merry and bright” season. But when your family is the source of your deepest hurts those endorsements become demands to be joyful.

A Different Take on a Beloved Carol

Jesus did not come to liberate us from suffering, but to free our spirits as we go through the suffering that is part of life. He makes it possible for us to connect with God — to know Him personally.

How My Husband's Death Changed the Way I See Easter

A young woman’s perspective on resurrection changed after she suddenly became a widow.

Experiencing Easter Through Your 5 Senses

How do we make the Easter message relevant without diluting it? Try these refreshing ideas incorporating all 5 senses.

Why I Wore Flip Flops to Easter Sunrise Service

Try this easy outreach in your neighborhood this Easter.

10 Easter Outreach Ideas

Here are 10 outreach ideas for you to use this Easter from staff members of Cru.

Prepare Your Heart for Easter

Too often we miss the opportunity to draw near to God during the days leading up to Easter. Discover some ways to prepare your heart to truly celebrate the depth of Christ's love this Easter season.

Killing lambs? Making sense of the Passover meal

Learn what the Passover meal, the setting of the Lord’s supper, means to us today.

Bringing Easter Back From the Dead

Why does candy sometimes seem more real to me at Easter than the Resurrection?

Tips for When Mother’s Day Hurts

When your son or daughter struggles with addiction, mental illness, self-injury, an eating disorder, suicidal thoughts, same-sex attraction, is incarcerated or has other issues, this day is going to be difficult for you.

What to Put On and Off in the New Year

As the New Year begins, I have been thinking about how we are reminded to take off our old selves and clothe ourselves in our true identity in Christ. We are invited to put on our new identity and then to clothe ourselves with things that suit our new identity, such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Forgiving My Dad Set Us Both Free

I didn’t have as much time as I needed with my dad in my early years, but then one day God set things in motion, unexpectedly.

Do Christians Have a Harder Time with Resolutions?

Making New Year’s resolutions won’t make us better people, but being filled with the Holy Spirit will give us life.

Can We Really Find True Love?

We go through tremendous effort to find or even just taste love. It is so powerful that for many, the meaning of life is finding true love. But what is love?

Do You Believe You're Loved Enough?

#LOVEDENOUGH: Coming to terms with the “ought-not-to-be-ness” around & inside us.

14 of God's Best Valentines

This Valentine’s Day may you experience God’s love in a deeper way by being reminded of 14 things about His love.

What Christians Miss When They Ignore Halloween

There are ways to make Halloween a day to spread the love of Christ.

This Halloween, Turn the Lights On

Perhaps this Halloween is the perfect opportunity to respond selflessly in love and care for our neighbors, as well as a way to fight our tendency to isolate.

Sticking with Your New Year’s Resolutions

Keeping with God’s growth plan in 2015 and what I have learned from failing with my New Year’s resolutions in the past.

Why you love traditions

For some, traditions center around holidays, such as Thanksgiving. But traditions can come in all shapes and sizes.

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