Family Christian is the world's largest Christian-focused retailer, and is located in the United States. As of 2012, the retail chain has approximately 281 stores in 261 cities. The retail chain offers a variety of Christian-themed merchandise, especially books, Bibles, gifts and music.

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  • Stop! Thief!
    Stop! Thief! by Kathy Mills “The Instruction you’ve given to me is better than thousands of pieces of gold and silver!” Psalm 119:72 (CEB) I hate to admit it, but I was a bank thief. Yup. I walked into the bank and robbed the teller assisting me. Perhaps I should explain. I went to the bank to cash three small checks. One held only my husband’s name on it. Even though it had been two years sin...
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  • Pressing Through the Pain
    Pressing Through the Pain by Lysa Terkeurst “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a (NKJV) Does it ever feel like the heartbreak in your life is trying to break you? I understand. I really, really do. I’ve been in that place where the pain of heartbreak hits with such sudden and sharp force that it feels like it cuts through skin and bone. It’s the kind of pain that leaves u...
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  • What Should I Do with My Unfulfilled Longings?
    What Should I Do with My Unfulfilled Longings? by Boyd Bailey “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12 (NIV) Our daughter and son-in-law could not have children. After years of testing, prodding, probing and prayers, the doctor concluded that without a special procedure, they only had a 5 percent probability of pregnancy. Ten days prior to...
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  • You Said What?
    You Said What? by Lynn Cowell “What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.” Luke 12:3 (NIV) I wasn’t sure why, but I just knew the texts I was receiving were never intended for my eyes. Suddenly I received a call from my daughter: “Mom, are you getting my texts?” she asked, a bit panic...
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  • Would You Rather Be Liked Online -- Or Loved in Person?
    Would You Rather Be Liked Online -- Or Loved in Person? by Kari Kampakis “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV) A little over a year ago, the exhaustion hit me. I began waking up in the m...
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  • National Random Acts of Kindness Day: 10 Ways to Get Involved
    10 ways to communicate kindness to those around you today. Happy National Random Acts of Kindness Day! We’re all about a holiday that encourages us to show compassion just as Paul did in Ephesians 4:32 NIV: “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Here are 10 ways to communicate kindness to those around you today. 1. Call Your Family ...
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  • The One Small Prayer That Fulfills Our Greatest Dream
    The One Small Prayer That Fulfills Our Greatest Dream by Alicia Bruxvoort “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Luke 11:9 (ESV) “So, what’s your greatest dream?” I asked my new friend, Heidi, as we lay beneath the moon with a gaggle of sleeping girls and a splattering of starlight. We’d spent the week as camp counselors...
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  • I Scribbled Truth That Changed My Life
    I Scribbled Truth That Changed My Life by Lysa Terkeurst “Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you.’” Acts 3:6a (NIV) When my baby sister died tragically and unexpectedly, my entire world flipped upside down. It was a very dark season of my life. What I once knew to be true suddenly became questionable. Is God good? If so, why this? And if I never know why,...
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  • I Longed For Something More
    I Longed For Something More by Glynnis Whitwer “… It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel — I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this …” 2 Samuel 6:21-22a (NIV) Growing up in a traditional church, singing traditional hymns, meant being a Christian was very ...
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  • Making My Wife Cry on Christmas
    Making My Wife Cry on Christmas by Gary Thomas “How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful!” Song of Songs 1:15a (NIV) At first, it looked like the worst Christmas gift ever. I could read the expression on Lisa’s face: “Why would you do this to me?” Lisa held the daily journal in her hand and thought (she later told me): “You know I don’t like to keep a journal. Please don’t ask me t...
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  • Own Your Faith: 10 Practical Ways to Show God’s Love
    Welcome to the Own Your Faith Challenge! We believe God has great things in store for 2017 and we’re excited to partner with you in making this year the best one yet. Each month, we’ll share a new challenge that focuses on a unique area of spiritual growth to keep you committed to your goals all year long. This month, we’re getting intentional about showing the love of Christ. We encourage you ...
  • When a Dream Dies
    When a Dream Dies by Sharon Jaynes “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.’” Ezekiel 37:4b-5 (NIV) I sat on my porch with my Bible and a hot mug of coffee. Early morning is my favorite time of day. Just me, Jesus and a smattering of birds. However...
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  • Tearing Up the Star Charts
    Tearing Up the Star Charts by Jennie Allen “Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the L...
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  • When You've Fallen in Fear and You Can't Get Up
    When You've Fallen in Fear and You Can't Get Up by Kelly Balarie “The Lord GOD is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility].” Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP) I shoved the training books deep into the closet, making them disappear under...
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  • Bible Basics: 8 Benefits of Reading Your Bible Daily
    Reignite your passion for reading the Bible by reminding yourself of the benefits God has made available to you through His Word. The Bible is the living, breathing Word of God. And though we know it in our heads, sometimes we forget this truth in our hearts. We go through the motions and treat our time in the Word as an obligation, failing to see it as the gift it really is. Reignite your passi...
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  • When You Need to Win Over Worry
    When You Need to Win Over Worry by Betsy De Cruz “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Matthew 6:27 (NIV) When it comes to worrying, I could win an Olympic prize. Not surprising, since I come from a long line of expert worriers. My grandparents were champions. During my childhood, they showed up at every family gathering two hours early to avoid being late. Then by 2:...
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  • The Seduction of Satisfaction
    The Seduction of Satisfaction by Lysa Terkeurst “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (NIV) Have you ever been tempted to make seemingly small compromises in the short term that had the potential to take you away from God’s best in the long term? I know this struggle all too well. But I also know that those small compromises bui...
  • Control Girl to Jesus Girl
    Control Girl to Jesus Girl by Shannon Popkin “Not my will, but yours, be done.” Luke 22:42b (ESV) “You guys are going to love this!” I said as I plopped steaming heaps of peach porridge into my kids’ breakfast bowls. They didn’t look convinced. This was my fifth new recipe that week — all attempts to accommodate my son’s new elimination diet. The nutritionist had promised that peach porridge w...
  • When a Bad Day Becomes a Bad Year
    When a Bad Day Becomes a Bad Year by Suzie Eller “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Colossians 3:13 (NIV) It started out as a promising family day, with lots of good things packed in, until everything started going wrong. Someone got impatient. Someone else got mad. Someone’s feelings were hurt. Suddenl...
  • Quick! Bring Out The Best
    Quick! Bring Out The Best by Karen Ehman “But the father told his slaves, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate.” Luke 15:22-24 (HCSB) When someon...
  • Bible Basics: How to Read and Understand the Bible
    Understand the timeline of biblical events, learn more about the culture and customs during Jesus’ time and discover how to apply the Good News to your life by supplementing your study with a second Bible. Have you ever read the Bible and felt like you didn’t understand the point of the passage? The stories in the Bible aren’t documented in order and it isn’t always clear how they relate to othe...
  • How To Live a Brave and Beautiful Life
    How to Live a Brave and Beautiful Life by Alicia Bruxvoort “You direct me on the path that leads to a beautiful life. As I walk with You, the pleasures are never-ending, and I know true joy and contentment.” Psalm 16:11 (VOICE) The woman sitting beside me in the airport held a faded leather backpack that appeared to had weathered a lifetime of stories. And the hiking boots laced to her ankles bo...
  • The Resurrection of Gavin Stone Review
    Grace, forgiveness and redemption are core themes in The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a fun, faith-based comedy in theaters now. Essentially, these traits are what Christians are known for, but Gavin Stone doesn’t know that when he shows up on the doorstep of Masonville Baptist Church to serve his 200 hours of community service. After a party gone wrong, Gavin is just looking to serve his time so...
  • I Was Her
    I Was Her By Lysa Terkeurst “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12 (NIV) I saw her coming across the arena. Deliberately. Intentionally. Her eyes fixed on the stage … on me … on what I must have represented in that moment — a woman who might understand. Through the...
  • How Long, Oh Lord?
    How Long, Oh Lord? By Esther Fleece “How long will my enemy triumph over me?“ Psalm 13:2b (NIV) When I reached my 30s, I remember praying “How long, Lord?” as I filled out yet another change of address form. During several years of job and life transitions, I’d filled out my share of these. I needed to have a list of my previous addresses nearby just to remember them all, and it drove me insane...
  • Reigniting Passion in Your Marriage
    Reigniting Passion in Your Marriage by Sharon Jaynes “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first.” Revelation 2:4-5a (NIV) What do you do when you’ve lost that lovin’ feelin’ in your marriage? Maybe you truly adored your husband in the beginning, but now you can’t remember why. Maybe you ho...

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