Discover what the Bible says so you know how to live.

Many Christians want to fully understand what the Bible says.

You know the Bible has answers. You know Jesus’s words are a path for life. But connecting those words to daily life isn’t easy. Especially when it’s so easy to miss the context of the original story and how it affects the meaning of Jesus’ words.

I get it. The Bible sometimes seems confusing.

The more you read, the more you see. And the more you see, the more uncertain you may feel about what you should do.

As an author and pastor for more than 30 years, I spend countless hours studying and writing that results in books, articles, messages, and newsletters to help more people know what Jesus really said.

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CCV Holy Land Trip Invitation

CCV Holy Land Trip Invitation

Dear CCV Family, I want to invite you, your loved ones, and your friends to join Lisa and me for an unforgettable trip to the Holy Land! A journey to the land of the Bible is a trip every Christian should make at least once in their life. The Bible comes alive as we...

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Happiness Hack: Giving Alms To The Poor

Happiness Hack: Giving Alms To The Poor

Lisa and I had just landed at the Philadelphia airport after midnight after a long, cross-country flight.  We were tired and waiting outside to be picked up by the Extended Parking...

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Watching Church Online

Watching Church Online

Watching church online is like being married to someone serving in the military overseas. Yes, being able to see your loved one on a screen is better than nothing, but it's a mighty poor substitute for being with them in person.⁠  What do you think? Head over to...

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The Power of Simplicity

The Power of Simplicity

It’s faddish in our culture for people to talk about minimalism, simplicity, sustainability, and mindfulness.  When I talk about simplicity, I’m referring to something supernatural.  Simplicity is the direct result of the Holy Spirit leading us to be self-controlled...

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Fight For Your Marriage

Fight For Your Marriage

In the past two weeks, I've lost count of the number of people who have asked me to pray for their marriage. Listen to me: Fight for your marriage, no matter how difficult it is right now. Yes, people get divorced for good reasons. But needing to work hard is not one...

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Jesus’ Call To Share Meals With Sinners

Jesus’ Call To Share Meals With Sinners

These Art of Living articles are meant to be thoughtful examinations about how we can, practically speaking, live more like Jesus, instead of just believing like Jesus. My premise is that Jesus didn’t only come to teach us the best way to think, but the best way to...

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The Power Of Shared Meals

The Power Of Shared Meals

For the last few articles, we’ve talked about the power of walking. Today I want us to turn our attention to the power of sharing a meal. But to understand how truly powerful Jesus’ approach was, we have to understand why it was considered so scandalous by the...

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If You Love Jesus, You Need To Start Walking

If You Love Jesus, You Need To Start Walking

Here’s a list of things I’d rather do than go for a walk:  Get a job as the guy who picks up dead animal carcasses off the sides of freeways.  Eat celery (it’s gross and you know it).  Watch documentaries on Netflix (I know some of you LOVE doing this, but that’s...

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4 Fascinating Reasons Jesus Walked So Much

4 Fascinating Reasons Jesus Walked So Much

The striking thing we find when we read the gospels is how much Jesus walked.  As I asked in my previous article, “Why did he do this?”  Jesus had options other than walking everywhere.  He could have stayed in his home in Capernaum and let the world come to him. ...

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Jesus Walked, A Lot

Jesus Walked, A Lot

Within 15 minutes, I was doubled over, leaning on a rail, heaving, and covered with sweat. My equipment? A new, Osprey 40 lb. backpack with a mesh back for moisture-wicking, tight shoulder support, and a comfortable hip belt for lower back support to carry my...

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Why Living Like Jesus Precedes Believing Like Jesus

Why Living Like Jesus Precedes Believing Like Jesus

If you took a Sharpie marker and opened up a Bible to the four gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the four mini-biographies of Jesus -–  and you scribbled out everything miraculous that Jesus did and everything that Jesus said, what would be left? At first...

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Books to help you answer some of life’s difficult questions

Second Guessing God

Cancer, infertility, job loss, affair, bankruptcy, abuse, divorce, war.

Where’s God? Why does he allow terrible things to happen?

Getting Rid of the Gorilla: Confessions on the Struggle to Forgive

Do you struggle with the pain someone else caused in your life?

Living with an unforgiving heart is like living with a gorilla.

Finding Favor: God’s Blessings Beyond Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Why settle for success when you can have God’s favor? Deep down everyone wants God’s best for their lives―also known as God’s favor.

I’ll Be Damned (Unless Someone Tells Me About Jesus)

Do you struggle with sharing your faith?

I suggest the real reason most of us don’t tell our friends about Jesus has nothing to do with not knowing how. It’s because we don’t think we need to.

I’m Brian.

I’m the founding pastor of Christ’s Church of the Valley just outside Philadelphia, a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, and the author of four books. I’ve been married to my wife Dr. Lisa Jones for 32 years, and together we have three beautiful daughters and a snuggly red golden retriever named Meadow.

On weekends we love driving to the mountains in my Jeep Wrangler to hike, fish, and backpack with Meadow all over the Appalachian Trail. Our family loves to travel and has become passionate advocates for the rights of the poor and oppressed in developing countries. I’m an INTJ, 5w4, and D/I on various personality tests. I also write practical articles for pastors that lead churches at Senior Pastor Central.