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8 Warning Signs of a Double-Minded Christian

Meg Bucher (Megs) Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they... Read more

5 Signs You May Be Controlled by a Spirit of Fear

5. Compromising Compromise in interpersonal relationships is essential. Compromising on morals is not.Sometimes, when it seems like its the only way to survive, to keep people happy, to get what we want, we will compromise our morals. We will do things we know we shouldntor not do things we shouldin order to attain that which... Read more

When God Says “I Desire Mercy, Not Sacrifice”

I cant even imagine the uproar this would have caused among the people! They would have been floored by such a proclamation. The religious elite would have been outraged. This statement went against so much of what their culture deemed acceptable.But why was this so revolutionary? What did Jesus even mean when he said, I... Read more

5 Prayers for Justice in the Midst of Injustice

George Floyd, 47, died at a local hospital on Monday [May 25, 2020] after being arrested and pinned to the pavement outside of a convenience store where it was suspected that he used a fake $20 bill, the Star Tribune reports. Floyd was pinned by an officer on the neck for at least six minutes.I cant breathe,... Read more

What Scripture Means by “the Just Shall Live by Faith”

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:17, KJVThis is the crux of the Gospel: The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:17, KJV). This verse, when understood, can give us such peace and assurance in knowing our salvation doesnt... Read more

A Prayer for a Heart That Needs to Lament

Over the past several days, weeks, and months, human hearts have cried out in hurt, frustration, anger, and despair. Feelings of isolation, depression, mistrust, fear, and confusion have overwhelmed the world. As pandemic and violence swept across the earth, we sometimes wonder how, or even if, God will respond. A sense of helplessness pervades. In... Read more

Beauty for Weary Souls

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.John Muir The beauty of this spinning planet invites and beckons. Entering a thoughtfully decorated room,... Read more

How to Be the Bridge : Practical Steps to Racial Reconciliation

Racial reconciliation has been a hot topic in recent years, not just in Christian circles. The phrase itself may evoke a range of emotions in people, but at its heart the practice of racial reconciliation is complicated, messy and uncomfortable. Latasha Morrison has jumped headfirst into the messiness of this mission, wading through the hard... Read more

Should Christians Be Concerned about Individual Liberty in Crises?

Give me liberty or give me death, was the infamous cry of Patrick Henry just prior to the Revolutionary War.Something deep inside the human heart seeks freedom. Freedom from tyrannical oppression. Freedom from control. Freedom from conscience. Freedom from consequence. Freedom from pain, guilt, and sin. Freedomfrom God.As with most human desires, the quest for... Read more

10 Ways to Let Go of a Toxic Relationship

Even as painful as toxic relationships can be, they can be even more painful to let go of. Here are 10 ways to invite God's healing into your life. Angrily, I set out alone at midnight to retrieve my car on foot. A major thunderstorm was brewing, but I was so mad I didnt care.... Read more

10 Differences between a Nice Guy and a Good Man

It always amazes methe toxic pull a bad boy image has on the hearts of women, especially on the young and naive. But as we mature, we should recognize the danger of being drawn to this type of personality. We see what once looked like the promise of a passionate love affair quickly degrades into... Read more

A Heartfelt Prayer for Justice

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:5 NIV)Prejudice, discrimination, human trafficking, corruption, and more run rampant in the world. Media and modern-day conversations overflow with just causes, but heartfelt justice requires a deep look into our sin-soaked souls. To fight with courage and boldness, without judgement,... Read more

5 Expectations of the Post-Pandemic Church

There will be no going back to a pre-pandemic church. This is because those who were reached during the pandemic and those we hope to reach when its over will demand something different. In fact, the nature of the divide between a pre-pandemic church and a post-pandemic church will be about what people will expect... Read more

6 Reasons Socializing Is Critical for Mental Health

The speck in another persons eye is glaringly obvious when we never see ourselves through the eyes of others. We speak harshly about people who are different from us, forgetting how we appeared to God before Christ saved us.Now we stand before the throne of God, washed clean by the blood of the lamb, and... Read more

The Gift of Freedom: The Believers Declaration of Independence

We are never truly free until the grace, goodness, and mercy of God become a reality in our personal experience. Are you a free person? Most likely, you would say that you are. Perhaps you would base your answer on the fact that you can go most anywhere you choose and do what you like... Read more

10 Prayers from Psalms to Set Your Mind on Jesus in the Morning

There is a gray chair that sits in the corner of our living room. On the floor next to it is a stack of books Im currently reading through as well as a Chronological Bible Im determined to finish this year. It has become a well known unwritten rule in our house that it is... Read more

1917 and the Beauty of Duty

Time is the enemy. Thats the marketing tagline for Sam Mendess World War I epic 1917, this year’s Golden Globe winner for best drama. Not since Christopher Nolans Dunkirk has time itself been so foregrounded as a war films scariest foe. In both Dunkirk and 1917, the ostensible enemy (the German army) is largely unseen.... Read more

Roger Scruton, Beauty Defender and Gentle Conservative, Dies at 75

Coming close to death you begin to know what life means, and what it means is gratitude. These are the last words Sir Roger Scruton (19442020) penned in public. They’re a fitting way to describe the life of a philosopher and gentlemen, to whom many, including myself, owe so much. Scruton died last Sunday morning,... Read more

16 Powerful Affirmations to Declare Boldly during Crisis

Anne Peterson Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Going through a global pandemic has been one of the biggest trials for many people. We can be consumed by what we read and hear all around us. Or we can focus on the truths in Gods Word.Affirmations are declarations we can make to give us encouragement. And what better... Read more

7 Signs God Is the One Leading Your Decision

When we navigate lifes decisions, seeking out the best courses of action to take, we want something more than just our best guess to guide us. As believers, we want to know that our choices are influenced by a greater power than the happenstance flip of a coin or the drawing of straws can offer.... Read more

30 Bible Verses for a Joyful Marriage

What does the Bible say about marriage? Scripture provides sage advice on what to look for in a lifelong partner and how to interact with them in marriage. The Bible famously warns us not to be in a relationship with someone with whom we are "unequally yoked," saying that our fundamental beliefs and values play... Read more

7 Differences Your Life Can Make That Will Outlive You

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)The same Paul who earlier persecuted the church had a life-changing encounter with Jesus... Read more

Should Christians Believe That Everything Happens for a Reason?

Should Christians believe that everything happens for a reason? I wanted to answer this question was a resounding, yes! And then I thought about it practically. Is there a reason my son was born three months early? Is there a reason why he passed away when he was 22 months old? Is there a reason... Read more

Do Your May Days Need a Mayday from Pandemic Pressure?

One day, when the chaos of coronavirus has passed, we will see how it all turned out for our good. Because that is what God promises to do in our hardships. (Romans 8:28). If you need a mayday for your May Days, ask God to show you the silver lining. Article/Post Source

10 Reasons Why God Allows You to Feel Helpless

Nylse Esahc iBelieve Contributing Writer Lately, on so many fronts, feelings of helplessness pervades our lives. We feel like there's nowhere to turn; like we're stuck between a rock and a hard place; like there's nothing else for us to do and we are all out of solutions. There's a weariness that accompanies this helplessness.... Read more

A Prayer of Faith When Theres No More Fight Left in You

10 Verses to Help You Find Faith Over Fear: He hears our prayers and is at work - And Jesus answered them, Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he... Read more

The Significant Beauty of Nonessential Work

Do you remember the taste of strawberries? Thats the question Sam Gamgee asks an exhausted, starving, and despondent Frodo Baggins as they struggle to march through Mordor. Frodo has lost hope that hell reach the end of his journey. But rather than saying, Muster up your strength! We have essential, important work to do, Sam... Read more

20 Birthday Bible Verses to Bless and Celebrate Loved Ones

It is important to honor the birthdays of loved ones, friends, and neighbors; it reminds them they are special, loved, and remembered. There are many ways to show our love: gifts and balloons are always fun.  One of the best ways to remember a birthday is with Bible verses filled with loving words and encouragement.... Read more

10 Beautiful Truths God Has for the Lonely Woman

The great irony of loneliness is that so many of us feel alone! And although some of us require solitude to recharge, it’s important that we not linger in isolation. I wonder, how many lonely women among us have unintentionally isolated themselves from the community God has put around them? As you read that, did... Read more

Remembering Ravi Zacharias: 31 of His Most Powerful Quotes

Ravi Zacharias has left this world for his heavenly home. Yet his powerful influence will remain with us, and he will long be remembered by believers around the world who have followed his teaching and ministry over many years. Most well-known as a wise and godly Christian apologist, Zacharias was also the author of more... Read more

6 Questions to Ask your Aging Parent Who Doesnt Know God

My father passed away recently. Unfortunately, we were estranged most of my adult life, which made our last days together even sadder. With God's grace, our relationship mended before he passed, but his departure was bittersweet. We were talking but we both knew the time was short. There was so much to say, and there... Read more

8 Things to Expect from Married Life as a Christian

1. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 ESV2. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love. Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV3. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25 ESV 4. Wives, submit to your own... Read more

17 Bible Verses about Confrontation

When God met with Adam and Eve after they sinned, that was God confronting man (Genesis 3:8-11).When Peter and Paul were in a heated debate over whether Jews should eat with Gentiles (Galatians 2), Paul used this confrontation to reassert a very important pointthere is neither Jew nor Greek in Christ; we are all one.... Read more

Am I Responsible for my Husbands Happiness?

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer As a newlywed, I was a bit obsessed with keeping my husband happy. To the point that I often denied my own feelings.Husband: Are you okay? Me: Im fine.Husband: Anything wrong? Me: Nope, all is good.Meanwhile, inside, I would be struggling with anger or hurt. My motto which I adopted... Read more

Marriage in Heaven – Will I Still Be Married to My Spouse?

Will my spouse and I still be married in heaven? What if I've been remarried--how will that work in heaven? Although Scripture can be a bit enigmatic about the nature of heaven, Jesus does make one thing clear in the Gospel of Luke: even if we marry on this earth to an earthly spouse, we... Read more

5 Steps to Resolving Marital Conflict

We can speak the most eloquent words or make the most persuasive argument, but only God can change a heart. And really, only He knows what is truly best for us, our spouse, and our marriage. Hes strong enough, present enough, and powerful enough to work all things out for our good and the good... Read more

Should Christians Expect an Ungodly World to Live up to Godly Standards?

If I walked up and asked anyone at church this particular question, the person would likely say, no. However, the assumptions and judgments we carry reveal a different answer. For instance, when we hear of a couple who has moved in together before marriage, our judgement radar goes into overdrive. Or when we hear foul... Read more

Does God Promise Everything Will Be Alright?

On March 4, 2020, my husband and I boarded a plane for an eleven-day trip to Israel. While the Coronavirus was making the news when we left, it had not become a factor within the United States. By the time our trip was over, schools and churches were going digital and the President had declared... Read more

Consider His Beauty | Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

Contemplate His Magnificence | Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

[ad_1] Be grateful unto Him, and bless His identify.Psalm 100:4KJV Our Lord needs all His kids would richly possess excessive and blissful ideas regarding His blessed individual. Jesus just isn't content material when His little kids suppose wrongly of Him. It's His pleasure at any time when His adopted ones are delighted with His magnificence.... Read more

Chaos Now For Beauty Later | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Chaos Now For Magnificence Later | Every day Devotionals by Ideas about God

[ad_1] For I'm about to do one thing new. See, I've already begun! Do you not see it? I'll make a pathway by way of the wilderness. I'll create rivers within the dry wasteland.Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) I'm within the midst of a kitchen reno and my home appears like a catastrophe zone. The best duties... Read more

Cory Asbury: 'God Is Vulnerable. That's the Beauty of God' | RELEVANT Magazine

Cory Asbury: ‘God Is Weak. That is the Fantastic thing about God’ | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] Cory Asbury’s “Reckless Love” has turn out to be a contemporary touchstone in worship music beloved world wide and sung by hundreds of thousands who see their expression of religion mirrored in its lyrics. Now, Asbury has written a devotional e-book to take followers of the music deeper into the inspiration behind... Read more

Roger Scruton, Beauty Defender and Gentle Conservative, Dies at 75

Roger Scruton, Magnificence Defender and Light Conservative, Dies at 75

[ad_1] Coming near loss of life you start to know what life means, and what it means is gratitude. These are the final phrases Sir Roger Scruton (19442020) penned in public. They’re a becoming technique to describe the lifetime of a thinker and gents, to whom many, together with myself, owe a lot. Scruton died... Read more

1917 and the Beauty of Duty

1917 and the Great thing about Obligation

[ad_1] Time is the enemy. Thats the advertising and marketing tagline for Sam Mendess World Warfare I epic 1917, this yr’s Golden Globe winner for finest drama. Not since Christopher Nolans Dunkirk has time itself been so foregrounded as a conflict movies scariest foe. In each Dunkirk and 1917, the ostensible enemy (the German military)... Read more

Beauty out of Brokenness | Devotional by Katherine Kehler

Magnificence out of Brokenness | Devotional by Katherine Kehler

[ad_1] Do every thing with out complaining or arguing, so that you could be grow to be innocent and pure, youngsters of God with out fault in a crooked and wicked era, wherein you shine like stars within the universe as you maintain out the phrase of life. . . Philippians 2: 1416 My neighbor... Read more