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7 Burning Questions about the Lake of Fire Answered

Revelation 19:20 states that the beast and the false prophet will be cast in the lake of fire. The beast in Revelation alternately refers to an evil empire and the person who leads said empire, perhaps the Antichrist. The beast cast in the lake of fire is presumably this person.The false prophet in Revelation stands alongside... Read more

10 Bible Verses Everybody Gets Wrong

Kathy Howard Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer The Bible is the most important book ever written. The one true God chose to reveal Himself to us through the written word. Amazing and humbling! Yet sometimes we get it wrong. We misunderstand or misapply the truth God has given us. Although there are countless causes, through my experience... Read more

9 Steps to Restoring Trust in a Troubled Marriage

The Bible has a lot to say about marriage, and even more to say about trusting the Lord. Perhaps one of the best ways to rebuild trust in a troubled marriage is to focus more on our trust in God, and less on the actions, sin, and betrayals of our spouse. It is better to... Read more

How to Trust God When Things Are Falling Apart

How do I trust God when it seems He didnt come through? Have you ever asked this question? Life is tough and unpredictable and rarely happens the way we plan so its likely youve prayed for something you didnt receive or asked God to change something that painfully remained the same. After believing in faith... Read more

How to Believe “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom”

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17Hearing the word freedom is like hearing the words love or interesting. At face-value these words are vague and can often mean anything. For some, the idea of freedom may embody an end to slavery, a... Read more

3 Reasons Why “For the Lack of Guidance a Nation Falls”

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.  Proverbs 11:14By all appearances politics has taken over mainstream life. Hearing the news has become for many as essential as breathing air. Others find hearing the news unavoidable. Sports games, video games, food, everything has become politicized.A fear permeates the air that... Read more

4 Things God Is Doing in the Silence

Silence can be awkward in certain settings especially in a social gathering. But as believers, silence can also be a gift. A moment of stillness and silence can bring the gentle whispers of God’s voice to speak to the things concerning our hearts.Our silence propels us to remember how the God we serve is near... Read more

6 Reasons to Trust the Clay of Your Troubles in the Potters Hands

Sooner or later, well have trouble in life.We may find ourselves out of work and financially strapped. We may become depressed about a rough patch in our marriage or an end to one. We may lose someone we love and our hearts are crushed.But God doesnt leave us during difficult times. He doesnt forsake us... Read more

5 Ways You’re Making Conflict in Your Marriage Harder for Yourself 

On the flipside, when you constantly remind yourself that hes never going to listen, never going to change, then youre anticipating more fights. And when they come, you tend to pack a mean Aha, I knew I was right! punch. You start slinging fists because you were right about him dropping the ball.If you revel... Read more

How to Pray for Your Husband instead of Trying to Change Him

Your husband will not change overnight. And perhaps, he might not change at all.Will you trust God enough to accept that EVEN IF your husband doesnt change, you will still trust that God is in control?A beautiful story in the Bible depicts this even if statement in Daniel 3:8-30 where King Nebuchadnezzar commanded everyone to... Read more

Why (and How) Should We Pray the Names of God?

If youve ever done a Bible study about the names of God, you were likely blessed to discover the wonderful ways our Lord is described throughout the Old and New Testaments. Rich with meaning, the names of God not only point to who He is, they give us a clear picture of what He has... Read more

How to View Sex as Holy, but Without Shame

Something Ive learned over the years is that, despite good intentions, most of our Christian parents didnt do the best job of talking to us about sex.Most of our parents talked to us about being sexually pure from a standpoint of avoiding consequences, rather than the goal being to bring glory to our holy God.Even... Read more

10 Verses and Prayers to Lean on as you Vote

The pressure and tension from this election feels higher than ever. It seems the pressure has gradually each year as well as the emotions that surround the issues on the table. What we have failed to recognize is that every election for all of time has come with the same weighty issues. Every political party wants... Read more

7 Prayers of Compassion to Strengthen Your Pastor

4. Prayer for God to Give Your Pastor Good Health Although pastors care for others, they often dont take care of themselves. PCI reports over 50% of pastors are unhealthy, overweight, and dont exercise.With 84% saying they are on-call 24/7, 75% of pastors feel highly stressed. At 91%, most pastors feel burned out, fatigued, and... Read more

5 Ways to Bring More Joy into Your Marriage

Our world tends to be overly serious. We forget to let ourselves relax and have fun. Think back to the last time you had a really good laugh with a friend or your spouse and how good it made you feel. Its been proven laughter can relieve tension and stress, boost your immune system, release dopamine... Read more

The Seven Seals of Revelation and What They Mean

The book of Revelation can be scary and difficult for most to interpret. Even Bible scholars debate the meaning of many details. So, understanding as a layperson can bring confusion. One thing is sure, the events described by the apostle John, are a picture of the return of Christ and God's judgment on the world.Symbolism... Read more

How Should We Pray for the Presidential Election?

Our country has experienced a lot this year. Not only are we still living through a global pandemic, and seeing racial injustices heightened, but we are also gearing up for one of the most important elections in our lifetime.Politics has always caused division within our country and relationships with others, yet this election year feels... Read more

What Does It Mean to Be Unequally Yoked?

How to Tell If Someone Is Unequally Yoked It is hard to discuss being equally yoked without sounding judgmental. Yet, if we are seeking a life partner, its important that we act wisely and look for a person whose life reflects what is in their heart. Scripture encourages us to be discerning, pure, and blameless... Read more

As a Christian, How Involved Should I Be in Politics?

Catherine Segars Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer There were eight of us gathered around the table for a catered dinner at the house of my husbands boss. The small talk was pleasant and expected. Nothing riveting or even interesting, really. Then out of nowhere, someone mentioned the wall. Not the dining room wall or the wall in the... Read more

5 Powerful Prayers for Anxiety

A Prayer for Hope When You Are Fearful Father,May the presence of fear cause us to pray, When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. (Psalm 56:3) Let fear be an automatic signal to us to remember, There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear  (1 John 4:18).Fear can... Read more

9 Romantic Ways to Get the Quality Time You Need, Even during COVID

Whether you reserve a spot at a campsite or blow up the air mattress and pitch a tent in the yard, camping is one way to appreciate the outdoors with a measure of privacy.If youre at a campsite, bask in Gods creations by observing the wildlife around you, taking a walk in nature at sunset,... Read more

10 Warnings for Christians Who Are Asleep

Both physical and spiritual sleep often takes place in darkness. But 1 Thessalonians 5:5 reminds us, You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.Still people are drawn to darkness as John 3:19 explains, This is the verdict: Light has come... Read more

A Prayer of Beauty and Grace for Your Ugliest Moments

Sometimes our worst moments are brought on by a mix of emotions we dont know how to express. We might feel justified in feeling these things, which then brings guilt and shame, further paving the way for the perfect storm when our hearts finally show themselves.I had my own perfect storm just last month. It... Read more

How to “Resist the Devil” When You Find Yourself Alone

Everyone suffers, whether from their own sinfulness, or actions from the enemy, the devil. The story of Job is about a righteous man with plentiful faith and earthly possessions. God allowed the devil to strip him of everything, and even make him sick. For a while, Job suffered and the help he received from his... Read more

Discovering a World of Surplus Beauty – Tim Challies

When I was young my family owned a cottage. To a child it was a place of wonder, a place of marvels. While I spent ten months of the year in the confines of the big city, summers at the cottage offered freedom to explore and to discover, to be a wanderer and adventurer, to... Read more

10 Scriptures Singles Need to Guide Their Dating Decisions

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer Dating can often feel like navigating a field dotted with land mines. One false move, and youre in serious trouble! Whether youre naturally a cautious planner or an impulsive thrill-seeker, dating can be exhausting and discouraging. There are many ditches to fall into on both sides of the... Read more

8 Beauty and Fashion Mistakes Mature Women Make And How to Fix Them

When it comes to our looks, trying to keep up with Father Time can seem to be a losing battle. Its not because there arent products, diets and procedures available to help take off the years. Goodness knows, 50 is the new 40 and, as a whole, our generation looks much younger in our later... Read more

What Does It Mean to Be Sanctified?

Sanctification is a process through which the Holy Spirit changes a person. One of the metaphors used in the Bible to describe the process is that of the potter and the clay. God is the potter, creating each person, imbuing them with breath, personality, and everything that makes him or her unique. He also makes... Read more

10 Scriptures to Pray for Our Nation and Our Leaders

As Christians, we are to live in a fine balance; standing for that which is true while seeking unity amongst ourselves whenever possible, standing firm in the faith whileshowing grace to those who do not, holding our leaders accountable whilepraying for their wisdom and well-being As our nation finds itself in yet another highly divisive... Read more

7 Things to Do When You Know You’ve Made a Mistake

Crystal Caudill iBelieve Contributing Writer The question is not what should we do if we make a mistake, but when we make a mistake. Mistakes are normal, but that doesn't mean we should ignore the issue. Here are seven things to do to restore your life and relationships when you realize you've made a mistake.1.... Read more