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What Would the Apostle Paul Say about Wearing Face Masks?

4. Paul Encourages Right Love over Right Knowledge Paul concludes his discussion by picking up on a statement made in 1 Cor. 8:1: ...knowledge puffs up while loves builds up. Right knowledge can only get you so far. It puffs up the individual because it is only concerned with the individual.Puffed-up knowledge creates the dynamic... Read more

The Beauty behind the Command to “Give Thanks to the Lord”

How Do We Know That God Is Deserving of Thanks? Sometimes when life gets difficult, it is difficult to see Gods goodness. The Bible is full of reminders of everything He does, for which believers should thank Him. He created each person, imbuing that individual with a soul, reason, and a will, as explained in... Read more

10 Powerful Hymns to Silence Satan’s Lies

Our spiritual enemy, Satan, is real, vicious, and relentless—but he is also defeated. In Christ, we have all we need to stand victorious against every attack. The lyrics in these ten hymns remind us of this faith-bolstering truth. These words sink us deeper into God Almighty’s embrace and therefore empower us to triumph.1. “A Wonderful... Read more

A Prayer for Those Who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Matthew 5:6)Prayer is the most powerful tool for us to use in communicating with our Heavenly Father. Whats more is He has told us, Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock and it will... Read more

Is the COVID-19 Vaccine the Mark of the Beast?

Editor's Note: This Ask Roger article features insights from Roger's daughter, Brie Barrier Wetherbee, a sought-after Bible teacher and conference speaker, author, analyst, and Christian theologian.Dear Roger,What in the world is all this about a COVID-19 vaccine being the work of the devil or the satanic mark of the beast from Revelation 13? Can you explain why... Read more

The Power of Seeing 2020 through a New Lens

What Navigating a Pandemic Has Taught Us I wish this pandemic came with a preparation manual ahead of time. I wish we had 20/20 vision to know what was ahead. Many of us heard whispers of this virus, yet I doubt we knew it would be the fight we still had to endure.  1. How to... Read more

A Special Message for Those Who Haven’t Done Great Things for God

You were specially chosen for your role. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5)The person preaching before thousands and the stay-at-home mom are both... Read more

40 Most Powerful Quotes from J.I. Packer That Inspire Faith

J.I. Packer will long be remembered as one of the most respected and influential theologians of all time. He spent many of his 93 years devoted to serving Christ and leading others to a closer relationship and knowledge of Him. Born on July 22, 1926 as James Innell Packer, he grew up in England, the son... Read more

10 Warnings against Making Religion Your God

Throughout history, there have always been ways to display your religion to the world. This might have been through a hairstyle, a particular wardrobe, a piece of jewelry, or a way you communicate. If you find yourself carefully crafting your image or message in public and yet hiding particular elements about your life, there might... Read more

40 Beautiful Bible Verses about Joy to Remember God’s Blessings

12 New Testament Scriptures about Joy John 15:11,I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.Romans 15:13,May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of... Read more

7 Breathtaking Privileges of Being a Child of God

Feeling weary today? Distant from God? Anxious? Uncertain? In this article Tim Keller warms our hearts with seven breathtaking privileges of being a child of God set out by Paul in Romans 8:14-17: "For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so... Read more

5 Biblical Reasons to Not Be Afraid If Were in the End Times

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit... Read more

3 Opportunities for a Transformed Faith during This Pandemic

We seem to be in-between seasons, dont we? This strange time we are in makes us evaluate the true significance of our lives. Before the coronavirus called our world to a screeching halt, we lived and worked for what mattered to usor we thought we did. Now our former priorities are called into question.Now more... Read more

Yes, the World’s Gone Crazy; Here’s Why That’s Good for the Church

Jennifer Slattery JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com Sometimes it feels as if our world’s imploding—with ongoing threats of nuclear war, hate groups, school shootings, and economic experts predicting financial doom. But what if all this chaos has the capacity for good? What if, contrary to what our fretful brains tell us, God is still in control and is, even... Read more

Bible Prophecy Explained – Jesus Christ and End Times

Recently, I read a verse in Daniel that I'd never noticed before that got me quite excited. So many prophecies seem to be fitting together in ways that people have not seen for 2000 years. Dear Roger,I've read the book of Daniel several times. Recently, I read a verse that I'd never noticed before that... Read more

These 10 Bad Habits Are Distancing You from God

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer As believers, we all go through period of time where we feel closer to the Lord than in past seasons of our life. During the periods of distance, we tend to get discouraged. We think why do I not feel as close to God as I did six... Read more

A Prayer for When You’re in the Heat of the Battle

Some days get hard. We feel exhausted and worn. Tired of fighting and ready to give up. Feeling like we cant go on or still struggling through defeat. The enemy seems to be hot on our trail, and we wonder if weve been left on our own.But no matter what we find ourselves up against... Read more

What Does it Mean to “Conquer” the Devil?

Second, we conquer Satan by the word of our testimony. This starts with the confident proclamation of our identity in Christ. One of Satan's primary weapons is the lie. He is committed to deceiving you into believing you arenotwhat, in fact, youare, and that youcannotdo what, in fact, youcan. Satan will try to persuade you... Read more

What Is the Rapture and When Will it Happen?

Dear Roger,I'm a new Christian, and I've always associated the word rapture with something romantic or earthly. Can you help me understand, why is the word rapture associated with the return of Jesus? What does it mean to experience the rapture the Bible talks about? JerryDear Jerry,When I think of the word rapture or enraptured,... Read more

A Prayer from Micah 6:8 to Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

When talking about social justice in our world today, one of the most frequently quoted verses from the Bible is from Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. But what... Read more

The Beautiful Meaning behind the Old Hymn “Blessed Assurance

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer Growing up, the hymn Blessed Assurance etched its words on my heart. Occasionally, when Im alone worshipping God, the lyrics of this song will come to mind and I sing from my heart with joy. Written almost 150 years ago its as powerful as ever!Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!At times,... Read more

The Meaning and Significance of Specific Numbers in the Bible

The Meaning and Significance of Number 3 in the Bible As stated in this Crosswalk article, Three, shelosh[f.], sheloshah [m.] means harmony, new life, and completeness. Three tends to represent completeness. We see this in the most obvious example of the Trinity: one God, three persons. Whenever we encounter something in Scripture repeated three times in a row, for... Read more

A Prayer for God to Hold Up Your Faith When Youre Tired

Dear God,We come to you today and admit how much we need you. Were tired. Weary. Worn. Defeated. Weve tried to keep battling and pressing through our troubles, but sometimes we feel like we cant go on. Lord, please help us in our weakness. We need your strength and power to refresh our hearts and... Read more

10 Most Encouraging Bible Verses That Will Uplift Your Heart and Soul

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." -  Jeremiah 29:11 ESVYour Daily Bible Verse: Dont Take Jeremiah 29:11 Out of ContextBy Kelly GivensMy Old Testament professor had this to say about the ever-popular Jeremiah 29:11: I... Read more

How Are You Called by Faith to Fight for Others?

Racial tensions are at the forefront of every headline. We are in the midst of whats becoming the largest Civil Rights Movement in our lifetime, more widespread than that of the 1960s. But Christians know this is not breaking news.One of the many marvels of Christianity is that its a major world religion that tackles... Read more

Fear Not: 10 Powerful Verses to Help You Fight Fear and Find Hope

Many of the most popular and frequently quoted Bible verses we hear or read are from the powerful book of Isaiah. 66 chapters are filled with such reminders of who God is and how Hes still with us today. We can find strength from the truth that His word never changes. We can find faith... Read more

What Is a Prayer Closet and Do I Need One?

Has your prayer life ever felt like a wrestling match? Interruptions from kids, drifting off in sleep, distracted with your long list of to-dos. A thousand invisible enemies seem to fill the air the minute we sit down and pray.Or perhaps our ordinary lives full of busyness, create us to live a prayer life of... Read more

20 Bible Verses That Teach Us about God’s Blessing

Jesus teaches on blessings that dont always sound like blessings, but they are tied to heavenly rewards!9. Matthew 5:2-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.Blessed are those who hunger and thirst... Read more

5 Amazing Ways to Throw Satan off His Game with Worship

The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, Jesus said, in Matthew 26:41. Of course youre willing to worship...we all are. Otherwise, whats the point of being a Christian? Fire insurance? We praise and worship the Lord because we love Him and because He loved us first. But dont stop there. Be willing in... Read more

10 Prayers for Finding your Purpose

Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer Sometimes we can be so busy with our lives that we forget the more meaningful purpose behind it all. God has shaped and prepared us to play a unique role in each step of our story. The reason we are here on this earth is for so much more than... Read more