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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

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

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

What Did David Mean by As Far as the East Is from the West?

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,so great is his faithful lovetoward those who fear him.As far as the east is from the west,so far has he removedour transgressions from us.As a father has compassion on his children,so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him.For he knows what we are... Read more

Do You Struggle with the Sin of Acedia?

For the past five months, my wardrobe consisted of sweatpants, tee shirts, and the occasional ponytail. As a teacher, I decided to try on real clothes a week before school started. I could not believe that over the course of the sabbatical, my clothes decided to shrink themselves! Apparently, the months of summer heat-escaping, Covid-19... Read more

The Revolutionary Meaning of Jesus’ Words “The Spirit of the Lord Is Upon Me”

"The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound" Isaiah 61:1Jesus walked into the synagogue, as... Read more

10 Beautiful Psalms for Autumn & Prayers for a New Season

God is eternally unchanging and faithfulno matter the season, no matter the circumstances. Its early, just after dawn. I plunge my spade into the blackest of soil, and grin as I hear that rowdy rooster from down the lane. He sounds extra energized this morning. Perhaps its the slight nip in the air? I hold... Read more

5 Things Satan Would Love for You to Spend Your Time Doing

Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer I am not a fan of talking about Satan because I dont believe he deserves the attention. However, the truth is: Satan is real and if we ignore his existence, it's easier for him to enter our lives and work in destructive ways. 1 Corinthians 2:11 says we must know... Read more

What Do We Know about Angels in the Bible?

From the first chapters of Genesis to the closing verses of Revelation, angels play an important role in Scripture and are active throughout the story of Gods people. Angels are powerful, fascinating, and appear in many different ways and in many different situations. We are likely familiar with many of the angels that appear in... Read more

How to Resist These Most Common Lies of Christian Culture

Social media likes to encourage us to rid our lives of toxic people. But as Christians, is it loving and Christ-like to dispose of people because they have issues, are difficult to deal with, or unpleasant to be around? Should Jesus have gotten rid of Judas?Still loving rather than disposing doesnt mean we have to... Read more

What Each Christian Denomination Believes about Women Leaders

The debate about how women should lead within the church has existed since the early days of the church. This topic continues to propel debates on social media and divide denominations. This article does not promote one view over another, but rather serves to give an overview of what several of the largest denominations believe... Read more

“He is not Here for He is Risen How to Find Everyday Hope in an Empty Tomb.

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:6Jesus death and resurrection are not only celebrated at Easter. Long before Jesus walked to the cross, Scripture tells of the hope we find in Him. His resurrection story began in the first notes of... Read more

What Are Generational Sins or Curses, and Do We See Their Effects Today?

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer Generational sin is very much alive and well today in various forms. However, it might not look the way you think.Consider this. My ex-husband left me in the month of February. His father left his mother on Valentines Day. I believe that is part of a generational curse.... Read more

7 Things Pastors Wish You Knew about the Churchs Response to COVID-19

Everything came to an abrupt end.Twenty four weeks into our new church plant, we received a message from the school where we hosted our Sunday morning services, Were sorry but you cant use the facility for two weeks due to needing to clean for COVID-19. Two weeks turned to three weeks. Three weeks turned into... Read more

What the Bible Really Mean by You Have Not Because You Ask Not

You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. James 4:2Tragedy and shock often prompt us to panic, when it should prompt us to pray. The most powerful weapon weve been given to wield often gets... Read more

10 Things You Can Be Sure Are Not Fruit of the Spirit

We live in a world that praises ideals and ideologies that are not from God, and the pull of many of them is appealing because it feels right to our flesh. We often downplay the pull of our flesh and the ways it can lure us towards destruction. We claim things like, the devil made... Read more

10 Reasons to Be Sure That God Will Never Leave You

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)This is the first verse of the Bible. Before there were people, animals, water, and light, there was God. Knowing this gives me peace when I feel like the world is spinning out of control. He is the glue that holds everything together. We... Read more

10 Reasons God Refers to You as the Apple of His Eye

7. He Knows You God is aware of everything about you. That can be frightening at first, God knowing your every thought and action. He does, yet He continues to keep us in His gaze. David understood that there was no escaping God's vision. David wrote about God's attention to His children in Psalm 139,... Read more

How Can I Trust That the Bible Is True?

We cannot turn on the news anymore without feeling the weight of a broken world. The burden is great in the search for truth it seems. Whether it is political or environmental we see people searching or defining truth for themselves. Often it is based on what they feel and see. The reality is that... Read more

10 Beautiful Ways God Tells You How Much You Matter to Him

You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine. (Leviticus 20:26)God has called us to be separate from the world. We are salt and light, evidence of His love to those who do not know the hope we have in... Read more

How to Discern God’s Voice in Your Life

There was a peace about how He spoke to me that day. There was a confidence that the words were for me. The peace and confidence embraced me as the Holy Spirit convicted, rebuked, and called me to repent. I bowed my head one last time and asked Jesus what He would give me in... Read more

20 Legendary Lines from Favorite Hymns to Lift You Now

In our fast-paced, chaotic reality of what feels like increasing unknowns (and sometimes even panic)...it's truly comforting to lean on God's promises in scripture and song.Lifting your voice in praise and worship to the One who knows the way, can carry you through whatever may be stopping you from setting your mind on things above... Read more

A Prayer for the California Wildfires

The news and images emerging from the fires in California are hard to believe. Skies have turned red, filled with smoke over cities and counties as historic winds have fueled multiple wildfires across the state. As the governor declares a state of emergency, families are evacuating to escape the flames, knowing they may never see... Read more