Pearls of Grace – October 29

October 29 What Are You Jealous Over? "for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God." Exodus 34:14 What are you passionate about? What holds your thoughts captive? How do you spend your free time, when you are finished with the responsibilities of the day?... Read more

The Gift Of You – Encouragement Café – October 29

The Gift Of You By Beth Mabe GianopulosThen Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, Go back, each of you, to your mothers home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me.  May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of... Read more

Total Victory – Beloved Women – October 29, 2020

Total Victory Beloved Women October 29, 2020READ: Is anything too hard for the Lord? (Genesis 18:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: The other morning, I was working on my back yard and I was doing fine until I came across a roadblock. I knew it was a rock because they are all in my yard. I was not expecting to... Read more

He Did it Twice! – Daughters of Promise – October 29

HE DID IT TWICE!By: Christine WyrtzenAnd the women said to the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. But the... Read more

Whose Fault Is it that Im Angry? The Answer Might Surprise You

The Other Person Has Responsibilityfor Their Actions, and for Acknowledging Your Feelings Before I learned about emotions, I often blamed my husband for itand then wed argue about whether my anger was justified. But arguing about my anger distracted us from a much more important question.Its this: how could my husband and I work together... Read more

Who Was the Witch of Endor?

As Halloween approaches, we may hear a lot about how the Bible talks against the use of witchcraft or consulting people who practice such arts (such as divination, tarot cards, etc.). But many people may not know that the Bible contains instances of sorcerers or witches.The one well meet today appears in the Old Testament... Read more

6 Beautiful Psalms to Encourage You in Your Daily Life

Many of us have learned how to cope with lifes big momentsthe mountains and the valleys, the times of wild bliss, and those dark periods of anguish and turmoil. But what about regular daily life, the day-to-day grind that can feel at times monotonous or even meaningless? On occasion, we all experience seasons when daily... Read more

Once Upon A Time – Encouragement Café – October 28

Once Upon A Time By Beth Mabe GianopulosIn the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land.  So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab.   The mans name was Elimelek, his wifes name was Naomi, and... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 28

October 28 Evidence Not Seen "Then the woman said to Elijah, Now I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth." I Kings 17:24 People are not impressed with how much we know about God, how many Bible verses we can quote or... Read more

A Reason to Rejoice – Beloved Women – October 28, 2020

A Reason to Rejoice Beloved Women October 28, 2020READ: Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in... Read more

Actually?! – Daughters of Promise – October 28

ACTUALLY?!By: Christine WyrtzenHe (Satan) said to the woman, Did God actually say, You shall not eat of any tree in the garden? Genesis 3:1Youre kids, you dont like a certain rule, you both want to break it, so youre looking for an excuse. The only way is to review what your parent originally said, to... Read more

5 Biblical Warning Signs of a Self Righteous Christian

The word righteous feels like a very weighty term, often used without a very clear meaning. One wordly definition for righteous denotes acting in an upright and moral fashion. How those morals are defined depends on the person being described.Thus, the definition feels very subjective, dependent on the person and what they believe.When someones beliefs... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 27

October 27 The Spilling Out of Life "A soothing tongue is a tree of life," Proverbs 15:4 Words can bring healing to the wounded places or they can open up the wound bringing a fresh wave of grief all over again. Its the slander of others that keep wounds from healing. I know the pain... Read more

Literal or Allegorical – Daughters of Promise – October 27

LITERAL OR ALLEGORICAL?By: Christine WyrtzenNow the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. Genesis 3:1aThe Bible is full of stories that challenge my faith. If I approach the scriptures scientifically, needing proof to believe, then I will reduce God to someone who only does and... Read more

The Girl Who Wanted to Die – Encouragement Café – October 27

The Girl Who Wanted to DieBy Jill BeranThose who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Galatians 5:24 (NIV)I was young and though my battle with depression was not diagnosed it was intense.  After a difficult day teaching school and a more challenging night coaching volleyball, many thoughts consumed... Read more

God Will Encourage You – Beloved Women – October 27, 2020

God Will Encourage You Beloved Women October 27, 2020READ: The following night the Lord stood by him and said, Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome. (Acts 23: 11 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Have you ever found yourself in a difficult situation because you followed God?... Read more

5 Prayers of Intercession for Your Spouse’s Health

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time... Read more

How I Learned How to Treat My Privilege with Humility

I was in first grade when I first saw posters for the upcoming election in Apartheid South Africa. The year was 1983, and I remember asking my Mom who shed be voting for.In the few minutes we had before school drop-off, she explained shed be spoiling her vote in protest: it wasnt right to only... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 26

October 26 From Giants to Grasshoppers "we became like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight" Numbers 13:33 Is a grasshopper any match for a giant? If a grasshopper and a giant were going to fight against one another, my bet would be on the giant, wouldnt yours? How can... Read more

When Following God Brings Family Tension – Daughters of Promise – October 26

WHEN FOLLOWING GOD BRINGS FAMILY TENSIONBy: Christine WyrtzenTherefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Gen. 2:24Its easy for parents... Read more

Fearless – Encouragement Café – October 26

Fearless By Katie HarmonIn the fear of the LORD [is] strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. Proverbs 14:26 KJVIts October my favorite month.  I love the crunch of the leaves, the crisp chill of the air in my lungs, the hats and scarves, and especially Halloween.  I am a lifelong fan of... Read more

How Beautiful Is Your Worship? – Beloved Women – October 26, 2020

How Beautiful Is Your Worship? Beloved Women October 26, 2020READ: And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were... Read more

Pearls of Grace – October 25

October 25 The Way of the Humble "He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way." Psalm 25:9 Theres nothing more important to a bride than her wedding gown. One of my most treasured moments was the day I saw my daughters in their wedding gowns. Like so many mothers its... Read more

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

Pearls of Grace – October 24

October 24 For This I Have Jesus "Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will not be put to shame." Isaiah 50:7(NLT) Is there any force that could assail my soul taking... 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

Brides and Grooms Who Never Left Home – Daughters of Promise – October 23

BRIDES AND GROOMS WHO NEVER LEFT HOMEBy: Christine WyrtzenTherefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Gen. 2:24To pledge myself... Read more

Leave Your Waterpot – Encouragement Café – October 23

Leave Your WaterpotBy Linda GrayThe woman then left her waterpot John 4:28 NKJVI have read the account of the Woman at the Well in John 4:4-30 countless times.  And each time, I find a new nugget that I have never seen before.  This happened as I was reading my daily devotional. Although, what I saw... Read more