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Don’t Let Your Spiritual Life Become a Side Project | RELEVANT

Im pretty sure I used to be cool. I talked cool, I acted cool, I even dated someone cool and had cool friendsI was pretty much living the life. I was open-minded about everything because I cared, more than anything, that people thought of me as someone cool, accepting and easygoing. By the worlds standards,... Read more

Why Dont the New Testament Authors Explain the Trinity?

Explaining the Christian doctrine of the Trinity isnt easy. Analogies invariably flounder, and the risk of sliding into some sort of ancient heresy by accident is real. Just ask any ordination candidate how quickly the sharks circle if, due to nerves, you accidentally say, God is made up of three persons. Or ask any parent... Read more

What We Know (and What We Don’t) About Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Announcement | RELEVANT

There was some good news on Monday when American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer announced that their partnership with German biotech firm BioNTech had yielded some promising results in the hunt for a COVID-19 vaccine. Early studies show that their vaccine is more than 90 percent effective against the virus, according to a press release. That’s unequivocally... Read more

2020 Proves We Dont Need More Information. (We Need Something Else.)

We started 2020 already skeptical about experts, pollsters, data scientists, and institutional credibility. Tom Nicholss The Death of Expertise came out three years ago, after all. This isnt a new trend. But 11 months into a year that has felt like a decade, the skepticism is even greater, and for good reason. Consider what just... Read more

Mohler Urges Christians: Let the Votes Be Counted and Don’t Embrace Rumors of Voter Fraud

Mohler Urges Christians: Let the Votes Be Counted and Don't Embrace Rumors of Voter Fraud Seminary president and Trump supporter Albert Mohler is cautioning Christians against making generalized charges of voter fraud and is urging patience while the votes are counted in the presidential race.Mohler, the president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, made the comments... Read more

You Dont Need Lots of Friends Just a Few Girlfriends in God – Girlfriends in God – November 5, 2020

November 5, 2020You Dont Need Lots of Friends Just a Few Girlfriends in GodWendy SpeakeTodays TruthFor where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them (Matthew 18:20 NIV).Friend to FriendIve never been popular by the worlds standards. Im not part of any in group; Ive always felt more comfortable with a... Read more

5 Prayers for Children Who Don’t Want a Relationship with God

One of the most comforting verses for parents, in waiting for their children to enter into a relationship with God, is found in 2 Peter 3:9. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to... Read more

How to Survive a Holiday Dinner With People You Don’t Agree With | RELEVANT

A few years back, Saturday Night Live aired a sketch that became an instant classic. In it, a family has come together for a traditional, Rockwellian meal. But within a few minutes, pleasantries and requests to pass the yams turn into heated arguments about refugees, police violence and who everyone is voting for. The only... Read more

Dont Adopt That One

Imagine it: the perfect family. The three of them are inseparable. Theirs is a home, overflowing with laughter and lovemagnetic, generous, complete. Nothing missing, nothing needed. Their heartbeat is security, trust, and above all, joy. Love you. Proud of you! Youre the best! They dont need anything. And yet they want to give. So much... Read more

‘Don’t close us again,’ say Welsh church leaders

(Photo: Unsplash/Gregory Hayes)The Welsh Government is being urged to keep churches open in another 'firebreak' lockdown in the New Year.  Churches in the region threatened legal action after being forced to close during the current firebreak lockdown. The Welsh Government responded by telling them that they could re-open on November 9.  Now, in another letter... Read more

Christians Don’t Have to Share All the Same Convictions | RELEVANT

You’ve probably heard the refrain that “Americans are more divided than ever” a lot over the last few months. That’s a little dramatic in a country that endured things like, say, the Civil War. But for most of us who are alive right now, the level of divisiveness does seem to be screeching at an... Read more

Why Dont Churches Talk About Health? | RELEVANT

How many sermons have you heard about fitness and health? Not many, I bet. But there’s astounding evidence that issues of physical health are issues in America today: 70 percent of Americans are overweight or obese, according to the American Heart Association. Statistics show Christians in America may be more overweight than the general population.... Read more

10 Books of the Bible Christians Don’t Read Enough

Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer Growing up, I always considered the Bible to be rather boring. Parts of it intrigued me as I learned the most popular stories: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark. And then of course fast forward to the New testament where we learn that Jesus was born... Read more

COVID Has Already Shut Down Some Churches, Don’t Let it Cancel Christmas, Too

COVID Has Already Shut Down Some Churches, Don't Let it Cancel Christmas, Too The shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child bring hope to kids who desperately need to feel Gods love. But during this time when the coronavirus pandemic is making it nearly impossible to just go to church, its even harder to get these boxes... Read more

Photocopying Hymns Is Now Illegal in China: ‘I Don’t Even Dare’ Do it, Shop Owner Says

Photocopying Hymns Is Now Illegal in China: 'I Don't Even Dare' Do it, Shop Owner Says China has escalated its ban on the printing of religious materials in recent months, inspecting printing houses for possible violations and even prohibiting the copying of hymns, according to a new report.The manager of a printing house in Luoyang... Read more

Dont Underestimate 12 Thessalonians

Two thousand years have passed since Paul penned 12 Thessalonians. The Roman Empire, and the ancient city of Thessalonica, have been reduced to rubble. You can buy a ticket to tour the ruins. The Greco-Roman godsonce the object of so much worship, devotion, sacrifice, and hopehave been relegated to museums and the occasional Disney film.... Read more

Persuasion 205 | Don’t Waste Your Vote – Christ and Pop Culture

Our country is facing a crucial crossroads… or so we’ve been told, in myriad ways, from both sides of the political spectrum. We need new leadership or more of the same… we need more justices of one kind or another… we need to gain more seats for our side if our values and policies are... Read more

The Pro-Life Politicians Dont Ask, Dont Tell Approach to Abortion

In a recent debate for vice presidential candidates, Vice President Mike Pence was asked, If Roe V. Wade was overturned what would you want Indiana to do? Would you want your home state to ban all abortions? Pence was given two minutes to answer. He used the first minute to talk about a previous question,... Read more

Know Your Identity: Dont Let Labels Define You – Bible Gateway Blog

By Rebekah Lyons Mom, what is Down syndrome? Pierce asked with tear-stained, chubby cheeks after exiting the bus one autumn day in second grade. The term for his brothers medical diagnosis had yet to surface in our home. We werent in denial as parents; we simply wanted our younger two to know their brother for... Read more

New York’s Governor Threatens to Close Churches, Synagogues if They Don’t Follow Social Distancing, Mask Wearing Rules

New York's Governor Threatens to Close Churches, Synagogues if They Don't Follow Social Distancing, Mask Wearing Rules New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he will close churches and synagogues in New York City if they do not agree to follow the rules concerning social distancing and masks.We know religious institutions have been a problem, he... Read more

Dont Be Anxious | Devotional by Rick Thiessen

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Matthew 6:25 As we live through one of the worst times in recent memory, we may fall into the... Read more

‘Don’t Be Afraid of COVID’: President Donald Trump Released from the Hospital

'Don't Be Afraid of COVID': President Donald Trump Released from the Hospital Less than 30 days away from the election, President Donald Trump was released from Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday evening following a positive COVID-19 test on Thursday, according to Fox News.The President stayed for three days at the military hospital. His doctors... Read more

Persuasion 204 | Don’t Be So Political, with Kathryn Freeman

With the amount of turmoil that’s typically associated with political conversation and engagement, it can be very tempting to look for a reprieve. Every issue truly is connected to the common good that we’re called to work toward. But when every conversation turns into a politically charged exchange, it’s quite tempting to demand that others... Read more

‘Fight for the Truth, Don’t Back Down’: Jim Caviezel Urges Christians to Fight for Their Religious Freedom

'Fight for the Truth, Don't Back Down': Jim Caviezel Urges Christians to Fight for Their Religious Freedom In a recent interview with LifeSite News, Actor Jim Caviezel told Christians they need to fight for the truth if they still want to freely practice religion, The Western Journal reports. But not the type of fighting with... Read more

What Happens When You Dont Feel the Holy Spirit Like Everyone Else? | RELEVANT

Our perception of power is often cultivated by the world before we ever walk in the freedom of Christ. The world teaches us that our measure of power is heavily tied to the outcome. Martin Luther King championed civil rights, Gandhi helped win Indias independence and Muhammed Ali was the best boxer of all time,... Read more

5 Rules of Life Most Parents Don’t Teach Their Children (and How to Be the Exception)

Aaron Brown GodTube Contributing Author Children make us laugh, cry, smile. They have the power to bring us joy or heartache. We do a lot for them, and they in turn do a lot for us. Parents have the delicate tasks of teaching their children how to undertake lives full of faith, hope, and love.Iron sharpens... Read more

Dont Put God in a Box | Devotional by Katherine Kehler

The book of Acts is exciting! Miracles happen in every chapter. Although I have read through the entire Bible every year for over 25 years, every year, God opens my eyes to amazing new insights in His Word. This year my eyes were opened to the various ways (not just one way) God chose to... Read more

You Dont Have to Do It All

Im a 38-year pastoral veteran, now serving in a semi-urban, multi-ethnic congregation. I’ve never felt more overwhelmed. Though I’m not necessarily clocking in more pastoral hours, I am investing more grief and empathynot to mention all the hours mulling over the threat to (and opportunity for) love, justice, unity, and mission that todays issues present.... Read more

Dont Forget a Single Blessing | by Max Lucado

Some years back as I was driving my daughter Andrea to middle school, she noticed I was anxious. Why are you so quiet, Dad? I told her I was worried about a book deadline.She asked me, Havent you written other books? Yes, I replied.How many? At that point the answer was fifteen. She responded, have... Read more