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I Dont Know That But I Do Know This – Encouragement for Today – July 8, 2020

July 8, 2020I Dont Know That But I Do Know This ALICIA BRUXVOORTLee en espaolI remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 (NIV)Years ago, I volunteered as a reading assistant in my sons kindergarten classroom.Armed with a pile of books and a load... Read more

Love Those We Dont Like | by Suzanne Benner

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 The call to imitate God sounds impossible. Yet, just as a small child imperfectly mimics a parents actions, disciples of Jesus copy him. These... Read more

Love Those We Dont Like | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 The call to imitate God sounds impossible. Yet, just as a small child imperfectly mimics a parents actions, disciples of Jesus copy him. These... Read more

A Mid-Year Bible-Reading Checkup (Dont Give Up!) – Tim Challies

Six months ago many of us were excited to kick off the year with a new Bible-reading plan. We had the plan printed out and the Bible laid open and the time set aside. We began with a lot of discipline and enthusiasm. But along the way, life happened. We missed a day here and... Read more

‘You Don’t Need Help from Above, It’s within Us,’ CNN Host Chris Cuomo Asserts

'You Don't Need Help from Above, It's within Us,' CNN Host Chris Cuomo Asserts During Fridays Cuomo Prime Time broadcast, host Chris Cuomo asserted that instead of trusting God to get us through these uncertain times, we should look within us for the answers.If you believe in one another and if you do... Read more

Dont look down! – Warrior Mom Wisdom – Week of June 30

Dont look down!I was encouraging a friend with faith the other day by saying, I know we are out here walking on the water, but dont look down; look straight ahead to Jesus in faith it will be fine. Afterwards, I thought about what I said and I imagined Peter walking on the water. I... Read more

Dont Gut or Truncate the Gospel

Acts 29: Churches Planting Churches After months of pandemic challenges and a complete disruption in the pace of life, recent weeks have also brought an eruption of greater exposure to racial injustice, leading to protests worldwide. Racial injustice is not a new issue. What we see today is a new outcry over destruction thats been... Read more

Dont Give Up on Your Harvest – Beloved Women – June 30, 2020

Dont Give Up on Your Harvest Beloved Women June 30, 2020READ: And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. (Galatians)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Every time I read Galatians 6:9 the words do not give up always stood out. I understood that the prerequisite to... Read more

Podcast: What If I Dont Feel Like Going to Church? (Gunner Gundersen)

This article is part of the The Crossway Podcast series. Fighting Our Feelings In this episode, Gunner Gunderson, author of What If I Dont Feel Like Going to Church?, discusses what to do when you just don't feel like going to church. He explains why that might be the most important time to lean into... Read more

Americans Dont See Human Life as SacredBut See Humanity as Basically Good

The Story: A new study finds that a majority of Americans no longer believe human life has intrinsic value, with six out of ten rejecting the idea that human life is sacred. Yet a majority also say that humans are basically good. The Background: According to new research from the Cultural Research Center at Arizona... Read more

Don’t Get Sidetracked by the White Jesus Statue Debate | RELEVANT Magazine

On Tuesday, social media got into one of its little tussles regarding a hot topic that was both at the center of a few different ongoing American debates and yet, somehow, not really connected at all. It involved statues of Jesus which were, according to at least some pundits, in danger of being pulled... Read more

Chance the Rapper: ‘Why Don’t We as a Church Explicitly Address White Supremacy, Racism on Sundays?’

Chance the Rapper: 'Why Don't We as a Church Explicitly Address White Supremacy, Racism on Sundays?' Over the weekend, Grammy award-winning artist Chance the Rapper had a heated scuffle with pastors on social media about the churchs response to racial injustice.According to Relevant Magazine, the exchange began after the singer, whose full name... Read more

Banning Liebscher: ‘It’s Amazing How Many People Don’t Dream’ | RELEVANT Magazine

Banning Liebscher spent almost two decades at Bethel Church before founding Jesus Culture. Now he’s known for his powerful calls to passionate praise and his growing collection of popular books. His latest,Rooted, was dropped in the middle of a global pandemic, but Liebscher is taking it all in stride. RELEVANT caught up with him... Read more

Don’t Rebuke – Daughters of Promise – June 12

DONT REBUKEJaime Wyrtzen LauzeWhen she rose to glean, Boaz commanded his servants, saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not insult her. And also you shall purposely pull out for her some grain from the bundles and leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her. Ruth 2:15-16Sometimes we have too... Read more

If Jesus Saved Me, Why Don’t I Feel Different?

For years, I knew that I should feel so much different about my faith if I were really walking with Jesus as I should. I should feel grounded, peaceful, devoid of doubt, anxiety, and spiritual laziness. Everything in faith would be different if I could get my act together. I would finally be able to trust Jesus... Read more

When Churches Reopen, Don’t Sing or Shake Hands, Do Make Sermons Short, Says New Guide

When Churches Reopen, Don't Sing or Shake Hands, Do Make Sermons Short, Says New Guide (RNS) An ecumenical group of clergy, scientists and other experts has released a guide to help congregations consider best practices for reopening for worship.Among their suggestions:Refrain from congregational singing. Clap or stomp instead.Preachers, shorten your sermon.Congregants, mouth your... Read more

Dont Wait to Engage with Black Stories – Christ and Pop Culture

Every other Tuesday inStoried,K. B. Hoyleexplores the ways our cultural narratives act on us individually and in society as a whole. I have for many years now considered myself woke while simultaneously avoiding the stories, artwork, and history of the Black community in America. Beyond the slavery narrative I learned in school and a handful... Read more

Dont Sit on the Sidelines of Life When God Has Called You to Change the World: An Interview with Banning Liebscher – Bible Gateway Blog

Do you live a life of passionate purpose and unshakable faith? Or are you settled into a comfort zone of complacency? What Old Testament story might teach applicable lessons of what God wants us all to be? How can we best incorporate the attributes of holiness, courage, and faith into our everyday lives? Bible Gateway... Read more

Don’t rush for the exit!

J John Tue 2 Jun 2020 9:09 BST (Photo: Unsplash/United Nations)You've been stuck for hours on some crowded plane but, at long last, you reach your destination. As motion stops, everybody around you gets to their feet, grabs their luggage and pushes out into the aisle. You pick up your things and, as politely as... Read more

Why I (Usually) Dont Like Devotionals

Ive often felt slightly guilty about my disinterest in devotionals. Devotionals can feel like forced therapy sessions, askingHow does this make you feel?over and over again, as if the pristine covers of doves with olive branches and footprints in the sand want to know. Its not surprising, then, that C. S. Lewissconfessionresonates with me: For... Read more

Dont Let Your Bible Reading Plan Die in Leviticus

For many Christians, the five books of the Pentateuch are flyover countryespecially Leviticus. Written at least 3,000 years ago, it feels foreign to the modern reader. Page after page of detailed regulations about blood sacrifice, dietary laws, swift and violent judgments, and longwinded rules about how to cleanse a house from leprosy, make relating difficult.... Read more

Dont Let Coronavirus Steal Your Corporate Worship

A recent Sunday began like any other for me. As a pastor, I spent the early morning hours preparing and praying over my sermon manuscript, before (barely) helping my wife with the kids, throwing on my coat and tie, and making the five-minute drive to the church building. The worship service also progressed in predictable... Read more

Churches, You Dont Have to Compete with Disney+

It happened so suddenly. In early March, churches in the United States were doing their regular worship services and carrying on other events as usual. Many had already begun planning and promoting Easter services. By the end of March, all those services and plans had radically changed. Church buildings and meeting spaces now remain empty... Read more

In Cultural Engagement, Dont Lose Gospel Proclamation

American culture has likely never been more pluralistic than it is today. We swim in an ocean of rival worldviews each time we exit our front doorand sometimes even within our homes. Furthermore, we live in a secular age where religion has been displaced from the center, and secularism is increasingly the default factory setting... Read more

You Need To Stop Giving Out of What You Dont Have

Burnout. Were all familiar with the all-encompassing feelings of sheer and utter exhaustion and unshakable disillusionment that comes when we push ourselves too far. It can seem like a tightrope walk, though, to find the balance between generously giving and giving until we have nothing left to give.We want to be people who love and... Read more

Why We Dont See Church as Essential

Ever since the world went on COVID-19 lockdown and stay-at-home orders were issued, the terms essential and non-essential have loomed large in our discourse. Businesses and services deemed essential were kept open: supermarkets, hardware stores, gas stations, pet stores, laundromats, and so forth. Many others, deemed non-essential, were ordered closed until further notice: gyms, movie... Read more