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Choosing to Accept Grace in Everything – Encouragement for Today – August 13, 2020

August 13, 2020Choosing to Accept Grace in EverythingLAURA BAILEYLee en espaolBut he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 (ESV)Crash!My stomach... Read more

Producing Fruit – Encouragement Café – August 13

Producing FruitBy Joan Walker HahnI am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:1-2I have several different types of fruits growing around my house.... Read more

5 Ways God Wants to Disrupt Your Life

1. Consider the Cost Jesus calls us to new life.  That new life requires us to leave our old ways of selfishness and sin and follow the teachings of Jesus. His truth is not for the uncommitted, but for those who desire radical transformation. Take a moment to think how your life is drastically different... Read more

6 Amazing Roles That Grandparents Fill in Our Families Today

Despite factors such as spread out families, rising divorce rates, and family disharmony that make maintaining a connected extended family more challenging, research still shows there are real benefits to grandparents being involved in their children and grandchildren.Grandparents fill many vital roles in their family structure and can offer great help to the generations coming... Read more

Personalizing Parenthood – Encouragement for Today – August 12, 2020

August 12, 2020Personalizing ParenthoodJESSICA SMARTT Lee en espaolLet us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)I have yet to manage a successful garden. Honestly, it seems overwhelming to keep 36 little plants alive, when it takes so... Read more

All the Details – Encouragement Café – August 12

All The Details By Paris RenaeHe who was seated on the throne said, I am making everything new! Then He said, Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true. Revelation 21:5In our humanness everything is marked by time days, years Remembering the year of the bad storms, the day a loved one died. Remembering good... Read more

10 Feelings to Expect When You Become the Empty Nester

Our children will face many challenges in their new lives, and so will we. Prepare to be challenged by the changing roles and expectations. Prepare for missteps and misunderstandings, and be ready for the great rewards of a new relationship with your children.Give as much grace as you need to receive, and remember change takes... Read more

10 Things Black Brothers and Sisters Most Need to Hear from the Church

As a Christian, I have always felt that regardless of the color of my skin, the church would be a safe place. I imagined there would be no discrimination, no hierarchy based on race, no infiltration of laws that diminished Black people. Perhaps this was all in my imagination, because though I know this is... Read more

Three Ways to Stay Faithful in a Sifting Season – Encouragement for Today – August 11, 2020

August 11, 2020Three Ways to Stay Faithful in a Sifting SeasonMEREDITH HOUSTON CARRLee en espaolSimon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:31-32 (ESV)Have you ever... Read more

Follow HIM, He KNOWS The Way – Encouragement Café – August 11

Follow HIM, He KNOWS The Way  By Roxanne BellamyAnd, I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.  2 Corinthians 6:18Have you ever been in a situation where you were asked to drive to a place youve never gone to before, with not one detail about... Read more

3 Ways Satan Will Use Scripture against You

Satan Uses Scripture to Cause Confusion Did God really say, You cant eat from any tree in the garden? Those were the serpents famous words to Eve in Genesis 3:1.We may eat the fruit from the trees in the garden, she replied, But about the fruit of the tree in the middle of the garden,... Read more

11 Verses on Racism and Prejudice to Teach Us True Love

The evils of racism have been woven into our world throughout history, and tragically, still affect many lives today. Its real. Divisive. Oppressive. Hate-filled. And it grieves the heart of God who made us and loves us all. To stand strong against racism and to pray for unity and love among us is not only... Read more

Abandon & Trust – Encouragement Café – August 10

Abandon & Trust By Luann PraterMay 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 the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13The word trust means that you are given something that belongs to someone else but they entrust you to... Read more

Hanging on When It Feels Like God is Holding Out – Encouragement for Today – August 10, 2020

August 10, 2020Hanging on When It Feels Like God is Holding OutALICIA BRUXVOORTLee en espaolBut if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:25 (ESV)I heard the clanking crash and mournful wail before I reached the kitchen. I didnt need to see my daughters forlorn face or... Read more

Victory Strategy: Obedience – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of August 9

Victory Strategy: Obedience Part 2 By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttZZHRImcxQ[/embed]One way God demonstrates His love for us is to give us victory over everything as we adhere to, rely on and trust in Him.Romans 8:37 TPT tells us, "Yet even in the midst of all these things, we triumph over them all, for God has made us... Read more

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

Loving Beyond Labels – Encouragement for Today – August 7, 2020

August 7, 2020Loving Beyond LabelsLYNN COWELLLee en espaolA new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. John 13:34 (ESV)Growing up, I switched schools several times, so starting over was a normal part of life for me. The thing I... Read more

The Last Meal My Mama Cooked for Me – Encouragement Café – August 7

The Last Meal My Mama Cooked for Me By Dawn NeelyFor I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance... 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

6 Signs That Its Time to Define the Relationship

When it comes to dating relationships, one of the toughest conversations occurs when we must define the relationship. Learning where the other person stands within the relationship is essential. Lack of communication here can cause confusion and undue stress on both parties. Being clear on whether the relationship is a just a friendship, dating casually, or... 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

Trusting God in Trying Times – Encouragement for Today – August 6, 2020

August 6, 2020Trusting God in Trying TimesSHARON JAYNES Lee en espaolDont be afraid, the prophet answered. Those who are with us are more than those who are with them. 2 Kings 6:16 (NIV)One phone call, and my life crumbled into a pile of dust easily blown away by shock and unbelief. In a moment, my... Read more

Forgiveness: The Truest Sense of Freedom – Encouragement Café – August 6

Forgiveness: The Truest Sense of FreedomBy Lara SadowskiSo watch yourselves. If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them.  Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying I repent, you must forgive them.  Luke 17:3-4To say that... 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

8 Ways Shame Undermines a Marriage

Becky Beresford Author. Speaker. Dreamer. Its no secret marriage is a beautiful but hard adventure. When I first got married, I assumed there would be a magic switch that would transform us into people who loved, listened and learned well. But this wasnt the case. In fact, it was the complete opposite.I didnt take into... Read more

Are Gods Plans Meant for Good? – Encouragement for Today – August 5, 2020

August 5, 2020Are Gods Plans Meant for Good?MEGAN FATE MARSHMAN Lee en espaolAnd we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 (NIV)God knows the plans He has for your life, and theyre meant for good.I dont know... Read more

He Came to Save – Encouragement Café – August 5

He Came to SaveBy Noelle DeyFor the Son of Man came to seek and to save those who are lost. Luke 19:10 NLTWell at least you look smart.Whats that supposed to mean?Being Asian and all you look smarter than what you are.  Maybe that will be enough to fool your professor into giving you a... 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

How to Fight Stay-at-Home-Mom Depression

First of all, anytime you experience troubling emotional symptoms it is important to check in with your doctor to rule out other causes and get their professional advice on ways to treat how you are feeling. Therapy and medication can be amazing game-changers when struggling with mental health issues. These are tools you should explore with... Read more