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Should Christians Be Concerned about Individual Liberty in Crises?

Give me liberty or give me death, was the infamous cry of Patrick Henry just prior to the Revolutionary War.Something deep inside the human heart seeks freedom. Freedom from tyrannical oppression. Freedom from control. Freedom from conscience. Freedom from consequence. Freedom from pain, guilt, and sin. Freedomfrom God.As with most human desires, the quest for... Read more

10 Ways to Let Go of a Toxic Relationship

Even as painful as toxic relationships can be, they can be even more painful to let go of. Here are 10 ways to invite God's healing into your life. Angrily, I set out alone at midnight to retrieve my car on foot. A major thunderstorm was brewing, but I was so mad I didnt care.... Read more

10 Differences between a Nice Guy and a Good Man

It always amazes methe toxic pull a bad boy image has on the hearts of women, especially on the young and naive. But as we mature, we should recognize the danger of being drawn to this type of personality. We see what once looked like the promise of a passionate love affair quickly degrades into... Read more

Suffering Is Sacred – Encouragement Café – May 29

Suffering is SacredBy Andrea PierceSo let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:4 NLTI still don't know why God gave me my circumstances in life. Truthfully, I probably won't fully understand until I'm in Heaven one day. And I'm okay with that. It's... Read more

The Real Work-Life Balance – Encouragement for Today – May 29, 2020

May 29, 2020The Real Work-Life BalanceARLENE PELLICANELee en espaolFools fold their hands and ruin themselves. Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 4:5-6 (NIV)I knew what I had to do. I needed to sit down at my computer and get to work. But I didnt feel... Read more

A Heartfelt Prayer for Justice

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:5 NIV)Prejudice, discrimination, human trafficking, corruption, and more run rampant in the world. Media and modern-day conversations overflow with just causes, but heartfelt justice requires a deep look into our sin-soaked souls. To fight with courage and boldness, without judgement,... Read more

The Table – Encouragement Café – May 28

The Table By Samantha JackelWhen the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. Luke 22:4                                                                                ... Read more

How Can I Grow Closer to God? – Encouragement for Today – May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020How Can I Grow Closer to God?LYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolThen he said to them all: Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Luke 9:23 (NIV) Have you ever found yourself longing for a deeper connection with God, but you just werent sure... Read more

5 Expectations of the Post-Pandemic Church

There will be no going back to a pre-pandemic church. This is because those who were reached during the pandemic and those we hope to reach when its over will demand something different. In fact, the nature of the divide between a pre-pandemic church and a post-pandemic church will be about what people will expect... Read more

You Cannot Go Unnoticed – Encouragement Café – May 27

You Cannot Go Unnoticed By Dawn NeelyFor she said within herself, 'If I may but touch His garment, I shall be whole'. Matthew 9:24 (KJV)The woman who had an issue of blood was considered unclean. The religious Jewish culture of the day meant she was separated from her family. She had no human touch. She was... Read more

Fight for Your Son Through Prayer – Encouragement for Today – May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020Fight for Your Son Through PrayerLISA JACOBSON Lee en espaolBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) I heard the front door slam, and my heart dropped.Feeling beyond helpless, I could see our oldest son walking out into... Read more

6 Reasons Socializing Is Critical for Mental Health

The speck in another persons eye is glaringly obvious when we never see ourselves through the eyes of others. We speak harshly about people who are different from us, forgetting how we appeared to God before Christ saved us.Now we stand before the throne of God, washed clean by the blood of the lamb, and... Read more

The Prayer Chair – Encouragement for Today – May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020The Prayer ChairKELLY BARBREYLee en espaolIn the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. Mark 1:35 (NRSV)I remember an old wingback chair from my childhood home. It belonged to somebody else in my family even before it made its... Read more

The Value of a Coin – Encouragement Café – May 26

The Value of a Coin By Joan Walker HahnAnd said, What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you? And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. Matthew 26:15 (NKJV)My husband and I recently visited a small park in which there is a pond.  There is a walking trail around... Read more

Contagious Courage – Encouragement for Today – May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020Contagious CourageLYNN COWELLLee en espaolWhen she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what... Read more

Fluffy Rice – Encouragement Café – May 25

Fluffy Rice By Maria DraytonNot only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4I admit I cant cook.  If it doesnt come in a box with instructions on the back, then I am dead in the water on onset.  Even recipes prove challenging for me... Read more

The Gift of Freedom: The Believers Declaration of Independence

We are never truly free until the grace, goodness, and mercy of God become a reality in our personal experience. Are you a free person? Most likely, you would say that you are. Perhaps you would base your answer on the fact that you can go most anywhere you choose and do what you like... Read more

7 Biblical Grandparents and the Amazing Lessons They Teach Us

Remember flannelgraphs? The life of Isaac provided rich material for these eye-catching Sunday School lessons--promised to parents of old age, bound and offered by his father as a sacrifice, kept at home while a servant was sent to choose his wife, blessed with twins.The grandparents of Joseph through one of their twins, this Bible patriarch... Read more

Obstacles or Opportunities – Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of May 24

Obstacles or Opportunities Part 1 By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2UoDkov6o8[/embed]When seasons change, so do opportunities.Opportunity, according to Strongs, means a due measure, and "a fixed and definite period, a time, season." A fitting time (Strongs).Websters defines opportunity as, a favorable juncture of circumstances and a good chance for advancement or progress.Some synonyms for opportunity are liberty, freedom and... Read more

10 Prayers from Psalms to Set Your Mind on Jesus in the Morning

There is a gray chair that sits in the corner of our living room. On the floor next to it is a stack of books Im currently reading through as well as a Chronological Bible Im determined to finish this year. It has become a well known unwritten rule in our house that it is... Read more

10 of the Best Ways to Love on Your Mom This Mother’s Day

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty if fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.” Proverbs 31:30This Mother’s Day, many of us will still be reeling from the corona virus pandemic. Many moms have added “homeschooling,” and “coach,” to their resumes amidst the normal laundry lists of tasks, and for many of us,... Read more

7 Prayers for When Parenting Is a Struggle

Are you struggling with parenting right now? It’s no secret that parenting is hard, but some times are more difficult than others. If you and your family are finding these days of social distancing and quarantine to be a little more challenging than you expected from a relationship perspective, I want to provide you with seven... Read more

10 Ways to Make Your Mom Feel Truly Loved

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer A mothers love is a beautiful gift. God uniquely designed mothers with instincts, desires, and abilities that reflect His own nurturing and loving care for us. He has equipped moms in a special way, not only with the ability to bear and deliver a child, but also spiritually,... Read more

A Prayer of Protection over What Your Children See

Be careful little eyes what you seeBe careful little eyes what you seeFor your Father up above is looking down in loveSo be careful little eyes what you see.~ Author UnknownIt has been said that memory is like a filing cabinet in the brain, where thoughts, ideas, and  perceptions are stored away in separate files... Read more

16 Powerful Affirmations to Declare Boldly during Crisis

Anne Peterson Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Going through a global pandemic has been one of the biggest trials for many people. We can be consumed by what we read and hear all around us. Or we can focus on the truths in Gods Word.Affirmations are declarations we can make to give us encouragement. And what better... Read more

A Prayer for Those Still Waiting to Be Mothers

Betsy de Cruz Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer I remember when I first learned that Mother's Day can be the most painful date on the calendar for those still waiting to be mothers. A dear friend who had waited years to become pregnant received the devastating news that her baby had died in utero. When I visited... Read more

20 Bible Verses That Honor the Blessing of Mothers

Veronica Olson Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com Mothers Day is a wonderful time to draw our attention to our mothers (and mother-figures!) and the important role they have played and continue to play in our lives.We admire our mothers and mother figures for their nurturing, their strength, their kindness, their sacrifice, and perhaps their sense of humor and... Read more

7 Signs God Is the One Leading Your Decision

When we navigate lifes decisions, seeking out the best courses of action to take, we want something more than just our best guess to guide us. As believers, we want to know that our choices are influenced by a greater power than the happenstance flip of a coin or the drawing of straws can offer.... Read more

5 Communication Mistakes That Lead Children to Rebel

Betsy de Cruz Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer When my son made his arrival into this world 22 years ago, the fact that he was screaming his tiny lungs out pointed to future challenges. I hugged my little miracle in my arms, but I couldnt get him to stop crying. In the days to follow, hed cry,... Read more

30 Bible Verses for a Joyful Marriage

What does the Bible say about marriage? Scripture provides sage advice on what to look for in a lifelong partner and how to interact with them in marriage. The Bible famously warns us not to be in a relationship with someone with whom we are "unequally yoked," saying that our fundamental beliefs and values play... Read more

7 Differences Your Life Can Make That Will Outlive You

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)The same Paul who earlier persecuted the church had a life-changing encounter with Jesus... Read more

12 Coronavirus Conversation Starters for Great Talks with Your Kids

What better time than quarantine to start a new hobby? Both kids and parents can use this time to do something theyve always wanted to do. Ask your kids what they would like to try and be as supportive as possible in fostering that interest.Here are a few hobby ideas to consider for your family: -... Read more

Should Christians Believe That Everything Happens for a Reason?

Should Christians believe that everything happens for a reason? I wanted to answer this question was a resounding, yes! And then I thought about it practically. Is there a reason my son was born three months early? Is there a reason why he passed away when he was 22 months old? Is there a reason... Read more

5 Tips for Raising More Teachable Children (Even during Quarantine)

Teachable children are sensitive to Gods prodding as well as to parental influence. Not only does faith support our work as parents, but its our most important subject matter. Equipping children with a faith relationship is a gift that will bless them their whole lives. Story is an easy way to bridge a faith relationship... Read more

Do Your May Days Need a Mayday from Pandemic Pressure?

One day, when the chaos of coronavirus has passed, we will see how it all turned out for our good. Because that is what God promises to do in our hardships. (Romans 8:28). If you need a mayday for your May Days, ask God to show you the silver lining. Article/Post Source

10 Reasons Why God Allows You to Feel Helpless

Nylse Esahc iBelieve Contributing Writer Lately, on so many fronts, feelings of helplessness pervades our lives. We feel like there's nowhere to turn; like we're stuck between a rock and a hard place; like there's nothing else for us to do and we are all out of solutions. There's a weariness that accompanies this helplessness.... Read more

10 Fears Every Parent Struggles With

We pray. We ask God for discernment and freedom from the lies we hold on to. We ask Him to help us focus on His truth and His guidance in all our parenting. Lets even ask Him to forgive us for holding on to beliefs that werent true. We can read the Truth. We can spend... Read more

A Prayer of Faith When Theres No More Fight Left in You

10 Verses to Help You Find Faith Over Fear: He hears our prayers and is at work - And Jesus answered them, Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he... Read more

7 Ways to Fight Sin as a Family

Families face many challenges today. It can be difficult for families to cope with day-to-day life, let alone unravel themselves from the sins that entangle us. As parents, we dont want to see our children stuck in sin. We spend their formative years helping them to combat sin and live God-glorifying lives.But everyone stumbles into... Read more

20 Birthday Bible Verses to Bless and Celebrate Loved Ones

It is important to honor the birthdays of loved ones, friends, and neighbors; it reminds them they are special, loved, and remembered. There are many ways to show our love: gifts and balloons are always fun.  One of the best ways to remember a birthday is with Bible verses filled with loving words and encouragement.... Read more

Her Success Doesnt Threaten Mine – Encouragement for Today – May 21, 2020

May 21, 2020Her Success Doesnt Threaten MineLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolThese were his instructions to them: The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields. Luke 10:2 (NLT) Have you ever wondered if theres any... Read more

10 Beautiful Truths God Has for the Lonely Woman

The great irony of loneliness is that so many of us feel alone! And although some of us require solitude to recharge, it’s important that we not linger in isolation. I wonder, how many lonely women among us have unintentionally isolated themselves from the community God has put around them? As you read that, did... Read more

Remembering Ravi Zacharias: 31 of His Most Powerful Quotes

Ravi Zacharias has left this world for his heavenly home. Yet his powerful influence will remain with us, and he will long be remembered by believers around the world who have followed his teaching and ministry over many years. Most well-known as a wise and godly Christian apologist, Zacharias was also the author of more... Read more

6 Questions to Ask your Aging Parent Who Doesnt Know God

My father passed away recently. Unfortunately, we were estranged most of my adult life, which made our last days together even sadder. With God's grace, our relationship mended before he passed, but his departure was bittersweet. We were talking but we both knew the time was short. There was so much to say, and there... Read more

Encouragement for the Disappointed 2020 Graduate

Hey there, graduating class of 2020. You never thought this would be your story, did you? Who expects to graduate in the middle of a pandemic? Who expects all their years of hard work to end in such an anticlimactic way? Yet thats the story of many grads this year. Commencement ceremonies are canceled, postponed,... Read more

8 Things to Expect from Married Life as a Christian

1. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 ESV2. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love. Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV3. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25 ESV 4. Wives, submit to your own... Read more

17 Bible Verses about Confrontation

When God met with Adam and Eve after they sinned, that was God confronting man (Genesis 3:8-11).When Peter and Paul were in a heated debate over whether Jews should eat with Gentiles (Galatians 2), Paul used this confrontation to reassert a very important pointthere is neither Jew nor Greek in Christ; we are all one.... Read more

Chosen – Encouragement for Today – May 22, 2020

May 22, 2020ChosenANITHA ABRAHAMLee en espaol And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him, for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward 1 Samuel 16:12b-13b (ESV)Have you ever felt like you... Read more

Am I Responsible for my Husbands Happiness?

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer As a newlywed, I was a bit obsessed with keeping my husband happy. To the point that I often denied my own feelings.Husband: Are you okay? Me: Im fine.Husband: Anything wrong? Me: Nope, all is good.Meanwhile, inside, I would be struggling with anger or hurt. My motto which I adopted... Read more

Mothers Day Prayer of Encouragement and Blessing

A Mothers Day Prayer Father, Nothing surprises You, but we are knocked off balance easily as we traverse the road of motherhood. Each stage comes with a rollercoaster of emotion as we watch little people grow and bloom right before our eyes. We watch them struggle, trying to make things easier for them so they dont... Read more