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More Than Dust and Bone – Encouragement for Today – October 29, 2020

October 29, 2020More Than Dust and BoneLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolAnd God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. Genesis 1:31 (ESV) Remember who you are.These are words I spoke to my children countless times when they were younger. I... 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

Why Jesus Plan for Your Child Is so Much Better

Living our life purpose, or Gods plan for our life, is not a trivial pursuit. Its living the life our heart beats for. Its living the life destined for us by our Creator. Discerning and surrendering to it will unlock some of the richest fulfillment we can find on Earth; thats the power of living... 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

The Problem With More – Encouragement for Today – October 28, 2020

October 28, 2020The Problem With MoreMARY MARANTZ Lee en espaolThey will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. Jeremiah... 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

When You Arent Sure if You Should Stay – Encouragement for Today – October 27, 2020

October 27, 2020When You Arent Sure if You Should StayLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolBe gracious to me, O LORD , for I am languishing; heal me, O LORD , for my bones are troubled. My soul also is greatly troubled. But you, O LORD how long? Psalm 6:2-3 (ESV)I love todays passage because its a... 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

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

5 Ways to Rest from Bearing the Family’s Emotional Burdens

If Jesus was physically present in my house, its likely that Hed accidentally end up tossed in my dryer and thrown on the de-wrinkle cycle.Seriously.Most days, my life feels like its spinning and flipping, tossing and turning. Im "balancing a nine-hour workday while trying to remember if I fed the dogs, set out the meat... 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

7 Biblical Truths to Teach Your Kids about the 2020 Election

I cant WAIT until the election is over! a friend texted the other day.And I totally agree. Probably you do, too.But as these last few weeks of political ping pong (or dodge ball J) play out, dont overlook the valuable learning opportunities the 2020 election can provide for your children. Use this irritating, ugly season... Read more

His Light Shines in Your Darkness – Encouragement for Today – October 26, 2020

October 26, 2020His Light Shines in Your DarknessDANIA YADAGO Lee en espaolThe light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5 (NIV) I spent most of my childhood doing my homework in the dark under a burning gas lamp. As war erupted in my Middle Eastern country, we had electricity only... 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

Obedience Strategy: Confidence in God – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of October 25

Obedience Strategy: Confidence in God Part 2By Margaret D. MitchellWeek of October 25, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oS5j4a4BEpE[/embed]Proverbs 29:25 TPT tells us, "Fear and intimidation is a trap that holds you back. But when you place your confidence in the Lord, you will be seated in the high place."God has been unclogging pipes and straightening out kinks in us... 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

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

How Loneliness Can Hone Our Hearing – Encouragement for Today – October 23, 2020

October 23, 2020How Loneliness Can Hone Our HearingALICIA BRUXVOORTLee en espaolThe word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (VOICE)The mac and cheese had grown cold by... 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

How to Handle Estrangement from Your Adult Children

Am I Doing the Right Thing? This made things worse by disrespecting boundaries, ignoring my need for normalcy for my children, and only proved my point that there was a need for this estrangement. After my pastor spoke to her, seeing her toxic behaviors for himself, he told me I was doing the right thing.... Read more

The One We Really Need Today – Encouragement for Today – October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020The One We Really Need TodayLYSA TERKEURST Lee en espaolThen Jesus declared, I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. John 6:35 (NIV)At times, Ive looked at prayer requests like Amazon Prime deliveries.I want to know Ill get... Read more

How Do I Say Goodbye? – Encouragement Café – October 22

How Do I Say Goodbye? By Sherry KepleyThe Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18 I heard the doctor say, Lets call it 7:10.  It was 7:10 AM, and we had been with our Tanner all night long in the pediatric ICU.  The doctor said those words as... Read more

How to Believe “Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Freedom”

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17Hearing the word freedom is like hearing the words love or interesting. At face-value these words are vague and can often mean anything. For some, the idea of freedom may embody an end to slavery, a... Read more

The Disease to Please – Encouragement Café – October 21

The Presence By Joan Walker HahnLet your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.   So we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJVSo many... Read more

When Everything Overwhelms, How Do We Overcome? – Encouragement for Today – October 21, 2020

October 21, 2020When Everything Overwhelms, How Do We Overcome?GRACE P. CHO Lee en espaolI have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NIV)Hey, thats where great-grandpa and grandma live! My kids excitedly point... Read more