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3 Ways COVID-19 Could Transform Us for Better or for Worse

Unprecedented: Its the word thats repeatedly been used to describe the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting circumstances and its a word that is almost cringe-worthy at this point. By definition, it refers to something never before known or experienced.To some personalities, new and different is easily tolerated, or can even be exciting, but to others,... Read more

Should Christians Be Concerned by the LGBTQ direction in Hallmark Movies?

We Should Approach This Issue with Courage We live in a culture that cancels Gods truth, and it cancels those who dare speak it.Speak it anyways.Not on a street corner wearing a sandwich board while screeching through a bullhorn. Few lives are reached that way. Few lives are transformed from a tweet or a Facebook... Read more

10 Songs to Listen to When Life Is Changing

by Tauren WellsIn this beautiful song of praise, the vocalist recognizes both the highs and lows of life and understands that Gods grace and love surpasses any broken dreams. The Lords presence and faithfulness remains the same at all time. The song is an expression of 2 Corinthians 12:9 and serves as a reminder that we... Read more

10 Things I Hope Never Go Back to Normal after COVID-19

Pre-COVID-19, if you asked people what hindered them from spending quality and quantity time in Bible reading and prayer, youd hear the word busyness a lot. For many, COVID-19-induced limitations have become an invitation to spiritual renewal.Without a lengthy commute, they have time to linger with the Scriptures, start that Bible study theyve always wanted to... Read more

10 Reasons Why This Is a Wonderful Time to Be Alive

God has placed us in this generation purposefully, to live life to the full. This is a wonderful time to be alive, despite the challenges surrounding our modern world on a daily basis. From ancient history to today, chaos and conflict have challenged humanity. We were never promised life would be easy (Matthew 7:13-14), but... Read more

A Prayer for a New Purpose for a New Day

Purpose is something we shouldnt live one day without. Since the beginning of our livesin fact before we were bornGod had a purpose for us. The Psalmist testifies, For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mothers wombYour eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written... Read more

10 Verses to Guide Your Prayers for This Coronavirus School Year

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.When I think about the state of the world my kids have to grow... Read more

How to Face a Daunting School Year in a COVID-19 World

The arrival of the end of summer means only one thing, school is back in session. In true 2020 fashion going back to school is far more complicated than it used to be. Parents are having to make hard decisions about where or when their children will go to school. It is one of the... Read more

What Happened to the Clear Vision We Hoped for in 2020?

At the end of 2019, I was struggling with a severe anxiety disorder relapse fifteen years in the making. It had taken everything out of me. I had to take time off of work. I changed everything about how we were doing life while I was trying to heal. I didnt think it could get... Read more

Praying the Armor of God for Students Returning to School

Leah Lively Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer With the state of our world over the last few months, our students and children need prayers now more than ever. Our lives have gone from somewhat predictable to completely unpredictable. Each day we turn on the news, we are faced with more challenges and unknowns. Students returning to school... Read more

8 Ways Your Time with God May Need to Change

Perhaps the hardest work here is the most crucial. Romans 12:1-2 exhorts us not to be conformed to the world we live in, but to be transformed, changed, by renewing our minds in the Word. Inevitably we will learn things in the Bible that are at least unfamiliar, if not contradictory, to the ideas we... Read more

10 Classic Family Movies with Powerful Gospel Messages

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer It can be hard today to find quality movies that dont fill our minds with filth. My husband and I frequently analyze whether we should keep the various streaming programs we subscribe to. More often than not, we find ourselves deleting them for a season. Add children into... Read more

3 Remedies to Revitalize Awkward Family Devotions

3. Welcome Their Questions Questions come with the territory, and the older kids get, the harder they can be to answer. One thing we never want to do is shut down their questions with responses like because the Bible says so or just have faith and dont question it. While our intentions may be good,... Read more

A Simple Plan to Welcome Calm during COVID-19

The two most popular words currently are unprecedented and uncertain. The COVID-19 pandemic has ravaged the globe, leaving many wrestling with fear and worry. Millions have lost jobs and hundreds of thousands have lost loved ones. Just when we thought things were getting better, the numbers are again on the rise.Along with the uncertainty, fear... Read more

10 Family-Friendly Movies to Watch While Stuck Home Together

(2019, PG) Frozen 2 is a sequel that doesnt disappoint.  The catchy tunes, engaging storyline, and a sisterhood that is inspiring.  Elsa, Anna, Christof, and Olaf go on a journey to uncover the truth about the past. Along the way, Olaf humorously comments on his growing maturity.Christof struggles with finding the right way to propose... Read more

10 Steps to Digging Deeper into Gods Word

After gaining an understanding of the passage and seeing how it relates to my current situation, it is now time to put Scripture into action. What are some practical ways I can live out the passage today? These are ideas I come up with to apply the principles of the Bible passage. For instance, if... Read more

Is Social Media Killing Us?

This is the question of all questions. Could you commit to thirty days without social media? It would mean logging out, deleting apps if it is too tempting. But it would mean choosing to walk away from the noise and the idol of social media in your life.That is exactly what I did when I... Read more

Humble Prayers for Healing America

America is hurting. Pandemics, racial inequalities, job loss, and political division have caused great suffering. We are called to be salt and light on the earth. As Christians, we can begin healing our land through prayer and action. Let us come together not just by words but a faith that produces works. The love and... Read more

How to Make Your Home a Safe Haven in This Scary World

The world is scrambling to find solutions to overwhelming problems. Scientists around the world research cures for disease. Government regulations attempt to bring order and prosperity to society. Yet no matter the gains we make, mankind never achieves the peace were searching for.As a family, we can worship the One who promises to make all... Read more

The Beautiful Meaning and Story of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8 NIV)Brimming with influence from Psalm 4, Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep is a popular prayer that has been passed down for generations. Although its experienced various changes and additions, the prayer reminds us of... Read more

10 Refreshing Ways to Renew Your Quiet Time with God

Ive practiced a daily quiet time with God for more than two decades. During those times, Ive experienced soul-soaring moments that linger with me to this day. Other times Ive struggled through like I was studying for an Algebra test.Regardless of how I felt, God has rewarded my commitment to spend time in prayer and... Read more

11 Ways to Make Summer Fun When Camps are Cancelled

We all had big plans for the summer, didnt we? Unfortunately, for most of us, it is just not working out quite as wed hoped. Though summer will look different across the country, there is one thing we all have in common. Our summers are modified, twisted around, and flipped over. Our family had all kinds of... Read more

8 Questions to Ask Yourself at the End of the Day

Noelle Kirchner iBelieve Contributing Writer Youve probably heard some version of the quote, Its not how you start that mattersits how you finish. Indeed, the Bible confirms that we are all a work in progress; we are clay on the Potters wheel (Isaiah 64:8). As God continues to form us, each day is an important... Read more

5 Lessons from Quarantine I Must Never Forget

5. Ive Learned to Submit to Gods Sovereignty When you are living life 24 hours at a time, fully in the present, you realize the beauty of surrender. You see the value in choosing to submit to His call in Philippians 4:8 to think on things that are true, right, pure, lovely, and praiseworthy.Hearing, seeing,... Read more

10 Ways Life Simply Wasnt Working before COVID-19

2020 has felt like some sort of cosmic joke. If it wasnt one thing, it was something else. One story after another, every day of turning on the news or social media has felt like spinning the wheel of chance with some new terrifying problem on every block.I joked with a few friends earlier this... Read more

4 MLK Quotes That Just Mercy Demonstrates Perfectly

Editor's Note: Throughout June 2020, Just Mercy is available to stream for FREE from home on several platforms, including Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, and Google Play.Based on the #1 New York Bestseller by the same name, Just Mercy tells the story of lawyer Bryan Stevenson as he takes on the case of a man on... Read more

12 Tasty Depression Era Recipes That Wont Break the Bank

Money is tight and food prices are rising. Tasty Depression Era recipes connect us with past generations and offer a great way to eat cleaner and cheaper!If youve had the privilege of knowing someone who lived through the Great Depression, more than likely you heard about the food they ate or didnt eat. Learning how... Read more

12 Old-Fashioned Summer Activities for Making Special Memories

Rainy Day Activities 9. Make Sock PuppetsDo you have old socks or single socks hanging around? Grab markers, buttons, twist ties, and other oddities from around the house and let your kids have at it. Maybe talk about what kind of puppet show they want to put on, so they know what puppets they will... Read more

10 Most Dangerous Apps That Parents Need to Know

They define their app as: Roblox is a global platform where millions of people gather together every day to imagine, create, and share experiences with each other in immersive, user-generated 3D worlds.If youre still unclear, picture going online and creating your own social environment. A school, a theme park, a neighborhood. In this environment, your... Read more

10 Ways to Make a Fresh Start After Quarantine

I laid on the trampoline in the backyard staring at the sky as the sun warmed my face. These new rhythms of life have done something in my soul. God has used them to reveal places of my life that need a desperate working out.I feel as though God had to take away all the... Read more