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When Life is Hard to Understand | by Helen Lescheid

Do you sometimes wonder why bad things happen to good people? Are you confused by whats happening in your life? Do you wonder where is God in all this? We have been conditioned to think of God as a doting parent whose function is to shield us from unpleasant circumstances. No wonder we are disappointed.... Read more

7 Good Things to Know about Hard Times | by Roy Lessin

7 Good Things to Know about Hard Times .1. They turn our focus toward Jesus. “Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising shame, and hath sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him... Read more

Oregon Becomes First State to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Some Hard Drugs

Oregon Becomes First State to Decriminalize Small Amounts of Some Hard Drugs Oregon citizens voted to decriminalize hard drugs, such as heroin and cocaine, according to Fox News.A vote of 59-41 percent tipped the scales to change the northwest states policy to a humane, cost-effective, health approach.Approved by more than 100 organizations, including the Oregon... Read more

Winter Is Coming: COVID-19 Forces Hard Choices for Churches

When Sonlife Community Church regathered in person on May 31, pastor Paul Devall arranged for social distancing, recommended his congregation wear masks, and opened all the doors and windows. Hes pretty typical. Across the country, churches have been taking advantage of the outdoors, capitalizing on the ability to spread out and the larger volume of... Read more

Why Is Praying So Hard? | RELEVANT

Be honest for a minute: How is your prayer life? That’s what we call it, right? We’re good Christians, and we have this compartmentalized section in our lives that is called our “prayer life.” Because, you know, prayer takes on a life of its own I guess? I say that not as a person who... Read more

Why Is It So Hard to Read My Bible These Days?

Since March, Ive struggled to maintain my daily habit of Bible reading and prayer. Some days, Ive happily turned to the next passage in my year-long plan (or asked Alexa to read it to me). Some days, Ive slogged through my daily chapters only because I know its the right thing to do. But, some... Read more

Coronavirus ‘has hit church income hard’ – Stewardship

(Photo: Unsplash/Nick Fewings)Many churches have experienced a drop in income since the start of the pandemic, says Stewardship, which is encouraging them to consider online giving as a way to reverse the decline. While many churches have started to re-open for Sunday worship in the past few weeks, Stewardship said that the months of lockdown... Read more

25 Bible Verses for Strength to Stand Strong in Hard Times

In the midst of uncertain times, it's important to remind yourself truth as often as you can. Here are 25 truth-filled verses to meditate and remember in the days ahead. The enemy will always lure us towards panic and worry if we focus on all that's wrong in this world. And even when we know... Read more

Scared and Hard on Myself – Daughters of Promise – July 21

SCARED AND HARD ON MYSELFAbraham answered and said, Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes. And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place. Genesis 18:27,33If I dont know the nature of God well, my prayers... Read more

Loving the Hard to Love – Encouragement Café – July 20

Loving the Hard to Love By Dawn MastA new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:34-35We were waiting at the deli counter when I caught a glimpse... Read more

4 Hard Conversations You Need to Have before You Say “I Do”

4. How will we handle extended family? When two people come together, they are bringing with them a lifetime of culture, traditions, and ways of life. For example, one person may come from a loud, large, and emotive family accustomed to high-energy dinners and vacations. Their partner might have been raised in a quiet, calm... Read more

When Its Hard to Love Yourself – Encouragement for Today – July 7, 2020

July 7, 2020When Its Hard to Love YourselfNICKI KOZIARZ Lee en espaolThe second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:31 (NIV)If you were in my thoughts for the day, I think youd be surprised how many negative thoughts pass through my brain. Things like:Not good enough.Not... Read more

I Know the Plans I Have for You – Trusting God When His Plan Is Scary and Hard

God is with us, always. Then God opened Hagars eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and gave the boy a drink. And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness, (Genesis 21:19-20).I had a conversation with a dear friend recently about lifes... Read more

Hard Times & Healthcare: Is There a Reliable Faith-Based Option?

Hard Times & Healthcare: Is There a Reliable Faith-Based Option? These times aren't easy. While many continue to lose jobs and employer-based healthcare during the ongoing pandemic, the need for affordable and accessible healthcare has never been greater. How can you maintain your access to healthcare when you or someone in your family... Read more

COVID-19 Hit Christian Musicians Hard. Heres How We Can Support Them.

I think music in itself is healing. Its an explosive expression of humanity. Its something we are all touched by. No matter what culture were from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel Perhaps now, more than ever before, we need the explosive expression of humanity that is music. Yet amid a fragile economy and needed safety... Read more

Church, It’s Time to Take a Hard Look at How Much We’ve Bought Into the American Dream | RELEVANT Magazine

Historically, it often seemed like the American Church and the American Dream had a pretty cozy relationship. But if it wasn’t clear before, the events of the last few weeks have made it entirely undeniable that the promise of American equality and opportunity for all has not been fully extended to all of its... Read more

Facing Hard Truths and Finding Freedom – TGC Africa

Good morning [email protected]! Our Bible reading this morning is taken from Ephesians 1: 3-14. Ephesians 1: 3-14 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world,... Read more

How to Have That Hard Conversation

Lately, I’ve had to have some tough conversations. In one case, it was confronting a family member on sin; in another, telling a person on my team that their work is substandard. Both interactions were painful and embarrassing. I prayed, but my thoughts still felt jumbled. Even though I had time to prepare for both... Read more

3 Ways Humor Can Help in Hard Times

If only we could put him on mute in real life, a weary dad quipped in my small group, whose 18-month-old could be heard shouting constantly and for no clear reason from his highchair in the background of our Zoom call. Its a joke that wouldnt have worked a few months ago, but life in... Read more

Loving the Hard to Like | RELEVANT Magazine

Some people are just harder to love than otherswe all have that gregarious friend we liked the moment we met thembut love is not easy, even when you love a lovable person. Love does not mean you are filled with warm, fuzzy feelings. It is not a big purple dinosaur dispensing free hugs and... Read more

Ethan Hawke On Why ‘Spiritual Life Is Hard to Dramatize’ | RELEVANT Magazine

This August, Ethan Hawke will suit up and beard up forGood Lord Bird, an adaptation of James McBride’s telling of the life of American abolitionist James Brown. Born in 1800 in Connecticut, Brown grew disenchanted with pacifism and, depending on who you ask, may have lost a little bit of his mind while carrying... Read more

Four Methods Paul Encourages Us to Love the Church (Even When Its Laborious)

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The Nation’s Largest Black Pentecostal Denomination Is Being Hit Further Exhausting by COVID-19 | RELEVANT Journal

[ad_1] The Washington Submit is reporting that The Church of God in Christ, which is the most important African American Pentecostal denomination, is taking a very tragic beating from COVID-19. In keeping with the paper’s reporting, no less than a dozen and as many as 30 bishops and outstanding clergy have succumbed to... Read more

4 (Good) Methods Your Laborious Child Is Altering You

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Find out how to Have That Onerous Dialog

[ad_1] Lately, I’ve needed to have some powerful conversations. In a single case, it was confronting a member of the family on sin; in one other, telling an individual on my workforce that their work is substandard. Each interactions had been painful and embarrassing. I prayed, however my ideas nonetheless felt jumbled. Though I had... Read more

Persuasion 180 | A Die Exhausting Christmas – Christ and Pop Tradition

[ad_1] Each vacation season, a heated debate renews over the validity of calling the 1988 film Die Exhausting a Christmas film. The action-thriller is a few terrorist plot that takes place on Christmas Eve and is foiled by its hero, performed by Bruce Willis. Technically, for the reason that story takes place on Christmas Eve,... Read more

Materialism Is Straightforward to Decry and Exhausting to Keep away from

[ad_1] The Christmas season is a simple goal to assault for its rampant materialism. We enter the brand new yr emotionally and financially exhausted, each corporately and individually. Im not going to disagree with that evaluation. Nevertheless . . . Most individuals assume materialism is the need for a lot of issues, or costly issues,... Read more

Assist for Arduous Occasions | Ideas about God by Invoice Brilliant

[ad_1] “He cares for them when occasions are onerous; even in famine, they are going to have sufficient“ Psalm 37:19 I recall that, within the early 1930’s through the time of the nice melancholy in America, many individuals skilled onerous occasions. It was not all the time simple to completely admire the actual fact I... Read more

The Hope of Arduous Moments

[ad_1] Arduous Moments Arduous moments between the already and the not but. Arduous moments in a world gone dangerous. Arduous moments when temptation seduces. Arduous moments with physique weak and thoughts drained. Arduous moments when mates promise, however betray. Arduous moments when surprising problem surprises. Arduous moments when discouragement blinds imaginative and prescient.Arduous moments when... Read more