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9 Benefits of Worshiping during ‘Why, God’ Trials

When our prayers are being answered, when the test results are the ones weve prayed for, or when we get that job we really needed, we look up and praise God and have no problem worshipping him. But is that conditional worship? If God does what we want... then Hes worthy of praise? No. God is... Read more

10 Reasons to Be Sure That God Will Never Leave You

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)This is the first verse of the Bible. Before there were people, animals, water, and light, there was God. Knowing this gives me peace when I feel like the world is spinning out of control. He is the glue that holds everything together. We... Read more

10 Reasons God Refers to You as the Apple of His Eye

7. He Knows You God is aware of everything about you. That can be frightening at first, God knowing your every thought and action. He does, yet He continues to keep us in His gaze. David understood that there was no escaping God's vision. David wrote about God's attention to His children in Psalm 139,... Read more

10 Cliques That Exist in Every Church

Any community of people is bound to have a problem with cliques, and the church is no exception. But before you get up in arms at the idea of church members screaming "You can't sit with us!" across the sanctuary (Mean Girls, anyone?!), please know that cliques aren't all bad. A clique is merely a... Read more

How Can I Trust That the Bible Is True?

We cannot turn on the news anymore without feeling the weight of a broken world. The burden is great in the search for truth it seems. Whether it is political or environmental we see people searching or defining truth for themselves. Often it is based on what they feel and see. The reality is that... Read more

10 Beautiful Ways God Tells You How Much You Matter to Him

You shall be holy to me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine. (Leviticus 20:26)God has called us to be separate from the world. We are salt and light, evidence of His love to those who do not know the hope we have in... Read more

How to Love an Invisible God

4. Give Thanks Dont you just love to hear the phrase, Thank you? Imagine how God feels hearing our appreciation for His many blessings in life.Therefore I will give thanks to you among the nations, Lord; I will sing praises about your name. (Psalm 18:49)Showing appreciation to God is like a child showing appreciation to... Read more

How to Discern God’s Voice in Your Life

There was a peace about how He spoke to me that day. There was a confidence that the words were for me. The peace and confidence embraced me as the Holy Spirit convicted, rebuked, and called me to repent. I bowed my head one last time and asked Jesus what He would give me in... Read more

Why Are Some Christians So Fearful of Sex When They Get Married?

For some Christians, its uncomfortable to have open conversations about sex, especially when they are fearful or doubtful about what will be expected when they get married. Often, theyve been raised in homes where their parents taught them how to balance a budget, how to change a tire, and how to do the laundry, but... Read more

20 Legendary Lines from Favorite Hymns to Lift You Now

In our fast-paced, chaotic reality of what feels like increasing unknowns (and sometimes even panic)...it's truly comforting to lean on God's promises in scripture and song.Lifting your voice in praise and worship to the One who knows the way, can carry you through whatever may be stopping you from setting your mind on things above... Read more

5 Things God Expects from Every Man

It is tough being a man in our world todayespecially in a culture that is not sure what manhood even means. There are so many differing opinions, definitions, and expectations of what a man should be like. The weight is heavy, and the responsibility is immense.However, as men, we were created and designed by God... Read more

A Prayer for the California Wildfires

The news and images emerging from the fires in California are hard to believe. Skies have turned red, filled with smoke over cities and counties as historic winds have fueled multiple wildfires across the state. As the governor declares a state of emergency, families are evacuating to escape the flames, knowing they may never see... Read more

How to Find Your Way Out of Relationship Dysfunction

6. Be Gentle This was an important lesson I learned this year when striving to improve my communication. Gentleness can turn an argument into a casual conversation.Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not arrogant, is not rude, is not self-seeking, is not irritable, and does not keep... Read more

How to Know When Loneliness Has Turned into Something Deeper

It started in late April. This feeling of loneliness overtook me, and I realized I hadnt hugged anyone outside the walls of our home in over six weeks. The thing is, Im not even a big hugger. I like affection, but most would describe me as an introvert. However, knowing I couldnt be with those... Read more

Why Do Christians Look Forward to When Every Knee Shall Bow?

By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear. Isaiah 45:23Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of... Read more

How to Keep Good Boundaries with Your Ex after Divorce

What are boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud, an author of the book Boundaries, says,Boundaries define us. They define what is me and what is not me. A boundary shows me where I end and someone else begins, leading me to a sense of ownership. Knowing what I am to own and take responsibility for gives me... Read more

A Prayer for Hopeless Moments during the Coronavirus

Its easy for one to tell someone to stay encouraged and to not lose hope. But when your world is shaken with schedules disturbed, social life halted, plans interrupted, and fear around every corner, its hard to maintain hope. Especially when all we see in the news, in social media, in our circumstances, have hopelessness... Read more

30 Faith Quotes Inspiration for a Life of Faith

 12. "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." Martin Luther King, Jr.13. Faith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right. Max Lucado14. "Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways... Read more

What Does God Is within Her She Will Not Fail Mean?

God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Psalm 46:5The difficult circumstances we deal with on the daily can tempt us to give in to self-pity. But every generation, from ancient times to the current, has faced adversity. God has not changed, and isnt surprised by the... Read more

10 Problems of the Heart That Leave You Feeling Stuck

I will admit, I struggle with anger. Not so much now as I did in childhood, but the wrong word at the wrong time can leave me highly upset. Ive learned to walk away, but walking away doesnt erase the anger felt on the inside.Be angry and do not sin. Dont let the sun go... Read more

5 Ways God Has Qualified You to Make a Difference

5. Our Hope is in Christ. And 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)Scripture continually reminds us how important it is to be humble, grateful, and purposefully praise God in good times and bad. When it... Read more

5 Truths about Marriage: What Every Bride Needs to Know before Marrying

A long time ago, in the Garden of Eden, marriage was created and established by God. As Genesis 2:24, explains, That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.However since then, Gods beautifully designed union between a man and a woman has been... Read more

4 Amazing Insights from Jesus Parable of the Sower

Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16Jesus knew how to communicate to his disciples. He often spoke in simple stories called parables because He wanted them to be able to understand. God the Son wasnt concerned with eloquently delivering Gods word to sound important or intelligent. God... Read more

Why Is the Word Rapture Applied to Jesus Return?

Close your eyes and imagine what Jesus return will be like. If youre like many Christians, you may be picturing what is often referred to as the rapture, Gods saints meeting Jesus in the air in a glorious reunion! This vision comes from Pauls vision in 1 Thessalonians:After that, we who are still alive and... Read more

Why Don’t You Hear God When You Need Him the Most?

Trusting God to provide is a wonderful concept, and one that most Christians want to live out. However, when the Lord seems silent or even aloof to our circumstances, it doesnt take long for our faith to waiver. If trust doesnt come easy for you, here are a few ways to build it:Recall Gods faithfulness:How... Read more

10 Reasons You Might be Uncomfortable Talking about Race

It is the elephant in the room. You know it is there, but you silently hope the topic would disappear. Race is here and it is not going away. Education, advocacy, and open, honest dialogue is needed for growth and sustained change to occur. In recent months, there have been global protests, cries for justice... Read more

5 Subtle Ways the Demons from Our Past Are Controlling Us

New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers has published numerous novels—all bestsellers—and she has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the globe. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for many honors, and in 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for inspirational fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of... Read more

Why Do Some Suffer More Than Others?

This is an age-old question that still puzzles many Christians today. Who am I kidding, I have asked the same question too! One look around and some people seem to have it all: family, home, wealth. You name it, they got it. Then there are others who seem to live completely without: no food, no... Read more

10 Things You Want to Know about Heaven but Are Embarrassed to Ask

Jean E. Jones Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Fighting back tears, a young woman confessed to my husband that she was afraid she didnt want to go to heaven. Since then, as weve related that story to others, weve discovered many Christians have that fear. And no wonder! Artists and movie makers depict heaven as a colorless... Read more

5 Amazing Lessons in the Parable of the Lost Sheep

The more I study the life of Jesus, and the stories he told, the more I admire how countercultural and outspoken he was throughout his life. Where Jesus saw a need, he met it. Where there needed to be reform, he changed it. Luke 15 introduces three teachings of Jesus that capitulate his mission and... Read more