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Victory Strategy: Obedience Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of August 2

Victory Strategy: Obedience Part 1By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7NV1qaTaUs[/embed]1 John 5:4-5 NLT reveal to us that "every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God."In these two verses, God... Read more

5 Reasons I Pray for My Husband Every Day

Do you pray for your husband? Even if you arent married yet, you can and should cover his life in prayer. If you havent yet begun to pray, take these 5 prayer points and begin to lift your husband or future husband to the Lord. You will see answers, whether now or in the future,... Read more

29 Inspiring Quotes and Verses to Strengthen Your Relationship

Looking for the best marriage quotes? You are in the right place.Marriage is one of the greatest blessings in life. Everyday is an adventure between mundane moments of sipping coffee in the kitchen or sweaty nights between the sheets. Marriage is executing a united front as parental units with secret high fives behind closed doors... Read more

‘I Love JK Rowling’ poster removed from Edinburgh train station after trans comments

Feminist campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen with her billboard that cost 1,200 to display before it was removed.(Photo: Instagram/Kellie-Jay Keen)A poster saying 'I Love JK Rowling' has been removed from Edinburgh's main train station after the Harry Potter author criticised trans ideology.  Network Rail Scotland, which manages Waverley station, confirmed the decision on Twitter.  The advert was put... Read more

Put On Love – Beloved Women – July 31, 2020

Put On Love Beloved Women July 31, 2020READ: And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Have you ever longed for a stylist to help you pull an outfit together? Usually theres one thing that makes an outfit feel complete. Whether its that gorgeous necklace, a... Read more

10 Signs You Love Money Too Much

Dawn Wilson Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Years ago, I watched the movie, "The Money Pit". The main characters made a foolish purchase of a house that fell apart, piece-by-piece. Soon their relationship started crumbling too. I remember thinking, I want to be wise with moneyit can a powerful tool for good, but it can cause destruction... Read more

A Guide to What the Bible Really Says about Divorce

Divorce is the death of a marriage, and it produces both loss and grief. The Bible uses strong language when discussing divorce; Malachi 2:16 says:The man who hates and divorces his wife, says the LORD, the God of Israel, does violence to the one he should protect, says the LORD Almighty. So be on your... Read more

What to Do When a Loved One “Comes Out”

This is where it gets practical and personal. Your loved one (like all of us) needs community, a family . . . and hope. Where better to experience these things than around your dinner table, in your church, and in the everyday stuff of life? This is especially important if theyve already experienced rejection from... Read more

Solid Foundation – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of July 26

Solid Foundation Part 2Week of July 26, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FISWQSgMc74[/embed]Ten days ago, The Lord highlighted the restoration of ruined cities to me (Is 61:4).Three times. He then led me to Psalm 118:14-15 AMPC, which says, "The Lord is my Strength and Song; and He has become my Salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents... Read more

5 Sure Signs You are Ready For a Relationship

I trust you! I heard these exact words as I laid in bed one day while struggling with my singleness. I felt elated because I knew God was about to do something special in my life. I just didnt know exactly what. I called my accountability partner and told him what I believed the Lord... Read more

Teaser trailer released for movie adaptation of ‘Redeeming Love’

Photo of Abigail Cowen as "Angel" in the motion picture Redeeming Love, 2020(Photo: COPYRIGHT 2020 REDEEMING LOVE HOLDING LLC All Rights Reserved)Fans of the popular Christian novel Redeeming Love have been treated to a sneak peek of the new movie adaptation coming out next year.  The movie is based on the bestselling book by Francine Rivers,... Read more

A Precious Love Letter – Beloved Women – July 23, 2020

A Precious Love Letter  Beloved Women July 23, 2020READ: Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Recently while cleaning out some boxes, I found some old letters from... Read more

Should Same-Sex Unions Be Recognized in the Church?

You might think that with killer germs, racial tensions, church and school closuresand political wars captivating public attentionother hot topic issues that truly demand a biblical response from the church might have been placed on the back burner. But youd be wrong.Even with many churches shutting their doors and scrambling to find their equilibrium in... Read more

Do We Have Freedom or Responsibility to Wear Face Masks during COVID-19?

3. Are Your Actions Considerate of the Most Vulnerable in Our Communities? Matthew 25:40 says, And the King will answer them, Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.Over the past months we have found that certain groups are more... Read more

Chinese believers display vibrant love for the Gospel – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — Heightened tensions between China and the US continue following tit-for-tat sanctions. Last week, China targeted three lawmakers and a diplomat following US restrictions against Chinese officials. Isaac Six of Open Doors USA says theres more to this issue than meets the eye. The concern here is that the rights across China are... 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

Solid Foundation – Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of July 19

Solid Foundation  Part 1By Margaret D. Mitchell[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0OLOcfezmg[/embed]The title of a sermon, I heard nearly two decades ago, has always stuck with me: It was Keep Your Tent Pegs Light.While I dont remember the sermon, I realize God has highlighted this title to me recently to remind me of an important message for this hour: That we... Read more

10 Ways to Rebuild Trust in a Marriage on the Rocks

Heather Riggleman Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Trust is the bedrock of marriage. But what do you do if trust has been damaged or completely obliterated? I found myself asking that same question 18 months ago in my counselors office. I knew I had forgiven my husband for breaking my trust but neither one of us knew... Read more

A Prayer from Micah 6:8 to Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

When talking about social justice in our world today, one of the most frequently quoted verses from the Bible is from Micah 6:8: He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. But what... Read more

‘We Love Law Enforcement’: Church Gifts $1,000 to Every Police Officer in Its Town

'We Love Law Enforcement': Church Gifts $1,000 to Every Police Officer in Its Town A small-town church in Tennessee is receiving nationwide attention after honoring its local police department in a public ceremony with a gift of $1,000 for each officer. The congregation, Lighthouse Baptist Church in Jonesboro, Tenn., wanted to encourage the... Read more

10 Reasons Why No One Listens to Each Other Anymore

Most Christians and a lot of non-Christians can quote James 1:19: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Yet, this scripture is one of the most challenging commands to heed. We are more likely to speak quickly, become angry in a heartbeat, and listen as a last resort.... Read more

How Do I Know If Im Ready to Marry?

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer How many bridesmaids will you have? What color-scheme do you want for your wedding? What will your wedding dress look like?These are questions that many young women are ready to answer at any given momenteven if theyre not currently in a dating relationship. Little girls frequently dress up... Read more

‘We Love You Too Much to Open Our Doors’: Andy Stanley Shares Why His Church Won’t Reopen until 2021

'We Love You Too Much to Open Our Doors': Andy Stanley Shares Why His Church Won't Reopen until 2021 In a rare interview spree, megachurch pastor Andy Stanley of North Point Ministries is speaking out on his churchs decision to not gather until 2021 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.Stanley made the announcement... Read more

Beware of the Stronghold of Cold Love | by Francis Frangipane

Is your love growing softer, brighter and more visible? Or is it becoming more discriminating, more calculating, less vulnerable and less available? This is a very important issue, for your Christianity is only as real as your love. A measurable decrease in your ability to love is evidence that a stronghold of cold love is... Read more

5 Signs That You’re the Taker in the Relationship

Joanna Teigen Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Remember when you first fell in love? Your relationship felt like the most exciting, rewarding part of your life.From the moment you woke up in the morning until your head hit the pillow, you were focused on your love. As you discovered each others favorite things, you treated each other... Read more

Exploring Americas Love of a Steely Savior in Jesus and John Wayne – Christ and Pop Culture

If, tomorrow, Hollywood handed you the keys to a major motion picture about the life of Jesus, who would you cast as the lead? Someone like Oscar Isaac, brimming with hangdog charisma? No doubt Adam Driver could navigate the many moods of Jesusfrom holy sarcasm to matchless compassionin a few easy moves. Sifting risks and... Read more