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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

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

Eat, Pray, Love: How Families Grow Stronger During the Pandemic

The Story: A new survey finds that the pandemic has drawn some families closer together. The Background: The American Family Survey (AFS) is a nationally representative survey of Americans sponsored by the Deseret News and Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy in connection with YouGov. The survey examines Family Life During a Pandemic... Read more

The 4 Little Sins We Love To Ignore – TGC Africa

There are always, in every age, innumerable opinions regarding the churchs most pressing need. Many of these are valid: fearless proclamation, greater community, stronger leadership and better theological training. But, in my opinion, something we rarely consider is an altogether different need: preaching that addresses sin. Ignoring ‘Little’ Sins I am not referring to the... Read more

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: A Sermon from Julius Kim

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Julius Kim: I’d invite you to turn to Genesis 29 for our scripture reading this morning. Let me add my welcome to pastor James, to all of you who are here today, to... Read more

5 Ways You’re Making Conflict in Your Marriage Harder for Yourself 

On the flipside, when you constantly remind yourself that hes never going to listen, never going to change, then youre anticipating more fights. And when they come, you tend to pack a mean Aha, I knew I was right! punch. You start slinging fists because you were right about him dropping the ball.If you revel... Read more

Someone Needs Your Love | by Deborah Yemi

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 A lot of people we meet daily, walk around with plastic smile on their faces but with heavy hearts. Beneath their designer clothes and expensive accessories lies a broken and shattered person who longs for someone to share his/her thoughts with. As little... Read more

Obedience Strategy: Confidence in God – Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of October 18

Obedience Strategy: Confidence in God Part 1 By Margaret D. MitchellWeek of October 18, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0obCM-FCWBg[/embed]Nearly two weeks ago, on the morning of October 5, 2020 (hours before President Trump returned from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center), The Lord showed me a vision of a big, bold eagle high in the sky.It expanded as I continued... Read more

How to Pray for Your Husband instead of Trying to Change Him

Your husband will not change overnight. And perhaps, he might not change at all.Will you trust God enough to accept that EVEN IF your husband doesnt change, you will still trust that God is in control?A beautiful story in the Bible depicts this even if statement in Daniel 3:8-30 where King Nebuchadnezzar commanded everyone to... Read more

How to View Sex as Holy, but Without Shame

Something Ive learned over the years is that, despite good intentions, most of our Christian parents didnt do the best job of talking to us about sex.Most of our parents talked to us about being sexually pure from a standpoint of avoiding consequences, rather than the goal being to bring glory to our holy God.Even... Read more

Where Love Ends (And the Fight for Disability Rights)

Editor’s Note: This is an anonymously written essay taken fromKeeping the Faith: Reflections on Politics and Christianity in the Era of Trump and Beyond. Each Friday between now and Election Day 2020, we will be sharing new excerpts from this anthology of dissent. Disciples of Jesus know that God persistently asks us to consider what... Read more

How to Love Truth in a Fake News World | RELEVANT

Editor’s Note: On Friday morning, President Donald Trump retweeted a story from the satirical news site the Babylon Bee, apparently thinking it was real. It’s a good reminder for all of us to pay attention to the news we share and champion the truth in everything we do. It’s strange to live in a world... Read more

TGC Podcast: Danny Akin on Teaching Kids to Love the Nations

The following is a lightly edited transcript; please check the audio or video before quoting. Danny Akin: Little Global Hearts. How to give our children a vision for the world, building Great Commission families. Two texts that are going to drive my study this morning, the first I will read now, and the other in... Read more

Gods Love Language – Its Powerful! – Beloved Women – October 16, 2020

Gods Love Language Beloved Women October 16, 2020READ: If you love me, you will keep my commandments. (John 14:15 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: If someone asked you, Whats the best way I can show you love today? What would you say? For me, the answer is easy. Empty the dishwasher. Fold those clothes. All those things speak love to... Read more

Love for Enemies

Editor’s note: Singer/Songwriter and participant of the Red Letter Christians Artists and Musicians Collective, Paul Demer, recently released a new congregational worship song entitled “Love for Enemies.” Read about it and watch the lyric video below! I originally wrote Love For Enemies for New Braunfels Presbyterian Church (USA) in the Texas Hill Country. I was... Read more

5 Ways to Bring More Joy into Your Marriage

Our world tends to be overly serious. We forget to let ourselves relax and have fun. Think back to the last time you had a really good laugh with a friend or your spouse and how good it made you feel. Its been proven laughter can relieve tension and stress, boost your immune system, release dopamine... Read more

Fire Arising – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of October 11

Fire Arising Part 2 By Margaret D. MitchellWeek of October 11, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vdLfiotltoU[/embed]What is God revealing to you now?Proverbs 30:5 NKJV says, "Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him."Gods Word brings a truth test, intended to infuse His Spirit of Truth more into souls who will... Read more

9 Romantic Ways to Get the Quality Time You Need, Even during COVID

Whether you reserve a spot at a campsite or blow up the air mattress and pitch a tent in the yard, camping is one way to appreciate the outdoors with a measure of privacy.If youre at a campsite, bask in Gods creations by observing the wildlife around you, taking a walk in nature at sunset,... Read more

30 Bible Verses about Love – Loving Scripture Quotes

Most Popular Bible Verses About Love John 3:16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.Romans 8:28We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.1 Corinthians 13:4-8Love... Read more

10 Scriptures Singles Need to Guide Their Dating Decisions

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer Dating can often feel like navigating a field dotted with land mines. One false move, and youre in serious trouble! Whether youre naturally a cautious planner or an impulsive thrill-seeker, dating can be exhausting and discouraging. There are many ditches to fall into on both sides of the... Read more

Fire Arising – Part 1 – God’s Love at Work – Week of October 4

Fire Arising Part 1 By Margaret D. MitchellWeek of October 4, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgKUmqgbPXY[/embed]I'm seeing fires that God started years ago, through individuals, now ignite others. Godly passion and wisdom rising through them in a new frameworkstreamlined, hyper-focused, targeted to make impact, like a pinpointed laser. Transformative, like lightning.Whatever is thought, happens.Whatever is spoken, happens.This fire is expanding as... Read more

7 Things to Do When You Know You’ve Made a Mistake

Crystal Caudill iBelieve Contributing Writer The question is not what should we do if we make a mistake, but when we make a mistake. Mistakes are normal, but that doesn't mean we should ignore the issue. Here are seven things to do to restore your life and relationships when you realize you've made a mistake.1.... Read more

4 Keys to Loving Someone When They Get Angry

4. Help Them Process and Prepare When my wife and I are about to drive in rush-hour traffic, she will regularly pull me aside before we get into the car and say, Jol, we are about to hit heavy traffic. Prepare yourself. Its going to be ok. It sounds silly, but that little reminder helps... Read more

Set Your Love On Jesus – Beloved Women – October 1, 2020

Set Your Love On Jesus Beloved Women October 1, 2020READ: Because he holds fast to Me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows My name. (Psalms 91:14 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Love is a powerful word, a powerful emotion, and an important part of everyones lives. Jesus says in Psalms 91:14 that when... Read more

30 Day Prayer Challenge for Your Husband

Every day for the next 30 days, you will be challenged to pray in a specific way for your husband. Get ready to see God move in BIG ways in and through your marriage! Do you feel the need to pray more earnestly for your husband and your marriage but not sure where to start?... Read more

5 Things Satan Would Love for You to Spend Your Time Doing

Alisha Headley iBelieve Contributing Writer I am not a fan of talking about Satan because I dont believe he deserves the attention. However, the truth is: Satan is real and if we ignore his existence, it's easier for him to enter our lives and work in destructive ways. 1 Corinthians 2:11 says we must know... Read more

Simplicity of Gods Love | Thoughts by Vonette Bright

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7 Cristine headed to hot and humid Central America with her youth groups summer mission project. They would host a two-day childrens evangelistic outreach. The teens prepared an entire program... Read more

Surrounding Wisdom – Part 2 – God’s Love at Work – Week of September 27

Surrounding Wisdom Part 2 By Margaret D. MitchellWeek of September 27, 2020[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXY4UH513tQ[/embed]God has been delivering His people out from under clouds of darkness into His marvelous light to declare His praise (Ro 13:11-14, Lk 11:33-36 TPT, Ep 5:8-21, 1 Jn 1:5-7).Psalm 71:15 AMPC says, My mouth shall tell of Your righteous acts and of Your deeds... Read more

3 Ways Elder and Younger People Should Honor One Another

Elders need those who are younger to lovingly listen, respect, and connect with them. Younger folks need those of us who are older to let go, keep up, and show more of Jesus. My doctor started it. Medical charts don't lie. He knows how old I am. I've tried all of the tricks: Photoshop edits,... Read more