Judah Smith on the Power of Guided Prayer | RELEVANT

When the team at Churchome released a new feature for its Churchome Global App, which connects users with resources and online communities, nobody could have guessed just how prepared for the pandemic it would be. The Guide Prayer feature lets users listen to short prayers, each centered on a different topic of spiritual principle. We... Read more

The power of a shoebox at Christmas

Ann-Marie now serves as a volunteer packing shoeboxes for children just like her younger selfAnn-Marie was 8-years-old when she received a Christmas shoebox in her native Zambia filled with gifts from a stranger. The box of gifts was given to her as part of the annual campaign, Operation Christmas Child, which delivers Christmas gifts to... Read more

The Power of Worship Through Gods Word – Encouragement for Today – November 30, 2020

November 30, 2020The Power of Worship Through Gods WordJASMINE WILLIAMS Lee en espaolGod is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and in truth. John 4:24 (CSB)With hands lifted and eyes watering, I kneel in awe of God as the music from my speakers turns my prayer closet into a place of... Read more

Bianca Juarez Olthoff on the Power of Prayers of Lovingkindness | RELEVANT

Ill pray for you, I said to Nicole on the way out of church. Its a phrase I say often. I usually pray right in the moment, so I can be sure to honor my word and remember a persons need. As I pulled Nicole close to me, I asked God that her stress would... Read more

The Magnetic Power of Humility – Beloved Women – November 17, 2020

The Magnetic Power of Humility Beloved Women November 17, 2020READ: The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: With the colossal power of electromagnets, the worlds fastest Maglev (magnetic levitation) trains can travel at 375 miles per hour! In the same way that those trains... Read more

The Crises of Our Day and the Power of Community

The Crises of Our Day and the Power of Community With all the bad health news in the news, I thought we should start today with some good news: chili pepper consumption could help you live longer.The American Heart Association reports that regular chili pepper consumers could have longer lifespans due to the fruits anti-inflammatory,... Read more

The power of quiet, steady, unspectacular ministry for God

J John 24 October 2020 | 9:55 AM Charles Simeon (1759-1836)Many Christian heroes made a difference to the world by travelling it; Charles Simeon made a difference by staying in the same place ministering for fifty-four years. Simeon was born in 1759 to a wealthy, upper-class family in the south-east of England who had only... Read more

‘I Believe in the Power of Prayer’: Amy Coney Barrett Thanks Americans for Encouragement

'I Believe in the Power of Prayer': Amy Coney Barrett Thanks Americans for Encouragement Americas courts have a limited role in society and are not intended to right every wrong, Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett said Monday during her opening statement to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee.Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the... Read more

The healing power of listening to God’s Word

(Photo: Unsplash/T Steele)In British folklore there is a saying that 'it never rains but it pours', meaning when bad things happen, usually other bad things strike at the same time. How soberingly fitting for the cultural moment in the UK today! Britain is enduring prolonged uncertainty and pain from both disease and divorce through Covid-19... Read more

The Power of the Spirit – Beloved Women – October 5, 2020

The Power of the Spirit Beloved Women October 5, 2020READ: I was in the Spirit on the Lords day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet. (Revelation 1:10 ESV)TODAY'S ENCOURAGEMENT: Charles Spurgeon once said, "Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without the wind, branches... Read more

The Life-Changing Power of Simple Prayers | RELEVANT

I grew up in a home filled with music. As a kid, my mom would play the piano as I sat alongside her on the wooden bench and sang along. Wed flip through the old Lutheran hymnal until we found a song we both liked, and then Mom would play. My favorite song to sing... Read more

The power of entire Muslim families coming to faith in Jesus

Iraq (MNN) — To be born into a Muslim family in Iraq is to be Muslim. Stepping out of that structure can lead to denouncement, persecution, and even death. Thats why Christians from Muslim backgrounds often hide their faith from family and friends. However, Frontiers USA shared an encouraging story with us about one former... Read more

The Power of a Confirmation – Daughters of Promise – September 22

THE POWER OF A CONFIRMATIONAnd they blessed Rebekah and said to her, Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him! Genesis 24:60Eleazar enters the family dwelling of Rebekah. He introduces himself, speaks on behalf of Abraham to recount the story of why... Read more

The power of kindness: an Iranian Christian’s journey to faith

(Photo: Unsplash/Faruk Kaymak)Whenever anyone asks me "how did you meet Jesus Christ?", my answer is always: "I didn't seek himhe sought me!" I was a dutiful child of Muslim parents who was initially attracted to Christianity after wandering into a Catholic church and being spellbound by its beauty and sanctified atmosphere. By the age of... Read more

Lost and Found: Finding Gods Power (Romans 1:817) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

18 Sep Lost and Found: Finding Gods Power (Romans 1:817) Sermon Notes Pray Romans 1:8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed in all the world. 9For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of his Son, that without ceasing... Read more

Hurricane Sally Leaves Nearly 500,000 without Power

Hurricane Sally Leaves Nearly 500,000 without Power Hurricane Sally made landfall early Wednesday morning near Gulf Shores, Alabama, displacing residents as floodwaters continue to rise.There are entire communities that were going to have to evacuate, Sheriff David Morgan said according to the Associated Press. Its going to be a tremendous operation over the next several... Read more

Power Under Pressure (2 Peter 1:1-15) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

08 Aug Power Under Pressure (2 Peter 1:1-15) Sermon Notes   1 Peter various trials (1:6) prophesied fiery trials (4:12) World Superpower is self-destructing PoliticallyNero; 2. Economicallycrisis; 3. Socially riots, 4. Physically death 5. Racially-division, 6. Spiritually-oppression = pressure on XNs/churches getting worse Cannot go around it, gotta go through it? How? Power under Pressure!... Read more

August marks six years since ISIS rose to power – Mission Network News

Iraq (MNN) — August marks a dark anniversary. Six years ago, ISIS captured the Nineveh plains in Iraq, including the city of Mosul. They captured and killed Yazidi and Christian men and women with savage zealotry. Thousands lost their lives. Hundreds of thousands were displaced. Many still havent returned home. The official position of most... Read more

The Power of Seeing 2020 through a New Lens

What Navigating a Pandemic Has Taught Us I wish this pandemic came with a preparation manual ahead of time. I wish we had 20/20 vision to know what was ahead. Many of us heard whispers of this virus, yet I doubt we knew it would be the fight we still had to endure.  1. How to... Read more

Power in the Name – Girlfriends in God – August 4, 2020

August 4, 2020Power in the NameMelissa SpoelstraTodays TruthBut I will reveal my name to my people, and they will come to know its power. Then at last they will recognize that I am the one who speaks to them (Isaiah 52:6, NLT).Friend to Friend One of the first things we learn about a person upon meeting... Read more

The Power of Desperation – Daughters of Promise – August 3

THE POWER OF DESPERATIONSo they made their father [Lot] drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him, and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose. Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. The firstborn bore a son and called his name... Read more

The Evangelistic Power of Listening and Asking

When’s the last time you shared the gospel with someone, my friend Claire asked me recently. Not just talked about Jesus but really told someone the gospel story? Well, its been a while. In some ways, this feels like the wrong season for evangelizing. During the past two months in my city, weve had riots,... Read more

Hamilton Invites Us to Imagine the Power of Forgiveness – Christ and Pop Culture

Few stories have captured the modern American imagination like Lin Manuel-Mirandas Hamilton, which, if youve been living under a rock, retells the story of Alexander Hamiltons life. A filmed version of the musical was recently released to the public through Disney+, and that is why everyone on your newsfeed is posting gifs of the Schuyler... Read more

The power of godly affirmations

Thea with the original I Am So Many Things book of affirmationsThea Muir is a happy and healthy mother and wife who beams in every photo.  But it hasn't always been this way for the Christian artist and writer.  Soon after leaving university, she spiralled into debilitating eating disorders and while her friends were excitedly... Read more

The Power of a Social Media Fast | RELEVANT Magazine

When I jumped off social media, things changed. First, I started dreaming again. On the back porch, journal in hand, new ideas and thoughts flooded my mind. I wasnt copying, comparing or envying the lives of others. Something shifted deep in my spirit. Unconcerned about what others might think, I logged reflections, took note... Read more

Why the Early Church Wasn’t Interested in Political Power | RELEVANT Magazine

A student recently asked me, What can we do topreventAmerican society from becoming totally post-Christian? In the few moments before I answered, I thought about thedifferent religious commitmentsof Gen Z and the entrenched secularism that will make it difficult in the decades ahead for Christians to sit in the halls ofpower. Very little, I... Read more

Power Up | Daily Devotionals by Thoughts about God

…pray continually 1 Thessalonians 5:17 When my circumstances are overwhelming. When the world is in turmoil. When someone I love hurts me. I pray a lot. It’s not because I’m desperate, but because praying is the only thing which brings me extreme comfort. It calms my inner storm, heals my broken heart, and floods me... Read more

The Power of Double Listening

Listening to Two Worlds One Monday morning in the late 1960s, at an All Souls Church staff team meeting, Ted Schroder, one of John Stotts curates, blurted out, John, youre not listening! Stott recalled blushing because he was quite right.1 Stott saw it as a formative moment in more ways than one.2 It was the... Read more

How to Root out Apathy with the Power of Habit

Legalism or Laziness For every article or book you read praising the practice of spiritual disciplines, youll find another decrying a regimented spiritual life for fear of legalism. Its true that legalismthinking we can attain a righteous standing before God by our own worksis possible at any point in a Christians life. Our enemy the... Read more

The Power and Necessity of African American Literature – Christ and Pop Culture

When my white friends ask me what to read about racial injustice in America, I always include novels. Of course, theological and historical works are critical. But good literature has an almost unmatched power to spark empathetic and imaginative possibilities in our mind and hearts. Good literature invites us, through our imagination, to incarnate in... Read more