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Should Christians Be Concerned about Individual Liberty in Crises?

Give me liberty or give me death, was the infamous cry of Patrick Henry just prior to the Revolutionary War.Something deep inside the human heart seeks freedom. Freedom from tyrannical oppression. Freedom from control. Freedom from conscience. Freedom from consequence. Freedom from pain, guilt, and sin. Freedomfrom God.As with most human desires, the quest for... Read more

10 Ways to Let Go of a Toxic Relationship

Even as painful as toxic relationships can be, they can be even more painful to let go of. Here are 10 ways to invite God's healing into your life. Angrily, I set out alone at midnight to retrieve my car on foot. A major thunderstorm was brewing, but I was so mad I didnt care.... Read more

12 Old-Fashioned Summer Activities for Making Special Memories

Rainy Day Activities 9. Make Sock PuppetsDo you have old socks or single socks hanging around? Grab markers, buttons, twist ties, and other oddities from around the house and let your kids have at it. Maybe talk about what kind of puppet show they want to put on, so they know what puppets they will... Read more

10 Differences between a Nice Guy and a Good Man

It always amazes methe toxic pull a bad boy image has on the hearts of women, especially on the young and naive. But as we mature, we should recognize the danger of being drawn to this type of personality. We see what once looked like the promise of a passionate love affair quickly degrades into... Read more

A Heartfelt Prayer for Justice

The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. (Psalm 33:5 NIV)Prejudice, discrimination, human trafficking, corruption, and more run rampant in the world. Media and modern-day conversations overflow with just causes, but heartfelt justice requires a deep look into our sin-soaked souls. To fight with courage and boldness, without judgement,... Read more

5 Expectations of the Post-Pandemic Church

There will be no going back to a pre-pandemic church. This is because those who were reached during the pandemic and those we hope to reach when its over will demand something different. In fact, the nature of the divide between a pre-pandemic church and a post-pandemic church will be about what people will expect... Read more

6 Reasons Socializing Is Critical for Mental Health

The speck in another persons eye is glaringly obvious when we never see ourselves through the eyes of others. We speak harshly about people who are different from us, forgetting how we appeared to God before Christ saved us.Now we stand before the throne of God, washed clean by the blood of the lamb, and... Read more

The Gift of Freedom: The Believers Declaration of Independence

We are never truly free until the grace, goodness, and mercy of God become a reality in our personal experience. Are you a free person? Most likely, you would say that you are. Perhaps you would base your answer on the fact that you can go most anywhere you choose and do what you like... Read more

10 Most Dangerous Apps That Parents Need to Know

They define their app as: Roblox is a global platform where millions of people gather together every day to imagine, create, and share experiences with each other in immersive, user-generated 3D worlds.If youre still unclear, picture going online and creating your own social environment. A school, a theme park, a neighborhood. In this environment, your... Read more

10 Prayers from Psalms to Set Your Mind on Jesus in the Morning

There is a gray chair that sits in the corner of our living room. On the floor next to it is a stack of books Im currently reading through as well as a Chronological Bible Im determined to finish this year. It has become a well known unwritten rule in our house that it is... Read more

10 Ways to Make a Fresh Start After Quarantine

I laid on the trampoline in the backyard staring at the sky as the sun warmed my face. These new rhythms of life have done something in my soul. God has used them to reveal places of my life that need a desperate working out.I feel as though God had to take away all the... Read more

5 Important Character Traits To Instill In Your Family

Are you training your children to have good character traits? When we talk of character we refer to ones moral or ethical strength and how one responds to matters of right and wrong.Have you noticed that the people who do not have good character traits are hard to live with and not well-liked?Parents have the most... Read more

16 Powerful Affirmations to Declare Boldly during Crisis

Anne Peterson Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer Going through a global pandemic has been one of the biggest trials for many people. We can be consumed by what we read and hear all around us. Or we can focus on the truths in Gods Word.Affirmations are declarations we can make to give us encouragement. And what better... Read more

20 Special Ways to Celebrate Seniors Who Won’t Get a Graduation

We want to do something. Our graduates have worked hard. To not be able to celebrate the incredible accomplishment of 13 years of schooling is hard on a graduates heart and their parents too. Theyve spent somewhere around 2,340 hours doing schooling, and you want to honor them for the accomplishment of making it to... Read more

7 Signs God Is the One Leading Your Decision

When we navigate lifes decisions, seeking out the best courses of action to take, we want something more than just our best guess to guide us. As believers, we want to know that our choices are influenced by a greater power than the happenstance flip of a coin or the drawing of straws can offer.... Read more

17 Free Christian Movies on Amazon Prime in 2020

9. The Bible (2013) This 10-part miniseries originally aired on the History Channel, providing an overview of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. It was nominated for three Primetime Emmys and received solid ratings, helping launch another Bible-based series, A.D. The Bible Continues. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey were the executive producers. Rated TV-14.Photo courtesy: History... Read more

30 Bible Verses for a Joyful Marriage

What does the Bible say about marriage? Scripture provides sage advice on what to look for in a lifelong partner and how to interact with them in marriage. The Bible famously warns us not to be in a relationship with someone with whom we are "unequally yoked," saying that our fundamental beliefs and values play... Read more

7 Differences Your Life Can Make That Will Outlive You

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)The same Paul who earlier persecuted the church had a life-changing encounter with Jesus... Read more

Faith, Food, and Fear Struggles under Quarantine

The world would have us find our comfort from sensual pleasures of the flesh. But any pleasure or comfort you get from food will be temporary at best.To be clear, there is nothing wrong with comfort food or being satisfied when we eat a delicious meal. There is a reason that homemade chicken soup makes... Read more

Should Christians Believe That Everything Happens for a Reason?

Should Christians believe that everything happens for a reason? I wanted to answer this question was a resounding, yes! And then I thought about it practically. Is there a reason my son was born three months early? Is there a reason why he passed away when he was 22 months old? Is there a reason... Read more

10 Ways to Celebrate the End of a Very Different School Year

If they cant celebrate in class together when theyd like, plan to gather for a pizza party in a park in late July. The kids will have enough time to miss each other to make it feel extra special. 10. Class Flipgrid:Flipgrid is a free platform where kids can upload short videos for their classmates. They... Read more

Do Your May Days Need a Mayday from Pandemic Pressure?

One day, when the chaos of coronavirus has passed, we will see how it all turned out for our good. Because that is what God promises to do in our hardships. (Romans 8:28). If you need a mayday for your May Days, ask God to show you the silver lining. Article/Post Source

10 Reasons Why God Allows You to Feel Helpless

Nylse Esahc iBelieve Contributing Writer Lately, on so many fronts, feelings of helplessness pervades our lives. We feel like there's nowhere to turn; like we're stuck between a rock and a hard place; like there's nothing else for us to do and we are all out of solutions. There's a weariness that accompanies this helplessness.... Read more

6 Ways to Celebrate Birthdays (and Other Occasions) Apart

For those who have birthdays in the spring and summer, the current social-distancing dilemma has thrown quite a wrench in the toolbox of celebration. But its not only birthdays that are being affected. Its graduations, weddings, and baby showers as well. Many eagerly-planned and much-awaited events have been negatively affected by the untimely stay-at-home order.However,... Read more

A Prayer of Faith When Theres No More Fight Left in You

10 Verses to Help You Find Faith Over Fear: He hears our prayers and is at work - And Jesus answered them, Have faith in God. Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, Be taken up and thrown into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he... Read more

20 Birthday Bible Verses to Bless and Celebrate Loved Ones

It is important to honor the birthdays of loved ones, friends, and neighbors; it reminds them they are special, loved, and remembered. There are many ways to show our love: gifts and balloons are always fun.  One of the best ways to remember a birthday is with Bible verses filled with loving words and encouragement.... Read more

10 Beautiful Truths God Has for the Lonely Woman

The great irony of loneliness is that so many of us feel alone! And although some of us require solitude to recharge, it’s important that we not linger in isolation. I wonder, how many lonely women among us have unintentionally isolated themselves from the community God has put around them? As you read that, did... Read more

Remembering Ravi Zacharias: 31 of His Most Powerful Quotes

Ravi Zacharias has left this world for his heavenly home. Yet his powerful influence will remain with us, and he will long be remembered by believers around the world who have followed his teaching and ministry over many years. Most well-known as a wise and godly Christian apologist, Zacharias was also the author of more... Read more

6 Questions to Ask your Aging Parent Who Doesnt Know God

My father passed away recently. Unfortunately, we were estranged most of my adult life, which made our last days together even sadder. With God's grace, our relationship mended before he passed, but his departure was bittersweet. We were talking but we both knew the time was short. There was so much to say, and there... Read more

8 Things to Expect from Married Life as a Christian

1. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24 ESV2. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love. Ecclesiastes 9:9 ESV3. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25 ESV 4. Wives, submit to your own... Read more

17 Bible Verses about Confrontation

When God met with Adam and Eve after they sinned, that was God confronting man (Genesis 3:8-11).When Peter and Paul were in a heated debate over whether Jews should eat with Gentiles (Galatians 2), Paul used this confrontation to reassert a very important pointthere is neither Jew nor Greek in Christ; we are all one.... Read more

Am I Responsible for my Husbands Happiness?

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer As a newlywed, I was a bit obsessed with keeping my husband happy. To the point that I often denied my own feelings.Husband: Are you okay? Me: Im fine.Husband: Anything wrong? Me: Nope, all is good.Meanwhile, inside, I would be struggling with anger or hurt. My motto which I adopted... Read more

Marriage in Heaven – Will I Still Be Married to My Spouse?

Will my spouse and I still be married in heaven? What if I've been remarried--how will that work in heaven? Although Scripture can be a bit enigmatic about the nature of heaven, Jesus does make one thing clear in the Gospel of Luke: even if we marry on this earth to an earthly spouse, we... Read more

5 Steps to Resolving Marital Conflict

We can speak the most eloquent words or make the most persuasive argument, but only God can change a heart. And really, only He knows what is truly best for us, our spouse, and our marriage. Hes strong enough, present enough, and powerful enough to work all things out for our good and the good... Read more

3 Reasons Gratitude Is Your Greatest Weapon Right Now

Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity...it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody BeattieTheres no doubt the world has become a different place in recent months, as COVID-19 has formed an unwanted... Read more

Should Christians Expect an Ungodly World to Live up to Godly Standards?

If I walked up and asked anyone at church this particular question, the person would likely say, no. However, the assumptions and judgments we carry reveal a different answer. For instance, when we hear of a couple who has moved in together before marriage, our judgement radar goes into overdrive. Or when we hear foul... Read more

Does God Promise Everything Will Be Alright?

On March 4, 2020, my husband and I boarded a plane for an eleven-day trip to Israel. While the Coronavirus was making the news when we left, it had not become a factor within the United States. By the time our trip was over, schools and churches were going digital and the President had declared... Read more