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Four Ways to Live Out Your Faith During the 2020 Election | RELEVANT

Politics are weird. I’ll just say that on the front end. From my personal experience working directly in politics and being immersed the political world, I know there will always be an argument compelling us to be pulled in two directions. And lately, it feels as if were often being asked not just to pick... Read more

5 Ways to Rest from Bearing the Family’s Emotional Burdens

If Jesus was physically present in my house, its likely that Hed accidentally end up tossed in my dryer and thrown on the de-wrinkle cycle.Seriously.Most days, my life feels like its spinning and flipping, tossing and turning. Im "balancing a nine-hour workday while trying to remember if I fed the dogs, set out the meat... Read more

Two ways to help persecuted Christians in China – Mission Network News

China (MNN) — Top official Che Dala defended Chinas training program in Tibet and warned against overdoing religion. The Chinese Communist Party appointed Che as Chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Region three years ago, tasking him with economic reform. Buddhist artwork in Tibet.(Photo credit: ConstantineD/Flickr/CC2.0) During a press briefing yesterday with foreign reporters, Che encouraged... Read more

6 Ways Your Family Can Be a Light This Halloween

We all desire to protect our kids, but we do our children a major disservice if we dont teach them about darkness. The good news is, the truths about evil and spiritual warfare arent scary, because we already know the Victor and the outcome. Weve read the final page of the book, and we know... 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

Six Ways to Resist Negativity in 2020 | RELEVANT

Looking for more joy and less stress in the time of COVID? Perhaps youd love to sit down at a Thanksgiving meal without worrying about a heated political debate. Guess what? We can setourselves up for success by anticipating what is coming and how we will handle it. Do you ever feel like you need... 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

5 Practical Ways to Help Your Kid Pay Attention Learning at Home

Making sure kids eat breakfast before school has been a long-touted piece of advice, but making sure they get the right kind of fuel for their brains is a topic worth emphasizing.While most families struggle to get everyone up and at em on time, its important to slow down long enough to ensure your child is... 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

In the face of a global education crisis, teachers and students are finding clever ways to keep learning

17-year old Evans started a WhatsApp group to teach 250 students in Ghana_image 2(Photo: Compassion International)The global coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly impacted school children immensely, including here in the UK, but it's those in the poorest households living in developing countries that have been most affected. According to UNICEF, one in three children worldwide missed... Read more

7 Ways Parents Can Negatively Shape Their Children’s View of God

A lack of affection can have a major impact on how kids view the Lord. Often, children grow up thinking God is aloof or even abrasive because of the lack of tenderness in their homes.Even if physical touch or words of affirmation dont come easy to you, work hard to implement these things as much... 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

Four ways to celebrate International Week of the Deaf – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — Its day two in the International Week of the Deaf, an annual celebration of Deaf culture, accomplishments, and sign languages. (Graphic courtesy of World Federation of the Deaf) Each of the seven days has a specific focus, and IWD aims to raise Deaf awareness and advocacy among the wider hearing community.Read past... Read more

6 Ways Christians Can Be Wiser in Political Engagement

Christians can and should pursue wisdom and political engagement concurrently. But in this deeply polarized, reactive political climate, is it possible? We think so. Its important believers dont simply mirror a broken world when engaging politics. Here are six ideas to help frame how our thinking can be more characterized by Christian wisdom than by... Read more

3 Ways COVID-19 Could Transform Us for Better or for Worse

Unprecedented: Its the word thats repeatedly been used to describe the COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting circumstances and its a word that is almost cringe-worthy at this point. By definition, it refers to something never before known or experienced.To some personalities, new and different is easily tolerated, or can even be exciting, but to others,... Read more

3 Ways to Prepare for the Battles of Ministry

Strategize Pastors and ministry leaders are not just leaders, building the household of faith; we are also soldiers under attack on the battlefield of faith. As Gods appointed leaders, we need to strategically plan for evangelism, discipleship, church growth, church planting, and church revitalization, but we must at the same time also strategize together for... Read more

10 Ways the Church Can Speak Love to Black and Brown Brothers and Sisters

As I sat in a home Bible study with two other couples, I wrestled with the question the host asked.He read an article that stated a certain percentage of people say they experience discrimination. He posed the question: How do they know? I pondered why he asked. Was this question a result of ignorance? Was... Read more

6 Encouraging Ways to Be a Better Wife

I didnt grow up dreaming of a fairy tale wedding or getting married. I was too busy dreaming of a CEO by day and a writer by night.I thought if I got married, I would lose myself amidst the mundane of chores, kids, and housework. I was the second oldest of six kids and I... Read more

3 Good Ways a Crisis Can Shape Your Faith – TGC Africa

Crises are unsettling. Many Christians, however, agree that the most God honouring way to respond to the fear induced by the COVID-19 crisis is faith. Faith in God is a sure antidote for fear. Fear incapacitates but faith invigorates. John Piper writes that the presence of hope in the invincible sovereignty of God drives out... 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

6 Ways Christians Can Give Faith a Bad Name | RELEVANT

If modern culture were a prize fight, organized Christianity wouldnt quite be knocked out yet, but it would certainly be on the ropes, waybehind on points coming to the bell. Its no secret that people are leaving the Church in record numbers, and although they may not all be rejecting Jesus, they aresurely saying no... Read more

7 Ways Everyday People Can Help End Human Trafficking | RELEVANT

When I started working in the anti-trafficking field at 11, I was convinced of two things. The first was morally obvious: that the $150 billion industry of modern slavery needed to be brought down. My second conviction was a little more misguided: that the only way to contribute to ending this lucrative, rapidly-growing global criminal... Read more

5 Meaningful Ways to Live Differently in Light of 9/11

Early on the morning of 9/11, my routine was exactly like the day before. But that Tuesday, everything changed in a few terrifying moments. As the images played and replayed over the next weeks, many of us went through a succession of emotions: shock, then fear, and later a heavy sense of grief.Faith was my... 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

2 Simple Ways to Start Your Day When Life Is Overwhelming

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)The alarm rings in a new set of circumstances each day. When life is overwhelming, fear and anxiety threaten to move in and camp out in the corners of our... Read more

6 Ways Christians Can Give Faith a Bad Name | RELEVANT Magazine

If modern culture were a prize fight, organized Christianity wouldnt quite be knocked out yet, but it would certainly be on the ropes, waybehind on points coming to the bell. Its no secret that people are leaving the Church in record numbers, and although they may not all be rejecting Jesus, they aresurely saying no... 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