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A Special Message for Those Who Haven’t Done Great Things for God

You were specially chosen for your role. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5)The person preaching before thousands and the stay-at-home mom are both... Read more

40 Most Powerful Quotes from J.I. Packer That Inspire Faith

J.I. Packer will long be remembered as one of the most respected and influential theologians of all time. He spent many of his 93 years devoted to serving Christ and leading others to a closer relationship and knowledge of Him. Born on July 22, 1926 as James Innell Packer, he grew up in England, the son... 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

10 Warnings against Making Religion Your God

Throughout history, there have always been ways to display your religion to the world. This might have been through a hairstyle, a particular wardrobe, a piece of jewelry, or a way you communicate. If you find yourself carefully crafting your image or message in public and yet hiding particular elements about your life, there might... 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

40 Beautiful Bible Verses about Joy to Remember God’s Blessings

12 New Testament Scriptures about Joy John 15:11,I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.Romans 15:13,May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of... 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

7 Breathtaking Privileges of Being a Child of God

Feeling weary today? Distant from God? Anxious? Uncertain? In this article Tim Keller warms our hearts with seven breathtaking privileges of being a child of God set out by Paul in Romans 8:14-17: "For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so... Read more

5 Biblical Reasons to Not Be Afraid If Were in the End Times

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit... Read more

3 Opportunities for a Transformed Faith during This Pandemic

We seem to be in-between seasons, dont we? This strange time we are in makes us evaluate the true significance of our lives. Before the coronavirus called our world to a screeching halt, we lived and worked for what mattered to usor we thought we did. Now our former priorities are called into question.Now more... 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

Yes, the World’s Gone Crazy; Here’s Why That’s Good for the Church

Jennifer Slattery JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com Sometimes it feels as if our world’s imploding—with ongoing threats of nuclear war, hate groups, school shootings, and economic experts predicting financial doom. But what if all this chaos has the capacity for good? What if, contrary to what our fretful brains tell us, God is still in control and is, even... Read more

Bible Prophecy Explained – Jesus Christ and End Times

Recently, I read a verse in Daniel that I'd never noticed before that got me quite excited. So many prophecies seem to be fitting together in ways that people have not seen for 2000 years. Dear Roger,I've read the book of Daniel several times. Recently, I read a verse that I'd never noticed before that... 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

These 10 Bad Habits Are Distancing You from God

Betsy St. Amant Haddox iBelieve Contributing Writer As believers, we all go through period of time where we feel closer to the Lord than in past seasons of our life. During the periods of distance, we tend to get discouraged. We think why do I not feel as close to God as I did six... 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

A Prayer for When You’re in the Heat of the Battle

Some days get hard. We feel exhausted and worn. Tired of fighting and ready to give up. Feeling like we cant go on or still struggling through defeat. The enemy seems to be hot on our trail, and we wonder if weve been left on our own.But no matter what we find ourselves up against... 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

What Does it Mean to “Conquer” the Devil?

Second, we conquer Satan by the word of our testimony. This starts with the confident proclamation of our identity in Christ. One of Satan's primary weapons is the lie. He is committed to deceiving you into believing you arenotwhat, in fact, youare, and that youcannotdo what, in fact, youcan. Satan will try to persuade you... Read more

What Is the Rapture and When Will it Happen?

Dear Roger,I'm a new Christian, and I've always associated the word rapture with something romantic or earthly. Can you help me understand, why is the word rapture associated with the return of Jesus? What does it mean to experience the rapture the Bible talks about? JerryDear Jerry,When I think of the word rapture or enraptured,... 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

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

The Beautiful Meaning behind the Old Hymn “Blessed Assurance

Susan Aken iBelieve Contributing Writer Growing up, the hymn Blessed Assurance etched its words on my heart. Occasionally, when Im alone worshipping God, the lyrics of this song will come to mind and I sing from my heart with joy. Written almost 150 years ago its as powerful as ever!Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!At times,... Read more

The Meaning and Significance of Specific Numbers in the Bible

The Meaning and Significance of Number 3 in the Bible As stated in this Crosswalk article, Three, shelosh[f.], sheloshah [m.] means harmony, new life, and completeness. Three tends to represent completeness. We see this in the most obvious example of the Trinity: one God, three persons. Whenever we encounter something in Scripture repeated three times in a row, for... Read more

A Prayer for God to Hold Up Your Faith When Youre Tired

Dear God,We come to you today and admit how much we need you. Were tired. Weary. Worn. Defeated. Weve tried to keep battling and pressing through our troubles, but sometimes we feel like we cant go on. Lord, please help us in our weakness. We need your strength and power to refresh our hearts and... 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

10 Most Encouraging Bible Verses That Will Uplift Your Heart and Soul

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." -  Jeremiah 29:11 ESVYour Daily Bible Verse: Dont Take Jeremiah 29:11 Out of ContextBy Kelly GivensMy Old Testament professor had this to say about the ever-popular Jeremiah 29:11: I... Read more

10 Things We Got Right in 50 Years of Marriage

In our fairly miserable North Carolina years (the late 1980s), when a few sick church members were harassing us and some nicer ones were pressuring us to leave, we developed a practice which I've recommended to pastors ever since. We had a time on the back porch every afternoon to discuss, fuss, and/or cuss. We... Read more

How Are You Called by Faith to Fight for Others?

Racial tensions are at the forefront of every headline. We are in the midst of whats becoming the largest Civil Rights Movement in our lifetime, more widespread than that of the 1960s. But Christians know this is not breaking news.One of the many marvels of Christianity is that its a major world religion that tackles... Read more