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'God Will Forgive You': 6,000 People Accept Christ During Greg Laurie's Powerful Harvest Event

By Billy Hallowell on 10/11/21 11:14 AM

A powerful moment unfolded earlier this month at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California: more than 6,000 people accepted Jesus as their personal savior.

Topics: News
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What is the Tribulation? Bible Experts Explore Prophetic Time of Chaos

By Billy Hallowell on 10/11/21 9:00 AM

What is the great tribulation and the rapture? These are biblical concepts pertaining to the end times — the times leading up to the end of days and to the new heaven and new earth that are prophesied in the Book of Revelation.

Topics: End Times
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Stand Up For Faith: What Does It Mean to Stand By Faith?

By Billy Hallowell on 10/7/21 3:58 AM

Are you interested in learning more about standing firm for the Lord? Then you're in luck, as this article offers some tips for how you can stand up for your faith — all while finding a balance between the truth and love Christians are called to.

Topics: Christianity
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4 Prayers For Grandchildren: Seeking God For Your Grandkids

By Billy Hallowell on 9/27/21 10:59 AM

Being a grandparent is one of the most beautiful things in life. And as a Christian grandparent, you're likely always looking for ways to help spiritually edify your grandkids.

Topics: Prayer
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10 Bible Verses For Mental Health & Illness That Are Worth Pondering

By Billy Hallowell on 9/24/21 11:07 AM

The Bible offers a plethora of inspiration and guidance to help us cope with anything we face in life.

Topics: Bible Verses
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What Does the Bible Tell Us About Prayer? 12 Bible Verses on Prayer

By Billy Hallowell on 9/24/21 11:05 AM

Prayer is one of the most important parts of the Christian experience, but some might struggle to understand the process, the implications and the benefits. To explore these issues, we must ask: What does the Bible say about prayer?

Topics: Christianity Prayer
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10 Bible Verses About Wisdom and God's Guidance

By Billy Hallowell on 9/24/21 11:02 AM

The word "wisdom" is often thrown around, but what does it mean? The dictionary defines the term as "good sense" among other things, but Bible verses about wisdom tell us some much deeper truths — as well as how we can integrate these messages into our daily lives.

Topics: Bible Study Bible Verses
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12 Bible Verses That Prove Why Repentance is Key

By Billy Hallowell on 9/17/21 7:00 AM

Christians are called to seek forgiveness for their sins — something that was made freely available by Jesus Christ’s death on the cross. Repentance is an essential act that is covered throughout the New Testament scriptures, with believers embracing Jesus’ sacrifice and making a concerted effort to change their ways.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
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20 Bible Verses About Depression, Hope and God's Healing Love

By Billy Hallowell on 9/15/21 9:10 AM

Depression and sadness are oft-times difficult parts of the human experience. We all face these feelings at one point or another, though some of us suffer more deeply with these difficulties. But no matter how hopeless and painful life can feel, there is hope.

Topics: Christianity Prayer
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7 Bible Verses to Help You Fight Fear Amid Chaos

By Billy Hallowell on 9/15/21 12:30 AM

Fear is an understandable emotion in America right now, as we struggle in the midst of COVID-19, rampant division, and a plethora of other cultural issues.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
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7 Prayers for Schools & Students Throughout the School Year

By Billy Hallowell on 9/13/21 9:17 AM

No matter the season, it's important to offer prayers for schools. If you're a parent or grandparent, this might be top-of-mind, but even if you're not, remembering to offer invocations for the parents, students, teachers and principals in your local community is essential. 

Topics: Christianity
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Bible Study: 7 Tips for How to Read the Bible

By Billy Hallowell on 9/13/21 9:00 AM

One of the most important steps to building and sustaining a relationship with God is learning how to read the Bible. And with modern technology, it’s easier than ever to engage the scriptures. You can read the Bible online, on your mobile device or on paper — the options are limitless. We’ve gathered some tips on how you can get the most out of your Bible study experience or how to read the Bible for beginners.

Topics: Bible Study
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10 Comforting Bible Verses About Sadness

By Billy Hallowell on 8/31/21 11:37 AM

Sadness can sometimes feel overpowering in our lives, with various events and happenings throwing us off course and leaving us in need of encouragement. You might be asking yourself "what is a Bible verse for comfort?" or "what does God say about difficult times?"

Topics: Bible Verses
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5 Powerful Bible Verses & Tips for Teaching Kids Gratitude

By Billy Hallowell on 8/30/21 8:50 AM

Teaching our children about gratitude is essential, and it can surely be tough in today's day and age. But the scriptures are filled with powerful Bible verses about gratitude that parents can rely on to help guide both us — and our children — to remember the importance of thanking God for all we have.

Topics: Bible Verses
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What Does Asking Jesus Into Your Heart Mean? Answering Some Big FAQs

By Billy Hallowell on 8/25/21 7:37 AM

You have likely heard the terms "salvation prayer" or "asking Jesus into your heart," but what do these terms really mean? And how can one practically live out the commitments that follow?

Topics: Prayer
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13 Bible Verses For Married Couples Looking to Build a Strong Faith

By Billy Hallowell on 8/24/21 8:15 AM

Marriage is the most powerful bond a man and woman can enter into, with scripture offering some powerful advice for how husbands and wives can navigate matrimony.

Topics: Christianity Family
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'Taming the Tongue': 4 Lessons to Make You Rethink Everything You Say

By Billy Hallowell on 8/18/21 7:34 AM

The Bible has a lot to say about the importance of watching how we speak to others, and the most pointed scripture on this issue is found in James 3.

Topics: Bible Study Lifestyle
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5 Ways To Pray For Afghanistan Right Now

By Pure Flix Editors on 8/17/21 1:55 PM

With so much uncertainty and chaos unfolding in Afghanistan, it's easy to feel like there's nothing we can do to help from this side of the world.

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5 Tips for Learning How to ‘Pray Without Ceasing’

By Billy Hallowell on 8/15/21 7:00 AM

The Bible tells us to “pray without ceasing,” but what, exactly, does this mean? It’s a command that Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 when he tells the church in Thessalonica to “rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances.” He goes on to tell readers that “this is God’s will” for them under Jesus Christ.

Topics: Prayer
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God’s Word: 5 Inspiring Christian Daily Devotionals for Women

By Sarah Hartland on 8/10/21 7:00 AM

Many women strive to be consistent in Bible study and prayer, but struggle to find the time. Busy schedules and distractions make it difficult to sit down and focus on a regular basis.

Topics: Prayer Bible Study Devotionals
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15 Bible Verses About Courage That Will Help You Raise Brave Kids

By Billy Hallowell on 8/6/21 9:00 AM

In an increasingly chaotic and confused culture, many Christian parents are looking for ways to raise brave kids — children who put God first and who grow up to live biblically in a world that many times eschews the Lord and His word.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
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5 Powerful Prayers to Inspire Christian Parenting

By Billy Hallowell on 8/3/21 8:59 AM

Parenting is one of the most rewarding — and difficult — jobs around. While we often celebrate parents during events like National Parents' Day, Mother's Day and Father's Day, we don't always think through some of the day-to-day pieces of advice that can assist moms and dads with their Christian parenting.

Topics: Prayer
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Prayer For the Future: Taking Comfort in Jeremiah 29:11

By Billy Hallowell on 8/2/21 1:52 PM

Jeremiah 29:11 is, hands down, one of the most popular Bible verses about change and growth. The scripture reads, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"

Topics: Bible Study Bible Verses
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Eschatology Books That Explore Prophetic Biblical End Times Events

By Billy Hallowell on 8/2/21 1:51 PM

Current events frequently fuel speculation about the biblical end times. And considering that there are many ideas surrounding what the Bible actually says about the end of days, the conversation can get complicated.

Topics: Prayer End Times
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Are You Stressed? 10 Bible Verses Inspired By 'Moms' Night Out'

By Billy Hallowell on 7/22/21 8:14 AM

If you're a mom who's feeling stressed out — or if you're just looking for inspiration — this Bible verse list is for you. Inspired by the "Moms' Night Out" film, each scripture offers a reminder that God loves you, cares for you and has a powerful plan for your life.

Topics: Christianity
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10 Bible Verses About Finding True Freedom

By Billy Hallowell on 6/30/21 9:00 AM

July 4 celebrations generally leave us thinking deeper about the concept of “freedom.” In America, true freedom means being able to believe what we wish, among other rights guaranteed to us in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. But the Bible’s definition, which focuses on freedom in Christ, is more specific and applies to all of humanity, as shown through countless verses about freedom.

Topics: Bible Verses
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Putting 'Love God' and 'Love Others' Into Action: Why Jesus' Call Truly Matter

By Billy Hallowell on 6/29/21 10:40 AM

How we treat others matters ... deeply. Jesus repeatedly speaks about the importance of truth and love in the gospels, proclaiming that the greatest commands are to “love God” and “love others.”

Topics: Family Prayer Bible Study
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Sharing the Gospel With Kids: 5 Tips to Spark a Lifelong Faith

By Billy Hallowell on 6/28/21 8:31 AM

Sharing the gospel with our kids is the most important thing we can do to ensure they grow up to be God-loving, Bible-reading and gospel-living adults. But how to share the gospel with children in a compelling way is often the challenge.

Topics: Bible Study Bible Verses
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11 Bible Verses About Nature & God's Power Over Creation

By Billy Hallowell on 6/22/21 4:56 AM

The Genesis account tells us how God created the world around us, offering beautiful details that show us the extent of His power and might.

Topics: Bible Verses
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7 Bible Verses and Life Lessons to Encourage Dads in Your Life

By Billy Hallowell on 6/16/21 9:00 AM

If you’re looking for Bible verses for fathers — scriptures that will encourage and enrich the lives of the dads in your life — look no further. This article contains a list of Father’s Day Bible verses that can be used year-round to remind dads of their calling and to help encourage fathers to live out God’s plan for their lives.

Topics: Christianity
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The Holy Trinity: Understanding What Father, Son and Holy Spirit Means

By Billy Hallowell on 6/15/21 7:44 AM

The Holy Trinity is at the core of Christian understanding, though the concept of the doctrine of Trinity can, on the surface, be quite complex or confusing. So, we wanted to dive in and explore this subject in today's article.

Topics: Bible Study
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5 Men Who Are Bible Superheroes With Incredible Strength

By Billy Hallowell on 6/9/21 6:52 AM

There are men and women in the Bible who are truly heroic. Some have physical strength, others have mental strength — and still other heroes in the Bible have God-ordained wisdom. So, this article dives into just a few of the Bible heroes worthy of exploration.

Topics: Bible Study Bible Story
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Inspiring Men in the Bible Who Teach Deeply Dynamic Lessons

By Billy Hallowell on 6/7/21 4:27 AM

The Bible is a life-altering guidebook that offers an exploration of many essential issues. And embedded in the 66 books of the New and Old Testaments are a slew of men in the Bible — and, in particular, fathers in the Bible (don't miss this list of movies about dads) — who can teach us a great number of lessons.

Topics: Christianity Bible Story
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17 Inspiring Bible Verses For Father's Day To Celebrate Dads

By Billy Hallowell on 6/1/21 4:45 AM

The Bible is filled with verses that provide guidance to fathers as they seek to offer encouragement, leadership and love to their families.

Topics: Holidays Bible Verses
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4 End Times Bible Passages About Prophecy and the Last Days

By Billy Hallowell on 5/17/21 8:43 AM

There's a new end times saga that explores what life might look like during the biblical end times. "The Dark: Forever Winter" is a new end times TV show that is now streaming on Pure Flix.

Topics: Bible Verses End Times
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Prayers For First Responders: Protection for Cops, Firefighters & EMTs

By Billy Hallowell on 5/7/21 11:51 AM

First responders offer life-saving assistance for people in their gravest times of need. Firefighters, police and paramedics often go above and beyond the call of duty, risking their own health and safety to serve and protect.

Topics: Christianity
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5 Comforting Bible Verses for When Tragedy Strikes

By Pure Flix Editors on 5/1/21 12:00 PM

Where is God when the unthinkable happens? Why does He sometimes seem to delay? Where can we turn when the proverbial floodwaters keep rising and there’s no end in sight? Scripture offers these Bible verses for comfort when tragedy strikes.

Topics: Faith
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How to Ask God for Forgiveness and Learn to Forgive Others

By Billy Hallowell on 4/30/21 9:00 AM

Forgiveness is at the core of the Christian gospel. It is simultaneously one of the most beautiful and difficult acts for human beings to embrace and live out, but luckily we are offered the most profound example of how to forgive when we examine God’s love for mankind. The Lord so loved humanity that He sent Jesus Christ to sacrifice himself and die for every person’s sins.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
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5 Encouraging Prayers for Mothers

By Billy Hallowell on 4/29/21 12:00 PM

Mothers serve one of the most essential roles in all of human culture — and this has been the case throughout human history. From Eve, humanity’s first mom, down the line, there are powerful examples of motherhood that should inspire us all.

Topics: Holidays
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The Incredible History of Prayer and Its Role in America's Founding

By Billy Hallowell on 4/29/21 11:14 AM

Millions of Americans will join together in prayer on Thursday, May 6, 2021, turning to the Almighty to ask for His blessings upon the nation. It’s an annual celebration known as the National Day of Prayer — a special event that holds a deep and profound history.

Topics: Politics News
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Mother’s Day Inspiration from Mothers of the Bible

By Billy Hallowell on 4/27/21 3:00 PM

Motherhood is one of the most essential roles in human history. As we honor moms, it’s important to remember that they fulfill a divine role when it comes to shaping children and teaching them about the holy spirit, the Bible and God’s work in our lives.

Topics: Bible Study Bible Story
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6 Bible Verses That Will Inspire You to Live a More Fearless Faith

By Billy Hallowell on 4/21/21 7:11 AM

It can sometimes feel insurmountable in the modern era to foster a Christian worldview and a more fearless faith. But despite the distractions and difficulties, there are some practical steps you can take to build — and grow — a biblical perspective for you and your family.

Topics: Discussion Guides Movie Guide
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5 Verses About Praying For Others: What the Bible Says & How to Live It

By Billy Hallowell on 4/19/21 8:35 AM

Prayer is an integral part of the Christian experience, but it's easy for life to get so chaotic and busy that we suddenly find ourselves praying only when we're in need, when we face a struggle, or when we want God to intervene for some other reason. But the Bible tells us that we should also pause to pray for others, to thank God and to express hope.

Topics: Prayer
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8 Bible Verses About Heaven and Eternity

By Billy Hallowell on 4/19/21 8:33 AM

Heaven is among the many themes Christians discuss and observe as they read through the Old and New Testaments, with Bible verses about going to heaven and Bible verses about heaven frequently appearing in these life-altering texts.The topic of the afterlife has captivated human beings for millennia, with the Bible offering timeless truths about heaven, what happens after we die and the essential nature of the gospel.

Topics: Bible Verses
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4 Ways to Be Bold in the Lord as We Balance Loving God & Others

By Billy Hallowell on 4/15/21 7:51 AM

Christians are called to "be bold in the Lord," but what does that really mean? And how do we live it out in a relatable, explainable and easy-to-implement way — all while balancing our quest to love God and love others amid an increasingly chaotic culture?

Topics: Christianity Prayer
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Why Do People Believe in God? 6 of Atheists Big Questions Are Answered

By Billy Hallowell on 4/9/21 11:38 AM

Why do people believe in God? This is a question that is often posed by atheists, agnostics and skeptics, as they seek to understand the roots of belief in a higher power.

Topics: Christianity
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Can We Rely on God to Protect Us? 7 Bible Verses About Protection

By Pure Flix Editors on 4/7/21 10:00 AM

The world seems to get more frightening and chaotic every day. As Christians, we put our faith in God, but can we really count on Him to protect us? These Bible verses about protection tell us we have a powerful defender, and that nothing can separate us from His love.

Topics: Bible Verses Inspiration
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Spring Into Hope With These Transformational Bible Verses

By Billy Hallowell on 4/5/21 6:38 AM

Spring is a season for blooming, growth and reemergence. After a dark and dreary winter, plants come back, leaves regenerate and the temperature changes. We see a similar blossoming in our own hearts when we embrace the gospel and allow the Holy Spirit to come into our lives.

Topics: Bible Verses
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15 Bible Verses About Not Giving Up...Even in the Hardest Times

By Billy Hallowell on 4/2/21 4:00 PM

Suffering in this life is inevitable, but Christians have a special advantage. Inspired by the life of Jesus Christ, we can use our suffering as a tool to help ourselves and others grow closer to God. Now streaming on Pure Flix, the Christian movie “New Life” elegantly demonstrates the beauty in suffering and how to remain faithful to God in the hardest times.

Topics: Bible Verses
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Jesus Died for Us: 10 Powerful Bible Verses About Salvation

By Billy Hallowell on 4/1/21 9:00 AM

The Bible is filled with beautiful verses that discuss the fact that Jesus died for us, rose again and guaranteed us eternal life through his sacrifice. Bible verses about salvation explain the importance of embracing God’s love for us and believing in Jesus with our whole hearts.

Topics: Bible Verses
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15 Powerful Bible Verses About Thankfulness and Gratitude

By Billy Hallowell on 3/31/21 9:00 AM

Pause for a minute and imagine what the world would look like if we all routinely pondered all of the things we're thankful for. It is especially important for Christians to cultivate an attitude of gratitude and thankfulness throughout each and every day.

Topics: Bible Verses
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The End Times, Atheism & the Fruit of the Spirit: 3 Free Devotionals and Guides to Inspire Your Walk With God

By Billy Hallowell on 3/24/21 6:13 AM

If you're like me, you're always looking for transformational content that can inspire and edify your walk with God.

Topics: Discussion Guides Movie Guide
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Female Bible Heroes: Meet The Strongest Women in the Bible

By Billy Hallowell on 3/16/21 12:30 PM

If you're looking for profiles in courage, look no further than some of the powerful examples of strong women in the Bible. From Esther to Ruth and Mary, the actions of female Bible heroes offer timeless examples of what it truly means to love God and love others.

Topics: Bible Verses
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5 Powerful Bible Verses About Jesus’ Resurrection and Easter

By Billy Hallowell on 3/14/21 3:00 PM

The Easter story is the centerpiece of the Christian faith — one that offers faith, hope and redemption to humanity. It is the story of Jesus Christ’s willing sacrifice on the cross to save the sins of every man, woman and child who has and who will ever live.

Topics: Bible Verses
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20 Bible Verses About Strength: God’s Word on Faith in Hard Times

By Billy Hallowell on 3/12/21 7:00 AM

In an uncertain world, we need to cling to hope. Fortunately, there are countless Bible verses about strength that are worth reading, pondering and integrating into our lives. The scriptures are filled with Bible verses that provide comfort and strength. It’s essential that we remain steadfast when hard times hit, never give up — and rely on God to navigate choppy waters.

Topics: Prayer Bible Verses
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What Happened on Good Friday? A Look at Jesus' Death and Resurrection

By Billy Hallowell on 3/10/21 1:35 PM

Good Friday is one of the most revered holidays in the Christian calendar, as it represents the day Jesus was crucified — an event described in detail in the gospels.

Topics: Christianity Easter
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Jesus' Words to the Thief on the Cross Teach Us True Forgiveness

By Billy Hallowell on 3/10/21 8:35 AM

One of the most fascinating stories surrounding Jesus' crucifixion is the interaction He has with the thief on the cross, also known as the "penitent thief" or the "good thief."

Topics: Faith Bible Story
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Palm Sunday Scriptures: Inside the Pivotal Biblical Story

By Billy Hallowell on 3/5/21 11:23 AM

Palm Sunday scriptures give us a lens into one of the most important events preceding Jesus' death and resurrection. In 2021, Palm Sunday is on March 28, with the holy day always falling on the Sunday before Easter.

Topics: Easter
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9 Transformational Bible Verses to Inspire, Guide and Celebrate Moms

By Billy Hallowell on 3/1/21 11:48 AM

There are powerful Bible verses about transformation for mothers that offer praise and guidance as they live out one of the most important roles imaginable. These scriptures can also be used as inspirational Bible verses for Mother's Day.

Topics: Christianity Family Bible Verses
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38 Powerful Bible Verses For Overcoming Life’s Struggles

By Sarah Hartland on 2/28/21 7:00 AM

Suffering is an inescapable part of life. We live in a fallen world and are fallen beings — but with God’s help, we can overcome even the worst of what life throws at us. These verses from the books of Psalms, James, Jeremiah and others will encourage you when you need to overcome the trials of life.

You can memorize these verses or print them out and post them around your home. Keeping them at the forefront of your mind is a great way to stay encouraged through all of life’s struggles.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
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15 Bible Verses to Encourage Mothers on Mother’s Day & Beyond

By Sarah Hartland on 2/28/21 7:00 AM

With Mother’s Day fast approaching, pausing to reflect on what God’s Word says about moms is a great exercise. Whether you just want to find a little encouragement for your mom or you need something to put in this year’s card, this list of Mother's Day Bible verses is the perfect overview of what scripture says about the women we all know and love.

Topics: Holidays Bible Verses
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The 9 Christian Values That Change Lives

By Billy Hallowell on 2/18/21 5:00 PM

Jesus makes it clear in the Bible that the two most essential commandments are to love God and love others. These Christian values are at the center of the New Testament and serve as a general guide for how Christians should live and behave. But beyond these general parameters, Paul writes in Galatians about nine additional Judeo Christian values worth exploring.

Topics: Bible Verses
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9 Forgiveness Scriptures to Get Us Thinking Deeper About God's Love

By Billy Hallowell on 2/17/21 1:35 PM

The entirety of the Christian gospel hinges on love, hope, redemption — and transformation. It's the topic of forgiveness, though, that captures the most attention, as Jesus' death on the cross for our sins is the most significant event to unfold in human history.

Topics: Bible Verses
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Agape Love Meaning: What the Bible Teaches About This Powerful Emotion

By Billy Hallowell on 2/17/21 12:14 PM

Love is a timeless emotion that is an intricate part of the human experience, and the most powerful form of the emotion is something called "agape" love.

Topics: Christianity
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3 Words in John 13:34 That Could Change Everything: 'Love One Another'

By Billy Hallowell on 2/10/21 11:39 AM

The Bible is filled with timeless truths that hold the power to transform our lives. Among the life-altering verses presented within are three powerful words: "love one another."

Topics: Christianity Prayer
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10 Bible Verses to Help You Battle Fear and Anxiety

By Billy Hallowell on 2/8/21 9:00 AM

Life can be both beautiful and painful. And when uncertainty hits, it’s not uncommon for fear and anxiety to take hold. That’s why we’ve put together a list of Bible scriptures on fear — Bible verses about anxiety and fear that will help you overcome whatever you face.

Topics: Bible Verses
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4 Daily Devotions Ideas for Teens

By Editors on 2/7/21 7:00 AM

It can be tough to navigate the teen years - both for parents and teenagers. When it comes to their faith, finding content that speaks to them in their unique stage of life is important. Amid school, friends, and self-discovery, promote a spirit of calmness by asking your teen to spend a few minutes of every day with God. Help your children strengthen their faith with one of these daily devotionals for teens.

Topics: Kids Devotionals
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Express Your Love for God with These 4 Daily Devotionals

By Editors on 2/6/21 7:00 AM

God’s love is unlike any love expressed by any in our culture today — His love never fails (Psalms 52:8, NIV), endures forever (Psalms 106:1, NIV), is uncalculating (Proverbs 30:5, NIV), and not motivated by personal gain (1 John 3:16, NIV). While His love cannot be matched, we can open our heart to His word and do our best to spread His grace. Take a moment each day to express your love for God and let His love flow through you with these daily devotionals.

Topics: Bible Verses Devotionals
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Who Was Saint Valentine? What We Know About the Real Roots of Valentine's Day

By Billy Hallowell on 2/5/21 10:58 AM

Every February without fail stores are adorned with pink and red hearts, displays of chocolate and placards advertising "love" — all in the name of Valentine's Day, the holiday that comes on February 14 each year.

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5 Christian Singers Who Are Transforming Lives Through Music

By Billy Hallowell on 2/4/21 9:00 AM

The Christian music world is filled with incredible artists who are talented, devoted and inspirational — men and women who are using the gifts God has given them to help inspire the masses. Among these Christian music artists are performers who go above and beyond music-making to bring faith and uplifting sentiments into the lives of their fans and listeners.

Topics: Christianity Music
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22 Bible Verses About Husbands and Their Role In Marriage

By Billy Hallowell on 2/3/21 9:00 AM

The scriptures are filled with instructive Bible verses about husbands, wives and marriage — verses that can help us learn and grow, while discerning the knowledge needed to discover marital bliss. These scriptures tells us what God believes about love and the importance of honoring one’s marriage.

Topics: Bible Verses
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4 Ash Wednesday Prayers for Repentance, Forgiveness and Hope

By Billy Hallowell on 2/3/21 8:33 AM

Ash Wednesday is one of the most recognizable Christian commemorations each year, especially considering that it involves a very visible practice of believers placing ashes on their foreheads.

Topics: Christianity Easter
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5 Great Daily Devotions for Men of God

By Editors on 2/1/21 7:00 AM

In our culture, it can be difficult to define manhood and especially with few Christian role models to help guide the way for Christian men. The modern man faces tremendous pressure to have all the answers when it comes to balancing a career, children, relationships and family life. Time is in demand and that can complicate our lives. We can look to Jesus for guidance in these troubled times and use Bible study tools to light our paths.

Topics: Lifestyle Devotionals
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7 Inspirational Daily Devotionals to Get You Through the Week

By Editors on 2/1/21 7:00 AM

When you’re having a bad week, sometimes it’s easier to throw in the towel and accept defeat. However, as someone who has the strength of the Lord behind them, defeat isn’t an option. When you can’t find the encouragement you need to get through a rough week, here is a list of inspirational daily devotionals to find guidance. No matter how tough it’s been, these wise words can give you the strength to get through the day.

Topics: Prayer Faith
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10 Powerful Lessons About Love From 1 Corinthians 13

By Billy Hallowell on 1/14/21 9:00 AM

“Love” is a topic that is at the core of the Christian Gospel. John 3:16 (NIV) tells us that “for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God’s love for mankind is evident, and Christ’s call for believers to replicate that love is also at the core of living an authentically gospel-driven life.

Topics: Christianity Prayer Bible Study
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Christian Persecution: Understanding Religious Persecution Across the Globe

By Billy Hallowell on 1/13/21 4:44 AM

Christian persecution remains a major problem in nations across the globe, with religious restrictions hampering people's rights to speak about and openly profess biblical truth.

Topics: Christianity
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8 Powerful Bible Verses About New Beginnings

By Billy Hallowell on 1/11/21 3:29 AM

It's a new year and many people are looking for inspiration for new beginnings. Luckily, scripture is filled with encouraging Bible verses and stories about new beginnings.

Topics: Bible Verses
4 min read

5 Powerful Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes Worth Pondering

By Billy Hallowell on 1/10/21 9:30 AM

As we honor Martin Luther King Jr. — the pastor, activist and civil rights icon who inspired millions —  it’s important to look back at his words of wisdom to glean timeless lessons that can continue to guide our personal relations and culture.

Topics: Influencers Inspiration
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Adam & Eve: The Bible’s First, Eye-Opening Lessons on Love

By Billy Hallowell on 1/10/21 8:10 AM

The Bible is filled with powerful stories that show us the true definition of love, but there are two stories in particular at the start of the biblical narrative that show us something else: what not to do when it comes to love.

Topics: Christianity
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5 Transformational Scriptures (and Movies) About Love

By Billy Hallowell on 1/9/21 10:42 AM

Tis' the season for love, and while we celebrate Valentine's Day, what better way to focus on the biblical command to love God and love others than to explore some powerful scriptures — and feature films — that help us live out those truths.

Topics: Movies Bible Verses
7 min read

5 Christians in the NFL Who Are Living for Jesus

By Billy Hallowell on 1/8/21 9:00 AM

Football is without a doubt one of the most popular sports in America. And while much of the interest in the NFL centers on players’ talents and devotion, there’s been an uptick in intrigue surrounding players’ faith. 

Topics: Christianity Lifestyle
7 min read

Valentine’s Day Bible Stories: The History of Love in Scriptures

By Billy Hallowell on 1/8/21 8:49 AM

Valentine’s Day isn’t directly mentioned in the Bible, but any Christian knows that the scriptures are, in their entirety, “the greatest love story ever told.”

Topics: Christianity
8 min read

Understanding the Narrow Path – How to Get to Heaven

By Billy Hallowell on 1/7/21 9:00 AM

The New Testament is filled with information on what it means to be a Christ follower, with Jesus beautifully detailing and describing “the narrow path.” This path can be summarized as: embracing Jesus’ sacrifice for mankind, believing he died for our sins and living life for him.

Topics: Christianity Prayer
6 min read

5 Encouraging Morning Prayers to Begin Your Day

By Billy Hallowell on 1/5/21 7:00 AM

Morning prayers can be a pivotal and important practice that can help begin the day with positivity and a focus on God’s word. Prayer holds the power to center us and to guide us into the flow of the day. It also helps people keep an eternal perspective amid life’s chaos, reminding us of God’s power in both good and bad times.

Topics: Christianity Prayer
6 min read

Teach Your Kids 1 Corinthians 13 With These Christian Love Movies

By Sarah Hartland on 1/5/21 7:00 AM

1 Corinthians 13 is nicknamed the “love chapter” and is often read at weddings, receptions, vow renewals, and anniversaries. It is a description that reminds us love is so much more than romance, and a reminder of what our love toward one another should look like.

Topics: Family Discussion Guides Kids
4 min read

15 Bible Verses About Hope to Inspire You

By Billy Hallowell on 1/4/21 10:21 AM

Scripture is filled with powerful Bible verses about hope that offer us a pledge and promise: God will be there for us no matter what we face. And that's certainly a reminder many of us need in the midst of cultural chaos and the pandemic.

Topics: Bible Verses
9 min read

17 Bible Verses About a New Beginning for the New Year

By Billy Hallowell on 1/3/21 3:00 PM

Millions of Americans commit to New Year’s resolutions each year, yet most sadly give up pretty quickly on their newfound personal promises. The goal is generally some form of transformation, whether it be a new quest for physical fitness, healthy eating or a more organized lifestyle. The best way to start a new beginning, though, is to turn to God and the Bible

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
13 min read

5 Peaceful Night Prayers to End Your Day

By Sarah Hartland on 1/3/21 7:00 AM

The best way to unwind and end your day on a positive, thankful note (no matter the circumstances) is with a night prayer. At the end of a stressful day, if you’re drawing a blank on what to say to God, these peaceful night prayers are a great place to start. With this prayer guide, we picked our favorite bedtime and night prayers to help you enjoy a well-earned rest.

Topics: Christianity Prayer
2 min read

This Is the Shortest Chapter in the Bible but It Delivers BIG Lessons

By Billy Hallowell on 12/23/20 9:00 AM

The Bible is no doubt filled with life-affirming content, with the scriptures guiding Christians in our faith walk, helping explain God's relationship to humanity and offering a guide for how we should live, love and interact with one another.

Topics: Bible Study Bible Verses Inspiration
4 min read

The Amazing Old Testament Prophecy Surrounding Jesus' Birth

By Billy Hallowell on 12/18/20 4:34 AM

Isaiah 7 is one of the most fascinating Old Testament chapters — and it's perhaps the one (alongside Isaiah 9) that gets the most attention during the Christmas season. Why, you ask?

Topics: Christianity Christmas Bible Study
4 min read

5 Powerful Bible Verses to Prepare Your Heart for 2021 (and Beyond)

By Billy Hallowell on 12/16/20 10:47 AM

With 2020 finally coming to a close and 2021 upon us, millions of Americans are sure to begin crafting resolutions, proclamations and pledges — promises to enact change in their lives in the new year.

Topics: Bible Verses
7 min read

5 Misconceptions and Important Facts Surrounding Jesus’ Birth

By Billy Hallowell on 12/14/20 4:52 AM

Most Americans are deeply familiar with the nativity — the traditional Christmas scene that captures the story of Jesus’ birth. It’s a display that typically shows the baby Christ surrounded by stable animals, Mary, Joseph, angels, shepherds and the three wise men. 

Topics: Holidays
4 min read

Joseph & Jesus: 4 Lessons Jesus' Father Can Teach Us at Christmastime

By Billy Hallowell on 12/13/20 9:00 AM

Many of us love to tell the Christmas story each year as we remember Jesus' arrival on Earth and his resulting ministry. But one of the most fascinating parts of the story is examining the key individuals involved and the lessons they can teach us.

Topics: Christmas Bible Study Bible Story
4 min read

The Birth of Jesus: Luke 2 Unveils the Greatest Story Ever Told

By Billy Hallowell on 12/7/20 9:18 AM

Luke 2 is one of the most celebrated portions of scripture. The chapter offers a fascinating look at the events surrounding Jesus Christ's birth — one of the most monumental events in human history.

Topics: Christmas
5 min read

Who Were the Shepherds? 5 Amazing Details About Their Nativity Role

By Billy Hallowell on 12/7/20 9:00 AM

One of the most compelling parts of the nativity narrative are the people whom God chose to include in the story.

Topics: Christianity Christmas
8 min read

The Origin of Christmas: Is Christmas a ‘Pagan’ Holiday?

By Billy Hallowell on 12/4/20 11:00 AM

The Christmas season is filled with joy, love, and the remembrance of Jesus’ birth. But while we know that Christ’s arrival is the true origin of Christmas, there are some important questions some might have about the real history of Christmas.

Topics: Christmas Holidays
4 min read

5 Christmas Bible Verses and Stories to Reflect on This Season

By Billy Hallowell on 12/4/20 9:00 AM

The Christmas season is a busy one filled with a slew of activities — baking, shopping, planning, traveling and gathering. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget the real meaning of the season amid all the hustle and bustle. It’s essential to remember what Christmas is all about: The birth of Christ the Savior who came to Earth to save mankind.

Topics: Giving Back
7 min read

10 Perfect Thanksgiving Prayers to Share with Your Family

By Billy Hallowell on 11/23/20 9:00 AM

When you gather at the Thanksgiving table this year, gratitude will certainly be a theme on the minds of both you and your loved ones. The holiday season is a wonderful time to thank God for the blessings he has bestowed upon you, your family and your loved ones. From saying a blessing over your Thanksgiving meal to reflecting on all you have, Thanksgiving prayers can be a wonderful way to let God — and your family — know how blessed you feel.

Topics: Christianity Family
6 min read

10 Bible Verses That Can Help Save — and Heal — Your Marriage

By Billy Hallowell on 11/15/20 7:00 AM

Marriage is more than just a wedding day — it is lifelong commitment that requires love, devotion, selflessness, kindness and care. These Bible verses about marriage and movies about marriage can inspire growth between husbands and wives and refocus couples on what really matters.

Topics: Christianity Inspirational Movies
4 min read

'Power of Life & Death': Verses About the Tongue & Watching Your Mouth

By Billy Hallowell on 11/13/20 2:36 PM

Chaos and division have become rampant in culture, with snips, snipes and nasty rhetoric dominating much of our discourse. The dynamic has led many Christians to seek opportunities to find faith-affirming and God-centered content and to take steps to improve their own contribution to the dysfunction.

Topics: Christianity
2 min read

Army Vet Tried to Take His Own Life — but God Stepped In

By Billy Hallowell on 11/11/20 7:15 AM

Bryan Flanery knows what it’s like to be in despair. Flanery, who before his retirement served in the U.S. Army and deployed to Afghanistan, experienced the physical and emotional scars that often come with war — and those internal and external pains brought him to the brink of suicide.

Topics: Giving Back
3 min read

How To Pray For Our Leaders: 4 Powerful Bible Verses to Consider

By Billy Hallowell on 11/5/20 7:37 AM

Politics and cultural chaos can breed a lot of division, but no matter where you stand, there's an important and convicting reality: We're all called to pray for those in authority. 

Topics: News
3 min read

Love in the Bible: 5 Verses to Help You Navigate Divided Times

By Billy Hallowell on 11/2/20 8:44 AM

It has been a truly chaotic time for America, with division raging. But as we continue to navigate these struggles, the Bible offers a consistent reminder of what truly matters: love.

Topics: Bible Verses
2 min read

What Is America's Role in the Biblical End Times?

By Billy Hallowell on 10/30/20 8:14 AM

Bible prophecy — also known as eschatology — can be a confusing area of theological study. That said, it's also a popular and influential arena, as Christians seek to understand what scripture tells us about the end of days.

Topics: End Times
4 min read

Prayers For Strength in Spiritual Warfare

By Billy Hallowell on 10/20/20 9:36 AM

The Bible makes it clear that Christians are to put on the "armor of God" for protection against evil — but what does this really mean? Part of exploring and explaining these scriptural references in Ephesians 6 revolves around understanding the meaning of these biblical references as well as spiritual warfare prayers.

Topics: Christianity
3 min read

'The Armor of God': Evil, Hope & the Shield of Faith in Ephesians 6

By Billy Hallowell on 10/14/20 9:11 AM

There's a powerful reality that emerges when we closely read Ephesians 6, with the chapter discussing the importance of a "shield of faith" and a prompting for Christians to "put on the whole armor of God." We see these powerful truths emerge in verses surrounding Ephesians 6:10 and Ephesians 6:12, among others.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
5 min read

10 Comforting Bible Verses for Illness

By Billy Hallowell on 10/14/20 7:00 AM

Illnesses can spark fears, worries and suffering, with individuals and families often emotionally crumbling under the pressures that sickness can bring. Fortunately, there are Bible verses about strength that can help people navigate the uncertainty of various health conditions.

Topics: Prayer Bible Verses
5 min read

John 3:16 Meaning: Understand This Transformative Bible Verse

By Billy Hallowell on 10/13/20 10:00 AM

John 3:16 is without a doubt one of the most popular and well-known Bible verses in the Christian world. It provides the core context of the Christian gospel, revealing the fact that God so intensely loved humanity that He sent His Son to die on the cross to save mankind from its sin. It is the reality in this verse that underpins the entirety of the biblical narrative.

Topics: Bible Verses
9 min read

The Best Daily Devotional Apps to Download Now

By Sarah Hartland on 10/12/20 7:00 AM

Thanks to the smartphone in your pocket, it’s easier than ever to take God’s Word with you wherever you go. From daily devotionals to Bible studies and verse memorization, getting closer to God and holding His Word in your heart is just a few clicks away with these iPhone and Android apps.

Topics: Christianity Technology
5 min read

Signs of the End Times: Are They Upon Us?

By Billy Hallowell on 10/12/20 4:41 AM

One of the most fascinating areas of Christian theology surrounds eschatology — the study of the Rapture, Tribulation and and other end times phenomenon.

Topics: End Times
7 min read

20 Bible Verses About God’s Love

By Billy Hallowell on 10/11/20 9:00 AM

The Bible is a beautiful explanation of God’s love for humanity. Starting with the creation story, the holy book offers a historical account of the Lord’s relationship to man, while also providing inspirational guidance along the way. Most importantly, the New Testament recounts how God sent his son, Jesus, to die for the sins of humanity — the most profound act of love in history.

Topics: Bible Verses
8 min read

25 Short Bible Verses for When You’re On the Go

By Billy Hallowell on 10/11/20 9:00 AM

Life can get quite busy — and that can make Bible reading difficult, especially if we allow distractions to take us away from God’s word. That said, there are plenty of opportunities to dive deeper into the Bible. In fact, the scriptures are filled with short verses that you can reflect on, commit to memory and read daily when you’re on the go.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
3 min read

Parents: A Powerful Way to Fight Bullying and Teach Your Kids Truth

By Billy Hallowell on 10/7/20 10:28 AM

Bullying can have a tragic and monumental impact over young people's lives, with parents often struggling over how to most effectively deal with this pervasive and cross-generational blight. 

Topics: Relationships Lifestyle
4 min read

Encouraging Bible Verses to Comfort You Amid Chaos

By Billy Hallowell on 9/18/20 8:24 AM

Coronavirus. Contentious politics. Division. Hate and anger. The chaos unfolding in American culture right now is almost blinding, but no matter how uncertain, painful and contentious things feel, we have hope in Christ — something that is evident in Bible verses about strength and encouragement.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
4 min read

Bible Verses About Trauma — Healing Scriptures for Perseverance

By Billy Hallowell on 9/15/20 12:30 PM

It's certainly not a stretch to proclaim that 2020 has been a profoundly difficult and challenging year, with the coronavirus pandemic creating a plethora of societal, cultural, political and personal problems for many.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
4 min read

5 Ways to Grow Your Faith

By Billy Hallowell on 9/10/20 12:19 PM

Are you looking to renew your faith amid our busy and chaotic world? No matter where you are in your spiritual walk, it's never too late to pause, reflect and make positive changes to increase our faith and seek spiritual growth. 

Topics: Christianity Prayer
7 min read

15 Inspiring Bible Verses That Will Uplift Your Spirit

By Billy Hallowell on 9/1/20 10:00 AM

Life can be both beautiful and difficult, with different seasons ushering in a variety of emotions, victories and struggles. Tough national anniversaries like 9/11 or the loss of loved ones in our personal lives remind us of the fragility and pain life can sometimes usher in — events and remembrances that call us to seek God's face to get through the difficulties.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses Inspiration
5 min read

Why Does God Allow Suffering?

By Kaitlin Wernet on 8/24/20 9:00 AM

Of all the babies I’ve had the chance to know since birth, Leo is probably my favorite. His mama, Rebecca, and I met at work around the same time she found out she was pregnant, which is why we refer to him as our “friendship baby.” I like to think that one day when we’re old and gray and can’t recall how long we’ve known one another, we’ll hold up our best guesses to the age of her fourth son. But for now, Leo is almost 4, which is old enough to almost pronounce my name correctly (Although I somewhat hope he says “Kait-Win” forever), yet still young enough to let me place him on my lap and marvel at his curly blonde locks.

4 min read

20 Verses to Read When You're Weary & Need Strength

By Billy Hallowell on 8/12/20 7:54 AM

It's pretty easy nowadays to find oneself tired, weary or in need of strength. For Christians, inspiration can be found in Bible verses about strength and Bible verses about hope, as the Old and New Testaments are filled with scriptures for the weary and broken-hearted.

Topics: Bible Verses
9 min read

29 Bible Verses About Wives, Marriage and Love

By Sarah Hartland on 8/10/20 3:00 PM

Marriage is an incredible journey ordained by God. Keeping Him at the center of your marriage is important, and that’s why these Bible verses about love, wives, and marriage are crucial to hold dear in your heart. Pray over these Bible verses about love alone or with your spouse to encourage and uplift your life and your marriage. Check out our list, which is sorted by topic — Bible verses about being a good wife, Bible verses about marriage, and Bible verses about love.

Topics: Bible Verses Relationships
4 min read

5 Powerful Prayers for Heart Change and Life Transformation

By Billy Hallowell on 8/9/20 11:45 AM

One of the toughest things in life is realizing that the world doesn't always center around us and that we each have to take steps to be better people. For Christians, this means following God and seeking His heart.

Topics: Prayer Bible Verses
3 min read

'God's Got Me': 'Little House on the Prairie' Star Beats Brain Tumor

By Sarah Rivette on 8/7/20 10:00 AM

As a toddler, Wendi Lou Lee starred in one of the most unforgettable Christian and family-friendly television shows: “Little House on the Prairie.”

Topics: Podcasts
5 min read

We All Need These 16 Bible Verses About Safety, Sanity and Comfort

By Billy Hallowell on 8/4/20 6:01 AM

As politics and culture continue to experience sustained and even increasing chaos — and as COVID19 fears persist — it's important we look above to find hope and peace.

Topics: Bible Study Bible Verses
7 min read

8 Powerful Back-to-School Prayers for Kids Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Billy Hallowell on 7/25/20 9:00 AM

As kids and young adults around America prepare to head back to school, things are no doubt poised to be different amid the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, sparking a slew of back-to-school prayer requests.

Topics: Christianity
5 min read

The Power of Lament Prayer: Reflect on King David's Psalms of Lament

By Billy Hallowell on 7/22/20 8:23 AM

Chaos, hate and pain are unfortunately present in places throughout our nation and world. The human experience — though in many ways beautiful — is also filled with these difficulties. And these struggles often turn us toward God, as we utter prayers of lament and seek peace amid uncertainty.

Topics: Bible Study
5 min read

Who Was Matthew the Apostle? Meet the Tax Collector-Turned-Disciple

By Billy Hallowell on 7/9/20 8:39 AM

Who was Matthew the tax collector? We know that this Jesus follower is the author of the Gospel of Matthew, but what specific details do we know about his life.

Topics: Christianity
5 min read

5 Powerful Bible Verses About Love and Marriage

By Billy Hallowell on 7/6/20 10:24 AM

The Bible shares the greatest love story of all time: The love that God has for His people and how He sacrificed His one and only son so we could have eternal salvation. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Bible is packed with verses about love.

Topics: Christianity Lifestyle
3 min read

4 Bible Verses About What It Means to Build a Biblical Worldview

By Billy Hallowell on 7/6/20 10:09 AM

What is a “worldview?” According to Merriam Webster, it’s “a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint.” 

Topics: Bible Verses
4 min read

40 Days and 40 Nights – The Significance of 40 in the Bible

By Billy Hallowell on 7/4/20 10:34 AM

There are some numbers that Christians might notice in the Bible — numbers that appear repeatedly throughout scripture. Among these numbers is 40. 

Topics: Easter
5 min read

What the Bible Says About True Freedom

By Billy Hallowell on 7/2/20 11:00 AM

What is freedom? The dictionary defines it as “the quality or state of being free” and “the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action.”

Topics: Bible Verses
3 min read

CRYING OUT TO GOD? Wisdom From King David and Psalm 77 Will Inspire

By Billy Hallowell on 6/24/20 1:14 PM

Life is replete with amazing and difficult moments, alike, but when you find yourself crying out to God, there is a comforting place you can go: scripture.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
3 min read

3 Powerful Lessons We Can Learn From Joseph, Jesus' Father

By Billy Hallowell on 6/18/20 8:24 AM

When we explore some of the phenomenal fathers in the Bible it's impossible to overlook Joseph, Jesus' earthly father. There are many lessons we can take away from what we know of Joseph's life, particularly his obedience to God when it came to the announcement of Jesus' birth.

Topics: Christianity
4 min read

Is This God's Super Sign of the End Times? Author Reveals His Take

By Billy Hallowell on 6/16/20 9:29 AM

Author Jeff Kinley believes the Bible lays out some fascinating circumstances that will unfold as humanity marches toward the biblical "end times."

Topics: News Bible Story
4 min read

Powerful Prayers for Finances and Prayers for Employment

By Billy Hallowell on 6/11/20 8:53 AM

Unemployment trends come and go, and while many people focus on the numbers and associated statistics, it’s easy to forget that there are individuals behind those metrics: People with responsibilities who desperately need prayers for work and prayers for employment.

Topics: Prayer
6 min read

5 Famous Fathers In The Bible Who Inspire Us

By Billy Hallowell on 6/10/20 7:00 AM

With Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s important to explore central fathers in the Bible who inspire us with timeless lessons about how to behave — and not behave. The stories surrounding these men offer Bible verses about fatherhood that can inspire us all.

Topics: Bible Story
3 min read

Do You Need Prayer? There’s a Pure Flix Prayer Group Just for You

By Billy Hallowell on 6/9/20 7:18 AM

Prayer is an essential part of the Christian experience. And with the rise of technology comes the opportunity to seek out a different kind of prayer group — an online gathering of like-minded Christians who are willing to answer your online prayer request.

Topics: Prayer
3 min read

10 Best Online Prayer Request Groups and Communities

By Sarah Hartland on 6/3/20 9:00 AM

Sometimes it can feel like the Internet is just a gateway to negativity. If you find yourself frustrated with what you see online, seeking out Christian content through technology is a great way to stay positive and keep your walk with Christ active in all parts of your life. These groups across social media and the web are great options to connect with other Christians for prayer and encouragement.

Facebook Prayer Groups

The Encounter Fan Group - #EncounterJesus

Topics: Prayer
4 min read

6 Prayers America Desperately Needs Right Now

By Billy Hallowell on 6/1/20 6:50 PM

America is facing a time of unrest, grief, anger, sadness, and fear — and as the nation grapples with these complex emotions, we are called back to Jesus' greatest commands: Love God and love others.

Topics: Christianity
5 min read

Where Is Pentecost Sunday in the Bible — and What Is It?

By Billy Hallowell on 5/31/20 9:00 AM

Anyone who has read the Book of Acts in the Bible knows the importance of the Pentecost Sunday story. But some people might not know all the details — or might still have some questions about what unfolded and what the Pentecost definition really means.

Topics: Christianity
4 min read

What Worship Actually Means

By Billy Hallowell on 5/26/20 9:00 AM

"Worship" is perhaps one of the most utilized words in Christian circles, but let's actually pause to consider what worship means.

Topics: Christianity
4 min read

10 Bible Verses About Sacrifice — and Jesus' Love

By Billy Hallowell on 5/25/20 8:40 AM

"Sacrifice" is a word that comes to mind when we think about the truths and realities embedded in the gospel. From Romans 12:1 to Hebrews 9:28 there are a plethora of Bible verses about sacrifice that explain why Jesus died for our sins and how we should live out selfless love in our own lives.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
6 min read

4 Unbelievable Modern-Day Miracles

By Billy Hallowell on 5/22/20 9:08 AM

"Miracles" are inexplicable events that cannot be explained through scientific means, and in the faith world many attribute these events to the Lord.

Topics: Christianity Inspiration
2 min read

'Crucified With Christ': What It Really Means to Live for Christ

By Billy Hallowell on 5/21/20 8:27 AM

Galatians 2 is filled with a great deal of fascinating details and theology, but in this Galatians 2 commentary we're going to focus on just two verses: Galatians 2:20-21.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
3 min read

Atheist Journalist Tries to Disprove Christianity — and Finds Jesus

By Billy Hallowell on 5/20/20 9:04 AM

Lee Strobel was once an atheist journalist on a mission to disprove Christianity, but that journey led him on an unexpected path to embracing Jesus.

Topics: Movies Christian Movies
4 min read

How to Pray for Nurses & Doctors Working On The Frontline

By Billy Hallowell on 5/8/20 9:00 AM

Are you looking for a way to support nurses and doctors working on the frontline of the coronavirus threat — or those who have been afflicted? Consider pausing to say healing prayers or consider uttering a nurse prayer for healing. 

Topics: Prayer
1 min read

Pastor Dismantles Popular Atheist Argument About God Having a 'Creator'

By Billy Hallowell on 5/4/20 10:45 AM

A pastor named Tim Barnett recently released a short video that takes aim at a popular atheist talking point about Christianity: that Christians can't truly hold to the notion that everything in existence has a creator.

Topics: News
3 min read

5 Bible Verses About New Beginnings With Jesus

By Billy Hallowell on 4/29/20 8:00 AM

Faith holds the power to totally renew our hearts and souls, so let's explore some powerful Bible verses about new beginnings — scriptures that can inspire us.

Topics: Christianity Movie List Bible Verses
3 min read

Pastor Reveals Shocking Miracle That Brought His Family to Faith

By Sarah Rivette on 4/24/20 11:57 AM

Allen Jackson, lead pastor at World Outreach Church — a 15,000-member church located in Nashville, Tennessee — recently recalled how an incredible miracle transformed his family's faith.

Topics: Prayer Faith Inspiration
3 min read

'Eternity Is Real': Greg Laurie Sees Thousands Accept Christ Amid Coronavirus

By Billy Hallowell on 4/10/20 12:21 PM

Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, is seeing “God work” amid the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis, revealing his belief that “people are listening” and finding eternal truth amid the ashes of chaos.

Topics: Christianity
3 min read

'I Felt Satan Attacking Me': Luis Palau Finds Peace, Joy Amid Cancer

By Sarah Rivette on 3/26/20 8:36 AM

One of the most difficult parts of human existence is coping with loss, terminal illness and other life difficulties. Famed evangelist Luis Palau knows this all too well.

Topics: Podcasts
3 min read

Pastor David Platt's Powerful Response to Pain, Evil & Chaos

By Sarah Rivette on 3/24/20 8:59 AM

In a world in which evil and suffering can sometimes feel totally overwhelming, how do we, as Christians, ground ourselves and continue to push forward and do good?

Topics: Christianity Podcasts
3 min read

Panicked, Worried or Scared Over Coronavirus? Take a Deep Breath & Read

By Billy Hallowell on 3/20/20 11:34 AM

Fears continue to swirl over COVID-19, the disease known as the novel coronavirus, but as some allow worry and even panic to overtake them, it's important to keep hope alive.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
4 min read

Despite Darkness of This Pandemic, Coronavirus Could Ignite Revival

By Tom Phillips on 3/18/20 3:48 AM

The global concerns about the coronavirus could so touch human hearts that the pressure ignites a revival of the rest and security that comes through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Topics: Christianity Inspiration
6 min read

10 Things the Church Must Do in Response to the Coronavirus

By Joseph Mattera on 3/11/20 12:45 PM

In all my years I have never seen the kind of panic related to the potential spread of an illness. The kind of panic and fear I observe regularly on the faces of the public almost rivals what I observed when I was in Manhattan after the Twin Towers were toppled and the Pentagon attacked on September 11th 2001!

Topics: Lifestyle
2 min read

Powerful, Life-Affirming Bible Verses About Strength, Suffering & Love

By Billy Hallowell on 3/9/20 8:44 AM

Many of us likely find ourselves turning to prayer in our deepest, darkest moments — times when we need God's strength to carry on. 

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
3 min read

5 Essential Bible Verses to Consider Amid Coronavirus Fears

By Billy Hallowell on 3/5/20 9:36 AM

There's a fair bit of worry and consternation surrounding COVID-19, the disease known as the novel coronavirus. And as the virus continues to make its way around the globe and new infections and deaths are reported, fears are only rising.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
4 min read

The Apostle Paul's Transformation Offers a Powerful Reality For Us All

By Billy Hallowell on 3/2/20 9:40 AM

Galatians is a powerful epistle written by the Apostle Paul to the churches in Galatia. This Galatians summary will go through Galatians 1 to pinpoint the most transformative truths that can help us grow on our individual journeys with Christ.

Topics: Christianity Bible Story
3 min read

'Devote Yourselves to Prayer': How Prayer Changes Things

By Billy Hallowell on 2/26/20 7:45 AM

Prayer is an essential piece of the Christian puzzle, as it helps sustain us, connect us with others' needs and, most importantly, build our relationship with the Almighty.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
3 min read

'You Were Called to Peace': A Life-Saving Reminder in a Chaotic World

By Billy Hallowell on 2/20/20 9:15 AM

God's message to us is clear: set your mind on things above. Rather than obsessing over the here and now, we're called to focus our attention on Him.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
5 min read

5 Inspiring Bible Verses to Send a Struggling Loved One

By Billy Hallowell on 2/19/20 9:58 AM

If you or a loved one are struggling and in need of hope and inspiration, this Bible verse list can help. Even when life gets us down, we can turn to the scriptures to find inspirational and timeless truths that can help us face any and all uphill battles.

Topics: Movie List Bible Verses
4 min read

'The Mystery of God': 4 Truths That Can Truly Set Us Free

By Billy Hallowell on 2/13/20 9:38 AM

Wisdom and knowledge are two of the most important elements a person can have, but both of these essentials are sometimes lost in translation in a modern culture that is so focused on the "self." We see the importance of both in Colossians 2.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
2 min read

Colton Dixon and Matthew West Tackle the Biblical Power of 'Miracles'

By Billy Hallowell on 2/7/20 3:33 AM

Christian music stars Colton Dixon and Matthew West are both independently taking on an essential element of the faith: miracles.

Dixon’s new song — aptly titled “Miracles” — takes listeners into the importance of feeling God’s love in our lives, particularly when it comes to the miracles and God-ordained events we can experience in everyday happenings.

Topics: Entertainment Music
4 min read

Colossians 1: What It Really Means to Keep Our Eyes Fixed on Jesus

By Billy Hallowell on 2/6/20 9:00 AM

Keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus is essential as we navigate life's ups and downs, and that's exactly the focus of the Book of Colossians, a New Testament text written by the Apostle Paul. 

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
5 min read

The Bible Has a Lot to Say About Prayer and Confession — Dive In

By Billy Hallowell on 1/31/20 1:28 PM

As we come to a close in this series on the Book of James, there is much wisdom to consider in James Chapter 5.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
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'Love Not the World': 5 Lessons for Resisting Satan and Building Faith

By Billy Hallowell on 1/30/20 9:31 AM

Christians are called to follow God and not the world — to adhere to the Almighty's standards rather than culture's whims.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
3 min read

Life, Death & 'Power of the Tongue': Why What You Say Truly Matters

By Billy Hallowell on 1/23/20 9:00 AM

What we say matters. And the Bible makes it blatantly clear that we can cause a lot of trouble when we open our mouths and fail to think about what's coming out. This is the primary lesson we learn in James Chapter 3 and, in particular, James 3:1-12.

Topics: Christianity Prayer Bible Study
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'A World of Evil': Why Watching Your Mouth Deeply Matters

By Billy Hallowell on 1/20/20 5:29 AM

What comes out of our mouths matters — deeply. As Christians, what we say and do can have a major impact not only on other people, but also on the trajectory of our own lives.

Topics: Christianity Podcasts
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Is Believing in God Enough?

By Billy Hallowell on 1/17/20 8:28 AM

Is believing in God enough? The Bible makes it clear that spiritual salvation is dependent upon a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not merely a belief in God.

Topics: Christianity Podcasts
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Facing Trials? Looking for Strength? This Devotional Will Inspire You

By Billy Hallowell on 1/15/20 8:12 AM

Are you looking for perseverance, strength — and wisdom? The Book of James has all that and more. 

Topics: Podcasts Bible Study
3 min read

Is Believing Enough? Faith vs. Works and Other Lessons From James 2

By Billy Hallowell on 1/10/20 9:25 AM

The Book of James is filled with fulfilling advice and perspective, with James Chapter 2 offering essential lessons about favoritism, faith vs. works and more. Three of the most important take-aways in this chapter are found in James 2:1, James 2:14 and James 2:17.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
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How Faith Can Transform Even the Toughest and Gruffest Among Us

By Billy Hallowell on 1/9/20 10:04 AM


It's often amazing to watch some of the gruffest, toughest people give their lives to Jesus — people from whom one would never expect to see open vulnerability. Yet, truth suddenly softens them.

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2 min read

Millennial Evangelists' Bold Plan to Combat 'Chaos of This Culture'

By Billy Hallowell on 1/6/20 10:49 AM

It's no secret that culture is in a truly chaotic place, with confusion, infighting, anger and hatred all-too-often raging on social media and across the nation and world.

Topics: Christianity Influencers Inspiration
4 min read

5 Powerful Lessons (and Warnings) in James 1

By Billy Hallowell on 1/2/20 11:18 AM

The Book of James is a relatively short, five-chapter book of the Bible, but despite it's brief length, this epistle is filled with essential spiritual advice and guidance. 

Topics: Bible Study Bible Verses Devotionals
2 min read

The Incredible Way God Used Ordinary People to Bring Us Jesus

By Billy Hallowell on 12/23/19 9:03 AM

As the world prepares to celebrate Jesus' birth, one author is inspiring us to look deeper and more introspectively at the Christmas story. 

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The History Behind Christmas: Bethlehem and the Wise Men

By Billy Hallowell on 12/16/19 10:05 AM

Most of us are very familiar with the nativity story, but while we might know the general details, perhaps we’re not as well-versed with some of the more intricate details surrounding the birthplace of Jesus, the Magi (also known as the three wise men) and the significance of gold, frankincense and myrrh — the gifts given to Jesus.

Topics: Christmas
5 min read

8 Powerful Bible Quotes and Scriptures About Jesus' Birth

By Billy Hallowell on 12/13/19 11:00 AM

The events surrounding Jesus' birth are fascinating, eye-opening and patently divine. Some of the most powerful elements of the story found in Matthew and Luke offer us some important insight.

Topics: Christmas Bible Verses
2 min read

Take the Quiz: Which Biblical Character Are You Most Like?

By Billy Hallowell on 12/10/19 9:31 AM

The Bible is filled with many stories of people who have sought God, overcome trials and performed stunning acts for the Christian faith. 

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
5 min read

Christmas Angels: The Powerful Role of Angels in the Nativity Story

By Billy Hallowell on 11/29/19 10:32 AM

The Christmas story is one of the most well-known biblical accounts, with millions of people around the world celebrating the story of Jesus’ arrival to save humanity from sin. One of the most interesting elements is the role that angels in the Bible play in the nativity story. 

Topics: Holidays Prayer
4 min read

'Jesus Marveled': Key Moment in Scripture Teaches a Big 'God' Lesson

By Ray Comfort on 11/19/19 12:28 PM

No one can run fast enough, jump high enough, sing well enough, or drop enough money into the collection bag to impress God. This is because every ability we have and everything we own comes from Him.

Topics: Inspiration Bible Story
4 min read

6 Essential Ephesians 4 Lessons About What It Means to Be a Christian

By Billy Hallowell on 11/13/19 8:53 AM

The Bible is filled with life-affirming information aimed at helping us  connect with God and live out our individual purposes. Ephesians 4 is one area of scripture, in particular, that helps guide us in what it means to truly live a Christ-centered life.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study Inspiration
4 min read

‘Duck Dynasty’ Stars’ Powerful Quotes About Jesus & Faith

By Billy Hallowell on 11/12/19 9:00 AM

“Duck Dynasty” family members Jase and Missy Robertson are known for living faithfully. The couple — along with the rest of the Robertson clan — have been outspoken Christians who regularly speak out about faith, love and the value of others.

Topics: Bible Verses
4 min read

10 Bible Verses About Good Leadership in Church and Beyond

By Billy Hallowell on 11/8/19 9:00 AM

Are you in a leadership position? Or, perhaps you are looking for Bible verses about leadership qualities. Either way, one never knows when he or she could end up in charge or running something — and that's why it's essential to know the ins and outs of Bible verses on leadership.

Topics: Bible Verses Inspiration
6 min read

How to Pray to God: Your Ultimate Guide to Effective Invocations

By Billy Hallowell on 10/25/19 9:00 AM

For Christians, prayer is a powerful tool for making it through each and every day. From prayers of gratitude to requests for help, invocations to God allow us to ask Him to guide us and others through our struggles and victories. 

Topics: Christianity Inspiration
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What Are Angels, Demons and Cherubim? Your Ultimate Explainer

By Billy Hallowell on 10/23/19 9:00 AM

As Halloween approaches, chatter and debate about the spiritual world will certainly intensify. Ironically — but perhaps not too surprisingly — it’s a good time for Christians to focus not only on building up their own faith amid these discussions, but also on helping others understand what the Bible tells us about the spiritual realm.

Topics: Christianity Bible Study
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Little Boy With Brain Cancer's Final Wish Sparks Incredible Response

By Billy Hallowell on 10/21/19 12:02 PM

The aunt of a terminally-ill little boy is speaking out with gratitude as people around the U.S. continue to rally together to grant her nephew and family one final wish.

Topics: Podcasts Inspiration
5 min read

11 Bible Verses About Sadness, Grief and Overcoming the Odds

By Billy Hallowell on 10/18/19 9:00 AM

When life throws us difficult circumstances, we might find ourselves on the prowl for the best Bible verse that can help us understand, cope and carry on. It’s during these difficult moments that we seek Bible verses about sadness and Bible verses about grief that can help lift us up and out of our difficult circumstances.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses
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Report: Christianity Declining in America at 'Rapid Pace'

By Billy Hallowell on 10/17/19 7:57 AM

Christianity in America is declining at a "rapid pace," according to startling new analysis from The Pew Research Center.

Topics: News
5 min read

How to Share Your Faith: 6 Essential Tips & Bible Verses

By Billy Hallowell on 10/11/19 9:00 AM

How you share your faith truly matters. The method, the tone, the context and the level of passion and authenticity all play a role in how the gospel is received. That’s why we’ve prepared some helpful Bible verses about sharing your faith and verses about sharing the gospel.

Topics: Christianity Bible Verses Inspiration
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‘I’ll Pray For You’: 7 Ways to Truly Live Out Your Promise

By Billy Hallowell on 10/8/19 9:00 AM

Prayer is an essential element of the Christian experience, but with the chaos of schedules it’s sometimes difficult to set up a good and solid routine that we can keep up with. 

Topics: Christianity Prayer Lifestyle
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Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: 8 Life-Changing Lessons

By Billy Hallowell on 10/4/19 9:00 AM

One of the most popular parts of the gospel is Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, a portion of scripture that is found in Matthew 5-7. It’s a section of scripture in which Jesus covers many topics. We’ll offer a Sermon on the Mount summary to cover just some of the topics Christ went over in this robust part of the Bible. 

Topics: Christianity Bible Study Inspiration
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Tithing: What Is It and How Should You Do It?

By Billy Hallowell on 9/25/19 9:00 AM

The concept of tithing money to one’s church has biblical roots. But even though there’s tithing in the Bible, there’s also a debate today over what church tithes should look like and how much people should give.

Topics: Christianity
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Today's Devotion: 'Lying Lips' and the Truth — What's Your Struggle?

By Billy Hallowell on 9/25/19 3:01 AM

The Bible reminds us throughout the New and Old Testaments that truth is deeply important. But living out this reality can be difficult in a culture that treats truth as relative or fluid.

Topics: Christianity Devotionals
3 min read

Balancing a Christian Lifestyle in a Secular Work Environment

By Billy Hallowell on 9/24/19 9:00 AM

Faith in the workplace is an interesting topic that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves. As Christians, we’re called to live out Godly leadership no matter where we are, which is why it’s essential to consider religion in the workplace and how we can be a true Christian at work.

Topics: Christianity
3 min read

Hollywood, Money & Power: The Most Convicting Verses You'll Hear Today

By Billy Hallowell on 9/24/19 2:36 AM

The Bible says a great deal about how we're called to treat others, but there's one theme that is often overlooked: treating individuals — especially when it comes to the disparity between the poor and rich — in an equitable way.

Topics: Inspiration Devotionals
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Today's Devotional: Should We Really 'Fear' God?

By Billy Hallowell on 9/23/19 2:00 AM

Should we "fear" God? Proverbs 9:10 (NIV) gives us some solid foundational truth worth pondering. The verse reads: 

Topics: Inspiration Devotionals
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Today's Devotion: Are Fear and Anxiety Overtaking You? There's Hope

By Billy Hallowell on 9/20/19 8:52 PM

Life can be both beautiful and — at moments — painful. Uncertainty can breed anxiety and unfortunate events will often birth worry.

But the Bible tells us there's hope.

Topics: Podcasts Devotionals
2 min read

Today's Devotion: The '6 Things God Hates' — Are You Guilty?

By Billy Hallowell on 9/20/19 2:33 AM

The Bible makes it clear that God's standards matter, with scripture repeatedly telling us about the Lord's character and, in turn, how we should act if we want to reflect and live like our Creator.

Topics: Christianity Inspiration Devotionals
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Today's Devotion: How Do We Live a Moral Life in a Confused Culture?

By Billy Hallowell on 9/19/19 2:39 AM

We're living in an "anything goes" culture — one that encourages people to create and foster their own baseline of morality. While self-restraint and biblical values once took center stage, the current situation looks radically different.

Topics: Inspiration Devotionals
2 min read

FACT CHECK: Does the Bible Really Tell Us to 'Follow Our Hearts?'

By Billy Hallowell on 9/18/19 2:35 AM

Culture embraces many cliches that encourage us to embark on journeys to find our personal destinies. From "follow your heart" to "be true to yourself" and "be who you want to be," there are plenty of feel-good slogans that some of us have come to embrace.

Topics: Inspiration Devotionals
3 min read

Today's Devotional: If Love Is the Antidote, Where Does Truth Fall?

By Billy Hallowell on 9/17/19 2:41 AM

There's a profound struggle today among some Christians to properly balance truth and love. Perhaps you've faced this dynamic — the call to love and abide by God, while also being relational with those who reject biblical truth.

Topics: Bible Study Inspiration
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