For many, this year began with resolutions, dreams, plans, and ambitions. And presently, for many, these hopes have become lost, abandoned, and thrown away. The replacements? Grief, disappointment, and frustration.
One defining quality of the Christian life is prayer. Whether life is full of joy, or full of suffering, we are called to pray.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Through prayer, we can present an alternative for how to live when life doesn’t go as we planned.
Prayer provides us an opportunity to thank God and make requests of him as we progress through life. When those around us, Christian or otherwise, are tempted to trade in their hope for something less, we can respond with prayer.
We have a choice of role-modeling for others and praying on their behalf.
We decide to pray in spite of the suffering we (and those around us) face, because having hope for better days is not a foolish endeavor.
Instead of rushing for the year to be over, we can learn how to thrive right where we are, while hoping for good days to come.
Here are five powerful prayers for better days ahead:
Unfortunately, Shiloh is a place that has gone largely forgotten despite its historic significance. Let's explore the history of Shiloh, and why it deserves to be included in the list of key locations in biblical history.
Instead of burying your hope in unmet expectations, seasons of disappointment, and questions that go unanswered, bury hopelessness. Instead of burying your devotion, bury your doubt and disappointment. Shovel the dirt on top of that grave, dust off your hands, and walk away. It’s worth it.
Love drives out all generational curses. Our earthly families will frustrate and fail us because we are all imperfect. But God has adopted us into His family. Jesus has called us friends, and the Living God lives in us. Generational curses have no power over the One True King.
Cancel culture is tricky. And as Christians who are trying to love God and our neighbors, we may find ourselves split in our reactions. Here's how to love like Jesus instead of adding to the divisiveness.
The Psalms are among the best-known and most-read sections of Scripture. In the Psalms, we are given testimonies of praise, lament, repentance, and worship. We are given a preview of who the Messiah will be, and how his salvation will reach throughout the world.
Church does not excite me, even when Sunday rolls around. But church has benefits, and has grown me closer to God and fellow believers. But because Jesus never shied away from tough conversations, here are 3 reasons I find church difficult to embrace.
As Christians, we’re members of the Kingdom of God, and cancel culture has no place in our Kingdom culture. We should keep in mind that God didn’t cancel us despite our many sins, but rather desires we extend mercy as a reflection of His love.
You have probably heard people saying things like, “Treat others how you want to be treated” and “Never loan money to friends.” Can you tell the difference between sayings from the Bible and sayings from other religious texts?
Do you know what the Bible actually says about race, gender, war, and marriage?
How does the Bible stand out from the other religious texts of the world? Here are thirteen important ways the Bible is unique:
Idols, whether physical (statues) or intangible (power, fame, wealth, etc.), will passively receive love and worship, but they will never give back nor do they have any power to save their worshippers. They are an addiction, not a relationship.