10 Bible Verses to Read When You’re Stressed

10 Bible verses to read when you're stressed

Jennell Houts You don’t have to look far to find stressed-out, overwhelmed people everywhere. Sometimes we do it to ourselves by taking on too many responsibilities or activities; other times life seems to spin out of control with relationship or job challenges or financial or health issues. As Christians, we...

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Overcoming a Crisis of Faith

Overcoming a crisis of faith

Kim Thompson-Pinder Stephanie sat looking out of her window as the tears poured down cheeks. “How could this have happened? God, what did I do to deserve this?” Part of her was numb and could barely function. The other part of her was so mad and sad that she just...

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Which Books of the Bible Should I Read First?

Which Books of the Bible Should I Read First?

Kim Thompson-Pinder You have just received your first Bible, and you excitedly sit down to read it. You can’t wait to read God’s Word. You are hungry for it, but where to start? If you are like most people, you start at the beginning with Genesis. You read the stories...

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10 Life Lessons from Jesus

10 life lessons from Jesus

Jennell Houts Jesus Christ took the Jewish people and religious leaders by surprise when He dismantled many of their traditions. In Mark 7:9 He said to some religious leaders, “All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.” As the Son of God, Jesus...

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Finding Time to Pray

Finding time to pray

Kim Thompson-Pinder You finally drag yourself to bed. You know that you should have gone to bed an hour earlier but you just couldn’t miss that TV show. You are so tired that you can barely keep your eyes open. You mumble something to God about being sorry and that...

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Letting Go of Shame

Letting go of shame

Kim Thompson-Pinder For so many years I really thought that the guilt and shame I felt would never go away. For me, it was so obvious that it was there, that I would tell each new person I met about all these horrible things in my life because I felt...

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Yahoo, it’s Monday!

happy and excited on Monday morning

Bas Boshuizen In our world, Monday has a bad reputation. For just being a day of the week, it gets a lot of negative attention. Songs have been written about how bad Monday is, your Facebook feed will clutter up with clever and not-so-clever jokes on all that’s wrong with...

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How to Pray Effectively

Person praying

Bas Boshuizen Praying can be difficult for anyone. Sometimes it’s hard to find the words, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to pray about, and sometimes it’s hard to pray at all. In those moments, where praying isn’t something that comes naturally, it’s good to know how to pray...

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Dealing with Life’s Disappointments

Dealing with life's disappointments

Jennell Houts Disappointments are not uncommon in life; we’ve all experienced them in some form. From struggling relationships to job loss, from doing poorly on a test to infertility, disappointments happen in every area of life. So how do we deal with disappointments in life? What does God say about...

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Am I Being Tempted or Tested?

Am I being tempted or tested?

Jennell Houts Whether you’re a newer Christian or you’ve been a believer for a long time, you probably know that temptation and testing are something you will deal with periodically. But what’s the difference between testing and temptation? And what’s the purpose of them? God Tests Us God doesn’t tempt...

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