7 Ways God Uses Waiting to Prepare You

By Cortni Marrazzo Renewal  “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. For the old skins would burst from the pressure, spilling the wine and ruining the skins. New wine is stored in new wineskins so that both are preserved.”– Matthew 9:17 When you embark into new seasons in...

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Why Is Your Church Ignoring These Sins?

By Rachel-Claire Cockrell When we speak about “the Church” doing this or that, we tend to paint a picture of pastors, elders, or those in leadership at the forefront — as if they bear responsibility for sin issues on the rise in today’s congregations. But according to Scripture, you and...

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A Prayer for When You Are Battle Weary

By Bobbie Schaeperkoetter Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you. – 2 Chronicles 20:17 Do you feel the tension that seems to permeate the air of this world lately? Things just feel heavy. Hearts are hurting....

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10 Worst Excuses for Missing Church

By Lindsey VanSparrentak 1. I overslept. This is hands down the number one excuse for missing church on Sunday morning, and I’d be lying if I said that I have never fallen victim to oversleeping. I mean—it happens to the best of us! You stay up too late binging Netflix...

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7 Bad Reasons People Leave Churches

By Brett McCracken In our consumer society, where prevailing wisdom says we should be loyal to products or brands only insofar as our needs and tastes are satisfied, it can be easy for churchgoers to have a very low threshold for leaving a church. The slightest mismatch of preferences or...

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How Psalm 23 Talks About Self-Care

Each verse of Psalm 23 reveals a way that God replaces your own feeble attempts at self-care apart from Him, to how He cares for us as our Shepherd. Psalm 23:1 All of your needs will be met. Every single one. Don’t think you have to look anywhere else to...

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Does God Care about My Feelings?

Ever feel like God does not care about your feelings? You are not alone. This assumption is one that can promote a sense of invalidation within our relationship with God. In many ways, this belief can frame our faith in such a way that it leaves us quick to mask...

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5 Inspiring Bible Verses on Thankfulness

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Psalm 31:19 Oh, how abundant is your goodness, which you have...

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