Christian Living

Who Else Needs Wholesome Kids’ TV Shows for Holiday Breaks? – Christian Article

With Fall break and Thanksgiving break coming soon, kids will have more free time on their hands. Wouldn’t it be great to give them wholesome, faith-based kids’ tv shows to watch in their spare time? With Faithlife TV Plus, you have a wealth of Christian cartoons, movies, and shows created just for kids—accessible from any device. There’s even a kid’s mode so they can easily find their favorite shows. Be sure to check out the animated series, Ryan Defrates: Secret…

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A Christian Musician You Should Know – Christian Article

Tenielle Neda is a Reformed Christian song-writer from western Australia. With over 25,000+ monthly Spotify listeners, she’s mustered up a bit of a following, all without having released an official album. After listening to her songs you can see the draw. In a day where so much music sounds the same, Tenielle’s style and voice brings a refreshing contribution to the Christian genre. Photo Credit: Fuzz Digital Her new EP, Mercy, is officially out. There are six tracks on the…

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Expecting Much From Jesus This Week – Home – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

This morning I sit in a Starbucks in Duluth, Georgia. Duluth is part of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area… at least that’s what I’m calling it. I’m sitting here, expecting Jesus to do something this week. You see, I’m in Atlanta for a conference. This is like my 7th or 8th time coming for this conference. In those years I have had a lot of fun and have seen Jesus do some great things in me and in whatever church…

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5 Resources to Celebrate World Teachers’ Day – Christian Article

Teaching is often thankless and can be exhausting. Yet every day teachers impact society by the lives they touch. Since today is World Teachers’ Day, we at Faithlife want to say “thank you” to all teachers for the work you do.  Here are five unique resources for teachers—whether you or a loved one teach elementary or secondary school, homeschool . . . even homiletics. For school teachers Created to Learn: A Christian Teacher’s Introduction to Educational Psychology, Second Edition This revised and expanded…

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Christian Reflections on Anger – Christian Article

Recently, I preached a sermon on anger (Matthew 5:21-26). As a result, I’ve been thinking more about this emotion. Today I want to share some of my imperfect reflections. This list not exhaustive just some things that came to mind. You can find them below. In no particular order: 1. There’s a difference between righteous anger and unrighteous anger. Is anger always a sin? No. The Bible never says, “Thou shall not get angry.” In fact, the Apostle Paul says,…

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Help Your Church Take Action on Their Generosity – Christian Article

As believers, we all experience times when the Holy Spirit speaks to us and we are compelled to action. During those moments, we’re in good company.  There were many times during Jesus’ earthly ministry when he was moved with compassion to help others. He stopped in the middle of a huge crowd to talk with the woman who touched the hem of his cloak (Mark 5:25–34). He passed by a man who was born blind and healed his sight (John…

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How One Alaska Church Is a Beacon in the Darkness – Christian Article

Nestled between the Chugach Range and the Talkeetna Mountains sits Palmer, Alaska, a city of around 7,200 people just 40 miles northeast of Anchorage. Palmer might look similar to many small towns throughout the United States, but its challenges are unique.  While Palmer is small, the city—and the state of Alaska—has the highest teen suicide rate per capita in the whole nation. As if that wasn’t heartbreaking enough, many Palmer residents face extreme poverty, abuse, hunger, and drugs. That’s where…

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The Difference Between “Natural Talents” and “Spiritual Gifts” – Christian Article

In the many years before I was a Christian, I used to hear believers talk about their “spiritual gifts”. They would describe their ability to sing or teach or perform a certain task, and for the life of me, these abilities merely sounded like “natural talents”. I came to the conclusion those wacky Christians just had a language all their own and a strong desire to see everything as a gift from God (when it could more easily be described…

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Who First Showed Danny Akin the Beauty of Jesus? – Christian Article

Emma Lou Akin was my mother and one of the kindest, godliest people I have ever known. She showed me the beauty of Jesus her whole life. Our family regularly noted that the phrase “I want” seemed to be completely absent from her vocabulary. Every time a special occasion rolled around, like her birthday, anniversary, or Mother’s Day, we would always ask, “Momma, what do you want to do?” “Where would you like to go out and eat?” Much to…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: July 2–5, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Glory in the Ordinary Folding laundry. Weeding the garden. Cooking dinner. Changing diapers. Work in the home can seem so meaningless. In this encouraging book, Courtney Reissig combats the common misconceptions…

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How “Danger” Turns Teaching Into Training – Christian Article

To work as a police officer at my agency, applicants go through several steps. If the applicant passes the written, physical, and psychological test, in addition to the interview and background investigation, we hire them and send them to a 7-month academy. If the recruit does well in the academy and manages to graduate, they are placed on patrol for field training, where a series of seven field training officers train them for seven consecutive months. If the trainee is…

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1 Corinthians 6:19 Re-Examined: Your Body is a Temple – Christian Article

In 1 Corinthians 6:19, Paul asked, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?” The implications of a Christian’s body being a temple of the Holy Spirit are deep and profound. However, this sentiment is also often misapplied. What does it mean for your body to be a temple of the Holy Spirit? Does it mean you need to exercise and eat right? Does it mean…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: June 11–14, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Stand with the Heart In Stand with the Heart, Dr. Kathy Koch teaches proven strategies for training a child’s heart and parenting in a way that honors God. Kock doesn’t offer…

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Spiritual Fruit Grows Slowly – Christian Article

I have braces. As a result, I must see an orthodontist every month. My conversation with her goes something like this: She asks me how’s it going. I tell her it’s not going well. She asks me why. I tell her I’m not seeing any results. She affirms me that I am. I affirm her that I’m not. She points out areas of growth, and tells me to be patient. “See you next month,” she says. I leave. Next month…

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Faithlife Ebooks Weekly Deals: June 4–7, 2019 – Christian Article

Here are this week’s top deals, brought to you by Faithlife Ebooks. For more deals, visit our sale page or get our Free Book of the Month. Some of these deals are only good for a few days, so act fast to get these books at the sale price! Think Along with an emphasis on emotions and the experience of God, we also need to practice careful thinking about God. So how are we to maintain a healthy balance of…

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What It Was Like to Be David Powlison’s Friend – Christian Article

I can still remember the first time I saw David love someone in the hallway at New Life Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania, almost 30 years ago. It was between services, and I walked past David as he was talking with a woman. As elders, we both knew this woman had significant mental illness, and yet he was attentive to her, dialoguing with her as an equal. I didn’t hear a single word he said, but I could tell by…

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The Love Myth: Can You Love Without Your Emotions? – Christian Article

By Matthew Elliot “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?” (Matt 22:36) An “expert in religious law,” backed up by the Pharisees, poses this seemingly innocent question to Jesus in an attempt to trap him. Will he agree that some laws are greater than others? Jesus’ answer thwarts their expectations and overturns their religiosity: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the…

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You Can’t Hack Your Heart—Excerpt from This Month’s Free Book – Christian Article

With all our life hacks, kitchen hacks, and travel hacks, we often try to hack our spiritual lives, too. But as Richard J. Foster reminds us in Sanctuary of the Soul—free this month on Faithlife Ebooks—we can’t hack, program, or microwave our spiritual and devotional growth. Only God can form and transform our hearts—and we desperately need him to do so. Here’s an excerpt from Sanctuary of the Soul. *** As we consider the transformation of the human heart, we…

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Know My Heart | Devotional by Phil Ware – Christian Article

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139:23-24 Thought God does know us. We cannot pretend we are something we are not with him. He knows us – inside and out, through and through. This should liberate us to share a remarkable degree of intimacy with him, but most of us run from such a…

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Resisting the Desire to Simply Follow the Rules – Christian Article

As a police officer, I recognize the fact that the world is a dangerous place. All around us are a variety of people and situations ready to hurt or take advantage of us. I bet you take steps in your daily life to protect yourself from danger. It may be as simple as wearing your seatbelt or washing your hands. The good and bad experiences we go through influence the way we act. We all develop “defense tactics” or ways…

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Learn How to Disagree Agreeably – Christian Article

Imagine you’re at your favorite coffee shop. Everything about the place is great, except the tables are a bit too close to one another. This makes it difficult to avoid eavesdropping. Your reading tends to zone you out from the conversations of others, but not today. You can’t help but hone in on a conversation between an ardent Trump supporter and one who gladly voted for Hillary. It’s not the various arguments mustered for one candidate over the other that…

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What’s with the Brackets around John 7:52–8:12? – Christian Article

In this excerpt from John for Everyone, esteemed New Testament scholar and professor N. T. Wright—whose books and courses are on sale for just two more days—explains why John 7:52–8:12 is often included in the Gospel, though there are good reasons for its omission. Whether the story “should” be there or not, it can help us better understand John’s Gospel and Jesus’ mission on earth. *** There is a puzzle about this story. It doesn’t really seem to fit here.…

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Remember Why You Left | Klamath Falls Christian Counseling – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); 1 Peter 1:17-19 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. A Christian is someone who has given up on this world.  They no longer…

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Dear Church Member, Your Shepherd Is Also a Sheep – Christian Article

I was trying not to cry as I spoke into the receiver, but I couldn’t hold it in. The tears came, and as a 30-year-old man, I cried into the phone like a 10-year-old boy. It wasn’t pretty. I was speaking with my 60-year-old mentor, and I experienced a great sense of relief as I opened my heart to him. Also, I’m a pastor. Does that strike you as odd in light of my above experience? Does it change your perception…

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The Amazing Calling of Motherhood – Christian Article

By Trillia Newbell The other morning I woke up while my children were still sleeping and began to pray. I started thinking about my identity. Who am I? As I settled into my prayer time, I began to rejoice at the thought that I am a mother. It is part of who I am. To my children, it is my name: Mom. The modern mom doesn’t always like to be identified as a mother. We have names and identities of…

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