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The Miracle That Led to the Miracle of Pentecost

The Miracle That Led to the Miracle of Pentecost

“Judas called Barsabbas” joined a long list of unknown people whose faithfulness changed history. Now it’s our turn. If you have met the risen Christ personally, you have an obligation to pay forward the grace you have experienced. Every person you meet is someone for whom Jesus died. If you’re thinking right now that your life cannot make a difference in our broken world, guess where that thought is coming from. While history may not record your name, every person you influence for Jesus will be marked for eternity by your faithfulness.

Bible Reading Hits Historic Low in the U.S., Survey Finds: It's a 'Tremendous Opportunity' for the Church

Bible Reading Hits Historic Low in the U.S., Survey Finds: It's a 'Tremendous Opportunity' for the Church

Bible reading and usage are at an all-time low in the United States, according to new data from the American Bible Society’s State of the Bible Survey. The data also shows that despite the discouraging news about Bible usage, half of Americans believe the Bible includes “everything a person needs to know to live a meaningful life.”

Why Is a Thriving Church So Important? 10 Christian Leaders Explain

Why Is a Thriving Church So Important? 10 Christian Leaders Explain

The church has been a central part of the Christian faith since New Testament times. We are even said to be living in the "Church Age." Today, there is such a wide spectrum of church types, denominations, and ways of conducting a worship service and leading a congregation. The health of the global Church is more important now than ever, and while innovative approaches to church outreach may be helpful, it's of utmost importance to have God's Word, prayer, and clear preaching of the Gospel as central to a church's mission. These 10 Christian leaders, from past and present, offer insight into marks of a healthy church and warning signs that a church is going down the wrong path. Is your church being faithful to the Great Commission and offering Gospel-centered worship each week?

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7 Businesses You May Not Have Known are Run by Christians

7 Businesses You May Not Have Known are Run by Christians

There are many Christian-run businesses out there, including some really high-profile ones. Here are seven of them--some of which we bet you didn't know were Christian-based! As Christians called to be good stewards of our resources, it's important to be educated on where we're spending our money. Next time you are looking to make a purchase, perhaps you may want to seek out these faith-focused places of business.

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The Healing Power of Singing the Psalms amid Suffering

The Healing Power of Singing the Psalms amid Suffering

The Psalms explore the full range of human emotions from a God-centered perspective. Some Psalms leap off the page as they call worshippers of the one true God to lift their voices up to him with thankfulness and joy. We also see Psalms in which the writer laments the horrible position he finds himself in. The Psalmists speak to God honestly about the pain they are facing. They speak clearly and honestly about their pain. When Christians sing songs that sound like the lament Psalms, we gain a vocabulary for how we talk to God when we are suffering.

10 Times God Used Animals to Accomplish His Purposes

10 Times God Used Animals to Accomplish His Purposes

Throughout history, God has shown that He can use any part of His Creation to accomplish His purposes. We are likely familiar with God's use of water in Noah's flood, His use of fish or bread in Jesus' miracle of feeding thousands of people, or many other examples. But have you ever considered how God specifically uses animals for His glory? There are many examples of this both in biblical times and also in modern times. It is also important to note that God values caring well for the creatures He created. Proverbs 12:10 says, "The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel." Here are 10 instances in which God used various animals He created to accomplish His purposes or even to work miracles!

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Delivering Hope in Times of Crisis

Delivering Hope in Times of Crisis

At a time when everyone is frightened and no one knows what to expect, with many unanswered questions, it is so helpful that we have the unchanging Word of God to share. While we can’t provide answers about the immediate future, we can provide bedrock truth about the hope of eternity. And while we have no guarantees of peace in this lifetime, we can share about the Prince of Peace who will guard our hearts and keep our minds at perfect peace when our thoughts are focused on Him.

Did Christ Really Rise from the Dead? 4 Confirmations That We Serve a Risen Lord

Did Christ Really Rise from the Dead? 4 Confirmations That We Serve a Risen Lord

Easter is quickly approaching and many of us are turning our thoughts toward the Resurrection of Christ.

Easter is a time to rejoice in such a central tenet of the Christian faith. Easter is also a good time to ponder the truth of Christianity more deeply, and specifically look at the evidence for Christ's Resurrection.

It is so important as a Christian to be assured of the truth of the Resurrection because as the Apostle Paul states, “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (I Corinthians 15:13-14).

To that end, here are four pieces of evidence to show that Christ truly did rise from the dead and we have much to rejoice about this Easter.

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