Topical Studies


How Can We "Give Thanks in All Things"?

Thankfulness is a complicated state of being. When life is good, and someone is getting what they want, it is easy to achieve. When life is hard, and nothing goes right, it is hard to have a spirit of gratitude. In fact, for many people, difficult times or circumstances are...

5 Things Christians Need to Know about Idolatry

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....

Applying the Wisdom of Proverbs Today

Did you know the book of Proverbs is broken up in such a way that we can read one a day for a month? That's a great way to work in some of the wisdom of this book into your everyday life! Let's take a look at a few passages,...

3 Scary Stories in the Bible - and How God Is Still There

As Halloween approaches, it’s natural for our thoughts to turn to spooky images and tales. Believe it or not, the Bible has its share of scary stories to read. In both the Old and New Testaments, we can find accounts that are as frightening as any horror movie! Reading these...

7 Beautiful Psalms of Praise in the Bible

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.Photo credit: ©Unsplash/Iyan Kurnia...

6 Comforting Truths in Knowing God Sees Us

Longing to be noticed, affirmed and loved is something that many of us may relate to throughout our lives. Whether we desperately want attention from a parent, to be accepted by our peers or to be loved in our relationships with others, we seek to be known and seen for...

Who Is the Bride of Christ in the Bible?

You are betrothed to Christ and he has given you a friend to assist you, but how are you preparing for that day? My prayer for you is that you would not get distracted by other things...and would remain committed and conscious of the reality that the bridegroom is coming....

Why Did the People Choose Barabbas over Jesus?

Just before His crucifixion, Jesus is put before the Jewish people and given a chance of freedom. The crowd is offered the chance to free one prisoner: Jesus, or a man named Barabbas. They make the wrong choice. But when we examine our own hearts, how often have we also...

7 Biblical Tips for Cultivating True Friendships

“Friendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden). The typical expression...

Powerful Advent Prayers For Hope, Peace, Joy and Love

Advent is a wonderful time of celebrating the coming of Jesus and Christmas. Within this busy holiday season, may you use these Advent prayers to find peace and joy in meditation of the gifts of life and Jesus. Here are 8 powerful Advent Prayers for you to use as devotions...

3 Truths to Know about the Righteousness of God

When God sees you he approves of you because you are a bearer of his righteousness. You are justified in his sight. If you let that sink in you will find great reason to rejoice because God sees you and approves of you. As wonderful as knowing the definition, it...

3 Powerful Life Lessons from the Baptism of Jesus

The baptism, or anointing, of our Lord Jesus spans Eternity Past and Eternity Future. The ceremonial act fulfills the signs and symbols anticipated in the Old Testament priesthood and looks toward His substitutionary atonement for sin on the cross....

Is Hell a Real Place?

In 2014, a Pew Research Center poll found that twenty-nine percent of Catholics, eleven percent of Evangelical protestants, and 40 percent of mainline Protestants said they didn’t believe in the existence of hell.Considering the Bible makes mention of hell on several occasions, and because hell exists as a place where...

6 Ways Christians Can "Be Kind to One Another" (Ephesians 4:32)

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32These words from the Apostle Paul are easy to read yet difficult to live out. As forgiven people, it should take little effort to show kindness, compassion, and forgiveness to one another....

Who Are the Two Beasts in Revelation 13?

As you come to Chapter 13 of Revelation John introduces and describes in great detail two beasts: one beast coming up out of the sea and one beast coming up out of the earth. Maybe you have asked the question what are the two beasts in Revelation 13? The short...

10 Books of the Bible Christians Don't Read Enough

Growing up, I always considered the Bible to be rather boring. Parts of it intrigued me as I learned the most popular stories: Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Ark. And then of course fast forward to the New testament where we learn that Jesus was born...

5 Comforts God Offers Today That Will Truly Satisfy

We all seek comfort in some way. Maybe for you it's a hot cup of coffee, a favorite pair of socks, or a talk with a trusted friend. But even the best earthly comforts will fade. Not so with God. If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, turn to God...

Why (and How) Should We Pray the Names of God?

Praying the names of God can be a wonderful reminder of His holy attributes. It can be a way to honor and worship Him. And the peace we receive, by the mere mention of His name, is both comforting and reassuring for the time in which we live....

8 Inspiring Prayers for the Autumn

Autumn is a favorite time of year for many. It is marked by the vibrant colors of turning leaves, the abundance of apples, pumpkins, and flowers, and it prepares us for the long winter season to come. We find in God’s word stunning imagery and metaphors about this time of...

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