Let’s start this week with a Prayer

An Easter Prayer Lord, thank you for loving us more than life itself. God, life is hard and uncertain. So much pain, hurt, and heartache seems to surround us. And yet, knowing this, You still willingly gave up your life and became God with us and God who rescues us. Thank you. Because of Your sacrifice, we …

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Need some peace? Start here.

You will search for me, and when you search for me with all your heart, you will find me. JEREMIAH 29:13 We’re here for you. Fear, sadness, anxiety, anger. It’s hard to make sound decisions when our emotions are compromised. Take care of your emotional health by actively seeking out peace, encouragement, and truth. For more than 10 …

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Just Added to YouVersion Prayer: Respond to Prayers with Comments!

BIBLE now Jessica Smith commented on a Prayer “Freedom from Fear” No matter what happens, tell God about everything. Ask and pray, and give thanks to him. PHILIPPIANS 4:6 Just a few weeks ago, we told you about the Bible App’s newest feature, YouVersion Prayer. As we were developing this feature over the last several months, we …

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Try Doing this for the First 5 Minutes of Every Day

In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice.  Psalms 5:3 When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you do? Grab your phone and scroll through Instagram? Check texts and emails? Check the news? Those first 5 minutes can set the tone for your whole day. How do your choices during that time make you …

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Introducing… YouVersion Prayer

Honest conversations with God, in community. YouVersion Prayer Update Make Prayer a part of your everyday life. Keep track of the things you’re praying for, including Prayers that you create and Prayers that Friends have sent to you. Invite Friends to pray for you. You can keep a Prayer confidential, where only the people you invite can see it, …

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What is Lent? 4 Different Ways to Practice

Pause for a moment and look outside. What do you see? What makes you smile? Whatever you just described, think about this: what you saw was always there — it was just waiting for you to pause and notice it. That’s the basic purpose of Lent: to create space in the middle of life’s responsibilities to …

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An Advent Prayer on Love

Lord, thank You for loving us so much that You gave Your Son for us, even before we loved You.Thank You for inviting us into Your family.For all of us who are brothers and sisters in faith, please help us to love one another in perfect harmony.Father, please help us to see every person the same …

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COMMENTARY: Becoming numb to mass shootings

What makes this outrageous is that Trump’s own Justice Department has noted that the main domestic terrorist threat comes from white supremacists and neofascists, not from Muslim extremists or anyone on the Left.NNPA NEWSWIRE — There is no easy way to avoid becoming numb to mass shootings and random violence. When you read about it or hear about it or witness it nearly every day and you conclude that it will not change, your mind searches for safety. That “safety” plays itself out in our becoming less shocked and—to be blunt—more accepting of the reality that our children may get killed at school or that our family or friends may get shot at a parking lot or by an outraged former employee at any number of facilities. The mind says to us that we cannot exist on a permanent level of tension and anxiety.