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Why is the Abortion Industry Run by Women? (Rebekah Merkle) 

We can’t debate our way out of this madness because self-destructive frenzy can only be dealt with by prayer and fasting. Rational arguments and reasoned discourse don’t work on insanity. But we can look to Christ who is certainly capable of taking us by the hand and lifting us up.

4 Things to Remember After You Have Sinned (Adriel Sanchez) 

If you have been tempted to believe that God is done with you because of your failures, consider your advocate, Jesus, who is praying for you and guides you with his pierced hands.

What I Learned on My Week Long Digital Fast (Kevin DeYoung) 

How would you do with a one week digital fast? A professor (and his family) decided to take the challenge with his students. Read the rules they followed and the results he experienced. 



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How God Changes Hearts for His Glory (Michael Reeves)

When the Father sends his Spirit to open blind eyes to the glories of Christ and to melt proud hearts, then hearts will indeed be won, and hatred for God turned to love. The means God uses are his own Word and truth.

8 Ways to Welcome People with Disabilities into Your Church (Heather Peacock)

For people with disabilities, taking part in church life can be difficult. The mother of a girl who has faced some significant health challenges gives ideas on how to do a better job of welcoming people with disabilities into the church. 

The Insanity of Leaning on Our Own Understanding (Jon Bloom)

In exercising faith — trusting fully in the Lord and not leaning on our own understanding — we’re not setting aside our intellect. We’re resting our intellect upon the intellect of God. Nothing is wiser or saner.



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Sing Your Heart Out at Church (Even if You Hate the Music) Brett McCracken

We may have different worship-style comfort zones, but we’re worshiping the same God. That’s why, whether we’re Presbyterian or Pentecostal, we shouldn’t let our worship preferences get in the way of our worship participation.

5 Things Singles Wish Married Couples Knew (Jennifer Grisham) 

Ask your single friends what being single means to them. Try to understand their experiences. Be a safe person to talk with. Married couples, love your single friends well. They’ll thank you for it.

9 Bible Verses for Depression to Shine Light into Darkness (Stephen Altrogge) 

There are scriptures for depression. These verses shine light into dark places, give hope to the hopeless, and allow the depressed person to have God’s perspective rather than their own dismal view.


This One Commitment Will Keep Your Marriage Together (Kevin Carson)

What is one thing you can do to keep your marriage from failing? (It might not be what you think.)

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11 Statistical Tips for a Health Marriage (Facts & Trends) 

Millions of Americans celebrate love on Valentine’s Day. Here are several statistical facts that can help a marriage start off healthy and stay that way for the long run.

4 Grave Dangers in Every Sin (Tim Challies) 

Don’t be deceived. You can’t sin without consequence. That’s not the way God has structured his world. It’s not the way God has structured his people.

Right and Wrong Ways to Pray (Clint Archer) 

If something is important to you, you will research how to ask for it properly. But often when people want something from God, they put no thought into how to frame their petitions. They assume God will accept any request, from anyone, in any format. Here are six insights on the wrong way to pray.



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5 Ways Satan Seeks to Undermine Gospel Work Among Muslims (Randy Alcorn) 

Over the past 27 years, many Muslims have come to Christ. However, 98% are still living in deception. Let us stay on the alert and be aware of Satan’s schemes. Let’s pray for workers to take the good news to Muslims.

Who Watches Porn? 3 Key Predictors of Porn Use (Jay Stringer)

Sexual brokenness can lead to redemption. The journey to freedom begins through identifying the reasons that bring you to it and addressing them. Jay Stringer identifies three predictors of pornography  use he found in his study group of men and women.

9 Things You Should Know About the Winter Olympics (Joe Carter) 

 The 2018 Winter Olympic officially started in PyeongChang, South Korea. Do you know the history of the Winter Olympics? Read about the origin, the reviving, some interesting facts and more in this article by Joe Carter.



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Cultural Indicators: The Fertility Rate (Joe Carter)

What does a decline in the fertility rate mean to our country? What does it mean for the Christian community? Let’s be prepared for upcoming ministry opportunities to our elderly population.

Spiritual Practices Common to Kids Who Flourish as Adults (Trevin Wax) 

Concerned about raising children that have a real and lasting faith? Don’t underestimate the Spirit’s power to work through the environment you create for your home. Here are some things to consider as you raise your children.


How to Seize Your Commute as a Christian (David Qaoud)

Time spent in the car may seem wasted and frustrating. Consider how you can use your car time for spiritual growth. Here are some suggestions. What has worked for you?



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What About the Most Contested Verse in the Gender Debate? (Denny Burk)  

We can have opinions, experience, rational. The bottom line for us is, “What does the Bible say? Whose reading of scripture is correct? How then are we to order our lives together in churches as we meet together for worship?”

The Incredible Testimony as a Former Gymnast Confronts Her Sexual Abuser in Court (Justin Taylor)  

What she said directly to the man—who gratified himself off of her innocence and abused countless other girls in a malicious and manipulative way—is an incredible testimony to the grace and justice of Jesus Christ.

5 Lies Christians Tell About Money (Chris Cagle) 

Finances. They can be challenging! Most can offer reasons (or excuses) for their decisions. Yet often they’re acting based on misconceptions about what Scripture teaches. We need to have an accurate, comprehensive view of biblical personal finance. To that end, here are five common misconceptions....



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What does the Bible Teach about Abortion? (Jesse Johnson) 

Take a look at eight biblical truths about abortion.

5 Verses Used to Justify Abortion (Jesse Johnson) 

He claims to be a Christian. Four years ago he began serving his life-sentence for the murders he committed as an abortion doctor in Philadelphia. From jail he wrote a biblical defense of abortion doctors.Read more about Dr. Kermit Gosnel and his twisted and misguided ideas.

How You Can Resolve to Help the Vulnerable This Year (Christ Britton) 

God values the vulnerable, and one of the ways we can be more like him is to care for the vulnerable ones around us. Here are a few ways to help the vulnerable. #ccfwreads http://bit.ly/2FXutJl



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Blank Slate: Forgive us our Debts as We Forgive (Clint Archer) 

Ask forgiveness daily, and grant forgiveness lavishly, and pray with a clear conscience: Forgive us our sins for we forgive those who are indebted to us. This will help you enjoy the blessing of a clean slate.


6 Cracks in a Secular Worldview (Rebecca McLaughlin) 

When our friends hear the claims of Jesus, they wonder why we’d believe such fantastical things when there is a perfectly rational, coherent view of the world available to us. But if we look at the secular ground on which we supposedly all stand, we’ll realize it’s more like pack ice floating away from land. And there are cracks in the ice. Here are six of them. 


4 Reason Contract Surrogacy Should Not Be Legal in Washington State (Joseph Blackholm)

A short video of Family Policy Institute President, Joseph Backholm, talking about 4 Reasons Contract Surrogacy should not be legal In Washington state.



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In 2018, Don’t Forget Humility (Eric Davis) 

When making your goals for the new year, have you considered taking some steps towards the virtue?

15 Gospel-Centered Marriage Books on Communication, Conflict Resolution and Forgiveness (Bob Kellemen) 

Looking to grow in your marriage? Or help someone who is struggling? Here are some resources that may help.  

The 100 Most Influential “Evangelicals” in America (Tim Challies) 

Newsmax compiled a list of the 100 most influential evangelicals in America? What does this list reflect?



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Bible Reading Plans for 2018 

Why not make a plan to read the Bible everyday in 2018? Here are several ideas to help you get started. #ccfwreads http://bit.ly/2CfprXc

3 Ways to Share the Gospel (Matt Smethurst) 

Let's be intentional in 2018. People need to hear the good news about Jesus Christ, and there is no one-size-fits-all prescription for how that has to happen. It just has to happen.

18 Prayers to Pray for Unbelievers (Tim Challies) 

You may want to print this out to guide you as you pray for the unbelievers in your life.


Three Ways to Conquer Worry (Greg Laurie)

Worry is the termite gnawing its way through our joy. Is it inevitable? Is it really such a bad thing? What can help eradicate it?

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The Confusion at Christmas (video by John MacArthur) 

John MacArthur answers the question: "How do God’s people keep His Son at the center of their Christmas celebrations? And how do we avoid the worldly temptations and influences that ramp up at this time of the year?" 

He Lay in the Manger Without Leaving Heaven (Gavin Ortlund) 

The miracle we celebrate each year at Christmas (the incarnation, when the Son of God became a man) raises a question about this theology. Was he still omnipresent in, say, the year AD 10, while walking around Nazareth as a boy? Or what about while he was a baby — can we really imagine that, at the same time, he filled the entire universe, governing every quark and star?  

How to Annoy Unbelievers Less This Christmas (Clint Archer) 

Are you expecting to celebrate Christmas with unbelievers? How do you respond in that situation? Paul said to expect unbelievers to behave like unbelievers. Here's some biblical insight.



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Christian Baker Jack Phillips Gets His Day in Court (Denny Burk)  

What will the supreme court decide? If the court gets this right, it will have gone a long way to upholding our first freedom in the Bill of Rights. If the court gets this wrong, it will have gone a long way to undermine it.

How You Can Reveal the Glory of Christ to Others (Amy K. Hall)

"...biggest divide between Christians and non-Christians is not whether or not they think Christianity is true but whether or not they think Christianity is beautiful....Everything we say and do is an opportunity to reveal His glory to others."

Joy to the World: A Christmas Hymn Reconsidered (Alyssa Poblete) 

We sing "Joy to the World" at Christmas but is it really a song about the birth of Jesus? Read more of the story about the song and the writer.  



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9 Things You Should Know About Sexual Misconduct (Joe Carter) 

We have been hearing allegations of sexual misconduct. Here different forms are explained.   

Sexual Assault and the Scandal of Repentance (Trevin Wax) 

How should the church respond to the sexual offender? The church must be unflinching in its naming of sin. And yet the church must also not shrink back from the call to repentance.

What Does #MeToo Have to Do with You? (Laurie Nichols) 

#MeToo is a cry both to be known and to be known collectively. We are better together than we are apart. Those of us who have carried silent pain know what it’s like to finally be heard. Will you care enough to listen when someone shares their story?


Money Tips for a Successful Marriage - From a Successful Marriage (Cali Pitchel, withjoy.com)

Finances can be a tricky subject in marriage. Here's a list of wise financial ideas from a long-married couple.

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Trends in Global Christianity (Lifeway Facts & Trends)

The stats project changes in Christianity around the world. Do the trends point to a future global church that is different from today's?


Open Letter to My Daughter About Her Body (Allison Burr) 

A mother writes a letter to her middle school daughter that is valuable for all women. For the sake of your heart and your soul, I want to share five truths to help anchor your identity in Christ and crystallize the purpose for which he created your body.


Get the Facts About Jack Phillips, the Cake Maker (John Stronestreet) 

You may think you have the facts from listening to the news. If you want to hear the real back story, check this out.


Instilling Gratitude in Your Family (Julie Lowe)

What hinders us from being grateful for what we have? And what can we do to cultivate gratitude in our homes?

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4 Keys to Effective Debating (James Whilte/Clint Archer) 

If you want to debate effectively here are four key points to help you prepare. 

Don’t Be That Guy: 30 No’s in Paul’s Letters (Tony Reinke) 

Paul paints the contours of the Christian life with darkened shadows of opposites - teaching us what to be by warning us what not to be. In these juxtapositions we better understand the will of God for our lives, as we live out the power of Christ's death and resurrection on our behalf.

Two Things That Should Be Obvious (Kevin DeYoung) 

Let us never excuse what we should condemn - in others or in ourselves. Sin is ugly, and no less so when committed by beautiful or powerful people. Father, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.


Sexual Boundaries in Marriage (ACBC)

"It is biblical for Christians to celebrate sex within marriage." But are there any boundaries to be observed?

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Another Shooting, This Time in a Church: How Should We Respond? (Ed Stetzer) 

Someday, Jesus will to return and finish the job of restoring and remaking this earth. Until then, we do live in a world with real pain and problems caused by human brokenness. Yet, God offers us hope for a day when earthly storms and suffering will be no more. This, my friends, is the gospel of hope that our world desperately needs to hear.


Tragedy in Texas: Christian Testimony in the Face of Evil (Al Mohler) 

This particular attack in Texas highlights the fact that Christians are not immune from this kind of heartbreak. We cannot understand exactly what that congregation in that community is experiencing, but we do understand heartbreak, and we know that heartbreak is at the very center of their experience at this moment.


Why Church Shootings Don’t Intimidate the Church (Russell Moore) 

The days ahead will be awful for the grieving community of Sutherland Springs. But one thing is certain: Come Sunday, they will be gathered again, singing and praying and opening the Word. 


two sides of the counseling coin (heath lambert)

One coin, two sides, two distinctions: historical and dispositional. These are fine distinctions, but both are needed to make the whole.

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Here We Stand (Albert Mohler) 

Theological Reform. It began 500 years ago. Is it needed today? What do we stand on?

Here He Stood (John Piper) 

Here Luther stood, and here we stand. Not on the pronouncements of popes, or the decisions of councils, or the winds of popular opinion, but on “that word above all earthly powers” — the living and abiding word of God. 

The Proven Path to Mental Health (Jon Bloom) 

The proven path to our soundest mental health is a robust, holistic trust in everything and every circumstance, in the triune Christian God.


Does a Good God Want Me in a Bad Marriage? (Sabrina Beasley McDonald)

"Most marriages deal with miscommunication, financial disagreement, and selfish attitudes." The author encourages reconciliation in spite of these issues.