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7 Powerful Promises for the Discouraged Heart

It’s easy to get discouraged.Discouragement comes to everyone, regardless of race, social status, or financial situation. People think money or material wealth can fix life, but tragedy finds the rich, too. Crisis and brokenness are no respecter of persons. The rain falls on the just and unjust alike (Matthew 5:45).The first written book of the Bible is Job, a story where a man gets hit with tragedy after tragedy, and in his grief, he questions the goodness and justice of God. Job not only quits, but he wishes he had never been born.Most of us go through far less than Job, but crises cause us all to lose hope at times. We get discouraged.As Job is a prime example, the Bible isn’t ignorant of this reality. God’s word understands our plight and addresses it head-on. Through our discouragement, God comforts us and calls us to hope in his absolute goodness.Here are seven powerful promises for the discouraged heart.Photo Credit:©Unsplash/Jude Beck

Easter Sunday Morning - 10 Things We Should Know That Happened

There has been considerable controversy over the differences between Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and their respective descriptions of what happened on Easter Sunday morning. But the differences are not discrepancies. In other words, all four accounts, in my opinion, are complementary and perfectly compatible with one another. When we compare and align the four gospel accounts of the resurrection of Jesus, we derive the following ten truths.1. The women who witnessed the crucifixion were committed to caring for JesusThe first thing of importance for us to note is the commitment of several women who had witnessed the crucifixion and had helped in the burial of Jesus. They agreed to return on Sunday morning, after the Sabbath, to finish preparation of his body. Two women in particular, Joanna and Susanna, already had in their possession the spices needed to anoint Jesus (Luke 23:55-24:1). Early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene, the other Mary, and Salome went to the market to purchase additional spices with which to anoint and prepare Jesus’ body. These spices were used to offset odors that resulted from decomposition.The fact that they agreed to return to the tomb on Sunday indicates that they had no expectations of an immediate resurrection of Jesus from the dead.Get your FREE Easter Prayer and Scripture Guide here. Print and share hese beautiful prayers and Scripture as you celebrate Easter Sunday!Photo Courtesy: ©GettyImages/RomoloTavani

10 Powerful Facts About the Cross of Christ & The Crucifixion of Jesus

Not too long ago a book was published with the title: What was God doing on the Cross? It appears that two questions are being asked, not one.First, “What was God doing on the cross?” Why was the God-man impaled on a Roman gibbet? Doesn't it seem shocking that God should be crucified?Second, “What was God doing on the cross?” Once we've agreed that the God-man was on the cross, we wonder, “what was he doing there?” What was he accomplishing through the crucifixion of Jesus? To what end and for what purpose was Jesus, the God-man, suffering?The problem is that there are growing numbers of Christians who are having an increasingly difficult time answering that question. The reason for this is threefold:(1) a diminishing sense of God's holiness;(2) a diminishing sense of mankind's sinfulness; and(3) an inordinately increasing sense of self-worth.Whereas I affirm the need for a proper self-image, I fear that many are fast becoming so impressed with themselves that they can't help but wonder why Jesus had to die for them at all! But when we look at the Scripture, we realize that the God-man, Jesus, was on the cross suffering the eternal penalty we deserved because of the infinity of God's holiness and the depths of our depravity.Discover 10 Powerful Facts about Jesus on the Cross and the Crucifixion:Photo Courtesy: Thinkstock

What Is the Importance of the Triumphal Entry?

Choosing a donkey held symbolism for Jesus because, in those days, kings rode donkeys. He was coming into Jerusalem humbly but also showing His connection to Davidic royalty. His reign would be unlike any other the people had known.

10 Lessons on Prayer from the Lives of Elizabeth and Mary in the Bible

The names Mary and Elizabeth have always been special to me.I was born the seventh and last child in an Irish Catholic family. I was the only one my Dad insisted on naming for some reason. Instead of the then “popular” names my mom chose for my siblings, my Dad chose to name me Mary Elizabeth– after Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Elizabeth, her cousin.While I’ve read of them each time I read through the gospels, I stopped to take a closer look at their prayers and what they could teach us about our own prayer lives.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/Jorisvo

Who Was Saul of Tarsus?

Saul was a religiously devoted man who was zealous in his beliefs. And he had the education to back it up. Think of your rising star seminary student. But as the story fills out a bit more, we see that Saul’s zeal motivated him to “destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison” (Acts 8:3).

7 Powerful Lessons from the Fall of the Walls of Jericho

This moment is incredibly important because the Israelites have finally entered the land promised to them by God and they go on to successfully conquer the first city along their journey. The fallen walls of Jericho became a key affirmation that God was fulfilling His promise to them, and that God would be with them as they took possession of the Promised Land.

10 Funny Bible Quotes and What They Really Mean

All of Scripture is divinely inspired, but some verses are funnier than others. Some verses are funny in a laugh-out-loud kind of way, others in a strange way. However, looking at the context of even the strangest Bible stories shows that there is more going on than we imagine.Here are 10 of the funniest Bible quotes, with notes on where each quote comes from and what we can learn from it.Editor's Note: Some of the Bible verses quoted here contain references to gore or other mature material that may upset some readers.Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/studio-fi

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