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Everyone gets hurt. If you haven’t been hurt yet, just keep breathing … it will happen. Once hurt, you must decide how you will respond. And you really have only two choices—to forgive or to take revenge. Revenge has many forms. You can withdraw, ignore, retaliate with words or actions, gossip and slander to tear someone down, and on and on. But what you’re saying is this: “You’ve hurt me; therefore, I’m going to take this matter into my hands and hurt you back.”
What is happening to churches in the midst of the Covid-19 Crisis? Join Thom Rainer and John Avant as they talk about what God is doing in churches across America.
Those who understand realize that God’s presence is the greatest of all treasures. If you have His presence, you have everything you need—wisdom, joy, power, peace, direction, love, life itself. But if you do not have His presence—if He is not with you—you have nothing that is valuable or that lasts.
Easter, A.D. 260. I sit at my favorite place along the rocky shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea and watch the Easter sun rise over the city of Carthage. I’m a regular visitor here. I like this spot so much, not only because of the view but because of the privacy. It’s a long, rough walk to get here, and once I sit down behind the stone ruin of a port long abandoned since the Punic wars, I am unlikely to see another living soul.
How can we glorify God in the midst of suffering? John Avant and Gary Witherall break down how believers can honor God in times like these....
Have you realized that your spouse can’t read your mind? We sure have. No matter how long we’ve been together, we keep realizing that our words really matter. What, when, and how we talk to each other makes a huge difference in our marriage. – Brent & Maggie
Watch Dan Cathy (CEO of Chick-fil-A) share how you can live with purpose in these uncertain times.
Join Duck Dynasty Stars Al & Lisa Robertson as they share with us how marriages can actually grow in the midst of the COVID-19 Crisis.
One of the most wonderful things about the Bible is its reality. It depicts man as he really is, with all his doubts and fears and questions. It shows us ourselves … and then it shows us our all-sufficient God.
The world doesn’t love Jesus Christ; and so long as you love Him, it won’t love you either. He spared no words in spelling this out for the disciples: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18–19 ESV).
How should believers think about material things like money and possessions? More to the point, when we have more than enough to “get by,” what should we do with the surplus? God will lead people in different ways, but the important thing is that we ask Him. “Should I hold on to this, or should I pass it along?”
Watch this recent report from John Avant, president of Life Action, as he shares a first-hand report of how God is moving in Tennessee. //vimeo.com/395284397/a05e983b89
Join John Avant, president of Life Action, as he takes you on a virtual hike and shares what God’s been teaching him.
Your answer to that question determines everything about you. If you believe God answers prayer, you will pray often and experience all the benefits of that arrangement with Him. But if for some reason you think that prayer is meaningless—a mere shout into the wind—you will never communicate with God. And you will miss everything that matters and lasts.
It is sad to lose something we value … Our health. Our relationships. Our financial employment. Our possessions. Our house. Our ability to be with others. But there is one loss that is greater than all the rest: The loss of God’s presence. If you have Him, you have all that matters and lasts, for everything flows from the presence of the Lord. But if you do that which aborts the presence of God, you will lose the Source of everything valuable and secure in this life and the next.
There is a phenomenon happening right now during the coronavirus crisis that we must not miss. God is systematically stripping away every idol we worship—and He’s doing it all across the world. Taken away from us are our gods of sports, entertainment, health, wealth, position, and power. One by one, we find that the things we looked to for life and meaning suddenly gone, stripped away by a marauding army of germs we can’t even see.
What you’re doing right now is really important. We know it’s been challenging, and we know things will likely get worse before they get better. But your choice to follow Jesus each day in the midst of great difficulty is really important. Your next yes to God is still the path forward; and in this unique season, an extra helping of faith is required.
Hard times happen … places where our back is against the wall and there seems to be no solution, nowhere to go. When our way has been thwarted or the path seemingly closed. When everything seems impossible and confusing. So, what do we do?
Today, I feel as if I have been taken captive inside my own home by an unseen enemy, the coronavirus. My cellmate is my husband, John Avant, president of Life Action. We are hoping to encourage you through this daily column. Will we survive a few weeks isolated from the world? Or will we end up driving each other insane?
During extraordinary times, God often calls us to extraordinary measures. As president of Life Action, I want all of you who know and love our ministry, everyone who has been praying for national revival, and many who have never heard of us but who are crying out to God in these days, to hear from me at least five days a week during this crisis.