The World Is Praying for America. Thank You.

Over the past two decades, I’ve spent much of my time overseas. I’ve visited 40 countries so far, and I keep going back to some of the same nations because I’ve built close friendships with people from Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. My travel has been restricted during the pandemic, but not one day goes by when I don’t speak with at least a dozen overseas friends.

Why Is the Gift of Speaking in Tongues So Awkward?

Churches across the world will commemorate the day of Pentecost this next Sunday, whether they meet online or in their buildings. Most will celebrate the need for the Holy Spirit’s power, and they might read Acts 2:1-4, which tells how the Spirit’s flame rested on all the disciples who prayed in the upper room that day.

God Has Pushed a Big Reset Button

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for three months, you know gasoline is at record low prices. I paid $1.25 a gallon last week in Georgia. Some states are reporting prices below a dollar a gallon.

Don’t Lose Sleep Over Scary Conspiracy Theories

Back in March when the COVID-19 crisis erupted, the U.S. government created a website called “coronavirus rumor control.” It was an attempt to squash some of the bizarre theories people were hearing, including the bogus idea that the National Guard was being dispatched, with machine guns and tanks, to force everyone to stay inside their homes.

How COVID-19 Will Bring a Fresh Move of Holy Spirit

With more than 35 years of experience in management, Russell Helwig knows more than a little bit about encouragement and how important it is for leaders—especially church leaders—to provide that in times of crises.

Pray for the Nations Suffering in This Lockdown

Americans living in their comfortable suburbs are quick to scold people for not staying indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic. We work from home on our expensive laptops, buy our essential items on Amazon, order in pizza and wear designer masks—and then condemn people who want to venture back to “nonessential jobs” because they can’t pay their rent.

You Can Have a Personal Pentecost During This Quarantine

I’m an impatient guy. When the COVID-19 crisis shut down everything in March, I wanted things to get back to normal fast. I don’t like quarantines. I’m an extrovert, so I hate being isolated. I miss my gym. I miss eating out. And I miss church meetings!

What First Century Christians Could Teach Us Today

Growing up in a country like America where we get to vote and influence the government, it’s difficult to imagine what it would feel like to live under an absolute monarchy. Or a tyrannical dictatorship. Or an oppressive, all-controlling regime. Yet the early followers of Jesus not only lived in such environments, but they flourished and grew. What can we learn from these early believers? What would they teach us today?

In This Time of Social Distancing, Call Your Friends

I have a friend in Virginia—I’ll call him “Kevin”—who is struggling with depression. He lost his job because his company isn’t an “essential” business. A part-time pastor, Kevin had big dreams about growing his young church, but now he’s struggling to connect with his congregation through social media and online broadcasts.

Mental and Spiritual Tactics to Facedown COVID-19

L.C. (Larry) Fowler, a graduate of Basic Underwater Demolition SEAL (BUD/S) Class ’89, an invited guest at the White House, has trained along with Christian personnel across the globe, including Pakistan, Indonesia, and China. He argues that to follow Christ today requires Navy SEAL-like toughness. That opinion seems more relevant than ever in facing the coronavirus.

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