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7 Sneaky Ways Satan Stops You from Praying

We start our morning with good intentions to have our devotional or quiet time with the Lord, and then somehow, the day slips away before we ever get around to it. We promise ourselves we’ll make time to pray before bed, but then exhaustion or sleepiness overtakes us, and soon we’re sound asleep.Satan doesn’t want us praying and listening to our Father in Heaven, so he will use his emissaries to intervene, interfere, or interrupt our conversations with the Lord. Really, prayer is just that, a simple conversation with God. Talking to Him about praises, requests, concerns, feelings, hopes, dreams... and then listening for His still small voice answering us through the Holy Spirit.The more aware we become of Satan’s sneaky tactics to stop us from praying, the better prepared we’ll be to combat and conquer them. See if any of the following satanic ruses have happened to you, and consider trying some of the solutions offered to victory in praying with your Lord and Savior.You who love the Lord, hate evil! He protects the lives of his godly people and rescues them from the power of the wicked. Ps. 97:10 NLTPhoto Credit: ©GettyImages/tommaso79

5 Profound Reasons Why Showing Up Matters in Christianity

A famous adage says, "Half of life is just showing up." Although people may dismiss this statement, there's some truth to it. While technology tries to replace in-person church attendance, small groups, and other in-person communication, connection and intimacy can only be achieved through events that we do in groups or one-on-one. Technology cannot replace the connection and community we receive when we attend something in person. We make friends and receive strength, correction, and grace when we need it the most. Furthermore, when we attend in-person events, we not only receive encouragement from the people around us, but we give encouragement as well. Here are some reasons why showing up matters in Christianity:
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What Should a Pastor's Primary Passion Be?

Consultants tell businessmen and pastors alike that to achieve the highest level of success, one must have a passion for growing his business or his church. What is your passion? What drives you? What springs you out of bed in the morning and still has you going late in the evening when normal people would be watching television?

Is it Wrong for Churches to Play Secular Music?

While playing secular music in church seems culturally sensitive, there is the danger of it backfiring, in that many unchurched newcomers come to the church to seek a different approach to life and their problems. Thus, hearing pop or country music may just do the opposite of being attractive.

How to Be Careful about Politicizing Your Spirituality

The “political stumping” pastor runs the risk of alienating half his audience by focusing on politics over people. Admittedly, I often boast following a Volunteers win over Kentucky or an extended winning streak of the Atlanta Braves despite the opposition’s presence in the pews. They know that my high-pitched tone will be short-lived after the inevitable big loss.Sunday morning pastors have the challenging task of eliciting a response from a congregation of mixed loyalties, ages, and circumstances. He wants to preach the gospel but often must connect that gospel to culture and contemporary issues. With that connection, however, inevitably comes political parties or candidates and their respective social issues. Those issues – such as same-sex marriage, legalization of drugs, gun control, and abortion – often birth division within a church body. The pastor will often attach stances to the issues of one party or another. However, no one appreciates being “force-fed” politics.Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/lawcain

How Are Women Uniquely Equipped to Serve the Church?

If we all take a good look at what is happening within our churches, we’ll most likely hear, read about, and see groups of women focused on numerous tasks. Both women’s and men’s activities within the church are important, but why are so many women involved in the church? What are today's churches doing well in connecting with women, and how can women use their unique talents and abilities to reach more for the Kingdom?Photo credit: ©Getty Images/SouthWorks

5 Signs Your Church Might Be Heading toward Progressive Christianity

Several years ago, my husband and I began attending a local Evangelical, non-denominational church, and we loved it. We cherished the sense of community we found among the loving and authentic people we met there, and the intelligent, "outside the box" pastor who led our flock with thought-provoking and insightful sermons. Sadly, the church started going off the rails theologically, and after about a year and a half, we made the difficult decision to leave. Today that church is a self-titled "Progressive Christian Community."Back then I had never heard of "Progressive Christianity," and even now it is difficult to pin down what actually qualifies someone as a Progressive Christian, due to the diversity of beliefs that fall under that designation. However, there are signs—certain phrases and ideas—that seem to be consistent in Progressive circles. Here are 5 danger signs to watch for in your church:Photo Courtesy: NeOnbrand/Unsplash

10 Things the Church Must Repent of Today

As someone who’s been a Christian for a number of years, I have come to realize that no church is perfect. Even churches that preach the Scriptures rightly have some deficiencies among their members. Either way, the church is in an ongoing process of sanctification leading towards Christlikeness, meaning repentance must occur. In this article, I will list and explain ten things that the church must repent of today. Not only does this list apply to the congregation but to preachers as well. May we all grow in continued repentance before the Lord.Photo Credit: ©Getty Images/Drew Buzz

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