June 14th, 2024

Drea Frost

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Blogger. Lover of fashion and life. Speaker. Drea is passionate about encouraging and uplifting others. Her goal is to inspire young women and let them know that anything is possible through Christ.

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An Invitation to Heal from Fear and Anxiety

Fear and anxiety are not our trusted companions as believers in Jesus Christ. God is ready and willing to bring lasting joy, restoration, and healing.

Batter Up: Trust God Through the Curveballs of Life

Like the batter at home plate, we're all anticipating the curveballs of life. The good news is that we can trust God with anything life throws our way.

Jesus is the Calm for Every Emotional Rollercoaster

Life is filled with emotional rollercoasters, but the arms of Jesus is our safe place.

Revenge for What? God Will Fight for You

When Offense Strikes, Revenge Draws Nigh When a bad situation arises or someone does you wrong, typically the first thing we want to do is...

All Things Work Together for Good, not Bad

All Things = Everything When life and circumstances bombard you, can you still believe that all the issues you may be facing are working together...

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Are State Laws the Solution to Kids’ Access to Porn?

As data continues to show the harms of viewing porn, particularly for children, support for stricter legal limits on pornographers has grown.

The Burial: A Glimpse Into the Life of William Gary

The Burial: Based on a True Events About Inspired by true...

Pandemic Restrictions Had No Lasting Effect on Churches, Study Finds

Even in states where regulations were severe, most congregations moved on quickly. Jeff Schoch was ready to be done with COVID-19 health safety regulations. Like most ministers in the US, the pastor of Crossroads Bible Church in San Jose, California, did his best to comply with the many pandemic rules imposed by state and local governments. But as soon as they were lifted, he wanted to put them all behind him. He quickly tore down the state-mandated signs about social distancing, hand washing, and masks. “I got rid of every visual reminder in the church,” Schoch told CT. “I was anxious, personally, to make that a memory.” Across the country, Protestant congregations are dealing with the long-term impacts of the pandemic. A new, extensive study by Arbor Research Group and ChurchSalary, a ministry of Christianity Today, found that a lot of pastors are still in crisis. Some furloughed staff members haven’t gone back to work. And even when attendance numbers have rebounded, there are still people missing from many congregations. Christian leaders will likely be grappling with the fallout from COVID-19 for years to come. But, surprisingly, state-level pandemic restrictions had no measurable, lasting impact on American churches. Even in places like San Jose—where the county government imposed some of the strictest rules in the country, the restrictions changed frequently, and authorities aggressively went after churches they said failed to comply—pastors like Schoch were able to just move on. The data doesn’t show any adverse effects from the government regulations. Eric Shieh, a research consultant for Arbor Research, said that surprised him. “You would think that the restrictions made things tougher for churches. They didn’t meet as much, and so you’d ...Continue reading...
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