February 26th, 2024

Ryan Churchill

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Ryan Churchill, author of The Covenants, Christ, and You, is first and foremost a lover of God’s Word. In everything Ryan writes, his aim and passion is to encourage others to read God's Word as a pathway to worship and intimacy with their Creator. Ryan’s heart is to teach others to engage Scripture with a new lens so they can see themselves through their Father's eyes, through the eyes of covenant. Get Ryan's free devotionals on peace and communion today.

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There’s Hope for the Hopeless in Jesus Christ

Every believer will one day experience a moment of hopelessness. Today's Bible Study to GO reminds us that there's always hope for the hopeless in Jesus.

The Safety and Danger of Psalm 91: Rightly Dividing God’s Promise

Psalm 91 is a favorite of many - even Satan tried to reference it! Let's take a look at its promise of God's safety and the subtle ways we can misinterpret the text.

Do Good Men and Women Really Need a Savior?

Do good people need a Savior? Do really nice people ever need to repent? Here's what our loving Father has to say.

The Bible and Social Media Do’s and Don’ts

Though the Bible is centuries old, there's a solid relationship between the Bible and social media behavior. The connection lies in one word...

From Victory to Fear to Victory: What Are You Doing Here?

Today’s Scripture Lesson: 1 Kings 19 On the Run: Elijah, the Slayer of Baal’s Prophets? We join the story of Elijah, God’s prophet, right after...

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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

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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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