Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!Heir of salvation, purchase of God,Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood. Refrain:This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long; This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long. Perfect submission, perfect delight,Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;Angels, descending, bring from aboveEchoes of mercy, whispers of love. Perfect submission, all is at rest,I in my Savior am happy and blest,Watching and waiting, looking above,Filled with His goodness, lost in His love. Listen to the…

A healthy love of country looks backward and forward, recognizes triumphs and failures, and flows from the head and the heart alike. In the pre-dawn hours of May 15, 1918, Private Henry Johnson was pulling sentry duty with Private Needham Roberts in a French trench that faced the German line just west of the Argonne Forest. Johnson and Roberts were members of the 369th Infantry Regiment from New York. The 369th, known as the “Harlem Hellfighters,” was an African American regiment, one of the first led by Black officers and NCOs in the US Army. The regiment had joined the…

In a world awash with excess possessions, we’re called to see landfill-bound items the way God does. Where do you want your stuff to go when you die? If you’re like most people, as Adam Minter writes in his fascinating book Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale, you want to see someone else find use for your belongings. But the very fact that one might have things to distribute at life’s end has little historical precedence. As Minter writes, “The idea that a person may reach the end of life with more stuff than he or she can…

Morgan Harper Nichols and Ruth Chou Simons are part of a movement to bring beauty, truth, and encouragement to millions scrolling on their phones. Most of our Instagram accounts resemble the modern equivalent of a high school locker: Here are photos of me and my friends, and here are things I find beautiful. Only now, the insides of our lockers are beamed across the world as quickly as we can slam them shut. Instagram gets a lot of flak for being impossibly aspirational and for fueling competition and personal branding. This is especially true among American women, who are substantially…

What does it mean to flip the blessing by blessing others in the way God has blessed us? How can we turn giving into a game and experience an exponential joy in the process? What does the Bible say about blessings? Bible Gateway interviewed Mark Batterson (@MarkBatterson) about his book, Double Blessing: How to Get It. How to Give It. (Multnomah, 2019). [Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, God Still Performs Miracles: An Interview with Mark Batterson] What is the meaning of your book’s title? Mark Batterson: The idea of “Double Blessing” traces all the way back to the prophet…

As Pentecostalism rises in Latin America, so does spiritual and political support for the Holy Land. The United States wasn’t the only country to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this week. Just days after Trump administration officials and American pastors Robert Jeffress and John Hagee attended the historic—and contentious—opening in the holy city, Guatemala did the same. “We have had an excellent relationship with the people of Israel since the foundation of the State of Israel,” President Jimmy Morales told CBN on Wednesday. His Central American country, now the most heavily evangelical nation in Latin America, was…

As you face the storms of life, face them with God at your side – knowing that He is Lord of the rocking boat and Keeper of the waves.