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Month: February 2016

choosing

Choosing Between the Good and the Better

Our children were dressed like princesses and pretending to drive race cars while Matt and I sat catching up after lunch. Even after a several year separation, we fell quickly into a relaxed and honest conversation. Our families had always treasured the natural comfort we shared, but opportunities to catch […]

Are Intergenerational Relationships a Blind Spot in Today’s Church?

I must admit it — I have often tried several wrong roads before finding the right one. To put it a positive spin on it, I’d call myself a “trail blazer.” Despite how blessed I was to be surrounded by many godly family members and friends who sought to teach […]

The Twin Tracks of the Christian Life

The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20, NIV) The apostle Paul describes the Christian life as “the life I live in the body,” but Paul says that he lives this life […]

church

Seven Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About Church

Church is so boring… Or is it? I recently finished the short, but loaded, book How Church Can Change Your Life by pastor and author Josh Moody. In less than 100 pages, Moody responds to ten common questions about church—objections like the above—posed by Christians and non-Christians alike. He covers […]

wait

Five Questions to Consider As You Wait

As a child, I rarely had lofty goals of being a doctor, an astronaut, or a teacher. My dream was to be a mother. When my husband and I married nearly seven years ago, I assumed that bearing a child would be easy, painless, and quick. But perhaps the most […]

God still speaks

God Still Speaks, But Are You Listening?

Through church history and even among our varied denominations, people often use words like, “The Lord spoke to me,” or “I heard the Spirit say,” and still yet, “I have this feeling that the Lord…” I am struck by these comments. They presuppose one thing: God still speaks. Speaking and […]

gospel growth

Uncle Screwtape’s Advanced Strategies against Gospel Growth

My dearest nephew Wormwood, I write you with greater urgency than mere words can convey. Two years ago, your subject crossed the point of no return when leaving the dark kingdom of our Lord and embracing the Enemy’s Son. Luckily for us, he embraced as “gospel truth” some of the […]

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

How strong is your vocabulary? (Click here to find out.) A robust vocabulary can be an advantage in life, or at least it is in Scrabble or Words with Friends. Some people enrich their words by doing crossword puzzles, others by learning a word a day, or by reading (my preferred choice). I know the definitions of the […]

Christianity

Don’t Mistake Slacktivism for Christianity

In the age of social media, political and social activism has taken on a whole new shape. While the old practices of picketing and marching still exist, a far milder form of activism has swept throughout the culture. In fact, it is such a large phenomenon that a whole new […]

all loves excelling

All Loves Excelling

Do you believe in love at first sight? Charles Wesley did. Wesley, the prolific hymn writer and itinerant evangelist, met the love of his life on August 28, 1747. Sarah “Sally” Gwynne, was the twenty-one-year-old daughter of his good friend, Marmaduke Gwynne. Wesley later admitted to Sally in a letter […]

deceitfulness of riches

The Deceitfulness of Riches: Five Diagnostic Questions

And others are sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. (Mark 4:18-19) When Jesus describes the thorns that choke the […]

love

Seven Distinguishing Marks of Genuine Love

I think there may be many of us who wonder what love looks like. You did not see it modeled at home. You have found it difficult to sustain relationships. So you want to know what love looks like. Well, 1 Corinthians 13 is the place to begin. Paul gives […]

fear

Where to Turn When the Fear Is Real

This past year, my family went through a season of being uncomfortably uprooted and led in a direction of several unknowns. Through a series of events, it became clear that the Lord was asking us to make some major life changes, drastically affecting our comfort level, lifestyle, and future plans. […]

seasoned with salt

Are Your Words Seasoned with Salt?

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:6) For centuries, salt has been used as seasoning to give flavor to foods and as a preservative to prevent meat from decaying. Over the years, it’s found many […]

stealing

Bible Q&A: Is It Stealing to Look for the Lowest Price?

Question: Pastor Colin said in one of his sermons that stealing is trying to get as much as possible while giving as little as possible. So, if I fill up at the gas station with the lowest price, is that stealing? Answer: This is Pastor Tim from Unlocking the Bible. Thank you […]

comfort

The Merciful Relationship Between Affliction and Comfort

One of my best friends and I are each part of what we jokingly call the other’s “inner circle.”  He and I both prefer to have a handful of close friends rather than a big group of casual friends. We both take friendship very seriously, and we’ve put each other […]

scared to pray

For People Who Are Scared to Pray

I used to think I was bad at prayer. It may sound funny to say it like that; after all, is prayer some kind of accomplishment? Do they hand out trophies for praying? Nevertheless, that’s how I felt. If I was in a small group, and someone needed to read […]

correction

I Stand (Theologically) Corrected

My face fell as my pastor-husband gave me his honest feedback. I had been working on an article for close to a week, about a theological topic that I felt very passionate about as well as confident in my ability to teach. He corrected various aspects of the article and […]

idol

The Idol Named Sport

Over the past few weeks, I’ve intentionally tried to find quiet moments to search my heart, asking God to reveal in me ways I can grow and develop as a mother, wife, employee, daughter, friend, and as a child of the Most High God. One particular day, during the mundane […]

effective prayer

Five Keys to Effective Prayer

“Watson, come here! I want to see you!” With these famous words, Alexander Graham Bell catapulted himself into instant historic notoriety as the inventor of the first practical telephone. During a June 2, 1875 experiment by Bell and his assistant, Thomas Watson, the telephone as we know it was born. […]