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Topic: Perseverance

heart of faith

How to Cultivate a Heart of Faith

Sooner or later, the unexpected—even the unthinkable—will rip through our lives like a Category 5 hurricane. Will our faith survive the gale-force winds? That depends on whether we are sound of heart or slow of heart—whether we have cultivated a robust faith or merely scattered seeds of belief across the […]

bread of life

Be Nourished by the Bread of Life

About four years ago, I experienced my first full-blown panic attack. Those experiences accumulated, and I grew to have increasing difficulty with leaving my home. I remember willfully dumping myself into the passenger seat to be driven to my parents’ nearby home—only to feel an urgent pull two minutes later […]

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Where Grieving People Can Find Hope Today

Video Notes: What in the world could a person call to mind – when their soul has no peace, when they have forgotten what happiness is, when their endurance has perished, and their hope is gone – that would make it possible to say, “This I call to mind and […]

waiting

God Never Wastes Your Waiting

Microwaves. Instant downloads. Express lanes. Remote-start cars. We’re a culture that knows what we want—and we want it now. Feasting on entitlement and instant gratification, we hate delays in traffic, food service, and the Internet. My coworker says we live in a drive-thru society and because of that we’ve developed aversions to any […]

weak

For the Person Who Feels Weak

There’s no denying it. I am weak to the core. My body is weak as it continues to be beaten down by Lyme disease and its devastating effects. My mothering abilities feel weak as I grow weary caring for four sick children who are also being ravaged by this awful […]

secret to being content

The Secret to Being Content

Desire is an interesting thing. Some desires are good. I desire to be more disciplined in prayer. I desire to be quicker to listen and slower to speak. Yet other desires are laced with sin. I desire the praise of man. I also desire the security of a bigger paycheck. […]

discipline

The Most Important Motivation for Spiritual Discipline

I used to run only when chased. When I finally started getting in shape, I began looking for an efficient cardiovascular exercise, and I was pulled to running. I’d never been even a mediocre runner, and never enjoyed it in any capacity. But running seemed the most time-effective calorie burner […]

Bible resources

Key Connections (October 12, 2016)

God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle (R.D. McClenagan, For The Church) God will give you more than you can handle. Guaranteed. When God Says “No” or “Wait” (Linda Green, True Woman) …while [God] may not immediately give us the answers we’re longing for, He is far from absent when His […]

God's love

Trust God’s Love Even When He’s Silent

As I embarked on my two-and-a-half hour drive to undergo another treatment for Lyme disease, I was struck by the rare silence around me. There were no little children calling my name, no fights to break up, no one asking for something to eat, and no screaming or crying to […]

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The Wearying Burden of Ongoing Suffering

My heart has been incredibly weary lately. I have struggled to find words that adequately express the tumultuous emotions within my spirit. Daily, I need to fight the impulse to turn inward and disconnect from those around me, as I teeter between pressing on or succumbing to the crushing weight […]

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Suffer Well by Trusting God

And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. (1 John 5:14-15) God sovereignly intervened in my sister’s life […]

when life is hard

Three Things to Remember When Life Is Hard

Disoriented. Numb. Somber. There are few words to describe where my heart has been lately. I feel inadequate to describe all the reasons why or how I have gotten to this place. But even if was able, the circumstances aren’t the point. The point is that even as Christians, we […]

Be Strengthened by Grace

While I often know that I am weak in the light of God’s strength, it is a very different matter when I taste this reality. It is in these moments that God breaks me of selfish pride and carefully crafted plans that are rooted in the false belief that I […]

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Impossible Circumstances Are Where God’s Glory Shines the Brightest

Some days I feel as if I’m in the front lines of a battle where I’m outnumbered 1,000 to one. I’m fighting for truth, hope, and joy, but the fiery arrows of affliction continue to fly from every angle. I’m fighting the temptation to grumble, get angry, and stomp my […]

Four Things to Remember When You’re Uncomfortable

One of my favorite temper tantrums of Scripture is found in Jonah 4 – perhaps because I can closely relate to it. In this final chapter of Jonah, we find him back in the city of Ninevah. After spending three days in the belly of a fish, he goes to […]

the Power of God

Strengthened with All the Power of God

May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. (Colossians 1:11-13) One of my many part-time jobs in college was working […]

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Worship in the Waiting

I recently made a plan to leave my job. In April of 2015, the Lord deeply stirred in our family’s heart that there was something next for us. Over time, we began to feel and see that this stirring was creating a sense of longing for a senior leadership role […]

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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 […]

Four Reasons to Be of Good Courage in Suffering

What does it look like to suffer well? It’s easy to answer this question in theory, but when suffering enters our experience, it’s much harder to reckon with. What are we to do with our many emotions? How are we to talk about our suffering with others? What does it […]

Staying the Course When You’re Tired of the Battle

What battle is making you weary right now? If you work in an environment where everything is affirmed except faith in Christ, you may find that, over time, the ongoing erosion of an increasingly hostile culture begins to wear you down. If you are going through a stale time in […]

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Run Hard, Rest Well in the Gospel

Individual piety is both a learned and nurtured activity, out of which a person can run hard and rest well in the gospel. The intention for every Christian is to run hard and to rest well (John 15; 1 Peter 5:5-6). However, these two devotional practices are often misapplied. Neither […]

burning hearts

From Slow of Heart to Burning Hearts

Seasons of spiritual dryness can be alarming, exhausting, even downright awful and heart-wrenching. I’ve had days, months even, when coming to the Word and spending time with the Father has felt like work, and I’ve struggled to feel his presence and love for me. I’ve wondered, God, where have you […]