What’s True Wisdom?

In the days before school began one August, I carefully placed piece after piece of paper on the large bulletin board in my classroom. It was one of three boards that would welcome my students back to school. I am not a very artistic or crafty person, so finding and implementing creative ideas for bulletin … Read more…

How to Avoid the Comparison Trap

Do you ever jump right into trying to achieve a goal you’re excited about, pouring everything you have into it? You’re met with obstacles, yet you continue to persevere. Then someone achieves the same goal before you do. It also looks as though they achieved it with minimal effort. You instantly feel deflated; the excitement … Read more…

Only with God

“She gets up while it is still night; she provides food for her family.” (Proverbs 31:15 NIV) During the school year, this verse speaks to me almost every weekday morning as I rise before the sun. The middle school day in our district begins early, and one of my tasks is rousing my thirteen-year-old son. … Read more…

Seeing the Good

Sin. It’s ugly. Actually, that’s not completely true. A lot of sin is not ugly. It’s enticing. It’s fun. Sin itself can be downright attractive because the devil is a deceiver. The results of sin, however, are ugly, and this world can be a whole mess of ugly. Why? That’s a question both the faithful … Read more…

New Year, New You?

I’m the worst at New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe you’re like me. I have high hopes and lofty aspirations on January 1. Then, slowly but surely, life gets in the way and my resolve fades. My resolutions are pushed down the to-do list until they drop all the way off. Part of the problem is that … Read more…

Unity in Christ

“We are your church, and we need your power in us.” ~Rend Collective, lyrics from “Build Your Kingdom Here” Sometimes it’s difficult to separate the concept of church from the idea of a building. But the church is not a building; the church is people. The early church didn’t have a designated building. Believers gathered … Read more…

Faith and Freedom

“You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Gal. 5:13 NIV). Recently we celebrated America’s 240th birthday. The United States of America, a country like no other, is known for its traditions of freedom and liberty. … Read more…

Authentic Lives, Authentic Faith

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42 NIV). The early church based their lives on four ideals: teaching, fellowship, breaking bread, and praying. Are our churches rooted in worship and fellowship today? Are our lives? Today people, especially women, seem to work … Read more…

Why We Need Revival

Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Hallelujah! Amen. Hallelujah! Thine the glory. Revive us again. —“Revive Us Again,” William P. McKay (1863) This hymn was inspired by Psalm 85:6 (NIV): “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Just as spring awakens from the cold slumber of winter, every now and then … Read more…

The Blessings of Obedience

“Your job is simply to be obedient to God. God will handle everything else.” ~Lysa TerKeurst These words really get me thinking. As a mantra, they relieve lots of stress from this Type-A girl—but how am I to be obedient? What does it actually mean to be obedient to the Lord? Lysa’s statement seems profound … Read more…

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