Jesus referred to the enemy as the “Father of Lies.” Lying is what he does best. In fact, it literally defines who he is. But the truth is that the enemy was defeated at the cross. The Bible even describes his humiliating defeat in Colossians 2:13-15. The victory now belongs to Jesus and we get to share in that victory as children of God. Knowing this truth, the enemy does what he does best… lie. And even though he can’t change what Jesus did on the cross, he can certainly lie to us in an attempt to keep us from fulfilling our God-given destinies and to stunt our growth as Believers. It is when we recognize the lies of the enemy that we can best combat them with the truth. Continue Reading
Do you trust God? I mean REALLY trust Him? Do you serve Him with reckless abandon?
What if He asked you to do something that seemed utterly crazy to the people around you? What if following His lead meant taking a risk? How would you feel if trusting Him in an area of your life meant turning your world upside down? The Bible is full of stories of men and women of God who did just that. I think of Gideon who told a majority of his army to go home when he was about to face one of the greatest armies in the world at that time. Everyone must have deemed him a fool. But he trusted God and was given a mighty victory. Continue Reading
We all do it to some extent. We set goals for ourselves. We plan and prepare for the future. And we work towards new and exciting things in our lives. It’s never a bad thing to have dreams and aspirations. I truly believe that God wants us to dream big dreams because, in Him, anything is possible! But what happens when we allow these dreams to become idols? We come down with a case of the “I’ll be happy when…” syndrome. This disease is like a cancer that invades, spreads into every aspect of our lives, and steals our joy. We become discontent with the place God has us for the moment. Continue Reading
We all have different methods of finding a local church to attend. Some of us go where we have the most friends. Others pick churches for their amazing worship team or inspiring sermons. Some of us like a more traditional feel, while others prefer a more contemporary vibe. Truth be told, many of us will attend several different churches throughout our lifetime. Our personal preferences change, we move to new cities, we get married, etc. We all have our reasons for attending a new church. So is there a “right” way to go about choosing a church to attend? Continue Reading
Do you crave spiritual growth? Do you long to mature in your faith? As Christians, we are called to aim for growth. We make efforts to grow closer to God by praying, reading our Bibles, attending church, etc. But what I find interesting is that the New Testament claims that true spiritual growth occurs when we endure trials. Can we grow by spending more time with God? Of course, we can! But truth be told, more growth happens in times of difficulty than any other time of our lives. Continue Reading
The entire purpose of Christianity is for God to be intimate with His creation. I know that may seem like a bold claim, but it’s true. In the Garden of Eden, God walked with Adam and Eve. They had a relationship unlike any other. They were intimate with God. But when sin entered the world, all that changed. Ever since that infamous day in the Garden, God has been at work making all things new. He’s restoring what once was… all so that He could walk with us once again. Continue Reading
No one likes bad news. I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly enjoy hearing about something negative on the horizon. But the truth is that we all face the impossible at some point in our lives. Maybe it’s a job situation or a financial struggle. Or perhaps you’re facing an illness of some kind. Regardless of the situation, we’ve all felt like David facing Goliath… a seemingly hopeless battle. Continue Reading
My husband and I just returned from a much needed long weekend away. And I’m sure I’m not the first to say that a break from the norm is necessary from time to time. We all need rest…. so much so that God established a day of rest at Creation. Resting was part of the Ten Commandments and the old Mosaic law. And now we as believers are told to find rest in Christ Jesus. All work and no play was never God’s intention for His creation. Continue Reading
Today’s post is written by none other than my amazing mother. She recently shared this story with me, and I just knew it needed to be shared! When God has placed a desire in our hearts and made a way where there was no way, it’s often up to us to make the next move in faith.
Years ago I heard a well-known Bible teacher say that there are times that God will place a desire for something in your heart so that you will pray for it. Once you pray for it, He will then answer your prayer and bring about what He desired for you all along. This was an interesting concept, but I didn’t realize at the time that I was about to experience it personally. Continue Reading
A man is healed by Jesus who was born blind. It was not only the Sabbath day but since the man was blind from birth, the Jewish people believed that he was blind because of sin. At some point, his parents must have sinned to cause such a great handicap in their son’s life – right? This miracle was astounding, to say the least, and it caused quite the controversy. I have to wonder… would we respond today the way this man’s friends and family responded? Would we doubt and question what really happened or would we be able to see the truth through spiritual eyes? Continue Reading
It’s that time of year again. A new beginning. A fresh start. And resolutions to make positive changes in our lives. Sure, we can create for ourselves “new beginnings” throughout the year (and many of us do), but there’s something special about turning the calendar page to January 1st. We ring in the new year and say things like, “From this day forward, I will…” Continue Reading
When God closes a door, He opens a window. I think I’ve heard this quote a million times. Well… maybe not a million, but it certainly feels that way sometimes. We’ve all been there. We are moving along, everything seems fine and then it happens. Bamm! Door shut. Sometimes we see it closing. We know it’s coming. But more often than not, closed doors take us by surprise. We think, “How did I get here?” Our hope is gone and we have no idea what to do or how to move forward. Continue Reading
We’ve all been there. We worry. Finances, kids, careers, relationships, major life changes, health… we’ve all experienced our fair share of stressful circumstances. As a Christian, I’ve heard many sermons about trusting God, but when I’m lying in bed worrying about the next day… it can be hard to put my trust in God the way I’ve been taught.
So I’d like to offer some encouragement. To be honest, this list is just as much for me as it is for you. I needed to be practical, and I needed to remind myself that worry is essentially useless. Trusting God isn’t just commanded of us in Scripture, it’s the best thing for us to do for many reasons. Continue Reading
I’m a worrier. I’ll admit it. When faced with a problem or uncertainty, I will keep myself awake at night analyzing every detail… especially when I have no control over the issue. Why do I do this to myself? Why can’t I just trust God like I’m supposed to?
My husband and I are in the process of selling our home and buying a new one. Everything… and I mean everything is up in the air and out of our control. We found a buyer and our “dream” home, but anything can fall through at a moment’s notice. That’s a scary place to be for a worrier like myself! Continue Reading
For those of you who don’t know this about me, in 2008 I began (and completed) two years of seminary at Liberty Baptist Theological seminary earning a Master of Arts degree in theological studies. During this time, my Christian faith was tested in ways I could have never imagined, and I had a few surprising revelations.