Family relationships are important to God. This is made clear all throughout His Word. I’ve always believed that our earthly relationships were put into place to demonstrate our spiritual relationships. For example, God is referred to as our Father. His role in our lives is very similar to that of parents and their children. He provides for us, protects us, guides us, nurtures us, etc. And as His children, we are called to obey Him for the same reason a child obeys their earthly father – He loves us enough to say ‘no’ when we need to hear it.Read More How to Honor Your Parents as an Adult (and why you should)
Most of us associate the word “apostle” with the New Testament disciples, but the term actually originated before Christianity. It stems from the Greek word apostolos meaning “one who is sent away” or “messenger.” You see, the Romans had a much higher goal in mind than simply to conquer the world. They desired to make the whole known world Roman, and one of their many methods of bringing Roman culture to the world included sending out an “apostolos.” Similar to our modern-day ambassadors (who are sent with a purpose), they were well-equipped and given authority by the government to demonstrate what it truly meant to be Roman. Needless to say, it was a term that Jesus used to describe His disciples for a reason.Read More 6 Ways We Sabotage our Role as Ambassadors for Jesus
Have you ever struggled to stay positive? Maybe there’s a difficult circumstance in your life that keeps you awake at night. Perhaps you’ve been battling a chronic illness or even depression. Or maybe you’ve been dealing with tragedy and aren’t sure how much more you can take. Regardless, we’ve all been there. We all deal with things we’d rather not have to deal with.Read More God is Painting a Masterpiece (and that masterpiece is you!)
When was the last time you were offended by something or someone? Most of us don’t see a whole lot of harm in being offended. After all, it’s a natural reaction. Someone says something that is cruel or just doesn’t sit right with you. Or maybe someone you thought was a friend completely ignores you. We’ve all been offended, and I’m sure we’ve all done our fair share of offending. But is getting offended the right way to handle things? Sure, it’s a natural reaction, but should it be our reaction as children of God?Read More 4 Reasons to Never Get Offended (even when someone offends you)
Sin is such an ugly word. Many of us live our lives believing that we will always struggle with sin – that the power of sin still has some kind of hold on us. It’s all around us, and we are constantly being tempted by the world. Did you know that not one time in the New Testament is a believer called a “sinner”? God’s Word defines a sinner as someone who still walks in their old sinful nature. They choose to live apart from God and reject His Son. We were sinners, but that is no longer the case. In God’s eyes, we are now righteous. We are holy. We are perfect.Read More The Power of Sin: An Honest Look at the War Within
This is the final part of a series I am working on about honoring the Sabbath and what it means for believers today. Feel free to catch up by reading part 1, part 2, and part 3. I distinctly remember learning the Ten Commandments as a little girl in Sunday school. Every one of them made sense to me except for one… honoring the Sabbath. What did that even mean anyway? Did going to church on Sunday mornings count?Read More What Does Honoring the Sabbath Look Like Under the New Covenant?
This is part 3 of a series about God’s Sabbath rest and what it means for believers today. Feel free to catch up by reading part 1 and part 2. Now to answer the question… Did Jesus break the Sabbath? The Sabbath was a controversial issue between Jesus and the religious leaders of His day. They constantly accused Him of breaking the Law by breaking the Sabbath. But did Jesus break the Sabbath? Some would say no. Some say that He simply broke the religious (and often ridiculous) rules that the Pharisees had assigned to the day. Others say, however, that Jesus did break the Sabbath. He not only healed on the Sabbath, but He was constantly creating a stir regarding the issue.Read More Did Jesus Break the Sabbath Day?
This is part 2 of a series I am working on about God’s Sabbath rest and what it means for believers today. Click here to read part 1… What Does It Mean to Honor the Sabbath Day? If you’ve been around Christianity a while, then you’ve probably heard about how often Jesus spoke to the Pharisees regarding the Sabbath day. These religious leaders had taken what God had intended to be a holy day of rest, and transformed it into nothing but work, stress, and rule following. Essentially, they had missed the entire purpose behind the Sabbath.Read More 4 Reasons for God’s Sabbath Rest in the Old Testament
When it comes to the Ten Commandments, eight begin with the phrase “you must not.” There are two, however, that don’t begin that way. They tell us what to do rather than what not to do. The first of those two commandments speaks of the Sabbath day. And if we’re being honest, it is the one commandment that tends to get overlooked.Read More What Does It Mean to Honor the Sabbath Day?
Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of one day being a mom. I had no idea what that actually meant as a child, but I knew that I had it in me. And I didn’t just play with my baby dolls… I loved them and took care of them. It wasn’t until I officially entered motherhood that I realized the gravity of taking care of another human being. It’s a lot of work!Read More 3 Ways Motherhood Made Me Crazy (and how God taught me to embrace it)