For so long, I believed that my fears, anxieties, and people-pleasing tendencies were a product of my circumstances. But when my circumstances changed… surprise! All those tendencies were still there! With encouragement from my Community Group, I cautiously ventured into Redemption, knowing that there was something more beneath the surface of my sin, and wanting to see m...Keep Reading
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This building process reminded me that it takes many people to help build the spiritual foundation for our children as well. Mothers have a unique opportunity to shape the lives of their children by providing a firm foundation on which to build a godly life, but we are not meant to go it alone....
I hope that after taking a closer look, this verse will give you a more complete view of your past, present, and future salvation. It should also provide you with another Scripture for your arsenal to combat the lies of the evil one. Most of all, though, I pray that God will use it to reassure you of his faithfulness to finish what he started in you....
Prayer is hard. I’ve been following Jesus for nearly 30 years and I still don’t have this figured out. A little over a year ago I began feeling convicted that God wanted me to love Him with more of my heart, not just my mind and my habits. After reflecting on the matter, I loaded up with some books on prayer and study materials for the Psalms and asked God to lead me into a more powerful and intimate prayer life....
The fact that Jesus lists persecution as a beatitude and mentions it twice underscores the reality of persecution for every believer. This doesn’t mean that we should be persecuted for our faith at all times. But this does mean that persecution is inevitable and that it is a mark of being a Christian....
When Josh asked the students during the debrief Sunday morning to raise their hands if they loved Jesus more than they did before the weekend started, I didn’t hesitate to raise my hand. God did some unbelievable things in my heart and the hearts of many other students during FOCUS 2017, and I was so blessed to be part of such an amazing weekend....
The book of Ecclesiastes teaches us that "there is nothing new under the sun," and that's certainly true of sexual sin. From Genesis to Revelation we see sin's effects in this area and are reminded that all generations experience temptation to sexual immorality. Yet the unlimited and anonymous access to pornography that technology has provided has allowed this ancient sin ...Keep Reading
In the Psalms, we see that David often voiced his feelings as he endured suffering. I resonate with him because there have been seasons where I’ve experienced similar feelings: loneliness, spiritual despair, and fatigue from long periods of suffering....Keep Reading
As moms, we’ve all been there--those moments when it seems the world is shattering around us and we feel lost in the chaos....Keep Reading
My husband and I became foster parents last summer. We welcomed our first placement, a little girl, a week after we became licensed. Despite all the training, her arrival seemed like a stork delivery....Keep Reading
The purpose of Focus 2016 was to take a weekend (Friday night through Sunday morning) away from distractions and dive into fellowship with our youth group and with God. We had a lot of time to grow closer to each other and really begin to know one another as not only friends but as siblings in Christ....Keep Reading
One of the great ironies of the Christian faith is that death is defeated by death. This great contradiction, sobering though it is, brings us hope that death is not the final word....Keep Reading
It is easy for us to approach God and ask him to bless what we bring him, only to be frustrated when his blessings aren’t what we expect. ...Keep Reading
By the grace of God and the gentle nudge of my wife, I signed up for Redemption. Even though I didn’t know what to expect, God moved in my heart....Keep Reading
In Genesis 37 we’re introduced to the tense family dynamic between Jacob’s children that culminates in Joseph’s betrayal and enslavement. The final verse of the chapter tells us that he ended up in Potiphar’s house, and Genesis 39 picks the story up from there. But between these two chapters is one that can feel unnecessary. Despite the presence of...Keep Reading