It’s one thing for you to evaluate your own spiritual progress. It’s another thing altogether to have Jesus give His critique of how you’re doing. Sometimes the truth hurts. If Jesus were to write a letter to you about what He thinks of your devotion to Him, what would He say?
A conversation about grief with Suzie Lawyer.
Despite our romanticism about the early church, they had their fair share of problems – favoritism, theological arguments, and divisions (to name a few). Yet…
A believer’s identity is in Christ. In Him we find true life, meaning, and purpose. Yet, it is common for believers to take their eyes off of Jesus and begin substituting other things in His place.
It shouldn’t surprise us that through the centuries, superstitions arise and thrive even among well-meaning church people. Most of these superstitions are based on a desire for a kind of good luck charm in a life filled with uncertainty and hardship.
Use your gifts to help others.In week three, we head to Acts 16:13-15. We look at a moment from one of Paul’s travels where we meet a woman named Lydia. Lydia had a unique skill: the art of making clothing with purple dye. This set her apart and gave her standing...
When I was a child, my mother would collect coins wherever she could find them – between couch cushions or on the sidewalk. We didn’t have a lot of money, but she would always keep an eye out for “spare” change. When she had collected enough, she would take me and my sisters to the store to buy us a candy bar or some other small treat.
Knowing Jesus changes how you see yourself.In week two, we turn to Matthew 9:9-13 and discover an essential moment from Matthew’s life. As a tax collector, Matthew would have been shunned by Jews and Romans alike. He was seen as a traitor to the Jews. Matthew must...
Some claim that we remember only ten to twenty percent of what we read or hear. Others debate that estimate, saying it isn’t that simple. Numerous variables need to be considered, and recall can be much higher. Ask me to recite even a small portion of what I read and heard this past week, and I’ll stand by the estimate.
As a child, I frustrated my mother by waiting until Saturday night to remember I had several verses to memorize for Sunday school the following morning. Now, Mom and I recite Scripture together daily. The “Helper” Jesus spoke of gives Mom high recall even though she suffers from dementia.
In our first week of October, we start at the beginning—literally. In Genesis 1:26-28, we read that when God created people, God did something special. We reflect God’s image to the world. This doesn’t mean that we physically look like God. Instead, we demonstrate...
My cancer journey took me to some extreme lows. I remember sitting on my back porch surrounded by the beauty that is my 8 1/2-acre property complete with a pool, hot tub and fire pit, wallowing in fear and suffering. Even though His blessings were all around me, my human nature was focused only on what I felt.