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The book of Revelation is either the most exciting or the most frustrating book of the Bible to read. It can be exciting when you’re looking at prophecy fulfilled or frustrating when you’re confused about what is literal, what is symbolic, what is future and what is past. It can also be the most divisive book of the Bible because of differing views on interpretation. Yet John, the writer of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, said “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy,...

by School Of Life on 24 April 2019

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). If Satan can steal, kill, and destroy, how can I overcome him? He can steal the word and God’s promises right out of my head, leaving me with no way to fight. He can cause tragic situations to happen and even kill me. He can destroy relationships and things that I cherish. What can I do? I can turn to Jesus and love God with my whole heart, mind, and strength....

by School Of Life on 23 April 2019

The word miracle is used somewhat promiscuously to describe everything from healing a paralytic to finding a parking space at the mall on the day before Christmas. So we begin our ten things we should all know about miracles with a definition. Max Turner, a professor of New Testament at London Bible College, uses the term in the semi-technical sense of an event that combines the following traits: it is an extraordinary or startling observable event; it cannot reasonably be explained in terms of...

by School Of Life on 23 April 2019

Pain finds me in the middle of an afternoon hike — sharp, searing and unrelenting. It’s the kind of pain that makes you want to collapse into a crying heap on the ground. Even if that ground happens to be covered with mud and sharp rocks. That morning, my husband and I had woken up determined to make it to the top of North Carolina’s Grandfather Mountain in celebration of our third wedding anniversary. As outdoor enthusiasts who walk on a regular basis, we weren’t concerned about the hike....

by School Of Life on 23 April 2019

I didn’t know that I was hiding. I’ve always been good at praying. Or so I thought. My daddy left when I was seven. I’ve always looked to God as my Father, my provider. I didn’t realize that God wanted to be more than just my provider. God longed to be my soul’s confidante — deep where I feel lonely, where I struggle to receive and make space for me. I find it easier to take care of others and do things for God, rather than be vulnerable with my needs. But God...

by School Of Life on 23 April 2019

God’s Word contains many promises, and those promises reveal His will for us. When we agree with His Word and pray those promises back to Him, we will see more radical blessings than we’ve ever imagined. God’s Word is true, so pray it aggressively! He longs to hear your prayers and longs to answer them. So often, we miss out on rich spiritual blessings because we simply do not ask. Asking for rich blessings may not feel natural to us at first, but the more we spend time in the Word and...

by School Of Life on 23 April 2019

When I get in the car alone, the first thing I want to do is fill a void. A favorite podcast or music playlist will do. If it’s been a long day of writing, I retreat to the sounds of Netflix while cleaning the home or laying down. Words either pour out or pour in. But how often are those words from the voice of God? I can become so encumbered with the thoughts, opinions, and ideas of myself and others, that I find I’m unable to hear or recognize God speaking to me. Have you felt this way too? God...

by School Of Life on 23 April 2019

One thing that is most certain in life is this: Life is not always certain. If we’ve lived long enough, we know this to be true, for nothing ever remains the same in this world. Things change. Life takes a turn. Plot twists happen. People move. Time goes by. Kids grow up. We may experience deep or unexpected loss. And sometimes our footsteps falter on things we’ve depended on so very much, but really aren’t meant to fully support us. Doubt sets in. Maybe we can’t see what God is doing....

by School Of Life on 22 April 2019

Many of the most popular and frequently quoted Bible verses we hear or read are from the powerful book of Isaiah. 66 chapters are filled with such reminders of who God is and how He’s still with us today. We can find strength from the truth that His word never changes. We can find faith over the stronghold of fear that tries to hold us back in a cycle of worry. We can find an anchor in Jesus our Savior to hold us secure in changing times. And what Isaiah penned so many years ago through God’s...

by School Of Life on 22 April 2019

Our human tendency is to try to make everything we know about God fit into a box we can understand. We like linear lines that take us from point A to point B in the fastest way possible. We like logical explanations. We trade mysteries for predictability. But God himself is a mystery. The Pharisees and Sadducees reveal the trouble that comes when we try to regulate God. They were so immersed in the regulations, in adding extra parameters and rules around God’s law, that they failed to recognize...

by School Of Life on 22 April 2019