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A few years ago, after God had spent a decade lovingly pursuing and chasing me down, I reached a turning point in my life. It was in the aftermath of this unexpected tidal wave that I realized I had a decision to make: I could keep running away from God, or I could turn and pursue a life of faith in Him. The problem was, I didn’t know how to pursue Him. Maybe you can relate. In your heart, you know there has to be something more to life — someone worth counting on and trusting your life over...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

God is everywhere. Take a step outside and you will be surrounded by the intricacies and fascinating systematic creation that was created by our God. He is in the mountains, the beaches, jungles, ocean depths, prairies, farmland, desserts, and valleys. To see His creation is to see a piece of Him. As it says in Romans 1:20, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made,...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

It was more than 500 years ago when the Wittenberg Door was shaken by the ardent resolve of Martin Luther to publicly display the 95 reasons why biblical Christianity stood apart from the religious monopoly the Catholic church had over all Europe. It began with humbly recognizing, “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ ( Matthew 4:17 ), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” We cannot live life rightly apart from biblical theology, or experientially,...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

There is a popular misconception that occurs within Christianity: Once I accept Christ, all will go well with me. However, as soon as we say “yes” to Christ, we are almost immediately hit with the reality that things can (and will) still continue to go wrong. With each misfortune, we are faced with the opportunity to fall into a pit of defeat. Though we pray for God to take away the issues at hand, we still might feel a sense of frustration, weariness, and internal struggle. Even when things...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

The Sermon on the Mount is the backbone to the principles we are called to live by as Christians. This is the longest running sermon recorded in the Bible from Jesus and happened early in His ministry. He had been baptized by John the Baptist, was tempted in the wilderness, began drawing crowds by his preaching in Galilee, and started calling the men who would become His disciples. We see in Matthew 4:19 that these first four men (Simon called Peter, Andrew, James, and John), once fishermen by...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

If you’ve been in church or another Christian environment for a while, you’ve likely heard of her – the Proverbs 31 woman. She’s essentially the Christian Barbie. And she starts off harmless enough as a role model for young girls. Who wouldn’t want to be like her? She’s godly. She’s an accomplished homemaker and businesswoman. She’s super creative and would probably be ALL about Pinterest if she had the chance. Her family and community adore and respect her. If she were actual...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

he #Blessed phenomenon that appears all over social media these days has both its followers and dissenters. On the one hand, we can argue that in hashtagging “blessed” we are simply giving thanks to God for what we have or what we’re currently experiencing. But what does this message convey to others who are struggling to receive these same blessings and are not? If one person is #blessed because she’s just had a baby, is another woman not blessed because she’s still struggling with...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

When I watch the news, my heart beats a little faster, and I start to feel anxious and concerned about the future. Alarming news of natural disasters, political upheaval, vicious wars, and indescribable suffering and pain strikes fear in our hearts. Is this the end of time? We are not to know the time of Jesus’ return, but there are signs to heed as the time draws near. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell how Jesus warned the disciples about the end of time. Jesus told them there would be false...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

I used to think being a good Christian was like exercise: get a plan, get serious, and get to work. Spiritual disciplines, church attendance, and service were the cardio, ab workout, and flexibility training for our souls. Neglect anything, and you’d get spiritually flabby. But I was terrible at my exercise regimen. I could not for the life of me read my Bible regularly, and prayer made me panicky as often as it connected me to God. My community at church disappeared after I had kids, and I...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

It is the easiest verse in the Bible to memorize, with it being the shortest. “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) Though short, this one verse raises many questions. Why was Jesus weeping? He was God in the flesh. No matter what challenges He faced He knew how all of this would end. He would be victorious. He would overcome death. He would save the world. So why the tears? Let’s zoom out of this two-word verse to gain a fuller context of what was happening that brought Jesus not only to tears but...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019