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You prayed a prayer. You accepted Jesus into your heart. But you don’t feel differently. How do you know if praying that prayer was enough and you are truly saved? Check out these 10 marks of a Christian to know for sure: 1. A New Outlook on Life “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5: 16-17) When...

by School Of Life on 27 October 2018

Many believe that angels are still among us. Their very name “angel” means “messenger,” and we can be assured that when they’re here, they have come for a very specific purpose. For throughout history, angels have been sent by God to bring a message of hope, to protect, comfort, serve, carry out his judgment, and to give Him praise. There are people who have had encounters with angels in our world even today. Maybe some are aware of these angelic meetings. Maybe others have no...

by School Of Life on 27 October 2018

If you examined your life right now, what season would you say you are currently experiencing? Are you in a dry season, waiting-for-something season, grinding season, tests-and-trials-at-nearly-every-turn season, or spiritual warfare season? The list could go on and on. Maybe you’re in a happy season, and all is well. Sometimes it’s difficult to recognizing the season of life we’re in, and it can be even more difficult to know how to live fully in Christ during it. In a natural sense, we...

by School Of Life on 27 October 2018

The word delight sits on my tongue and is a word I regularly use. I’m a natural cheerleader and I love any word that denotes joy, pleasure, encouragement. I especially enjoy a word requires and exclamation point. For instance, “Wow! It’s a delight to meet you!” And as I’ve studied the word in Scripture, it’s come to mean more to me than just an emotion and a chance to use a double exclamation!! The word delight has turned into a way of life for me as it relates to my relationship with...

by School Of Life on 24 September 2018

Sometimes I wish the enemy would announce himself with a blaring trumpet. Wouldn’t it be easier to avoid his traps if this type of announcement were his style? However, this isn’t how Scripture depicts him. He prowls. He deceives. He waits and he watches for an opportune time. It doesn’t seem like he’s in a rush to carry out his schemes. Even so, I have good news. Our enemy is unoriginal. If we examine Scripture, we see he’s using the same tactics he used hundreds of years ago on believers...

by School Of Life on 24 September 2018

Nothing in this world can compare with God’s love for us and his power in our lives. Some days we may not feel it. Other days we might even think we’ve been left on our own in difficult situations. But the Bible speaks of God’s many attributes, and verse after verse remind us of his commitment and promises to his people. Often our view of God might get distorted by current media opinion or even a hard relationship with our dad or authority figures. We start thinking God must be the same....

by School Of Life on 24 September 2018

Our questions of faith often remain unanswered or confusing. Like our questions about prayer. We are fully aware of some bits about prayer that are crystal clear. Will I get everything I ask for? No. Will I get anything I ask for? Sometimes. Why, then, should I bother? This is where things fall apart, and we’re only on question three. Prayer is somewhat a mystery, but there are still plenty of things we can know for sure about prayer. I’m especially grateful for what the story of Gideon (found...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018

Noise is constantly slipping through the cracks of the quiet I long for. When I seek to escape into muted moments, the chaotic racket lurks ominously in the shadows, increasing the hunger I hear growling within me. I thrust myself into the delusive peace of TV binges and smartphone apps to no avail. Even in the silence, I hear it. To-do lists loom, notifications whip out onto screens with a snap, and the world tells me, “do more, be more, give more. More, more, more.” The loudness of expectation...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018

Eight months after we stood beneath 100-year-old trees and promised to love each other in sickness and health, Xylon and I sat in front of a surgeon while he told us the biopsy results, “It’s cancer.” My husband would undergo 16 chemo sessions, a bone marrow transplant, radiation, and countless uncertain scans before he would reach the five-year mark when his doctor finally let us remove the surgical port inserted for his chemo. This experience took us to places we never thought we’d go,...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018

When life gets busy, almost always, the first thing that gets tossed off our to-do list is prayer and quiet time with God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 says: “Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Prayer should not be one of those things that we skip or set aside when the day gets busy. In fact, prayer shouldn’t even be on our to-do list because it takes priority over anything and anyone on our schedule. But let’s face...

by School Of Life on 18 September 2018