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This world can be a dark place. Sometimes it’s hard to see light and hope in the midst of all the suffering and pain that surrounds us. Just this year, we’ve seen incredible evil take many innocent lives. We’ve seen terrorist attacks and heard rumors of war. We’ve seen hurricanes and natural disasters wreak havoc in different places around the globe. Top news headlines reveal constant struggles, pain, and brokenness that people everywhere are facing. Maybe you’re facing it too. Our own...

by School Of Life on 22 April 2019

The wonderful thing about God’s Word is that it has the power to change everything about our lives! It aligns us more closely with the heart of God. When we walk in the truth of His Word, we are being transformed in a radical way. God is working in us, by way of His Holy Spirit, to make us more and more like Christ. This is a lifelong journey in which we never arrive this side of heaven. We have the hope that when we see Christ face to face, we will be just like Him (1 John 3:2). But, until...

by School Of Life on 22 April 2019

God’s strength is part of God’s character, illustrated in His acts towards us and directly through his promises. God’s strength, unlike ours, has the power to consistently strengthen us as it is part of our relationship with Him. Even while we are weak. God sympathizes with our weakness and even asks that we place our burdens on Him as He goes with us through this journey called life because He has the ability to sustain us. God’s strength is our inheritance, in that through Him we are...

by School Of Life on 22 April 2019

In today’s secular culture, people are encouraged to think for themselves, never apologize for anything, and be tolerable of everything. Because of this, believers now more than ever must be diligent to use discernment with what they hear—even from the pulpit. It’s certainly easier, and more culturally acceptable, to accept what is taught rather than question and risk offense. However, this practice of discernment has been around since the beginning of the church itself. In Acts 17:11-12,...

by School Of Life on 22 April 2019

Have you ever considered how temptation mingles with folks in the Bible – and how it impacts us today? A flip through the pages of God’s Word assures us of a dance with danger several times. We’re wise to take notice. In Exodus 4, Moses assures God his speech disqualifies him as a holy candidate for leadership. Saul, in 1 Samuel 13, runs with disobedience, causing dire consequences. And in Matthew 4, Jesus stands firm against the tempter, offering us hope for the battle. The “Father...

by School Of Life on 22 April 2019

Walls removed. Lights installed. The big reveal. A decrepit home is given new life and purpose. I love those home remodel shows, but sometimes I want to skip through the program to get to the final ten minutes. I want to see the pretty stuff, not the ripped up floors, asbestos covered walls, or burst pipes. Hurry up already, and let me get to the part where the home becomes a distinct and transformed space. Transformation is a process and a metamorphosis. The difference between transformation...

by School Of Life on 21 April 2019

On Tuesday I opened my social media account and discovered a talented college football player shot and killed himself. On Thursday I learned of a personal friend who has four children is battling cancer and not expected to survive. On Friday I watched Aly Raisman’s courage as she confronted her abuser in a Michigan courtroom. Tragedy extends her arms wide. Her culprit doesn’t fit a specific description, but the devastation she leaves is universal. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a...

by School Of Life on 21 April 2019

Although a spiritual battle between good and evil is constantly going on around us, it’s easy to neglect giving it our attention, since the spiritual forces at work in it are usually invisible. Angels and demons are no less real than other people are, however, and their impact on us is significant. The Bible urges us to pay attention to the battles taking place in the unseen spiritual realm that surrounds us. We can’t afford to fritter away the time and energy God gives us by ignoring our...

by School Of Life on 21 April 2019

Some days, life just seems hard. The days look dark. Uncertain times and stress mount up high. An unexpected diagnosis or devastating loss can feel too difficult to face. Though our faith is usually most strengthened in the trying times of life, it’s often hard to walk that out while we’re swirling in the midst of it all. We long for carefree days, yet God takes our hand and leads us straight into the darkest of times. Not to harm us, but to bring greater strength, character, trust, beauty,...

by School Of Life on 21 April 2019

We often hear about God’s forgiveness in the church. We know we received what we did not deserve from Christ, but it can be difficult to extend it to those we don’t deem deserving. If we truly grasp Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we realize that we have no right to withhold forgiveness from others. Unfortunately, our emotions don’t always line up with what we mentally agree with, and while we see that forgiveness is central to God’s plan for us, it is far from easy. Why is it Hard? 1....

by School Of Life on 21 April 2019