School Of Life

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Do you like what you see when you look in the mirror? That girl with her eyes and hair, those cheeks and ears—how do you feel about her? What thoughts zip through your mind when soaking in her reflection? Are they kind or critical, praiseworthy or full of condemnation? If asked these questions 10 years ago, I would have danced around the answers. After all, who likes to admit they don’t like themselves and bash their reflection far too often? But the truth was I didn’t like the woman in...

by School Of Life on 16 September 2018

In all that swirls around us today, from news headlines to daily life struggles, we may be aware more than ever of this one thing: we’re in a battle. We face an enemy every single day that we’re here breathing air. We may not see it. We might forget he’s there. We may lose our focus when things seem tough or get distracted on all that doesn’t really matter. But the truth is – spiritual forces are at work. There’s one who lurks around us today. He’s real. He’s alive....

by School Of Life on 16 September 2018

The Bible first shocked me in high school. Our pastor read from Psalm 137, and the last verse blew my mind—and not in a good way.It read, “Happy is the one who seizes [Babylonian] infants and dashes them against the rocks.” I recoiled. Our pastor explained that the Psalm was meant to horrify us. It demonstrated that there was no human emotion that God had not encountered before. But I wasn’t so sure because I loved the straight and narrow. I kept my emotions in tidy rows, ready for inspection....

by School Of Life on 16 September 2018

We are all tempted and prone to sin because none of us are perfect. King Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, says it like this: “Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins (Ecclesiastes 7:20 [NLT]).” It’s part of human nature to ponder ideas such as: “I could easily change this number so that my hours are higher; no one would know.” Or maybe you’re more tempted with ideas like this: “She really gets on my nerves. If I tell my friends something horrible...

by School Of Life on 16 September 2018

Turning the key to the glass door, we opened it to survey the now vacant church building that lay before us. The insurance office we had transformed into a church was eerily quiet after months of laughter and sermons preached. Today was the last time we would ever open those doors. After five and a half years of church planting, our time had come to an end. In the process, we lost everything. We had to sell our home due to the church not making it financially and move to a different state so...

by School Of Life on 15 September 2018

When we belong to Christ, the enemy never has the final word over our lives. We are secure in God’s hands. Here’s 7 things He offers us to stand firm against attack: 1. The gift of the Holy Spirit God fills us with strength, wisdom, and discernment through His own Spirit to stay strong in the battle. He never leaves us to fend for ourselves and fight in our own strength. We need His fresh filling every day, we need the empowerment that only He can offer. Every believer has the gift of God’s...

by School Of Life on 15 September 2018

We’re in a battle in this world. We may not see it, we might forget it’s there. But the enemy would love nothing more than to fill our minds with discouragement and defeat. If you’re a believer who is living like salt and light in a dark world, you won’t go for long without encountering obstacles and attacks he will hurl your direction. And though we can’t stop his cruel attacks, we don’t have to let him win. God reminds us in His word to stay aware of Satan’s schemes, to live alert...

by School Of Life on 15 September 2018

Often when we find ourselves struggling with fear or constant worry, it’s hard to even know what to pray. Words seem far away and our thoughts can too easily get lost on what’s pressing in, overwhelming us. But here’s what we can hold onto even in those difficult times: God understands. He hears us, and He is close, always. He reminds us to draw near to Him and find mercy and grace in times of need. He assures us of His constant Presence, surrounding us, leading us, giving us peace that...

by School Of Life on 15 September 2018

The book of Psalms contains some of the most quoted verses in the entire Bible. Psalms flows with words of praise, prayers, and heartfelt thoughts about life and God. Emotions range widely from crying out to God while facing the depths of despair, to praying for His Sovereign help and protection, to celebrating His goodness with joy and thankfulness. And maybe that’s one reason many of us love it so much, because that is real life. I can relate. Maybe you can too. Some days are just hard. We...

by School Of Life on 15 September 2018

One of the greatest lies the enemy throws our way is that there’s a limit on how many times we can ask for forgiveness. If the enemy can get us to believe that, then we will be caught in a cycle of fear and hopelessness. But God stands, arms open wide, extending the greatest gift of all: relationship and community with Him. But if the enemy can twist scriptures and get you to believe that God is capricious, unreliable, and conditional in His forgiveness, then you will be an impotent and ineffective...

by School Of Life on 15 September 2018