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It happened 10 years ago.  Disaster struck.  Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane.  After briefly coming ashore in southern Florida as a Category 1 hurricane, Katrina gained strength before slamming into the Gulf Coast. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States.  In addition to bringing great devastation to the New Orleans area, this hurricane caused much damage along the coasts of Mississippi...

by School Of Life on 14 January 2020

For those who are grieving today, a reminder…you’re not alone. Grief is hard, and it often comes so unexpectedly, out of the blue, takes us by surprise. And yet even when it doesn’t, when we know we’ve been facing dark days, nothing quite prepares us for the deep blows it inflicts. Even the word itself, just seems so…painful. It attempts to attach itself like glue, on far too many lives, all too often. “Grieving”...

by School Of Life on 13 January 2020

Found in the center of God’s Word, Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible. Important themes, found throughout its 176 verses, focus on the Truth and necessity of God’s Word and on His very character. Charles Spurgeon liked this Psalm so much, he was quoted as saying, “We might do well to commit it to memory.” But there are other deeper truths within this great chapter of the Bible that we may sometimes overlook. All too often, maybe simply...

by School Of Life on 13 January 2020

Some days, we just need a reminder, that God is intimately involved in all that concerns us. Maybe we’ve been praying for something and still don’t see the answer. Maybe a door closed that we were really hoping would open. Maybe we’re battling discouragement and defeat, or we’re burdened for the lives of those we love… He knows. He cares. And I was reminded this morning that His reach is huge. Nothing, absolutely nothing is too difficult for Him. Sometimes...

by School Of Life on 13 January 2020

Good Friday. The day that changed everything. Jesus died on the cross. For you. And me. There was no other way for the door to be opened for us to have relationship with God, but by the forgiveness of our own sin, through Christ’s payment on our behalf. And it was a day of miracles… 5 Miraculous Things that Happened when Jesus Died on the Cross: – “Darkness came over all the land.” Matt. 27:25 From noon on Friday until 3 pm, the skies...

by School Of Life on 13 January 2020

Fear. One the enemy’s most popular weapons used against us. So much crazy going on in the world today. Conflicts, persecution, violence, crime, illness, terrorism, disasters, loss, uncertainty over the future. The list goes on…long. Leaves us feeling anxious, overwhelmed, tense, with thoughts spinning out of control, all different directions. Probably a great reason why Satan chooses this battle tactic, it renders us completely ineffective, powerless and weak....

by School Of Life on 13 January 2020

Sometimes in this crazy, mixed up world, when our hearts are grieving and we’ve suffered devastating blows, when loss feels too deep, and the battle seems fierce, the most comforting words of all are just these 2: “Jesus wept.” John 11:35 The shortest verse in the Bible, yet one that holds such great power. That allows us to see straight into the very heart of our God whose heart beats for us. Into the compassion of our Savior who is acquainted with grief and understands...

by School Of Life on 11 January 2020

Whether we realize it or not, we rub shoulders every day with people who are desperate, hurting, or lonely. Sometimes we notice, but many times we don’t. We might be too busy, preoccupied, or overwhelmed ourselves. And honestly, many days, “we” are those people…the desperate, the hurting, the lonely.  Just needing someone to notice.  To slow down.  To take time. We may never truly know what those who surround us each day...

by School Of Life on 11 January 2020

Constant media headlines remind us of how distant our world seems from God. Just a few choices that compromise what we know to be right, will often take us down a path we never intended to go.  Godly living in an ungodly age may not seem so easy in this life. And apart from the Spirit of God living and breathing through us, it would most likely be an impossible feat.  At times we might find ourselves wondering, “What does it even mean to live godly? Is it really...

by School Of Life on 11 January 2020

Some days, life is just hard. The days look dark. Uncertain times and stress mount high. An unexpected diagnosis or devastating loss can feel too difficult to face. Though we may realize our faith is most strengthened, not in the easy times of life, but in the most trying, it’s often hard to walk that out once we’re swirling in the midst of it all. We long for carefree days, yet sometimes, God takes our hand and leads us straight into the darkest of...

by School Of Life on 11 January 2020