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After Elisha watched Elijah ascend into heaven, the prophet went to the city of Jericho and performed his first miracle. The men of that city faced an environmental crisis: Their water was toxic, most likely because of the sulphur and other chemicals that had rained down upon nearby Sodom and Gomorrah years earlier. This poison had made the land barren (see 2 Kings 2:19-22) and it was probably affecting people and animals as well as plant life. So Elisha performed a bold, prophetic act. He threw...

by School Of Life on 17 August 2018

Horses are one of the most beautiful and powerful of God’s creatures. Left to run wild, a horse is a ferocious and potentially dangerous creature. But once it is trained — and under the bit and bridle of its master — a horse can perform amazing feats of strength and skill, and is one of the gentlest creatures on earth. You and I are a lot like that, aren’t we? We need God to temper us and to lead us. As the 23rd Psalm says, “He leads me beside still waters.” Without...

by School Of Life on 17 August 2018

Enlightenment Legacy vs. God’s Legacy If you go to church and pray regularly, do you ever wonder if there’s supposed to be more than you’re experiencing? What does God really intend your faith and life to be like? I’m not foolish enough to say that every day ought to be a parade of miracles. Most of the time, even in the Bible, life is as normal as normal can be. Yet both then and now God breaks into our normal world. Biblically that’s normal too. But for too many of us it isn’t. Enlightenment...

by School Of Life on 17 August 2018

Recent years have seen a renewed interest in the Spirit, and rightly so. For too long the Spirit was a neglected part of our belief, something people tacked on to their creed (“. . . and I believe in the Holy Spirit”). Christians across the globe have gone back to the Bible and concluded that whoever does not know the Spirit does not know God at all. We have devoted a separate topic to gifts of the Spirit, but as you will see from the Bible promises under this topic, the Spirit himself...

by School Of Life on 17 August 2018

If you have difficulty reading and understanding the Old Testament, you are not alone. Even the early church Fathers had trouble explaining the Old Testament and tended to allegorize the text. Many today do not understand how the Old Testament and New Testament are even related or relevant to one another. Some people believe the Old Testament is written about the “Law” specifically for the Jews, while the New Testament, full of grace and mercy, was written for the Gentiles. Key #1 In order...

by School Of Life on 16 August 2018

There is an old story preachers tell about a man trapped on the top of his house during a flood or hurricane or tsunami (insert your own natural disaster). The water is swiftly rising. As this man sits on his roof, fearful of being swept away by the current, he cries out to God, “God please deliver me.” A few moments later, a farmer friend arrives with his boat. “Hey, friend, want a ride to safety?” he asks. “No,” replies the man on top of his house. “God is going to deliver me.” An...

by School Of Life on 16 August 2018

Powerful Biblical Promises that Banish Fear When I think about the root cause of so many mistakes and spiritual pitfalls in my life, the source seems to be the one and only, the ugly, fear. Fear will cause us to buckle and settle for less than God’s best. It’ll cause us to disobey after diluting our trust in Him, and even when we do stay strong, it’ll rob us of our peace and joy. Here are some of the best scriptures helping us overcome fear by increasing our faith. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV):...

by School Of Life on 16 August 2018

Prayer is one of the most intimate ways to connect with God, one of the most powerful spiritual warfare tools, and for me, the clearest way God demonstrates his love. But what’s amazing is after more than 15 years of being a Christian, I’m still learning so many principles about prayer that I never realized. Sometimes we either treat prayer too lightly, or pray about half the things, half of the time we should. It’s easy to forget or take for granted the sheer awesomeness of being able...

by School Of Life on 15 August 2018

Forgiveness is a staple of the Christian faith. We know that Christ died so we can receive forgiveness, and we know we’re called to forgive others. But sometimes we might not fully grasp the necessity and power of true forgiveness due to a lack of knowledge, or feelings of bitterness we haven’t dealt with. Here are a few truths to remember about forgiving. God Forgave Our Sins…Even the Really Bad Ones I would hold such grudges, before knowing God. Especially if I felt myself or others had...

by School Of Life on 15 August 2018

If I look back at the seasons of my life since becoming a Christian, there is an absolute correlation between my closeness with God and the quality of my relationships, finances, ministry, career path…pretty much everything else in life. I’m pretty sure my hair grew faster. This shouldn’t come as a shock, of course. We all know life improves when we’re in God’s will, because he not only knows what’s best for us, he desires it. The problem is, even the strongest of Christians can lose...

by School Of Life on 15 August 2018