School Of Life

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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

I spend much of my life waiting for something: for the light to change, for a response to my text or email, for the nurse to call my name. I wait for hard things, like answers to blood tests and for good things, like a vacation to start. I wait for dreams to come true and for answered prayers. In many ways, the Christian life is one of waiting. We live in the in-between, a time between Christ’s ascension and his promised return. We wait for Christ to come and make all things new. We wait...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

As Christian counselors, pastors and people helpers we often have a hard time discerning between an evil heart and an ordinary sinner who messes up, who isn’t perfect, and full of weakness and sin. I think one of the reasons we don’t “see” evil is because we find it so difficult to believe that evil individuals actually exist. We can’t imagine someone deceiving us with no conscience, hurting others with no remorse, spinning outrageous fabrications to ruin someone’s reputation, or pretending...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

The term parable in the Greek and Hebrew languages can refer to anything ranging from allegories, proverbs, and riddles, to stories. Over one third of Jesus’ teachings were through parables. In His parables, Jesus used familiar, day-to-day things to illustrate deep Biblical truths. Jesus used parables to illustrate God’s characters such as grace and forgiveness, warn about the end days, and provide insights on the spiritual life and its struggles. Most importantly, Jesus used parables to draw...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

No matter how long we’ve been on a spiritual journey, we can know one thing to be true. We will never just naturally keep growing deeper spiritual roots. Our very nature and propensity towards selfishness and sin will always strive to take us the other direction. It takes clear focus and commitment to our God who works miracles within us to grow in a way that reflects His character more and more. Some of the most spiritually mature Christians I know share some powerful things in common: they’ve...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

The book of Psalms contains some of the most quoted and powerful verses in the entire Bible. It flows with words of praise, prayers, and heart-felt thoughts about life and God, taking us through journeys from the depths of despair to seasons of celebration and thankfulness. Maybe that’s one reason so many of us love reading it, because even today, we can relate. It’s real life. Because some days are just hard. We may wonder where God is when we’re facing the toughest of times or may struggle...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

Early on in life we are told we should have a growth mindset, be lifelong learners, and better ourselves in mind, body, and spirit. All of these are good aspirations, but is Jesus calling us to something different? Does he call us to grow until we have no faults? Does he demand that we get everything right? And when Jesus says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” what exactly does he mean? (Matthew 5:48). It is often hard to discern the difference between striving...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018