The first time Dean (not his real name) came to see me it was pretty obvious that he had a temper. The cast cover his right hand was part of the evidence. He had tried to break a car window and found it rather resistant. Over the course of five months, we worked through many issues and I was delighted to discover that he was learning to control his responses better. I was excited until I realized that while he wasn’t punching windows any more, he wasn’t any less of an angry person. To truly...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Feeling weary today? Distant from God? Anxious? Uncertain? In this article Tim Keller warms our hearts with seven breathtaking privileges of being a child of God set out by Paul in Romans 8:14-17: “For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The Spirit himself...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Most people don’t expect to find the answers to their spiritual questions in a three-hundred-year-old confession of faith, but the 1689 London Baptist Confession brought light into the dark night of this young Christian’s soul. Speaking of the assurance of grace and salvation, the confession says “This certainty is not a bare conjectural and probable persuasion grounded upon a fallible hope, but an infallible assurance of faith founded on the blood and righteousness of Christ revealed...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

We are called to be an example in our society, to guide others in the way of the Lord, although the virtue of society has gone out the window. We are meant to live by example in everything we do. Christ like character includes being honest, loving everyone (even those who are hard to love), being kind and having self-control, to name a few. Here are 10 Christian virtues we need to revive if we are to thrive and lead by example. 1. Love – We all have different opinions on things and different...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Reading the stories of early mankind’s depravity, I felt the depths of my own sin. Studying Genesis, I was shocked how quickly sin escalated after the Fall in chapter three. God catalogued all sorts of sins for us—from lying, anger and deception to the sins of adultery, sexual debauchery and even murder! He wants us to understand how deep the curse of sin can go. Here are some things I’ve since learned about the depths of sin: 1. Our sins are never graded on a curve. I had a tough chemistry...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Have you ever thought about how Satan entices human beings into sin? When we are tempted by a particular thing it seems natural to engage. We believe by engaging with that temptation, it will give us something. It might make us feel good or meet a perceived need. Eve thought God was holding out on her when she wanted to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. She didn’t believe God’s warning when He set a boundary and placed the Tree as off-limits. The word Satan means “deceiver.”...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

My hope is in You, Lord. I whisper this refrain to myself, again and again, hoping to soothe my ruffled feathers. Trying to counter the turmoil I feel when faced with vehement opinions that seem false to me. When I witness hatred and stubbornness and a refusal to consider other perspectives. When political differences devolve into name-calling and harsh accusations. My hope is in You, Lord. When I don’t know what to think, Lord, my hope is in You.  When I don’t know how to reconcile my faith...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Discipline seems like a hard word, but discipline is your lifeline, something that you learn to embrace and thank God for as you grow in him. The apostle Paul links the idea of discipline with spiritual life: “Train yourself for godliness”—referring to a spiritual workout— for “godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Tim. 4:7–8). A Christian woman’s life is about bringing her will and every area of her life...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

A passport is a powerful document. It certifies a person’s citizenship and carries authority to travel to foreign countries. While visiting other countries as a guest, your citizenship remains, along with a certain amount of protection that your country’s government promises to its citizens. And when it’s time to come home your passport guarantees your safe re-entrance. But as wonderful as all of that is, there is something infinitely more valuable: a spiritual passport, the guarantee of...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Did you know there’s a war going on that affects every person on the planet? Oh, it isn’t the kind of war that is fought with guns and knives, bombs or bullets. It’s a war between two worlds. The world we live in and the spiritual world where the battle relentlessly rages beyond our view. It’s a battle for the souls of those who don’t know Christ (2 Corinthians 4:3-4) and the testimonies of those who do (Luke 22:31, 1 Peter 5:8-9, 1 Corinthians 11:3). The war is as real as the wounds...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017