Have you ever been in a season of life where doubt, fear, and anxiety seem to loom over you like an ever-present dark cloud? Have you ever felt so alone, so down, so hurt that you couldn’t seem to remember life ever being good? Have you ever wrestled with the big questions of life and faith and found yourself more confused than you started? I’ve been there. We all have. Even though I’m a follower of Christ, even though I’ve given my heart to him, even though I’m at church every Sunday...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

If there is a single driving force in our society today it may well be what I call instant self-gratification. It is into this mindset in our society that the Bible speaks about fasting. Is it any wonder that few people are listening? Nothing seems as silly to the natural mind or as repulsive to the body as fasting, especially when you place our demand for instant self-gratification in a consumer-oriented world where life is all about seeking and obtaining whatever suits our fancy. Even from...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Our thoughts have the power to paralyze or motivate us, to thrust us into the depths of despair or propel us to the heights of celebration. They can center us in truth or lead us, slowly but steadily down the destructive path of deception. Scripture tells us human wisdom is faulty at best, leading mankind to call good evil and evil good.  Imagine having the power to rise above our petty, contrary, and often harmful thought patterns to view our world and circumstances as Christ does. Though we...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

Many of us have been there. Middle of the night. Darkness surrounds. Stars shining brightly. All is quiet. All should be at peace.  Except for one problem.  We can’t sleep.  Thoughts are swirling, anxieties pressing hard. Peace feels far away. Fear seems to be bigger in the dark. It’s hard to see or think with clarity. Too many things can keep us awake. Wide awake. If you’ve lived long enough, you may have found yourself there. Maybe the kids woke you up, or the new pet. Maybe it’s...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

So many of us struggle with trying to find peace (and maintain it) in our lives. Some days, for me, I’m so thankful for it and other days I take it for granted. Then there are the days that I’d do just about anything to have a little sliver of it!   Some days I just need a little peaceful time, you know, like maybe some time for myself or maybe the need for peace and quiet when the walls of this tiny house close in tight and magnify every little peep. And… There have been times when I’ve...

by School Of Life on 21 August 2017

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