When my children were young, they said prayers that melted my heart! They prayed for their dad and me, for each other, for their grandparents, and it was so, so sweet. They also spent a good bit of time asking God for all the things they wanted, like new Lego sets and board games. While I’m sure the Lord delighted in those heartfelt prayers, I realized my boys needed to think beyond themselves and their immediate family and learn to pray for the needs of others. This is when I learned the challenges...

by School Of Life on 9 July 2019

You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4, NASB) Fallen from grace? That certainly sounds like they’ve lost their salvation. And the way the term is popularly used today doesn’t help, either. When we hear in the news about a celebrity who has “fallen from grace”, it typically describes someone who was behaving well but then suffered a moral failure. Perhaps they were arrested for illegal drugs, cheated on their...

by School Of Life on 9 July 2019

Judgement, in its intended use, enables us to make objective and wise decisions. These decisions then affect our actions. Without judgement, we would flail and flounder. But judgment is often misused. Appointed judges in the legal system carry out a country’s laws. But sometimes, they abuse their power, and injustice happens. We can use our judgement to make right decisions, but sometimes we use it for selfish purposes, wreaking havoc in our relationships. You run into these kinds of people...

by School Of Life on 9 July 2019

1 Chronicles 16:25 tells us that “For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised”. Jeremiah 10:6 reminds us “There is none like you Lord, You are great, and great is your name in might.” It’s easy to praise God for being great when life is going well. A happy marriage, a good job and a fat wallet can make us feel like we have a great life. But what happens when life begins to fall apart? When we lose these things, it is easy to slip into a state of depression or anger,...

by School Of Life on 9 July 2019

A few years ago, after God had spent a decade lovingly pursuing and chasing me down, I reached a turning point in my life. It was in the aftermath of this unexpected tidal wave that I realized I had a decision to make: I could keep running away from God, or I could turn and pursue a life of faith in Him. The problem was, I didn’t know how to pursue Him. Maybe you can relate. In your heart, you know there has to be something more to life — someone worth counting on and trusting your life over...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

The Sermon on the Mount is the backbone to the principles we are called to live by as Christians. This is the longest running sermon recorded in the Bible from Jesus and happened early in His ministry. He had been baptized by John the Baptist, was tempted in the wilderness, began drawing crowds by his preaching in Galilee, and started calling the men who would become His disciples. We see in Matthew 4:19 that these first four men (Simon called Peter, Andrew, James, and John), once fishermen by...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

When I watch the news, my heart beats a little faster, and I start to feel anxious and concerned about the future. Alarming news of natural disasters, political upheaval, vicious wars, and indescribable suffering and pain strikes fear in our hearts. Is this the end of time? We are not to know the time of Jesus’ return, but there are signs to heed as the time draws near. Matthew, Mark, and Luke all tell how Jesus warned the disciples about the end of time. Jesus told them there would be false...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

It is the easiest verse in the Bible to memorize, with it being the shortest. “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) Though short, this one verse raises many questions. Why was Jesus weeping? He was God in the flesh. No matter what challenges He faced He knew how all of this would end. He would be victorious. He would overcome death. He would save the world. So why the tears? Let’s zoom out of this two-word verse to gain a fuller context of what was happening that brought Jesus not only to tears but...

by School Of Life on 1 May 2019

Shortly before His death, Jesus spoke words of deep assurance to an unnamed criminal hanging beside Him. “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in paradise” (Luke 23:43). This simple statement, spoken to a man at the end of his life as he paid the punishment for his crimes, offers unspeakable hope and comfort to all who come after. Jesus’ interaction with this hopeless man thousands of years ago reveals core truths for us to celebrate each Easter season. Here are 5 important truths...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019

In all of history, there is not one more redeeming, liberating, or costly sacrifice than the cross of Christ. For many of us, it has made a powerful difference in our lives, both now, and for all of eternity. Yet the reality is that it can be very difficult to reflect on all that Jesus was willing to suffer and endure on our behalf. We may even find ourselves struggling through questions like these: Why did Jesus have to die? Was it really necessary? How could a loving God allow this to happen? The...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019