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

Last night, as I was booting down the day in prayer, I realized something. Something kind of significant. I figured what it said about me just as important as what I actually believed about prayer. It struck me that while I often pray to stop worrying, I always pray mid-struggle – in the heat of a thought that has run haywire, like a wire with far too much current and no outlet. Now, I won’t say by that point it is too late, but I just wonder, why do I wait until that point, rather...

by School Of Life on 28 April 2019

The book of Revelation is either the most exciting or the most frustrating book of the Bible to read. It can be exciting when you’re looking at prophecy fulfilled or frustrating when you’re confused about what is literal, what is symbolic, what is future and what is past. It can also be the most divisive book of the Bible because of differing views on interpretation. Yet John, the writer of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, said “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy,...

by School Of Life on 24 April 2019

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10). If Satan can steal, kill, and destroy, how can I overcome him? He can steal the word and God’s promises right out of my head, leaving me with no way to fight. He can cause tragic situations to happen and even kill me. He can destroy relationships and things that I cherish. What can I do? I can turn to Jesus and love God with my whole heart, mind, and strength....

by School Of Life on 23 April 2019

This world can be a dark place. Sometimes it’s hard to see light and hope in the midst of all the suffering and pain that surrounds us. Just this year, we’ve seen incredible evil take many innocent lives. We’ve seen terrorist attacks and heard rumors of war. We’ve seen hurricanes and natural disasters wreak havoc in different places around the globe. Top news headlines reveal constant struggles, pain, and brokenness that people everywhere are facing. Maybe you’re facing it too. Our own...

by School Of Life on 22 April 2019