Walls removed. Lights installed. The big reveal. A decrepit home is given new life and purpose. I love those home remodel shows, but sometimes I want to skip through the program to get to the final ten minutes. I want to see the pretty stuff, not the ripped up floors, asbestos covered walls, or burst pipes. Hurry up already, and let me get to the part where the home becomes a distinct and transformed space. Transformation is a process and a metamorphosis. The difference between transformation...

by School Of Life on 21 April 2019

A few years ago, I realized I could not access my blog via the Internet. After much investigating I discovered my website had been hacked. Someone gained access to the files on my site and planted corrupt files in with the good files causing my site to crash. As my husband helped to correct the problem, he asked me what type of security I purchased for the site. I said I did not buy any extra protection for the site. He then told me what I now know to be very true today: always invest in security. I’ve...

by School Of Life on 21 April 2019

All my life I’ve heard the phrase, “God works in mysterious ways.” For years, I’ve tried to discover the verse that points us to this phrase. However, every search would come up empty. There was simply nowhere in the Bible that says God works in mysterious ways. This phrase was created to justify our personal lack of understanding for how He operates. In fact, there are more verses pointing to the reality that He wants to reveal Himself to His children. “But those who seek the LORD understand...

by School Of Life on 20 April 2019

Our enemy Satan goes by many names. In Genesis, he is called a crafty serpent (Genesis 3:1-5), and Paul dubbed him a lion ready to destroy and devour his prey (1 Peter 5:9). In Revelation, John describes the enemy as a dragon. (20:2) He is labeled a tempter when he meets Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11). The prophet Zechariah names him as our accuser, and he has no home roaming throughout the earth (Job 1:6). Other deadly descriptions include a murderer, thief, and liar. Satan’s only...

by School Of Life on 19 April 2019

The longer I actively live for Christ the more the Old Testament grows dear to me. And the more I read the New Testament the more I see connections with the Old. Various New Testament writers look to the Old Testament to explain Jesus, and refer to Jesus to explain the Old Testament. Through Jesus we find Old Testament theology confirmed, its prophecy fulfilled, history reread through the proper lens, people expanded, and religion renewed. Matthew looked at Isaiah’s prophecies, John looked to...

by School Of Life on 18 April 2019

How many of us, when we first came to Christ, began to awaken to the fact that attitudes living within us were far from the ways of Christ? While God gives us the strength we need to act as he has instructed, we must keep a careful watch over our hearts and tongues. Anybody who has been a part of the church knows that while Jesus is perfect, his people are not (yet). Because of this, he has offered us his saving grace. God loves us enough to set us free from mindsets, temperaments, and routines...

by School Of Life on 18 April 2019

It is more difficult than ever to display Christlike behavior to an ever increasingly violent and volatile world. Yet, this is an opportunity for Christians to shine, because when we act the opposite of how the world acts, the more God gets the glory. But how do we do that? The best way is to walk in the Spirit. But what does that even look like? Here are 10 ways to walk in the Spirit in today’s world: 1. Walk in the Light 1 John 3:5-7 says, “If we say we have fellowship with him while we...

by School Of Life on 17 April 2019

In the late 1990s, a group of scholars assembled to evaluate whether Jesus actually said the things attributed to him by the Gospel writers. Although they employed remarkably subjective criteria in their evaluation of Scripture, members of the self-appointed “Jesus Seminar” were widely quoted by the media as authorities on the Christian faith. Marcus Borg, a Jesus Seminar leader, said this of Christ’s resurrection: “As a child, I took it for granted that Easter meant that Jesus literally...

by School Of Life on 17 April 2019

What do the cross and resurrection mean for us? First, let’s look at the cross. Historically, Christians use seven major words to summarize the Bible’s teaching on what happened when Jesus died. They help us to understand how spiritually poor we are by nature and how rich we can become by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1. Substitution The basic meaning of the word is very straightforward and in relation to the death of Jesus is extremely important. This comes across powerfully...

by School Of Life on 17 April 2019

I’ve been fortunate to have witnessed some of the most breathtaking views on earth. From the Rocky Mountains outside my back window to the jungles of Belize, God’s creation is marvelous. But there is a future place—an eternal dwelling—that far exceeds anything we could ever behold. Heaven is not a mythical place. It is the holy dwelling of the Lord Most High. And although we cannot even begin to comprehend its splendor, the Bible gives us beautiful descriptions of the place in which those...

by School Of Life on 17 April 2019