One of the greatest lies the enemy throws our way is that there’s a limit on how many times we can ask for forgiveness. If the enemy can get us to believe that, then we will be caught in a cycle of fear and hopelessness. But God stands, arms open wide, extending the greatest gift of all: relationship and community with Him. But if the enemy can twist scriptures and get you to believe that God is capricious, unreliable, and conditional in His forgiveness, then you will be an impotent and ineffective...

by School Of Life on 15 September 2018

I spend much of my life waiting for something: for the light to change, for a response to my text or email, for the nurse to call my name. I wait for hard things, like answers to blood tests and for good things, like a vacation to start. I wait for dreams to come true and for answered prayers. In many ways, the Christian life is one of waiting. We live in the in-between, a time between Christ’s ascension and his promised return. We wait for Christ to come and make all things new. We wait...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

As Christian counselors, pastors and people helpers we often have a hard time discerning between an evil heart and an ordinary sinner who messes up, who isn’t perfect, and full of weakness and sin. I think one of the reasons we don’t “see” evil is because we find it so difficult to believe that evil individuals actually exist. We can’t imagine someone deceiving us with no conscience, hurting others with no remorse, spinning outrageous fabrications to ruin someone’s reputation, or pretending...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

The term parable in the Greek and Hebrew languages can refer to anything ranging from allegories, proverbs, and riddles, to stories. Over one third of Jesus’ teachings were through parables. In His parables, Jesus used familiar, day-to-day things to illustrate deep Biblical truths. Jesus used parables to illustrate God’s characters such as grace and forgiveness, warn about the end days, and provide insights on the spiritual life and its struggles. Most importantly, Jesus used parables to draw...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

No matter how long we’ve been on a spiritual journey, we can know one thing to be true. We will never just naturally keep growing deeper spiritual roots. Our very nature and propensity towards selfishness and sin will always strive to take us the other direction. It takes clear focus and commitment to our God who works miracles within us to grow in a way that reflects His character more and more. Some of the most spiritually mature Christians I know share some powerful things in common: they’ve...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

The book of Psalms contains some of the most quoted and powerful verses in the entire Bible. It flows with words of praise, prayers, and heart-felt thoughts about life and God, taking us through journeys from the depths of despair to seasons of celebration and thankfulness. Maybe that’s one reason so many of us love reading it, because even today, we can relate. It’s real life. Because some days are just hard. We may wonder where God is when we’re facing the toughest of times or may struggle...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

Early on in life we are told we should have a growth mindset, be lifelong learners, and better ourselves in mind, body, and spirit. All of these are good aspirations, but is Jesus calling us to something different? Does he call us to grow until we have no faults? Does he demand that we get everything right? And when Jesus says, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect,” what exactly does he mean? (Matthew 5:48). It is often hard to discern the difference between striving...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

Wondering why God hasn’t healed you yet? It may be that pride is keeping you from full healing. “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” A leper presented himself to Jesus with those words. He had a horrific illness and he asked Jesus to heal him. Jesus reached out his hand and touched the leper. Then He said, “I am willing. Be clean!” and immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. I have been studying humility and prayerfully pursuing a more humble mindset. It is God’s...

by School Of Life on 14 September 2018

“As I sit here in a room filled with hundreds of other Believers, I couldn’t feel more alone. I feel invisible a sea of faces. Somehow, I feel very unseen. How did I get here? What did I do to deserve this level of loneliness? How will I ever move forward? My life isn’t going as I planned and I don’t know if I’ll ever get it back.” These words were penned by a friend of mine several years ago. She had written that note to herself, while sitting a church filled with almost a thousand...

by School Of Life on 13 September 2018

Here are four habits that I believe will help us wait on God’s timing. Reading the Promises of God Next to Jesus Christ, Job may have suffered as much as anyone ever did, yet he held onto this promise: “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me” (Job 19:25-27)! Job must have had...

by School Of Life on 13 September 2018