They say anxiety is on the rise. That more women are more anxious more often than we were even five years ago.Goodness knows there’s enough in the news and in our life to crowd our thoughts with fear. Scripture is the cure for our anxious thoughts. Reading scripture isn’t the same as thinking happy thoughts. I can remember when I was young waking from a recurring nightmare and trying to fight my fear by thinking the happiest thoughts I could. Those childhood wishes worked well enough then,...

by School Of Life on 5 September 2017

We often sing choruses about our God being greater and stronger, but truthfully – God is without comparison. It’s not like we’re on a scale with mankind at one end and God at the other. He’s not even on the scale. God is measureless. He is boundless and outside of any limit whatsoever. So, it’s not just that God is greater. He is great beyond anything our mind could imagine. “There is none like You, O LORD; You are great, and great is Your name in might,” the scriptures tell us....

by School Of Life on 5 September 2017

Dear Roger, Our Bible study group was discussing how and why God could justify sending good people to hell. We all agree that someone like Adolf Hitler ought to be in hell. But we also agreed that we know many non-Christians who are better people than many Christians. It seems so unfair for God to send some bad people to heaven while some good people end up in hell. How can this be? Thank you, Kelly Dear Kelly, We have to stick really closely to the Bible to deal properly with your question. From...

by School Of Life on 5 September 2017

In the midst of broken dreams and riveting pain, how should we pray? Should we pray for healing and deliverance, believing that we just need to ask, because God can do anything? Or should we relinquish our desires to God, trusting that even in our anguish he has the perfect plan for us? Yes. When life falls apart, God invites us to do both. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus faced unimaginable suffering. Sweating drops of blood, he fell to the ground and prayed: “Abba, Father, all things are...

by School Of Life on 4 September 2017

A morning prayer is a wonderful way to focus your time and attention on seeking God’s plan for the day ahead. Whether you need encouragement, peace, strength, or rest, God can meet you in a very real and present way when you come before Him with a humble heart. Seek God’s presence each morning before your energy and attention is pulled by all the tasks you have ahead. Here are 10 helpful morning prayers to start your day: 1. “Lord, may nothing separate me from You today. Teach...

by School Of Life on 4 September 2017

Every day presents a fresh opportunity to pursue a closer relationship with Jesus – and the more you have of Jesus in your life, the better your life will be. So don’t settle for just occasional encounters with Jesus in some parts of your life. Keep pursuing more of Jesus until your whole life is saturated with His power. Here’s how you can pursue more of Jesus: Go for the maximum, not the minimum. Choose to go after more than just the bare minimum God has to offer you. Make your faith...

by School Of Life on 4 September 2017

Fear. One of the enemy’s most popular weapons that he uses against us. Worry, anxiety, fear…can overwhelm us with a thick shadow of darkness, controlling our every move and decision. So much crazy going on around us today – wars, conflicts, persecution, violence, crime, natural disasters, terrorism, economic uncertainty, unemployment, divisions, disease, death. We fear for our children’s future, we fear for our families, we fear for our financial future, we fear for our safety. The...

by School Of Life on 4 September 2017

Satan wants to keep you from worshiping the One he hates. He wants to keep you from doing the right thing, whether that is spending time alone with the Lord in Scripture and prayer, attending and participating in public worship services, or any other thing that will draw you closer to the Lord. Here, courtesy of Thomas Brooks, are eight ways Satan will keep you from worship. Here’s how I would encourage you to use the list. Think of the times that you decide to stay in bed instead of getting...

by School Of Life on 4 September 2017

Silent whispers spread like wildfire around the room as my high school English teacher handed out a list of the capstone requirements for our senior class. One of the assignments: Memorize John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address. “Wait a minute … you want us to memorize what?” a classmate asked in disbelief. “Do you realize it’s 27 paragraphs?” The teacher nodded and I felt worry lines form quickly across my forehead. I’ve never been good at memorizing things. In Sunday school...

by School Of Life on 4 September 2017

I have a good job. Two beautiful children. A deliciously wonderful husband. We love God. Go to a fantastic church. Live in a nice house. In a nice street. In a good neighbourhood. My children attend a fine school. We make memories each year on vacation. I am healthy. My family is healthy. None of us has emotional scars or mental illness. We are happy and flourishing. Yet I want more. It calls out to me. You know, more. The bigger house, nicer car, luxurious vacation. They call to me with pressure...

by School Of Life on 4 September 2017