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When I first became a Christian, I really didn’t want to hear anything about spiritual warfare. I just wanted Jesus. I didn’t ask for any war. And if I can be honest with you, I was scared. Talk of an enemy that wanted to kill, steal, and destroy me wasn’t something I wanted to think about at all. Interestingly enough, the enemy didn’t want me thinking about it either. This way I’d be an easy target for his schemes and tricks and unprepared for the plans he had to harm me. As I’ve...

by School Of Life on 30 April 2019

Forgiveness is easier said than done. It might be easier to forgive if the offense is minor, but what about a victim of abuse? Forgiveness is a process. If we say we have forgiven someone, yet our blood boils at the mere thought of them, have we truly forgiven? Deep down, we know God calls us to forgive those who have wronged us, but what does the Bible have to say specifically about it? Here are 15 verses on the importance and power of forgiveness: Forgiveness in the Old Testament Leviticus 19:18 “Do...

by School Of Life on 29 April 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

What is peace, really? We can look at it through a common lens and characterize it as calmness, quietness, tranquility, and contentment. Or, we can look at it through a Biblical lens and discover the true peace that God offers – the peace of God. In a world of chaos and instability, there is a peace that exceeds all human understanding – the supernatural peace that God offers through the Holy Spirit. It travels far beyond pretty hillsides and sing-song melodies. It’s a certainty...

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

When the apostle Paul—formerly Saul, persecutor of Christians—was converted, Jesus announced, “For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name” (Acts 9:16). Indeed, the apostle Paul suffered much for Christ’s sake. And yet, he seemed to embrace, not resist, this suffering. For this reason, Paul can teach us much about suffering—its causes, its rewards, its effects, and our responses, among other things. Most importantly, we discover that, though suffering is necessary...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019

Prayer is our primary means of communication with God, and it is only through God that we have the strength, abilities and wisdom we need to face a busy day. But when we’re so busy, when is there time to pray? My answer may surprise you: Always. We don’t have to stop everything in order to pray. Instead, let these short, simple prayers run through your mind as you go about your everyday tasks—your conversation with God will become a soundtrack underscoring your ordinary days, transforming...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019

There is a mystery to prayer—a way God works in it that we don’t fully understand. But God persistently invites us to pray, showing us through His word and Spirit how and why we should turn our voices to Him, exhorting us to never give it up. Even so, many of us only pray when we’re troubled. Such a tendency may reveal a one-dimensional view of God and prayer. Our view of prayer both impacts and is changed by our view of God. Here are desperately needed reminders for how and why we pray,...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019

Making the Psalms a consistent part of our time studying the Bible is enriching and important. The Psalms are meant to be sung and prayed, and there are specific psalms that were written to help us when life it bleak and we feel miserable. The individual and communal laments are the largest category of psalms. These psalms lay a troubling situation before the Lord and ask him for help. They can be about broad community problems or individual struggles. There are also songs of confidence and comfort...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019

We seem to know very little about the existence and ministry of Angels. To most of us angels are more decoration than the reality. Angels appear on tombstones, the walls of nurseries, jewelry, Renaissance art, ordination certificates, Christmas cards, and Valentines. Angels are usually fat and naked and have little bows and arrows with wings on their backs! These caricatures are so unfortunate. Angels have a lot to do, especially for those who have eyes to see. I believe that most of their work...

by School Of Life on 29 April 2019