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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

Have you ever questioned if God loves you? Have you wondered if it’s true? When trials mount, discouragement hits, a full schedule overwhelms, or when you simply don’t feel loved, it’s good to turn to the Bible—God’s truth—to help remember God loves you. Many stories about the lives of real people fill the pages of the Bible for you and me to read, investigate, glean from, find encouragement through, and simply enjoy. Threaded throughout each of these stories sits a theme of love—God’s...

by School Of Life on 21 April 2019

Recently, when an online magazine sent me an article on “5 signs you’re part of an unhealthy church,” I eagerly opened it. This subject is dear to my heart. I am passionate about strong, healthy churches. The writer’s 5 signs were good, as far as they went. No argument with her. I did not leave a comment one way or the other in response. What I felt, however, is that my experience seems to be of another nature from hers. Here are 10 signs I’ve seen in my experience...

by School Of Life on 21 April 2019

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. (Proverbs 16:31) In ancient times, old age and gray hair were synonymous with wisdom and knowledge. According to Rachael Gibson, the Hair Historian, throughout the 18th century powdering elaborate wigs and your hair off-white became all the rage for the European elite. We’ve come a long way from that mindset for now in our culture it is implied that gray hair is unattractive. We’re fixated on looking young which has spawned the...

by School Of Life on 20 April 2019

In 2002, my husband felt a sense from the Lord that He wanted us to plant a church in our hometown in Connecticut. This took a big risk. Because at the time, we were living in Alberta Canada, which was 40 hours away from Connecticut! We packed our things, put in our notice at our current church and made the three-day trek to CT. It wasn’t easy, but five years later, that dream became a reality. However, it was full of ups and downs. During that time, we learned 10 important things about who...

by School Of Life on 20 April 2019

Troubles are life’s guarantee. We can run from them, wish them away, or ignore them, but they persist whether we acknowledge them or not. Someone misunderstands us, then assumptions are made, and relationships are torn apart. Our lives don’t resemble a bucolic painting, they resemble messes, hurts, mistakes, and careless words. What’s the purpose in struggles? Is it to make our lives miserable, to teach us a lesson, or to grow us? Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me...

by School Of Life on 20 April 2019

Have you experienced times in your life where it seemed like God wasn’t hearing or answering your prayers? Maybe you’re struggling now with unanswered prayers, feeling like God isn’t listening or doesn’t care about your needs, concerns, and desires. If so, you may be tempted to stop praying all together questioning what’s the use? Yet Scripture assures, “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are attentive to their cry;” (Psalm 34:15). As well, Psalm 66:19 states,...

by School Of Life on 20 April 2019

When I first became a Christian, I had a lot to learn about the faith. I was not rooted in the Word and cared more about my outward appearance than my relationship with God. I didn’t understand the power of humility or repentance in my Christian walk. When people spoke into my life and told me when I was in sin, I pretended what they were saying wasn’t true, or I told them they were wrong. Little did I know that the more I pretended sin didn’t exist, the longer I allowed the sin to take...

by School Of Life on 20 April 2019

In today’s individualistic society, we can easily go to church each week flitting in and out of the sanctuary not speaking to anyone. This prevents us from being fully known by others in the church. This, paired with unconfessed sin, eventually creates a deep longing in our souls that can only be repaired by God. But how do we know if we or someone else is doing well in their spiritual walk? Here are 10 early indicators that, when gone unchecked, can lead to deeper spiritual problems later: 1....

by School Of Life on 20 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