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A wonderful place! “For a place we all dream of going to, it’s remarkable how little we actually know about heaven,” writes editor Alex Tresniowski. “There are no brochures touting its beauty, no travel videos on YouTube, no scenic photos on Facebook. All we have to go on are Biblical descriptions of a vast and shimmering place: “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light,” John tells us in Revelation 22. And, we have the remembrances...

by School Of Life on 17 May 2018

“Heaven is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark.” –Stephen Hawking I’m afraid of the dark. If we’re talking about the endless kind of darkness that offers no light anywhere, no hope ever, and nothing but nothingness, who among us would not panic at the thought of that? I expect people like Mr. Hawking simply find the idea of Heaven too good to be true, and thus conclude that it must be a product of man’s delusional yearning for “pie in the sky by and by.” And yet, there are...

by School Of Life on 17 May 2018

We have all heard of individuals who have taken to a cave, room or wilderness, spent weeks with God and emerged on fire, powered up and talking about intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Special times spent in God’s Presence are vital to those of us who want to grow in prophetic ministry. However, the reality is that for most of us, life is busy. We have families, jobs and ministries that require daily time and attention. With that in mind, are there some practical ways that we can develop intimacy...

by School Of Life on 17 May 2018

When it comes to the Holy Spirit, most evangelicals fall into one of two extremes. Some seem obsessed, relating to him in strange, mystical ways. Their experiences with the Spirit always seem to coincide with an emotionally ecstatic moment created by the swell of music in a worship service or a weird confluence of events: “I was praying about whether to ask Rachel out, and suddenly I saw a billboard whose background was the same color as her eyes, and I got goose bumps—I knew it was the Holy...

by School Of Life on 17 May 2018

One of the tragic losses in modern Christianity is the near-elimination of the Holy Spirit from the life and activity of many believers. Religion that is learned and formalized can function without the Holy Spirit; true spirituality cannot. A prominent church leader once said of his denomination that “If the Holy Spirit were to disappear from the Church 90% of its work would go on as if nothing happened.” In many cases that is so. The loss is enormous. While your church or denomination may...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

If you ever feel at a loss for what to pray, there’s no better guidebook for petitions to our Heavenly Father than the very book He wrote—the Bible. Almost every book in there contains a plea or request, and page after page points to another reason we need a Savior. So, when you feel like you just don’t have words, turn first to the Word. Although we could list hundreds of prayers, we plucked out five of our favorites to show just how filled to the brim the Bible is with ways to call upon...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

A New Year signals new beginnings. For many of us, this means embracing new goals (or re-kindling old ones). If you’re like me, you can often find yourself creating a “spiritual” checklist, hoping that this next year will be the one that you really get with it spiritually. You grit your teeth and jump into January determined to change some things, only to find yourself frustrated and feeling guilty. I’ve got a word for you. “Don’t”. I know it’s technically a contraction, but go...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

1. GOD IS IMMANENT BECAUSE HE IS TRANSCENDENT. The Lord is “God in the heavens above (transcendent) and on the earth beneath (immanent)” (Josh 2:11). But to understand God in full we must recognize that his drawing near to creation stems from his being distinct from creation. In other words, there is no deficiency in God that creation satisfies. The Lord doesn’t relate to this world because he lacks something within himself. No, God draws near out of the abundance of who he is. God’s transcendence...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

Satan wants nothing more than to enter certain areas of your life so he can gain a stronghold. He’ll try anything to throw you off center, distract you from your focus, and render you ineffective for the Kingdom of God. And I believe that there are common areas he attacks – not just in women, but in any of us. As long as we’re aware of his strategies, we can be on guard to keep him out of his targeted entry points. These are the five areas of your life Satan wants to enter: 1. Your heart...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018

The devil may act like a roaring lion but Jesus is the Lion of Judah. Many Christians have not been taught how to resist the devil. It really is not hard to make him flee from you. People just like to make it sound hard. I am not the type of person that goes around trying to figure out all the wiles and ways that the devil tries to snare us. In all honesty, I think that there is too much teaching on this subject. I think that when we focus on the devil all the time it makes him happy. It was his...

by School Of Life on 16 May 2018