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“They didn’t go down on their price,” my husband said with a tone of defeat. I looked down at my pregnant belly and tried to fight tears. This was the second offer we’d made on a house we hoped to make our home, but things weren’t going as planned. We would have to walk away. For what seemed the hundredth time that week, I questioned God. Were we making a huge mistake? Our old house sat on the other side of the country, unsellable. My in-laws basement was our temporary living quarters...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019

Call ‘em hard: the death of a loved one, medical conditions, wayward children, relocation, weather catastrophes, divorce, an unexpected job change, or financial difficulties. Many of us will face these challenges. Hello season of “hard.” Nearly two years ago, I faced my father’s death. Grief shook my world for weeks, months even. If it weren’t for heaven, I’m not certain how I would have managed. Thoughts of heaven – Dad’s entrance there and the hope awaiting – kept me grounded...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019

Often when we find ourselves awakened in the middle of the night, worry, fear, and struggles can press hard. Peace feels far away. It’s difficult to even think with clarity, too many thoughts and feelings are swirling around in the dark. And it’s in those very moments when we most need to pray, that often we can hardly find the words. God knows. He understands. And He is close. His words are living, active, and powerful. They are the only thing that can bring us true peace in this life, whether...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019

“For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within” (2 Corinthians 7:5). The New King James translation of this verse uses the painfully descriptive phrase “hard pressed” to describe Paul’s trials. “We were hard pressed on every side.” The origin of this phrase comes from the practice of squeezing a fruit or vegetable (grapes, olives) to extract its juice. Some days (weeks, months, seasons,...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019

While the entire Bible stresses certainty and assurance for Christians who are born-again, there’s one section of Scripture that stakes out this theme as its central focus—the letter of 1 John. As we carefully read through 1 John, we notice a five-fold argument for the assurance of salvation—five of the birthmarks of the Christian. These are characteristics and traits of someone who is born again through faith in Jesus Christ. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019

God has revealed many things about himself in his Word. But God’s manifold attributes shine most clearly in his Son, Jesus Christ, who came to reveal his Father. Through Christ’s saving work on the cross, we are able to know and worship God rightly. 1. God is simple. What that means is this: God is free from all composition; He is not the sum of his parts. There is not one thing and another in God. Rather, whatever is in God, God is. He is absolute, which means that there are no distinctions...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019

Last March, a near stranger introduced me to a new way of praying that has radically changed my life. I “happened” (there are no coincidences when you’re a believer, Friend!) to sit down next to a woman I barely knew at a local writer’s conference reception. After the rest of the table had long since cleared away, she and I continued to talk about life, love, and faith. And there among the remnants of sausage balls, veggie sticks and cheese dip, I found myself spilling my heart out about...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019

It saddens me when I hear Christians say that God only speaks to preachers or “spiritual” people and not to them. I believe that God speaks to all His children – but are you expecting Him too? God longs for us to know his will and his words to us. Though a Christian might walk through a season of silence or quietness, they shouldn’t confuse that with God’s absence. And God never leaves us without a way to hear from him. So how does God speak? Here are 7 ways that I have found… 1. Through...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019

Last March, a near stranger introduced me to a new way of praying that has radically changed my life. I “happened” (there are no coincidences when you’re a believer, Friend!) to sit down next to a woman I barely knew at a local writer’s conference reception. After the rest of the table had long since cleared away, she and I continued to talk about life, love, and faith. And there among the remnants of sausage balls, veggie sticks and cheese dip, I found myself spilling my heart out about...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019

“To be human is to worship.” Those are the opening words of Daniel Block’s excellent new book on worship, For the Glory of God. Men and women are inveterate worshippers. Paul makes this clear in Romans 1. Even those who reject the plain knowledge of God which can be perceived within the created order do not cease worshiping. Rather they simply begin worshipping created things instead of the Creator (Rom 1:18ff). Given that we all worship and that our hearts tend to be deceptive, it is vital...

by School Of Life on 25 April 2019