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Posts Categorized: Inspirational

Teach Us to Pray

Prayer is one of the great mysteries of the Christian life. We talk in our heads or out loud. God hears. And God moves. However, He doesn’t always move in the direction we want Him to go, or at the speed we’d like Him to move. In fact, we often find prayer moves us in… Read more »

Remember

On Memorial Day, we remember those who gave their lives in defense of our country. We live in freedom because they fought tyranny. We live without fear because they faced danger. We live in comfort because they gave up all comforts. We live because of their sacrifices. Let’s never take these gifts for granted. They… Read more »

Kids Count

“If Jesus lives in your heart, does that make Him a parasite?” For the past seven years, I’ve fielded questions like that from my class of fourth- and fifth-graders in Sunday school. When I started teaching, I was a little concerned. What if they asked questions I couldn’t answer? What if I made a fool… Read more »

He Is Risen Indeed!

Do you ever worry that you’ve heard the Easter story so many times, it might grow to feel stale? The good thing about maturing as a Christian is ease and comfort with God’s love, the bad thing is the danger of taking His love for granted. The apostle Paul never seemed to take Jesus’ sacrifice… Read more »

Our Hope Is in Him

Webster’s Dictionary defines hope as “to long for with expectation of fulfillment.” Hope can sustain us through suffering, hardships, and waiting. Without hope, the human soul despairs, gives up, and withers. However, misplaced hope can lead to profound disappointment. When we place our hope in an improved economy, political change, success, or finding the perfect… Read more »

Without Love…

Good works. Perseverance. Sound doctrine. Those are good things. But are they enough? This past week I started a new Bible study on the book of Ephesians, team-teaching with two wonderful women. For the introductory class, we discussed the author and the audience—Paul and the church in Ephesus. The city of Ephesus was a major… Read more »

Cathedral

It was built for the praise of His glory. The cathedral has stood for centuries, hinting at God’s unchangeable nature. Towering spires represent His greatness, carvings in stone and wood record His work through the ages, and stained glass reflects His brilliance and color and light. An organ shakes the air with powerful music for… Read more »

RSVP

The rain sneaked under my hood as I ran my son up the walkway for a birthday party. I felt for the mother, who would soon have a houseful of sugar-addled, rainy-day-crazed kids. “How many are you expecting?” I asked the hostess. Her forehead puckered. “I have no idea. No one RSVP’d.” A twinge of… Read more »

Hesitate….or Go?

A call from God can be a scary thing. He asks you to do something new, weird, or dangerous—something you feel ill-equipped to do. Something that might turn your life upside-down. Imagine Moses at the burning bush when God tells him to leave his life of shepherding, return to Egypt where he murdered a man,… Read more »

Daisy Speaks

This is Daisy the yellow lab speaking. All my life I’ve listened to “Mom” make false and unkind allegations against me. I’ve hijacked this blog. It’s my turn to have a say, which isn’t easy when you have to type with paws. She can have the blog back if she meets my conditions. Condition #1:… Read more »