Christian Living · encouragement · Knowing God

It’s Not About Me…

"I" problems are nothing new. 
There's a lot of discussion regarding the "I" problems among Christians today, particularly in a culture still learning to navigate social media. So much emphasis is placed numbers---number of likes, number followers, number of shares, dollars earned, etc. The "self" focus has become even more pervasive. It's slipping into Christian music and books. It's becoming deeply ingrained in church culture, particularly in America. 
It's time to shift our focus.

Christian community · Christian Living · encouragement

Why We Need Community

As a child of God, you are swimming against the current. If you try doing this alone (without Christ) it won't work. You will fail. We need Christ---His power, His wisdom, and His saving grace. Jesus also established the church so we would have support from fellow believers.

Scripture Writing Plans · The Word of God

The Beauty of God’s Word: July 2019 Scripture Writing Plan

Psalm 119 centers on God's word---it's beauty, power, value, quality---and it will be our focus in this month's scripture writing. Because we love God, we treasure the words He has inspired and preserved for our benefit. The creation declares His glory, wisdom, and majesty, but His word gives us insight into His plan for mankind, His righteous nature, and His steadfast love for us.

Christian Living · The Word of God

Truth: Who decides what is Right and Wrong?

Before we can have an intelligent discussion about hot-button issues, we must establish that there is a standard for truth, and that such a standard is far greater and more reliable than popular opinion.

Marriage and Family

Fathers

Last week, my family visited Arches National Park for the first time. What I treasured most about this trip was not the awesome landscapes, but something far more priceless: a deepening trust and affection between my husband and our children.

Scripture Writing Plans

Made One in Christ: Scripture Writing Plan June 2019

We often hear the quote, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Children might attempt to cook (or pretend to cook) alongside their parents or work on their toy car while their father works under the family car. A budding artist might attempt to reproduce the signature technique of a master artist. In each case, the imitation springs from admiration. Similarly, when we are united with Christ, we are so in awe of who He is that we attempt to imitate his example.

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Teaching the Truth With Love

Why are we willing to speak and teach the truth---even when it is unpopular? Are we teaching the truth to inflate our own self-righteousness? OR... Do we hope to lead people away from the catastrophic consequences of their choices? Are we teaching the truth because we love God and seek to glorify Him? OR... Do we simply seek self-promotion? The truth must be taught, but we must teach it with love.

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What is the Greatest Challenge Facing Christians Today?

When I entered college in 1999, many were under the impression that evolutionary theory and, of course, the obvious problem of peer pressure, had the greatest faith-wrecking potential.

We were wrong.

What is the greatest challenge facing Christians?

God's Love · Knowing God · Scripture Writing Plans · Study · The Word of God

February Scripture Writing Plan: The Love of the Lord

Romantic love is splendid, but its presence or absence does not determine our value.

Romantic love is euphoric, but only lasts for a short time.

Romantic love is beautiful, but it pales in comparison to the love of God.

For the month of February, our Scripture Writing Plan will focus on the love of God because there is no greater love than His. 

Thankfulness

A Scripture Writing Plan for November

Copying God's word has many benefits. For one, it focuses our hearts on certain words and concepts and commits them to memory. In this post, I have compiled a list of verses for you to copy, centering around thankfulness and gratitude to God.