Christian Living · Forgiveness

Why It’s So Hard to Be Patient with People

It's easy to talk about love when there is no conflict. It's easy to stand in a brightly lit hall, surrounded by a hundred smiling faces and listen to the preacher tell you how "love is patient and kind," but as offenses mount, love, patience, and kindness are no longer easy to swallow.

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Christian Living · Knowing God · Trust

Patience, Even When Suffering Doesn’t Make Sense

Suffering is frequently linked with the word "why." Why do we suffer? Why does God allow suffering? Why me? Suffering triggers an immediate desire to understand why. When sin entered the world suffering came along for the ride. We have seasons of peace, seasons of prosperity, and seasons of pain. Even in the good seasons,… Continue reading Patience, Even When Suffering Doesn’t Make Sense

Study · The Word of God

Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #3)

Welcome to today’s edition of Teaching Tip Thursday! Today's Tip: Review isn't for dummies If you have the opportunity to teach a class with the same person (or people) more than once, do not hesitate to review. It gives you, as a teacher, a pulse on what information has been retained and what the student does… Continue reading Bible Teaching Tips! (Tip #3)

Christian community

Expanding the Core of Workers

  This article is part of the series “Building GenNext.” You can read the previous post by clicking here. The preacher looked wearily at the building as he shifted into park. When he had begun the work here, he'd had such high hopes of helping the tiny church grow into a massive group of believers. Over… Continue reading Expanding the Core of Workers

Christian Living · encouragement · Knowing God · Uncategorized

No tests?

The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts. ~ Proverbs‬ ‭17:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬ My children have taught me a great deal about parenting. For instance: when I was a starry-eyed parent-to-be I said things like, "I'll never yell at my children. I'll never say, 'because I said so.'… Continue reading No tests?

discussion · Knowing God · The Word of God

Testing, 1, 2, 3… [Coffee Chat #9]

What do you use to see if someone is teaching truth or lies?