His Wisdom for Her World

A peacemaker separates herself from her own interests and whims and what is best for her.

A peacemaker separates herself from her own interests and whims and what is best for her.

By on May 26, 2016 in Christian Life with 0 Comments

Click read the Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of “The Blessed Woman.” The peacemaker (Gk eirenopoioi, v. 9) strive for harmony in all areas of life as a reflection on the inner peace that God brings to His children. Jesus taught that peace will only come when people have peace with God. The Beatitude raises the bar […]

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A New Creation – Life Lessons from Butterflies

A New Creation – Life Lessons from Butterflies

By on May 24, 2016 in Christian Life, Jesus with 1 Comment

Last month was my oldest daughter’s birthday. My sister-in-love, a preschool teacher, decided to forgo the usual gifts of princesses, baby dolls, or crafts, and instead get Makaylan a Live Butterfly Adventure. A few days later we received a package with six tiny caterpillars inside. I, for the first time, was able to obverse – […]

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God has placed in His creation an insatiable hunger for Himself

God has placed in His creation an insatiable hunger for Himself

By on May 19, 2016 in Christian Life with 1 Comment

Click read the Part 1 and Part 2 of “The Blessed Woman.” The first four Beatitudes describe the character of one who has been awakened and filled with the Spirit of God: Being poor in spirit affirms your own inadequacy and humility before the Lord. You are conscious of your own sinfulness and mourn. You are […]

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Three Ways to Help Your Children Embrace Humility

Three Ways to Help Your Children Embrace Humility

By on May 17, 2016 in Family and Parenting with 1 Comment

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:10) In about the last twenty years, the job of parenting has expanded to include a concern for our children’s self-esteem and self-image. Consequently, we find ourselves in a culture of children and young adults who struggle with the opposite end […]

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Tragedies become stepping stones to the heart of God and His comfort

Tragedies become stepping stones to the heart of God and His comfort

By on May 12, 2016 in Christian Life with 3 Comments

Click here to read the Part 1 of “The Blessed Woman.” Those who mourn (v. 4) echoed Isaiah 61:1. The meaning cannot be confined to sorrow over sin. Again the reader finds the paradox since most people do not recognize sorrow as a blessing. Followers of Christian Science even deny the existence of physical illness […]

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“Jesus presented an upside-down kingdom.”

By on May 10, 2016 in Christian Life with 4 Comments

Jesus presented an upside-down kingdom. The very things valued by the Greco-Roman world – wealth and fame – we devalued in Christ’s kingdom. Blessed (Gk makaorioi, “blessed, fortunate”) is usually understood to mean “happy,” but more precisely the word suggests the idea of “being congratulated” because God’s favor is granted to the individual. The blessedness […]

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What My First Week of Seminary Taught Me

What My First Week of Seminary Taught Me

By on May 4, 2016 in Christian Life, Education with 2 Comments

I stood on the curb like a frozen statue staring at my brand new world from across the street. Less than a hundred yards away was my future. The last pieces of my previous life had just boarded a connecting flight back to Tampa, and here I was about to embark on perhaps the bravest […]

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Launching Your Children Out Into the World

Launching Your Children Out Into the World

By on April 28, 2016 in Family and Parenting with 0 Comments

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” […]

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Why Mothers Are So Important

Why Mothers Are So Important

Being a mother is both demanding and rewarding—it is equivalent to a professional pursuit.[1] Molding minds, healing spirits, nurturing bodies, and developing potential—this job can be amazingly productive and overwhelmingly rewarding. The results of competent mothering will be passed from generation to generation! For a mother, rearing her children is her mission, life’s work, the […]

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The Gospel, God’s Presence, and Your Kitchen Table

The Gospel, God’s Presence, and Your Kitchen Table

By on April 19, 2016 in Theology with 1 Comment

Have you ever conducted a biblical search on the word table? The first time the word table is used in the Bible is in Exodus 25. In this chapter, God gave Moses very detailed instructions about how the tabernacle was to be designed and furnished. After providing Moses with the blueprint for the ark of […]

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