Category Archives: Christianity

Who is the Holy Spirit?

“…I think the fundamental reason [people don’t take the Holy Spirit seriously] is that they don’t think of him as a person…But the Bible is very clear that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three persons … Continue reading

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Are you walking at a distance from God?

“In the military, nobody doubts what’s meant when the order is given, ‘Halt! About turn! Quick march!’ It means the soldiers are being told to turn their backs on the direction in which they are going and to start marching … Continue reading

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no matter when or where you’ve lived

“The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives … Continue reading

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Why do we respond to beauty like we do?

When we see beauty of all sorts: autumn leaves, spring flowers, summer fruit, we yearn for something which can hardly be put into words. We record beauty —  in our minds or through paintings or by photographs — because beauty … Continue reading

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self-hate, or what God says about you

“…Relationships are our life context. People are our environment. We live before the eyes of others, and they live before ours. We take our cues from them, and they from us. We evaluate, and we are evaluated. We size up, … Continue reading

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if you haven’t read it…

Our children were 6, 5 and 3 the first time I read Don’t Waste Your Life. I’d gone along on a work trip with my husband, and for the first time in years, with our children at their aunt’s house and … Continue reading

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An embarrassment to be hidden, or a door for grace to enter through?

Depression, or inability, or any sort of lack are not embarrassments to be hidden, but are means of grace and teaching, doors to a deeper faith, doors through which grace enters. “…the experiences of anxiety and depression make a lot … Continue reading

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when I need an attitude check

“If you mourn the fallenness of your world rather than curse its difficulties, you know that grace has visited you.” (Paul Tripp) Has a phrase ever helped you in an opposite sort of way from how the author originally meant … Continue reading

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Were you hired at the eleventh hour?

“…And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. And on receiving it they … Continue reading

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Why did God create us?

“God created me — and you — to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion — namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. Enjoying and displaying are both … Continue reading

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look at the light

Look at the light and the shadow falls away. Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) ___________________________________________

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solemn lessons that lead to joy

“All is shadow here below! The world is a shadow; and it passes away! The creature is a shadow; and the loveliest and the fondest may be the first to die! Health is a shadow; fading, and in a moment … Continue reading

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don’t confuse spiritual gifts with spiritual fruit

Spiritual gifts “are abilities God gives us to meet the needs of others in Christ’s name: speaking, encouraging, serving, evangelizing, teaching, leading, administering, counseling, discipling, organizing….Spiritual fruit are beauties of character: love, joy, peace, humility, gentleness, self-control. Spiritual gifts are … Continue reading

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on shaky-foundation days

“When through fiery trials your pathway shall lie, my grace all-sufficient shall be your supply; the flame shall not hurt you; I only design your dross to consume and your gold to refine. The soul that on Jesus has leaned … Continue reading

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tripped up in a world where consumerism is a god

Christian, what is the overarching goal of your life? And, in relation to your goal, what seeps in from the culture around you, confusing you, often in ways you’re unaware of? If you live in a culture consumed by consuming, … Continue reading

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