Fatherly fear

Growing up, I feared my dad. He was a force to be reckoned with in our household: always decisive, always clear in his expectations, and always honest, mostly what some would consider brutally honest. However, on the very same token, with the one emotion of fear I had of him, not once did I fear …

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Failure isn’t an option

So often, we're consumed by what it looks like to love God. Are we sacrificing enough of our fleshly desires to please Him? Do we persist in showing Him our gratitude by earnestly seeking to know, and follow, Him with each day? Will we ever figure out how to rightly love others, with consistency? After …

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Is our fruit ripening or rotting?

Fruit is always doing one or the other: ripening or rotting. As often as the fruit of the Spirit is brought to the surface when deciphering the walk of another professing Christian, allow me to add a twist of flavor to this infamous litmus test. To refresh, "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, …

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Perspective matters

The life story of Job has many lessons we can learn from: how to handle suffering, how to counsel those in the midst of trials, how to address God in our questioning, and how to respond to all of the above. These lessons are lifelong as we'll constantly be bombarded by circumstances that demand us …

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A day of reckoning

We've all been taunted, insulted, or outright offended at one point or another in our lives. For some, this goes on too long and brings despair, or doubt, into the forefront of our minds and we cave, believing lies that we're told and living as though they're the truth. For others, we hang on to …

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Fashioning our faith

What if our ideals of who God is were found to be false, at worst, or misunderstood, at best? That He does predestine souls to hell, just as He categorically predestines souls to heaven. If we came to realize that the God we worship would do what we consider the unthinkable? That He does ordain …

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Righting wrongs

Up until a few years ago, I understood the action of repentance to be asking God for forgiveness each time I committed sin. This, in part, is true; however, there was another aspect to repentance that I was unaware of. Apparently, repentance involves not only the acceptance that we've done wrong, but a willingness to …

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