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Seasons of Waiting Produce a Priceless Gift

So far in this series about Christian patience, we have learned its role in helping us endure trials, discovered it is something even King David had to learn, and got a glimpse into what it takes to develop it. Now we will discover why God develops Christian patience within us during seasons of waiting- waiting to be healed, for resolution, for a particular trial to end, for a new season to begin, or even for a dream to be realized. Both good and bad things require waiting sometimes. Waiting is a difficult thing to do. God’s “wait” is easily confused

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Even David had to Learn Christian Patience

Once upon a time, God taught me the concept of Christian patience. Well, He began teaching me. I thought I understood it and even wrote about it. You can read that here. But then life got hard, really hard. I suppose the test comes after the lesson. Life gets hard, and eventually, we become tempted to shake our fists at God or double down and try harder to fix whatever is going wrong. But, at some point, we come face to face with God’s sovereignty and are forced to humble ourselves under His hand and practice Christian patience, setting out

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Treasure Hides in the Desert Wilderness Places of Our Lives

The desert is often thought of as the wilderness. A place of aloneness and emptiness. A place of trials and suffering. Maybe even the place of separation from God. But even there, in the place none of us really want to go, we can find hidden treasures that can bless us immensely. The desert place can be literal and figurative. We can physically wander into a wilderness, a desert, and be utterly alone. It can match our empty hearts while we seek the one who created it. But we can also figuratively find ourselves in a desert place of life, seemingly

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In Loving Memory…

My dad’s faith became sight on April 27th, just a little less than two weeks ago. My mom and I said goodbye to the man who had been our protector and leader. It is bittersweet because while we’ll miss him, he has lived his whole life for the Lord and he’s in heaven pain and cancer free now. I’ve mentioned now and again about his cancer following his heart surgery. It was a long five years for him. Even though the chemo effects were minimal compared to many stories I’ve heard and people I’ve known to go through them, he

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We each have a story of rescue… here’s mine.

My salvation story could be considered rather dull. I’ve heard so many begin the same way mine does- “I was born into a Christian home and went to church all my life….” And yet it’s not about what we’ve done or what has happened to us. Instead, what God has done in our lives to bring us to the point of trusting in Him becomes our testimony. As we’ve seen over and over, history is actually HIS STORY. That is true for American and world history, and it’s also true in our own personal histories. We all have our own stories. Yes,

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Broken Rules Ushered in God’s Plan

Eighteen religious rules were broken in order to convict Jesus. Jesus never fought the injustice done to Him. Those broken rules and injustices ushered in God’s will. Reading the account of Jesus’ arrest in Mark 14 through that lens begs us to consider why. So many things about Jesus turn the Old Testament Jewish ways on end. He had a way of flipping the issue. When we read the story of Jesus’ arrest, we can see that God used broken rules and injustice to usher in redemption. Rules. We teach our kids to obey the rules. We have them memorize

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What If God Has a Different View of Suffering?

Often we hear people ask the question, why would a good, loving God allow suffering and bad things to happen? And when we’re in the midst of trials and suffering, we often wonder the same thing. Why me, and when will this end, or what can I do to wriggle out from underneath this pain? Winter seasons of life that are painful are not the seasons we want to experience or look forward to walking through. They can be faith-shaking times and cause us to wrestle with our faith. Trials test our faith. Will we draw close to the Lord

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Yes, the world is beginning to fall apart. Are you Ready?

We’ve all seen the extreme preppers and survivalists. Their goal is to simply survive in the face of a global disaster that they are sure is about to happen. They are preparing in a panic because they are fearful that the world is beginning to fall apart. When you consider their position and fear, it’s no surprise to find that they are giving no consideration to the Lord. Instead, they believe they can do enough and hoard enough to be their own savior. We have also seen the extreme Christians who have lost their minds trying to interpret prophesy and

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The scariest verse in the Bible is written in red (and why it matters)

I am starting the new year contemplating the scariest verse in the Bible as we move through the third week of January. How we are this far into January is beyond me.  Anyway, Happy New Year! I hope you had a merry Christmas and an enjoyable holiday season. I wrote a blog post at the beginning of December and edited it to apply to the second week in December, but I never published or sent it. All the chaos from Big Bro’s mess overwhelmed the entire month and finally ended just before Christmas.  Then I could finally rest and recover

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Antidote to a Negative Mindset, Exodus

The Antidote to a Negative Mindset

If you are frustrated by a negative mindset, read on for the antidote! Hint: It has to do with remembering… Tell me I’m not the only one. When life gets hard and the days tend toward long and exhausting, I find myself feeling like everything is wrong and nothing is ever going to change. I begin to lose hope, and the negative mindset threatens to invade and take over. I don’t usually catch it as it begins, but I abruptly find myself quite miserable one day. And then, with that awareness comes God’s rescue. He gently reminds me of how

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