Same Team: The Gift of the Church Body
Devotional Originally appeared on Proverb’s 31 Encouragement for Today “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 (NIV) “Same team! The SAME team,” I yelled with hands cupped around my mouth, willing my voice to reach the ears of the peewee players on…
2 Truths and Lie: Southern Baptist
Today, in the United States, there exist over nineteen Baptist denominations. Not only is the Southern Baptist denomination the most prominent, in recent years it has become the most “controversial,” at least through the lens of the media. I’ve been affiliated with Southern Baptist churches and their convention (SBC) most of my life. I’ve attended…
5 Ways for Christians to Move Past Divisiveness
I’d just returned home from a meeting at church where the tension was high, tempers were hot, and the conversation was heated. On the ride home, I’d convinced myself that the only solution was to separate the team, proceed with opposing plans, and hope for the best. As I shared my thoughts with my husband,…
How To Evangelize: A Generational Breakdown
The Gospel message is timeless (Hebrews 13:8). We don’t need to add or subtract its eternal truth. However, as co-laborers with God in the work of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11-21), we can be prudent on how we present the message. No matter your age or season, each day is an opportunity to share the Gospel.…
Why Does God Hate These 7 Things?
Have you ever wondered if God hates certain sins more than others? The Scriptures clearly express God’s disdain for sin. Sin entered the world through the rebellion of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Consequently, we are born sinners. We find redemption through Christ’s atoning work on the cross and placing our faith…
3 Reasons Children Need to See Their Parents Wrestle with Their Faith
I’ve never been one to shy away from difficult conversations, believing that hard truths and awkward situations should be addressed swiftly and directly by using logic and facts. And then, I became a parent. Children ask tough questions—questions that need solid answers. In our family, our daughters’ inquiries often revolve around the subject of faith.…
Are You Living Off Borrowed Faith?
I sensed something weighing on my friend’s mind as we sat talking for nearly two hours, our coffee running out long before our conversation. “I feel like I’m living off of borrowed faith,” she confessed. Intently gazing into the empty cup before her, she anxiously waited for me to respond. “Yes. I know what you…
The Devil is in The Details
To quote A. W. Tozer, “The best way to keep the enemy out is to keep Christ in. The sheep need not be terrified by the wolf; they have but to stay close to the Shepherd. It is not the praying sheep Satan fears but the presence of the Shepherd.” By the power of the…
When We Don’t Have the Answers
Anyone else’s children ask hard questions? Feeling hopeless because you don’t have all the answers right now? Check out the post below for some encouragement.
Where is my Happily Ever After? Part 2
Over the last couple of weeks, the Holy Spirit has led me to put aside many responsibilities that do not include my family, especially my husband, which is one of the hardest things for me to do. I am of the mindset that my husband is a grown man who doesn’t really need me, but…