Category: Rachel

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Your Past Does Not Disqualify You

There are many great men and women in the Bible who lived lives that are worthy of emulating. People whose actions teach us faith and strength and help us grow on our own journey. But very few of those people did everything right. In fact, many of them had sordid pasts or made mistakes along the way or had to overcome difficult circumstances again … Read More Your Past Does Not Disqualify You

+ Be a Paul

It’s time to be a Paul

The story of Saul’s conversion to become Paul is amazing. Paul, who is first introduced in Acts 7, was a devoutly religious Jew.. He followed all the rules. And he hated followers of Christ in accordance with his leadership. And he sought to destroy them. He raided homes looking for Christians to have imprisoned or killed. All of his friends, his people, they all … Read More It’s time to be a Paul

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Standing Strong

This is for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Those who know where their Bible is currently located. Those who strive to have consistent fellowship with the Holy Spirit. Those who make every effort to be in the house of God, to learn, to grow, to serve. This is your time. The world is in chaos. People have literally locked themselves in their homes … Read More Standing Strong

We are a Crooked Generation

I am a Millennial. Which means I am lazy, live in my parents’ basement, can’t pay my own bills, have a sense of entitlement, embrace all things immoral, and am addicted to technology. Did I miss anything? I’m sure I did. It depends on who you ask, of course. The point is, we are a corrupt generation, right? I mean look at all the … Read More We are a Crooked Generation

Does Ezra Condemn my Marriage?

In the book of Ezra, chapters 9 and 10 are extremely controversial. Ezra is grieved because many of the Jewish people have married the women of the area – “foreign” women. These women are outside of their race, their culture, and their faith. And Ezra makes a bold move in requiring these men to leave their wives or otherwise be exiled from the community. … Read More Does Ezra Condemn my Marriage?

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The pilot said, “Remember folks, no pilot is perfect.”

We’ve all heard it. You’ve probably said it. Nobody’s perfect. And it’s true enough. Even the Bible tells us that all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. So, naturally, in Christian circles we talk about how no Christian is perfect. We’re still human. We say that when we, or someone we know, messes up. Then we probably talk about grace … Read More The pilot said, “Remember folks, no pilot is perfect.”

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We have Favor with All Authority

Have you ever read the book of Ezra? It’s not exactly a best seller of the books of the Bible. It doesn’t seem to get much air time. And the first time I read it, I was a bit dismayed. It’s mostly historical and I didn’t find Ezra to be an exceptionally impressive character. (I have since discovered that his story really climaxes in … Read More We have Favor with All Authority

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Choose Your Friends Wisely

During my childhood, my “church friends” were my best friends. They were the ones where I spent the night and knew their parents. The ones whose childhood homes I still have memorized in my mind. It wasn’t always rosy, despite us all attending church, professing Christ, and being raised by Christian parents, but the good always outweighed the bad. I remember my mother asking … Read More Choose Your Friends Wisely

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Dying to Self

I like myself. Most people probably like themselves. And I’ve spent many years developing myself to be the me I want to be (in theory). And yet, Christ states very clearly, “If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Deny yourself. Well, I don’t know about you, but I have trouble denying … Read More Dying to Self

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Your Praise Isn’t Just For You

It feels good to praise God. Just thinking about it makes me feel a joy and a fullness inside of me. When I praise God – I mean really praise him – I praise him all out. It’s a sing with my whole voice, lift up my whole hands, shout, jump, weep, laugh kind of praise. And I love it. I love that I … Read More Your Praise Isn’t Just For You

+ Prayer Begets Prayer

Prayer Begets Prayer

When my son was a baby, he was not a good sleeper. When he was very small he would sleep during the night, but his naps were short and irregular. As he got a bit older, his sleep was disjointed at all hours. I was given lots of well-meaning advice and I’m sure all of the advice is useful for some babies, but none … Read More Prayer Begets Prayer

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Lifting Holy Hands

I grew up in a church where lifting your hands in worship was a very progressive movement. My childhood church was not particularly strict, but it was a Southern Baptist church that preferred songs from the hymnal over a repeating chorus on a screen.  Even at camps and outside youth groups as a teenager, I don’t recall raising my hands during praise and worship. … Read More Lifting Holy Hands