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Are you going through a storm right now? Something so difficult or traumatic that you aren't sure you'll make it to tomorrow? Don't give up hope. It often takes a storm to get our minds off our own plans and ways and onto God's greater plan—to realize there's a purpose for our life that is far better than our own. Our storms help draw us closer to God than anything else. So when we're facing a storm, let's remember three things as we

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! -2 Corinthians 5:17 What is one of the main themes that keeps recurring in the faiths and literature of the world? What is that longing in the human heart that never goes away regardless of the time or place? It’s the desire that the old, the worn out, and the temporary pass away and the new, the fresh, and the lasting appear! This is what

I like a lot of rock music. Do you remember R.E.M.'s classic song Losing My Religion? The group never intended it to say anything about religion or even about Christian faith—the title comes from a Southern expression meaning to "lose one's temper or civility" or "feeling frustrated and desperate." But the song set me on another track of thinking:  When we blow away all the cobwebs that surround our thinking on what Christianity is, we will realize that the best

The curate's search had already greatly widened the sphere of his doubts. But if there be such a thing as truth, every fresh doubt is yet another fingerpost pointing toward its dwelling. -George Macdonald, The Curate's Awakening A few days ago, I was in conversation with someone who, although raised Christian, had too many doubts and had walked away from the faith. He felt that since he had so many doubts, he couldn't be considered Christian. For most, faith and doubt are

How frequently do we either complain or get resentful, misunderstanding God’s plan and good purpose for us? Too often! We need to push reset to refocus and see what he is really accomplishing in our lives. In the Old Testament Book of Ruth, verses 1:1-5; 20-22. Briefly, what we learn is that there was a famine in the land of Judah during the time of the Judges. Elimelech, a Jew of Bethlehem, left Judah and moved his wife and two sons to

by TJ Bates Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight. –Proverbs 3:5-6 These are two of my favorite verses and ​I quote them often, but I'll have to admit there are times I feel the road is crooked and don't trust God to straighten it out. Have there been times when you felt you wanted to "lean on your own understanding"? Here

by TJ Bates For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. –1 Corinthians 3:11 ​Have you experienced the aftermath of a tornado? Not much is left standing, right? However, did you notice what was still there? The foundation! "So here's the good news: We don't have to create our own foundation. It's not up to us to support ourselves or sustain our own faith; it's not even totally up to us to remain faithful to

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. -John 13:34 I just love LOVE! Don't you? Don't you LOVE that dress or LOVE that movie or LOVE what I'm saying? In the present day, "love" is a word that is overused and often has no meaning. However, Jesus is not using the word love carelessly as we do. He wants us to truly love one another—to be a conduit of

by TJ Bates "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning?" -Psalm 22:1 Have you ever felt forsaken by God and asked this question when praying? Isn't it comforting to know that David felt that way as well? And we know that from reading his other Psalms that he was never really forsaken at all. We read in Your 100 Day Prayer: "What we need to

"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want." –Psalm 23:1 Do we believe this when we repeat it? Or have we heard it so often, it tends to lose its force? Does it mean we will never want or suffer because we are his sheep? Not so, but because we are his sheep, there is reason to be positive in our prayer and expectations, and Dr. Snyder explains why. "One thing we can be sure of is this: Even if

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