Faith Defined

Faith Defined

Since our four-year-old grandson came to live with us, I spend a great part of my day defining words that are beyond his limited understanding. Sometimes I will be halfway through a lecture on how we need to respect our elders when I realize that little man has no...

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The Importance of Theology

The Importance of Theology

I am a theology nerd. I once greeted my roommate in the morning with a rant about Jesus’ temptation and the hypostatic union, unaware that she might want to wait until after breakfast before diving into a theological problem. Her groggy response was met with an...

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Grace Will Reign

Grace Will Reign

One of my dearest friends is a rule follower. She loves rules and boundaries and lists because they help her know exactly what she needs to do in order to thrive. Me, on the other hand, well, let’s just say I’ve never been great with rules. My personality tends to...

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Letting Go of Guilt

Letting Go of Guilt

But now Christ has come as the high priest of the good things to come. He passed through the greater and more perfect tent not made with hands, that is, not of this creation, and he entered once for all into the Most Holy Place not by the blood of goats and calves but...

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A Better Covenant

A Better Covenant

Do you remember the story of Moses going up a mountain and receiving the Ten Commandments from the Lord? Well those weren’t the only laws God gave to Moses. While Moses was at Mount Sinai, God established a way for people to relate to Him and to each other. If these...

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Our Perfect Sacrifice and High Priest

Our Perfect Sacrifice and High Priest

What is the most significant sacrifice you have ever made? Typically, when we give sacrificially to someone or to some endeavor, we give from our excess. We sacrifice a little of our extra time. We sacrificially give from our savings. We may even sacrifice our...

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He Remains for All Time

He Remains for All Time

Close your eyes and take a deep breath. Let yourself remember the sweetest day of your life. You were wandering the wrong way and broken down by sin, but Jesus encountered you. You were striving to save yourself, but then He stepped in, received you, and set you apart...

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Deep Roots

Deep Roots

Do not grow weary.  Are you there, too? Weary and wondering where the space to slow down and take a deep breath will be. Running on empty, pouring out constantly, doing all the right and necessary and good things but feeling like you have nothing left to give....

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Spiritual Maturity

Spiritual Maturity

"Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying this foundation again: repentance from dead works and faith in God" - Hebrews 6:1 There are some things that are super cute to watch. A toddler trying to...

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In Our Time of Need

In Our Time of Need

I think we can all agree that the last many months have been chaotic and unsettling. I’ve found myself paralyzed and consumed by endless news on the coronavirus, social injustice and unrest, and politics. My kids asked if a zombie apocalypse was coming. No. (I mean, I...

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Guarded from Unbelief

Guarded from Unbelief

See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has an evil, unbelieving heart that forsakes the living God. But exhort one another each day, as long as it is called “Today,” that none of you may become hardened by sin’s deception. For we have become partners with...

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Take Note of Christ

Take Note of Christ

For he has come to deserve greater glory than Moses, just as the builder of a house deserves greater honor than the house itself! For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. - Hebrews 3:3-4 I was struck by this passage from the first...

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Prone to Wander

Prone to Wander

I can remember how perplexed I was as a child when dear friends would leave the church or stray away from their faith. My life and family was a safe place to grow and thrive, and so I couldn’t imagine how life could test one’s faith. My childlike faith had not endured...

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Jesus Is Better

Jesus Is Better

The human heart is restless, always looking for something of value to have on its throne. What we place on the throne of our hearts is constantly changing because nothing on earth can truly satisfy. The book of Hebrews addresses this. It shows us that there is One who...

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Jesus Our Everything Introduction

Jesus Our Everything Introduction

The Supremacy of Christ The Book of Hebrews presents an argument about the deity, humanity, and majesty of Christ. The author illustrates the superiority of Christ, showing His authority and power over angels, prophets, sacrifices, and the priesthood. The Book of...

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Love God Greatly Women – Nadia’s Story

Love God Greatly Women – Nadia’s Story

No Matter the Storms Mark 4:35-41   Once I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I thought I found a life where there would be no pain and my life would be totally blessed. The reality was quite different.    As followers of Jesus Christ, we struggle with...

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Love God Greatly Women – Nadia’s Story

Love God Greatly Women – Claire’s Story

On January 11th, 2020 I stepped onto a plane with only the knowledge of where it would land. I planned to spend the next four months in Moldova and Romania, hoping by the time I landed I would find a place to stay and a ministry or church to work with.   It was...

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Imitate What Is Good

Imitate What Is Good

I grew up in a time and a place where WWJD? ("What would Jesus do?") bracelets were popular. There were so many of them in my day it spawned parodies and became almost cliche.  But, at the heart of it, it’s a great question to ask in any situation. What would Jesus...

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Love: The Way of the Disciple

Love: The Way of the Disciple

“I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to truth.” 3 John 4 A few years ago, a college mentor reached out to me after having not been in contact for years. We had been incredibly close during my undergraduate experience, but...

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Obedience and Love

Obedience and Love

“(Now this is love: that we walk according to his commandments.) This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning; thus you should walk in it.” - 2 John 6 This is one of the most interesting and captivating aspect of Scripture to me; it’s simple and...

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Our Next Study: Jesus Our Everything

Our Next Study: Jesus Our Everything

Jesus Our Everything The radiance of His glory. The representation of His essence. Far better than the angels. Greater glory than Moses. Faithful as a Son over God’s house. High Priest. Forerunner. Better hope. Holy, innocent, undefiled. Exalted above the heavens....

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