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2 Salvation Truths You Might Be Neglecting

2 Salvation Truths You Might Be Neglecting

Do you have a “besetting sin”? One to which you’re particularly prone, no matter how hard you try to overcome it? Paul exhorts his fellow “runners” in the Christian life to cast off every weight and the sin that so easily besets us...
What Does Grace Look Like?

What Does Grace Look Like?

What does grace look like? I thought I knew. Until I was thirty-five years old, I enjoyed a charmed life. I didn’t have to look for blessings in disguise; my blessings paraded themselves boldly. Trials were light and few. Favors fell heavily and bountifully. I knew I...
The Wrong “If”

The Wrong “If”

Earlier this week, I considered this verse from Luke’s account of the crucifixion: Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If You are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” Luke 23:39 I still can’t get over the audacity displayed by...
When Choosing to Trust God is Hard

When Choosing to Trust God is Hard

Have you ever heard of The Great Blondin? His name sure makes him sound like a pretty important guy. If you were alive in the mid-1800’s, you surely would’ve heard of him, the greatest tightrope walker in the world. Blondin was the first person to walk...
My Hope Secure

My Hope Secure

I never realize how safe my mountains make me feel… until they’re not there. And one place that never fails to offer this reminder is the beach. Don’t get me wrong, I love the beach. We didn’t grow up as a beach-going family, having another...
Learn, Love, Lift in Prayer: Hope Assured

Learn, Love, Lift in Prayer: Hope Assured

“Abducted Nigerian girls still missing…” the headline reads. Some eight months later, the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls is a distant memory. But I imagine the horrors are just as real for them…for those precious girls.  I wonder if their hope of...
Humble Pie

Humble Pie

There’s much truth about the topic of humility in the Bible. I’m at Satisfaction Through Christ today, considering an aspect of humility that’s downright inspiring. Even for the plain and ordinary among us. I hope you’ll join me there....
Worth Your Everything

Worth Your Everything

Do you ever spend time thinking about God? I do. (Though not as often as I should.) And recently I’ve been thinking about how grand He is. How resplendent. How monumentally awe-inspiring. When I gaze at the Blue Ridge mountains that charm me from the serenity of...
Comfort

Comfort

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction…” 2 Corinthians 1:3 I was struck today (not for the first time) by the comfort so tenderly offered by our...
What You Must Know About God’s Care for You

What You Must Know About God’s Care for You

My oldest daughter is away at camp this week. One would think that with five kids still in the house, the absence of one wouldn’t be felt as keenly. Nothing could be further from the truth. I miss her so much, the thought of her brings tears to my eyes. And...