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Knowing God’s Heart

Have you ever doubted that God cares? I definitely have. It’s like you know He’s there, and He’s all-powerful, you just doubt He’s as concerned about what you’re going through as you are. The break up. The loss of a family member or a friend. An unemployment situation. An empty bank account. We know He’s all-knowing, but somehow He seems ridiculously absent and uncaring in those situations. We ask, if you really cared so much, why did you let this happen? Why put me through this? Why let me follow you all this while and still allow me to have to endure this? In our minds and our hearts, we see God as removed from our problems while they’re actually happening – as someone who either comes in to save the day, or not. Sometimes it’s hard to fathom in our storms that God is moved by what we’re going…

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#BLESSED

Dear (Insert Your Name Here), I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be blessed. I think it’s a word we like the sound of and a concept/state of being we all want for ourselves as Christians – and on some level even as human beings in general – but I don’t quite think we understand what it means TO be truly blessed. Somehow, we have made the mistake (I believe) of attaching ‘blessed’ to material gain and social standing as Christians. We hashtag #blessed on our Instagram photos posing by our new cars, or use the word when we tell others about the rare opportunities we get. ‘Blessed and highly favored’ is one we frequently use to describe ourselves even in anticipation of some sort of wealth or social gain. And I get it – we all want the blessings of God. And we know that…

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Saying Crazy Yeses (RTBP Week One)

If you grew up going to Sunday School, you probably spent several Sundays learning about Noah and his ark, and all the cute animals that he gathered into it when the rains came to wash over the earth. Now that you’re older, you probably have some good questions: “Why did God choose Noah?” “Why an ark?” “What is gopher wood?” “How big was the ark really?” “How did Noah get the kangaroos on the ark?” “Wouldn’t the lions have eaten the sheep… and Noah?” “Where did you find a giraffe in those days?” “How loud was it on the ark?” “Why would a good God destroy His creation?” Of course, the answers to some of these questions are much simpler than others, and I will not be attempting to answer all of them today. What I do want to do is get you thinking about two things that stood out…

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Setting Yourself Up to Win in 2018

There is always something special about the New Year. It signifies a clean slate – a chance to start over, to try again, to do things a little bit differently than before. While the unknown typically tends to be scary territory, there is just something about a new year that brings hope instead of a sense of foreboding. And I’m all here for it. You will hear a lot of people say, ‘Here we go again with the new year resolutions!’ as they roll their eyes with disdain. Please feel free to ignore them ( and if you are one of such people, I still love you all the same). There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting up goals and dreaming for a new year; I seriously question the passion of people who DON’T go into a new year with new goals and visions. Timing is important when it comes to…

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The Two Most Dangerous Prayers You Should Be Praying

The two most powerful – and most dangerous – prayers you can pray as a Christian are ‘Use me.’ and ‘Your will, Lord, not mine.’ These two declarations are like lighting the fuse on a 4th of July fireworks display; you’re not quite sure what the exact timing of the explosion will be, but it has the potential to be both fatal to self and glorious in execution. Growing up I always found myself drawn to the words of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s song, ‘Use Me’: I remember a story in the Bible days You took a man called Moses with a rod in his hand You told Moses, “Take the rod in your hand, stretch it forth and walk on dry land” If You can use anything Lord, You can use me I remember a story, I remember it well He took a shepherd boy, David, with a sling…

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What to Do With Your High Standards

Anyone old enough to have had any sort of life experience will tell you that you will get to a certain point in your mid-to-late 20s where people around you will begin to question your life choices – that is if they haven’t already. Questions will range from the timing of your masters and eventual PhD degree, to the number of kids you plan on having, and the exact number of years you plan on having between them. If you happen to, like me, fall into the category of ‘still single’ during these blessed years, the situation will spiral downwards fairly quickly. Your parents’ narrative will go from, ‘Focus on your studies’, and ‘Don’t waste your time with boys who will waste your time’ to ‘Stop being so picky’ in the blink of an eye, and without any forewarning whatsoever. One moment, they loved you and wanted your well-being, and…

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Why You’re Not Talking About Jesus (And How To Get Over It)

Evangelism. Let me start off by saying how much I dislike the word – not because I dislike the act in and of itself, but because I hate the imagery it has come to incite: people standing on street corners, condemning people of their sin and calling down hellfire on them unless they repent and turn to Jesus. I think that we can agree that often evangelism has not been the church’s greatest strength (slavery, anyone?), but the heart of it is still important and relevant for us as Christians today, so I will use the word anyway and ask that you please refrain from gagging at its mention. However which way you feel about the imagery, and how it has been used historically, evangelism, at its heart, is important for every believer. You don’t find the secret to eating everything you want and not gaining weight and keep it…

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The Problem with Loving Life

Over the weekend my friends Angellah, Nana and I got into a discussion about materialism. Basically, it wasn’t so much about whether or not Christians should be wealthy or have nice things, but about where the thin line between enjoying God-given wealth and materialism lies, and how we can make sure we’re not crossing it. Closer to the end of the discussion I voiced something that’s been on my heart for about a week now – something I’ve personally been struggling to come to terms with – and the moment I voiced it, I knew it was something I’d have to really process and come to terms with for myself: The love of life can and will distract you from the love of God. If you follow me on social media, or happen to know me personally, you know I love life. I love travel, and eating, and shopping, and…

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