Finding Assurance of Salvation

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"How can I know for sure that I'm saved?" If you've ever asked this question, you're not alone. It's not uncommon for people who have, at one time, made a profession of faith in Christ to need assurance of their salvation at some later point in their lives. After all, we know how high the stakes are, don't we? And we also know there's no margin for error. Jesus … [Read more...]

Building on the Rock

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I recently wrote a post challenging the notion of so-called "pro-choice Christians." I was dismayed by one Facebook response to that post. It involved a casual, "This doesn't change my mind." Followed by a *shrug*. I think it was the shrug that hurt the most. Not because I was personally acquainted with this woman. I wasn't. And not because her comment was … [Read more...]

What Does the Bible Say About Peace?

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"Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me." The song has a lovely, lyrical tune. One of those that tends to stay in your head for a while. It expresses an appealing sentiment, too. One that seems noble. Admirable. Godly, even. Especially in these days of social media (and regular media) gone wild. Too bad it's based on a lie. You see, the lyrics go … [Read more...]

Helping Kids Overcome Fear

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"Mom, I'm scared." There are few moms and dads who haven't at least once been awakened in the middle of the night by a child's trembling plea for comfort. What's a Christ-following parent to do? How can we help our kids overcome fear? As with most aspects of raising children, there's no quick fix. But I've found these five steps to be helpful as I train my kids to … [Read more...]

When God Says Wait – 10 Prayers While You’re Waiting

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Has God ever asked you to wait? You know what I mean, right? You're trucking along your merry way, and He abruptly brings you to a crashing halt. Yeah. I've been there, too. Just about three years ago, we began to sense God calling us to be foster parents. So we spent the required number of weeks in training and then waited for the phone call letting us know needy … [Read more...]