ACWM: Is Jesus REALLY Enough?

Carol Inspirational, Jesus First, Suffering, Trials 0 Comments

We sing at the top of our lungs. We raise our hands in worship, proclaiming the greatness of our God. We join with hundreds of others in worship of Jesus, the One who died and rose again to pay our sin-debt. Yet we are a bunch of hypocrites. We proclaim the wonders of our Savior on Sunday morning and then …

ACWM: Better Than a Fairy Godmother

Carol Inspirational, Jesus First 0 Comments

Share this Post Princess Bride is one of the most quotable movies of all time. I think I have watched it more than any other single movie. In college, my friends and I didn’t have TV’s in our dorm rooms, so one friend made an audio recording of Princess Bride. We must have listened to it at least thirty times. We memorized …

Taking Jesus at His Word

Carol Inspirational, Jesus First, Traditions 2 Comments

Share this Post He loosed the hold of faulty man-made traditions. He elevated Gentiles, slaves, women, and children. He challenged the proud and arrogant. He showed compassion to the repentant. He ate with men of poor reputation and rebuked the self-righteous religious leaders. He talked of a Kingdom where the least would be the greatest and the greatest would be the …

ACWM: My Worst Enemy

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Share this Post Sometimes I really give Satan way too much credit. Yes, he does like to wreak havoc in my life with sickness, chaos, relationship challenges, and leaking roofs. Yes, I do need to put on my Ephesians 6 spiritual armor. Yes, I do need to be vigilant and aware of his devices. But I have a greater enemy …

His Last Words–A Review

Carol Bible Study, Jesus First, Suffering, Trials 2 Comments

Share this Post A few months ago, a fellow blogger told me about an opportunity to help her friend, Kim Erickson, launch her new Bible study book, His Last Words. I had never been on a launch team before, so I applied to Moody Publishers and was tickled pink to be accepted on the team. As a team member, I …

Jesus FIRST—Unity in Diversity

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Share this Post As a preschooler, I remember a book that had a picture of a fainting princess. The illustration showed her arms and legs in strange positions. My preschool mind assumed that fainting meant that your arms and legs traded places. How wrong I was!! Fainting has no ability to change the locations of your body parts. What a …

Jesus FIRST–Church Revisted

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Share this Post Church. The word evokes many different emotions…reverence, boredom, tradition, security, belonging, restoration, repentance, freedom, awe, judgment, condemnation, unworthiness, love. The list could probably fill a few books. Most Americans probably view church as that building down the street that opens up on Sunday mornings for nicely dressed families and sweet old ladies. Some may look at church as …

Jesus First…Be Active!

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Share this Post The Christian life has become so passive. We go to church each week and passively listen to a message that someone else has prepared. We read the blogs that appear on our newsfeed, hit “like”, and move on. We view our pastor as our main source of spiritual food, when he is supposed to be a shepherd. …

Jesus FIRST

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Share this Post The girl climbed the stairs of the old farmhouse. The house suddenly shifted beneath her feet. This was no earthquake. She paused to look out the landing window. Outside, she could see the floodwaters threatening to float the house off its foundations. Upstairs, a man was meticulously repairing flawed items in the house…banisters, woodwork, etc. The girl …

Truth or Tradition?

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Share this Post I was alone in our family room with the television one summer evening in 2011. My husband was working late. The kids were in bed. On the TV screen, I witnessed story after story of abuse scandals in a group of churches. I was astounded. I had grown up hearing men from these very circles teach God’s …