Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis by Brad Hoefs (@bradhoefs)

Jan 30

Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis by Brad Hoefs (@bradhoefs)

When I was first diagnosed with a mental illness (bipolar disorder), I had an all or nothing approach that included Option A: a devastated life with mental illness, or Option B: complete and perfect healing by God. That was the only way I could think about it. And, in fact, I believe the church taught me to think about it in those terms. As I worked through the...

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Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God by @MarkVirkler

Dec 18

Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God by @MarkVirkler

Meditation: How to Study the Bible in the Presence of God offers a brief introduction to biblical meditation, which the author defines as “God’s Spirit utilizing every faculty of my heart and mind, bringing forth revelation which ushers in transformation.” Meditation involves asking God to open the eyes of your heart so you can understand (Ephesians 1:18) what He...

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Out of the Ashes: How Unplanned Trials Reveal God’s Planned Grace

Aug 12

Out of the Ashes: How Unplanned Trials Reveal God’s Planned Grace

“The one who feels that they have ruined their life and whose religion, works, and self-goodness has failed is also the person who can fully understand the love of God.” —Eddie Snipes, Out of the Ashes   Out of the Ashes helps people struggling with difficult circumstances in their lives. The author, Eddie Snipes, describes the beauty of failure and how God can...

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Simple Gospel, Simply Grace: How Your Christian Life Is Really Supposed to Work

Aug 12

Simple Gospel, Simply Grace: How Your Christian Life Is Really Supposed to Work

Simple Gospel, Simply Grace, a recent book by Bob Christopher, outlines the basic message of Good News while stripping away the distortions of the Gospel we’ve come to believe. We let ourselves develop formulas for living the Christian life instead of living in the freedom of God’s grace.   Apart from Jesus, we make God out to look like a Picasso painting. It’s...

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Creating a Kinder Christian Political Discourse on Social Media

Jul 31

Creating a Kinder Christian Political Discourse on Social Media

I wrote this in response to all the hostility I see on social media. Civil discourse has lost its civility, especially among Christians. We no longer politely discuss the issues, granting room for different opinions. Now people attack any person who holds another view. I wish to remind Christians that how we treat others is how we treat Jesus. The world is watching...

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