Last week I mentioned that when we lean into this idea of fear as understood to be vulnerable to God… something magical happens. It is then that fear is quickly transformed by a gracious love that bubbles up as we share of ourselves with another person or with God. As the Bible says, perfect love
Christians say that God is good. They say that God is our friend. That we can draw near to Him because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. So why, then, we are supposed to fear God? Let’s discuss! There are two prominent themes found in the Bible. One is that God is an unconditional
When I was in Grade Two, my teacher noted on my report card: “Terry seems to daydream in class.” The report card came in a sealed envelope that we were asked to leave unopened until we gave it to our parents. Of course, none of us did. I remember reading my teacher’s comment on the
Well, the end of August in Canada signals the time to go “back to school.” And while this blog is aimed at students returning to the classroom…it applies equally to everyone who desires to keep learning how to live the Christan Faith. Whether you’re a freshman or senior, you’re going to need more than notebooks,
In the last two blogs we’ve looked at our use of time. Today we will look at how to model Christ with our time at work. Remember…All work done well and for God’s glory is Christian work. This means we model Christ in the workplace best when we perform our work so well and with
Well, it’s almost the end of summer and many families are planning that last holiday before school begins. I was listening to one of my favourite “Boomer” stations on the radio recently, and was surprised to learn that many of us are planning “staycations.” A staycation is simply taking time off…but staying put at home.
We all have exactly the same number of minutes in a day. The question is, how will we use them? Most people today are either too busy – or not busy enough. Either our schedules are so hectic we can’t get everything done, or else we are bored and restless, constantly looking for something to
Let’s look at the last three common misconceptions we may have about those who are depressed. Misconception: It’s shameful to discuss mental illness openly. Reality: Church community should be a safe environment for people to discuss mental health without judgment. Sadly, some Christians can be very judgmental about mental illness, but that is not a biblical response.
Sometimes when I am not feeling my best, either physically or emotionally, I become very self-accusatory. I’m hard on myself. Perhaps you have experienced the same thing. “I need to just kick myself in the pants and get going!” In thinking more about this I think it is based on a common misconception: Misconception: Depression
In the next few blogs I will be addressing two areas of the “troubled heart” …namely depression and anxiety. We all have “blue” days when we are a bit melancholy or lethargic. It’s common to the human condition. But the rates of people reporting longer term depression and anxiety has significantly risen in the post-Covid
Today we look at the Third Principle that Jesus teaches us about dealing with our anxiety. Principle #3: My Anxiety is Related to My Trust Level in God After Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, the disciples and Jesus embarked on a ministry trip so that Jesus could teach His disciples and model for
In our continuing look at Troubled Hearts, we looked at the first principle Jesus teaches us about anxiety. This week we look at the Second Principle. Principle #2: My Anxiety Reflects My View of God Tim Keller writes, “Worry is not believing God will get it right, and bitterness is believing God got it wrong.” How