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  • “Put first things first and second things are thrown in. Put second things first and you lose both first and second things.” –C.S. Lewis

     

    One of my favorite authors is C.S. Lewis. And being the “quotes guy”, that I am, I love his clear and concise commentary on life and Christianity. He has a way of saying things simply that also have great depth of meaning. The reason I enjoy quotes so much is because they succinctly and comprehensibly address an issue that would take me forever to describe.


  • I have a friend who has a contentious relationship with her boss. Their jobs often require them to work closely with one another and collaborate, yet they are prone to disagree or misinterpret the tone of what the other says. They are both Christians, and from all accounts, they are both good people who want this relationship to work. It’s just… they don’t quite get along all the time. That kind of describes the relationship I have with Christmas...


  • Does anyone else here feel like they have to do “all the things?” Especially now during the holidays; there are presents to buy, cards to send, cookies to bake and a never ending slew of social obligations. (And I don’t even have children. Seriously, I don’t know how you parents to do it.) But let’s face it, if the busyness we’re consuming ourselves with is baking cookies and attending parties, we’ve got it pretty good. In our society, most of us do generally have it pretty good. The times of desperation where we are brought to our knees needing God are few and far between, allowing us to get constantly caught in the trap of playing God...


  • "The good news of the gospel is it's not about who you are or what you've done, it's about who He is and what He's done. It is not about being more religious, better, smarter; it's about being born again. The only way we can be born again is not by doing harder, working harder, trying harder, but by looking toward Jesus."...


  • I had a friend in college who loved to tell me to “have living!” as her way of encouraging me through bouts of sadness. The absurdity of the phrase made me smirk at the time—a time when my identity as a daughter of God was often overshadowed by the darkness of depression. I began struggling so fundamentally with what I had previously viewed as the involuntary act of being “happy.” Throughout my early twenties, this struggle took me on a journey to explore what it looks like to emotionally flourish in a life devoted to glorifying Jesus. ..


  • One of my favorite things about the gospel is that it allows us all to be part of family in the way God designed it to be. The Church, from the beginning, was always intended to be a family. A unified body with one common goal of worshipping Jesus and bringing the gospel to the ends of the Earth. We see it all throughout the New Testament. We see adopted brothers and sisters with the same kind, gracious Father, and Jesus Christ as the first born.


  • This time of year thankfulness gets a bit trendy. I don’t mean that as a criticism. If there is a trend I’m glad is on the rise, even seasonally, it’s thankfulness.  If anything, it’s a nice break from things like, the “selfie.”...