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Just as He Said | Day IX

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.  Isaiah 53:3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed…

Just as He Said | Day IV

The following reading is part of a larger Easter reading plan. If you would like to download the full, free Easter reading plan, you can do so here.    Zechariah 13:7 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me,” declares the Lord of hosts. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;…

Just as He Said | 30 Days of Messianic Prophecy

Day 1: An Invitation There is a trend in women’s Bible studies that I have noticed over the last several years. Many approach God’s Word for what it can offer by way of comfort, inspiration, or consolation. While the Word of God certainly holds forth all of these things, there’s a tinge of self-interest embedded…

Fast Forward | How Lenten Fasting Prepares us for Eternity

Evangelical Christianity in the West is highly praised (and rightly so) for the high view of grace it holds out. But what do we lose if, in our high view of grace, we have garnered a low view of the spiritual disciplines? Have we, amid our “once saved, always saved” mantras, lost a holy sense…

Five Truths for the Not-Yet Mama

The plump envelope sat on our kitchen counter taunting me. It’s shape and size set it apart from the bills and junk mail in the pile. I looked at it out of the corner of my eye, avoiding direct eye contact as if it was an old acquaintance I thought I recognized in public but wasn’t quite sure. Flipping…

Just as He Said | 30 Readings for Easter

Join me for 30 days in the Text as we make our way to Easter Sunday. For 30 days, we will fix our eyes on Jesus as we look closely at the prophecies Jesus fulfilled during Passion Week. Each day we will look at a prophecy concerning the Messiah, and at the way Jesus fulfilled that…

The Great Physician | A Prayer

Our Good God, You are the God we know by many names: Redeemer Creator Savior And we find ourselves aching for these names to be our reality because   as we lay our heads down to rest, our minds can do anything but. The sickness in our souls – the grief, the pain, the fear,…

Godly Prayers for an Ungodly Leader

Today we will inaugurate a new president. Today, the people of the United States of America, will turn the keys of the White House over the Donald Trump. This Inauguration Day is a complicated one. On the one hand, I truly celebrate and rejoice the tradition of peaceful transfers of power among our elected officials.…

Sister, You Can Do Hard Things

“It’s just not for me, I guess,” she said, shaking her head with resignation. The words fell from her mouth with a splat; they were deflated and her heart was fit to match. Between us sat an open Bible, a well-worn dictionary, two pens, and plenty of scratch paper. We were working through the Text…