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What if I Don’t Wait for God?

Rachel Chimits
September 30, 2020

When the answers to our prayers seem to get delayed, our greatest temptation often becomes trying to help God out.

Texting someone and then waiting for their response can sometimes feel like agony. I imagine that sending letters with high-stakes content was similar, but the problem with phones is that the return message could come any minute. If it doesn’t, then I have questions.

When Is It Okay for Me to Judge?

Rachel Chimits
September 28, 2020

We often hear that we shouldn’t judge others, but does this mean that we shouldn’t speak up if we notice sin or problems in someone else’s life?

David Wilkerson wrote about a small but jarring experience he once had in a bank. He’d walked in to make a withdrawal from his account. All was moving along as per usual until the teller handed him the cash he had requested.

Living on Top of the World

Rachel Chimits
September 25, 2020

Greatness in achievement and position is something that our culture idolizes, but how does Christianity support or contradict that goal?

The Battle of Thermopylae is one of the best Western examples of ultra-macho greatness. In it, 300 Spartans and 700 Thespians held the pass against a Persian force that historians believe numbered between 100,000 and 150,000 strong.

When Rivers Move Mountains

Rachel Chimits
September 18, 2020

We might feel like we have no impact on the world at large or even the people and events around us, but we must never underestimate what God may be doing through us, if we’re following his lead.

Perhaps one of the greatest influences on Martin Luther’s life was a man named Johannes von Staupitz, the vicar-general of the Augustinian order and Luther’s confessor.

Go Down to the Valley

Rachel Chimits
September 14, 2020

We often talk about and praise mountaintop experiences, but what if we prized walking through the valleys just as much?

In 1 Kings, Israel had just won a monumental victory against their enemies. God had promised them that he would hand these attacking nations over to them, but that might’ve been easy to forget in the wake of the battle. This wasn’t the end of their troubles, though.

A Golden Ribbon Day: Talking About Suicide

Rachel Chimits
September 10, 2020

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and we wanted to recognize the struggle of many believers who deal with depression and suicidal ideation or have a loved one who does.

Charles Spurgeon, the great evangelist and preacher, was a peculiar study in contradictions. For one, he took great delight in jokes. Victorian England was not the most amenable place for humor, particularly in the hallowed halls of church. In that case, Spurgeon was a most egregious offender.

Dressing Ourselves to Do Battle

Rachel Chimits
September 9, 2020

We all want to do our best in conflict or crisis, but what do we do when we fall short or mess up at the critical moment?

Leo Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is famous for its titular character, but it also follows a young man named Levin as he builds a marriage with a young woman named Kitty. Only two months after their wedding, Levin receives news that his brother is dying of tuberculosis.

Does God Care if I’m a Coward?

Rachel Chimits
September 7, 2020

While we all may admire people who demonstrate courage, we may find that we fall pretty far short ourselves, but are some people just made to be more courageous than others?

Jo Saxton and Steph O’Brien talked on the Lead Stories Podcast about situations that require courage, likening them to standing outside someone’s door, knowing that you have to go in and tackle a hard or painful topic with them.