Forgiveness hard, but transforms us


Allison ByerleyForgiveness is one of the hardest spiritual disciplines to practice. When I come to the part of The Lord’s Prayer that says, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespassed against us,” I inwardly wince because I know that forgiving is something I need God’s help doing. Left on my own, I would carry those hurts and […]

You are forgiven


Wynter Sturtevant IIIA common cycle that many Christians find themselves in is as follows: You confess your faith in Christ. You are filled with zeal to be a bastion of the truth of God. You read or hear preaching on such passages like Psalm 1 which begins with, “Blessed is the man that walks not in the counsel of the […]

Where is your place in the story?


Allison ByerleyAuthor Philip Yancey writes about National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Dr. Francis Collins in his book “Vanishing Grace.” Collins is a brilliant doctor and scientist (he headed up the National Genome Project that sequenced the human DNA genome) as well as a dedicated and faithful Christian. There was some suspicion and distrust when he was appointed that a […]

Being a positive example for God


Wynter Sturtevant IIIAn ever-present danger that the preacher must be wary of is to take the gospel of the risen Lord and add to it. When we talk about Christ and how we are saved, we must tread lightly that we do not take the Law in Scripture and confuse it with the good news. When people read the Bible […]

Look to Jesus Christ for comfort


Wynter Sturtevant III Our lives are filled with finding groups. We seek in earnest a place of rest. The social media we consume helps us find more and more tribes to become members of. We find cliques and they find us. We change and so do the groups we belong to. We do this until the very end of our […]

Why shipbuilding can be a priority


Allison ByerleyCan you believe that it’s August and time for school to begin again? I was always happy for school to start. I was a good student and loved learning. That passion for learning continues. There is a difference between book-learning and wisdom, though. Many of the wisest people I have met did not have a lot of formal education. […]

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