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The Second Sunday of Advent

Rachel Chimits
December 4, 2020

As Christmas quickly approaches, many of us harbor hopes for a better, brighter holiday than ever filled with joy, but how do we hold on to that hope through the holidays and beyond? 

The holidays seem to herald their approach these days through the Hallmark channel.

The Rough Work of Dedication

Rachel Chimits
November 30, 2020

If we knew that our spiritual walk with Christ was going to be hard and take a long time, would we be quick to take it on or would we avoid God?  

Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat Pray Love, which exploded into bestseller fame and unexpectedly catapulted her into the spotlight. In her TED Talk, she talked frankly and humbly about creative genius and the work of being a writer.

The First Sunday of Advent

Rachel Chimits
November 27, 2020

Known as the ‘hope of the prophets,’ this first marker of Advent is a reminder that God does not ignore our world’s darkness and that we strain toward a future hope not yet realized.

Most people in the U.S. are at least vaguely acquainted with the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, if only from popular culture references or the cult classic movie Tombstone.

Passing on the Torch

Rachel Chimits
November 25, 2020

As leaders of ministries, churches or general communities, do we help and prepare future leaders or try to stop and silence them because they’re different?

Martin Luther wrote to his longtime mentor and friend Spalatin upon receiving the church’s summons to the Diet of Worms. Given the vitriol that the Pope and Rome was spewing forth, this meeting looked like the end of the road.

Choose One of Two Ways

Rachel Chimits
November 20, 2020

God gave us free will, but what are we choosing to do with it, and how will the consequences echo throughout our lives into eternity?

Pastor Joe McKeever wrote about a person he met as a young man who changed much in his life without ever realizing it.

Life as the Broken Victor

Rachel Chimits
November 18, 2020

Admitting our follies and mistakes is already hard, and it becomes even harder when people treat us differently as a result, but what does the Bible say for when we really mess up?

“Once when I told my story at a missions conference, a woman informed me I had a demon,” wrote George Verwer, international director of Operation Mobilization.

That Unlucky Number Thirteen

Rachel Chimits
November 13, 2020

Is it unbiblical for Christians to talk about lucky and unlucky situations in life, or are there circumstances where that perspective is okay?

Donald Dossey, a folklore historian and author of Holiday Folklore, Phobias and Fun, wrote about his studies on Friday the 13th in National Geographic.

We Testify to the Truth

Rachel Chimits
November 11, 2020

We are all witnesses to the truth of Christ’s work, or at least we should be; why is it difficult to talk about sometimes (or all the time)?

“If you do not turn from your sins, you will die,” shouts one boy on the street to pedestrians. “It’s that simple. You either turn, or you burn.” Jonah is one of the LaVelle family’s 10 children, and they are all part of an evangelistic movement known as the Spokane Street Preachers.