October 23, 2016

What About Medical Means of Healing? (Part 5)

In addition to the spiritual principles given in His Word (see parts one, two, three, four), God has also provided medical aids we can use to seek healing. Doctors and medicines can often help us determine the physical cause of our suffering, remedy various problems, and help alleviate some of the symptoms. Even when we cannot discern the spiritual purpose for our illness, these medical means can often help us find a physical cause for whatever we are suffering -- and thus provide a way of relief from that suffering. And as long as we seek our Creator’s help first, we can certainly take advantage of other legitimate aids that He has provided through His marvelous creation! Let's take [...Read More]

Does the “Prayer of Faith” Bring Healing? (Part 4)

We’ve been looking at the Scriptural principles for seeking physical healing. If you missed the first three posts, start here: Should we pray for healing?, How to Pray for Healing, Is Faith Required for Healing?.  Consistent personal prayer and continued faith in God are the main criterion established in Scripture for seeking physical healing. We must also consider James 5:13–16, one of the few Scriptural passages which directly mentions the issue of seeking healing: "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise [...Read More]

Is Faith Required for Healing? (Part 3)

We've been looking at the principles laid out in Scripture regarding prayer, and specifically how they relate to seeking physical healing. Find the first two posts in this series here: Should we pray for healing? and How to pray for healing. When we're seeking healing, the first step is always to commune with God in prayer. But prayer isn't the only thing that matters: we must also have faith in who He is and how He works! Not only do we need to pray about everything, but we need to trust that God will answer our prayers according to what glorifies Him the most. We need to believe His plan for our lives is whatever HE considers the absolute best for us. Our faith must be placed in God [...Read More]

How to Pray for Healing (Part 2)

Previous posts in this series include: Should we pray for healing? Not only are prayers for physical health exemplified in God’s Word, but even common sense suggests wherever there is lack or need, there is reason to pray. For instance, in times of war we pray for peace, and in times of drought we pray for rain. Thus, it follows that in times of sickness, we ought to pray for healing. But it's not enough just to utter words asking God to heal -- we must pray according to the standards set forth in God's Word. In order to pray for healing, we must not only experience redemptive cleansing by Jesus’ blood, but we must also daily keep our hearts pure and righteous before Him. If we [...Read More]

Should We Pray for Healing? (Part 1)

Should we pray for healing? If so, are there any guidelines given in Scripture to help us pray for it more effectively? Where does faith come in? And what about traditional medical resources? Over the next six weeks, we'll consider how the Bible guides our answers to these challenging questions, and how we should apply its truth to our own unique encounters with physical suffering. When your body feels miserable, your spirit will respond by feeling miserable with discouragement, despondency, or doubt.  While we certainly suffer afflictions stemming from purely physical causes, God has created our bodies and spirits to be so intricately conjoined that what affects us in one area [...Read More]

Why Is A Christian Worldview So Important?

We can't keep our faith in a box. It's not something that can be relegated to reading the Bible every morning and attending church on Sunday. It needs to color our realities, shape our perspectives, and direct our thoughts and action on day-by-day, moment-by-moment basis. It needs to instruct our view of this world, of humanity itself and all our endeavors. Every single realm -- from science to history, from creative arts to psychology, from occupation to recreation, from family relationships to personal ambitions -- must be viewed through the lens of God's truth. Why? Because how you see the world, and the people within it, determines how you interact with it. And how you interact [...Read More]

Practicing Habits of Grace

Start talking about spiritual disciplines -- habits like reading God's Word, praying regularly, attending church, evangelizing the lost -- and I guarantee someone will roll their eyes and respond that the word discipline is just too legalistic, not grace-oriented enough or allowing for Christian liberty. Others will sigh at the amount of effort required to maintain those disciplines. I think some people don't really understand the point of spiritual disciplines. It's not just a list of things we HAVE to do, in order to be considered spiritual. It's not what defines a good Christian. Spiritual disciplines have a higher purpose than simply acting as a spiritual to-do list. tweet [...Read More]

Introducing Erin Salazar, Author of ‘Pix Goes to London’

I'm excited to introduce a real-life friend of mine today! Erin Salazar and I met at college and stayed in touch through social media ever since (fun fact: she was also our wedding photographer!). She's a wife, mother, teacher, artist, and writer who loves to travel, and has a passion for opening children's eyes to the joys of reading and the thrill of discovering the world -- whether it be their back yard or a far-away land across the ocean. Through her books, Erin hopes to help children develop a love of learning and cultivate their innate curiosity about the world around them, so that one day they can make a difference for good. Erin's newest book, Pix Goes to London (note: affiliate [...Read More]

Literary Adventures in March/April – #Read2016

I know, I know. It's almost August, and I'm just now posting about March's literary explorations... But better late than never, right? :) Spring was incredibly busy -- between multiple rounds of company, medications that interfered with my sleep, rapidly changing plans for our future, and an eager new interest in drawing -- everything conspired to make me feel (gasp) ambivalent towards books for a while. Consequently I only completed seven books in March and April, which is probably a record low for me. Four of them were for this year's literary challenge (#Read2016), one was just because I wanted to cross it off my to-read list, and two were "comfort reads" during the busyness of [...Read More]

Snapshots from Our Adventures in Wyoming

If one picture is truly worth a thousand words, then twenty-two pictures ought to be worth a lot more that that... right? But since everybody likes photos, and it's a lot easier to show you the area than to explain it in words, here's a 2200-word glimpse (in photos) of what I've been up to since arriving in Wyoming. It's hard to believe we've already been here for two months... One of the biggest answers to prayer has been finding a comfortable (and affordable!) place to live. We actually stayed in a local motel for over 3 weeks while we searched for something, and God provided a place that fit the exact specifics we'd been praying for: something with enough insulation to be warm in [...Read More]