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Discontent and Thankfulness

By MaryJo Sharp “I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most glorious creature that I could think of; for to have been born in God’s thought, and then made by God is the dearest, grandest, and most precious thing in all thinking.” – David Elginbrod,…

How C.S. Lewis Wrecked My American Christmas

By MaryJo Sharp I grew up dreaming of a white Christmas with Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney. Christmas was about red, green and white. It was about lights on houses, displays in stores and snowy weather. Christmas was a time of stressful hurrying about to make the desserts, see the…

The Ultimate Reason Behind Unforgiveness

By Jean E. Jones What’s the ultimate reason behind unforgiveness? Part 5 of “Forgive Intentional Sin—Don’t Just Manage Emotions.” Forgiving without excusing is hard, so hard it sometimes seems unforgiveness won’t ever let go. When I stopped excusing my mother’s actions as based on ignorance and inability to help herself,…

4 Sins that Require Faith to Forgive

By Jean E. Jones How do we take hold of faith to forgive when forgiving is tough? Part 4 of “Forgive Intentional Sin—Don’t Just Manage Emotions.” Some sins are relatively easy to forgive: unintentional sins and minor wrongs, for instance. Other sins are much harder. Here are four that require…

How to Understand Psalms

By Jean E. Jones I used to dislike the Book of Psalms because the psalms kept repeating themselves instead of proceeding point-by-point to a nice conclusion in the first line of the last stanza. After all, essays put the main point in the first sentence of the last paragraph. That’s…

My Surrender That Became An Adventure

By Claudia Kalmikov Thirty-two years ago, as I took my last final exam and walked out of Langsdorf Hall at Cal State Fullerton, I said, “I will never take another class again!!” I was so done. That was my plan. But it wasn’t God’s plan. Three years ago, after years…

Trust Your Instruments with Claudia Kalmikov

By Claudia Kalmikov At our church, my husband and I co-teach an apologetics class with our missions pastor, Kevin. Recently, the discussion evolved from the subject of how some people think with their emotions rather than what we know to be true, to how we sometimes feel unworthy to serve…

If I Debated Sam Harris – a mock debate

By Lisa Quintana Debates can come off mean. I certainly would not want to be in one… unless it was a little more fun! I recently watched a Notre Dame debate held in April of 2011 between Philosopher, Sam Harris (known as one of the New Atheists) and Christian Philosopher,…