Sugarless Lent Prepares My Heart for the Sweetness of Christ, A Guest Post at (in)courage

Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. I grew up in a church that observed no more of the Church calendar than Easter and Christmas, but I was introduced to Lent in college, when I developed a great appreciation for its reminder of Jesus' 40 days of temptation in the wilderness and of His … Continue reading Sugarless Lent Prepares My Heart for the Sweetness of Christ, A Guest Post at (in)courage

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Overcome

Every Good Friday, as I contemplate the death of Jesus, I think about the death of my own father, who died eight years ago of pancreatic cancer on Good Friday itself. It's hard to think the timing of a loved one's death could be good no matter when it is--and my father's death was a … Continue reading Overcome

Dependence

In Genesis 2, God told Adam and Eve they could eat freely from any tree in the garden of Eden except for the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He said if they decided to eat from it anyway, they would surely die. This pronouncement was part of the curse God later gave … Continue reading Dependence