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When We Catch on Fire

Rachel Chimits
October 18, 2019

No one likes to feel fear or the crushing pressure of life, but these experiences can help move us closer to God like nothing else will.

If you like conspiracy theories, be ye warned that Amazon keeps track of everything down to the lines you highlight in your Kindle books.

Living for a Taste of Heaven

Rachel Chimits
October 16, 2019

The weakest of all weak things is virtue that has not been tested in the fire.” —Mark Twain

Justo Thomas came from a coffee and coconut farm in rural Dominican Republic. Now he works at Le Bernardin, a three Michelin star restaurant in New York.

“Good morning, chef,” every sous chef, line cook, pâtissier and stagiere says to him, almost reverently, as they come in for the day.

Why Is Meditation in the Bible?

Rachel Chimits
October 14, 2019

Anything that strays too close to New Age practices alarms most believers, and rightfully so, but some disciplines were ours before they were perverted by false spiritualism.

Contemplative spirituality more or less teaches that true holiness and spiritual growth occur by contemplation of God through emptying your mind. The practice typically does not embrace the Bible; if any scripture is included, it’s out of context or very loosely paraphrased.

Listening to the Right Voice

Rachel Chimits
October 9, 2019

Church leaders talk a lot about discernment, but why is it so important and how do we know if we have it or not?

In the early 70s, a New York housewife had several visions of “Jesus.” He was apparently accompanied by two Hindu spirits who gave her instructions.

Running the Race Without Shame

Rachel Chimits
October 7, 2019

God calls us to an abundant life in him, but many of us seem to get tripped up on our past and the deep heart wounds that hide there.

A lot of people are at least passingly familiar with Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol. Very few have probably read the book, though, which is unfortunate since many of the finer nuances were cut out in translation to film.

Women With (Not in) Pornography

Rachel Chimits
October 4, 2019

The discussion around pornography frequently focuses on men, and women who struggle in this area are often left unacknowledged and wondering if they’re alone in their painful addiction.

At dinner with some friends and friends-of-friends, I turned to the woman beside me and asked what I felt was a fairly innocuous, get-to-know-you question. “So, what do you do for a living?”

“I’m an erotic romance author.”

Turning Around on the Racetrack to Burnout

Rachel Chimits
September 27, 2019

One of the Ten Commandments is to keep the Sabbath holy, but modern society has chosen to ignore this with terrible consequences.

In 1793, the French revolutionaries decided to do away with the calendar as Europe had known it. They wanted a “rational” calendar not based on the state-church that had supported the royal family and supposed divine right of kings.