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Righteous Roots for the Darkest Storms

Rachel Chimits
May 1, 2020

God allows tribulations to come into our lives for a very important purpose, but what can we do to prepare for these moments beforehand?

The pear tree outside my childhood bedroom window was a pretty thing, if somewhat pathetic.

It had the misfortune of an unusually small root-ball when my family bought it. One morning, I opened my curtains to discover I could see nothing but a dancing maze of green and shadows.

When God Is Not on Our Side

Rachel Chimits
April 29, 2020

Sometimes we step up to claim a promise or following a calling God gave us but suddenly feel like he’s absent, so why isn’t he supporting us?

Right after Moses passes the mantle of leadership to Joshua and he in turn leads Israel into the Promise Land, a strange interlude is recorded.

The Prayers That Shake Kingdoms

Rachel Chimits
April 22, 2020

Praying is a crucial part of the Christian life, and we need communication with the Lord to flourish, so how do we pray with power and passion?

Most Christians have heard of Jim Elliot, and those who aren’t Christians are usually able to summon up a few details about him — “Isn’t that the guy who tried to contact a secluded native people group somewhere in South American and got killed?” — even if they view him as an anthropological disruption rather than a hero of the faith. 

A Meditation on Fearing Death

Rachel Chimits
April 13, 2020

When people talk about dying, they could be referring to a couple different aspects of death, and we should not condemn their fears without understanding what they’re discussing.

As Christians, we’re more or less told that being fearful of death is sinful. Look at the great martyrs of the faith who boldly stepped up to the plate! Shame on you for shrinking back even a teensy bit!

The Saturday When God Was Silent

Rachel Chimits
April 9, 2020

The day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is an odd break in the resurrection story, so how do we understand God’s apparent inaction here?

I have a love-hate relationship with space movies. Stars and planets and comets are fantastic, and yet so much can potentially go horribly wrong when we humans throw our fragile little bodies out into space. All it takes is one tiny part of a spaceship or spacesuit to malfunction, and everyone is either fried or frozen.