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Not Knowing What the Future Holds

Rachel Chimits
January 8, 2020

As we make plans for the future, how do we react to unexpected developments, danger and anything that threatens us?

Accomplished high school athlete, Joni Eareckson Tada knew what her future held. At least, she thought she did until she dove into the Chesapeake Bay, hit her head on the sandy bottom and suddenly couldn’t move her hands or legs.

Joni had just become a quadriplegic.

Who Is Calling Your Name?

Rachel Chimits
January 6, 2020

When we make major decisions, we want to know we have God’s approval, but figuring out if we’re hearing his voice or our own desires can be challenging.

Pastor Jim Cymbala explained an important point in knowing God’s direction, “I know some people don’t believe we can still hear God’s voice. ‘He has already said what he is going to say in the Bible.’

Rage Against the Machine…Or Not

Rachel Chimits
January 3, 2020

Our God calls us to submit to those in power over us, but when is it okay to rebel against authority?

In his book A View from the Zoo, Gary Richmond reminisced about how the most difficult aspect of his job as a zookeeper was often the people at the zoo, not the animals. He told the story of an elderly visitor who, in his words, “created more bedlam than any single visitor in the zoo’s history.”

Playing That Dangerous Blame Game

Rachel Chimits
December 30, 2019

When we choose poorly and hurt ourselves or others, we often find it incredibly easy to shift the blame away from ourselves, but in doing so, we only do more damage.

Mutsuhiro Watanabe was better known to the captives of Japan’s most infamous concentration camps as “the Bird” so that they could warn one another when he was coming without him knowing.

Taking St. Nick Off the Naughty List

Rachel Chimits
December 23, 2019

Santa is a potentially controversial figure among Christians, but perhaps there’s a better perspective we could take on his story.

Perhaps no Christmas figure is more maligned that Saint Nicholas.

The man who began as a generous church leader, trying to inspire others to care for the poor, evolved into a magical sprite in a reindeer-drawn sled used by parents to bribe children into obedience.

Grief, Loss and Death at Christmastime

Rachel Chimits
December 19, 2019

While this time of year is traditionally considered to be one of great joy, it also can be the one where the broken pieces of our hearts and lives most clearly show up.

My uncle, my father’s baby brother, died suddenly before the holidays.

At 28 years old, he had moved back in with the family and was working his way through some personal issues, when a complication with a hereditary illness caused his heart to stop one night.

Advent: The Adoration of the Magi

Rachel Chimits
December 20, 2019

Worshiping and delighting in Jesus at Christmas sounds all well and good, but how do we find the time and the right frame of mind to do this amid the holiday chaos?

In 1480, Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to paint an altarpiece for the Augustinian monks of San Donato. He completed detailed drawings of the painting’s figures and scene, but then he left the city.

The painting would be finished years later by an unknown artist.