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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.

To Heal or Not to Heal

Rachel Chimits
September 25, 2019

When we pray for healing, God sometimes cures someone; but sometimes he doesn’t, and we’re left with the question, “Why?”

When my father started college, he was still an unbeliever. He swung by his dorm room only to find a skinny guy on the other bed, reading a massive Bible that had so many highlighted passages that it looked like a stained-glass window.

Ignoring the “weirdo,” my father settled into college life.

Where Church and Families Find Each Other

Rachel Chimits
September 23, 2019

God made people to operate best in families, whether we like it or not, but what happens when our families are not healthy?

Nicky Gumbel tells a story in one of his devotionals about a busy father who was looking after his daughter and trying to find a way to keep her entertained while he worked. He took a magazine page with a world map and cut it into pieces, creating a make-shift puzzle for his little girl.

How Bad Is Pornography Really?

Rachel Chimits
September 20, 2019

In the internet age, vast numbers of believers are exposed and addicted to sexually explicit material, and the church has traditionally been silent on how they can find real freedom and healing.

Spencer B. Olmstead and his colleagues conducted a survey of young college students, asking them what they thought about pornography.