The answer to that simple question may be a resounding “Yes!” for you; but for some, it’s not so clear. In fact, one 2015 study commissioned by the Church of England revealed that 40% of adults in the UK either didn’t believe Jesus was a real person or weren’t sure. The same study showed that 25% of 18-34 year olds actually believed Jesus was a “mythical or fictional character.” In the US, a 2017 study, commissioned by Pew Research, revealed that 33% of Americans believe i
Have you ever had a hard time offering someone mercy and grace? An old boss who gave you grief; a friend who turned their back on you; a family member who walked away when you needed them most; a teacher who shamed you in front of the entire class?… the list could go on and on. No doubt there are plenty of people in our lives who have let us down and need our grace… but we would rather not offer it. Have you ever noticed how much we value receiving grace, but how stingy we
I like it when we turn the clocks back in the fall because, as an early riser, I like the daylight earlier in the morning. Some people would rather leave the clocks alone and have more daylight in the evening; in fact, there’s a bill in Congress right now to keep Daylight Savings Time year round. As you might imagine, there are some who are for it and some who are against it. While people may disagree about turning the clocks back or not, there is one time turning back is
Have you ever noticed that God has a way of getting your attention? Whether you believe that God causes it to happen or He allows it to happen, there is no doubt that God knows how to cause us to pause, to take stock of our lives, to shift our focus. There are lots of ways that God can do that; whether it’s through a health scare, a financial crisis, a major loss, a career catastrophe, a family emergency… you name it, there are plenty of dire situations life can throw at us.