• How could a 1st-century Jewish carpenter be tempted in all the same ways as a 21st-century American woman?
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    Was Jesus Tempted like Me?

    Was Jesus Tempted like Me? I was struck with a thought while reading through Hebrews. When I came across this verse—For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.—I thought, “How could a 1st-century Jewish carpenter be tempted in all the same ways as a 21st-century American woman?” We live worlds apart. Different cultures. Different challenges. Different opportunities for sin. It made me wonder, what is this about to teach me? James wrote, “Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God’; for God cannot…

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    Grace with Humility

    Do you ever wonder if you’ve messed up so bad that God won’t want to use you anymore? If anyone has ever stood firmly in that place of uncertainty, I think it was David and Bathsheba. Yet tucked away into Jesus’ genealogy is a small detail of significant impact the notorious couple left to encourage those who feel irreparably broken. But before I get to that, first let’s talk about a man who did mess up so bad that God wrote him off. Not only that. This guy screwed up so bad, God wrote off his offspring as well. King Jehoiachin. David and Bathsheba’s descendant through King Solomon. Jeremiah 22:28-30 paints…

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    Juxtaposition

    Juxtaposition: the act or instance of placing two or more things side by side often to compare or contrast or to create an interesting effect. A couple months ago, I explored the idea of treating others according to their potential, not their past—which I wholeheartedly believe. But what happens when treating others according to their potential, not their past, puts us in hazardous emotional/spiritual/physical situations? How do we guard our hearts while still believing the best? I’m not even going to pretend to understand all that this means. It’s a deep question to answer and one of the many juxtapositions of our faith. But as I reflected on this idea,…

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    Ask for Wisdom

      One night recently, I told God that I had no idea how to respond to a touchy situation. I wasn’t smart enough. I wasn’t wise enough. I just didn’t have the EQ to handle it. So, I turned off the lights and went to bed, totally in the dark—in every sense of the word. The next morning, I woke up and browsed Instagram. I know…I should have opened my Bible first. Busted and guilty. God still got to me. One author I follow had uploaded James 1:5 that morning. Superimposed across a beautiful background were these words: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives…