3 Reasons I Choose to Be Thankful

3 Reasons I Choose to Be Thankful

Sometimes we forget to be thankful for the everyday things. For instance, I never thought to be grateful for sunshine, let alone to be thankful that I wasn’t allergic to those amazing sunrays. You didn’t know it was possible to allergic to the sun? Neither did I—until this year. Where I live (Phoenix, Arizona), the climate is hot and sunny about 36

No, You Can’t

No, You Can’t

I’ve been reading through Steps to Christ again (for the hundredth time) lately, and last week I noticed a word that kept popping up repeatedly. Intrigued by the thought, I decided to search how many times the word was used in the small book and the context in which it was used. What I discovered was fascinating. And critical. The word is “cannot,”

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Ryan Bell and Liberal Theologies

Over the past 12 months, hundreds of news outlets and blog sites have covered Ryan Bell’s “gut-wrenching decision” to leave behind his faith and embrace atheism. Nothing, however, gives us a glimpse inside Bell’s mind like the article he penned for CNN himself. He writes, I questioned the problem of evils and God's general silence and inactivity. I

Led by the Hand: When Healing Isn’t Instant

Led by the Hand: When Healing Isn’t Instant

Have you ever begged for something? Have you ever begged God for something—for yourself or a loved one? When I read the above Bible story recently, the word “begged” stood out to me. Trying to think of what it means to beg, I scrambled through my life memories for instances of “begging.” I recalled pleading with my mom to let me go to the playgroun

The Change Without Change

The Change Without Change

How do we learn how to follow Jesus, and persuade others to do likewise? This is not as easy a question to answer as we might suppose. Let’s look at the story of the brothers Charles and John Wesley, as told by Ellen White, to see why. White observed that “[Charles] Wesley and his associates were led to see that true religion is seated in the heart

A Blessing to Claim: Another Look at “Doubting Thomas”

A Blessing to Claim: Another Look at “Doubting Thomas”

It was the evening of the Resurrection Sunday. The apostles, fearing the Jews, had locked themselves up in a room (John 20:19a). They had good reasons to be afraid. Not only had their leader been crucified a couple days before; earlier that Sunday His body had gone missing and they were accused of stealing it (Matthew 28:11-15). So the disciples st