Author Ava Pennington
Author Ava Pennington
Look Up or Give Up?

Look Up or Give Up?

Look Up or Give Up?   Some of us are ready to give up. Feelings of hopelessness are pervasive as we wonder how much longer this health crisis will continue. And in the face of conflicting predictions, we wonder if we’ll have the stamina to wait it out. Masks....

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Sin and Cancer Both Start Small

It was just a tiny spot recognized by the scan—a little more than a centimeter. But as soon as it was identified, the medical community sprang into action. More scans, tests, chemotherapy, radiation. Months of treatment based on the knowledge that this one spot was...

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Asking the Provider to Provide

What was the last thing you asked God for? Health? Finances? A relationship? After all, one of the names God revealed for Himself in the Bible is Yahweh Jireh, our Provider, right? And let’s not forget what James wrote: “You do not have because you do not ask God”...

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The Prayer of Jabez Revisited

Do you remember hearing about the prayer of Jabez? When Bruce Wilkinson’s book, The Prayer of Jabez, was published almost 20 years ago, it took the Christian community by storm. Quickly propelled to the bestseller lists, it encouraged Christians to daily pray the...

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Is Forgiving Yourself Biblical?

“I know God forgave me. I just can’t forgive myself.” Perhaps you’ve said those words. Maybe you heard someone else say them. But is forgiving yourself a biblical concept? Christians know faith in Christ as Savior and Lord provides freedom from the eternal penalty of...

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Does God Ever Forget?

Anyone other than me find themselves becoming a little more forgetful as they get older? It happens, doesn’t it? The same weakness we saw in our parents and grandparents (and chuckled at!) is now showing up in us. And if you haven’t experienced this yet, no worries…it...

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My Favorite Bible Verse…or Not

The world around us is becoming increasingly challenging. Challenging to live out our Christian faith in a morally relativistic culture.Challenging to share the joy of our faith in a world that is not only uninterested, but hostile to a biblical world view.And...

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But God

One of my favorite phrases in the Bible is “but God.” The phrase is peppered throughout Scripture. And it makes my heart smile every time I come across one of those verses. They bring a vertical perspective to my horizontal circumstances. They remind me that my...

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Two Types of Hope – Which One Is Yours?

If there’s one thing in short supply these days, it’s hope. Politicians promise, but fail to deliver on their promises. Family members make commitments, but disappoint us. Terrorists strike with seeming impunity. Jobs are scarce, money is tight, and the more we wish...

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Refrigerator Magnet Theology

How many magnets grace the front of your refrigerator? One? Five? Twelve? Refrigerator magnets can be silly, serious, or snarky. They can be cute, corny, or classy. Refrigerator magnets have also generated much theology that sounds good…but isn’t. Consider these...

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Look Up or Give Up?

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