Christian Life, Spiritual Disciplines

How to Read the Bible: Reading Plans, Devotionals, and Prayer Books

Last week’s post focused on the two main ways that we read the Bible: for study and for devotion. We pointed out that both are important. Really, they’re both related to each other too. Now that we’ve looked at Bible reading form a 10,000 foot view, let’s focus in a bit.   If I want to read my Bible on …

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How to Read the Bible: Study Vs. Devotional Reading

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost July. 2018 is already over half over! Before we know it, fall will be here, school will be starting back up, and we’ll be getting ready to ease back into the “school year” routine. Somehow, even if you’re not in school, things seem to change pace in the fall.   In preparation of …

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Christian Life, Life Rhythms, Married Life, Single Life, Theology

It’s Never What You Expect: Hope in the Midst of Disappointment

Last week’s post was all about life rhythms, that they’re a something that God uses for our good. Even though we should embrace whatever season we’re in right now, it’s okay for us to long for something more, especially in the face of disappointment. In reality, until we get to heaven, we’re always going to be longing for something more. …

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Beautiful in Its Time: Learning to Embrace Life’s Rhythms

Last week’s blog post was all about the things I think graduates should know. Let’s be real though, graduates aren’t the only ones going through life transitions right now.   The truth is that our lives are always in flux.  We’re continually in the process of beginning and ending different seasons of our lives. While life can sometimes seem monotonous, …

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Obedience to God Shouldn’t Come From Obligation, but from Love

Zach and I have been married two and a half years now. We now know that there are some things that each of us do that drive the other crazy. Here’s a short list:   Things That Drive Ashleigh Crazy: When Zach leaves the kitchen cabinets open. If Zach forgets to put things away (particularly forgets to put things back …

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Redefining Purity: It’s Not Just About Sex

For some reason, when we talk about purity in the church, we’re almost always talking about sexual purity. We had a whole “purity movement” about a decade ago that was almost completely focused on staying sexually pure. While I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with that, it’s not really biblical.   Purity in the Bible What I mean by …

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Redefining Purity: It’s Not Just For Singles

Let’s be clear here: purity is not only for single people. Despite that fact, if you looked a Christian books, sermons, and other resources that talk about purity, the vast majority of them would be geared towards singles. A good chunk of them would probably be geared towards the youth group/college age crowd.   When we see purity as simply …

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Redefining Purity: Purity Is Not the Same as Naiveté

Being pure does not mean you have to live in a bubble. Last week, my blog post was about how purity is a process, not some point you can’t cross. If that’s true, that means that even if you know things or have experienced things that maybe you shouldn’t, that doesn’t necessarily make you less pure.   The Wrong Idea …

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