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Christian Living / by Jody Ponce - about 1 month

Don't Stop Crying Out to God

The story of the blind beggar, found in Luke 18 is one that has recently had a powerful impact on my attitude toward prayer. The healing of Bartimaeus is the final miracle Jesus performed during His time on earth. I think it is profound that this miracle involved bringing sight to the blind. Jesus went to the cross soon after this miracle, and through His sacrifice, there has brought sight to all those who...

Christian Living / by Jody Ponce - 3 months

Finding Peace in Surrender

The idea of surrender, most commonly, has negative connotations. We think of armies and nations that have surrendered in wars; they saw that they were defeated by the victors, and so they gave up, admitted defeat and surrendered to their conquerors. None of that sounds great! We generally don’t walk around thinking, “Oh, I hope I am defeated today - so that I can surrender.” But in the Christian ...

Christian Living / by Jody Ponce - 4 months

Fight the Lies of Fear with the Truth of God

There was a time in my life when I was totally paralyzed by fear. I lived in a perpetual panic attack for a period of about six months. At that time, I believed that I was physically sick; I was having strange and terrifying symptoms that were all too real, and I became convinced that I was dying. I lived with the Damocles of imminent death hanging over my head daily, and it was terrifying. I felt I had lost mysel...

Christian Living / by Jody Ponce - 6 months

Don't Fear Loneliness

I have known loneliness in my life. When I first started to follow Jesus, I was 24 years old. Soon after making that decision, I moved to a new house. During this period I lived alone in a house with no television and no internet. I lived like that for four years. Because of my decision to follow Christ, I didn’t have many friends who were very present during this time as I wasn’t socializing the way I used to. I ...

Christian Living / by Jody Ponce - 7 months

From the Christmas Tree to the Tree of Calvary: The Meaning Behind Advent

What does "advent" mean? Well, the word itself means: "The arrival of a notable person or thing." At this time of year we celebrate the arrival of the most notable person of all time, Jesus Christ. Advent has taken on different traditions throughout the course of Christian history, the advent calendar, lighting the advent candles, and in some Christian traditions, it is marked by a time of fasting.  Advent...

Christian Living / by Jody Ponce - 8 months

"I Can't Get No Satisfaction:" Consumerism for the Believer

In the West we live in a consumer culture. By nature we are consumers. Let me list just a few of the items we consume daily: coffee, phones, fashion, handbags, shoes, house decor items, jewelry, watches, cars...the list goes on ad infinitum. Did I mention some of your items of consumption on this list?  Consumerism drives our western capitalist culture.  Businesses need consumers to purchase their ...

Christian Living / by Jody Ponce - 10 months

WHY SHOULD I WAIT FOR THE LORD ANY LONGER?

“Why should I wait for the Lord any longer?” This is a question King Jehoram of Israel asks during a long lasting and grueling siege of his city. Have you ever asked this question? Are you asking it right now? Sometimes our situation seems so desperate that we start to ask ourselves, "Where is the Lord?" "Where is His deliverance?" "Where is His power?" To answer this question, I want to look at th...

Christian Living / by Jody Ponce - about 1 year

Where Love is Infinite & Need is Fulfilled

The story of the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:21-34 has always been one that has stuck out to me in the Bible. It is a stunning encounter with the compassionate heart of Jesus, where we see Him heal a woman who would have been despised and rejected by those around her. It is particularly impactful because so many aspects of the story beautifully display the love and grace of the Gospel. God has ...