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by Jody Ponce - 3 years ago

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 context, s...

by Jody Ponce - 3 years ago

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...

by Jody Ponce - 3 years ago

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 ...

by Jody Ponce - 4 years ago

"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 ...

by Jody Ponce - 4 years ago

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...

by Jody Ponce - 4 years ago

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 ...