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Christian Living / by Sarah Yardley - about 3 days

Christmas and the Incarnation of Christ

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14).  Christmas is a celebration of God in His humanity. Our faith is unique among world religions for this simple belief: Our God chose to stoop, to lower Himself, to become one of us. All of God’s Word to man became flesh and lived with us.  We read in Genesis 1:2 of a time when “the earth was without form and void.” From that formlessness, th...

by Sarah Yardley - 8 months

How to Defeat Four Giants of Terror

When was the last time you were overwhelmed? Last month? Last year? Earlier today? At this very moment?I have been reading in 2 Samuel 21:15-22:7, and the idea of giants in our land. In these chapters, David is king of Israel. The chapters before held the story of the rebellion of a “worthless man,” a three-year famine, and at the beginning of the reading above, it says in the ESV that “David grew weary.”

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by Sarah Yardley - 10 months

Seeing God Move in Hungary and Serbia

Which would be worse... to stay and watch your country torn apart by war or to travel days on end through bitter cold to escape the suffering? Winter is a terrible, beautiful thing. We speak of the winter of our souls, the icy seasons where we cannot see or feel the voice of God.Scripture dances around this idea of cold, speaking of the God who hurls down ice crystals like crumbs (Psalms 147:17), the one wh...

by Sarah Yardley - about 1 year

God Continues to Move

It is always easier to focus on the cracks and the controversy than to seek and proclaim the good. I remember spending hours discussing what would happen to Calvary Chapel when Pastor Chuck passed away. It was at the time a foreign and fascinating concept that he might someday not be the leader of our church family. Much has been written of his legacy and recorded of his preaching.If Pastor Chuck Smith was...

by Sarah Yardley - about 1 year

When We Like God, But Don't Know Jesus

I sat next to a beautiful woman I have met only twice, and she told me about her divorce and liturgical background, her ex-husband's remarriage and her newly discovered growth as a single mother. Then she said to me, "I like the idea of following God. But I don't really understand Jesus."When you grow up as a Christian kid, you hear many analogies of the Trinity, the egg, the apple (complete with illustrate...

by Sarah Yardley - about 1 year

Why We Love Jesus

For many years I have loved Jesus. I cannot remember a time when I did not (my parents and pastors and lifelong friends are a testimony of how I knew that love). I grew up, deeply rooted in the Word of God at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and deeply received the love of God through His people.As I grow in years and hopefully in maturity, I find more and more why I love Jesus.Today I write from Kyrgyzst...

by Sarah Yardley - about 1 year

Faith in a Level Zero Culture

As soon as the average person in the United Kingdom finds out I am a Christian, I battle their instant suspicion. Eyes narrow, voices change pitch, occasionally silence ensues. I immediately identify myself as being on some sort of team, and not one they are very comfortable knowing. I've been asked all sorts of questions:"What kind of Christian?""Do you really believe the Bible is true?""Are yo...

by Sarah Yardley - about 1 year

Why We Dream Big

In the Christian life, there is a tenuous balance between confident faith and foolish promises. At times we are called to live with expectant hope that God does more, far more than our wildest dreams, as Ephesians so beautifully explains. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and i...