As a teenager, I was well aware of all the things Christians are not supposed to do. I was told that I couldn’t listen to secular music, no sex before marriage, no immodest clothing, no parties, no cursing, and the list goes on and on. As I got older, it seemed like my faith was … Continue reading 3 Signs Your Faith Has No Freedom
Holy Week is an incredibly important week on the Christian calendar. It’s the week when we celebrate the most central events and truths of our faith. This week, we celebrate the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry: his entrance into Jerusalem, the last supper, his betrayal, death, and resurrection. This Friday, your church may have … Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Good Friday Service Should Not Be A Funeral For Jesus
Have you ever taken a spiritual gifts inventory and been relieved that generosity is not your primary spiritual gift? I know how you feel. But I greatly admire people who are generous. I want to be one when I grow up. I always imagine that the best version of my future self will be generous. … Continue reading How To Become A Generous Person
When I was young, my family was invited to church by a close friend. It soon became the church we regularly went to. There was no deep discussion that I can remember about whether or not the denomination was right for us. The questions we had were whether or not we were welcomed and could … Continue reading How To Know If Your Denomination Is The Right One
If you’ve ever been a part of a small group, you’re probably familiar with the part of the meeting that’s always set aside for prayer requests. The group goes around the circle, and everyone shares how everyone else in the group can be praying for them. If you have an administratively minded member of your … Continue reading 7 Prayers That Actually Matter
It’s never easy to admit you are going through a spiritual drought. At first glance, it would look like I could never have a day that is anything less than overflowing with spiritual fullness. My daily life is submerged in all things Jesus, from work, to school, to being a pastor’s wife, and everything in … Continue reading 3 Encouragements In The Midst Of Your Spiritual Drought
It was Christmastime, and that typically means at least one trip to the mall. Tamara and I were on our way to a family party, and we were picking up rice and beans from Miguel’s Junior--basically the most important component of any festive meal. But since it was the Christmas season, finding a parking spot … Continue reading Should We Stop Using This Popular Christian Saying?
Life isn’t always easy, and it definitely seems like some seasons are far more difficult than others. And the truth is that we can’t avoid the hurt and pain that comes with difficult circumstances. Maybe you're facing a difficult circumstance and you couldn’t have seen it coming. Or maybe you did see it coming, and … Continue reading How to Find Peace in the Midst of Difficult Circumstances
Many of us have ambitions to be used by God in incredible ways. But just as many of us feel like we're not exactly incredible people. Well, the good news is that Jesus came for the nobodies of this world.
Things are beginning to change in the Chamberlain household. This coming August, we will get to welcome the newest edition to our family, already known as Baby C! Nothing could be more exciting. Or terrifying! In some moments, I feel excited. In others, completely terrified. And then there are the moments when I feel both … Continue reading 3 Lessons From My First 3 Months of Pregnancy