God’s overflowing blessings

In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will. Ephesians 1:5 The idea of predestination can be a tricky topic and has sparked fierce debate that’s raged for centuries. Despite the controversy, it gives me comfort to know that before I existed, a […]

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Easter is more than bunnies and baskets

By Erika Rizkallah In a few days, millions of Christians will celebrate Easter — an observance of the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Savior of the world. As a child, I didn’t know about Jesus. For me, Easter was all about the basket. For some reason my father hid the baskets from us.  My […]

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Boating with Jesus

By Erika Rizkallah Yesterday I had lunch with Kathy, a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. As we settled into our seats at Panera, a woman rushed up to us. “I saw you sitting here and I just had to pop over and say hello,” she gushed. “You’re a hard woman to get […]

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Lessons from a Liar

By Erika Rizkallah Have you ever heard the Bible story about Ananias and Sapphira? This couple carries the unfortunate legacy of being some of the most dishonest people in the New Testament. Their story is told in Acts 5:1-11 — it’s a warning for the ages. To fully understand it we must read the previous […]

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Surviving seasons of sorrow and slobber.

By Erika Rizkallah I thank God summer is over. Well, kind of. I live on the Southeastern coast and even though leaves are starting to fall and acorns litter the sidewalks, it can feel as hot as Hades. From my windows I watch boats drift by with girls in bikinis dancing on the bow. I […]

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Finding family faith

By Erika Rizkallah Almost every night after my family goes to sleep, I spend an hour or two working on genealogy. I’ve had an Ancestry.com account for several years.  It’s amazing to piece together what’s becoming a massive family tree. It’s thrilling to see their names. Among the common ones we have the standouts: Nimrod, […]

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Picking proverbs for a push

By Erika Rizkallah Each morning before I begin the day’s work in my home I pick a proverb to motivate me. Nurturing our nest requires loads of daily drudgery; I can’t do it all under my own power  (too boring). When I say I “pick” a proverb, I mean I open my Bible to the […]

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Follow your dreams or your mission?

By Erika Rizkallah Follow your dreams. In our individualistic culture we’re bombarded with the idea. All forms of media fill our heads with bucket lists and the notoriety of easy celebrity. I admit I’ve been fascinated with following my dreams since I was a kid. I was convinced I could be so many things: a […]

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5 Benefits of Having a Clear Conscience

By Erika Rizkallah The other day I took my dog, Titan, for a walk on our dock. Generally he hates this because he’s a big chicken. He’s afraid of the dark and wind but he seemed eager this day. He pulled me up the ramp, through the gazebo and toward the water. So I went […]

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