Heather Riggleman is an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor for Crosswalk. She calls Nebraska home with her three kids and a husband of 22 years. She believes Jazzercise, Jesus, and tacos can fix anything and not necessarily in that order! She is author of I Call Him By Name Bible Study, the Bold Truths Prayer Journal, Mama Needs a Time Out, and a contributor to several books. You can find her at www.heatherriggleman.com or on Facebook.
Irresistible grace is defined as those whom God has elected and drawn to Himself. When God calls the elect, they respond (John 6:37, 44; 10:16).
“If hope does not disappoint us, why are Christians disappointed all the time?” Before we can answer that question, we need to define what hope is.
Sackcloth and ashes were an outward sign of mourning, repentance, or abasement. It was a type of cloth made of black goat’s hair that was thick, rough, and coarse material.
God gives us grace upon grace because we’re all flawed, imperfect human beings in need of saving. Jesus loved us so immeasurably that He sacrificed Himself with all of His infinite perfection.
God has so many names in the Bible, and all of them teach us something important about His incredible character. The name Ancient of Days only appears three times, and all in the book of Daniel. But despite this, we can still learn so much about God's eternal nature from this title.
Fasting and prayer are often linked together. Fasting without praying isn't fasting. It is dieting or deprivation. The only reason to fast is to make space for you to seek the Lord with greater urgency.
Whenever I think of oils my thoughts eventually drift to several moments in church when friends and church members were anointed with oil. One moment that comes to mind was during worship one morning when the elders of the church gathered around a deacon who had just learned of a difficult medical diagnosis—the type that would shorten his life and change the trajectory of his family. As they prayed for healing, he was anointed with oil.
Another vivid moment was when I gave my life to Christ. I was anointed with oil. A cross was rubbed into my forehead and oil was rubbed on the foreheads of my newborns when they were just merely days old, as they were dedicated to God. But that’s not where my experience with oils ends. Oils are all the rage today as natural and homeopathic remedies to treat ailments, chronic health conditions, and improve health. Oils are even used in the Keto diet for weight loss, and we use oils to flavor our food, provide nutritional value, and to cook with. Oils are even used to diffuse the air of our homes as aromatherapy! Oil certainly has a valuable currency, but it is not just because we live in modern times. What people don’t know is that the use of oils goes clear back to the Bible. Anointing oils were used to anoint priests, furnishings in the tabernacle to mark them as holy, and to anoint the sick for healing.
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Since the beginning, God clothed women in strength and dignity. Do you ever wonder why movies like Wonder Woman and Super Girl are gaining popularity?
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? Why did He have to take on our sins so we could have a pathway to God? Why couldn’t God just erase everyone’s sins?
I understand what it means to “Train up a child in the way that he should go…” Despite being a child myself, God saw it fit to give me three amazing, free-thinking, strong-willed children.