Remember when American Idol was in its heyday and aired some of the most awful auditions at the beginning of the season? We watched as the ones who couldn’t sing, tried to sing. I always felt a mixture of sorrow and embarrassment for them. I have the same feeling when I read the story about…

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This installment of Monday School is inspired by a man named Nicodemus. I think I love Nicodemus. The only information we have on him is in the Gospel of John. He was a Pharisee, which means he was a scholar who studied the Law and was intentional in the keeping of it. He was also…

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year according to Andy Williams’ popular Christmas song, but for many, it’s the most frantic time of year. The expectations and obligations. The overindulging and overspending. They take a toll on our hearts. I fight against the commercialization and consumerist approach to the season, and I win sometimes.…

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Can we do Monday School on Friday? I think so. I’m beginning a new series soon and want to finish out my thoughts on the Bible study I started several weeks ago before I go on a Monday School break. I finished the No Other Gods Bible study by Kelly Minter almost two weeks ago.…

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This week, the lessons in No Other Gods highlighted our tendency to run back to our idols after we’ve turned away from them. We make room for God when we give up our false ones, but we must wait for Him to fill the empty space. And a lot of times, waiting is the hardest…

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I skipped Monday School last week, but I don’t want to skip the important lessons that stood out to me in the last two weeks of the No Other Gods study my oldest daughter and I are doing. The lessons come from the story of Rachel and Leah found in Genesis 29 through 31. Read…

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This week’s Monday School is something near and dear to my heart. It’s why I started Monday School in the first place, and the Bible study I’m going through touched on it this week. My hope with Monday School is to make all of us more and more curious about the Bible so that we’ll…

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Last week, the No Other Gods Bible study by Kelly Minter highlighted what our idols or false gods are. Basically, a false god is anything or anyone stealing the place of God in our hearts. Anything can be an idol: materialism, alcohol, your image or reputation, Netflix binges, unforgiveness, work, fitness, your ministry or church,…

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My oldest daughter and I began a Bible study called No Other Gods: The Unrivaled Pursuit of Christ by Kelly Minter. For the next several weeks, my Monday School thoughts will be from the study. A week into it and I know this one is life changing. I’ve read the story of the Israelites in…

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The word of the Lord is the overall theme of Psalm 119, but I notice other themes as I read it. Last week, I wrote about God’s steadfast love. This week, I see the author write about the heart at least twelve times, and six of those describe the heart as whole. A whole heart…

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