This is going to be a longer post as we go through the middle of Revelation , but I liked the big-picture view that Chip Ingram presented as he went through it. I understood it so much more clearly, and I liked the way he kept the central message of hope in focus. As Chip summarized, “This shows us we can endure anything when we look at today’s struggles in the light of tomorrow’s certainty.”  I know my day-to-day struggles are nothing close to what the early church suffered, but that doesn’t mean my life is easy . By understanding

I am incredibly blessed. On paper, I have more than I ever thought possible: A funny, wise, loving husband. Three wonderful children. A career I really enjoy. Supportive parents and siblings on both sides of our family. Friends near and far. And yet, life is hard.  As amazing as my husband is, we’re both flawed people and marriage takes work. As wonderful as my children are, they’re also flawed and have years of maturing ahead of them. As much as I enjoy my career, it can be mentally exhausting; some days it completely drains my capacity for making decisions and

Revelation : the last book of the Bible. It’s always left me scratching my head. So I was really excited when my mom suggested we listen to Chip Ingram’s Revelation series together . I think one section of it that many people are familiar with are the letters to the seven churches, probably because it shares actionable guidance that makes sense without understanding the greater context of the book. But the thing is, this section does sit in the context of the book. If the messages to the churches were intended to be stand-alone, I think God would have separated

Every time I attempted to read Revelation, I was confused. I took a New Testament class in college and was hopeful the professor would help make sense of it, but instead of looking at it in the context it was written and seeing the big picture, she narrowed in on just a few passages and had us draw pictures of what was written in the text. It didn’t help. So I stayed confused, attempting to read it on my own a couple of times, but not really understanding it. I think that’s why I appreciated Chip Ingram’s sermon series about

I’ve always felt a little intimidated by the book of Revelation. People would say things about how it says the end times would include ABC and you can tell the end is getting closer because of XYZ. But whenever I tried to read it I ended up feeling more lost and confused. Yet all that recently changed. I learned that it’s really a book of hope. Hope that, despite everything appearing to keep getting worse and worse, and life being hard for us and our families, we can rest assured that God has a plan for it all. Rewinding to