Author: Christina Fox

Ministering to Those Who Perpetually Struggle

I grew up listening to stories my grandfather told of his childhood during the Great Depression and his time in the army during World War II. The experiences he had of childhood poverty, family brokenness and the horrifying images of war were forever etched in his mind and heart. They changed him in profound ways, leaving lasting scars, both inside and out. Believers who walk with a limp There are many people whom we sit next to in church on Sunday mornings who live with their own stories of brokenness. Their life has been darkened by trauma, violence, deep sins (theirs...

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The Laments: Where the Mind and the Heart Meet

We often categorize ourselves as being either a thinker or a feeler. A thinker is more likely to make decisions and act based on knowledge and a feeler based on emotion. When it comes to matters of faith, a thinker would emphasize what we know about God’s Word and a feeler what we feel or experience in our faith. It seems like an either/or choice; it’s either the mind or the heart. There’s a place in Scripture where the mind and heart meet, where thoughts and feelings come together: the Psalms of Lament. And in the laments, we see...

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God Writes a Great Story

I recently picked up a book my son was reading and flipped through it, noticing that a number of pages were folded down. Curious, I asked him why he did it. “Because those are all my favorite parts,” he responded. He’s a boy after my own heart because I do the same thing. I dog-ear and mark up my books so I can go back and reread my favorite parts. In some books though, there are no pages folded down. In those books, I found myself editing as I read, thinking of ways I would have written it differently,...

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We Need Community

We went to Alaska a few years ago to visit relatives. Our cousins asked what we wanted to do during our visit. I immediately piped up, “Hiking!” They talked about a few nearby trails, casually mentioning a recent bear attack. “A bear attack?” I asked in a raised high-pitched voice. “Never mind, we don’t need to go hiking…” One of the cousins responded, “We’ll be fine. The person who was attacked was out by herself. We’ll be safe because we are together.” Created for Community Do you ever think that life would be easier if we could do it...

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Once Worthless, Now Precious

What does your name mean? I once did a study with my children on the names of God. We started by looking at each of their names and what they mean. I laughed to myself at the irony of how my children significantly reflect their names’ meanings. My own name means Christian, or “Christ follower.” Unlike my children, I did not come out of the womb reflecting the meaning of my name. Rather, I put on my name when God gripped my heart and made me his child. From Useless to Useful Onesimus had a similar experience with his...

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