Author: Christina Fox

Loneliness and the Call to Community

In the movie Cast Away, Tom Hanks played the role of Chuck Noland, a man stranded on a remote island after a plane crash. I still remember how I felt watching the movie. As remarkable as his survival skills and his tenacity to find a way off the island were, the most poignant thing was his connection with Wilson, a volleyball he found among the wreckage. Noland painted a face on the volleyball and named it Wilson. He talked to Wilson as he would a friend. At one point in the movie, the ball was pulled out to sea...

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When Community Hurts

When you think of women in the Bible, who comes to mind? Perhaps you think of Mary, Jesus’ mother. Or maybe Esther, the queen who saved her people from destruction. There’s also Ruth, the young widow who left the land and people she knew to be with her mother-in-law. We remember these women because of their important role in redemptive history. But there are two women who are only mentioned in one place, and their story isn’t romantic, brave, or remarkable. Rather, they are included in Scripture as an example of a problem in the church. Who are these...

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Biblical Encouragement

“How are you doing? Really doing? How are you handling your hard week?” she asked. Then she followed those questions up with, “Can I pray for you right now?” Encouragement–we would recognize it anywhere. It’s like a gentle push forward when we’ve run out of energy. It’s like seeing the familiar shape of home when we’ve been gone far too long. It’s like sitting down to a nourishing meal after a hard day’s work. It’s like seeing the sun after hours of pouring rain. When someone encourages us, we stand straighter. We feel reinvigorated. We move with purpose and...

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The Tempted One

What does it mean to you that Jesus faced temptation? The fact that Jesus experienced temptations is important for our salvation as well as for our own daily battles with temptation. The writer of Hebrews captured the significance of this vital aspect of Christ’s ministry when he wrote: “For we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Consider all that the Scriptures teach us about this: In the Wilderness In Matthew 4, after He was baptized by...

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How Jesus Answers the Cries of Our Heart

Have you ever turned to the Psalms during a time of emotional turmoil? Most believers have found comfort in the words of the Psalmist because his descriptive prose seems to give voice to what they are feeling. Many of us have favorite Psalms—perhaps even some we’ve memorized—which gives us hope in the midst of sorrow, fear, loneliness, or grief. If we were to study the Psalms in detail, we would notice certain patterns. In the darkest Psalms, the Psalms of Lament, we find a common structure. I discuss those patterns in detail in my book, A Heart Set Free....

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