A Good and Beautiful Life

Karen Bables

READ : Colossians 3:1-17 Put off the old self with its practices and . . . put on the new self. (vv. 9-10) What is the key to living a good life? Marketers spend millions convincing us that they know the answer. But the truth is, we were created to be in fellowship with God. The key to a good …

Making All Things New

Karen Bables

READ : John 14:15-19; 16:5-16 A new spirit I will put within you. (Ezek. 36:26) If you were ever a candidate for cataract surgery, your doctor probably promised that your dull and drab world would be bright and colorful after your surgery. Of course, you couldn’t know that your world was dull and drab until you had the surgery. You …

Intimacy with God

Karen Bables

READ : Genesis 3:1-12 But the Lord God called to the man . . . “Where are you?” (v. 9) Many years ago, I was a fan of Guideposts, a magazine full of heartwarming, personal stories of relationships with God. One day I decided to try to write for this magazine, so I read back issues and the editor’s guidelines …

Who Shapes Me?

Karen Bables

READ : Romans 12:1-8 Do not be conformed to this world. (v. 2) How hard do you fight against being conformed to the culture around you? Do you dream of owning an Apple watch? Do you excuse your bad language by saying, “I hear it all the time”? Do you judge, not love? We adapt pretty easily to the way …