Entries by Rachel Chester

Who Should I Follow?

As a teenager and young adult, the leaders in my life were always limited and clear: parents, coaches, teachers, and pastors. Today, however, I have access to a plethora and diversity of leaders in every aspect of life. There is an abundance of riches in leadership. And what a gift it is to be able […]

Are We Really #Blessed?

A quick search of #blessed on social media will reveal thousands of posts and images. Take a closer look, however, and you might notice that #blessed is almost always connected to a material good, a fun date night, or a job promotion—a success in some form or another. But is this the biblical view of […]

Our Most Persuasive Apologetic

Does God exist? This is the ultimate question. Its answer is all-important, determining every other belief. Even when the question isn’t stated explicitly, it undergirds all of life. Our choices, our hopes, our purpose, our identity – everything swings in the balance, dependent upon our response to this question. Although many atheists claim the existence […]

New Identity, Same Broken World

2020 was difficult in nearly every way, full of turmoil, unrest, division, and fear. We all looked forward to the beginning of a new year, full of promise: long-awaited vaccines, the end of a contentious election cycle, and the return to some normalcy. It turns out, however, that 2021 wasn’t the answer to our pain […]

Out of the Silence

Let me admit this up front: I am that person that annoys you about Christmas. My tree has already been up for weeks, our lights are on outside, and I’ve been listening to Christmas songs since the day after Halloween. I love the Christmas season because it’s a time of celebration and beauty, generosity and […]

5 Ways to Love Teachers

Teaching is one of the most stressful jobs in the best of times. Teachers have to meet high expectations, often provide their own supplies, work early, and stay late. They love and counsel kids in addition to instructing them.   The restrictions and changes wrought by the pandemic have created an even more challenging and […]

Whose Fault is the Hurricane?

When natural disasters occur and lives are lost or destroyed, everyone begins searching for answers. The pain is so great and the suffering is so consuming that we feel a need to make sense of the chaos. Some people do that by searching their Bible for connections between the current disasters and the end-times, while […]

Pride and Unity

With four young children at home, I am constantly mediating conflicts. Inevitably, when someone comes to me, it is everyone’s fault except their own. “That is mine!” “It was his fault!” “But what about me?” Sometimes one of them actually has been wronged, but deeper concern is always the attitude of their hearts. Their insistence […]

A Pandemic of Fear

There are extreme emotions everywhere we look right now — anger, distrust, contempt, frustration, and so much fear. COVID-19 outbreaks, financial stress, uncertainty with school, murder hornets (come on now!), all dominate our thoughts. There is no question that fear is as contagious as any virus, and this is all on top of the myriad […]