What is The Gal220 Life? Simply stated, the purpose of this blog is to provide content that celebrates the goodness and sovereignty of God, highlights the Lordship of Jesus (the 2nd Person of the Trinity), as well as points to the sufficiency of Scripture.
“I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”Galatians 2:20 NET
Why Galatians 2:20? Those powerful words penned by Paul to the Galatian Church are as needed now as they were then. The entire context surrounding this verse calls to mind a sufficient cross and a gloriously empty tomb. Words that daily wake me from my self-focused stupor and pragmatic tendencies…faithfully pointing me to the Gospel. The Gospel is the “good news” that God came down to Earth, put on human flesh, and died a death that I (we) deserve. A rescue plan that only God could complete. You see, this journey is not about getting our best life now, but is instead a moment by moment walk of trusting Christ and His finished work on the cross. A trust that submits every care into His hands (prayer) and finds hope in His words (Biblical Worldview). God bought me with a price…I am no longer my own, but I am grateful to be His. The Gospel is everything!
“The Word of God I think of as a straight edge, which shows up our own crookedness. We can’t really tell how crooked our thinking is until we line it up with the straight edge of Scripture.”Elisabeth Elliot
Who is the author? Well, I’ve been married to my dearest friend for more than 13 years, am a grateful mom of 3 amazing kiddos, and a fan of timely (fully-intended) puns! A former Speech and Language Pathologist for nearly 2 decades, I now educate our 3 children full-time and am cherishing every gifted moment…even in the challenges. But what is interwoven into every aspect of daily life (as a wife, via motherhood, teaching, friendship, etc) is “always being prepared to make a defense (apologia) to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect (1 Peter 3:15).” It’s a Grace-supplied journey that began for me in 1999, and is why this blog exists!
Update: As of August 2022, I began volunteering with a ministry which has genuinely encouraged me and enriched my walk with God… Have you heard of Women in Apologetics (WIA)? Women in Apologetics (WIA) is an incredible Christian non-profit organization “whose sole focus is to educate, equip, and encourage women in Christian apologetics.” Given my increased involvement with WIA, there will be less content coming from the Gal220Life blog… Please consider setting aside time to peruse the educational videos, courses, and articles found both on WIA’s website as well as on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. And most certainly keep your eyes open for their conferences!
What is the Gospel?
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 “For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,”
2 Corinthians 5:15 “and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”
Who is Jesus?
Romans 10:9-10 “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.”
Mark 14:62-64 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.” *Jesus claimed to be God
Evidence for the Resurrection
1 Corinthians 15:1-8 “Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.”
Trust the Bible
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “ All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”