Symphony Under The Stars | Pilisa S. Hamrick

I have always been a lover of music. The way it tells a story, each instrument a different element, each chord, each voice, each rhythm, all working together to make it come alive. The power it has to hijack your emotions and bring you into euphoria or move you into despair. Nothing else in the world…

Oversimplified Bible Story: Ananias and Sapphira | Pilisa S. Hamrick

Okay. So. It’s right after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Two of Jesus’ main homies named Peter and John were going around preaching the gospel. And these two dudes were like Jesus’s best friends when he was on Earth. But now that he was in heaven, Jesus was still giving em the power to do cool…

Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman [Part One] | Pilisa S. Hamrick

Many people read Proverbs 31:10-31 as an instruction manual. They interpret it as a literal list, given to women, of standards we should be held by. There are whole ministries built around this concept as well as countless books and devotionals. I started taking a hermeneutics (Bible interpretation) class this semester and through my studies…

A Letter To My Bipolar Disorder | Pilisa S. Hamrick

Hey you, For eight years you have controlled my life. You infected me at 15 and slowly, quietly, limb by limb, your vines have burst through the membrane of my soul and grown into every part of me. You have settled in, hidden, but in total authority over my body and my mind. Your vines…

What Texas Has Taught Me | Pilisa S. Hamrick

On October 15 I headed off for my five day trip to Texas with Send Relief and NAMB. It was a disaster relief trip so I knew that I would be helping people whose homes had been destroyed in Hurricane Harvey. I knew there would be some hard work involved and potentially some evangelism but…

How to Resist Temptations | Pilisa S. Hamrick

I was having a conversation with a friend the other day and he asked me the question, “How can I become better at resisting temptation?” Now, he was referring to a specific sin, pornography, but I feel like the advice I gave applies universally to any temptation a Christian will face. I have learned a…

Sanctification: I Am, I Am Being, I Will Be | Pilisa S. Hamrick

As Christians, we each made the decision to turn away from our sin and follow Jesus. While this salvation is the most important gift we could ever receive, it is not the end of God’s work in us. He doesn’t just give us salvation and then move on to the next person. Salvation is the…

From the Archives: Falling Away (2010) | Pilisa S. Hamrick

things arent going the way i planned them out to be. you told me to follow you.. you said you loved me. i didnt know what love was. i had never really felt it before. i didnt really feel cared about anymore. i felt dead.. and numb inside. then you spoke to me, and said…

(Not Bill O’Reilly’s) Killing Jesus | Pilisa S. Hamrick

It is finished. For some reason, I can’t get those words out of my head. Whether it be because of my youth or just my restrictive human mind, I struggle with grasping the concept of permanence. When Jesus spoke those three words, he wasn’t talking about a moment, a season, or even a lifetime. He…

Sample: Hating God | Pilisa S. Hamrick

This is an excerpt from the book Hating God: How the Christian Church is Failing Depressed America–And What to Do About It by Pilisa S. Hamrick. To request a full copy just come up and talk to me! Or you can email me at pilisa.hamrick@gmail.com. “What is our purpose here on Earth as Christians? I like…

Word Study: Mind of Christ | Pilisa S. Hamrick

To have the mind of Christ means to share “the views, feelings, and temper of Christ, and to be influenced by his Spirit” (Albert Barnes, Notes on the Bible, 1 Corinthians 2:16). Scripture reads “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and…

The Road So Far | Pilisa S. Hamrick

This time last year I couldn’t care less about God or what he wanted for me. My head filled with lies, I was angry at him for making me sick and taking things I cared about away from me. I lived for the world. Although I was a Christian, I did not practice my faith…