Sometimes God’s answer is no. And it is all for His glory, not for our gratification.
Originally published May 19, 2017
When I was sixteen years old, I was convinced God was calling me to be the next Sandi Patty…I wanted God to use me- to put me on a stage every night in front of thousands of people so I could sing to them about Him…Somehow, it never occurred to me to care what God thought about all this or what He might want to do in my life. If I thought about it at all, I just assumed He was on board with my plans. Like, how could He not be, right?¹
There’s much ado about dreaming big dreams for God in modern evangelicalism. Think of the biggest thing you want to do for God and then “step out on faith” and make it happen. Sometimes we’re even told God is offended if our dreams aren’t big enough. It means we don’t have…
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Where do you turn when you feel betrayed?
Psalm 55:1-23 CSB –
1 God, listen to my prayer and do not hide from my plea for help. 2 Pay attention to me and answer me. I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint, 3 because of the enemy’s words, because of the pressure of the wicked. For they bring down disaster on me and harass me in anger. 4 My heart shudders within me; terrors of death sweep over me. 5 Fear and trembling grip me; horror has overwhelmed me. 6 I said, “If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest. 7 “How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. 8 “I would hurry to my shelter from the raging wind and the storm.” 9 Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city; 10 day and night they make…
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When I say that someone is finishing well, I don’t think of a test or a project, but of a person’s life.
A dear family member just finished well when he went to be with the Lord. A quiet man who could have done what so many do in life.
You see, he had a very poor upbringing. He had practically absent parents and no food, no one to tuck him in at night, no one to make sure he got his homework done. No one to model love or affection.
So many these days are using their poor upbringing to make excuses for a life of poor choices. He was not one of these people. He could have identified as a victim and therefore expected everyone to feel sorry for him. He didn’t do this either.
Instead he used every circumstance of his life to better himself. Through his military career, his marriage, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and then later in life, caring for his mother, stepfather, and wife, every decision he made whether good or bad, he used to improve himself. Not for his own selfish gain but because that is living a Christ-like life.
As his body was dying, he was given a gift not given to many. He was given the blessed time to say good-bye.
How many people, when given just a few weeks to live, would rail against the unfairness of it all? How many would spend it weeping and regretting past poor choices?
Not him. He spent his time welcoming people into his home, sharing his life with people, taking pictures with family and friends. Making jokes and focusing on ensuring others were comfortable and happy.
This is not to negate his physical condition. Make no mistake, he was in constant intense physical pain.
In scripture we are told to count it all joy when we experience various trials. He did that, to the very end.
Never before had I seen someone finish his race with such grace, love, honor, joy and contentment.
I learned a lot from him, and I am so proud and honored to be a small part of the legacy that he left.
Abortion was a subject I had not planned to share this morning. However, when I opened my email and read it, I felt it not only timely, but necessary This is one of the most well-thought out and well-written article about Christians and abortions, I have come across in a long time. We MUST, as Christians be educated in this subject, lest what abortion is and is not, become our opinion and not fact.
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I rarely write on abortion. But it’s not because I don’t feel strongly about it. It’s because it seems like it should be a given. That Christians shouldn’t have to be told that we don’t support abortion any more than we have to be told to breathe or eat. When I think about writing about abortion, I think, “What could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said a million times, and by people who have more experience in this arena than I do?”.
But the more I look out over the landscape of contemporary Christianity, the more I realize we can’t take any aspect of theology for granted. Because when we take the basics for granted, they don’t get taught to the next generation and we end up assuming they know things they don’t actually know. And that’s on…
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Today, I will admit it. I am in pain, lots and lots of pain. This isn’t unusual or unexpected. Too much or too little activity, weather change, etc. It is a part of my life. But…..
It isn’t me. It is not my identity. It is not who I am. It is just one thing in my life.
In this world we are going to problems, sufferings, losses. God does not keep us from these. Paul writes in Romans what we are to do in the midst of these:
we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5
Jesus promises us this:
“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.” — John 16:33 CSB
We can have peace, because of Jesus, not because of our situations, or our comfort. We are going to suffer, it’s a promise from our King. But how we manage that suffering, what we do with ourselves during that time of difficulty in our lives actually will grow us in Christ
When you have to ask the question…….
Originally published April 18, 2016
Should Christians do yoga? What about Holy Yoga or other “Christianized” forms of yoga?
Before I give my answer to this question, I’d like to ask a couple of questions.
Have you ever heard anyone ask the question, “Should Christians do aerobics/zumba/spinning?”
Ever heard of Holy Weight Lifting, Christian Calisthenics, Redeemed Running or another “Christianized” version of a particular form of exercise?
There’s a reason for that.
If you’ve ever participated in youth or Christian school activities with a dress code, a rule of thumb that’s frequently used to help kids determine whether a particular outfit is too short, too low-cut, etc., is, “If you have to ask, it’s probably not appropriate.”
I think the same thing could be said about yoga.
The reason the question “Should Christians do yoga?” is even being asked is because there’s doubt in the minds of the Christians asking…
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