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Posted 2/16/17 at 1:43 PM | Sunny Shell
Thank you for joining me in this biblically-based, interactive review of The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. If you’re reading this, please know that I’ve been praying for you in accordance with Psalm 86:11-12. I encourage you to pray this as well.
Why is this "interactive"? It is interactive because I will ask you to pause, read, and meditate on the Scriptures noted throughout this review. The Holy Spirit has led me to write in this manner so you may read God’s word for yourself first, then you can read the excerpts from The Shack.
Please pause now and read 1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 and 1 John 4:1; then pray and ask our gracious Father God for wisdom (James 1:5) so that we may rightly discern His voice and receive with humble and grateful hearts His words of life and truth.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.”
~ Proverbs 3:5-8 FULL POST
Posted 11/2/16 at 5:57 PM | Sunny Shell
"And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?"
Unlike the people of this world, we, the children of the Most High God are not anxious about the outcome of the 2016 elections. For we know with absolute certainty that the King of kings and the Lord of lord reigns with steadfast love, righteousness, and justice (Jer 9:23-24) throughout all the earth; no matter who resides in the White House.
No man, no spirit, nor anything in all creation can take away from, nor give to God's children what He has given them and secured for them by the blood of His Son—eternal life in Jesus Christ. Therefore, I fear not that my religious liberties will be taken, nor any of my earthly comforts, nor my very life, because no one is able to strip away from me the freedom, comfort, and life that I have in Jesus Christ.
I will worship and love the LORD my God with all my heart with all my soul with all my mind and with all my strength—no matter the cost. And I will fear God Almighty alone and live by faith in the Son of God who gave Himself for me (Gal 2:20), rather than live in fear or faith of any man or woman who holds the office of President. For the One who presides in Heaven, and has the earth as His footstool, is greater than all others.
Faith trumps fear. Which is why my family has voted for Tom Hoefling, and strongly exhort other Christians to do the same. Let us refuse to dive into the evanglecial abyss of casting a vote for one hedonistic man (Donald Trump) in order to keep one hedonistic woman (Hillary Clinton) out of the Oval Office. Let us do all things based on our fear and faith in Christ our God, and refuse to do anything based on the fear of man...or woman.
Posted 10/17/16 at 12:27 AM | Sunny Shell
I've never written much on politics before, but this will be my fifth article on the 2016 Election.
The reason I've written these articles on the 2016 Election is because of the grave effect its had on my brothers and sisters in Christ. This is the first election I can recall in my 47 years, that has caused such strong fear and deep division among Christians. And honestly, I'm quite perplexed by it all. I'm grieved to the core about how fearful many Christians have become. I'm heartbroken over the self-preservation that's overtaken so many saints in Christ, that they're willing...no, more than willing...they are fully committed to sacrifice biblical precepts and mandates to save their personal agendas and interests.
The two prominent serenades evangelicals who are voting for Donald Trump keep singing to lull/dull our consciences are, "We're not voting for a pastor, we're voting for a president!" and "At least Donald Trump is pro-life!"
I know we're not voting for a pastor. And I agree. However, agreeing that I am not voting for a pastor, but a Commander-in-Chief of the United States of America, doesn't mean I've lost all my discernment as a Christian. Just because I'm not voting for a religious office doesn't mean that I throw away God's Word, disregard the Holy Spirit's leading, and abandon my love for Christ and His commands of how one of His disciples ought to think, feel, and live in this world.
Because I am #ProGospel #ProJesus and #ProLife I could never vote for a megalomaniacal con-artist like Donald Trump who changes his mind as often and as easily as the wind blows. Trump will say/promise anything as long as it gets him whatever he wants to feed his already overweening ego. Many have said that NOT voting for Trump is like voting for Hillary. But the truth is, voting for Trump IS voting for Hillary. They are both megalomaniacal con-artists with self-centered agendas. They both support only what aligns with their personal desires. Both have proven records that show their primary concern is themselves; not other people, and certainly not the welfare of our country.
And though I've shared previously that Trump is not pro-life, a few friends and readers have tried to convince me to vote for Trump because they're deceived to believe that he is pro-life. So that you can hear it from his own blasphemous mouth, I'm sharing this interview Trump had in April with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie of the Today Show. At the 9:56 minute mark of the interview, Trump is asked about his stance on abortion...and he is for it.
INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT (on abortion):
Guthrie: Republican platform every four years has a provision that states that the right of the unborn child shall not be infringed, and it makes no exceptions for rape for incest, for the life of the mother. Would you want to change the Republican platform so that exceptions would be made on abortions in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother?
Trump: Yes, I would. Yes I would. Absolutely, for the three exceptions, I would.
Guthrie: Would you have an exception for the health of the mother?
Trump: I would leave it for the life of the mother, but I would absolutely have the three exceptions.
Posted 6/30/16 at 6:37 PM | Sunny Shell
Though God chose all Scripture to be penned by men, He did not decree that all of the wisdom therein, would come only from men. Proverbs 31:10-31 is an acrostic poem based on the Hebrew alphabet; an oracle a mother taught her son. A son, who was a king.
King Lemuel is not mentioned anywhere else in the Bible, except in the opening of this famous passage of a what a biblically submissive woman truly looks like—in spirit, and in the practical applications of her every day life. Most scholars believe King Lemuel is King Solomon (also called Jedidiah) since the names have similar meanings, and King Solomon wrote most of Proverbs. Lemuel means "devoted, or belonging to God" and Jedidiah (Solomon's other name) means "beloved of the LORD (2 Sam 12:25).
While it is uncertain who King Lemuel was, what is certain is that God chose for this wise counsel from a mother to her son, to be recorded—that men may know what a godly woman looks like, and women may know that her greatest "adorning...[is] the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious." (1 Pet 3:4). FULL POST
Posted 6/29/16 at 5:01 PM | Sunny Shell
Since September 26, 2011 Living Waters has produced six award, and soul-winning movies: "180" (2011), Genius (2012), Evolution vs. God (2013), Noah and the Last Days (2014), Audacity: Love Can't Stay Silent (2015) and in August 2016, Ray Comfort, Founder and CEO of Living Waters will release their latest film, The Atheist Delusion: Why Millions Deny the Obvious. FULL POST
Posted 6/2/16 at 5:18 PM | Sunny Shell
We must pray for our President's repentance before he suffers severely from waving his fist at the LORD of hosts, the Lord Almighty who is, and who was, and who is to come (Rev 1:8).
"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month." -President Barak Obama
On Tuesday, May 31, 2016 President Obama made a proclamation demonstrating his utter foolishness and wickedness. Ever since the President took office in 2009, he has been contending supremacy with God. And now, sadly, to increase his enmity with God, he openly and unashamedly blasphemes the name of our holy and awesome LORD. In this audacious act of megalomania, our President is attempting to rename and recreate what the LORD Almighty has said is good (a man is a man, a woman is a woman, both created in the image of God, Genesis 1:27). FULL POST
Posted 4/22/16 at 5:41 PM | Sunny Shell
When I first heard the news about Target and their new Transgender bathroom and fitting room policy announced on Tuesday, April 19, 2016—I prayed. I prayed for the Lord to give me wisdom in conversations regarding this issue, and for the safety of innocent women and children who may be endangered by those who would abuse this policy to satisfy their sinful passions.
The crux of Target's policy is summed up in this quote, "Most relevant for the conversations currently underway, we welcome transgender team members and guests to use the restroom or fitting room facility that corresponds with their gender identity."
Before you get offended by my prayers, please understand, I absolutely do not think everyone who identifies themselves as transgender is more perverse than those who don't. I know for a fact that all people: gay, straight, transgender, Black, White, Asian, etc. are all inherently perverse (wayward, wicked, corrupt—sinful) before the sight of a holy God—and that includes me. FULL POST
Posted 3/8/16 at 4:39 PM | Sunny Shell
In Acts 11:26, it's recorded that this is the first time disciples of Christ were called "Christians". The entire New Testament books are replete with what it truly means to be a disciple of Christ—a Christian. In those days, "Christian" was not a complimentary or even as a neutral term for a group of people, but rather, they were called "Christians" as a derogatory term. We know this because we read account after account about the many who suffered for being named a Christian.
"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name." FULL POST
Posted 3/5/16 at 8:10 PM | Sunny Shell
Recently, during a Christian Post interview, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Dallas, called Christians who refuse to vote for megalomaniac Donald Trump, "fools". I'm proud to say, I'm one of those fools Jeffress is talking about. I'd gladly be considered a fool by man, rather than be deemed a fool by God.
#NeverTrump: Because I love Jesus
One of the essential differences between Christians and unbelievers is that we are new creations in Christ, therefore, we love what He loves (righteousness) and hates what He hates (sin). We don't make decisions based on our fears or affinities like the world does, but we make our decisions based on God's Word, and desire His perfect precepts (Ps 19:7-9; Prov 14:8; Prov 16:2-3, 9)—even if that means we may have to suffer temporarily (Ps 119:67, Is 30:18, 20-21). We trust our lives wholly to our good, sovereign and loving God and Father (Rom 8:28-29).
I've been voting for 29 years and am fully aware I'm not voting for a pastor; I'm voting for the next President or our great nation. Which means I'm not looking for the best Sunday School teacher-like characteristics. What I am looking for is someone who's a servant-leader that cares for others more than self; who's wise; has a firm grasp on foreign policy and can converse intelligently with foreign dignitaries; will uphold and protect our Constitution (not rewrite or ignore it), and does not support, in any manner, the killing of the innocent and the promotion of all that God calls evil. FULL POST
Posted 2/2/16 at 12:33 PM | Sunny Shell
The condensed version of, "I told you this would happen, but you wouldn't listen." is, "I told you so." It's been ingrained in me and I think, most, if not all of you, that saying "I told you so" is wrong. It's considered to be harsh, inconsiderate, unkind, jabbing; and therefore, the most unloving and graceless thing to say to anyone after they've neglected to heed wise counsel, and find themselves in an unsavory and often, painful situation.
"Call me crazy, but in the history of conversations, has the phrase 'I told you so' ever really generated a positive response? I'd say no, it has not...'I told you so' is a negative and counterproductive way of saying, 'I’m right and you’re wrong,' that does neither party any good. Even if the person in the wrong has been stubborn and refused constructive advice, that does not give another person the authority to rub their face in it... FULL POST