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Posted 6/17/17 at 7:44 PM | Sunny Shell

#PsalmSunday: Psalm 46:1-3

#PsalmSunday: When the LORD God Almighty walled up the waves of the Red Sea to provide the Israelites safe passage, He never says that He also kept the Israelites from experiencing the sound of the rushing waters, and the power of the mighty winds that He used to restrain the sea (Ex 14:21-31). I imagine it might've been like the eye of a hurricane—the safest place to be in a hurricane, yet, not without the frightful sound, and hint of the great power of the winds and waters that swirl about.

If the Israelites feared the winds and the waves more than they feared God, they would've never crossed over to the other side to safety. Just as the Israelites' fear of the LORD prevailed, we too, must trust the LORD's steadfast love and faithfulness regardless of the torrential times we live in; within our homes, communities, or anywhere in this world. Our fear and love for the LORD must prevail because the Father has lovingly walled us up, that is, hid us in His Son, our Strong Tower, and therefore, we ARE safe (Prov 18:10). FULL POST

Posted 5/12/17 at 6:14 PM | Sunny Shell

The Hands That Rock The Cradle, Heals or Hurts The World

Parenthood.

Biblical parenthood.

There is a difference.

The well-known phrase, "The hand that rocks the cradle, rules the world" is an abbreviated version of the refrain in a poem written by William Ross Wallace (1819-1881) that honors motherhood; but above what God decreed.

The second to the last stanza reads like this,

Woman, how divine your mission
 Here upon our natal sod!
 Keep, oh, keep the young heart open
 Always to the breath of God!
 All true trophies of the ages
 Are from mother-love impearled;
 For the hand that rocks the cradle
 Is the hand that rules the world.

A mother's love, acceptance, and discipline (or lack of all three) has an enormous impact on whether her children will learn between right and wrong. But she's neither the sole, nor sovereign influence on her children. How a father engages, or doesn't engage in his children's lives also plays a significant role on a child's demeanor. How a father treats his wife, teaches their children to respect or devalue women. How a father treats or speaks of those who have authority over him (father, church elder, employer, government officials, etc.) teaches children how to honor or deride their elders. How a mother speaks to or speaks about her husband, teaches their children to appreciate and respect authority, or feel entitled and dismiss them. Both the father's and mother's words as well as actions set the foundation for whether or not their children will be compelled to be lovers of self or lovers of God (Eph 6:4; Col 3:18-21). FULL POST

Posted 5/10/17 at 7:04 AM | Sunny Shell

Challenges of Biblical Discipleship and Enduring in Christ

As many of you know, I've been very ill for the past 13 years. I have more specialists than there are colors in the rainbow. I've had countless procedures, many emergency room visits and hospital admissions. I've had nine surgeries in eight years and I have at least one more to go.

It hurts just to be alive. And often, I want to give up. I'm in constant physical pain all over my body, and I hate the perpetual weakness I feel daily. I have to take medications, vitamins, enzymes, and eat and drink certain things daily in order to help my organs function. It's annoying. It's depressing. It makes me grumpy. But then, there is God, who is far greater than any trial or tribulation I encounter in this life (2 Cor 4:16-18). My Father's love, grace, extreme kindness and faithfulness always lifts my heart to praise and thanksgiving. My body may be weak, but indeed, the Spirit of Christ that dwells within me is more than willing to carry me out of my miry pit and set my feet upon the Rock that makes my steps secure (Ps 40:1-2). FULL POST

Posted 4/6/17 at 2:50 PM | Sunny Shell

My Favorite Bible Reading Plan

This is my second year of reading through God's awesome Word using Professor Grant Horner's 10 List Reading System. And I still LOVE it so much, words are not enough to express how much this reading plan has effected my life and continually increases my gratitude and love for my heavenly Father sacrificing His Son to save my soul; for the Son giving us His Holy Spirit to sanctify me, and seal me until the Day of Redemption. Hallelujah!

Every day is different. Some days I'm in awe of how all 10 chapters tell the same story. Others days I'm in awe of how all 10 chapters teach me the same lesson through very different circumstances. And some days, like today, I'm reminded of the awesome gift of knowing God Almighty and being adopted as one of His holy children through repentance and faith in Christ, His Son (Mk 1:15, 2 Cor 7:10). FULL POST

Posted 2/16/17 at 1:43 PM | Sunny Shell

'The Shack' a Biblical and Interactive Review

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

Voting for Tom Hoefling Because #FaithTrumpsFear

"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?"

~Luke 12:25-26

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.

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Posted 10/17/16 at 12:27 AM | Sunny Shell

#NeverTrump #NeverHillary, But Still Voting

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.

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Posted 6/30/16 at 6:37 PM | Sunny Shell

A Mother's Counsel: Attractive Girls Are a Dime a Dozen

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

The Atheist Delusion: Movie Review and Interview with Ray Comfort

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

June Proclaimed LGBT Pride Month: President Obama Contends Supremacy With God

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