Posted 1/30/17 at 10:57 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
What a sight!
Over 25 times from the top of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., I have seen a sea of people marching to proclaim the dignity of unborn human life, and how death-dealing abortion sends the unholy message that some human beings are disposable.
And the latest March for Life (Jan. 27) was equally inspiring. It’s always a moral and spiritual shot-in-the-arm for me.
But good as they are, the Washington “March for Life,” the “Walk for Life West Coast,” the “Midwest March for Life” (Feb. 4), and dozens of similar events at state capitols throughout the U.S., they simply are not enough.
While significant progress has been made to lessen the number of abortions, nonetheless, according to the National Right to Life Committee over 1 million unborn brothers and sisters are brutally dismembered by abortion each year.
And according to the World Health Organization over 55 million unborn babies worldwide are aborted every year. FULL POST
Posted 10/25/16 at 7:55 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Every Monday I like to take a reader question and try to answer it, and today’s is a woman in pain over the loss of the dreams of future kids. She writes:
I still desperately want more babies, but my husband is done. And that’s really killing my enjoyment of sex. I can’t seem to think about anything else, no matter how I try. When we come together it’s like salt in the wound for me, and instead of unity, I feel… whatever is the opposite.
And I don’t really have an easy answer. So I’m just going to tell you my story, and I hope that it will help you.
I miscarried my first baby. I was a wreck for about a month. Then I got pregnant with Rebecca, who was born happy and healthy, though I worried about her through that whole pregnancy. FULL POST
Posted 10/25/16 at 7:45 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
God has a wonderful plan for each of our lives. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” When we put our faith in Jesus as our Savior, we put ourselves in a position to walk out our God-given destiny.
Sadly, many believers in Christ aren’t living out their destiny because of fear. The fear of man is a common problem that causes us to worry about things like, “What will they think of me? What are they going to say about me? What will they do if I don’t do what they want? What if they reject me? What if they don’t like me?!”
Everyone struggles with insecurity and the fear of rejection to some degree. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting people to like you. But when we are so focused on being people pleasers that our fear of being rejected, judged or criticized controls our choices, we’re being controlled by the fear of man. FULL POST
Posted 10/25/16 at 7:42 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
When routine hits a plateau and I’m no longer being challenged, I realize that I need to step outside of what’s most comfortable in exchange for something that’s not. I found myself countless times venting about feeling stuck during these moments only to be told by friends to put myself out there, take on what scares me, or do something out of the ordinary.
Those words aren't as encouraging when you're hesitant to take on something new. But last fall, I read about a woman who took to heart her New Year’s resolution of saying yes to things: invitations, dates, adventures, get-togethers…life in general. Her story resonated with me so I took on the same mentality – only after my friends told me the exact thing this woman was advocating for.
At the time, I was dying to cut my hair short, I wanted to feel happy again after the loss of my boy Chubby, the thought of turning 29 made me uneasy, I wanted to take a solo trip, I wanted to step out of my comfort level in ministry, and the pressure to not be single hit me like 10 bags of Maseca Corn Flour all at once.* Oh, you mean the heavy flour bags Hispanic moms use to make tortillas, you ask? Yes, those! In addition, I couldn’t stop comparing myself to other women my age who seemingly had it all together. FULL POST
Posted 10/25/16 at 7:36 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
The geographical distance between the richest country in the Western Hemisphere and the poorest is only about 700 miles. But the economic distance between the United States and Haiti is astronomical.
Poverty certainly exists in the U.S., but the percentage and severity of poverty in Haiti is far worse.
According to the U.N.’s World Food Program 2.5 million Haitians live in extreme poverty – on less than $1.90 a day. Approximately 100,000 children under five years of age suffer from severe malnutrition. Fewer than 50 percent of Haitian households have access to safe water, and 75 percent do not have adequate sanitation (see: http://bit.ly/1lW0NBf).
The ultimate causes of Haiti’s misery are rooted in human greed and power, says retired Webster University professor Bob Corbett, whom I contacted.
Having visited Haiti over 50 times in support of various development projects, Corbett explained that much of Haiti’s suffering is rooted in French colonial exploitation and slave labor, Haitian elites’ continuation of similar exploitation after independence, the international boycott of slave-holding nations against the first black republic, the imposed payment to France for repatriated lands of former slave owners, and the 1915 invasion of U.S. Marines accompanied by a 23 year American occupation of Haiti. Even to this day certain U.S. policies negatively dominate Haiti. FULL POST
Posted 10/17/16 at 7:59 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Of all the gifts we could ever receive, God’s gift of salvation is by far the most amazing and important one! Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved…through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; not because of works … lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]” (AMPC).
We are saved by the grace of God through our faith in Him; our faith does not buy our salvation — it merely receives it. As Ephesians 2:8 says, salvation “is the gift of God.” It is impossible to buy a free gift and this can be hard for us to understand. Our flesh wants to earn and deserve this free gift and take credit for being worthy of it.
But salvation is given to us freely, by God’s grace, and the same way we receive Christ’s salvation, is the same way we have to live — by grace. God gives us His forgiveness and grace daily; we just have to believe and receive it. FULL POST
Posted 10/4/16 at 11:55 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Throw your political affiliation out the window!
But you’re a loyal Democrat. Or perhaps instead, you’re a loyal Republican. Never mind that. Your political affiliation is not that important.
What’s crucially important is your affiliation with Jesus, and your commitment to his campaign – to his divine plan.
Are you voting for Jesus Christ?
Oh, but Jesus is not running for election. Oh, but yes he is!
He is running as an unborn baby threatened by abortion, a starving child, a poor mother whose resources have run out, a war-weary desperate father with five children, a hard-working undocumented immigrant, a Christian refugee fleeing ISIS, a Central American teenager seeking asylum from gang violence, a heroin addicted young man, a little child drinking polluted water, a lonely old woman with meager resources, a young sweatshop worker, a homeless man, a trafficked girl trapped in prostitution, and a seriously ill elderly lady informed that a physician is available to assist her in committing suicide. FULL POST
Posted 9/27/16 at 8:27 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
HBO is coming out with a new series–DIVORCE–that will run Sunday night at 10 pm (premiering October 9) depicting a couple aiming for divorce, and then realizing that it’s not as easy as they think. Here’s how they describe it:
After more than a decade of marriage and two children, Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) has suddenly begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband Robert (Thomas Haden Church). But she soon discovers that making a clean break and a fresh start is harder than she thought. The story of a very, very long divorce, the show follows Frances and Robert as they grapple with the fallout from their failing marriage, not just for themselves, but also for their children and friends, ranging from awkward public encounters to difficult private therapy sessions. FULL POST
Posted 9/27/16 at 7:47 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Recently I emailed questions to the auxiliary bishop of the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Bishop William Shomali, asking him to share his first-hand insights regarding the many injustices and violent environment in the land of the Prince of Peace. He graciously sent back a recorded audio response upon which this column is based.
Bishop Shomali said one of the most pressing problems facing Palestinians is Israeli imposed restrictions on movement. For example, he said Palestinians living in Bethlehem or Ramallah need to obtain a permit to go just six miles to Jerusalem. And permits are only given during principle feasts.
He said the ongoing illegal building of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land in the Occupied Territories is an extremely serious roadblock to a peaceful solution.
To correct these and other injustices, Israel needs to participate in good-faith negotiations toward the two-state solution: the establishment of an independent viable Palestinian nation coexisting peacefully with a fully recognized state of Israel. FULL POST
Posted 8/3/16 at 8:11 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Sometimes it’s hard to express your feelings to the people around you. Not because you’re afraid of what they’ll say, but because our culture doesn’t seem to be very keen on being honest about their pains. The reality is that way too many people are putting on a facade of perfection in order to keep people from knowing how they are truly hurting. It’s as if everyone feels like showing pain is a sign of weakness. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes. It’s okay to admit that you’re hurting, broken or even confused about your current spot in life. It’s okay…Remember, even Jesus himself wept.
There is nothing wrong with crying and letting out a few tears. Who ever said crying is for babies was a liar, and definitely not ever watched The Notebook. The reality is that even Jesus himself wept and crying can sometimes be the relief you need to move on and regroup. Showing emotion is good for the soul, and crying has been known to help regulate depression, anxiety and even stress. FULL POST