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Posted 8/28/15 at 10:37 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Why It's Good to Write in Your Bible

“This shall be written for the generation to come; and the people who shall be created shall praise the Lord” (Psalm 102:18).

Please go to the front of your Bible and write in it.

Start by putting your own name.

Often, when I pick up the Bibles of friends to see what they have written in them, I’m chagrined to see they don’t even have their names.

Write in your Bible, friend. Please.

At Christmas 1973, my aunt Eren gave to her mother, my wonderful grandmother Bessie Lowery McKeever, a Bible. Grandma died in 1982, but not before marking up that Bible.

I now own it. It is a treasure beyond price.

This morning, I read something I had never seen before, that made the tears flow. (I was looking up the text above, and Grandma’s Bible was handy.)

In the margin beside Psalm 103:17, Grandma had written “One of Papa’s favorite verses.”

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon those that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children. FULL POST

Posted 8/28/15 at 10:15 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

3 Things We Can Learn From the Josh Duggar Scandal

The Duggar Family has been the talk of trending headlines for some time now. And while everyone seems to enjoy pointing a finger at the mistakes that have taken place, I believe our job as Christians is to encourage and extend a helping hand of grace to those who need it (1 Thessalonians 5:11). Here are 3 things we can learn from the Josh Duggar scandal…

1. Nobody is perfect.

It’s just like that cheesy Miley Cyrus song that says: “Everybody makes mistakes. Everybody has those days.” It’s scary-true. And regardless if you believe it or not, there is no such thing as a perfect Christian. We will all fall short, screw up and do things we swore we’d never do (Romans 3:23). FULL POST

Posted 8/25/15 at 8:18 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

5 Tests to Determine If You’ve Forgiven Someone

And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:25

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Colossians 3:13

Wow! Those are hard words, aren’t they?

Whether in business, in church, or in family — relationships can cause pain and separation.

It’s tempting to get even. Holding a grudge is easier. Our first reaction is not always to forgive.

But forgiveness is not an option for the believer — even for the person who has hurt us the most.

And, there is another wow moment — especially if you know it applies to you.

Even with the importance the Bible places on forgiveness I frequently hear people give excuses for not forgiving someone. Things such as:

“You can forgive but you can’t forget.” And, that’s most often true. Only God (and sometimes time and old age) can erase a memory. FULL POST

Posted 8/25/15 at 8:13 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

When God's People Don't Live in the Word Bad Things Happen

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in that law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

The Lord never intended for His Word to collect dust on a table in your back bedroom.

People paid for your right to own a Bible in your own language with their very lives.

What are you doing about that?

Christians who own numerous Bibles which they rarely open are thumbing their noses at the saints of old who paid the ultimate price.

This hard-won treasure lies buried under the dust and detritus of your life.

The Lord’s plan calls for His people to live and breathe His word, to read it and receive it inwardly and to think about it regularly and practice it. He intended it to become part of the very marrow of their bones.

Digest it. Assimilate it. Live it. And meditate upon it continually.

He even told people to “Eat this book.”

Several times throughout biblical history, God told His faithful prophet to consume the book containing His words. (Jeremiah 15:16; Ezekiel 2:3; 3:1-3; Revelation 10:9) FULL POST

Posted 8/25/15 at 8:08 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Get Over the Little Stuff

Relationships are as hard as you make them. We can find so many things to be petty about and those things can ruin a relationship. If you want to argue, you don't want your relationship to work. You have to communicate, not argue. You can't argue about everything that crosses your mind. Pick your battles wisely. Make sure you have actual evidence and facts, not just speculation and opinions. Make sure the things you want to argue about aren't rooted in your insecurities or pain from your past.

I have a rule that says "if it's not worth breaking up over, it's not worth arguing over." You can discuss it like adults. You can disagree, but that shouldn't turn into an argument. Seek solutions, not more problems. Don't let your insecurities and pettiness ruin your relationship. Be man or woman enough to address things appropriately and to ignore things that don't deserve your attention.

Blessings,
Tony Gaskins Jr.

Posted 8/25/15 at 8:02 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

10 Thoughts About the Ashley Madison Scandal

On Friday Johnny from Shine FM in Edmonton sent me a tweet: “You wanna call in to the morning show to talk about Ashley Madison?” I couldn’t call on Friday but I did yesterday, and hosts Johnny and Hollie and I chatted about this huge, honking mess.

Because it is a huge mess, isn’t it? Tens of millions of Ashley Madison users’ data is now online. You can even search email addresses yourself (though I won’t link to where). Thousands of U.S. government emails are listed. Josh Duggargot found out (I blogged about that last week). And he won’t be the last high profile user, either.

So I’ve been thinking about this whole mess for a few days, and I thought I’d throw out ten random thoughts, in no particular order. FULL POST

Posted 8/20/15 at 11:02 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

7 Characteristics of Strong Women of God

Girls, we have been bombarded with messages about what we are to believe about ourselves and the world around us. I don’t know about you, but I have questions. Let’s talk about the word “FEMINIST”…… am I one? I don’t know. I mean, I hear celebrities spouting off about being a feminist and how women should be equal with men, and I get so many mixed messages. Women that label themselves feminists say they want equality- they want to be treated just like men, but I don’t want that! I am a woman, thank God. I am special and set apart unique and different, far, far different from a man. And, hey, I’m all for equal pay, but, let’s be real, that’s not the only thing that feminism stands for…. ask Lena Dunham. FULL POST

Posted 8/17/15 at 3:03 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

When “Just Do It!” Is Bad Advice

Y’all know that I believe having lots of sex in marriage is a great thing.

(It just felt right to begin that sentence with y’all, even to this Canadian. )

But that doesn’t mean that having sex is always the right thing to do. And it certainly doesn’t mean that having sex will fix all marriage problems.

I’m so excited that in just six days my new book, 9 Thoughts That Will Change Your Marriage, will start to appear on shelves! Yay! And for the last week or so we’ve been talking about what some of those thoughts are.

We talked about:

Thought #5: I’m not in competition with my husband! Submission isn’t about who gets to make all the decisions; it’s about servanthood. And sometimes the best way to serve your husband is to say, “no”! FULL POST

Posted 8/13/15 at 11:52 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

10 Things You Will Never Regret As a Christian

A life modeled after Jesus is hands down the greatest life one could ever live. And while a life apart from Christ may be filled with many toils and regrets, there are many things you will never regret doing when it comes to life as a Christian.

1. Praying. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Prayer brings is closer to God, his love and his sovereignty. When we pray, we are in direct communication with the one who created us. Praying may not always be easy, but it’s something that’s always worth it.

2. Giving your life to Christ. (Romans 12:1)

I cannot recall anyone who has ever regretted encountering the love, grace and almighty purpose of Jesus Christ in their life. It’s something this world cannot offer.

3. Reading Your Bible. (Psalms 119:105)

God’s Word is a life-source for the soul. And while we read the Bible to learn more about God, his direction and our purpose in life, God’s presence within our lives will continue to grow stronger. FULL POST

Posted 8/12/15 at 12:47 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Sermon Killers

My friend Dave, who pastors a church in my neighborhood, reminded me of a story that used to show up in sermons from time to time.

After the war, a soldier who was severely wounded was returning home. As soon as he entered the states, he phoned his parents to say he was bringing with him a buddy who had lost (fill in the blank–an eye, a leg, both legs, etc) and was confined to a wheel chair. He wanted the guy to live with the family and promised that he would take care of him. The mother said, “Now, honey, we appreciate your compassion and your dedication to your friend. But this would be too heavy a burden on your family. This is not a good idea.” A few days later, the family got word that their son, the one just home from the war, had ended his own life in a hotel in a distant city. When the remains were shipped home, the family discovered he had one eye, one leg (or no legs), etc. He had been telling his parents about himself.

Dave and I agreed that such a story, whether true or untrue–it’s impossible to know–is a show-stopper. A sermon killer. FULL POST

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