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
Posted 7/28/16 at 10:05 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Ahhh summer. The time of year known for lazy days by the pool or at the beach, family vacations, festivals, and outdoor concerts. But did you know that the summer months are also a great time to focus on your job search?
Less competition. A lot of people stop looking for a new job during the summer months. They may be planning vacations, their kids are out of school, and life just seems to get busier from May-August. So searching for a new job is often put on the back burner. For candidates who continue to make their job search a priority during these months, they may find that there are fewer candidates competing for the same jobs.
More time for the interview process. Summer is a slower time for many industries, resulting in companies having more time to interview. While it is certainly true that industries like construction and manufacturing are often busier in the summer, many others such as accounting, finance, and education are slow during the summer months. With the busy season behind them, managers have the necessary time to interview new employees. They can make hiring decisions and train new employees before their busy season approaches again. FULL POST
Posted 7/28/16 at 9:50 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
My mom’s moving in with us, and yesterday we moved my mom’s furniture to my house, but there’s still a lot of work to be done at her old house. And in all the work I’ve been doing for the last week I seriously threw my back out. So today’s busy–we have to clean out her kitchen and I have an appointment for a massage or I won’t be able to walk.
I don’t have time to write a post where I’ve done a lot of thinking and made a ton of graphics, etc.
So I’d like to just rant for a few minutes, if that’s okay.
Unfiltered. Unedited. Just me mad. Here goes.
The biological family has already had several children removed and adopted out. Now the next set is in care.
The baby is severely traumatized. She doesn’t cry or anything. She buries her head into your chest and won’t look at anyone. FULL POST
Posted 7/28/16 at 9:46 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
I want to tackle that today, but first an update on my mom’s move into our house.
In less than 4 hours my mom has to turn the keys over to the new owner of her home, and we’re all a little overwhelmed. We were doing so well at organizing her stuff–I made it a rule that if a box came into my house, it had to be unpacked and we had to find a place for things or they had to be given away. And it was working! But then yesterday hit, the last day, when we just needed to get those last bits and pieces out of the house. And there were a LOT of bits and pieces (there always are). So we just stuck them all in my front room.
So we still have a lot of work ahead of us! FULL POST
Posted 7/26/16 at 8:02 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
For some time now I been seeing and hearing the term “Prince Of The Lords Church” in reference to the Office of the Bishop. Now that term sounds real good but I always wondered where it came from and most importantly if ts biblical.
Please do understand that I’m not saying the Bishop isn’t Biblical because it is. I am wondering where is term came from and why it’s become so popular over night.
I did my research to find out that the term isn’t Biblical at all. It’s actually a term founded in the Catholic church but yet so many black Churches use it so freely.
This is what I found the meaning to be ….The term Prince of the Church is nowadays used nearly exclusively for Catholic Cardinals. However the term is historically more important as a generic term for clergymen whose offices hold the secular rank and privilege of a prince (in the widest sense) or are considered its equivalent. In the case of Cardinals, they are always treated in protocol as equivalents of royal prince. FULL POST
Posted 7/26/16 at 7:57 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
“Shhh…Nobody Cares!” That was the statement I saw on a T-shirt worn by a young Native American during my last visit to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. For Natives everywhere, they are a forgotten people. They do not have the media spotlight that Black Lives Matter with law enforcement, Hispanics with the immigration issues, and Muslims with refugees and terrorism all have. All of these matters deserve attention, but why not the Oglala Lakota? Why not Native Americans?
It’s no wonder that many Natives feel that no one cares. Pine Ridge, one of the 326 resettlement areas around America that were set aside by the government for Native Americans, and where the Lakota now call “home”. Over the last few decades, it has either been the first or second poorest county in America. They have the lowest life expectancy in America at 48 years old, which is second in North America only to Haiti. Unemployment shifts between 80 to 90 percent, and alcoholism is as high as 80 percent. One of their most secret problems though is domestic abuse,but it’s unknown how widespread it actually is. To this day, Lakota face racism and sometimes violence when leaving the reservation and come into contact with the rest of society. FULL POST