Posted 4/20/15 at 1:47 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Prosperity? Tattoos? Alcohol? What does the Bible say about these things, and why are so many Christians arguing over the interpretation?
1. Plans For Good
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”—Jeremiah 29:11
While I do believe that Jesus has plans for good and prosperity in all of our lives, our definition of “good and prosperity” needs to be defined before further understanding this passage. I believe prosperity in the eyes of God simply means that we have love, hope and grace in a abundance, while the world’s view of prosperity is found in money and titles. Are money and titles wrong? Not at all. Do they make lousy god’s? Always. FULL POST
Posted 4/20/15 at 1:14 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
“…the two shall become one….” (Matthew 19:5)
The wedding ceremony is a great time–once in a lifetime for most people–for the pastor to get something across to two people in particular while hundreds are eavesdropping.
Not that the couple will remember a thing you say. (When Margaret and I stood at the altar, our pastor said some wonderful things that I found fascinating and inspiring. No exaggeration. I stood there alongside my bride and was blessed by his comments. Alas, no one was recording anything in 1962, and my mind retained his wonderful words for exactly half an hour, so whatever he said is gone forever.)
These days, someone is recording your wedding service.
The bride and groom and close relatives will keep the CD and/or DVD for the rest of their lives and will periodically play it again.
That’s when your words are finally heard and begin to sink in.
So, what do you want to say to them, pastor? What words of lasting value and incredible help can you utter during the ceremony which will make a huge difference down the road a year or two or ten? Before listing my suggestions, let me state the obvious: You have only so much time, and this is not the time nor place for a full sermon. Still, choose one or two great points you wish to lodge in their hearts forever and give it a shot. FULL POST
Posted 4/16/15 at 4:32 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
“If you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” (John 5:46-47).
I believe in God because I believe in butterflies.
I believe in God because I’ve seen a baby and held one and watched it grow into adulthood. And I have seen him hold babies of his own in his arms.
I believe in God because I watched the sunrise this morning.
I believe in God because of a lack of turbulence. As the earth spins around its axis, as the earth speeds around its orbit, as our solar system zooms through the galaxy, and as the galaxy tears across the heavens at enormous speeds, you and I don’t feel a thing. We can lay a ball on the ground today and it’s still there tomorrow morning, unmoved. I find that truly amazing.
I believe in God because of Jesus.
I believe in God because of the character of Jesus. FULL POST
Posted 4/15/15 at 10:55 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Every believer wants to hear from God.
Why would you attempt to follow God closely if you didn’t want to know His voice or hear what He has to say?
Jesus said, “My sheep know my voice.” (John 10:27)
That’s especially true in the circumstances of our life. When life is happening — we want to know: Is this God? Is this what He is telling me to do? Is God trying to get my attention?
And, I believe, sometimes life if just happening. It’s not at all that God isn’t interested or in control. He counts hairs on our head and stores our tears in a bottle — He cares. But, sometimes life is life. Things happen. Doors open. Doors close. Jobs are lost. Health changes. The deal on the house we wanted falls through. We don’t get the scholarship we hoped we would. Life happens.
And, yet, I do believe God will use our circumstances to speak to us. He used a burning bush to speak to Moses. FULL POST
Posted 4/13/15 at 12:24 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
It’s Monday, the day that I like to post a Reader Question and take a stab at answering it.
One reader recently wrote:
Personally at the moment I am not sleeping with my husband as I feel estranged from him due to porn abuse, his alarm waking me up in the morning because he ‘snoozes’ it for an hour and he snores which drives me crazy so I don’t sleep, get tired and irritable and this exacerbates an already fragile situation, so I’ve removed myself to the spare room and far from missing sleeping next to my husband I now don’t want to go back to sharing a bed (if things improve between us) as I love having my own space and a good night’s sleep. Is this wrong?
I used to love sleeping together as I found it a special thing that you only do when you’re married and share that really special space and time together so I feel very conflicted now. FULL POST
Posted 4/13/15 at 9:57 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
On the highway the other day and flipping through the radio dial, I came across a Seventh Day Adventist preacher in the middle of a sermon. Within five minutes, he had made two errors that revealed either his biblical incompetence or his spiritual presumption.
So I turned him off.
In the first instance, in trying to make the case for Christians today keeping the Sabbath, he equated the Ten Commandments with all our Lord’s statements in the Gospels about “keeping my commands” and “breaking these commandments.” In John chapters 14 and 15, for instance, several times our Lord says things like, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (14:15,21,23 and 15:10,14). That preacher said Jesus was referring to the Ten Commandments.
Not even close.
Jesus was not talking about the Ten Commandments! He was talking about His own teachings, those found throughout the gospels. If you need proof, consider that when someone asked Jesus to name “the greatest commandment” (Matthew 22), He listed two that are not part of the “Ten”–loving God supremely (Deuteronomy 6) and loving one’s neighbor as oneself (Leviticus 19). So much for Jesus being fixated on the Ten Commandments the way that preacher is. FULL POST
Posted 4/10/15 at 9:27 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
“Lord, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us” (Mark 9:38).
Robert Schuller died last week. This founder of the Crystal Cathedral in California and founder/host of television’s “Hour of Power” broadcast was the “media pastor” to countless millions who would never have entered my church. He wrote books, did a lot of good, did much that was questionable, and drove us traditionalists out of our collective minds.
When I read of his passing, I posted this on my Facebook page:
My favorite Robert Schuller story: When he was a kid, his mother taught him piano lessons. Once, in the middle of a recital, his mind went blank and he forgot the rest of the piece he was playing. There was nothing to do but walk off the stage in humiliation. Later, his mother gave him some great advice. “Honey, any time you mess up in the middle of a piece, always end with a flourish and no one will ever remember what you did in the middle.” Schuller would say, “Some of you have messed up in the middle of your life. But my friend, you can end with a flourish if you start now.” FULL POST
Posted 4/9/15 at 8:53 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
I received a question from a young lady who is waiting on her man to marry her. It's been a few years and she's wondering when will the proposal come.
That's a scary place to be in. You have to decide your own timeline because there are too many examples of good and bad turnouts to count statistics. I know people who have been together for over 30 years and never got married. I also know people who were together 5-10 years before they got married. I know people who were together 10 years and broke up without ever getting married.
Weigh the pro's and cons. The only benefit to long-term dating is that you get to know a person really well. The cons are endless. You can have a baby out of wedlock and have no real stability. You can have a baby and then get left and have no real stability. You can give years of your life and still not a get a ring. You can give years of your life and then get left for someone else. You can give years of your life and then get cheated on and have to watch someone else have a baby from your man before you get a ring. All of those things happen every day. You have to ask yourself is it worth it? FULL POST
Posted 4/8/15 at 1:45 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
We started talking yesterday about hormones and libido–and specifically how libido is affected throughout the menstrual cycle.
But what if you’re not having a menstrual cycle–because you’re in menopause, you’re pregnant, or you’re breastfeeding?
So today, let’s look at how to boost libido and make sex seem like an attractive option, even when your body seems to have turned itself off. FULL POST
Posted 4/8/15 at 11:17 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Fear has a way of keeping us stuck in a life of mediocrity. We were never intended to live a life omediocrity.
Have you ever wanted to start a business, write a book, plant a church, travel the world or even start a non-profit? We all have dreams and desires, but the sad reality is that very few of us will actually grab the bull by the horns and go for it.
For some reason we allow fear to get in the way of us embracing a life of extraordinary meaning. We allow fear to control the way we live about our daily lives. We allow fear to set the tone for the story we are currently writing for ourselves.
Maybe it’s the fear of failure, the opinions of others, or even the fear of yourself. Regardless of where your fear derives from, its goal is to keep you from being brave and successfully accomplishing the goals you have set before for you.
When I was 6 years old I was afraid of ghosts, at 16 I was afraid of not fitting in, and at 26 I’m afraid of failing as a husband and father. Fear is a liar, and we must realize this truth if we ever want to come into our true potential. FULL POST