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Posted 12/19/14 at 11:57 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

When Dreams Die

This is the last of my three part post on “Dreams.” We talked about “Daring to Dream,” “Dreams vs Career” and now when “DREAMS DIE.” My brother in law, Noe Salmeron was at the event above the day they demolished the famed Texas Stadium last week. Since 1971, Texas Stadium was the home of the legendary Dallas Cowboys. My wife, Ruth was born in El Salvador but her second home is Irving, Texas (literally just miles from this historic site).

This post will have two points. It has been said: “ALL GOOD THINGS COME TO AN END.” Honestly, as a lifelong Washington Redskins fan I always admired this stadium. For one, it is arguably the most recognized field in the National Football League but also one of the most recognized venues in all of sports (including the Boston Garden, Yankees Stadium and Madison Square Garden). It always impressed me and the endless joke I heard since elementary school from all my Cowboys friends: “The reason the roof of Cowboys stadium had a hole at the top was so God could watch His favorite team play!” Cute joke – but God sees through steel. Go God!! FULL POST

Posted 12/19/14 at 10:47 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

An Odd Skill Pastors Must Learn if They Are to Survive

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By Joe McKeever

Pastors must learn to live with loose ends. Unfinished tasks. Dangling threads that need to be tied up.

When they lay their heads on the pillow at night, God’s shepherds can think of 38 things left undone and needing attention tomorrow….

Someone needs a call returned, a member needs a visit, a sermon needs more preparation, a program needs planning, a colleague needs encouragement, an employee needs to be held accountable, the pastor’s child needs some dad-time, his wife has been wanting to talk about several issues, he had hoped to begin his physical fitness program this week, the nursing home has invited him to hold a service, the seminary wants him to speak, the denominational committee needs to meet and hear his report, and he should have prayed more today. The family that buried their father last month needs a follow-up visit. The postponed dental appointment should be rescheduled and his CPA has a question about his taxes. FULL POST

Posted 12/19/14 at 10:24 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Is All Guilt from God?

“You’re a sinner.”

“You’re not good enough.”

“You’re too far gone.”

“You’re too damaged.”

“God can’t forgive you.”

“Remember that one time?”

These little reminders wear us down every day. They keep us discouraged. They keep us “broken.” They keep us from serving God, and taking the victory in our Christian walk. They keep our focus on ourselves and our failures. This is not how it’s supposed to be.

Our heavenly father doesn’t keep lists. Once we have confessed and received forgiveness, God does not even remember our sin, let alone remind us of it. Any voice that reminds you of your past sins is not a voice of God. It is the voice of Satan. Any person who reminds you of your past sins after they have been repented, forgiven, and turned away from is acting as a tool of Satan.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 FULL POST

Posted 12/19/14 at 10:07 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Will We Travel in Time in Heaven?

Even though I believe we’ll live in time in Heaven, God is certainly capable of bending time and opening doors in time’s fabric for us. Perhaps we’ll be able to travel back and stand alongside angels in the invisible realm, seeing events as they happened on Earth. Maybe we’ll learn the lessons of God’s providence through direct observation. Can you imagine being there as Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount? Perhaps you will be.

Want to see the crossing of theRed Sea? Want to be there when Daniel’s three friends emerge from the fiery furnace? It would be simple for God to open the door to the past.

Because God is not limited by time, He may choose to show us past events as if they were presently happening. We may be able to study history from a front-row seat. Perhaps we’ll have opportunity to see the lives of our spiritual and physical ancestors lived out on Earth.

Usually we’re not able to see God’s immediate responses to our prayers, but in Heaven God may permit us to see what happened in the spiritual realm as a result of His answers to our prayers. In the Old Testament an angel comes to the prophet Daniel and tells him what happened as the result of his prayers: “As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given, which I have come to tell you” (Daniel 9:23). FULL POST

Posted 12/18/14 at 11:09 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

What Christian Leaders Wish Their People Knew But Are Afraid to Tell Them

Christian leaders must be willing to take off their masks and the Sunday-morning professionalism and share the real needs of the ministry and its leadership. More Christians need to be trained how to support ministry leaders. That’s the reason for the book, “What In Hell…Is Going On?” – it will help your ministry know the truth about what’s going on behind the scenes, even if your leaders are hesitant to talk about the spiritual attacks he or she is experiencing.

Admittedly, this is difficult to do. One leader noted that when he began to open up and let his ministry team know what he was really battling, he was criticized. The naïve members of his ministry didn’t want to hear that they were a burden to him. They effectively said, “We don’t want to know you are human”. (Kids don’t usually like to acknowledge their parents are people too until they have children of their own.) Yet this is absolutely necessary if we are going to bring God’s people to maturity. FULL POST

Posted 12/18/14 at 10:12 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Come Away With Me

“You cannot stay where you are and go with God.” -Henry Blackaby

Modern Christianity has accepted a false impression of what God truly expects of us. They have accepted false sense of peace and rest in the entertainment of the world. It is far to easy to be carried away by the world’s philosophies by doing nothing, than to be swept away by our Savior in real joy and fulfillment. We find our “escape” from the world in movies, and music, and video games when God is asking us to come away with Him.

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:1-2

It is a constant personal struggle to meditate on the Lord day and night. It is hard work to fill our minds with everything that is good, lovely, pure, noble, just, and true. {Philippians 4:8} It does not happen on its own. FULL POST

Posted 12/18/14 at 10:07 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

“O My Soul”: Engaging in Biblical Self-Talk

Psychologists speak of self-talk, the art of telling yourself certain things that influence your attitude, actions and speech. For instance, Deborah said to herself, “O my soul, march on in strength!” (Judges 5:21).

Every time the psalmists used the phrase, “O my soul,” they were engaging in self-talk. We all talk to ourselves. Whether or not this is a good practice depends largely on what we are saying, and whether it is true and helpful.

I love these thoughts from our dear friend Joni Eareckson Tada:

There are very few days when my soul does not require a good 'talking to.' On most mornings when pain encroaches, I demand my soul to come into alignment with the Holy Spirit; I order it to stand at attention and take orders from God for the day; that it rejoice in the day that's been made by its Creator; that it ascribe to a holy purpose for living; that it quit being sullen, and be hopeful in Jesus; and that it rejoice in the Lord, for therein lies its strength! Sometimes quadriplegia is just plain tiring—add to it chronic pain, and it can wear on the soul. It's why (when I deal with pain) I often pray, "Why are you downcast , O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God" (Psalm 42:11). …join me in urging your soul to find its solace, comfort, and encouragement in Jesus Christ! FULL POST

Posted 12/17/14 at 10:47 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

The Kind of Bridge I Want

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By Joe McKeever

The Huey P. Long Bridge crosses the Mississippi River a few miles downriver from here. It was dedicated in 1935, a time when cars were small and narrow and governments needed to put men to work. That’s why they gave New Orleans its first bridge across the river and named it after this politician of dubious merit. (That’s a pet peeve of mine, but I’ll move right along.)

The problem with that bridge for all the decades since is that its two lanes were too narrow and curving for modern cars and trucks. Each lane was 9 feet wide, with no shoulders alongside. Signs forbade trucks from passing anyone, and motorists caught up on their prayers driving across it. It really could be frightening.

Then, in recent years, the government finally decided it was high time to upgrade that bridge, and shelled out something like a billion dollars to widen it and correct some of its flaws. These days, driving across that huge wide expanse is a pure joy. (The lanes are 11 feet wide, bordered by a 2 feet-wide shoulder to the inside and an 8-foot shoulder to the outside.) FULL POST

Posted 12/16/14 at 11:42 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Jesus or Barabbas – Which “Son of the Father” Are We Following?

The cyclical nature of human events still amazes me. The more things change, the more they remain the same. About 2000 years ago the Roman government gave the religious leaders in Jerusalem a choice between two men; Jesus or Barabbas. The Romans gave the Jews this choice because of a custom of releasing a prisoner every year around Passover to appease the Jews in an effort to keep the peace.

The choice between these two men came about because Jesus’ ministry was upsetting the status quo in this Roman province of Palestine. He was changing people’s hearts and therefore was changing the accepted order of things. No imperialistic power allows this for long. The religious leaders were afraid this intenerate minister was going to shake things up so much that it would cause them to lose their place of social status. Pilate, the Roman governor, was giving the people of God a choice that would determine the philosophical direction they and their nation would go.

Here in Sanford Florida, in the wake of the Trayvon Martin tragedy I have challenged both white and black leaders with this very question. “Are we going to follow the way of Barabbas or Jesus?” Will we do things in the strength of our flesh or by the Spirit of God? One way prolongs the division the other resolves it. FULL POST

Posted 12/16/14 at 11:19 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

7 Thoughts That Will Change Your Marriage

Today I want to share with you 7 thoughts that, if we really understood them, could change your marriage and transform the way you see your husband.

1. God is your Father-in-Law

We like to think of God as our Father, our Daddy, our Abba. That’s all very true. God is our Father, and He does love us, and care for us, and listen to our prayers, and want the best for us. He is going to bat for us.

But do you realize that God is also our Father-in-law? Gary Thomas asked that question in his book Sacred Marriage, and it really does put a different spin on things, doesn’t it?

God is also your husband’s Father. And that means that He really cares about your husband, and He really loves your husband, and He listens to your husband’s heart cry as well. I imagine that one day, I’m going to stand before God, and He’s going to gently talk to me about Keith. He’ll say, “what did you do to care for my son? How did you love my son?” FULL POST

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