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Posted 5/19/16 at 9:57 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
I mean really studied him? Do you know what makes him tick? Do you know what makes him discouraged, and what makes him feel like he can take on the world? Do you know what his biggest fear is, and what his biggest success is? Do you know his dreams, his goals, his worries?
It’s Wednesday, the day when we talk marriage, and today I want to issue a big challenge to us wives: Can we become students of our husbands? I don’t mean students in terms of him teaching us something (though that’s likely a part of it); I mean students more in the way that Thomas Edison was a student of science. He ate science, breathed science, lived science, and was always trying to figure it out.
Let me explain.
In Ephesians 5:21-22, we read this:
(21) Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. (22) Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. FULL POST
Posted 5/11/16 at 11:20 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Wow. That’s a tough one! Every Monday I like to take a reader question and answer it, and this is one I’ve had a few people ask. One woman gets right to the point:
Should I tell my husband if I fantasize about other guys alone and while with him sometimes? Or will I just hurt him?
Another woman says:
Sex has never felt that great for me, and my husband used to get really upset about that and wonder what was wrong with me. So I started faking orgasm. And I’m tired of faking, but I don’t want to deal with all the fights if I tell him what’s been happening. What should I do?
I thought I’d try to tackle both of these on the same day since they both have to do with honesty about sex. I’m going to ask my husband to chime in on one of these, too! So let’s get started. FULL POST
Posted 5/11/16 at 11:08 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
I absolutely love taking our son, Finch to the park and letting him explore the awesomeness that is swinging. His facial expressions say it all, and uncontrollable laughter lets us know that he’s having the time of his life. He loves every bit of the adrenaline.
After a few times of taking him to our local park, I noticed something that began to grab my attention while pushing him on the swing-set. Each time the swing he was in would start to slow its pace and begin they journey back stillness, he would begin to make a face and kick his little legs to as if to tell me, “Push me higher!”
My son isn’t happy with being at a standstill, and I think many of us can relate as it pertains to our journey’s with God. It’s not that he’s being impatient with ill intent, he just really enjoys the beauty of his father moving him forward again. It’s exciting. It’s rejuvenating. It’s comforting. FULL POST
Posted 5/9/16 at 8:27 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
It’s been about eight years since I first picked up a Bible and read it out of pure desire and intrigue. I’ve had access to a Bible most of my life, but the reality is that it spent most of it’s being collecting dust on a shelf in my room. Every once in a while, it would get dusted off only to be used as an accessory while attending the yearly Christmas Eve and/or Easter morning church services.
For much of my life, the Bible was nothing more to me than a book, but it wasn’t until I dropped my pride and opened up my eyes that I realized this was no book; it was a lifeline, a safety net, a second chance, and an answer to the vast amount of questions I had about my life. I was hooked. My love for Bible did not come easy, but the more and more I spent time in God’s Word the more I realized how much I truly needed its presence in my life. FULL POST
Posted 5/4/16 at 11:14 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
And there I will meet with you, and I will speak with you from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are on the ark of the Testimony, about everything which I will give you in commandment to the children of Israel. Exodus 25:16-22; 37:7
With over 800 verses dealing with the Tabernacle, and the Bible declaring it was modeled after the one in heaven, I think we can conclude that God is trying to communicate something to us. In fact, I believe this is where the believer can enter the “sweet spot” of Christianity; that is if they are willing. It is here, in this place, where we will find the answers about life. As one of the most overlooked roadmaps in the Bible, our book “The Inner Journey” helps believers understand the 3 stages of spiritual growth described in the Tabernacle. This journey leads to a place the Lord is beckoning all of us to reach. Today this “meeting place” takes place inside our soul, in the Spirit. Everything that touches our lives presents an opportunity for us to access this holy place. Be encouraged, over time, God will come into focus. This is the place where God communicates with us, here on earth…about everything! FULL POST
Posted 5/4/16 at 11:03 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
What should Christians look like? How should they act? What should they be known for? There are many unique qualities that all Christians should harness as it pertains to living a biblical life, but below are eight things I believe anyone who calls themselves a Christ-follower should adhere to. The Christian life is all about finding true identity in that of Jesus and reflecting an image of his righteous nature.
Love is an intrinsic value for anyone who calls themselves a Christ follower. In reality, I don’t believe that anyone can truly call themselves a Bible believing Christian and not showcase the act of love. No matter the circumstance, offering a helping hand of love is what sets us apart from the rest of the world. God loves us, even when we don’t reflect the same image in return. We owe it to others by offering them this same reality.
The Grace of God has covered a multitude of sins, and the sacrifice made on the cross has paid the penalty for them. We are surely blessed. Although we don’t deserve the grace we have been generously handed, Jesus continues to extend a helping hand of it regardless of our situation. In the same way, we as Christians should be known for the grace and forgiveness that we show others. It may not always be deserved, but we must always remember that neither was ours. FULL POST
Posted 5/3/16 at 10:12 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
“I have declared the former things from the beginning; they went forth from My mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass. Isaiah 48:3
Perhaps every human has some desire or capacity to see something come to pass that doesn’t exist now. It could be a better toaster, a safer car, a better curriculum, a better relationship, a new medicine, a better fuel or smarter cell phone. Maybe because we are created in the image of the Creator-God we can’t help but see things as they should be and try to bring them to pass through our God-given creativity and ingenuity.
This is even truer for Christians who have been reunited with the Creator through Jesus Christ. As the years pass we will see different needs around us that need filling. Over time we may recognize we have a unique way in presenting Christ and His kingdom to meet those needs. I mention in Roadkill Seminary we discover we all have “the message” (the Gospel) to tell the world, but we also have “a message” (our testimony) to tell the world as well. I think we all have a heavenly “FEDEX” package we are called to deliver, incrementally, throughout our time here on earth. We each possess a particular aspect of the “Word” that is becoming flesh in us, and we are the delivery system. FULL POST
Posted 5/3/16 at 10:05 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Pain can come packaged in many different ways. While one can encounter this burden through the loss of a loved one, another could have lost a job or even found out that they’re battling a life-threatening sickness. Regardless of how; pain is very, very real. Pain is not something we can avoid in life no matter how hard we really try. It’s a vital part of our human existence, and if treated correctly, will harvest much wisdom and knowledge.
I’ve heard the phrase “Just push through the pain” more times that I can count in my lifetime. And what seems like an encouraging an inspirational memo for those going through a tough time, any doctor will tell you that this is simply not a good idea. Why? Because ignoring the pain you have now can possibly cause further damage in the future. It’s important to fix what is broken. Ignoring the hard parts of life will only make life more difficult. FULL POST
Posted 5/2/16 at 10:10 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
What’s my purpose? What is God’s will for my life? And how do I know if I’m currently on the right path? These are all questions we’ve once asked ourselves, and I believe the topic of God’s will to be one of the most discussed topics among evangelical Christians as it pertains one’s spiritual journey.
What if God’s will isn’t as complicated as we make it out to be? What if there isn’t a right or wrong school to go to, or job to take, or person to marry? What if we’re making more of a mess by asking questions than we are finding clarity? What if we’re making this whole thing a lot harder to understand that it’s supposed to be?
While trying to discover my own purpose in this world, I asked myself a lot of the same questions noted above. I guess just like everyone else, I wanted to make sure I was making the right decisions, staying true to God’s plan for my life, and weighing out all my options to make sure I was choosing the correct path in life. I wasn’t asking so many questions because I was unsure of God’s will, but instead, because I wanted to make sure the decisions I was making had me in the center of his will. FULL POST
Posted 4/28/16 at 9:01 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Susie’s mom was depressed again. Her dad’s bosses were upset at him, but he wouldn’t smooth things over. He was standing on principle, he said. But meanwhile, where was the paycheck going to come from?
As soon as Susie came home from school she could sense that her mom was itching to unload on her. So she took the lunchboxes away from her sisters and said to them, “let’s play dressup! Why don’t you both run and find all of my fun dresses and shoes and some of Mommy’s old makeup, and we’ll have a fashion show?” Her little sisters ran off, and she hoped they’d be gone for enough time that she could calm her mother down.
As her mom prepared the after-school snack she started moaning about her dad. And little Susan listened, like she always did, hoping that spilling everything to Susie would stop her mom from worrying her little sisters.
Susie grew up. She got used to running interference for her siblings. She got used to judging her mother’s moods and trying to manage her mother’s emotions. And she started to really dislike her father, who was always so irresponsible and got her mother so upset in the first place. FULL POST