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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
Posted 4/13/16 at 1:45 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding."
It's my belief that when God created your Pastor he had you in mind. The office of "Pastor" is one of the 5 ministry gifts from God. There are many Pastors but there's only one Pastor destined for you. You are to be held accountable to him/her concerning your salvation and life decisions while him/her is responsible for your spiritual development.
Look at your gift and imagine its in a vault. God has the master key and he gave the spare to your Pastor. While many others (Pastors,Evangelist & Prophets) might have a key that fits their key won't work only your God ordained Pastor has a key that fits and unlocks your gift. Your Pastor is the key to your development!
I challenge you to serve in your assembly in order to develop. We have some Strong Leaders in the Bible and they all served. Elisha served Elijah before he received his mantle, David served Saul before he became King, The Disciples served Jesus then became Apostles and even Jesus had to obey his Parents before he began Ministry. FULL POST
Posted 4/8/16 at 11:44 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spend much of my life trying to impress the people around me. Whether in the workplace, my friendships or even at church, I was constantly on guard to try and impress in hopes of finding acceptance. It feels good to be liked by others, but trying to constantly gain approval by everybody is also a game that will keep you on your toes 24/7.
When it came to group conversations, I was constantly stressing whether or not I said had said the right things or made the correct responses. I spent so much of my life trying to gain everyone’s approval. It was draining, time-consuming and always had me living life at the expense of pleasing people regardless of my personal thoughts or ideals. Even as a pastor, you yearn for that approval.
Living for the approval of others will make you a slave to their opinions. Living for the approval of others is a draining process that will never harvest eternal fulfillment. Living for the approval of others is a waste of time. FULL POST
Posted 3/31/16 at 11:43 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Marriage is hard.
Many people have difficult marriages. But is marriage itself necessarily difficult?
My husband and I were recently debating that question, because honestly, to us, marriage isn’t hard right now. It’s rather lovely and encouraging.
That doesn’t mean marriage has always been easy. But we can link each difficult time to one simple factor: both of us, or one of us, was being self-focused, looking only at our own pain.Once we broke through that and learned to be generous again, marriage changed.
If two people genuinely love and care for each other and want the best for each other (which is hopefully why you married in the first place!), then putting several small habits in place can set your marriage up for major success. Like I talked about last week, talk for twenty minutes a day. That’s not that hard! Speak the positive about your spouse far more than you speak the negative–scan for things to praise, and say them out loud. Ask directly for what you wantand need. Be generous sexually. Be affectionate. Study your spouse, learn what makes them feel loved, and then do little things each day to show your husband love. FULL POST
Posted 3/31/16 at 11:33 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
When I became a Christian, I told myself that I was going to live a life that looked different from the world around me. I wasn’t going to succumb to the lies that society fed me on a daily basis, and I sure as heck wasn’t going to base my worth off what I had or how much I was making. I was told to ignore the American dream and instead, pursue the likes of Christ. Much of my thought process derived from the leaders and mentors I had pour into me, and some of it derived from reading passages in the Bible such as, Romans 12:2, John 17:16 and John 15:19. FULL POST
Posted 3/29/16 at 8:20 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
1 Corinthians 6:12a says:
“Everything is permissible for me” -but not everything is beneficial.
The real question is, is it a sin? To answer the question immediately: It's not a sin to get a tattoo.
There is nothing inherently wrong with a tattoo. There is something wrong (very wrong) with idolatry and its pagan practices origin.
The most common verse people point to when discussing tattoos is Leviticus 19:28:
Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD.
Here is something else in the same chapter:
27 Do not cut the hair at the sides of your head or clip off the edges of your beard. FULL POST
Posted 3/28/16 at 10:03 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices
Have you ever been angry at God over how He sees marriage?
What about words like “submission”? Or what about verses like “do not deprive each other“? Have those ever gotten your back up?
At one of the Girl Talk events I did last month I met Anna. She had driven quite a way to come and hear me, and after the event she emailed me her testimony to let me know how much of a role I had played and how God had used me to help her find peace in her marriage. It brought me to tears. And I want to share it with you today, because I think many of us have walked roads similar to Anna’s.
Here’s Anna: FULL POST