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Posted 3/28/16 at 9:52 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

9 Things I Will Teach My Son

1. It’s okay to have doubts.

Growing up I was always indirectly taught by other to never question God’s ways, nor should I doubt his existence and all-mighty power. But the older I became, the more questions I had about God. It was as if doubting was sought as complete disbelief, which in my case was not true at all.

The act of doubting is part of our human nature and an indirect connection with the fall of man. Doubt has been embedded into our inner-being as humans. It’s a natural state. My doubts actually kickstarted my campaign towards becoming closer to God. A lot of things didn’t seem to make sense to me, and my doubts are what led me to begin studying more. Studying God’s Word more brought me closer to him, and being closer to him gave me peace and understanding about who he was.

It was as if doubting was seen as complete disbelief, which in my case was not true at all. The act of doubting is part of our human nature and an indirect connection with the fall of man. Doubt has been embedded into our inner-being as humans. It’s a natural state. My doubt kickstarted my campaign towards becomes closer to God. FULL POST

Posted 3/24/16 at 2:36 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

What to Do When You Feel Disconnected From God

Although heartbreaking and brutal, the death of Jesus is hands down the most beautiful act of love this world has ever seen. And while the scriptures paint a beautifully epic timeline of this event, there is one part that has always seemed to create curiosity within my heart—the time of God’s silence while Jesus was on the cross.

“When Jesus had tasted it, he said, “It is finished!” Then he bowed his head and released his spirit.”—John 19:30 

Why was God silent? Where did he Go? Why did he forsake Jesus?

My wife and I discussed this section of the scriptures, only to find ourselves having been both confused as a child, curious as to why God would leave his son alone on the cross.

At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”—Matthew 27:46 FULL POST

Posted 3/22/16 at 7:51 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Impartation: Sons vs Servants

In Bible days, a mantle was an outer cloak used for additional covering and warmth, especially at night. The mantle was essentially the only "blanket" the person had so even when used as a pledge the law required it be returned before bedtime.

From the idea of something that "covers" in the natural, a mantle easily comes to represent spiritual covering also. Mantles usually refer to spiritual authority and anointing. A great example of a spiritual mantle which passed from one person to another is Elijah and Elisha.

Elijah was a prophet in Israel and Elisha was his student or disciple. Elisha ministered to Elijah and studied under him, earnestly desiring to operate the way he did. He realized that the time was drawing near when Elijah would leave the earth. Elijah also knew the time was soon and repeatedly told Elisha to depart from him. Instead, Elisha pressed in closer and refused to leave him. FULL POST

Posted 3/18/16 at 7:53 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Christianity Without Repentance Isn't Christianity

The word repent is one that doesn’t sit too well with many people around the world. What is intended to be a gift and opportunity to encounter the grace of God has now become something individuals cringe at when hearing. I blame those wielding bullhorns and picket signs for the mess that has become of repentance. And while this liturgical experience may have a bad reputation due to the idiotic actions of others, we must understand that repentance itself one of the most vital parts of the Christian faith. Without it, a relationship with God isn’t possible.

Repentance is all about turning away from our fleshly desires, and instead, clinging to the beauty and supremacy of God’s will. There is nothing to be ashamed about in admitting you’ve messed up. Repentance bridges the gap between our failures and God’s forgiveness. That’s the beauty. It’s the gateway to new life and an unrelenting relationship with God.

You and I must stop viewing repentance as a burdensome I have to, and instead, realize it’s an undeserved I get to. We must understand how lucky we are to have a loving God who gives us the opportunity to admit our failures, and choose to turn away from our selfish ways. Repentance is a gift not a burden. There is an unfathomable liturgical experience when one finds the humility to turn from their ways and seek forgiveness in the grace of God. FULL POST

Posted 3/18/16 at 7:46 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

When You Feel Restless in Your Marriage

When I turned 39 my husband managed to surprise me. He knew he couldn’t pull off a surprise party when I hit 40; so he threw a “Forever 39” party instead.

My best friend had created a scrapbook of my life, and as I looked through it, I stopped as I hit the picture of 23-year-old me in my graduation cap and gown, after finishing my second Master’s degree. That smiling face looking up at me had so many plans–a Ph.D., a career, published papers.

Instead I was a homeschooling mom who wrote on the side. My days were filled with making dinner and laundry and chauffeuring kids to piano, while I occasionally spoke at retreats on weekends. Were my dreams dead?

Many of us feel restless because we haven’t achieved our dreams, but I think what we miss is that we are not the same people who dreamed them. I was not fresh out of graduate school with visions of Toronto skyscrapers in my head. I was a small town mom with a tent trailer. FULL POST

Posted 3/17/16 at 8:42 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Christianity is So Much More Than Going to Church

The beauty of Christianity is that there are many facets that make up its entirety. When someone finds themselves in a relationship with Christ, there is more to its being than simply attending a church building or spending more time in prayer. Christianity is more than sitting in seats and listening to sermons. There is more…

First let me try to redefine the way you view church, as it is not simply just a building that one attends on a weekly basis, but instead who one is on a daily basis. We are the church, and we are called to reflect the image of Jesus in our everyday lives.

When we take this reality to heart, every aspect of our lives then becomes a mission field, a space to worship in, and a realm to shine your light in. The world is your canvas and the Holy Spirit wants to use you to create a masterpiece known as The Great Commission. FULL POST

Posted 3/17/16 at 8:20 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

The Best Dating Advice Ever

I know on Mondays I usually post reader questions and try to answer them, and I do have a backlog of about 50. But as I’ve been glancing through so many of them I’ve noticed a commonality:

In many marriages, the roots of the current crisis were evident before the couple was married, but they got married anyway.

And I find myself thinking, as I read these questions: I wish I could have spoken to these women before they got married. I wish I could have warned them.

I’ve read quite a few Christian books on finding a mate recently; the longer I’ve done marriage ministry, the more I feel that we have to spend more time talking to young people about how to choose a mate, so we can spend less time trying to repair marriages in crisis.

Recently I read a book that is totally unique, and I want to share some insights with you–because seriously, this is the best dating advice ever. FULL POST

Posted 2/26/16 at 1:00 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

All Christians Are Called to Full-time Ministry

Here’s a little questionnaire for you.

1. Do you call yourself a Christian?

2. Do you believe in the power of God’s Word?

3. Do you believe the Bible is the inerrant and inspired Word of God?

If you answered yes to these questions, congratulations: You’ve just applied yourself for a life of full-time ministry.

You might think, But I don’t work at a church . . . But I don’t work for a Christian company . . . But I don’t have time to serve in ministry . . . If you claim to be a Christian, then the question of “the meaning of life” is already solved for you! The purpose of your life is to share the redemptive qualities of Christ (Matthew 28: 19). You are in the ministry. Galatians 2: 20 reads,

“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me” (NASB). FULL POST

Posted 2/26/16 at 12:58 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Twenty Tips for Christian Bloggers from an Expert (not really)

It has officially been 4 years since I started my blog.

Over the last 4 years, many people have asked me advice about blogging, and I never quite know what to say. I don’t know exactly what they’re asking, and honestly, I don’t think they know themselves. I want to tell them that they do not know what they are getting themselves into. I certainly didn’t when I started. I want to tell them that I don’t know what I’m doing! I just do it.

I guess they want me to give them tips about social media and tips for reaching people and growing your blog, but it’s so so much more than that. And, just like any ministry, if you’re just in it for the popularity and/or money, then you’re not doing it right, and you will never reap the true blessings that it can bring. And, let me tell you, it’s not for the faint of heart.

{Side note: I don’t make any money off of my blog. I never have made a dime. I am only compensated for speaking engagements. I don’t have ads on my blog because A) I don’t want them to compromise my message and B) I don’t want to be monetarily motivated to write. I want it to come from and be for Jesus. There is nothing wrong with making money from blogging. That’s just what I have chosen to do for now.} FULL POST

Posted 2/24/16 at 8:31 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Church is Good for You

In a recent article in the Washington Post, the reporter discussed a British survey of retired individuals and the impact of social engagement on their lifespan.

But people who were members of social groups — which could be a sports club, religious organization, trade union or any other kind of leisure or professional group — had a lower risk of death in the first six years of retirement. Those who belonged to two groups before retirement and continued their activity in these groups had a 2 percent risk of death in the first six years.  Washington Post 2/16/2016

This study affirms the positive impact of social connectivity on human lifespan, and going even further, on quality of life. According to author John Milton,

“‘Loneliness’ is the first thing that God’s eye named as ‘not good.’” FULL POST

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