Are the Headlines Putting Your Faith in Limbo?

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My brothers and sisters in Christ, America has a serious heart condition(as do the rest of the world). We can not be blind and hypocritical  as to think that we live in a peaceful and fair place. Certainly America has much good going for it and lots of potential, but let us keep it real. It needs more love.

With each tragic event(the Paris attack) and emotionally charging headline, our emotions and history tend to color our convictions and as Christians we have to be careful not to stumble and take on the world’s solutions and philosophies concerning these problems.

Why am I bringing this up?

Following the brutal and tragic attack on Paris, Syrian refugees are no longer welcome in certain places.

If I understand this Christian Headline article correctly, Poland and the Netherlands are closing their borders or at least they want them closed. Ben Carson and Ted Cruz reportedly called for a halt to resettling 10,000 refugees.

So it seems the response is to not lend help to these refugees.

  • Now is this the right response from a human being?
  • Is this the right response from a Christian?

To be honest, the comments on the Christian Headline website pretty much confirmed what I believed about this Nation.

Even though the writer quoted Deuteronomy 10:17-19 and Leviticus 19:34, many so called Believers allowed fear and hatred to color their attitudes about this situation.

I understand why there is fear. No one wants more “uninvited guests” in their home and increase the likelihood of more violence(sarcasm here)

But what if I reveal that evil has already been in America? We are surrounded by bombers, pedophiles, gangs, police brutality, rape, modern day slavery, poverty- all of this is here already.

Terrorists are everywhere(as my old high school teacher used to say), why are we suddenly believing that America is not stained?

What is the solution?

idk(I don’t know). Really I don’t.

What does God have to say about this? Do you believe the Lord is at peace with our thoughts right now about the crisis?

Thoughts?

 

 

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Dump the Windows 8.1 Upgrade and Get the Romans 12:1 Version

The new Windows 8.1 upgrade is a trip isn’t it? Aren’t upgrades supposed to be better? You can’t play DVDs no more unless you pay for a DVD playback software and the new Intel Rapid Storage Technology has a few hiccups on this new upgrade.

If you are like me, then you rarely trust upgrades anymore. Any renewing done to our machines may be okay in some ways but bad in others.

Our spirituality is like that.

When we were first saved, the sun seemed brighter, we wanted to hug it.

And hug even our enemies, including the bully, the mean mom and absentee dad, or bad sister. We had love for everyone.

We felt God for the first time and could not think of ever letting Him go.

But what happens when we get older and more mature? Do we stay positive and hold on to the faith or let it go because of addiction, afflictions and (gulp!) education? And can we ever get that hope back?

I propose, we go get that Romans 12:1 upgrade.  But first let’s see what happened when we gave ourselves to God- the first time.

Temptation Got Worse.

You know it did. If you were a child/teen when you were first saved then when puberty struck, you were surrounded by different friends, new media, and developed new feelings. God suddenly took a back seat. You didn’t mean for it to happen, it just- kind of did. The euphoric medicine called lust came into play and gave immediate gratification and we still loved God, just loved It more. This goes for sex, money, drugs, food, whatever.

We Lost Someone.

Classic case.

When we lose someone, it hurts and it hurts bad. We want them back. Why haven’t our prayers reached God. Did He not hear us?

Ever been down that road before?

I have.

After all our pleas, we still lost our loved ones.

What happened?

We Philosophized Our Way Right Out of the Word.

I will be honest and say I love school. I love learning math, science, I love to write.

Even better. I love studying other religions and philosophies.

But when does too much education become way too much?

When we become too big headed to pick up our bibles anymore. And the gap between us and the Lord widens.

Without using too much of my own opinion, I can offer some suggestions to get back on track with the Lord, because as you well know, we are the ones who leave Him and although the Lord can and does work through us, we have to be pliable.

  • Fellowship: Power is drawn from those around us who are also saved. In this way you can connect with others who can pray for you and who may have been through the same issues but they have to be godly- and fellowship does not always mean you will find these folk in a church building.

  • Bible Study:  You know when I was a teen, the only counselor I had was the Word. Next to me on my pillow was my teen study bible and the words were golden to me. I fell even harder for Jesus on those confusing nights and you know what? You can reconnect with Him too by reading the Word. Even reading other Christians’ memoirs and self help books are so encouraging to me.

  • Prayer: Highly important. This is your communication time with God. Your time of peace and meditation. And personally, I like to incorporate The Lord’s Prayer with my daily morning routine because it pretty much covers the praise and adoration part(“Our Father who art..”, “Hallowed be your name.”), our daily provisions(“Our daily bread”), and spiritual warfare(“deliver us from evil…”). And there are other prayers you can pick from the bible to be your model prayers-Psalms for example. Even better- let the Holy Spirit guide you.

And let us not forget those other helpful nuggets like faith, love, and being sure to repent.

 Ready for that upgrade?

Romans 12:1 says,

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”(NIV)

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What Does Resurrection Sunday Mean to Me Now?

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As we enter into another season of Resurrection Sunday, churches are putting together programs, cleaning up, gearing up and praying up- ready for that special day that Christ rose from the grave.

But I wonder: What does Easter mean to me? Or what should it mean to me?

As a child, Easter meant I will decorate those eggs, hunt for them wear frilly dresses to church service, and receive a gift basket from mom and dad with more goodies.

That was Easter to me back then.

As an adult, Easter Sunday was still “Easter” and it meant going to church and learning about Jesus and his many miracles, impending sacrifice and being raised from the dead. And yet I don’t think I fully understood it then either. Yes, even as a Believer in Christ Jesus I still had not fully grasped what my Savior did for me.

Then, an epiphany…

After church yesterday, I thought of all those Easters and films I watched and The Passion of Christ is the only film I remember to evoke severe gratitude in me and surprising sadness. Do I really know what crossed Jesus’ mind when he was betrayed? While washing his disciples’ feet? The ones he called friend? His suffering on the way to the cross and on the cross?

If that was me, would I do it?

Then a resounding answer, like a church bell rang inside of me: It had to be Jesus. As God’s son, the Sacrificial Lamb, the one whose blood was shed for all of us- we know deep down that it could not- would not have been us to walk those grounds knowing what was next.

I just want to take the time and praise God for sending His Son down here not to condemn the world but to save it and He is my constant friend who has always been there for me, blessed me with a  wonderful, beautiful husband who loves Him too.

Happy Resurrection Sunday to You All 🙂

‘Night of the Living Dead Christian’-book giveaway and some other thoughts

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Head over to our sister site for more on how you can win a gift certificate to redeem a brand new book by Matt Mikalatos. Here is a brief post from the blog to get you hungry for more…

*My very personal thoughts about Night of the Living Dead is that this book was devourable(is that a word?). Anyway, another fun thing I did with reading this book, was reflect on what kind of monster am I? Mikalatos was gracious enough to include a monster glossary to glean over. before reading more below, check out my review on examiner.com then come back for more.

Now, for the  monster list:

Gargantuan

Invisible People

Mad Scientist

Mummies

Robots(Androids, Cyborgs)

Sasquatches

Trolls…

Deadline to post comments on The Write Web ends December 20th, 2011. The winner will be announced sometime on that day! Good luck!

Other thoughts…

This is the season not to be a monster. So if you know someone who is need but you are afraid to get too involved- pray about it and the Holy Spirit will lead you in the direction you should go. However, don’t dawdle. Jesus Christ left us the Holy Spirit and God has blessed us with common sense and the capacity to help. There’s nothing wrong with lending a hand any season.

God Bless!