At a very young age, my mother began a very successful disciplinary tactic on me. My propensity to share half-truths bothered her. She started unleashing her tool on me, John 8:32, “and YOU will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”. I memorized that scripture quickly, without even trying. Lying did eventually […]
There are many people trying to convince the world that Christ was not who He claimed He was, and therefore He is not the Messiah. They argue from many different angles, trying to keep people from believing, or trying to shake those that profess to believe. Why? Because if Christ didn’t rise from the dead, than Christianity is meaningless.
Our children’s faith is being attacked at school, by teachers and other students all of the time. They need to know the Biblical truth of who Jesus Christ was, and the rational, logical reasons why we believe it to be true. We believe it, not just because the Bible said so, and not just because our parents told us it was true. We believe because
Have you ever felt like a fish out of water; not knowing where you belong? That was me fifteen years ago as we watched the moving company loaded our belongings in a large truck to take them from Pennsylvania to Texas. My normal jovial demeanor existed with an air of detachment and a strange calm […]
God works in ways that are very different than we do, or what we would expect Him to. If we are not careful, it can make us frustrated and angry with God. It can even make us question if He is really there, or does He really care about us. I think the devil uses […]
Jesus never said following him would be like being on vacation at the beach. Christ Revealed is a new video documentary series from the same producers as the movie Soul Surfer. The men behind the movie are Dr. Patrick Gentempo and Jeff Hays. In it Dr. Gentempo interviews 25 world renowned experts who share astonishing and interesting facts about Christ from a Biblical, historical, archaeological and prophetic perspective. YAOW highly recommends this great learning resource for Christians to validate, confirm, articulate and defend their faith. In one of the episodes, Dr. Gentempo interviews Amir Tsarfati from Behold Isreal. I won’t dive into the whole interview, but just a small part that resonated with me.
Growing up in a family that went to church every Sunday, was a blessing, but I wasn’t there for the right reason. I loved going to show off my clothes which my mother made, and not to learn more about Jesus. As a teen, my parents were making me go to church. In any case, there was nowhere else to go on a Sunday morning. It was not like my calendar was busting at the seams with other options. My eyes were opened to what this world had to offer, and God seemed very distant. He had not moved, but I had. Why was I at church? Each Sunday had become an unwanted chore, but I did not want to be a disobedient daughter. I also didn’t feel comfortable talking to others about this.
One of the hardest things to explain to children, is how God has killed many people in the past, and will kill many people in the future, but He is still good. Even as adults, we can struggle with this aspect of God. I personally find this hard to grasp sometimes, and to explain. It is probably something we will never fully understand until we are face to face with our Lord and Savior. I personally know many who profess to be a Christian, but really struggle with this aspect of God. They struggle so much so that they have convinced themselves that parts of the Bible cannot be true. The below are just a few examples of things people cannot believe are true.
Easter is finally upon us! Let’s take a journey back to consider another time; incredible events that were all a part of God’s redemptive plan. Since the beginning of creation and the fall of man, God has had a plan to bring His people back to Him. His plan involved a covenant with Abram, to become a father of many nations. This promise was to give future descendants a hope, a land and a connection back to Him. This covenant promise was critically important, because Abram and his wife, Sarai, were childless. God’s redemption plan did not stop there. This promise was passed down through the years from Abram. Here is an overview of God’s awesome promise and plan.
Today is Palm Sunday. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a young donkey. While the people waved palm branches and began to shout Hosanna to the King, a cry for salvation from the oppression of Rome. Jesus calmly accepted the adoration of the people. This event began the most significant eight days in history. Let us look at this day, on Sunday 29 March 33 AD. Now, suddenly being called King did not seem to agitate Jesus. He was a man on a mission. The below verses describe what happened…
We all have strengths and weaknesses. We all have spiritual gifts. Each of these gifts can be used to show Christ’s love to others and open up an opportunity to share the gospel. My spiritual gift is food. No really… I love food. Sure, call it hospitality or whatever but every day about 30 minutes prior to lunch, I get an excited feeling in my stomach because I’m going to eat soon. I also have the gift of conversation. Ok, so not quite a gift EVERYONE in my life enjoys about me but I like to talk. A couple years back, I decided to use my gifts in a missional way in church and found out that missional living was actually fun and exciting – mainly because I got to eat and talk about it. My personal rule in life is that if it’s not vital and not fun, I’m not going to do it; and church stuff falls into that category. Amazingly, not everyone thinks the same things are fun, and enough people think that different things are enjoyable, the church runs pretty smoothly if everyone does what they are gifted to do. (I think run-on sentences are fun, obviously). Here are my tips for fun missional living.