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.
Previously we talked about the current, intermediate heaven. Eventually that heaven and the current earth will be no more. They will be replaced by a new heaven and a new earth. Often when we think about heaven, we don’t focus on the new heaven and the new earth. This is where we will spend eternity with God, so we should learn everything that Scripture has to tell us about it. That way we can be excited about living there, and we will be able to tell our kids about it. No believer who understands what Scripture says about eternal life will ever see it as dull, boring or dreadful. The most important aspect of heaven is that
A good friend of mine, recently made me aware of a new study that Lifeway Research did. They interviewed 2,000 Christian parents of 18 to 30 years olds to determine what parental practices pay off in the long haul. In other words, during childhood, what contributed to their spiritual health which continued into young adulthood. The quick summary is they found that if children