Forgiveness Without Explanation

We have all been hurt before, or maybe even betrayed by somebody at some point in our lives. (If you don’t know what that feels like, be on guard, because it will inevitably happen to you at some point. It even happened to Jesus and He was the Son of God!) None of us are immune from the pain of these moments and recently I was reminded of just such a thing. Continue reading

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What-eva, I Do What I Want!

As Rae, (the author of this post) puts it best: “Because of all those chanting, ‘Pro-Choice,’ or, ‘Pro-Life,’ only a handful have ever been in the theoretical situations they’re so passionately arguing against.”

Here is a great example of being put first-hand into the situation of having to choose. And the redemptive power of the Holy Spirit to take control and transform lives, in more ways than one.

Thank you for having the courage to share your experiences Rae.

Real as the Streets

This post has been a long time coming. With the recent Women’s March on Washington and the topic of abortion. I guess now is as good a time as any to share.

So abortion.

I used to be Pro-Choice.

And really, I wasn’t Pro-Choice, I was Pro-Whatever the Hell I Want To Do.

Living like Cartman, “What-eva, I do what I want.

Then in my final year of college, I got knocked up. I didn’t think twice about scheduling an abortion. It was my body, my life, my choice, my blah, blah, blah…

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Dec. 28, 1983—Pope John Paul II visits his would-be assassin Mehmet Ali Ağca in prison.

The Challenge in Loving Our Enemies

The sales clerk that gives you unjustified attitude as you make a purchase from their store. The manager who doesn’t respect your presence in the workplace. The neighbor that doesn’t discipline their kids for leaving trash strewn about your property.

How difficult is it to love people like this despite their apparent flaws? INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT. Continue reading

Creator of All, But Only Father to Some

God is the creator of all…but only the father to some. Check out Matthew 7:21-23 and you’ll see what I mean.

Matthew 7:21-23
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

A few years ago, before I read that particular passage I used to think that if a person accepted Christ as their personal Savior then boom—they’d get into Heaven. Never mind if they lived a terrible life after that, because Christ was the key.

Then I read that passage—Jesus’ words, direct from Him to His disciples, and I couldn’t have been more wrong. Continue reading

Hope Amidst the Darkness

“So what do we do now?” I texted my brother when I found out about the election results.

“We move to Canada,” he told me. But their website crashed, I informed him.

“We move to Mexico,” he replied. Yeah, but their currency has also crashed I said.

No response.

Then it entered into my mind—we pray. It’s all we can do now. Makes sense considering that God will let a person keep falling and falling, until they finally begin to stop fighting and look up towards Him for the answers.

It happened to me a few years ago. And brought me to where I am today.

So here is an idea of what we pray for in this moment… Continue reading

When the Holy Spirit Convicts You

One of the more interesting concepts I’ve come across is this notion of “Holy Spirit Conviction.” When I experience it from time to time it can be both wonderful and frightening. But what exactly is it?

Have you ever had a moment when you’re taken back by how an individual acts out, not because of the person, but because it was something you already did or might have done in the past? Or how about when you see someone conducting themselves in such a manner that you too might be currently guilty of the same? Even though we can lie to ourselves and others, our inner most sins we can’t keep a secret from God. He ALWAYS knows.

And He sometimes (albeit painfully) reveals these things to our hearts in this so-called Holy Spirit conviction. Continue reading

American Christian Athletes Who Put God Before Gold

Russia Swimming Worlds

I was just watching the Olympics when Simone Manuel clinched gold in the women’s 100 meter freestyle. She become the very first black woman to win an individual swimming gold for the USA. Immediately after, one of the newspeople covering the event asked for her reaction. Her first sentence—“All glory goes to God.”

In addition to Simone, there are a lot more American athletes competing in this year’s Summer Games who aren’t ashamed of their belief in Jesus Christ. Reposted below are excerpts from an article by Christianity Today. And be sure to check out one of my earlier posts to learn about some more inspired international athletes competing in Rio too.

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