There are some who might feel that the idea of God repeatedly giving us a chance to get it right is poor theology. They may be right, but I prefer to believe that we are given one chance to accept Christ as our Lord and Savior, but we have many chances for the forgiveness and mercy of Christ as we repeatedly wander off the path. In Psalm 86:15 it says, “But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love, and faithfulness.” This is the God I look to in those times when I falter and fall. I have always thought the beauty of a personal relationship with Jesus is what the verse above [...]
The blog post for today is by Fred Smith, founder of Federal Express. He is also founder of The Gathering, which is a group of Christians who come together to discuss and share how to best serve God and His people through philanthropy. This post discusses the Johnson Amendment which every Christian should become familiar with and how its’ repeal could impact or country and churches. Click the image below to read Fred's full post.
In Psalm 46 we can see what might look like a small glimpse of the world in which we are currently living. The Psalmist talks about God being our refuge and strength in times of trouble, and I feel certain many people may feel they are living in times of trouble. He tells us not to fear even though the earth be moved, He will make wars cease, the nations will rage and kingdoms are moved, but He utters His voice and the earth melts. All of this to say He is an all-powerful God and He is in control of everything. I remember during 9/11, people were asking where was God and why would He let this happen. I [...]
I have the pleasure of being invited to a screening of the new movie “Hacksaw Ridge” in New York City this past week. Now I need to preface my thoughts by saying my idea of a good movie is “Finding Dory”. Suffice to say this movie was not of that genre. I won’t watch National Geographic for fear I will see animals eat animals. With all that having been said, this movie, “Hacksaw Ridge” was an unbelievable testimony to what living out one’s faith looks and feels like. When I think of the title of my book, “If You’re a Christian and Everyone Likes You…Something’s Wrong”, Desmond Doss, the main character, was intensely disliked for just that reason…he was a [...]
Many people, 59+ million to be exact, are waking up this morning wondering what happened and how it happened. I’m sure the 59+ million who voted for Donald Trump are wondering the same thing. So here we are faced with the end of a contentious, vitriolic and often very mean spirited campaign. This is the day we have begged for for quite a while now. And now that it is here many are still angry, disgusted, threatening to leave the country. I am praying that in time the dust will settle and we can begin what will be our journey toward healing the immense divide that this election has created. We had a choice of two very flawed candidates and [...]
I was forwarded a video several days ago that was an Oprah interview with the pastor of the Hillsong Church in NYC, Carl Lentz. It was interesting from several standpoints, the main one being that Oprah has been openly challenged on air about her beliefs that there are many ways to reach God/Heaven. In this interview there may have been some editing, but Carl clearly stated that Jesus was the only way to God and salvation. No push back from Oprah. I often think of why the presentation of the Gospel, “Jesus was born, Jesus died (for our sins), Jesus rose again” presents such a threat to people. I would like to believe that most people, of all religions, would [...]
Rick Warren is the Pastor of Saddleback Church in California and best known for his book “The Purpose Driven Life” which sold 25+ million copies worldwide. I follow Rick because he never fails to post something that I need to hear and a lesson that applies to our everyday walk as Christians. He provides useful tools for our tool boxes and show us how to use them. This particular post struck me as something we all need to be reminded of at the juncture in our political season. Conflict is unavoidable, handling it properly doesn’t have to be. Please enjoy this recent post of his "Three Sure Fire Ways to Create Conflict".
I was asked recently, at my book party, which of the chapters in my book, “If You’re a Christian and Everyone Likes You…Something’s Wrong” was my favorite. My immediate response was the chapter on forgiveness. Why? Well forgiveness for most people is the hardest thing to do in relationships and I am no exception. My husband has said I spend half of my time asking forgiveness and the other half doing the things I need to ask forgiveness for. It’s not quite that bad, but receiving forgiveness is one of the most liberating feelings in the world, and extending it to others runs a close second. People resist forgiving because they feel that if they do they give up the [...]
I can’t remember a time in my life where I have experienced the division in our society as a whole, and among the Christian community. What has happened? How did it happen? And what are we going to do about it? I read a Facebook post from a person with whom I used to attend church. I was somewhat surprised, but I have learned not to respond directly on Facebook, but through messenger. We had some differences, and some things we agreed on and after a lengthy exchange he said, “I really appreciate that we can have a civil conversation about this. Thank you.” I enjoyed learning his point of view and he respected mine. We were civil. That seems [...]
I wanted to share with you a journey a friend of mine, Canadian broadcaster Drew Marshall, is taking this fall, The Camino De Santiago also known by The Way of St James. For over a thousand years millions have taken this pilgrimage as a form of spiritual growth. To make things more interesting Drew has decided to take this journey in a vow of silence. You can follow his journey on his blog, Camino Confessions, here. Drew Marshall and I became friends 10+ years ago when he interviewed me about my first 2 books. Drew has the most listened to Christian talk show in all of Canada. There are some people that we just seem to naturally connect with and [...]