Easy Way Out

Easy Way Out

      The Easy Way Out   What makes us think that, as believers, we’re fine with just coasting through life and not learning/doing as much as we can in order to reach the lost and equip the saved across the street and around the world for God’s glory? Seriously, when is the last time you mentally “checked out” during a sermon, when did you last do your own personal research or Bible study in order to learn the Word of God for yourself? When did you last care enough about another culture or religion to learn the ins …

For Freedom We Are Set Free

For Freedom We Are Set Free

      For Freedom We Are Set Free How often do we take our freedom for granted?  Not only do we tend to get calloused toward the everyday freedoms we have (speech, religion, etc.) but, as Christians, it’s sobering to realize how often we become numb to the personal freedom offered through the Holy Spirit as well.  We go through our day to day lives with narrow thinking, guilty conscious, worry, fear, anxiety, selfishness, and sin.  Yet Christ said in John 10: 10 “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (NASB) This is echoed again …

Gospel Guilt

Gospel Guilt

      Gospel Guilt   Do you really share Jesus with others enough? Do you at all?  If we are honest with ourselves, none of us do as much as we should.  However, many times we allow ourselves to be OK with doing absolutely nothing. It becomes cliché to say, “I really need to do more”, but sometimes we say it so often that it becomes a cop-out or excuse that we think allows us not to do anything at all!  I say this, not to make you feel guilty, but to put a fire under you (as I …

Head Knowledge

Head Knowledge

      Head Knowledge   “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.”  Psalm 9: 9-10 (NASB) If I told you that I’ve read a thousand books on the designs of airplanes and how to fly one, but have never actually seen or set foot on a plane, would you board a flight I was about to pilot?  Probably not! (If you would- I’d question your sanity.)   Knowing about something and knowing something personally are two very different things.  A lot …

Love and Hate

Love and Hate

    Love and Hate     How much do you hate people?  That’s quite a loaded question isn’t it? I’m sure your initial response is, “I don’t hate people!”  Maybe not, but I think if many of us took the time to really think about how we feel sometimes there may very well be a level of hatred toward others that we’re reluctant to admit is in our hearts.  Still don’t feel like this applies to you?  When was the last time you looked at someone judgmentally, perhaps with a disgusted look on your face, because of something they …

Time is Running Out

Time is Running Out

    Time is Running Out     Have you ever known someone who passed away and you weren’t quite sure of their salvation?  I have, and it always leaves a very disturbing question in my mind: who in my life am I allowing to slip through the cracks?  Ask yourself that same question- how many of your co-workers, teachers, acquaintances, friends and even family members are missing out on eternity with God?  I’m sure every one of us could name at least one person we are directly/indirectly related to who is not a believer.  I think many of us …

What Kind of Example Are You?

What Kind of Example Are You?

Not everyone has had the privilege of experiencing the many joys and frustrations of growing up with an older sibling. If you did, then you probably (at some point or another) were told to follow their example {or perhaps, not to}. Many younger siblings look up to their older brother/sister and want to be just like them, doing everything they do. Some follow to a fault and end up walking on very slippery ground because of it; some see their older sibling succeeding and obtaining praise- thus choose to do the same things in order to succeed as well. While …

The Word is Kindness

The Word is Kindness

Last year in January, I hopped on the whole “yearly word” bandwagon and I have to say- I’m thinking it was a good idea. I’m a very visual person so having 1 word plastered around the house that reflects an attribute I hope to improve on this year, has made it easier for me to keep it at the forefront of my thoughts. In order to come up with the word, I started by reflecting on the previous year and my interactions with my family. My conclusion was that I needed to take a big step in the kindness department… …

Right vs Privilege

Right vs Privilege

I grew up on the old, country warning; “You’re gettin’ too big for your britches!” In other words; “You’re starting to think of yourself a little higher than you should be.” As children, this is a common occurrence. After all, a child is used to having life be all about them. From infancy, every need is met and someone is usually always there to take care of them. This is all well and good, but at a certain point in a child’s life they must start to realize that while they can (hopefully) depend on their guardian, many of the …

No Regrets

No Regrets

“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” …

Are You Here?

Are You Here?

God showed me something recently that I want to share with you because we all go through times of craziness in this life… WE LOSE OUR JOY WHEN WE LOSE OUR PRESENCE. Here’s what I mean: I think the main reason we lose our joy in the middle of chaos/busyness/stress/etc. is simply because we are no longer present in the immediate and are too busy concentrating on what we “should” be doing, feeling, saying, preparing for, and so on. Think about it… picture the last time you were short tempered or sharp with someone when they did nothing to deserve …

Family Ties

Family Ties

Did you know that not every woman likes their mother-in-law? WHAT?!!?!?!?! As shocking as it is- it’s true! Many mother and daughters-in-law fuss, fight, and argue constantly! I’m sure within different families there are tons of various reasons why this might be the case, and unfortunately the finger- pointed in blame- would be aimed in many different directions. Family ties are not that easy to maintain when people do not see eye-to-eye. If you happen to love your mother-in-law GREAT! Me Too! If not, just pretend for a bit… things will just go smoother here if you do. I believe …