More Than Head Knowledge

I grew up in the church. Literally, since before I was born, I was in church. My mom sang in the choir, played the piano, taught Sunday school classes, directed Easter and Christmas programs…while she was pregnant, after I was born and through my adulthood.   It is very safe to say I spent every extra minute of my time at church, going to church, serving in church, being in church. My parents wanted us to be grounded in God so they made the sacrifice to have my mother teach at small “Christian” schools. Not only was my extra time spent in …

Burden Carriers

A 2016 Repost from My Journey of Faith Magazine by Karina Allen current for today. 2015 was quite the year! There were so many highs and lows I feel like I have spiritual whiplash. There were amazing places I went to and amazing people I met. God opened several doors of opportunity that brought me closer to my calling. Then, there were the rough spots. There were several situations that continued unresolved for months. There were people who betrayed me. There was financial strain and a number of disappointments. One right after another, each circumstance arose. Good and bad, happy …

Pretenders in the Church

Jesus loves You and me for who we are; not what we pretend to be. And Jesus denounced hypocrisy vehemently. After mentioning other woes, He compared the  Pharisees, leaders in the church, as hypocrites. He said they were like white washed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside they appear to people as righteous, but on the inside are full of hypocrisy and wickedness. He continued by saying they build tombs for prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous saying, “If we had lived in the …

Joyful Call to Worship

  Joyful Call to Worship       We hadn’t been in a church building in nearly a month with hospital and then rehab hospital. But we had church. Fellowship with Jesus becomes so much sweeter when He’s all you have to hold onto. Danny and I have watched more music videos from VTN and enjoyed various preachers. We also took communion together after hearing a televised pastor talk about the importance of it. Just like at our wedding it was just the two of us – only with cranberry juice and saltines. It was the most touching event I’ve …