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What A 3,000 Year Old Poem Has To Say About Trump, Clinton, & Modern Politics

As I read through the Pslams with the girls, I am often struck by how relevant they are to our modern political and cultural plight. This of course should not be surprising, since the human hand that penned them was inspired and directed by a divine author who has known us heart and soul since before the dawn of time.

Today I read Psalm 146. In this simple and short poem, the Psalmist – who likely lived roughly 3,000 years ago – shares many of the same concerns as us today. He mentions oppression and persecution, poverty, wrongful imprisonment, sickness and a need for healing, depression, immigration, bigotry, single mothers, and orphans.

Are these not the very issues facing our nation today? Continue reading “What A 3,000 Year Old Poem Has To Say About Trump, Clinton, & Modern Politics”

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Response: 5 Optimistic Thoughts That Will Change Your Perspective On Life

In a recent article on Elite Daily, writer Miranda Athanasiou listed five “optimistic thoughts” that will supposedly change your perspective on life and turn you into a happier person. There’s just one problem. Most of her “optimistic thoughts” are superficial yet very popular lies. In fact, I’d venture to say that if you believe these lies, and live them out to their logical conclusion, you’re setting yourself up for a world of pain and confusion. I’ll go through them one by one and explain what I mean. Continue reading “Response: 5 Optimistic Thoughts That Will Change Your Perspective On Life”

Sola Gratia: Don’t Blame My Sin On Jesus

I’ve been doing a lot of contemplating about my “ministry” today. That word sounds so stuffy and prideful when applied to me. I’m not a minister and I’m not a preacher. I’m a mother who composes songs, writes blogs, is scribbling down a few novels, and likes to sing and play the piano. I would never dream of putting my “ministry” on the same level of seriousness as that of a pastor or missionary. However, I have a “ministry” in the sense that I am a witness — a muddy and blurred reflection of Christ — to the world.  I have a persona, a public image, and a small platform, and I also happen to be a Christian.

Quite frankly, that terrifies me. Continue reading “Sola Gratia: Don’t Blame My Sin On Jesus”

A Christian Response To The Orlando Massacre & Christina Grimmie Shooting

The news out of Orlando this week has been both terrifying and heartbreaking. In addition to the Pulse nightclub massacre, Christian singer Christina Grimmie was shot while signing autographs after her concert.

The two stories are separate. The killers were different people with different beliefs and different agendas. The victims were diverse; of different religions, lifestyles, ages, and races. Nevertheless, they bear the similar thread of hate and seemingly spontaneous bursts of evil.

What do we say then? How do we process the injustice, cruelty, and heinous violence of such crimes? How do we comfort those who have lost loved ones? How do we find comfort for ourselves? Continue reading “A Christian Response To The Orlando Massacre & Christina Grimmie Shooting”

P.G. Wodehouse, Bertie Wooster, & God

by Kevin DeYoung

P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) is hands down one of the best writers in the English language, ever. He isn’t profound. He isn’t penetrating. His books may not be dissected in lit classes. But his command of vocabulary and syntax is amazing and his humor is, unlikely other humorists, actually very, very funny. There’s nothing like unwinding with a little Jeeves and Wooster after a four hour elder meeting to get the old egg cracking again, what? Continue reading “P.G. Wodehouse, Bertie Wooster, & God”

How Can You Love Someone The Way Jesus Loves Them?

When dealing with difficult people, I’ve often been advised to “Love them like Jesus would.” But, if we’re really going to be honest about who Jesus is, that’s humanly impossible. Continue reading “How Can You Love Someone The Way Jesus Loves Them?”

Baphomet: The Satanic Tradition of Abortion

Before Christ was born, Satan killed millions of children in hopes of thwarting Eve’s promised Messiah. Now, after Christ, our children feel the wrath of a sore loser. Continue reading “Baphomet: The Satanic Tradition of Abortion”

Thoughts on Tribulation & The Rapture, by Holocaust Survivor Corrie Ten Boom, 1974

The following is a letter written by Nazi Concentration Camp survivor, Corrie Ten Boom. Corrie and her family were imprisoned for trying to help Jews. After escaping, she went on to minister to suffering and persecuted people all over the world. Her words here are so profound, and brought me to tears, so I want to share her amazing message with you: Continue reading “Thoughts on Tribulation & The Rapture, by Holocaust Survivor Corrie Ten Boom, 1974”

Do You Imagine Bible Prophets As Old Men … Or Teenagers?

So I was reading the Bible tonight, and had a bit of a revelation. Check out this passage from Jeremiah 1:

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,
and before you were born I consecrated you;
I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth. But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”

Are you seeing what I’m seeing?  Jeremiah is a “youth.” He’s a teenager! Maybe early college age, but definitely very young.

For some reason, I’ve always imagined the prophets of God in the Bible being old men. You know … long white beards, bald heads, frightening eyebrows … But when I came across this passage, it was like a light got flicked on!

When God called Samuel the Prophet, Samuel was just a little boy.

When Jesus wandered off and got into a deep theological discussion with the elders in the temple, he was only 12.

Jesus quoted Psalm 8 when He said, ““Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies [God has] prepared praise’”

And Jesus entire ministry – all the amazing sermons, miracles, teachings, and acts – was complete before he even hit 35. He is believed to have died on the cross and risen from the dead when he was but 33 … not even middle aged!

Conclusion: God does not need our worldly experience. God does not need experts, seasoned veterans, educated philosophers, or sages with extensive resumes.  God can work through us right now, with all our naivety, weakness, inexperience, uncertainty, and inadequacy.

As Paul wrote to Timothy: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

So don’t worry about what “they” might think. Do good. Speak the truth. Share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone, because God Himself is working through you, for you, and all around you. ❤

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