Faith vs. Feelings

"Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus." -Luke 22:3&4 Each of us struggle with emotions - emotions are a part of life. But, what do we do with emotions when we have them? Positive or negative, emotions are powerful forces that can get us into trouble. Are we going to be run by our emotions - or are we going to run them? The enemy of our souls can so easily distract us by putting a negative though in our mind, which results in a feeling. Often these thoughts are tied to sore spots where we've been wounded in the past. Isn't that just like him?

Arriving vs. Abiding

"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." -John 15:7 Do you ever just feel like you want to get to your destination? Are you always feeling tension between where you are now and where you feel called to be? I am reminded of a Switchfoot song, "This is Your Life." The lyrics reflected, "This is your life, are you who you want to be? This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?" It's true that we never "arrive" in our Christian walk - we are always maturing and progressing, until the day we leave this earth. While it may be true we're not quite where we want to be, we can still find contentment in our l

Secret Identities

"When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw Him eating with the 'sinners' and tax collectors, they asked His disciples: 'Why does He eat with tax collectors and "sinners"?' On hearing this, Jesus said to them, 'It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'" -Mark 2:16-18 I love superhero movies. An ordinary man or woman possesses an extraordinary gift, and then has to hide it in order to fit in in the world! Sounds similar to being a Christian, doesn't it? Though we're called to let our light shine, sometimes we need a secret identity in order to reach people who might be turned off to the blatant message of the gos

10 important things to do while in quarantine

The entire world, as well as the United States, is experiencing a pandemic that none of us have ever experienced in our lifetimes. It is causing a complete disruption in our lives, affecting work, how we socialize, and church. That pandemic is called COVID-19. Though the pandemic is awful and there are many casualties, there is still hope. God is still seated on the throne. Is God to blame for this virus? I don't believe He is. Can He move in these circumstances? Yes! Do we have a part to play in moving things in a positive direction? Absolutely. So what can we do as we are quarantined at home? Here are 10 ideas to make a difference while staying away from crowds. 1. Pray One of the most imp

Places of Influence

"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'" -Matthew 25:21 "Argh! Church people suck!" said my fellow server one Sunday afternoon. We all looked at him as he took the tract and the tip out of the check holder. "Two dollars and a tract for a party of eight. Do you really think I want to know more about your religion if you don't even tip?" I was saddened. I said immediately, "Jake, (not his real name) I'm so sorry - not all Christians are like that. In fact, a true Christian is quite the opposite." But it was no use. There was no way I could ba

God Is My Source

"The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him." -Psalm 24:1 I was offered an opportunity at a global company known for excellence in advertising. They had won many awards, and were highly respected in the industry. The position I was applying for would not have been the most appealing job in the world, but I applied anyway since friends and family were excited and the company was highly respected and well-known. Somewhere deep down I knew however that this opportunity was not the best one for me. The money was appealing. So was the location. The company was part of a beautiful high rise in downtown Atlanta. And, after a time, I began to justif

The Cost of the Cross

"Then He said to them all: 'Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me.'" -Luke 9:23 Have you ever paid a lot for something you really wanted? When I was a teenager, I saved up enough money to buy 50% of my first car. I really wanted the car, but more than that, I wanted what the car represented: Freedom! As a teenager, I was desperate to get out of the house. I knew that getting a car would afford me this. And so, I was willing to pay the price for that freedom. We know we are called to new levels when what was once acceptable behavior now gives us a "check in our spirit," of an increased sense of conscience. What once was okay and

Blaming God

"People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the Lord." -Proverbs 19:3 Do you know people who think God hates them, or that He causes or allows bad things to happen in their lives in order to "teach them a lesson"? Because we live in a fallen world, each of us might believe this to a certain extent when times get tough. When we can't see God's hand in a situation, we can question whether He really is for us, and why the situation is happening to us. The negative circumstance becomes very personal. Author and Pastor Craig Hill wrote a book called, If God Is In Control, Then Why...? In the book he explores why bad things happen to good people. "Sometimes devast

Random Acts of Kindness

"Then you will say, 'And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was Me - you did it to Me.'" -Matthew 25:39&40 Have you ever done something kind for a stranger? In our modern world, we often fear getting close to people we don't know, and perhaps for good reason. (Remember the phrase, "Stranger, danger"?) Technology, for all it's good uses, has had quite an isolating effect on us compared to life in the 1950s and 1960s. During that time, many folks hung out on porches and were more involved in their communities. Today, it takes more of

Naturally Supernatural

"Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." -John 14:12 Have you ever wondered how to walk in the supernatural? Many people desire to walk in the supernatural, but few know how. There is always the danger of looking like a crazy person, repelling more people from the gospel than attracting them to it! But, there is a way to bring the supernatural to earth, naturally. God desires for each of us to walk in the supernatural, as His Son did. Bethel Church Atlanta (at the time of this writing) experiences an average of 1 miracle a day through the faith of their members.

A Father's Heart

"Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, 'Abba, Father.'" -Galatians 4:6 Once when I worked for a high-end department store I was helping a young lady and her father with a dress for prom. I had a dress on hold for her, but when she came in to try it on we realized it was going to be too big. Both she and her father were so sad, but then, I found one dress hiding in another place, in exactly her size! Both the dad and daughter were overjoyed, and it was gorgeous; white satin with beautiful butterflies of different colors all over the dress, and sparkling silver sequins dotted throughout the bodice. When she tried it on, she looked f

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