Marriage is created and defined by God, not man. The title of this article sounds like the beginning of a bad joke doesn't it? Well, it's not. It's a very real and serious topic these days, especially since the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) , enacted on September 21, 1996, is on trial, and may possibly be voted into extinction by our government. While this topic has brewed to the brim from the overflow of deep passions in the hearts of believers and unbelievers, talks about boycotting Starbucks Coffee Company has traveled around the dizzying social media carousel. You've probably seen the marriage equality profile photos and the "Dump Starbucks" memes on Google Plus, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, just as I have. You've also probably read all the Christian news articles encouraging other Christians to take a stand for marriage as God has defined it by boycotting Starbucks and encouraging others to do the same. To be "
Usually, the word “good” is associated with things that are beneficial and bring cheer and hope. Two thousand years ago on “Good Friday”, Jesus the Christ, the only begotten Son of God was betrayed, abandoned, brutally beaten, nailed to a cross, then died. Betrayal. Abandonment. Brutality. Crucifixion. Death. Nothing about that sounds “good” does it? But it is good. And here’s why—the Son of God: Suffered and died to pay the penalty for our sins (Heb 2:17, 1 John 4:10); Defeated the power of Satan, sin and the sting of death (1 Cor 15:51-57); Set free all, who by faith, repent and trust in Him (Mk 1:15, Luke 13:5, Eph 2:8-9); Made us ambassadors of Christ and ministers of the Gospel of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18-20); Provided a way for the Father to impute His righteousness to those who believe (2 Cor 5:21). Now that’s good news! “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though
Faithful and beloved saints of Christ Jesus, I need your prayer support again. Earlier today, I was contacted by a precious sister in the Lord, Amy Spreeman who co-hosts "Stand Up For the Truth" , (with Mike LeMay ), on Q90 FM , in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Amy requested an interview with me that will air live, tomorrow (March 27, 2013) from 9:00-10:00 a.m. My segment will go from 9:00-9:20 a.m. You can either listen live by clicking this link: Stand Up For the Truth , or listen later by clicking this link: archived podcasts . Okay, it's confession time. Most of you may not know this, but I'm an ardent introvert. I like love being alone and I love the quiet. Being with a group of more than one other person makes me nervous...sometimes even one other person makes me nervous, depending on who they are. Most of my life, I've loved silence and precious times of meditating on God's word. And none of this is because I'm such a wonderfully strong
I will be interviewed tonight (March 25, 2013) on KKLA, 99.5 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. PST by Frank Sontag, a guest-host for the former Frank Pastore show "The Intersection of Faith and Reason" in Los Angeles, California. The interview will begin with my review on the heretical "The Bible" mini-series, but will mainly focus on God's goodness, His sovereignty and grace to all creation, and especially to the elect. I'd be so grateful for your fervent prayers for tonight's interview. Please pray for me and our brother Frank: that God would protect our interview; give us both hearts and ears that are sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading; and that God will prepare the hearts of all the listeners so they may hear His truth, have their faith strengthened and exhorted to live abandoned to Christ with every breath they have. You can listen to the interview live by clicking this link: The Intersection of Faith and Reason or you can go to the
Following the Master of my soul is sometimes a lonely road; sadly, even within the Christian community. It seems these days, that Christians have become as worldly as the world we live in. We live, laugh and love with those who live, laugh and love with us, while we shun those who make us feel uncomfortable. We hypocritically and foolishly judge one another based on our personal affinities and ideologies of how we think life ought to be lived, whilst all the time, we dismiss our Savior's command to love as He has loved us; in accordance with His perfect and righteous judgment (John 7:24), rather than with our imperfect and Pharisaical views (Psalm 55:12-14, Matt 7:5). If we encourage and excuse those who indulge in the same sins we do, while we condemn and reject those who love us enough to reprove us with the Word of God (2 Tim 3:16-17), how will we ever mature in our faith (Prov 27:6)? Sometimes I wonder if I've lived my life in vain. If the love I've
The primary goal for me and my husband as parents, has never been to be our children's buddy, or to win their love. We've never intended to be their best friend or someone they admired. We greatly desire for our children to spend their lives making much of Jesus, rather than making much of us...or themselves. We've always wanted to give our sons what neither of us ever had—parents who love the Lord Jesus Christ with all their hearts, souls, minds and strengths, and love others as themselves (Matt 22:37-40). We can't think of any greater gift or legacy a parent can pass on to their children, except the love of God (Rom 13:8) and the Gospel of Jesus Christ which alone has the power to save and perfectly reveal the righteousness of God (Rom 1:16-17). "And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of
Although Passover is usually understood as a Jewish holy day, it’s also a holy day for Christians. Why? Because anyone who confesses with their mouths and believes in their hearts that Jesus Christ is Lord (Romans 10:9-10), testifies that they too have been “passed over” from death to life by the shed blood of the last and perfect Lamb; Jesus the Christ. On this day, many Jews will gather together to commemorate the day God Almighty released their people from the bondage of slavery through His servant Moses with the final and last plague He wrought upon the Egyptians: death of the firstborn. “Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers’ houses, a lamb for a household...and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts an
About a week ago, I was contacted by the History Channel’s media group asking me to help promote “The Bible”, a new mini-series that was created and produced by Roma Downey, ( Touched By An Angel ) with her husband Mark Burnett (producer: The Voice , Survivor , Shark Tank , Celebrity Apprentice ). After prayerfully reviewing the materials and consulting with my wise husband, I stated that I was unable to participate in promoting this endeavor due to its highly unbiblical content, as well as their portrayal of championing the virility of man while palliating the glory, righteousness and holiness of God. God our Father revealed Himself through His holy word (the real Bible) to proclaim: God's righteousness; Man's depravity; Humanity's desperate need for a Savior—the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From the words of the creators and producers of not - "The Bible" mini-series, their purpose is to portray God: As an angry God who punishes the "bad&