In the American educational system, from first grade all the way up through high school, we're taught to memorize information, and then take a test. If we pass the intellectual test, then we move on to the next grade.
We've transferred this learning pattern to Christianity. We're trained to learn Bible concepts, principles and doctrines intellectually. And the more Biblical information we know, the greater disciples we are deemed to be.
I think this is killing the church in America, just like it hurt the Pharisees. more >>
Jase Robertson, who's best known for his sarcastic one liners in the reality TV show "Duck Dynasty," gets serious about faith by sharing his life's experiences in hunting, evangelism, marriage and parenting in his new book, Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl.
Much like his Uncle Si, Jase maintains the humorous approach he's known for as he talks about how he managed to save his virginity until marriage, and the bag of pot a young man brought to a Bible study that he and his wife, Missy, hosted at their first home.
In the book, Jase is open about the anger he felt toward his father who had abandoned him and his two brothers; the uniting power of salvation when his father gave his life over to Jesus Christ; how his father's advice to R-U-N came in handy when a girl offered to let him undress her at a time when he was striving to save his virginity until marriage; and how the birth of his daughter, Mia, has enabled him and Missy to help other parents who have a child born with a cleft lip and soft palate. more >>
An organization focused on translating the Gospel into every language, plans to take Bible translation efforts to the Southern African nation of Angola despite dangerous conditions that could impede translators from reaching remote areas.
Hidden land mines cover a vast area of the country making travel extremely dangerous. However, Wycliffe Associates is currently working with linguistic experts to launch their initiative after discovering that 50 groups in the country do not have Bibles.
"These people have been ravaged by brutality and poverty," Bruce Smith, president and CEO of Wycliffe Associates said in statement. "They live in daily danger of stumbling onto hidden land mines. But worst of all, many have never even heard a word of scripture in their own language." more >>
Nick Vujicic recently gave his message of hope in Jesus during the weekend services at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.
You can hear his message here: http://saddleback.com/visit/locations/onlinecampusmore >>
Here's a question asked often, yet is basically off the mark: "How can we get God to fix America?" Instead we should be asking: "What is holding back the Presence of God which truly can transform America?"
We need to recalibrate our thinking so that our focus is not so much on our comfort or us winning our cities for God as it is the honor of God and hosting His Presence, which ultimately brings the change supernaturally. As Tony Evans once said: "Multitudes want God to bless America. Few truly want one nation under God."
Everything must start with God, not the blessing or our bailout. That's where Nehemiah started in the magnificent rebuilding of the walls of the city in his day. We must follow suit if we are going to see the breakthrough for which we long. more >>
Ellen Page, most commonly known as Juno, burst out of the closet in her emotional speech at a Human Rights Campaign event supporting LGBTQ youth in February. I watched her speech a few days later. She was bold… yet vulnerable. It truly was emotionally stirring. For years Ellen lived in the spotlight of Hollywood, but made note to keep her attraction to women out of that spotlight. If I remember her speech correctly, she said she felt she needed to "be" a certain way in order to attain a successful acting career, etc. But over time hiding this part of herself grew to be a tiresome ordeal…. and on February 14th, in front of multitudes, she came out as gay.
I remember my own coming out. I remember the tremendous amount of freedom that came with the release of my biggest, darkest secret. The secret that I had always been so ashamed of. The secret that I had sworn to myself I would never let be discovered. Like Ellen Page, I eventually got to a point where I was just beyond done hiding this part of myself. I was done with pretending to like girls. I was done with trying to date girls. I was done with overanalyzing every conversation and interaction I had that I thought could lead to someone questioning my sexuality. Coming out was the best thing that I ever did in the first 20 years of my life. To this day, I am glad I came out. I believe I am where I am today in part, because I decided to be real with myself and everyone else about who I really was.
About a month after Ellen's coming out speech, she shared on her twitter account that while on a plane, a pastor slipped her a little note. The note said, "While God thinks it's lovely that you stood up for your beliefs, perhaps you've never had the loving arms of a father." And then he signed it, "Your Heavenly Daddy."…..lol. He really did. more >>