Joyce Meyer joined the Love Your Spouse Facebook challenge on Saturday and has committed to set aside some time every day to honor her husband of 49 years, Dave Meyer.
The Love Your Spouse challenge was created for married Facebook users to post one photo with their spouses each day for seven days to keep the celebration of love and traditional marriage alive.
On her first day of the challenge, the televangelist said no one had asked her to join, but in hopes of keeping love and marriage trending she wanted to join in. more >>
Of all the things the Christian faith beckons us to embrace, the love of God should be easiest, shouldn't it? Repentance is difficult. Sharing the gospel is awkward. Accepting God's perspective on various issues can be a tough pill to swallow. But soaking up God's fatherly affection for us shouldn't be a problem, right? Right?
It shouldn't be — in theory. Yet I personally find this part of the Christian life tremendously difficult. I can give a hearty "amen" to the holiness, righteousness, or sovereignty of God. But the concept of God being love (1 John 4:8) makes me fidgety and uncomfortable. I don't find it all that hard to believe he is merciful and gracious — even to me, personally. However, I am anything but quick to believe that his mercy and grace arise out of real affection. When I envision God's disposition toward me in the gospel, the first thought that flashes across my mind is, "He is gracious toward me so that he will be glorified."
And this thought isn't wrong. God is gracious to me in order that his grace might be returned with praise (Ephesians 1:6). He does forgive me for the sake of his great name (1 John 2:12). But the way I tend to think about God's "glory getting" and "name exalting" is biblically malnourished. Though the Scriptures do no such thing, I am quick to detach God's love and affection from his endeavor to make his name great. I am inclined to see his gracious activity as activity that is driven solely by divine self-interest (his glory) and void of emotional affection for its beneficiaries (you and me). I minimize verses like Ephesians 2:4 that plainly say it was God's great love for us that moved him to make us alive together with Christ. I glance over passages like Romans 8:38-39 that clearly state that we are so enveloped and secure in God's love that nothing — not even death — can shake us out of it. The truth is that God's pursuit of glory and God's heartfelt affection for his children are not at odds with one another. He glorifies himself by setting his ferocious, indestructible, self-sacrificing love on ill-deserving people like you and me. more >>
I love to go camping. Getting back to nature not only affords me some much needed rest, but it gives me time to think about God. It gives me time to sharpen my focus on the Lord and on His intentions and desires for me. It was during one of these camping trips that I stumbled upon an unexpected lesson in leadership.
One of my favorite things about camping is the campfire! I can create (keep those three words in mind) quite the campfire. I enjoy gathering sticks and pine straw, pine cones and leaves to create an impressive fire. As I was sitting back in complete enjoyment about what I created, I heard a still, quiet voice in my spirit. … "Don't walk by the light of your own fire." Uh, excuse me?
You see, for several months, I had been studying through the book of Isaiah. I recalled reading these words, "But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires (Isaiah 50:11 NLT). more >>
Do you ever get offended when something bad happens in your life? I know I have. It's an attitude that says, "Why is this happening?" or "This shouldn't be happening to me!"
While it may seem harmless, offense is actually one of Satan's greatest tools to rob us of God's blessings. He uses offense to lure us into bitterness, resentment, hatred and unforgiveness — things that stunt our spiritual growth and make our lives miserable.
When difficulties come our way, they present opportunities for offense. They challenge our faith and what we believe about God. In fact, a lot of people use the trouble in their lives as an excuse to be mad at God or not believe in Him at all. In their minds, they can't reconcile the idea of a loving Creator allowing such pain and suffering. more >>
While Christians throughout the world could tell similar stories of God's redemptive powers in the worst of circumstances, few could so giftedly weave the details into a page-turner like Virginia Prodan has done in Saving My Assassin.
Ms. Prodan's memoir opens with a gripping cliffhanger, and then goes back in time to her childhood in Romania, describing her unjust treatment in the home in which she grew up and never fit in. Instead of crushing her spirit, her abuse deepened her desire to work for justice in an unjust world.
Outside of her home, her world was no kinder. Ms. Prodan does a wonderful job weaving personal stories throughout her memoir of what it was like to live under the Communist dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu during the 1970s and 1980s. more >>
Once in a while, a book comes along that reminds me of those "you are here" labels on hiking maps. I want to tell you about such a book, and how it can reorient you,
In the opening scene of the 2001 film adaptation of "The Fellowship of the Ring," Cate Blanchett's Galadriel whispers hauntingly, "The world has changed. I can feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it."
Western Christians in 2016 can relate. Something has shifted. The world we inhabit seems to have become disenchanted, and so many of those around us have entered a state in some ways worse than atheism — a state of indifference toward God and the supernatural. more >>