If you've heard my testimony, you know I experienced abuse from my father throughout my childhood — mental, emotional and sexual abuse. Then, for years after I left that situation, I continued to live with a constant sense of guilt and condemnation that caused me to be a miserable person who was usually angry about something and very difficult to get along with.
But eventually, God helped me to overcome the hurts and wounds from the past and He miraculously restored my soul. It's been a long journey getting to where I am today and it hasn't been easy, but I can honestly say it's been worth it. God has done such an amazing work in my life that I don't know how to tell it all!
One Scripture verse that has been truly life-changing for me over the years in my journey to wholeness is Psalm 27:4. It says: "One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life…" (AMPC). more >>
Justification — being declared righteous before God — is possible only by grace through faith. You can heap all your good deeds upon one another and climb them to heaven, but if you aren't clothed in Christ's righteousness, God will toss your self-righteous self right out of his presence.
Our sinfulness runs too deep for any of our deeds to be purely righteous (Isaiah 64:6), and the guilt we bear for our trespasses is beyond our ability to absolve. The blood of Jesus is the only hope any of us has. Seeing all that Christ is for us and trusting in him to save us is the only means by which we can be declared blameless. Christians glory in being justified as a gift by the grace of God alone — not their own works or morality (Ephesians 2:8-9).
However, in every generation there have been ignorant and unstable people that take the message of God's grace through Christ and, as Peter wrote, "twist it to their own destruction." They, as Jude once wrote, "pervert the grace of God into sensuality." Leave it to the ever-descriptive Paul to put it bluntly: "For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power." more >>
NEW YORK — Influential evangelical leaders from every region of America are gathered together today in Washington, D.C. along with as many as 1 million Christians to worship God and pray for the nation at Together 2016.
Inspired by evangelist and college Pastor Nick Hall, founder of PULSE, Together 2016 is a prayer and evangelism movement to empower the Church and awaken the culture to Jesus. Christians from all over the nation will unite in prayer at the National Mall all day on Saturday solely under the banner of Jesus.
Hall said his ultimate goal for the weekend event is that Jesus be lifted up in the nation's capital. more >>
The current atmosphere on the streets of Dallas, Texas is reminiscent of 9/11, another event where premature death permeated the air. Standing in the front as DART Commissioner Brown pointed everyone to the good book, I heard him describe how the officers and their families will always be loved. It was an amazing memorial.
While in Dallas, I also attended a meeting with Deputy Mayor Erik Wilson, judges, police officers, pastors, and Black Lives Matter members. People were asked how they felt and the police said, "Scared."
It is a sad and dangerous time. Police are fearing for their lives while people are still gathering to make sure attention doesn't wane on the recorded deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. You can feel and see the uneasiness of the officers in Dallas, who wonder if there is going to be a copycat killer. more >>
As our nation is being ripped apart by racial strife and as bloodshed is filling the land, it is time for the Church to lead the way in reconciliation, healing, and justice.
Here are 10 reasons why we, as followers of Jesus, must set the example for America.
1. We are called to be salt and light. more >>
Pastor Miles McPherson of San Diego's The Rock Church believes the best way to battle racism is to do so on "a spiritual level."
During a sermon he preached on Sunday, McPherson centered his message on racial tensions in the United States following the shooting deaths of black men Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile Minnesota, at the hands of police officers last week.
This was followed by racially-motivated shootings in Georgia, Tennessee and Missouri in which civilians and police officers were shot at, leaving one woman dead after being killed by Lakeem Keon Scott in Bristol, Tennessee, while she was driving her car on a highway last Thursday. Later that same day, 12 people were shot during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. Eleven of the injured were police officers, five later died from their wounds. The man who shot them, Micah Johnson, said he "wanted to kill while people," specifically white police officers. more >>