We all have them. The most successful person in the world has a crutch. We all try and brace ourselves on the crutches of this world because we think deep down it will bring us the security and peace we desire deep in our hearts and souls.
For some, it’s their bank accounts, reputation, job, career, family or intelligence. But no matter how much we lean on these worldly things, they're bound to break sooner or later simply because they are not eternal. They are fallible, finite things that can be taken away in an instant.
The harder we lean on these crutches, the harder we’ll fall when God takes them away. How do you react when the things you’ve depended on for so long are taken away? More Here...
I discovered a new game recently. Well, I think a lot of the internet discovered it recently. It's this website called Geoguessr. Geoguessr is a game in which you must "find yourself" on a map based only on what you find around you in Google Street View. There are five rounds, and in each round, you start at a random location anywhere in the Google-able world. Based on what you see, you guess on a map where you started. The closer your answer is to the exact location, the more points you get.
But it's tricky. If the signs are in Spanish, that narrows it down to about twenty or so countries. If the cars are driving on the left side of the road, you may be in England, but you might also be in Hong Kong. The Cyrillic alphabet may suggest Russia, but you might be somewhere else in Europe. If you see the Parthenon, don't immediately assume you're in Greece; there's a replica of it in Nashville, Tennessee.
In the couple of days since I started playing the game, I've asked on several occasions, "God, where the heck am I?" It's a familiar question, actually -- one I feel like I've been asking a lot lately. We all are on some sort of road in this life. Sometimes we get to a place where we suddenly realize we either don't know how we got there or don't know where to go next. More Here...
Since the inception of this blog, I’ve been doing these little top-11 countdowns. They’ve actually grown to be not so “little,” as my first top-11 Hillsong United countdown remains my most viewed post of all-time. Christian music is one of my many “things,” and I’m beyond thrilled of the increased quality in recent years. Tenth Avenue North represents just one brilliant piece of that musical pie.
Tenth Avenue North came onto the music scene a few years ago, and I’ve loved their stuff from the very beginning. Their songs are so blunt and real; they don’t sugarcoat. They get this thing called life, and it’s beautiful.
As of this posting, Tenth Avenue North has released three studio albums: Over and Underneath, The Light Meets the Dark, and most recently The Struggle. With so many solid songs, it was hard to pare this list down to just 11. But pare, I did.
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Ever since Ike and I moved to the Chicago area 3 years ago, things have mostly been great. We love school, we’ve had a blast exploring the city and going on adventures, and then the crowning moment of it all: we had our son. In so many ways, the last 3 years have been a season of great joy.
However, the last 3 years have also been hard and weird. Mostly in the friendship department. In North Carolina I had a solid group of girl friends, but I have struggled to find the same community here. A lot the problem can be chalked up to circumstances. During the first year we lived here, I formed a small group with some Trinity students until half the group moved away. The second year, we moved to a new home which was 45 minutes away from our church. This year, we began attending a new church that is right across the street, but that was only a few months ago.
In an effort to meet new people, I attended a women’s tea at my new church last weekend. The senior pastor’s wife was the speaker, and as a part of her message she emphasized the value of community and “connecting” with friends. As she spoke, I looked around the room at the tables of women who clearly knew and loved one another. Suddenly, the full weight of the last 3 years descended upon my shoulders. I felt envious of the women around me, and I missed that closeness acutely. I bit my lip and tried to hold back the tears. I felt so alone.
This week, a devastating EF-5 tornado touched down in Moore, OK, while school was still in session, inflicting a direct hit on Plaza Towers Elementary School. At least 9 students are confirmed dead. A few are still missing. The overall death toll is 24 in the wake of this storm, and will possibly go up. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has appealed for assistance and prayer.
Six months ago, we were horrified to learn that a school shooter killed 20 students at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. Since then, we've been gripped in a political battle regarding gun control. You wouldn't think that any politics could erupt over an unpreventable disaster like a tornado, but they have -- and in less than a matter of hours after the storm occurred. More Here...
Boundaries can be difficult when trying to be a caregiver. Each person is so unique that different paths need to be taken with them. The compulsive side to any gift one has is the major source of suffering in any aspect of work, and the only way out of that situation is to yet again look at the under-side of the upper-side.
People who need to be taken care of are in positions of powerlessness that most of us don't understand until we are there. So when to say yes and when to say no can be difficult. Dealing with their anxious concerns can also be wearing, but I believe that anything worthwhile will always bring a time of self-introspection and hopefully a new beginning until next time. If not, well there is always burn out. More Here...
Spiritual warfare is a part of the Christian experience. It is a fact that external and internal opposition will come from the adversary. Knowing this is not enough except the Christian knows how to respond when opposition arises. Therefore, the Christian has to learn the Art of Warfare.
The Armor of God. The Word of God gives us the necessary instructions for warfare as well as informs us with the weapons and tools that are useful. Paul gives us the primary list of weapons available to us in Ephesians 6. If we learn to adorn ourselves with the spiritual armor provided, success will be ours. The spiritual armor is necessary if one is to learn the Art of Warfare. However, possessing weapons and armor without understanding them is useless. We shall now examine the armor given to Christians for victory in spiritual warfare. More Here...
Recently a viewer of ABC Family's 700 Club asked a trying moral query for a Bring It Online segment. Ivy asked:
I've been trying to forgive my husband for cheating on me. We have gone to counseling, but I can't seem to forgive, nor can I trust. How do you let go of the anger? How do you trust again? God says to forgive, but it's so hard to do. I want to forgive, so we can get on with our lives.
Co-host Christi Watts noted: “I think forgiveness can be one of the most difficult things in the whole wide world to do, and especially when it comes to a spouse, because that’s one of the ultimate betrayals.” Longtime 700 Club host Pat Robertson looked into the camera and responded: "Here's the secret: Stop. Talking. About. The. Cheating." More Here...
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