We all have been given gifts for the specific purpose of utilizing those gifts as we interact with the world around us. Whether your gift is song writing, vocal ability, composition, administration, management, producing an album or all the above, we are sometimes limited in how many people we are able to reach with our gifts due to a lack of financial resources.
“Please, celebrate me home…”
That Kenny Loggins song, covered for American Idol by past winner Ruben Studdard, played as Jason Castro watched the carefully crafted, tear-jerking montage of his Idol journey. Celebrate me home. That’s a tall order for anyone after losing what is arguably the biggest singing competition in America.
ow much power does prayer really have? Some people pray once a day, others pray once an hour. For the Favor of God Ministries, prayer is everything. What started as a vision for Carol Vezey is now bringing Uganda closer to God. In her own words, Carol describes where she comes from and where the Lord is taking her to and what He is doing in her life. â€œThe Lord\'s harvest fields have been part of my life since before I was born!
I was in a relationship with an emotionally abusive person who often cheated on me and made me feel worthless. I have moved on with my life, but there is so much bitterness in my heart. I want to forgive and forget, but cannot. Please help me help myself.
The desire to live for Christ is far more than a mission statement housed within four walls and dusted off for Sunday or holidays. “We exist to connect ordinary people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ that results in a life lived courageously for Him; which is simply first being, then making disciples.” The “we” to which Bobby Minor is referring is Courageous Church, where he serves as Lead Pastor and Directional Leader. It’s also a well-stated reminder of the Great Commission to which we respond as believers.
If you think ministry is just about attending Sunday morning church service and Wednesday night Bible study, Cornerstone Baptist Church in the Fair Park area of south Dallas will expand your vision. Since 1988, Pastor Chris Simmons has been expanding the vision of what ministry is at Cornerstone and in the community.
At the age of 58, I went to see my urologist for a prescription refill. Before filling it, he told me he wanted to check my prostate. When the exam was over, he said, “I’m very sorry to tell you this, but I felt a suspicious lump, and we need to schedule you for a biopsy.” I left the office terrified.
You might have seen the commercials on VH1, BET, or Comedy Central. They’re beautifully produced but simple: twentysomething guys hanging out in a restored classic car, while one kid watches despondently from a distance. A girl living the popular life cuts class to sob alone in the high-school bathroom. For the online ministry Groundwire, these ads are the tools to connect with hurting teens and young adults.
To many people, God is no more than a visitor in their homes, a passenger in their car, and a spectator in the affairs of their lives. Rather than run to God in their time of need, their first port of call is usually the ears of a fellow man. This explains why many crash with reckless abandon in the journey of life. The bottom line is, if you treat God like a guest, a spectator, or a passenger and expect to have it great at all times, you are definitely in for a shock!
If it were in your power to abolish pain, would you do it? Repeatedly I’ve contemplated this question. Life is hard. You turn the key then close the door behind you, drop your bags on the floor. You reach for the light, but there’s darkness deep inside and you can’t take it anymore. ‘Cause sometimes living takes the life out of you and sometimes living is all you can do. Life is hard; the world is cold.
In life, things happen—both good and bad. That’s just how life is. We all desire good things, of course, but unfortunately, bad things are inevitable. Just when things are going well, it often seems that something happens that steals the life we know, robs us of our joy, and strips us of hope. When these types of negative disruptions take place, it stops us in our tracks, oftentimes draining us of the ability to live life with joy and happiness--the way Jesus intended. It can cause us to disconnect from life.
Christian marriages are to be different than the unbeliever’s marriage because a follower of Christ becomes sanctified (set apart) through the word for God’s purpose. (John 17:17) When a Christian obediently follows the principles of Christ it has a purifying affect on the heart and mind. Are you letting the word of God cleanse you and your marriage? This is how a Christian husband should love his wife?
The recent suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer in Buffalo, New York, caught my attention, and rather than just read the news, sympathize for a while, and forget until another bullying death was reported, I knew I needed to teach a way to combat this monster.
The spirit of Jezebel is always around us and it seeks to hide itself, seduce, intimidate, manipulate and trade in human souls. It is a religious spirit but it promotes religious things that are contrary to God. Jezebel promotes fleshly indulgence amongst God's people and shuns the cross. The Jezebel spirit is the enemy of the true prophets of the Lord.
Child bullying is a big problem in our schools today. The main difference between child bullying today from the past is the nature of the bullying and the violence that occurs in the aftermath. Cyberbullying is becoming a popular and more destructive form of bullying than traditional bullying. More children today are bringing guns to school to seek revenge on others. Child bullying has been around and will probably remain for years to come.
Elijah the Tishbite was a mighty prophet in the Old Testament. His name means, "Jehovah is God" or "The Lord is God". He suddenly appeared on the national scene in Israel, and with fiery zeal and confident demonstrations of power, he went about to prove the Lord God's sovereignty over all other gods. He ministered truth to Israel, commanding them to serve God with all their hearts. The theme of his ministry was contained in these words, "How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him: but if Baal, follow him!" Under his prophetic ministry, Israel began to be purged of her wicked ways. Those false prophets, who sought to lead the people astray, were put to shame-then put to death. Through Elijah's bold proclamations of righteousness, Israel began to bow under the sovereignty of Jehovah God.
Christian men are well acquainted with this struggle. They want to know how to satisfy their wives and themselves, but wonder if Christian sex allows for turning up the heat inside the bedroom. There is no shame in fanning the flames as sex is as natural as the rising and setting of the sun.
I wish I recalled sweet aromas during holidays or laughter at family functions during my childhood. Instead I recall crying until I couldn't see while my uncle molested me. For years I kept this secret until I confronted him. We talked for an hour. He had also been molested. The molestation traveled from generation to generation, like a big snake that grows bigger).
Likely everybody has heard about or knows a teenager or young adult who has experienced trouble with the law or who has been expelled from school or perhaps even threatened someone at school, sometimes with a weapon. People know these teens have problems, but they may not know these behaviors can be symptoms of a very real psychiatric illness affecting approximately 9 percent of all boys and 2 percent of all girls under the age of 18 in the United States.
In today's society, divorce is a fast way out of an unpleasant situation. In the United States, roughly half of all marriages now end in divorce. This statistic is almost as high in the church as it is the world. What are we to make of this flood of broken covenants that wash across our land? Many are drowning in its tide, beaten by their own broken words and failure. Some are dying under a flood of guilt, while others sail merrily along, unaware that their boat is rotting and will soon sink under the waves. Is there a cure for this marital epidemic of broken promises, blame, guilt, unforgiveness, discontent and wounded children? Can God truly heal even the most broken of marriages?
In today's society, we define families in many different ways. We have single parent families, same sex parent families and father-mother families. And all of these families are acceptable in this world. Some of us were primarily raised in a single parent home and even though mistakes or sin was committed, with God's help, we turned out fine. No family is perfect. Just as no one is perfect. We bring all of our issues, problems and concerns to the table and usually take it out on the people who are closest to us. Families weren't designed to hurt one another, but to love and comfort one another. For Genesis 13:8 says, "So Abram said to Lot, "Let's not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are brothers."
My name is Mercedes Ramirez Johnson. It was my 21st birthday and my parents and I were so excited to be embarking on our trip from Kansas City, Missouri to Cali, Colombia. It would be the first time in over 30 years that my parents would be spending the Christmas holiday with their family in Colombia since coming to the US in the 1960's. My parents, Benjamin and Mercedes Ramirez, were both hardworking parents that came to this country for us to have a better shot at life.