Pray Without Ceasing

Happy Thanksgiving! I thought today would be an appropriate day for a post since my tagline is: Be thankful. Give thanks. Live thankfully. This is my absolute favorite holiday of the year and always serves as an excellent reminder that I have immeasurable blessing in my life. Today is a day that is to be marked by giving thanks to God, and one way in which we are to do that is through prayer.

On my about page you will find Scripture that is near and dear to my heart:

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV

I think many of us could give sound advice on how one might be able to “rejoice always” or to “give thanks in all circumstances,” but to “pray without ceasing,” may seem a little outside one’s capability. Continue reading

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Did you miss me?!? Well, I didn’t die…

Hello faithful followers,

I have neglected you. After July 26, 2014, I just vanished.  If you follow me on any other social media sites, you probably have somewhat of an idea about what my life has been like the past three months.  It has been this incredible blur of doctors, hospitals, dietary changes, therapy appointments, new medications, excrement and emesis, and a taste of normalcy thrown in here and there.  I took a quick look at my calendar and, literally, the day following my last post is when the ‘S’ hit the fan. If you could see my calendar, you might actually cry. But the good news is: we survived! Continue reading

Satanism: The only religion that accepts everyone

Now that I have your attention and have alienated more than half of my readership…

I was watching Tosh.0 the other day (yes, I am aware this is not wholesome television, to say the very least, but I am going somewhere with this), and the host, Daniel Tosh, did a bit with this “metal club” (as in music, not building material) from a high school.  He asked the students if they were Satanists (the predominant view being that all metalheads are Satan worshippers).  One member said they were and he asked why, to which she replied, “because it’s the only religion that accepts everybody.” Daniel then threw out that Christianity does that and she fired back, “except gay people.” Continue reading

Duck Dynasty and 1 Corinthians: A Homily

Christmas is four days away.  We are currently in the Advent season which is, as I am learning, all about the anticipation of what is to come.  In simplest terms, it is about symbolically anticipating the change that Christ is bringing to the world at the time of His birth. In a larger view, Advent is about anticipating the Second Coming of Christ.  Our minister made mention prior to his sermon last Sunday that Advent originates from a Latin term (though it escapes me now) that refers to the Second Coming. I would like to focus for a moment on the anticipation of the change that Christ brought at his birth.  My understanding, with little scholarly study, is that Christ came to lead all humans away from sin so that we might be reconciled to God through his death.  The main idea being that we are all sinners and are unable to enter into God’s presence without being cleansed of those sins.

Christians seem to come in a number of different flavors these days, due to a number of interpretations of Biblical scripture.  I have called myself a Christian at other times of my life, but now don’t feel comfortable doing so because I am still on a path of coming to understand the message of Christ and what being a Christian truly means.  However, there two points from Christ’s message that I clearly understand to be the cornerstone of His ministry: love your neighbor as yourself and leave the judgment of the sins of others to Him and his Father, God. Continue reading