Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Loving people to hell



Every year my church does a survey, they call it the A, B, C, D's to gauge where people are in their faith who attend the services. The questions go something like this:

1. Are you ready to admit Jesus died for your sins?
2. Begin your journey, be baptized?
3. Committed? To being a part of the church and discovering His plan and purpose for your life?
OR
4. Do nothing. I don't plan on ever being baptized or admitting Jesus in the only way into Heaven. I only come to make my loved ones happy.

Each year they have noticed a trend. A thru C usually doubles with little to no change to D. However, in the last few years they have noticed D has doubled. People are content to attend service and say they are a church attender, but have zero desire to live a life that speaks to this.

I shouldn't be surprised this number has doubled, but it did take me back.

And, then I read this article (I'm only linking to it for you to read for yourself. I contemplated not because I didn't want to bring it anymore attention than it has. But chances are you have probably ready it too) by Glennon Doyle Melton. Glennon for a while has been one of my favorite online bloggers.

I think this is why I was so shocked, sad, and then somewhat angry.

Thousands of people agreed with Glennon in her post (please go read, if you would like to know fully what I am referring to). While I agree that we are to love and live like Jesus. I do believe that Jesus died for us on Good Friday so that all who believe will go to Heaven.

Believing and preaching any differently is only loving people to hell. It's popular to "preach" peace, love, and unity-because that is the way of Jesus- but to leave out a very important component that there is only ONE way into heaven-not many, like she believes, is downright dangerous.

You can't say, "heaven" is what we make of it, so go find your way to heaven, whichever path that may be and whoever God is to you, and one day we'll all link hands and be together in the after life.

And we also can't say, "Heck! Why can't heaven be something we create, right here?! By golly that sounds like a wonderful idea! Let's do that! The Bible didn't really mean what it says, let's change it to make it sound better and to be something we are comfortable with. M'kay?"

'kay.

So many people, so many shouted, "Hallelujah, Thank you!, Good Word, Truth!" in the comments.

Sadly, even Christians.

We all know some Christians have gotten a bad rap and have tarnished the good name of what being a Jesus follower is all about. They use their Bibles as a weapon, slinging verses at the sinners hoping they burn in hell, there are hypocrites, and fear-mongers.  But we also know, these are a loud few.

"But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!" Romans 10: 14-15

We are carriers of the word of God. We are able to spread the gospel in ways that generations before us could not imagine. We hold the keys to influence a fire for the gospel in our realm of influence.

And, we have freedom of speech.

It's dangerous to use influence to tell people what they want to believe and hear. I believe Glennon loves others deeply and I believe she is a "spiritual" person. A christian? I'm not sure (only God knows another person's heart).

You can either love people to heaven in the name of Jesus or you are going to people please and love them straight to hell.




Fear of man is a proven snare, but fear of God leads to freedom. (Proverbs 29:25-27)

When our fear of not getting man's approval is stronger than not getting God's, we are in trouble. Big trouble.

I prayed for Glennon, and then I unfollowed her. Was this right or wrong? I don't know. But I do know I felt strongly convicted not to support her New Age, Oprah-y message of create your own heaven on earth, Jesus is whomever you think he is, and the many paths into heaven.

It's not truth. 

Tell me...what is your opinion on the New Age message? If you read the article, what is your take on it?

Here's another link you might be interested in...Do All Paths Lead to God?

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

These are a few of my favorite things


These are a few of my favorite things that I'm really digging right now...


FOOD:

Lately I've been changing things up when it comes to my eating and fitness. I have hypothyroidism and so it makes losing weight a nightmare; and gaining as easy as merely smelling a brownie and feeling my waistband grow tighter.

I had seen on Pinterest and maybe Facebook too about a different way of eating called Trim Healthy Mama. Trim Healthy Mama is the diet craze created by two mama's, Serene and Pearl, from Tennessee, came up with this unique way of eating, wrote and self-published the book themselves and it went viral!

These mommas know what they are talking about and are down to earth, quirky, and know that hard-set dieting rules make for one hangry woman!

On Trim Healthy Mama, you eat good foods that are healthy and nourishing for your body, but in a different way.

You separate out your fuels (foods). All high-fat options are eaten together, no carbs.

All (good) carbs are eaten together with little to no fat.

And of course eat all the vegetables and berries you want.  Water in unlimited quantities along with some good for you drink options(you can find these recipes readily available on Pinterest, in the cookbook, and online).

How does drinking a yummy drink called The Shrinker sound to shrink fat cells?

Exhausted and stressed? Try The Singing Canary, a yummy lemon concoction that tastes like a lemon creamsicle.

Want to break the soda habit and detox your body? Good Girl Moonshine is for you!

The separation of fuels keeps your metabolism revved and guessing.

Admittedly, it did take me a couple weeks to get the hang of what I was doing and actually doing it right. But now I know which fuel I'm eating without thinking. There's no counting calories and you use common sense with the portions.

It's by far been the easiest "diet" plan I've ever been on, and for someone, that since having her thyroid go all cuckoo, I've actually lost a little weight! yay!!

Exercise:

As for exercise, I like to keep it short and intense.

I like Kate Horney at Beyond Fit Mom. I do a combination of Kate's workouts along with free workouts Youtube. Kate Horney is a fitness professional who specializes in hormones. If you've just had a baby or have hormonal issues and need help jump starting your weight loss, Kate is your girl!

I can testify to the fact she knows what she is talking about and her workouts, work! I subscribe through email and every once in awhile she offers the chance to try out a membership to her members-only program for only $1.

She sends out value-added emails with tips and recipes plus she is always doing free webinars that I always love to join. I always get so much out of them.

Some of my favorite FREE workouts are found on these channels. JessicaSmithTV, BeFit, BlogilatesPopSugar Fitness, and REFITREV. I used to count every calorie, in addition to using my heart monitor to see how many calories I burned in a workout. I HAD to do 45-60 min of cardio a day PLUS some sort of targeted training. I was killing my metabolism and hurting my body.

I guess the one thing I can thank my thyroid problems for is I've learned to treat myself in a more kinder, gentler way. I don't push a workout on myself when I'm tired, because I know it will only do more damage and make me more tired.

I know now what workouts work and are best for me.

Fashion:

I can see my sister rolling her eyes right now. She's way more the fashionista than I am. My style is comfortably cute.

I will wear something until it falls apart. I don't have the need or desire to hit the mall in my free time. But, I also don't wish to look homely.

I love tennis shoes and sandals and grimace at the thought of wearing heels all day. BUT, I have found a cute compromise. TOM's and BOB's. Cute shoes, comfortable shoes, and both give their money profits to good causes.

Also, since I love flip flops, I wear these all the time.

We love our local Old Navy and they have this newish style called Boyfriend Fit. It's a relaxed fit. I HATE skinny jeans. Hate them. Boyfriend fit  jeans are loose and feel worn-in. They even have tops in this style.

Speaking of comfy...God-sized Dreams just launched their Spring T-shirt Fundraiser. There are two different designs and a variety of colors and styles to choose from. The flowy tank of "Dreamers Gonna Dream," is calling my name. :) But the loose-fitting crew neck of, "Dream Chaser," would be a good option too...




So, what about you? What are you loving right now?

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Woe is me...Wow is God



I rarely turn on the news, if ever, because when I do I see stories about another mass shooting, brutality beyond what I can imagine, a child is murdered or kidnapped, another celebrity gets more famous for doing something ridiculous.

The presidential race alone is enough to make one want to stay in bed with the covers pulled up and tight.

I recently wrapped up a Beth Moore Bible study titled "Children of the Day." I met once a week on a Monday night with women, strangers, whom I had never met, to dig into God's word within community.

These women, still very much strangers, maybe one day friends, were as encouraged as I was by the words found in 1 & 2 Thessalonians where Paul encourages the Thessalonian church to keep believing, keep the faith, keep doing good works, and keep listening to the Holy Spirit. Through some of his first letters recorded in the Bible we read about how hard the journey was for these first believers.

We read how much Paul loved them and prayed diligently for them to stay strong in the faith especially when life was hard.

"So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word or mouth or by letter. May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope. Encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word." 2 Thessalonians 2:15-17

I was reminded how strongly the enemy of our hearts pursues us and hates us. That he will stop at nothing to destroy every last one of God's people.

Turn on the news and you see how very much this is true.

God has enabled us to do His work and it's up to us whether or not we choose to fulfill our missions.

People may lose their faith in God...in each other, but He remains steady and true, always faithful.

This line... "For not all have faith..BUT THE LORD IS FAITHFUL," has stayed with me after the conclusion of the book.


All we need to do is remind ourselves, write it on the palms of our hands if we need to. 

The Lord is Faithful!

Woe is me...Our spouses hurt us and staying married feels impossible...But the Lord is faithful.

Woe is me...Christians are kidnapped and murdered for their faith in God...But the Lord is faithful.

Woe is me...People are leaving the church in droves...But the Lord is faithful.

Woe is me...My friends betrayed my confidence and I've lost faith in people...But the Lord is faithful.

Woe is me...A child dies...But the Lord is faithful.

Our world is hurting, God knows. He has equipped you and me to do something about it.

We don't have to look around and wonder what God is going to do, He created us. WE are HIS people sent out to do His good works. To love this world back to Him.

It's easy to fall into the woe is me, woe is the world mindset, and next time you feel yourself woeing, say this out loud:

Woe is me...Wow is God. 

Even if I and everyone I know loses faith, the Lord is faithful.

Yep, the world feels like it's about to spin right off it's axis, but we must remember...Wow is God.

He's making all things new. 

Do you see?

Don't lose heart, friend.
                                               

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