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In Not of August 21, 2008

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These are powerfully bold words from a group that I really love, Avalon. The song is extremely convicting and compassionate, so I decided to put the lyrics and video so you can read along to this moving song for a world in need….


I hide me far away from trouble
The world outside me grows darker by the day
So I promise to stay here close beside Him
Surely God would want His children safe
Then reading, how my eyes were opened
I find that He is leading us out into the world
Into the middle of fallen saints and sinners
Where a little grace is needed mostCHORUS
Come take the Light to darker parts
Share His truth with hardened hearts
We are not like the world but we can love it
Come bring the Hope to hopeless men
Until the lost are found in Him
He came to save the world
So let us be… in it, not of it
Wait a minute
If we say we love them, why are we not in it
Why we run and hide
Entertain a stranger
Maybe entertain an angel
The danger is if our worlds don’t collide

We’ve cursed the darkness far too long
We need to hold the candle high
We have to go and right the wrongs
We need to touch the world with love
With His love



I am weak April 3, 2008

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This last month I have been preparing for an opportunity to share my testimony in public. It’s a great opportunity to boast in Christ, and to glorify Him in everything I say. I always get excited when I get to make much of Him, make His name famous, and tell people of His gracious and transforming power. I was warned that as I prepared and studied in The Word, I would come under fire, and be distracted by the evil one. He would use this time to confuse me, bring the shame into present day, and convince me that I am not worthy to speak. Well, every bit of this has absolutely happened. I have even experienced persecution from loved ones. It’s been unreal. And it has caused me to become quite weak. But here’s where I become so ever thankful for knowing His Word;

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor. 12:10)

Yes indeed! I will praise Him from the mountaintops when I am weak, because I know HE is doing something good. My earthly body can fall apart from the outside in to the inside out, my house can be in total chaos, relationships can be tense, but I believe God’s precious Word. I do delight in the trials HE allows me to go through. I will take these moments in stride and worship a God so great, so perfectly Sovereign, that He disciplines us for our good, for His glory!

 Lord, I do pray that You will be with me tomorrow night. I ask that I would not stand in the way, but lay aside my flesh, so that You can use me as Your instrument, for Your glory! Thank You for such a special opportunity….to boast in Your mighty transforming power! Amen.

In Sweet Worship,


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My life’s theme song February 29, 2008

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Well, this is a “light” post, in terms of context…which I guess is unusual for me. I just stumbled on this song the other day, and I LOVED IT! There are a few other songs like this in the Christian world of music, but this is the only one I have found so far that’s by a woman artist. It’s danceable and fun, and gets me all pumped up and thankful to God for my new life! I guess she doesn’t have a music video for it yet, but I found this on youtube, which is better than nothing…plus you can see the lyrics! Enjoy!

Worshiping Him in song,


Who do you live for? February 25, 2008

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Okay, so if you know me, either by way of friendship, family, or just through the Internet, then you probably know that I am passionate about one thing……evangelism. I think about God, His grace, my faith in Him, my church, my friends and family in regards to Christianity, and spreading the Gospel-pretty much all day long. I’m not kidding. I remember asking my husband a year or so back, “how often do you think about God?” I don’t remember exactly what he said, but I do remember telling him that for me it was (and still is) 24/7. I think about how humbly blessed I am that God picked me out and saved me. I think about how unbelievable the whole concept of grace is. But more than those, I am constantly thinking about how I can witness to someone. What can I say? How can I say it? When do I refrain and pray, and when do I open my mouth and hope the Holy Spirit does the talking? Then this passage came to mind…..

“For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not in cleverness of speech, so that the cross of Christ would not be made void. ” (1 Cor 1:17)

Well, for several weeks, if not longer, one question has been echoing in my mind and heart. It’s this; “Who do you live for?” I really have grown to love this question because it starts the domino effect in a conversation. I have turned to myself and my own life with this question, and the question that naturally follows, and here’s what I got;

1. Who do I live for? God.

2. How do I live for Him? I live for God with my voice-by praising Him with worship, by laying all my burdens at His feet through prayer, and by talking to my husband, friends, family, and strangers about the Good News.

I live for God through my hands-by my fingertips to the keyboard, by serving my church family and others, and by using my hands at home for His glory-whether that be housework or cooking.

I live for God with my heart-by always asking God to cleanse my heart and give me His desires, by being passionate about my faith, by feeling heartbroken for the unsaved, and by loving one another in a way that is pleasing to God.

I live for God through my marriage-by using it as a ministry, by honoring my husband through submission and obedience, by sharing my testimony in effort to give God glory for a transformed relationship, and by teaching our children the spiritual tools they need to equip them for a Christian life.

I live for God by means of an obedient lifestyle-by staying in fellowship with a church body as He has called us to do, by spreading the Gospel with every chance I get, by standing firm in my faith and not being afraid of the persecution of man, by keeping His commandments, and by loving my husband and honoring our marriage.

I hope as you read this, you will take the time to look in the mirror, and ask yourself the powerful question, “Who do you live for?” If you don’t like your answer, then maybe it’s time for something radical to happen in your life, namely God!

Living For Him,


My theme is Prayer February 20, 2008

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Really since the beginning of this year, prayer seems to be the hot topic of my spiritual life. With every situation, I’m reminded either from The Holy Spirit directly, or through a Christian friend (or even awesome sermons at CBC), that I must go to the Lord in prayer. I have learned to appreciate prayer and the power in it, more and more as I walk with Jesus. I have enjoyed reading books like “The Power of a Praying Wife”. I have even seen the mercy of God by answering my prayers. Not that God owes us any sort of validation or confirmation, but when I see what a tool prayer really is, it certainly does strengthen my faith.

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:6)

 Every time I read this passage, I am reminded of two things. 1.-God calls us to pray–not to worry, stress, fret, gossip, consume, or be ridden with anxiety over something. He wants us to fall on our knees, cry out to Him, surrender the burden at His feet, and trust His Sovereignty.2. God calls us to be deliberate and consistent, without wavering. We don’t pray for something one time, but over and over, with a consistency and trust for His timing in all things. This is something I had to learn through different trials. But God is so gracious to me, and lovingly taught me to just keep coming to Him with my burdens. And I praise Him for that!

I can’t help but think of my past in relation to prayer. You see, I used to “pray to God”–but he didn’t hear my prayers;

“He who turns away his ear from listening to the law,
         Even his prayer is an abomination.” (Prov 28:9)

Yes that’s right, an abomination! If you aren’t truly a believer, a child of God, then when you pray, you are praying to a false God. One that you have created in your mind of who you think God is. A God of this world, not the true God found in His Word. And that’s exactly what I was doing. I had claimed to know God, therefore I knew who I was praying to. But it was in vain. It was idolatry. It wasn’t praying to my Heavenly Father, who calls me by name…it was praying to, nothing. God has pruned me so radically, that I am now seeing and understanding the fruitfulness that will bear from prayer. Even still, I need to be (constantly) reminded to go and seek Him, pray with a fervent heart, and be devoted and committed to Him in doing so. I challenge the same thing for whoever reads this. If you already know God, the True God, then be reminded today to seek Him first, to have a strong prayer life, to give Him thanks and praise when praying, and to be patient for His Sovereign timing in all things. If you think you know God, but aren’t sure, then fall on your knees and cry out to the Lord. Confess and repent for your sinfulness (we all are fallen, and always will be), and ask the Lord to come into your heart. Then He WILL give you the desire for prayer, and so many other things! The Holy Spirit is an amazing, supernatural being that will reside inside of you, and transform your life! Just fall down and ask Him for help!

As for me, I really mean it when I say that prayer is my theme right now. It will always be an incredibly important tool in my Christian life, but for some reason only God knows right now, He is really teaching me to just…pray pray pray! With that said, what better time to do just that;

My precious Lord and Savior, I praise your name. I thank you for giving me the gift of Your Holy Spirit, that resides in me. I know this was not a gift that I earned or ever could, but a free gift of your grace. I boast in you Lord Jesus. For your transforming power in my life. For the work you are doing in me everyday. Oh God, for the awareness and merciful reminder to me that I must come to you in prayer. I desire that through my prayer life, I will know You more, seek You more, and love You more. I thank You for Christian friends Lord. Specifically for Ali. Lord I cannot thank You enough for her friendship, love, and Christian accountability. I praise You Jesus for allowing her and I to make time to come together in prayer. I ask that You will strengthen my desires to start our prayer time again, as we have let that slip. I love You so much Lord God, and thank you for sending Jesus to take on the judgement that was intended for me. I know that hell is what we all deserve, but because of Your grace, I will meet you in heaven! I can’t wait to see Your face! In Your name I pray, amen.

Prayerfully His,


This is what Love looks like January 13, 2008

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Love. A word too commonly used, and barely understood in it’s true meaning. We say we “love” all sorts of things. I’m certainly guilty of it. I say I love a good filet mignon….but that’s not really being used appropriately. People say they love one another in the blink of an eye, when most times it’s just mere lust and attraction. Unfortunately, the word love is just way too overused, and has lost it’s importance and true definition along the way. There are 18 results to define love in the dictionary. The first 11 all have to do with a worldly perspective. Affections of another, sex, desire, attraction, feelings, and it goes on and on. Finally by 12 we read something more profound;

The benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.

Now we may be getting somewhere. It goes on with 13-18 all being more of the same worldly ideas about what love is and how it’s used in different areas of life. I then looked up agape love…and found very different definitions, one of which was;

The love of God for Christ, for humankind. Unselfish and without sexual implications. Spiritual in nature, as modeled for us in Jesus Christ.

What Perfect love God has for us….and moreso, what Perfect Love IS God. Pondering that, my heart and mind started consuming in thoughts of how I love and how I am supposed to love, in regards to my personal relationship with God.  These are the first things that came to mind. 1. I love God with all that I am, even though I know it’s not enough, and I can never reciprocate the love He gives me. 2. I love God for knowing that we as humans can never do enough to save ourselves, and so in turn gave us a pardon to an eternity in hell by means of Jesus Christ crucified. That’s grace, so I love Him for that too. 3. I love God for giving us His Perfect and Absolute Truth, found in The Word of God. 4. By reading His Word, I know that to love God is to obey Him, so I love God because He commands me to be obedient. And that’s where my mind stopped. I could have continued, but I felt a conviction when I got to thinking about this: obeying Him IS loving Him! That’s what our love should look like. That’s what our Merciful and Heavenly Father has commanded of us to do. And when we show this love to God, He then gives us the desires to love one another appropriately. In other words, if we love God and we want to obey Him, we will look to His Word for answers about how to live our lives and how His design for loving one another should look, instead of relying on our own ideas of what we think is good and right.  I have been reading MANY wonderful passages in The Bible this afternoon that pertain to obeying Him and keeping His commandments (a few are: Exo. 15:26, Exo. 19:5, Exo. 20:6, and Exo. 23:22). Then I stumbled on a very profound passage in Leviticus. All of these passages force you to examine your own heart, your sin, your walk (or lack thereof) with The Almighty One. They have been convicting scriptures for me to read. I fall short every day, and God knows; but He has still asked me to keep His commandments. If I break one (and I have), a desperate and repentant heart must follow. The Holy Spirit will convict my heart in such a powerful way, that I will literally and physically become sick with disgust over my sin, and confess it to The One whom I sinned against. This is what love looks like. Do you say you love God? Do you say you know Him? Then do you have the desire to obey the things He has commanded of you and I? So many of us have this all wrong. I confess that I used to be one of those persons. I proclaimed to know God, to love Jesus, but I wasn’t living an obedient lifestyle. Not even close. Some of my lifestyle choices I knew were wrong in the eyes of God, others I didn’t…because I hadn’t read His Word to find out. I want to leave you with this powerful and profound passage that I was talking about in Leviticus. It’s a good, long passage, so be patient to read it all the way through….. remember, it’s His Words, not mine. God shows His merciful love to us in these scriptures to follow, but also shows that He is our Judge, and a Wrathful God too, for those who disobey. This is what love looks like, and I feel more challenged than ever to follow Him and keep His precious commandments (and I’m not just talking about the “famous” ten)! I hope you feel the challenge too………….

(by the way, I thought about linking the passage since it is a bit long, but felt a strong need to type out each word specifically, helping it be ingrained to my mind and heart. Just thought I would share!)

For His Glory,


Leviticus 26:3-43

If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out, then I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit. Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land. But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword; five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword. So, I will turn toward you and make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will confirm My covenant with you. You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new. Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you. I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people. I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of the yoke and made you walk erect.

But if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments, if instead, you reject My statutes, and if your soul abhors My ordinances so as not to carry out all commandments, and so break My covenant, I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a sudden terror, consumption and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the soul to pine away; also, you will sow your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it up. I will set My face against you so that you will be struck down before your enemies; and those who hate you will rule over you, and you will flee when no one is pursuing you. If also after these things you do not obey Me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins. I will also break down your pride of power; I will also make your sky like iron and your earth like bronze. Your strength will be spent uselessly, for your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit. If then, you act with hostility against Me and are unwilling to obey Me, I will increase the plague on you seven times according to your sins. I will let loose among you the beasts of the field, which will bereave you of your children and destroy your cattle and reduce your number so that your roads lie deserted. And if by these things you are not turned to Me, but act with hostility against Me, then I will act with hostility against you; and I, even I, will strike you seven times for your sins. I will also bring upon you a sword which will execute vengeance for the covenant; and when you gather together into your cities, I will send pestilence among you, so that you shall be delivered into enemy hands. When I break your staff of bread, ten women will bake your bread in one oven, and they will bring back your bread in rationed amounts, so that you will eat and not be satisfied. Yet if in spite of this you do not obey Me, but act with hostility against Me, then I will act with wrathful hostility against you, and I, even I, will punish you seven times for your sins. Further, you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters you will eat.  I then will destroy your high places, and cut down your incense altars, and heap your remains on the remains of your idols, for My soul shall abhor you. I will lay waste your cities as well and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your soothing aromas. I will make the land desolate so that your enemies who settle in it will be appalled over it. You however, I will scatter among the nations and will draw out a sword after you, as your land becomes desolate and your cities become waste. Then the land will enjoy its sabbaths all the days of the desolation, while you are in your enemies’ land; then the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. All the days of its desolation it will observe the rest which it did not observe on your sabbaths, while you were living on it. As for those of you who may be left, I will also bring weakness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. And the sound of a driven leaf will chase them, and even when no one is pursuing they will flee as though from the sword, and they will fall. They will therefore stumble over each other as if running from the sword, although no one is pursuing; and you will have no strength to stand up before your enemies. But you will perish among the nations, and your enemies’ land will consume you. So those of you who may be left will rot away because of their iniquity in the lands of your enemies; and also because of the iniquities of their forefathers they will rot away with them. If they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their forefathers, in their unfaithfulness which they committed against Me, and also in their acting with hostility against Me– I also was acting with hostility against them, to bring them into the land of their enemies– or if their uncircumcised heart becomes humbled so that they then make amends for their iniquity, then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham as well, and I will remember the land. For the land will be abandoned by them, and will make up for its sabbaths while it is made desolate without them. They, meanwhile, will be making amends for their iniquity, because they rejected My ordinances and their soul abhorred My statutes.

My Love, Jesus December 6, 2007

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Yes, it’s that wonderful time of year again. I can hardly believe it, except that I have a couple handfuls of days before delivering my second child, thus counting down every day….no, every hour! I am elated to think about my daughter getting to celebrate her birthday so close to such an important time of the year for us Christians. A time that reminds our hearts to be humbled by a God so awesome, so majestic, that “we love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)

 I think I fall in love with Him more and more as my walk matures. I have been saved for nearly 2 years now, and I can’t believe how much He has taught me. I think about how patient and merciful He was to me all those years I was living in a false walk- a pseudo walk if you will- proclaiming to know God. I truly believed I was one of His children, though I never had desires to seek His Word, evangelize, talk in depth with another believer about my faith, or share my testimony ( I had no idea what that even meant). How could I have known God when I didn’t even know or care to know His Word? But there is NO doubt now that The Holy Spirit resides in me! I remember when I started feeling different. It was when things had to be confessed, even though I didn’t want to confess them. I couldn’t keep quiet with my sin. And every time I thought I had nothing left to hide, The Holy Spirit convicted me to expose more. I became aware of what sin felt like, and how much I began to despise it. My attitude started changing, which was the cleansing that only He can do. I found myself praying almost all day long, and not because I felt like I had to, but just because it was an overwhelming urge that could not be ignored.  My desires became the complete opposite of what they had been for so many years. And now, not yet free from sin, The Holy Spirit within me is that light against my own fleshy ways, exposing the sin nature that is my wicked heart.

“The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it?” (Jeremiah 17:9)

He does these things for me because He loves me, and this is the reason I keep falling more and more in love with Him. I’m so happy we get to honor the birth of Jesus in just a few weeks. Christmas! It’s so very special, but unfortunately gets confused with alter-meanings. Let us set aside the commercialism of this holiday for a moment, and remember that it’s not about exchanging gifts, eating delicious food, the joy of giving, or spending time with our families; although these can certainly be included as part of the celebration.  It’s not open to interpretation. There aren’t alternative meanings to this day. To be completely honest, it’s a religious holiday for people of the Christian faith…period. CHRISTmas is a time to celebrate a God so great, that He humbled Himself in the likeness of a human baby, only to be raised by fallible human parents, and inevitably sacrifice his life so that we might be saved. 

“And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” ( Luke 2:9-11)

No need to make alternative meanings, when the original is Perfect. That’s something to celebrate. That’s Someone to fall in love with, to be thankful for, and to live by. I encourage those who are true believers, to extend the olive branch to others this Christmas season. Let us exude the love that Christ has given to all of us by means of the Gospel, for it is all for the glory of God anyway. May we be faithful and unashamed witnesses to others during this holiday that has become grossly misunderstood and wrongly celebrated. May we pray for the courage and the confidence to show others who don’t know Him that the answers to life’s questions are in His Word, and only His Word….for the path IS narrow. May all of you see the blessings that our Great Majestic Savior gives, this Christmas season and always! 

Celebrating Him,


More than Turkey and Football November 20, 2007

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Thanksgiving. It’s more than Pilgrims and Indians of the past. It’s more than turkey and football of the present. It’s about giving thanks. It always was about that, and always will be. But to whom do you give your thanks?

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn feast that is acknowledged today to be one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations. Before this particular feast took place, it was already a yearly tradition to celebrate the harvest and to give thanks for a successful bounty of crops. Historians have also recorded a time in 1619 around December, that a British colony led by Captain John Woodlief, knelt in prayer and pledged “Thanksgiving” to God for their healthy arrival to Berkley Plantation, Virginia. Some mark this as the first Thanksgiving, but what’s more important; the principal for every celebration was always giving thanks. But again I ask, to whom do you give your thanks? Or maybe a better question, where do you place your thanks?

 Up until last year, Thanksgiving meant to me a fall holiday of traditions, food, and the gathering of families. Although these are certainly part of the festivities, I now know that without celebrating, honoring, and giving thanks to The One who gave all of these pleasures to us, they would be meaningless. Our amazing Creator of all things good, our perfect and heavenly Father, our awesome God, I give thanks for You. My life would be nothing without You. In fact, without You, the best heaven I could ever entertain is this earthly life. With You, however, the worst hell I will ever have to know is this earthly life. How great it is to know You, to live for You, to believe in You! Thank you for choosing me. Thank you for picking me out, and naming me as Your child. Thank you for changing my life; for transforming my heart into an image that is in likeness of You.

Your perfect and precious Living Word gives us over 42 passages for where our thanks should be placed. These are just a couple that I love;

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thes 5:18)

“Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
         Sing praises to our God on the lyre.” (Ps 147:7)

I have SO much to be thankful for this year! I could write a book….(hmm, not a bad idea), of all the reasons I am thankful to God. My sweet and God-loving sister Dori has initiated a new tradition in our family this year, and hopefully for years to come. We are all going to write down 3 specific things we are thankful to God for on index cards, and before we eat we will go around the room and share them with each other. I love her for getting this tradition going. It allows a time during the day to purposely and intentionally, thank Him who gave us His Son, His grace, and our eternity with Him for all who believe. Yes, we have MUCH to be thankful for Lord. Happy Thanksgiving to You Lord!

Thanking Him,


Now this is poetry! November 12, 2007

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Today, my mind is full. I can’t hear exact thoughts because too many of them are overlapping. The good news is, they are all about Him. All about my passion, my hunger and thirst that only He can give me and He can quench. The knowledge that I am receiving at Community Bible Church is astounding. I feel more equipped every day. I want to share so much, because it’s been shared with me, and I have been blessed. However…..I always want to be excellent for the Lord, and be a strong instrument for Him. Because of this, I need more time in prayer and reflection before my words become the permanence of this blog. Having said that, I usually do my blogging on Mondays, and not doing anything today feels strange. As I was cleaning my kitchen this morning, I listened to some praise and worship music, and was singing (along with my babydoll Jack) praises to the Lord. There are lyrics to a song that I MUST share with you all today, mainly because they are profound, and have resinated in my mind all day long. Tell me, can you relate to these lyrics…I certainly can!

How many roads did I travel, before I walked down one that led me to You? And how many dreams did unravel, before I believed in a hope that was True?And how long?  How far?  What was meant to fulfill only emptied me still…..and  all You ever wanted;

Only me, on my knees singing Holy, Holy.

Somehow all that matters now is You are Holy, Holy.

How many deaths did I die before I was awakened to new life again?

And how many half truths did I bear witness to, til the “proof” was disproved in the end?  And how long? How far? What was meant to illuminate, shadowed me still…and all You ever wanted;

Only me, on my knees singing Holy, Holy.

Somehow all that matters now is You are Holy, Holy

And all I have is gratitude, to offer You……

(Nicole Nordeman, “Holy”)

 Praising Him,


Something to think about November 7, 2007

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I heard this at church on Sunday, and I just loved it. I couldn’t keep this to myself, and I don’t think God wanted me to anyway…

 Political Correctness with regard to the Christian faith:

  1. We dull the blade, the double-edged sword, so not to offend.

  2. We are more concerned about pleasing man than pleasing God.

  3. We choose to place peace at a higher standard than conviction.

  4. We hide ourselves from the accountability found in the Word of God.

  5. We hold an indifference to God’s Word, and harbor worldly perspectives.

 A powerful message to a true believer, and even still powerful for proclaimed believers or unbelievers. You cannot deny the conviction those statements place on your heart. I hope this can be as encouraging to you and give you the desire to examine your own heart. It certainly has done that for me! 

Following Him,