Posting our opinions or complaints on social media is not the same as standing in the gap for our nation, nor does it take the place of really speaking out on injustice. Sure, we can post our feelings but what are we accomplishing? Are we sharing the Father’s heart by giving our opinion on the issue? Are we spending more time arguing on Facebook then we are on our faces before the Father? 2 Chronicles 7:14 says “If My people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray…” it does not say if my people are loud enough on social media, it does not say if the lost people would stop doing bad things, it does not say if we share our feelings enough.
Friends, people are hurting! Period. Stop blaming and start loving! Other’s pain ≠ your platform & agenda! Today, I choose to pray, I choose to cry, and I choose to love. Let us be love, let us be just like Jesus, and let us shut our mouths if we can’t be loving and encouraging because that is what the world needs! (Listen to the audio version online).
When did it become ok to use every horrible situation to promote your views on guns or your prejudices against a people group? When did it become ok to point fingers at grieving parents who literally had to fight an alligator for the life of their 2 year old son and lost? — Friends, people are hurting! Period. Stop blaming and start loving!
Have you been hurt by the church? — Are you part of the “de-churched” crowd? There are many kinds of people that are hurt by the church. As part of the greater Body of Christ, we should be doing better to reach those who have left the church — but that isn’t always easy for the local church for some reason.
So elusive and hard to grasp, many people in this world struggle to find hope in the midst of their struggles. In this episode, we talk about the strongholds of life that we find ourselves in, and how we can find freedom and hope, in spite of the enemy who wants you to keep your eyes on the struggles instead of the “prize” that God calls us to focus on.
Do you find yourself looking in the mirror to tell yourself, “this part could be better.” Or do you compare yourself to the person next to you only to tell yourself that you are not as good as they are in different ways? If people are focused more on “self” than others, on what they aren’t personally, then they are collectively working against themselves. “Self-loathing” in the members of the Body of Christ is a problem. What issues in life have you allowed to get in the way between you and God?
How can we work daily to relate the Gospel to those around us? Good communication is key to ministry. Not just for the pastor from the pulpit, but day-to-day, as God takes you about your day, the life that God uses you to speak into others is key to relating the need for the Gospel to others. On today’s Podcast episode, we have a special interview with another fellow podcaster, Kenneth Ortiz, on relating the message of God’s love in a real way.
In today’s sexualized culture, especially with the ease of access to the internet, many struggle with sexual addictions & pornography even in the church. Today, we talk with Rob, a husband and father of 4, lifelong church goer, and he says he’s struggled with a porn addiction for more than 30 years.
Just because a person becomes a Christian does not mean that life gets any easier. Often times, it gets harder. The enemy doesn’t want you to succeed and will do everything in his power to remind us of our shortcomings, to keep us down and out. Listen to what it took for Glenn to get through the pain and find the strength daily to succeed through his past hurts and pain.
Day to day, Glenn manages a call-in prayer and counseling department at a ministry in Plano, Texas named Hope For The Heart. Regularly, he helps people find hope and healing who are struggling with tough life issues. But. before he began working here almost 20 years ago, Glenn grew up with a not-so-easy childhood of abuse and neglect on all levels. Battling teen suicide and depression, drug use and sexual relationships with both men and women, Glenn had seen it all. Following a night of a cocaine binge, Glenn had had enough. At this point, Glenn began seeing a Christian Counselor and he learned that his identity did not need to found in his past abuse. Listen in to hear how Glenn found purpose in life beyond the abuse, but rather in Christ.