4 Books Every Christian Skeptic should Read

As a firm believer in the message of the gospel, I also believe that the Christian faith is sound, reasonable, and credible. No one should ever follow something blindly. That’s how tradition starts, but faith is much more than that.

Faith requires examination.

Faith without examination is not faith at all. Yes, a true faith is backed up by belief, but also by facts, evidence, and even opposition.

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3 Clear Signs that You Might be Drifting from God

Over the last few years I’ve seen a handful of friends walk away from the church, and I don’t mean walking away from the church only, but walking away from God and renouncing their faith. Mind you, most of them were zealous and committed believers, people I admired and people who helped me grow in my own faith, but something happened along the way and they are no longer around. Continue reading “3 Clear Signs that You Might be Drifting from God”

Is the Bible still Relevant Today?

Let’s find out.

When I was younger, I remember viewing the bible as prehistoric book, written for ancient people and maybe for my grandparents.

It seemed too holy for me.

The gold-trimmed pages and the black leather cover didn’t attract me, not one bit. I avoided any contact with the bible altogether, but not for long. Continue reading “Is the Bible still Relevant Today?”

Woman Shares her Testimony with J. Cole

The woman in the video below had a nonchalant encounter with Grammy-nominated rapper J. Cole while he was filming his documentary for his album 4 Your Eyes Only.  What she shared with him was beyond inspiring.

J. Cole learned that the woman had lost two kids in tragic events, yet she was resilient and filled with hope. This caused him to question the reason for her motivation. I mean, what could possibly keep someone’s spirit so steadfast? Continue reading “Woman Shares her Testimony with J. Cole”

Book Review: “Ask It” by Andy Stanley

 

In his book “Ask It,” Andy Stanley focuses on one specific question that if applied to your life correctly will help you make better decisions.  While the book includes numerous examples of real life experiences, it’s also rooted in biblical principles.

The main question is simple, yet powerful and revolutionary. Applying it to your life can help you avoid pitfalls such as financial turmoil, broken relationships, addictions, and more. Continue reading “Book Review: “Ask It” by Andy Stanley”

Where Does Faith Come From?

Faith, where does it come from?

Where does your faith come from? This question is so simple yet so complicated, especially if you grew up in a Christian household.

From a young age, my mom took me to church every Sunday, so I automatically believed in God. However, as I grew older I gradually drifted from Christianity.

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5 Questions a People Pleaser Should Ask Themselves

Questions a people pleaser should ask themselves

People pleasing is one of those things I’ve struggled with for most of my life, but recently I’ve been more aware of its effects.  I’m also learning that this tendency could have developed from past experiences in my life.

For example, I never felt good enough for my dad. He is gifted at math and physics while I am not, which made me feel like I couldn’t live up to his expectations for me, especially when it came to academics. I felt criticized. And even when I did something well, I didn’t receive that masculine, fatherly affirmation that I desperately needed as an infant and as an adolescent. However, I don’t want to place all the blame on my father for my people pleasing tendencies. I must also take ownership of my own actions and behaviours even if my upbringing did play a part in this struggle.

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Why Our Hearts are Deceitful Above All Things

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One of the most insightful scriptures I’ve ever read is Jeremiah 17:9. It speaks so much truth into what human nature is like. Here is what it says:

“The heart is deceitful above all things
    and beyond cure.
    Who can understand it?”

Above All Things

Above all things and beyond cure! I don’t know about you, but that really pops out to me. I mean, your heart, the very centre of your being, your emotions, your will is deceitful above anything else.  The truth is, our motivations change like the hands on a clock. At any given point, I could have the purest motivation in my endeavours, however, in an instance, that could change.

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Trapped Behind Bars

As someone who grew up on Hip Hop and has a genuine appreciation for the art form, I can’t help but notice the falsehood and deceit found in the rap industry. The rap industry has a reputation for promoting rappers that succumb to the demands of major labels even if it means rapping lyrics that they don’t believe in or simply don’t live out.

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The Best Decision Ever

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5 years ago today, I made the best decision I’ve ever made: the decision to follow Jesus. I lived my whole life searching for meaning, acceptance, purpose, truth, and love. And I found all of these things in my relationship with God. Not only that, but I’m also a part of his kingdom, where I’ve received love, support, encouragement, and acceptance.

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