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.
Why did they walk away? Was it hurts from the church? An immoral relationship? Money? Doubt?
I don’t know.
The reason can be many. Plus, I don’t make the judgment calls. That I’ll leave to God. Nonetheless, people fall away. It happened in the first century church and it still happens today. Continue reading “3 Clear Signs that You Might be Drifting from God”
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.
My perspective on the Bible began to change as I familiarized myself with its teachings. I read through the scriptures and examined them with a critical eye, asking a lot of questions and finding answers through research with the help of trusted friends.
Although finding answers to my questions strengthened my faith, I experienced God’s power when I applied the scriptures to my life. For that reason, I can confidently say that the scriptures are still relevant, still active, and still filled with power.
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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.
I didn’t understand why I was going to church. I didn’t feel connected to God. In fact, I didn’t know what it meant to be a Christian.
All I knew was that a guy named Jesus died for the sins of the world, but that’s as far as it went.
And I’m sure a lot of people could relate to this. Continue reading “Where Does Faith Come From?”
4 Things I learned from The Shack
When I heard the movie The Shack was coming out in theatres I didn’t know what to expect. I mean, I read the book, and I loved it, but how would they fit the complexity of the book in a two-hour movie? First, there is Mackenzie’s (main character) rocky relationship with God. Second, there is the murder of his little daughter followed by his grief and his distance from God and his family. Third, there is Mackenzie’s encounter with God the father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. And lastly, there is everything else he learns from each person of the trinity. It doesn’t get anymore complex than that!
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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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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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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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At times, I think that all the answers to my questions should be given to me instantly. I live in a fast-paced world, one with instant gratification easily attained. So I guess that explains my desire for immediate answers.
Continue reading “How Entitlement Destroys Gratitude”