Family Crap

wpid-pulling-hair-out-cartoon-jpgI  find myself not knowing what to do. What do I do about family members that are in contention with one another. If I were to judge flippantly I would say my family is freaking crazy. How is it that after spending so much time together we all can’t get along with one another?

I know I’m not the only one who has experienced this with family. All I know to do is pray. I certainly don’t know how to help. This life is so tiresome. I don’t know how the Lord deals with so many people. It seems like most of us are insane.

I don’t mean to sound like I’m losing my faith. That will never happen. My faith has carried me through some of the most difficult times of my life.

I covet the prayers of all  of you who pray. And even if you don’t, remember my family in your thoughts.

Fall To Grace – Jay Bakker

Fall to Grace - Jay BakkerJay Bakker’s Fall to Grace

I am reading a book called, Fall to Grace, by Jay Bakker. You may remember Jim and Tammy Bakker, the founders and host of “PTL- Praise the Lord” show or club. You may not remember that they had a son and a daughter. The son’s name is Jay, and he has had his share of problems, just like the rest of us.

It may not surprise you that he is in ministry, but, if you knew a little bit more of his life, you might be. I’m not about to write a review of the man. I do want to tell you about the book that he wrote, It’s called, Fall to Grace.  It is quite good, and, he s quite good at getting his point across. He has first hand understanding of pain, difficulty, and grace.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book, and he is quoting Dr. Martin Luther King:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” (Bakker 140).

And I would add to this, that, violence cannot wipe out violence; only acts of peace can do that. As Christians we are supposed to reflect the nature of God, but, there is a problem. God is not hateful, intolerant, or violent. Every time an election year rolls around we “Christians,” so called conservatives, evangelicals, show our true colors. And this year has been most frightening with the rise of Donald Trump. I’m not about to write about politics and the church either. That would take more time and space than I am willing to give.

I just want to remind people of who Jesus really is. The bible says God is love. So here are some characteristics of our God.

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends” (1Corinthian 13:4-8).

Fall to Grace is a great book. I think every one of you should read it, whether you call yourself a Christian of not. And if you’ve been a Christian for a while, you can learn something from this book, and a man who knows something about guilt and shame and pain.

What Would You do with A License To Sin?

What would your heart reveal if you had a license to sin?

Darin HuffordDarin HuffordAuthor of The Misunderstood God, The Relationship Code, and  The God’s Honest Truth. He is a husband, father and mentor to many (whether he knows or not). Darin has  great understanding of God’s love and grace, and is a great writer. You can find more on Darin on the FreeBelievers Network.

Here is a great article by Darin Hufford on the Grace of God. Does God’s grace give us a licensed to sin? Find out as I read this article. It speaks volumes about what real love is. You can find the article on Darin’s web site: http://freebelievers.com/blog-entry/a-license-to-sin Try not to let your head get in the way of this message. If you had a license to sin, what would you do? What is in your heart?

If you have never read the original article on Darin’s website, or somewhere else, this article may shock you. I know that when I read it I was a little stunned, but, at the same time, I was in a process of discovery. I had discovered that God loves me no matter what. I could be a murderer, and he would still love me. That is not to say that He is not working in my heart to make gigantic changes. He doesn’t want me to be a murderer. And the only way a murderer could change is to discover the love God has for him/her.

I don’t want to write an article here. Just trying to set you up for “A License to Sin.” If you have struggles with living the “Christian Life,” this will help you, if you let it.

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The Kingdom of God Within

the Kingdom Within

Many times we are taught in church as if the kingdom of God is somewhere “out there.” We are not taught to look for God and His kingdom inside us. If we did this I believe we would begin feel closer to the Lord. And because He is inside, we couldn’t be any closer to the Lord. The kingdom of God is within you. Begin to believe that.