Everything is a BIG word.
It describes the total of all things. Yet when we look at our world, and compare what we see with scripture and our understanding of our Good God, there are obvious contradictions. So God can’t possibly be in control of everything.
So why do people say that?
I like something I heard another minister say: He called it “No-Fault-Religion.” [click to tweet]
I’d like to think this kind of thinking isn’t intentional, but I do believe it’s true. When… Continue reading
I asked this question in yesterday’s post, and came to the conclusion that no, God is not in control of everything that happens.
Jesus Himself helps substantiate this in His teachings. For example, let’s look at the Parable of the Wedding:
And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, ‘See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and
You hear this sometimes… when a tragedy has happened, or something is unexplainable: “Well, you know God has a reason… He’s in control of everything that happens…”
If this is true, then why did Jesus tell His disciples how to pray?
If God is in control of everything, why do we need to pray at all?
Is there crime in Heaven?
Is there tragedy in Heaven?
Sickness? Death? Evil?
The obvious answer is NO. These things will not (and do not) exist in Heaven.
So Jesus said, “In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your
Jesus broke the barrier for all of us when He said, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father and to My God and your God” (John 20:17).
Today on CBN.com, in preparation for the upcoming Father’s Day, I share about the amazing way God provided for all of us to have father-figures that help point us to Him. (CBN.com is the online magazine of Pat Roberson and The 700 Club.)
The statistics tell us many children born today will not have a father in the home, but regardless, this I know: God works very hard to make sure we find Him— whether it’s through the example of a real dad, a stepdad, a grandfather, or simply
This morning, as I sat and prayed, an old song came bubbling up out of my spirit:
When I think about the Lord, how He saved me, how He raised me, how He filled me up with the Holy Ghost,
How He healed me to the uttermost
When I think about the Lord, how He lifted me up and turned me around, how He set my feet on solid ground,
It makes me wanna shout ‘Hallelujah!’ ‘Thank You Jesus!’
Lord, You’re worthy of all of the glory and all of the honor and all of the praise!
The lyrics blessed me as I meditated on their truths. But because… Continue reading
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As much as I love to tell people about who we are in Christ (meaning who we are as Christians, fixed in Him), sometimes it’s necessary to also talk about who we are not. For example, Paul said in Galatians 3:28, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
For centuries, there has been a debate about whether women are or are not called to minister, and where it is appropriate and… Continue reading
Paul told us in Romans 6:11, “Likewise you also, RECKON yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but ALIVE to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I’m from Texas, so the word reckon can mean a lot of things. My grandma used to say, “I reckon we’ll do such-and-such…” meaning she guessed it was okay to go ahead with whatever plans were being made. I always thought reckon was just a slang country-word that didn’t mean much –but I was wrong!
Reckon means to consider, count, or tally your options. Or we could say ADD YOUR BENEFITS.
So Paul was reminding us that WE HAVE MORE BENEFITS IN CHRIST than the mistakes we’ve made… Continue reading
Hey! Why don’t we pop over to CBN.com today where I’m guest posting!
(CBN.com is the online magazine of Pat Roberson and The 700 Club.)
There’s a saying that goes: Seeing is believing. But in our walk with God, faith comes by hearing, not seeing… right?
Or maybe not.
Maybe seeing our love and work of faith will cause others to believe also… [click to tweet]
Join me on CBN today to learn more! Click here >> Is Seeing Believing?
You and I control our peace. No one else…
This morning my husband and I went for a pre-dawn walk. It was early! I have been trying to find the perfect time to exercise because I know I need it, but my schedule (by my choice) has limited my options.
As we started out, I was feeling angry –or maybe a better word is agitated. I knew I didn’t have a reason to feel this way. I slept good last night. It was my decision to go walking. I couldn’t put a finger on any particular reason for feeling the way I was, so I prayed as we walked.
No good. The more we walked, the… Continue reading