Sometimes I Wish We All Weren’t So “Christian”

This is a guest post by Wendy van Eyck I sometimes struggle to talk to people who believe in Jesus. Sometimes I wish my friends didn’t sound so Christian. Sometimes I wish they’d tell me how they feel instead of telling me what they think I want to hear. I find it hard because I don’t always feel like we can have a conversation about really matters to them. Often it feels like we are all trying to sound “Christian” rather than “human”. I know from experience how tempting it is to brush people off with a “Christian” Continue Reading [...]

My Convenience And ‘Their’ Commitment

I’m looking into the book of Acts as part of my theology studies. I’ve never seen things in it the way I have the last few weeks. It is amazing what God can do with people fully yielded to Him. It is amazing what happens when the Spirit of God is allowed full reign in the lives of the disciples in the early Church. Peter boldly speaks and 3,000 people repent and are baptised (Acts 2:14-41). Peter and John challenge the authorities with no fear (Acts 4:1-31). They speak God’s message with boldness. Philip follows the leading of the Holy Continue Reading [...]

My Opinions And God’s Will / Plans For Others

My Opinions And God’s Will Plans For Others I have opinions. Many opinions. I sometimes think I know more than I really do. Sometimes I convince myself of that. At other times I am so blinded by “my convictions” (whatever that is). I blindly believe and act according to what I think is best. I do this for me... The sad thing is that I also impose this on others, as well. And, worst of all, I try to recruit God to my side of the "judgment lines", when He doesn't do what I think He should be. Like He needs to be convinced I'm right... There are times I’ve had my opinions about others Continue Reading [...]

More Than A Combination Of Twenty Six Letters

I borrowed the tittle of this post from Mark Batterson's book, "In A Pit With A Lion On A Snowy Day". What I will share with you in this post is about something that struck a great chord in me. Particularly also due to my earlier post, More, Deeper Than A Craft. I get this from Mark who got it from Ted Loder's book, "Guerillas of Grace". It is about how prayer is way more than what we have reduced it to. May it resonate with you, the way it has with me: How shall I pray? Are tears prayers, Lord? Are screams prayers, Or groans or sighs or Continue Reading [...]

Who Am I Serving?

This scripture just struck me like a lightening bolt. Fear filled my heart as I read it. It is the light of the Word that's bringing to light that when I fear people, their opinions and even their threats more than God, in that instant I serve man. Do I sometimes serve fear more than God? The answer to this question doesn't come easy. Not because it is a difficult one; because it is not the one I'd rather give every time. Sometimes I do let fear get the best of me and I end up not serving God nor His purposes for others. Thus when the motives Continue Reading [...]

Demeaning Assignments God Gives Me

I've met many people with crazy, insane stories about how they encountered God. I've also heard many stories about how people have seen visions and got "a word from God" in some fireworks-spectacular-way. I get jealous, sometimes. Why can't God speak to me like He did or does with others? Something else that also kinda messes me up is how God seems to let others do cooler stuff than me. I'm not saying He shouldn't have given some assignments to other people. I just wish He'd spread out some of those assignments to me too. It's almost as if other Continue Reading [...]

Success When God Sends

Jonah's story, the one in the Bible, starts with God's word "coming" to Jonah (Jonah 1:1). (This is one of those moments my head says, "Whatever that means"). God reaches and speaks to us differently at different times, as different people. God sends us. How humbling. Related: ME | What The Assignments God Gives Reveal (Part 1) GOD | What The Assignments God Gives Us Reveal [Part 2] OTHERS | What The Assignments God Gives Us Reveal [Part 3] So, God sends Jonah, he didn't go where he should have at first, but ended up seeing an entire Continue Reading [...]

Called To Be, NOT To Reflect

I've fallen into the trap of believing what other preachers, like me have preached: we're called to reflect the light of God, so that the world can see Him. Not true; we're called to BE the light. Reflecting the light means I don't become what God wants me to be but point to Him. The best way for the world to see and glorify God is through being the light not playing a reflector. We are partakers with Jesus (2 Peter 1:3-15) not mere reflectors. Matthew 5:14-16 Being mere reflectors, as I and others have 'preached', makes us focus only on doing. Continue Reading [...]