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Colorblind: When the Church Remains Silent

I don’t consider myself a particularly ‘politically-active’ person. While I have informed opinions on several socio-political issues, I am usually one to hold my peace until my opinion is relevant (which is not that often if I’m being all the way honest). And I will be transparent enough to admit that part of what plays into my ‘non-politicalness’ is my faith. I believe that while I am entitled to my opinion and to my feelings on an issue, God’s Word and heart trump my feelings and opinions every single time. So as a Christian who wears her faith on her sleeve, my first inclination when faced with a difficult issue is not to ignore my feelings or inclinations altogether, but to first and foremost to seek God’s heart and perspective and allow that to shape and guide my own. In the last two days two black men were gunned down and…

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The Thief of Joy

Someone asked me a few days ago about Joy. She had just accepted Christ into her life, and was wondering if it was possible that the Joy she felt in the aftermath of that single decision could last for ever. I wished with all my heart that I could tell her it would. There’s nothing worse than having to tell a new believer that this walk is not all rainbows and sunshine. In my mind I am inclined to spin it – to come up with creative ways to bypass the truth that the path we walk is a narrow one. But instead I told her the truth: in this life you will have to choose Joy. You will come to several crossroads where pain and fear and doubt and worry seem like the obvious choices – and you will have to choose Joy. After answering, I began to reflect on all…

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God Is Not Your Father

Your earthly father, that is. I’ve learnt that when we conceptualize our Heavenly Father, we often use our earthly fathers as a template: If your father was strict and restrictive, you see God as an authoritarian father, watching and measuring your every move by some unattainable standard. If he was loving and giving, you expect the same of your Heavenly Father: a never-ending vending machine of goodness. If your earthly Father was never around, or never cared, it’s hard to fathom that a Heavenly Father would be much different. At first I thought this father-Father comparison didn’t apply to me. I have an earthly father who is loving, somewhat strict, doesn’t give me everything I want, and always taught me who God is. But God showed me I was, in fact, no exception. Growing up, my father always placed precedence on me learning to be independent. He’d always be there…

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Walk of Shame (For Freedom Pt. 2)

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed or embarrassed. Genesis 2:25 The story of Adam and Eve is pretty well-known: God gives instruction, serpent tricks woman into disobeying instruction, woman eats apple and hands it over to man, God finds them red-handed, man is doomed for all of eternity. Aaaaand SCENE. The story continues that Adam and Eve on realizing their nakedness and hearing God calling for them, they hid in the Garden – as if the Omniscient, Omnipresent, Omnipotent God didn’t already know what they had done or where exactly they were hiding. But the Bible says something interesting happened before they did:  Then the eyes of the two of them were opened [that is, their awareness increased], and they knew that they were naked; and they fastened fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. Adam and Eve went from being naked and…

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire! (Freedom from Lies)

A slave is a transient, who can’t come and go at will. The Son, though, has an established position, the run of the house. So if the Son sets you free, you are free through and through. (John 8:34-36)   Don’t you hate that Voice? I’m sure you know the Voice I’m talking about. It’s almost impossible to miss: It’s the Voice that greets you in the morning, reminding you of all the things that went wrong the day before and how the day ahead is only going to be worse. The Voice that pipes up in that conference meeting telling you to pipe down because you are shy and you don’t actually have anything of value to contribute. It’s that Voice that points out all the things that are ‘wrong’ with you when you look in the mirror and tells you you will never be pretty enough or thin enough…

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Live What You’re Saying

I’ve always hated tests and examinations. While I’ve never failed one, the anxiety and stress that comes with them is enough to make me want to crawl under my covers and not resurface for days. And yet, I understand the significance of them. I understand that, while not always the greatest measure of ability for one reason or the other, when administered properly, they do offer some sense of our overall understanding of a topic or subject. Now, I haven’t been doing this ‘serious Christian’ thing for very long, but it absolutely amazes me how every single time I learn something – about God or who I am in Him or what His promises are for me – I am tested on that knowledge. Sometimes it’s months later. Other times it’s days later. Today it was seconds later. And to be honest, I was about to slip down the rabbit…

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For Freedom

Are you free? As Christians, we ought to be. Paul tells us in Acts 13:38-39: So let it be clearly known and understood by you, brethren, that through this Man [Jesus] forgiveness and removal of sins is now proclaimed to you; And that through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as his Savior and devotes himself to Him] is absolved (cleared and freed) from every charge from which he could not be justified and freed by the Law of Moses and given right standing with God. But the Bible also says something quite interesting in Galatians 5:1: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. A bit of tautology, it might seem, but I’ve found that it’s when Paul makes the least sense that he’s really saying the most profound things lol. The Holman Christian Standard Bible puts it this way: Christ has liberated us to be free. While the words…

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“What Do You Need?”

My trip back from Ghana this past Christmas was a nightmare – but one that turned out to be an important lesson. Don’t ask me why I thought two layovers was a smart thing to do, but I guess it was because as someone who enjoys traveling, the idea of stopping in a new country gives me butterflies. Needless to say that butterflies were the last thing in my stomach this time around. After an 8-hour flight to Copenhagen followed by a 12-hour layover – without a jacket, an outlet, or anywhere to sleep – and a delayed flight to NYC, I was exhausted. It was a Sunday and I had work the next morning (another mistake on my part lol), so on arrival at JFK, I rushed through customs trying to make my connection to Baltimore, after which I would have to take an hour-long and $40 uber ride…

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