Some years ago, I found myself subbing for a rambunctious group of second graders. Each of the students entered the room that morning with their own little personalities, and made their way around the room to complete their morning assignments. However, there was one student in the bunch whose behavior differed from the others. Although he sat amongst a table of smiling peers, he was crying his eyeballs out… and I couldn’t understand why; after all, school had barely begun. Continue reading
One day, back in November, while scrolling my local newspaper’s website, I came across a picture and was instantly captivated by its beauty. Staring a moment longer at the grandeur of the scene, I came to realize that the building was familiar to me—it was the inside of my hospital! The place I’d been visiting pretty frequently, as multiple health issues had abounded over time. Continue reading
Lately, I’ve been experiencing and hearing a lot about the infamous “D” word: depression. Thankfully, the depressive episodes haven’t gotten to the point they once were in my life—chronic—but they do rear their ugly heads from time to time. And as stated, I’ve been hearing a lot about depression, particularly from Christians. Because of this, I started to question myself some days ago: What could be the cause of this (outside of medical reasons)? Why is it that the very people who are supposed to be joyful and rejoicing in a guaranteed inheritance so blue? Continue reading
In the past weeks, I’ve been told, and read of via online news portals, about passing after passing, or, death after death. And these deaths, as some may imagine, haven’t been of the elderly, those whom have lived a number of years and matured gracefully. No. These deaths have been of the young, those barely wet behind the ears, and haven’t seen one strand of gray hair. Continue reading
A while back, I was sent a video of some children in a church, singing, dancing, and “getting caught up in the Spirit.” It was supposed to be funny (particularly, the getting “caught up” part), but while watching, I wasn’t amused. It simply reminded me of how our children aren’t being taught the Word of God and what it really means to honor and praise Him. Instead, they’re being taught performance and “emotionalism,” masked as spirituality. Continue reading
In Psalm 119:71, David says, “It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I might learn Your decrees.” Not long after I was converted and afflicted (some time ago now), I found myself echoing that same sentiment on reading it. In spite of the dire circumstances I found myself facing, I could see God’s hand within them, working for my good. Years later, still facing much affliction, my sentiments are the same. Continue reading
If you’ve been a believer for an extended period of time now—at least two years, I’ll say—you’ve come to the understanding that growth in Christ and His Word isn’t an overnight process, but can be compared more to the process of a planted seed, which takes time to germinate. Continue reading
A short time ago, I found myself engaged in conversation with someone I’ve known since my childhood years (he’s a little younger). The conversation began lightly, remembering things from the past, but quickly shifted when I asked, “So when are you and your girlfriend getting married?” Continue reading
Hello again, sisters. Today, I’ve come to finish up my short series on false teaching in “Gospel” music. As we’ve seen thus far (from part 1), it is important for us to be mindful of what we listen to, and also for song writers/artists to be mindful of the material they put out. The Word tells us, in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” This is something that each person who teaches, or aspires to teach, God’s words is to do (and all Christians in general, too). Continue reading
The idea that false teaching can occur through “Gospel” music (music that is supposed to exalt and glorify God through the spreading of the Gospel message) may be unbelievable, and seemingly far-fetched, to some. But, believe it, sisters, because it is happening in the world of “Gospel” music, and much more frequently today.
In this blog (and the one that will follow it), I will be giving examples of some of the false messages I’ve heard in songs deemed Gospel, to show you that this phenomenon is real, and also in the hope that it will make you more aware of what you’re listening to, assuring that it aligns with Scripture.