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All Lives Matter on World Leprosy Day

By on Jan 27, 2017 in Crazy Grace Blog | 2 comments

World Leprosy Day is January 29, 2017. Leprosy? Is that still a thing? I know Jesus healed people of leprosy, but is leprosy still around? Sadly, yes. Despite new treatments that can cure leprosy, the stigma of having an infectious disease keeps people from seeking treatment, especially when society shuts out people with leprosy. More than 200,000 new cases are reported every year, with more than half of them in India (World Health Organization). If treated early using multidrug therapy (MDT), people can recover without permanent disfiguration. Instead, most people with leprosy are forced to live in leper colonies, which are little more than garbage and sewage dumps. This contaminated environment only makes things worse.   Jesus Loves Lepers In the New Testament we find Jesus unafraid to touch lepers. He could have spoken the word to heal them, but He touched them, adding a social and...

Five Charities for Book Lovers

By on Jan 6, 2017 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

I’ve talked to several people recently who are downsizing and having to get rid of books or they must thin out a collection of books to make room for new ones, perhaps Christmas gifts. Book lovers face this common problem. It can be difficult to part with books, but there’s one thing I’ve found that makes it easier. Whenever possible, I donate books to people or organizations that will use them for advancing the Kingdom of God. Here are five places to repurpose your books: Bible Senders BibleSenders.org How many Bibles do you have? If you’re like most Christians, the answer is “a bunch” or even “too many to count.” I once stacked my Bibles and the stack was nearly as tall as I am. That’s when I started cutting back. Since then, I’ve sent multiple boxes of Bibles to Bible Senders. Bible Senders accepts requests for Bibles from around the world and the number of requests vastly out...

Christians, Politics, and Learning the Hard Way What Really Matters

By on Nov 13, 2016 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how Christians can align themselves on opposite ends of the political spectrum. After all, we read the same Bible and serve the same God. How can we end up on “opposite” sides? Or are we? As a general rule, I live by a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy when it comes to politics. Heaven knows I generate enough controversy on the other social taboo—religion—because I’m a Christian author. But I’ve decided, no, I feel compelled to break my own rule and speak on politics because I think we all need some grace and understanding to help us put up with one another. “Put up with one another. Forgive one another if you are holding something against someone. Forgive, just as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13, NIRV).   Does Jesus Take a Side? Every few years you’ll see books or articles claiming, “Jesus was a democrat” or “Jesus was a republican.”...

Meet Indie Author Stephen B. Bagley

By on Oct 8, 2016 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

Indie Author Day October 8, 2016 For Indie Author Day I wanted to introduce you to an indie author I admire.   Meet Stephen B. Bagley I’m proud to have as my friend, Stephen B. Bagley from Ada, Oklahoma. Stephen is the most successful indie author I know so I wanted to surprise him by featuring him for Indie Author Day. Stephen is successfully carving a niche out for himself as publisher at Many Rivers Harbor, a micro-publisher working with only a few authors. Stephen is a delightful, fun guy. I miss the days when we used to tweet late at night and he’d make up stories about himself like how the judge issued a restraining order to keep him away from the coffee shop—at least I think he was making up those stories. Ha! Stephen’s humor has entertained me for many years now, but that’s not to say he doesn’t take things seriously. He has a sensitive, spiritual side, too. The thing I admire...

Lord, Help Me to See Other People as You See Them

By on Aug 8, 2016 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

Lord, Help me to see other people as you see them. Let me not look upon the masses or refer to the generalized public, but to see each individual and love them the way you love them. You made each person in your own image. Let me see the image of God in each person. Let me realize the high esteem with which you regard each life. Just as I am your workmanship, let me see your workmanship in each life I encounter. It doesn’t matter whether they know you or not, they are still precious in your sight and you love them so much you died for them. How can I not treat each person with personal care when I know they are your masterpiece—a work of art in progress, being sculpted into your likeness? Lord, you said that if we do something for “the least of these” we have done it for you. The way I treat others is a reflection of how I treat you. My spiritual life is played out in the physical...