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A Call to Love LGBT Individuals [Book Review: Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach]

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God Is Greater Than Our Discomfort It’s difficult to discuss sexual issues, even in the context of a godly marriage, so it’s no wonder we feel uncomfortable grappling with sexuality in the context of LGBT relationships. And what makes us uncomfortable, we push away. That’s a normal reaction, but we must fight our instinct for the sake of Christ. Truth Too many Christians have used “truth” as a sledgehammer to bludgeon people who identify as LGBT. Because so many Christians have hated LGBT members, they have (naturally) hated Christians—and Christ. This is not right. Shame on us. Truth is important, and we must hold true to our convictions that God only endorses sex in the confines of marriage between a man and a woman. While LGBT sex is a sin, the inclination or temptation of LGBT is not a sin, just as premarital or adulterous sex is a sin, but the desire or temptation is not a sin....

Prayer: Surrendering My Words to God

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Lord, I often say things that are unintentionally insensitive or deliberately hurtful. I’m tired of the wake of disaster and destroyed relationships. I’m tired of being blocked, banned, and battle-worn. I know it dishonors you when I do not show love in my words and attitudes. I surrender my words to you. Guard my tongue from careless words (Psalm 141:3). Let your Holy Spirit speak through me (2 Samuel 23:2) because I know you will only speak faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13) to others. I will open my mouth and allow you to fill it with good things (Psalm 81:10). Make my words a life-giving fountain (Proverbs 10:11) for the tongue can bring death or life (Proverbs 18:21). May my words acceptable in your sight (Psalm 19:14). Make it so.

When Christians Shun You Because You Have a Mental Illness

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It really hurts when Christians shun you because you have a mental illness. I was in a Bible group and the assignment was Jonah’s prayer. I noted in the margin that suicide is never the only option. Okay, not the clearest image, but this is what I shared in the group. When I shared the picture of my Bible page, I mentioned why that mattered from my perspective–because I have a mental illness. No one responded in the comments, as they typically had. The moderator, who comments on EVERY post, did not comment on mine. The next day, the admin blocked me. I’m sharing this because it’s real. It happens. It’s my life. You may think Christians are above this, but they’re not. Mental illness is too scary to them–too misunderstood. I want to be open about it because I want people to understand. I always try to turn every painful incident into a teachable...

14 Bible Verses on Meditation

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I’ve been looking into what the Bible says about study and meditation. Did you know that the Bible speaks more often, and more favorably, about meditation than it does about study? And yet our Christian culture values left-brain, analytical study and regards meditation with great suspicion. I think we have it all backwards. I’ll post comprehensive comments as I conclude my personal study, but I wanted to leave these verses here for your consideration—and meditation. One evening as he was walking and meditating in the fields, he looked up and saw the camels coming. (Genesis 24:63)Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. (Joshua 1:8)But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. (Psalm 1:2)May the words of my mouth and the...

60 Biblical Affirmations for Anxiety

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  Affirmations aren’t a magic spell. Reciting affirmations doesn’t make anxiety go away. But they do change our minds. The things we affirm become our default thought habits. I hope you’ll continue to saturate your mind with the word of God and I want to make it easy for you to review these affirmations so here is a concise list of all 60 affirmations.   I take one day at a time by trusting God for today. Matthew 6:34 My future is in God’s hands. Psalm 31:15 I give my worries to God because he cares about what happens to me. 1 Peter 5:7 God calms all my fears with his love. Zephaniah 3:17 I trust God when I am afraid. Psalm 56:3 Everything belongs to the Lord so I have no reason to worry. Psalm 24:1 I do not worry about everyday life. Matthew 6:25 Jesus has compassion on me when I am confused and worried. Matthew 9:36 I give God permission to reveal my anxious thoughts and...

I will not die a day before God says so because the Lord keeps me alive.

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  But God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive! Psalm 54:4 In today’s info-saturated culture, we all tend to be hypochondriacs a bit. We look up a symptom on the Internet and discover the wide range of terrifying maladies we could have. Our minds run wild as we consider the bad news a doctor visit might reveal. It’s rarely that bad. There’s no reason to feel anxious about our health because the Lord knows the number of our days. No one will die a day before God says so and, if it is my time to die, nothing I do will stop it. I can rest assured that God is in control of my life and health.     You have been reading 60 Biblical Affirmations for Anxiety. You might prefer to purchase a copy for your eReader at one of the following booksellers.             Your purchase helps put a meal on my table. Thank you!     Like the images?...

I do not fret about evildoers because their fate is in God’s hand.

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  Don’t fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. For evil people have no future; the light of the wicked will be snuffed out. Proverbs 24:19-20 Don’t worry about the wicked or envy those who do wrong. For like grass, they soon fade away. Like spring flowers, they soon wither. Psalm 37:1-2 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Philippians 4:6 We want to see justice done so we get worked up about evildoers who seem to get away with it. Rather than seeking revenge, we are to forgive and let God handle the matter. Don’t fret about the fate of evildoers. It’s not something we need to concern ourselves with because God is in control. Pray for God’s blessing on your enemies. That’s true freedom.     You have been reading 60 Biblical Affirmations for Anxiety. You might prefer to purchase a...

I trust God when I am afraid.

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    But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3 We worry because we don’t really trust God to take care of us. Instead, we need to reaffirm our trust in God’s love and power to work in our lives. Say it out loud, “I trust God to . . .” (fill in as needed).   You have been reading 60 Biblical Affirmations for Anxiety. You might prefer to purchase a copy for your eReader at one of the following booksellers.             Your purchase helps put a meal on my table. Thank you!     Like the images? Order the Deck of 60 Cards Anxious for Nothing Deck: 60 Biblical Affirmation Cards for Anxiety   Available Only at The Game Crafter