Year: 2018

Talking with Your Mouth Full: You Are What You Eat pt 4

“Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” ~I PETER 2:1-3 NKJV In a letter of encouragement, the Apostle Peter writes that we, like newborn babes, should desire the pure milk of the word and grow in that. But let’s do a bit of backtracking in the word, recognizing that I Peter as one stream of thought in entirety and not segmented chapters. With that being said, what was Peter’s statement to the Body of Believers prior to chapter two verses one through three? “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because, “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the …

Choosing Faith in Prison: by Bri Lassiter

By Bri Lassiter I love the story of Joseph, it really inspires me, and I go back to it often and I feel like I’m constantly seeing something new in it. I grew up with a deep churchy background where I heard familiar stories like this one so much in childhood, but they were always told without the heart, just the bones, so as an adult sometimes when I read them again, it can be a process for me to tear back the dead layers of familiarity and boredom with an old story and really allow the heart and the fiery emotions of some of these radical stories to speak to me. I remember when I connected with this story for the first time as an adult, I had been speaking with the Lord about a now twelve-year health issue that’s made me feel imprisoned, and I was asking Him WHY am I still here in this prison, why have You not brought me out of this yet, and how am I supposed to even …

This Year: Hope For 2019

“Don’t remember the former things, and don’t consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” ~ISAIAH 43:18-19 The Apostle Paul said in (Philippians 3:13-14) that he had determined to forget what was behind him in order to obtain what was ahead of him, thus he pressed forward towards the goal of the high calling of his life. And if you are familiar with the life of Paul, then you know that he was responsible for many deaths and imprisonments of the first followers of Yeshua Jesus, only to be called into Christ’s glorious Light himself. Could you imagine what life would have been like had Paul allowed his past mistakes, failures, and disappointments to determine and even spoil his future? Think of all the humanitarians of the Faith who’ve come forward for good because Paul pressed forward leaving yesterday where it belongs…behind him. With the dawning of …

All Things Beautiful: Faith for the New Year

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” ~ECCLESIASTIES 3:11 The Year 2019 is the start of a new season, a new day, a new year! As with most people, many of us are stepping forward into the newness of the unknown while leaving behind so much. Maybe you lost a loved one. Maybe a relationship ended. Maybe you didn’t lose those last five pounds that you planned to shed at the start of 2018. The good news is it is okay. Christ Jesus, the God of all creation, knows your heart, and He knows the steps you take. If you trust Him, no matter how frozen the world around you may seem, (or for those of you who live below the equator experiencing sweltering heat) soon and very soon you will see and feel the warmth of the Son (sun) breaking through the ice and revealing all the goodness of …

Watch It!: You Are What You Eat pt 3

“Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” ~ MATTHEW 26:41 Eating is more than just the substance that we take in with our mouths. In all actuality, if you haven’t learned this truth yet, we eat with all of our senses. The first thing that we are drawn by is our sense of smell. Something lets us know, or leads us to believe that is good by the way it smells. It lures us, and like a fish on a hook, we follow the draw until our eyes take hold of what tempted us. At this point, we are left with a decision, to consume or not to consume. The first thought that comes to my mind is that of State Fair food or Carnival food. Let’s all be honest, there really is nothing good about all that deep fried greasy goodness, but our noses tell us otherwise and our eyes, more often than not come in agreement with the lie…heartburn and other ailments later, we are …

Mad Mona, Monarch of Madonia’s Christmas Surprise By Rachael Ritchey

I know better than to answer my phone after nine at night, and on Christmas Eve to boot. I really don’t know what came over me … except as I think on it, I doubt my not answering would have stopped Her Majesty from knocking my door down. It’s not as though anyone else would follow her on one of her hair-brained schemes. Learning to skateboard and royal spaghetti-eating contests in neighboring Pastarea aside, she’s not always a loon, but Queen Mona isn’t lovingly referred to as Mad Mona, Her Majesty of Madonia for nothing. At least I’m not wearing a ridiculous red-checked tablecloth as a cape this time. Still …. “Doyle!” Her Majesty waves me over with a wild sweep of her plump arm, the roundness of the limb enhanced by the down-filled coat I insisted she wear on this winter excursion that is quite against my better judgment. “Doyle! Stop lolly-gagging, you overzealous buffoon.” “Of course, Your Majesty.” I approach her and take the hand she extends to me. Between myself and the …

Jesus The Hope Of The World by Pastor Robert House

As you are reading this article you may be in the same place as me today. Externally everything looks right but internally nothing feels good. Our feelings have a way of being deceptive whereas we see situations that we are in as worse than what they really are. This is why the bible says to “Gaurd Your Heart”- Pro. 4:23. Your job is fine- you may not like the work but your boss is fair, your marriage is good- of course, there are always things to work on but you and your spouse are in a good place, and your kids aren’t getting on your nerves- yes they are brats but whose kids aren’t- LOL. While your finances aren’t what you want them to be, honestly, you can’t complain. Your body is just a reflection of your age but you know that you could drink more water and take the stairs more than the elevator- getting older is a gift. Remember that not everyone has made it to the age your at and spiritually you …

The Truest of Love & Purest of Light

“In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” ~I JOHN 4:9 I had the pleasure of reading an Instagram post by Jenna Kutcher talking about the glorious moment of giving birth to her new little girl, Conley Kutcher. What struck me was her poignant honesty, the questions that were on her heart concerning motherhood, love-at-first-sight, the revelation of being a mother, all of it. As I read her words and felt my eyes prick with tears of joy for her and the longing of my own heart for the blessing of sharing in a moment like hers, was the truth of how the God of all creation loves us. He loves us without question. He loves us in our mess. He loves us even when we are not only hateful to others but to Him. He loves us. There is an instant love that He has for us, an unwavering love, an unconditional love. The Love that …

Read it and Reap: You Are What You Eat pt 2

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ~II TIMOTHY 2:15 KJV If you want to be a success in anything, be it in taking on a new career path, to even learning how to properly use your new washing machine, you take the time to study and read. If you want to know how to properly program your new laptop you won’t read the manual for your car, and if you do read the manual for your car in expectation of being a wiz with your computer, guess again. What you read, what you feed your mind and heart matters. This is not to say at all, that reading for entertainment is bad. I write science fiction, which is sheer entertainment. But we still need to be picky readers and eaters if we want to be successful. Some things we read will weigh us down. Others will distract us. And then there are those things that have the potential to convince …

Bread of Heaven: A Word of Rejoicing

Revised from July 27, 2015 “Your Words were found, and I fed on them, and Your Word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. For Your Name is called on me, O Lord God of Hosts.” ~JEREMIAH 15:16 When I read this yesterday afternoon, I absolutely wept with thanksgiving. The words of truth and revelation came to life in an instant as I basked in the glorious presence of King Jesus in worship and adoration. So often, people miss the graciousness of God and His lavish love for His children. Although we lift our hands as an offering to Him, we are the ones who receive. “Your words were found, and I fed on them.” Christ Jesus is the Living Word of God and He alone is the Bread of Heaven. “In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” ~JOHN 1:1 I have been meditating on the term “Poiema” meaning Poem, and how we, the beloved children of God, are His Poetry in …