Tuesday, June 30, 2015

#SPEAKtheTruthInLove!





I am Coming out of the Closet; I support Biblical Marriage!


As I write this I am debating on posting it because I honestly do not want to deal with the negative feedback that it will stir.  I do not want to have some drawn out argument about this either publically or privately.  As a writer and guest minister I am a public figure.  As a public figure I feel that by stating my opinion and what the Bible really says I am drawing my own line in the sand.  There are many people who do not know what the Bible really says and there are a lot of misquotations going on out there in cyber land.  With respect may this be my away to voice my feelings realizing there are many who are not voicing their feelings that also stand for Biblical Marriage for the shear drama that the LGBT firestorm tends to start.  Also maybe just maybe that someone from the LGBT movement may read this and finally hear the other side of this debate.  I realize that we won’t agree with each other but perhaps the hostility on both sides can cease.
Homosexuality is not new.  It’s in the Bible. Let’s start with a clear and quick discussion on what the Bible says about homosexuality and the “gay” life style.  There are more scriptures but this is just a few.
·         Lev 18:22 ESV "You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination." 
·         Lev 20:13 NASB “"If there is a man who lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed a detestable act; they shall surely be put to death. Their bloodguiltiness is upon them." (NASB)
·         1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ESV “9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God..”
            To be clear God created Adam and Eve this is the Biblical definition of marriage.  Homosexuality in the eyes of God and the Bible is a sin.  So let me be very clear here as I say this: I don’t see homosexuality as any worse of a sin as any of the others listed in the Bible.  I am not perfect and God knows we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory.  This is why Jesus came upon the earth, so that through Jesus we might have a way to get to heaven.
            However here is the slippery slope when one starts to preach the sloppy grace message of “You can do whatever you want and still get to heaven.”  Does Jesus forgive?  Absolutely!  But Jesus doesn’t tell people to keep sinning. He stopped people from stoning the woman caught in adultery and told her to “go and sin no more!” (John 8:11)  In fact the Bible also says that if “you truly love God, you will keep his commandments.” (John 14:15)  Where is that line?  That is between the person and God, but I for one would like to be as furthest I can from the cliff because eternity is really eternal.
            It is absolutely true that one cannot force one to believe the same way that they do.  So many LGBT will say of me, but I can say the same for the LGBT movement as well.  We will not see eye to eye on this.  What really irritates me is when trying to have an intelligent conversation about it often many want to say that me telling what the gospel says is making me judgement and unloving to homosexuals.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  I love all people.  It is not out of hate that I tell people what the Bible says.  
            I love what Phil Robertson says “Our culture has accepted two huge lies; the first is that if you disagree with someone’s lifestyle you must fear or hate them.  The second is to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do.   Both are nonsense.  You do not compromise convictions to be compassionate.”
            Today I was told to “let go of my fear and live in the moment.”  This kind of nonsense is the part of the problem with the morality of this generation.  I will not let go of Biblical truths because my views are not popular.  This “just because it feels good then we should do it” is why America and morality is at an all-time low.  This is simply the lust of the flesh which is talked about quite boldly in the Bible.  “For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.” (1John 2:16)  Many people will argue that homosexuality is not a choice that people are “born that way.”  I totally disagree with that.  Sin is always a choice.  I know people that have been tempted into the lifestyle and made decisions who are now happily in heterosexual relationships.  It is a choice to be given into sin. Once one makes little concessions they get sucked into sin.  I’m sure many may “feel” they’ve been born that way, but God did not make anyone gay.  God did not create anyone to be gay.  He loves people who are gay.
~~~~~Putting all of that aside~~~~
            The courts of America made some choices that I whole heartedly disagree with.  Honestly the ruling doesn’t surprise me. I understand that though I disagree with the homosexual lifestyle that we aren’t going to see eye to eye, but I believe that the redefinition of marriage is a slippery slope.  If people want to go do that then that is between them and God.  However, already I’ve heard people trying to justify pedophilia, and bestiality. What infuriates me about this ruling is that 30 American states have said they don’t support Same-Sex marriage.  But yet the Judicial system has overruled that.  I hate to no end that the Federal Government has stopped listening to the people of America.  It is no longer a nation for the people and by the people.  They seem to have their own agenda and they only seem to care about what the people say when it’s voting time.  I’m tired of America thinking that it’s okay to make such absolutes.  The sound of our forefathers crying and weeping can almost be heard from their graves.  This nation is serving its own agenda and not the people.
            I realize that the LGBT community sees this as a huge victory for them.  But I’m more concerned about the degradation of the fabric of the 1st Amendment.  What this opens the door for people being “forced” to perform marriages that they don’t agree with.  It’s the forcing of people to go against their own beliefs in all areas of commerce. As much as a homosexual individual has the right to their opinions I have a right to mine.  As an ordained minister I cannot be forced to perform a wedding I do not agree with.  I would not go into a Muslim deli and demand a ham sandwich, and when they don’t have it sue the deli for being so inconsiderate.  It has become evident that the 1st Amendment is only ok if your views are popular.  Christians are at a crossroads; will they just stay quiet keeping their heads conveniently in the sand, or will they stand up for righteousness.  Jesus was never the popular choice.
            I for one am standing.  I refuse to be manipulated by a LGBT agenda that would seek to bully me to be silent.
            I love love love my pastor’s response. They said that quite simply it looks like that all the more so people need to be shown the love of Jesus.  There is a world out there that needs to hear the gospel.

             The Bible warned us of this.  It says that in the last days what was considered evil would be considered good.  (2 Timothy 3).  At the end of the days I will be standing on the side of God, His word, and righteousness.  Christians we need to use wisdom like never before, show love, but refuse to stay silent.  We have stayed silent for too long.  We have been bullied into a corner about our faith.  We must be wise as serpents but gentle as doves.  We must love the Hell out of people, but refuse to compromise.  We must pray.  American Christians we must start voting for righteousness.  We must stop allowing our liberties in this country to be trampled upon.  I still believe in the foundation of America, my hope is that it will return to its first love….”if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Chipotle was my Manna



            My family just got back from a great few day journey. We spent a lot of time in the car, but there were some great memories to be made.  We were blessed to get to finally make it to Kentucky to the Creation Museum.  Dan and I have wanted to go there for years.  One of Dan’s old professors from college is over their scenic/props/puppeteering department.  We thoroughly enjoyed getting to see the museum and visit with this longtime friend.  We then went to the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati.  My girls have both studied the historical significance of the Ohio River during the slave years prior to this, and it was an eye opening educational experience to them.  We then were able to drive to Pittsburgh for the day, and Dan and I were able to retrace some of our “before we were married roots.”  Here is a picture attached where we restaged his proposal.  Unbeknownst to me, he’d made a ‘ring’ out of a bubblegum wrapper and surprised me with it. We had a super blessed trip.


            However, many of my readers probably aren’t aware I am not of fan of long car rides.  I loathe being stuck in a vehicle for major periods of time.  What is even worse is when I have to drive.  Somewhere in life I have started to struggle with a fear of driving on highways around huge semi-trucks. I make myself continue to do it.  I will not let it overtake me.  I know that God has not given me a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
            On one of the days it was my turn to drive and most of my family was asleep.  It was raining.  I-70 randomly decided that it wasn’t going to have any lines on the side of the road.  Semi’s were crowding me. The cars behind me were getting mad. The mountains of WV to get to PA were in full force.  I wasn’t feeling well.  I was clutching the steering wheel praying.  By the time my husband woke up he knew I wasn’t doing well.  We were all getting hungry.  I didn’t know where to stop.  I love Mexican food and I love Chiptole.  I had been craving it all day.  However we were on the highway.  I suppose I could have plugged it in my GPS, but I didn’t want to get too far off the highway.  Suddenly I spotted a sign for another restaurant.  I didn’t want to go to that one but I figured that was a sign that this upcoming exit would have some commerce.  I wasn’t going to stop until I got that one.  Something inside of me kept pushing me on. 
            “When are you stopping?”  Dan was starving and I knew he knew that my knuckles were turning white from clutching to the steering wheel.  He wanted to take over.
            “Not until I get to that exit.”  I was firm that something had to be there.
            “What are you in the mood for?”
            “I want Chipotle! But I’ll settle.  We’ll stop there at that exit.”
            Exits were coming and going and I could tell Dan wanted me to stop before, but I was determined.
            Finally when we pulled off the highway the red sign beamed from afar.  The exit had a Chipotle.  I understand this seems like such a small thing to many, but I felt like I had just waged a war getting through this fear I am overcoming, and God was rewarding me with Chipotle!  There were so many stops before I almost pulled over, but yet in the end I got the burrito manna from heaven.
            Perhaps to some this analogy may seem a little cheesy, but not to me.  So many times in our life we persevere and wonder will we ever be rewarded in the end?  We push through without being too sure what the outcome may look like.  I want to promise you today, that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek him!  (Hebrews 11:6)  He does not have you walk into a battle without having the outcome prepared.  Me getting my Chipotle fix, I know is so very minor, but at that moment I wanted to get out of that car and hug the lady behind the counter.  It was a big deal to me.  God doesn’t want us to settle, He wants to reward us with what is beyond what we can imagine.  Trust Him today.  If you find yourself in a battle, He is working it out for your good.  Trust Him even in the small things.  He loves you so much that He likes to bless you. He wants to reward you.  You have to trust Him!

God has awesome plans for your life. Get excited!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Random Musings


Hello my super awesome fabulous readers,
            This mini blog isn’t exactly a teaching blog, more like another random thoughts/musings moment.  I realized I hadn’t written anything in blog for in a while and I miss y’all when I don’t. 
            Yesterday was a year ago since we moved back to Ohio from Florida.  I can’t believe it’s been a year.  I have never had doubts that this was where God wanted us to go.  It’s been a challenge facing some of the bumps we’ve had in the road; however I still have no regrets.  God is faithful.  Sometimes His timing is not our own.  The word that I got today that has been churning in my spirit is avalanche.  I believe for an Avalanche of Supernatural favor to be heading our way.  I believe that God has that in store for many of you as well. 
            I just got word that “Confessions of a Ninja Mom” has made it to Kindle.  I realize it’s my opinion, but I think the kindle version at $2.99 is a pretty good deal.  Check it out! Yeah!!! 

            
            My super fabulous agent has been hard at work.  I appreciate all of your prayers regarding this.  In short I’ve felt like for the last 14 years of me trying to truly break into some literary worlds; and it’s been like I’ve been playing poker with only 10 cards.  Suddenly with her assistance I feel like I’m playing with a full deck.  We believe for God to open the doors that He wants open.
            I was invited a few days ago to attend/preach at a Pastors conference in Kenya.  It’s not uncommon for me to get these invitations. They come about once a month.  For now, I pretty much always nicely tell the people no now and to keep connected with us.  Simply put I know that God will send us overseas for ministry trips someday but until God really speaks to us, I’m not ready to just hop on a plane.  Also there are a lot of crazy online schemes so I always encourage people to make themselves available to get to know us, and that we are open to hear from God on the matter.  What was unusual and really blessed me about this exchange was according to this pastor, there is a group of pastors that get together and study what I have out, and use the material in their churches.  It’s amazing to me how this small-town “NinjaMom” can touch churches in the villages of Kenya.  It amazes me yet again how God can multiply the smallest of things to the Kingdom.  I pray no matter where you are in the world, that if you follow my work, may you look to God and not me.  I’m just doing everything I know to do, to point in His direction. 
            
I pray that all of you are well.  I pray for my readers often. 
           
Know that God has an AVALANCHE of awesome plans for your life.  Get excited!