“Oh no. Another one?” I found myself subconsciously saying every time I was expected to be at a group prayer meeting. So I started avoiding them. I couldn’t even put a finger on when it started – when I started hating prayer. I mean, how can someone who claims to love God and even works in ministry hate prayer?
Terrorist attacks in France, an earthquake off the coast of Japan, suicide bombings in Lebanon, and on and on it goes. It’s been a difficult week for many throughout the world. This series of unfortunate events has sparked a movement of prayers and broken hearts for the world around us. But I have to ask myself, is that really enough? Continue reading
Today as you read this, thousands of babies will be aborted and their body parts probably still sold; millions of children (majorly girls) are still being forced and trapped in labor or sex trafficking, and by the time you finish this article, at least one person in the United States will have been sexually assaulted
As Christians in the United States, we embrace the premise that God has destined us for “a time and place like this.” We rally around the fact that we live in 2015, and God has purposed us to be a light in today’s cynical and hypercritical culture. But when it comes to politics, that mentality often changes. For some reason we then believe that God must have made a mistake, or at least that’s what our actions say. I have noticed over the past year or so the increasing number of Christians who openly bash the President and the government. Which, in all fairness, is no big surprise given the focus on hot-button topics such as gay marriage and abortion. Continue reading
Being a Christian isn’t meant for you either.
I struggled being a Christian for the longest time—particularly because I couldn’t see the relevance behind it.
While growing up, I knew there was some significance to faith because we went every Sunday. Yet that curiosity slowly receded as the week went on. The farther we got away from Sunday, the more I questioned why Christianity was even relevant at all. Why did we need it if it didn’t apply to our daily life?
A few years ago, my cousin and brother were in the middle of nowhere in eastern Montana. It was Thanksgiving weekend and they were invited on an annual family pheasant hunting trip for the first time. Not really knowing what they’re doing, my grandpa drops them off to walk up a slough and tells them he’ll meet them at the end.
After a while, it starts getting dark and they are wondering where exactly they were supposed to regroup with our grandpa. Soon it’s pitch black and the temperature is far below zero. Continue reading
All the time people see my photos and ask what kind of camera I have. They think if only they had the same camera then they could automatically be a great photographer (not that I consider myself a great photographer). Anyway, I can’t blame them because I used to do the same thing. I’ll tell them what I use but then go on and explain how it’s not worth the money unless you really plan to study photography and learn the camera inside and out. Continue reading
It’s true, I didn’t wait for my future wife. Even as a Christian and someone who wants to do ministry, I’m still not waiting for her. Even though I grew up in the church where, at a young age, I was taught that I needed to wait for my wife who was somewhere out there. I was taught how blessed my future marriage and sex life would be if I waited and didn’t ruin it ahead of time. I was promised that it was worth the wait, and that she was worth the wait. Continue reading
I started doing it in high school. Actually, I didn’t even know what I was really doing. But I was drawn out into the wilderness. Alone. I didn’t even know what to say when my parents asked where I was going. So I’d make something up. I didn’t know how to explain it. I would drive out of town and park my car near some woods and just start walking. I didn’t have any idea where I was going, and I didn’t really care. It wasn’t just exploring for the sake of exploring, rather as if I was looking for something. As I was, I was looking for God. Continue reading
Lets face it, it seems like every time you go on Facebook somebody new has either gotten engaged, gotten married or had a baby. Hundreds of people show their support by giving it a ‘like’ or leaving a comment. In the same way, I see a lot of articles that are for married couples, single people or maybe those who are engaged. But what about the rest of who don’t blow up your newsfeed because we are only, dare I say it, dating.
Maybe when we get engaged people will start to show their support or give us some godly direction about relationships. But until then, it seems as though we are on our own to figure out this whole relationship thing. I’ve never been married or engaged, so it wouldn’t make sense to give advice about how marriage should work. But with God leading, and us intentionally seeking out older couples for advice, my girlfriend and I have learned a few things about pre-marriage, pre-engagement, dating. Continue reading