Jun 252013
 

Sheep eating plantRecently a friend sent me an article about this unusual and deadly plant. Everything about this living organism shouts METAPHOR! 

How well I know a wide range of individuals within churches of all denominations who patiently wait their time to feed on unsuspecting ‘sheep’ or fellow Christians.

At first appearance, they seem harmless enough, with their rich, healthy glow and sleek, green leaves. But you will find that if you get too close these individuals, they will not be who you first thought them to be. 

Sheep eating plants

Mar 242011
 
Perfect peace

Every one of us has, or is, or will face a challenge so great, we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to maintain our “sanity” riding out the storm.

Whether it is a financial situation, a relationship, health or some other sudden or growing crisis, our peace hangs in the balance. Truly, our relationship with Christ will be challenged in every way. We’ll discover who we truly trust (ourselves, the doctors, the CPA, friends, or He Who Redeems.)

Mar 182011
 
Heart given

“Sweetheart,” the young mother said, as she leaned over her teenage daughter sitting on the couch pouting. “Don’t you understand that God and I love you UN-conditionally?”

“If that’s the case then you’d let me do what I want to do and it would be okay, right? the daughter replied.

“Well, that’s not what I meant.” the mother responded.

“Then your love is conditional and God is a liar!” the daughter shouted, stomping out of the room.

Mar 182011
 
Concerned woman

Have you ever asked a dear Saint, “How are things with you?” and then received the reply of, “Man, I tell you, the devil is really beating us up.”

You ask what is going on, and they continue with a flourish, all the gory details of conflict, crisis and disasters.  “Wow,” you think (and are led to believe) … and in fact, may respond with …. “You must be really doing something right to get beat up like that!”

Wait …

Mar 182011
 
Shannon as a child

Perhaps the most unsettling thing I’ve encountered in my Christian walk has been thinking that I had something figured out – only to discover there was ‘more to the story’.

As a young Baptist girl, I was taught the belief of “once saved, always saved.” That blanket statement stayed with me for years – even though that wasn’t even logical. I believed it and that was it. I trusted everything they told me in church .  After all, they said it was “God’s Word.”