Just Let The 10 Commandments Go Already

Personnel from the Secretary of State’s office inspect the damage to the new Ten Commandments monument outside the state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017, after someone crashed into it with a vehicle, less than 24 hours after the privately funded monument was installed on the Capitol grounds. Authorities arrested a male suspect. (AP Photo/Jill Zeman Bleed) TIME Magazine

The Ten Commandments made the news again when an Arkansas monument was destroyed…again. This was the second set of stone tablets to be erected on the State Capitol property, and within 24 hours, they were smashed.

(If you aren’t seeing any weird Moses story connections, I suggest re-reading that first paragraph.)

While the destruction of The Ten Commandments monument may be a religious hate-crime, while having them up in the first place maybe seen as a passive aggressive way of forcing religion on people that don’t want it, or seen as a way of moralizing a spiritual faith, I want to go on the record: IT IS TIME TO LET THE TEN COMMANDMENTS DIE. Continue reading “Just Let The 10 Commandments Go Already”

MyBookLook: Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge

“…if you don’t chase your dreams, someone will hire you to build theirs.”

It’s the dream of many people to be their own boss. To be able to call the shots, to be in charge of their own company, their own future; it’s something that a large percentage of the population wants. But so few can actually say that is what their lives are like. More and more people remain living in their fantasy, longing for the day when they will be able to stop living with their heads in the clouds, and actually see their dreams as reality. What they need to do is to start. But how? How do you Launch Your Dream? Dale Partridge is here to help.

In a 30-day, step by step book, this Wall Street bestselling author shares everything you would need to know to go from dreaming about your business to living your business. From passion to profession, Partridge takes expert and practised advice, and encourages and equips the dreams to move on from their day jobs and into their dream jobs. Discussing the things that you need to know, like branding, “whyology”, how to relearn customer service, and so many valuable entrepreneurial skills, Launch Your Dream will speak to you no matter what kind of business you want to start. Continue reading “MyBookLook: Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge”

2 Things To Remember When It Feels Like God Isn’t Answering Your Prayer

We tend to think God isn’t listening or that His arm is too short to answer our prayers. Actually, the problem is us…kind of.

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If you have ever prayed, asked God for something, an answer, some direction, healing, anything; if you have prayed and God has not answered, raise you hand. Or click the like button. Something to show that you are with me on this.

I have prayed for years now, asking God what He has called me to this particular place for, what role I am supposed to be playing in the church, and I have heard nothing in response. Maybe you have prayed the exact same prayer. Or maybe your pray was more noble and it was a prayer for someone else. Perhaps you have been asking for a loved one to be healed of a long time illness. You could be asking God to send that special someone your way, or make something work out for you to take that next step in your job or school, or in life. Continue reading “2 Things To Remember When It Feels Like God Isn’t Answering Your Prayer”

BFB Reviews: The Chamberlain Key by Timothy Smith

What started out as a strange coincident turned out to be something much stranger than Timothy Smith first considered. A simple Bible story suddenly became a rabbit hole type mystery that sent Smith on a wild journey, unlocking a secret code that would rock his world in ways he never dreamed.

But is it true? The question one asks themselves when glancing on the cover, pondering what “The God Code” will reveal, is how accurate are Timothy Smith’s findings? What will happen if they are true?

Sadly, The Chamberlain Key is not some great, lost mystery that has recently been unearthed. Rather, this is a book that should be left alone, itself lost and forgotten.

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On June 18th, Be Kind

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If you didn’t flip to your calendar app to check, or glance up at the one hanging on the wall, let me tell you: June 18th is Father’s Day.

While a large part of me is writing this for pastors and teachers, as they prepare sermons and lessons for the upcoming holiday, I can’t help but think that this message needs to be heard by more than just the spiritual leaders. Everyone needs to be kind on Father’s Day. Continue reading “On June 18th, Be Kind”

Why God Uses Those Moments When We Have Hit Rock Bottom

There are times when I feel like I am beating my head against a rock. I keep struggling with the same issue, the same problem over and over again. I ask myself why it is still a regular obstacle, but I can never get an answer. I’ll pray about it, and God seems to be silent on the matter.

It doesn’t matter what the particular issue is, we all have that one thing that we continually come up against and fumble. Time and again, we fall, we succumb to the pressure. And then, time and again, we wonder where we have gone wrong, and how can we possibly fix. Continue reading “Why God Uses Those Moments When We Have Hit Rock Bottom”

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading The Old Testament

I’ve been reading through the Pentateuch for my personal devotions. It has been a long time coming, and as soon as I’m done with Deuteronomy, I’ll keep going and start reading Joshua. It’s tough. Not only because the names are hard to pronounce. Not because the laws and rituals and rites and commandments get to be overwhelming and jumbled in my mind. And not because of the strange stories that litter the commands of God, like Balaam and the talking donkey. It’s tough reading through the Old Testament because very few people do.

Most people spend their time reading the Gospels or the Epistles that were written by Paul. To be fair, some people will delve into the Psalms or the Prophets, if they are interested in end times theology, but by and large, the New Testament is where people park themselves when it comes to personal Scripture reading (if they do that at all).

Now, I am not saying that they are wrong to do this. The importance of the New Testament, the words of Jesus, the writings of Paul, and the other books that round out the 27 books, cannot be understated. But to overemphasize the New and undermine the Old Testament does a great disservice to a large portion of our Holy Scriptures. There needs to be a balance between the two.

Because most people aren’t reading the Old Testament now, and I am, I’ll give you 3 reasons why you should be considering the first 39 books of the Bible for your personal devotions. Continue reading “3 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading The Old Testament”