Hating to be Hated
Jacksonville, Florida

Hating to be Hated

Everyone wants to be liked. Most people would love to be popular. But does it seem that since you’ve become a Christian, friends have turned against you? People give a snide look when they discover you go to church. That’s okay, Beth Moore has people who attack her. I’m sure even Billy Graham has his detractors. In Matthew 5:10 it reads Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom …

Feeling the love?
Jacksonville, Florida

Feeling the love?

Have you ever felt that flutter inside your stomach that says someone loves you? You read about it all the time in romance books, but are the warm fuzzies real? I can honestly say it was only in the last couple of years that I felt it. There wasn’t a lot of love in my house when I was growing up. We put the “dys” in dysfunctional. Later when my ex-husband said it, I always …

Who’s That Sitting Beside You?
Jacksonville, Florida

Who’s That Sitting Beside You?

Would you recognize Jesus if he appeared to you in a dream? What if he walked straight up to you on the street? When Jesus first appeared, He was snubbed, ridiculed, and hung from a cross. The powers that be didn’t want to believe He was the Son of God. Would you be one of the people who scoffed? How do you know that man you bumped into at the store wasn’t Jesus? If he …

What Do You Do When No One’s Watching?
Jacksonville, Florida

What Do You Do When No One’s Watching?

We’re going to try an experiment this week. I want you to write down every sin you do. Whether it’s giving a hand gesture while stuck in traffic, or using foul language, or worse. On Sunday I want you to show it to one of your good church friends. No way, you say. That’s okay. I just wanted to prove a point. We have a habit of acting different in front of our church friends …

Smile. People Will Wonder What You’re Up To
Jacksonville, Florida

Smile. People Will Wonder What You’re Up To

I saw boy riding his bike to school the other morning, swerving back and forth. He was having fun. Fun is something some of us Christians have a hard time remembering. We think because God did some serious stuff, we should have a sourpuss look on our faces. Remember as a kid, you’d spin around and around until you made yourself dizzy, and you’d laugh until you thought you would wet your pants? You should …

Being Single in a Couple World
Jacksonville, Florida

Being Single in a Couple World

Today is Valentine’s Day, and if you’re single, you feel left out. There’s no one to buy you chocolates or flowers. God doesn’t want us to be unhappy just because we don’t have that “special” someone. Psalm 68:3 reads: But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. I got together with my Monday night Bible Study group, the Ladies of the Lord, and we came up with …

Are You a Stinky Christian?
Jacksonville, Florida

Are You a Stinky Christian?

A couple of Sundays ago, my pastor mentioned how too many Christians were like manure. If manure stays in one place nothing grows, whereas if it’s spread around, it helps things to flourish. That’s not an exact quote, but close enough. What he didn’t say, but is true, is when manure sits in one spot for a long time, it also starts to smell bad. Mark 16:15 reads He said to them,”Go into all the …

Grey Hairs and Worry Go Together
Jacksonville, Florida

Grey Hairs and Worry Go Together

We got word this week that my youngest has been accepted to the school of her choice, University of West Florida. She’s real excited. So am I, about everything except the cost. Oh-uh. I think another grey hair popped out. As much as I’d like to worry, and as much as I will, God will find a way for her to go. He’s always provided for us, and He will in this instance also. He …

Complain, Complain
Jacksonville, Florida

Complain, Complain

How often do you hear God speak to you? He might be telling you to do something you don’t want to do. Maybe he wants you to tell someone about Jesus. To some, that takes us way out of our comfort zone. We come up with all types of excuses not to do what God wants us to do. “I’m too tired,” “I don’t know how,” “I’m afraid I’ll look like a fool,” “I’ll miss …

Sibling Rivalry
Jacksonville, Florida

Sibling Rivalry

I was in a store the other day and a young boy was crying because he wanted a candy bar, and his mother wouldn’t get him one. (It probably didn’t help that I grabbed a Snickers. What? I’m entitled. It’s not like I was going to eat it in front of the kid.) While he caterwauled, his sister sat there, not saying a word, watching him have a conniption fit. Eventually the mother asked him …