“How can I live a better life?” This theme had dominated my priorities since getting to know God. I could see how a healthy life, utilizing advice on psychology, diet and work, among other things provided in the Bible, had benefited my friends, mentors and many throughout history. I wanted this for myself. I wanted a clear mind, I wanted energy, I wanted diligence in … Continue reading Do it yourself religion?
One of my favourite things to do on a Sabbath afternoon was sitting on the couch and watching Veggietales for four hours with my siblings, this in turn, drove my parents up the wall as we only had three Veggietales VHSs. However, that did not stop my sister and I from binge watching “Josh and the Big Wall” over and over and over and over … Continue reading VEGGIETALES DID NOT PREPARE ME FOR THIS
Clarity. When everything finally falls into place and you feel at peace, at least this was my first experience with it. However, the clarity I discovered was ironically found with the object which had previously confused me. ***** I have always believed that God existed and that the Bible was accurate. However, I had never experienced anything which made this belief meaningful and life-changing for … Continue reading CLARITY
In a world saturated with advertisements, I usually choose to ignore any posters on advertisement boards or along walkways. However, there was one occasion when a small red card, surrounded by lots of large flamboyant advertisements, stood out to me. Written on the card in bold white letters were the words “Imagine an Unfailing Love”, and beneath this in smaller white letters, “(There is Good News … Continue reading IMAGINE AN UNFAILING LOVE
Anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I am not a very practical person. If you ask me to write an essay, I will start in a heartbeat but, there is something that seems insurmountable about changing a light bulb. Recently, I had the ultimate stressful experience which put all my shortcomings with useful tasks on display. After teaching for the full … Continue reading EMPTY TANK
Who doesn’t fondly remember having their mother quote to them as a child, the following, infamous Bible verse: cleanliness is next to godliness? The verse seems created purely to justify unwanted showers and enforce thorough scrubbing behind the ears. Of course, this Scripture is one of many other notorious verses which come from the same holy book; versus such as “moderation in all things”, “this … Continue reading WHY DOES GOD NOT WANT ME?
You are walking through the supermarket; your gaze is floating between all the fresh fruit and vegetables as you consider your lunch. Suddenly, out of the corner of your eye, you behold the golden glow of that glorious corner of the building simply labelled ‘Bread’. Before you can say ‘baguette’ your body has floated across the epoxy coated vinyl, you have lifted your choice of … Continue reading ADDICTION
Surrender is a challenging concept. In our human minds we view surrender to be giving up and so to be the ultimate failure. In World War I soldiers were ordered not to fight but to die because to surrender would be viewed as cowardice. In World War II Japanese fighter pilots would purposefully crash their planes with the intent of destroying them because to be … Continue reading SURRENDER
DISCONNECTED I was standing in a worship service but I had never felt so far away from God. The words to the song were coming out of my mouth but I did not have a clue what they meant. My thought process went something like this: We are an inanimate object, like literally? Right then. This song doesn’t once mention God? I could sing this … Continue reading CHURCH: WHY BOTHER?
1 in 100 000 The last time I think I broke my finger was nearly two years ago. I say I think because when the doctor looked at the X-Ray she said that there was not even enough bone in my finger to tell if I had broken it. I am twenty years old and so far I have had three CT scans, two MRI’s, … Continue reading WEAK BONES, STRONG GOD