Does God Promise to Feed and Clothe Christians?

Especially given the age that we live in, and as we watch our brothers and sisters in the Middle East suffer at the hands of ISIS being driven from their homes and towns, this is a particularly relevant question from Kevin in California: “Dear Pastor John, in Matthew 6 we read: ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and al … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 136: Controlling Outcomes

[display_podcast]I created pictures of my situations in life in my mind that were not reality and I lived that way off and on until only just recently.  I thought I had a handle on it, but still found residue of this ability I had so carefully constructed in so many areas.The mind is a powerful thing, and is the source of all our battles with the enemy.How many of you know that God heals us and corrects us in layers? Like pealing an onion…one layer at a time.  We can’t handle it … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 130: Seven Traits of A Chronically Unhappy Person

[display_podcast]Being a Life Purpose Coach has opened my eyes to so many things in my own life. One of those things I have learned is that I am responsible for my own happiness-no one else is responsible for me.  So, I often coach about happiness being a choice and the one responsible for your happiness is YOU!Six years of coaching has shown me there are some definite characteristics of a chronically unhappy person.  It may take a few sessions but invariably it becomes clear to me the a … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 129: Masks of Inferiority

[display_podcast]Most of us deal with fear by trying to be someone we are not.  We try to transform our image by presenting ourselves as someone other than who we really are.I did this for years.  I called it the Imposter Syndrome.Many of us try to reinvent ourselves, seeking healing and transformation over and over again, through impersonating who we want to be, not who we really are.This is most often because we don’t love and accept ourselves.But in the end of this mas … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 126: Why Do We Hide Our True Selves?

[display_podcast]In the past, I was so good at covering the real me, and hiding my imperfections - and my clumsiness - in most any situation.  I had been through a time of great suffering and pain and was very good at hiding from my true self.Have you ever struggled with the fear of showing your true self to the world?Do you back off of things you are gifted in and you know it’s because of insecurity?Would you be surprised to find that most everyone struggles to reveal their true … [Read more...]

Parent Like You Mean It: How To Discuss Riots, Terrorism, BLM, Trump and Other Scary Things

They say you can't judge a book by its cover, but I beg to differ.  Candace Flynn-Fletcher said it best when she told her mom, "...that's why books have covers - to judge them." (That's for all you Phineas and Ferb fans).Anyway, there's a children's Bible story book that I have loved since the second I read the cover.  It's Bill Ross' Hey, That's Not What the Bible Says!  It's a collection of ten well-known Bible stories that Ross turns on their collective ears, prompting children to exclaim … [Read more...]