Reflections of Grace 134: Toxic “Christians”

[display_podcast]Have you ever been deeply disillusioned by someone whom you thought was a friend but turned out to be a controller or manipulator and when you didn’t comply with their demands they dropped you?  Do you think because we are to seek to love everyone with God’s unconditional love that means you should allow them total access into your life?Actually real genuine love has many boundaries.  To enable someone to treat you with anything less than respect is actually enabling them … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 133: Those Spiritual Black Holes

[display_podcast]Have you ever had a time when you felt like you were in a spiritual black hole?   I have. The pressure seemed unbearable. No sense of God‘s presence. No sense of anything going on around me.These are the times, sorry to say, when I tend to question God’s love for us.  But then He demonstrates to me that He was there all the time. I call these times “faith experiences.”I have come to believe the black holes are needful in order to know that we have the shield that can … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 132: Can I Consider It Pure Joy?

[display_podcast]Feeling sorry for myself one day, I started asking myself some hard questions.   Have I been caught up in looking at the depth of pain and the depth of trials and sometimes pure craziness in my life, and thought, “Why the heck me, Lord”?  Have I not sown into your Kingdom?   When is my time coming?Yes, I am really being transparent here.“Haven’t I served you all my life?  Why so much suffering?  Starting from my childhood of abuse and ending up here, years later… sti … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 128: Do You See Me?

[display_podcast]I was driving one day with a heavy spirit.  It seemed hard for me to articulate to the Lord what I was feeling.  You know those days when you just want to say to Him,“Lord just hear my heart.”I began to sing to Him what I was feeling and I kept singing this chorus over and over….“Lord, do You see me? Do you hear my heart?”It seemed like it came from the depths of my pain.After about 30 minutes of singing to the Lord I felt the urge to sing new words.  So … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 161: A Fox in the Henhouse

[display_podcast]As you will hear in this PODCAST, there is No.Clearer.Picture in all of the Bible of the heart of God towards sinners -- I’m talking the hardest of hardhearted sinners -- than this one right here in Luke 13.A Scriptural snapshot that will go a long way to defining your Biblical view of God and your Biblical understanding of Jesus, both as a man and as God.If you think of the Bible as a picture book, Luke paints for us a portrait of Jesus that is, quite frankly, ir … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 120: Confronting the Elephant in the Room

[display_podcast]Because I am an advocate that stands up for those who have been victims of childhood abuse and…Because I am a healed survivor of my own past of childhood abuse…I once again feel the need to speak up on behalf of that group of people that even the church tries to shush up…because the disclosure is so uncomfortable for them…so it is easier to sweep it under the rug and pretend we don’t know these things are happening every day.When are we going to start confrontin … [Read more...]