Confessions of a Closet Christian 26: The Starbucks Christmas Cup

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[display_podcast] Okay, so I kept seeing references to the new Starbucks Christmas cup on my newsfeed and how it made some Christians mad. I ignored the posts because I couldn’t help thinking: “Great. What did we do now?” I eventually got sick of seeing the reports because I didn’t understand how my Tall, Nonfat, 180 Degree, Extra Whip, No Foam Peppermint Hot Chocolate could have offended Christians and caused them to speak out for Jesus.A quick skim of an article told me Christians on … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 99: Forgiveness – Do They Deserve It?


[display_podcast] There was a time in my life that I knew I needed to forgive myself for past mistakes and choices, but I also needed to forgive all of my accusers and abusers.   I could not move any further in my freedom while trying to hold onto the resentments, anger, and bitterness I had been carrying.This is when I learned to really forgive, so that I would be free, and so that those I forgave could be free, as well. Forgiveness is an act of our will. You can’t wait until you feel li … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 98: Happy New Year from Jesus… in October


[display_podcast] I want to revisit a word the Lord gave me at the beginning of this year, 2015. In going back over it now, with just two months left of the year, I am amazed at reading it again and how it has come to pass and even now is still unfolding, not only in my life but in lives around me.This is how is started... On New Year’s Eve I felt the call to start the year with inviting Jesus into the year, and by morning I knew I had a date.  I came with a list of requests to lay down a … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 97: Storms Are Invitations To Dance With Jesus


[display_podcast] Can I consider my life pure joy?  Or 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, Have I not sown into your Kingdom?   When is my time coming? “Haven’t I served you all my life?  Why so much suffering.Starting from my childhood of abuse and ending up here, years later… still struggling for a reprieve.”Don’t we just get so wrapped up in ourselves sometimes? I like what … [Read more...]

Transform: If Mindset = Belief, Then THIS Fundamental Belief Is Vital!

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(The following was originally published at Your mindset is equivalent to what you believe. This mindset not only acts as a lens that you see life through, but it also acts similar to a compass, in that our beliefs will guide us through life. What you believe is fundamental to the way you live life. In other words, your mindset matters! It matters because it impacts the WAY you handle the things that come into your life – good and bad. So, let’s begin by asking this que … [Read more...]

Transform: Blessed Are Christian Business Owners Who Mourn

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(The following was originally published at In Matthew 5:4, Jesus says –“Blessed are those who mourn,         for they will be comforted.” How on earth does this apply to business? After all, it seems counterintuitive that a Christian business person would have a mournful spirit. Of all people in the world, we should be the most…Optimistic Joyful Positive Energetic Hopeful…people in the world. When I talk about us BEING mournful in spirit, I mea … [Read more...]