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High school student: I’ve been suspended 3 times for preaching, handing out Bible tracts
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High school student: I’ve been suspended 3 times for preaching, handing out Bible tracts

Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:
EVERETT, Wash. — Michael Leal says he preaches the message from the gospel and hands out Bible tracts every day at his high school — actions that allegedly got him suspended three times in one month. “Lately it’s been outside, maybe a few times inside, it really depends on where…

Authentic Christian Living / Christian Op-Ed

Ostracized – the real problem with Latter-day Saints and Christian fellowship

In this day and age, there is competing information regarding what is and what is not true. This is especially true when it comes to the difference between Evangelical Christianity and Latter-day Saint (Mormonism). Much of this difference rests upon doctrines and scripture. Having participated in various forums and social media regarding the defense of the … Continue reading

Authentic Christian Living / Christian Op-Ed

Christianity and the depressed soul

Today, a great entertainer has passed away. 63 years of age, Robin Williams was notably one of the funniest and well verse actors of our time. My personal condolences to the family. I join with others in prayer. Prayer for comfort, peace and understanding. Many reports are coming out that Robin Williams suffered with depression. One may … Continue reading

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Where Have All The Christians Gone? – Identity Fulfilled

Guest blogger Colleen Batcheider writes this on August 8, 2014 Where Have All The Christians Gone? – Identity Fulfilled. Here is an excerpt of the article: Christianity calls for distinction of character, difference in action and determination of lifestyle. It is a decision that stems from belief and is evidenced through faith. We have raised a … Continue reading

Authentic Christian Living / Christian Devotion / Obedience / Relating to God / Relationships

Loving God – Fundamental and important command

This morning’s devotion and commentary comes from Our Daily Bread by Philip Yancey. When asked by a lawyer to identify the most important rule in life, Jesus replied, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). In … Continue reading

Authentic Christian Living / Christian Devotion / Relating to God

5 key principles defeat produces growth

First time in Seahawk franchise history did the team and the 12th man obtain the Superbowl championship. Those who watched the game saw the defeat of the Bronco’s (43-8).  The Seattle Seahawks franchise has won 8 division titles, 2 NFC Titles and now 1 NFL Superbowl title. Compare this to the Bronco’s franchise history record … Continue reading

Authentic Christian Living / Christian Devotion / Quiet Time / Relating to God

I am with you and for you

Human beings were created to be social creatures. We are naturally designed to communicate with one another, to live with one another and to develop healthy interpersonal relationships. In this life we have allies and we, unfortunately, have enemies. No greater ally do we have than that in Jesus Christ. For if he is for … Continue reading

Christian Devotion / Obedience / Prayer / Quiet Time / Relating to God / Relationships

Dilemma of Obedience

This is not about works or grace in the current contextual understanding. It is about hearing the Lord speak to us in our present day lives. Oswald Chambers has this to say: Get into the habit of saying, “Speak, Lord,” and life will become a romance (1 Samuel 3:9). Every time circumstances press in on … Continue reading

Authentic Christian Living / Christian Devotion

Freeing those in bondage

In the Life Principles Daily Bible by Charles F. Stanley, the readings are: Exodus 3:1-4:31; Psalm 16:1-6; Proverbs 5:1-6; Matthew 18:1-20. Reading the particular life lessons included in the passages – a theme about going before and setting the captives free. Moses was called by God to go before the Pharaoh in seeking the freedom and liberation of the … Continue reading

Authentic Christian Living / LDS Studies

Obtaining knowledge by learning through faith

“Let us continue, brethren and sisters, to work in the name of the Lord our God; gathering wisdom and intelligence day by day, that every circumstance which transpires may minister to our good.” ~ Lorenzo Snow, December 7, 1869 ~ Reading through the first chapter of Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Lorenzo Snow, the parable of the … Continue reading

Authentic Christian Living / Christian Devotion

Our Daily Bread | Making bricks without straw

Jennifer Schuldt provides insight in how God works behind the scenes in our lives: even during the worst times of our lives (via Our Daily Bread).  Many of us face the challenge of working with limited resources. Equipped with less money, less time, dwindling energy, and fewer helpers, our workload may remain the same. Sometimes, it … Continue reading

Authentic Christian Living / Christian Devotion / Christian Op-Ed

Inauthentic Christian living a model of holiness?

Mark Galli published an interesting article in the Soulwork column of Christianity today. This article focuses on the nature of Christian living and how one lives within a given social context that is contrary to their own core values and belief systems. The comparison he draws upon is a character from Downton Abbey named Tom Branson. … Continue reading

Authentic Christian Living / Christian Devotion

Becoming a Temple unto God

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reported dates for the open house and dedication of the Fort Lauderdale Temple in Florida. This will make the 143rd temple in operation by the Mormon Church. These buildings are exquisite in their architectural designs, with beautiful landscape, and interior artistic designs. In these buildings, faithful Latter-day … Continue reading

Authentic Christianity and Social Media
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Authentic Christianity and Social Media

Richard Sumner published a posting at his blog about Social Media Christianity. His observations about how Christians and non-Christians interact and communicate with one another on Social media forums is right on. Personally, I have engaged in several different forums where discussions had not been appropriate if conducted in a face to face type situation. … Continue reading

An honest reflection | My purpose in seeking transformation toward a more enduring authentic Christian life
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An honest reflection | My purpose in seeking transformation toward a more enduring authentic Christian life

Yesterday, I had an opportunity to visit the Mars Hill Church in Shoreline, Washington. The sermon finished up a series based off the book of Malachi and left me contemplating much in my own life as to being an authentic Christian. The title of the sermon series is: Living for a Legacy. I bring this … Continue reading

Finding authentic happiness in the Christian life
Authentic Christian Living / Biblical Studies / Christian Devotion

Finding authentic happiness in the Christian life

Today, as we continue into the new year of transformation, let us ponder where we are seeking our happiness. Are we seeking after external things to put our trust in that may bring us happiness? If so, this will become short lived and we will become tired of it. However, if one is seeking an authentic and true happiness that is enduring and ever maturing, then we must turn our hearts and minds toward Jesus Christ and through the power of our faith and Grace in Christ alone, is there sustainable true happiness in our lives. Happiness is one of the many authentic trademarks of a transformed life that has been fully turned over to the will of a Sovereign God. Continue reading