Ministry Opportunity Near Atlanta, GA.

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A few years back, my very good friends Ian and Ruthie encouraged me to write and blog. At the time, I didn’t know the first thing about writing or blogging (and I still don’t know that much:-), but through their patient guidance, encouragement, and inspiration they empowered me to begin the journey.

Then, feeling called by God, they moved across the country and devoted their lives to starting and facilitating a ministry called ‘Refugee Beads.‘ It’s an amazing thing that has grown and matured over the years and has entered a brand new exciting phase!

If you live anywhere near Atlanta–are excited about ministry within that city–or are passionate about creating sustainability and supporting refugees from Iraq, Palestine, Egypt, Burma, and Nepal you should check them out.

Their website is:  refugeebeads.org

You can read about the impact their ministry has had here: atlantaintownpaper.com

A little bit about how you can help can be found here:  How You Can Help

There Is No Such Thing as Perfect Christianity

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There’s no such thing as a perfect Christian, and there’s no such thing as perfect Christianity.

They don’t exist. One of the biggest lies Satan can tell you is that perfect spirituality can be achieved — it can’t.

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The World’s 4 Most Popular (Non)Religions

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For Christians, it’s sometimes hard to admit believing in the supernatural, the legitimacy of miracles, an afterlife, and following an ancient text written thousands of years ago by numerous authors that have been divinely inspired by an all-knowing, all-powerful, and omnipresent God.

At first glance, Christianity seems at odds with an increasingly “secular” culture that views spirituality as old-fashioned and irrelevant, but our society reveals that everything—and everyone—is spiritual on some level.

Humans are naturally religious and spiritual whether they like it or not. Here are four of the most popular (Non)Religions of the world:

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Christianity Is More Than Just Being A Good Person

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When someone does something nice, kind, or even loving for me or my family, I think, “Wow, what a great person!” or “That’s so nice!” or “What a wonderful thing to do!”

Here’s what I don’t think: “That person must be a Christian” or “I want to learn more about God” or “I’m inspired to visit a church!” or “I think I should read a Bible.”

The problem with simply “living out our faith”—showing people we’re Christians through loving acts of service and kindness—is that it doesn’t communicate anything beyond basic goodness. At some point, Christians must actually talk about Christ.

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Satan Is a Theologian Who Doesn’t Love God

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Satan is a master theologian. He’s talked to God, interacted with God, believes in God’s existence, and knows more about God’s attributes and abilities than most…and yet Satan doesn’t love God.

 

Knowledge about God doesn’t equal faith in God.

Just because you have a vast understanding of God, expert knowledge of Biblical Law, intimate comprehension of Biblical History, and an encyclopedic grasp of all scripture still doesn’t mean you love Jesus—Satan certainly didn’t.

Satan isn’t frightening just because he’s so evil, but because he’s so similar to us!

We crave power, control, recognition, fame, success, and the authority to judge others—obtaining them via religion, often under the false pretense of holiness.

We attend church, participate in spiritual activities, pretend to love others, and even talk to God, but sometimes we’re just fulfilling our sinful desires—appearing to be very “Christian” in the process.

Meanwhile, we accuse others of being sinners. We condemn our enemies to eternal damnation for not believing the right things, not holding the correct theology, attending the wrong churches, participating in the wrong lifestyles, voting for the wrong politicians, having wrong opinions, and not perfectly complying with our perception of holiness.

Maybe this is why God instructs us not to judge others—because we’re often completely wrong.

Even though Satan looked the part, the Fruits of the Spirit were non-existent.

We have no idea. Even when we think we do—we don’t.

Our faith isn’t dependent on correct theological beliefs, intellectual knowledge, or even our ability to interact with God—these things are important but utterly useless without a loving relationship with Christ.

If you don’t have all the answers, don’t worry, because you never will. Christianity isn’t about a quest for answers. Theology is really meant to reveal the Divine truth that God is love, ultimately helping us love God better, and love others as we would love ourselves.

Humility, grace, peace, hope, patience, kindness, and love have everything to do with a desire to passionately follow Christ and emulate His life.

It won’t be a perfect. We’ll have our ups and downs and will often fail. But the point is to keep trying to love. Loving God and loving others—this is what Christianity is all about.

Let’s be less like Satan and more like Jesus.

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An Inconvenient Truth: Everyone Is Created and Loved by God

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Sometimes we dehumanize people by speaking, thinking, or imagining about them in generalizations, by covering their true identity with generic labels and terms that are impersonal, cold, and less meaningful. For example, you can refer to your brother as “someone that I know” or your best friend as “this one guy.”

We often do this when we want to create separation or disassociate from others—often in order to protect ourselves, make ourselves look better, or attack others. Thus, we refer to our spouse as “this person I know” when we’re agreeing with a coworker about people who hold an opposing political belief we disagree with, or offhandedly use the phrase “this guy I know” about our dad when talking about annoying habits that we can’t stand.

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