Why We Should Stop Worrying About Kids At The Border

Don't let this headline fool you. Yes, I do care about what is happening down there. However, I have not personally seen with my own eyes what is happening, and I refuse to blindly believe what I'm being told by the media. So, I don't know how bad the situation may or may not be. Whatever it is, I do believe that families are being separated (whether there may be cause or not is not my point).  That simple fact breaks my heart.
Now, onto why we shouldn't be worrying about this.
We too often focus on what the media (social or “news”) has to say, and we jump to our agendas and worry about this and that, and then when that slowly dies down, we jump onto the next thing. Never having made any REAL difference. Sometimes they change a law, or pass a bill, but 9/10 of the time, that never really changes anything other than our own feelings like we ‘helped’. The fact is it's never going to change, that is, unless we change.
We can't keep worrying about what is outside of…

Why You Should Never Ask Your Young Married Friends When They Are Having Kids

Many of you might have read this title and gone, "I never knew there was anything wrong with that." The truth is, before being married, neither did I. No, I never really asked that question before, unless it was one of my close friends, but the truth is that I thought it all the time. "Oh, they've been married for 6 months, I wonder if she is pregnant yet?"
   Growing up in the Christian culture, and more so in the home-school culture, it's almost expected that you get married young and have kids right off. If you don't do that, they you are the odd one out. I cannot tell you how many of my friends got married at 19 and had a honeymoon baby. Or, maybe they got married right after college and waited 6 months before getting pregnant. Either way, when I was younger, the couples who got married at 23 and waited 4 years before having kids seemed odd.
The truth is, I nenver realized how many people asked young couples, "when are you were having kids?,…

When Pain Cracks My Bubble

I experienced pain this summer. Pain beyond what I have experienced before. A pain that shattered my whole world.
     My first year of Bible school has had it's ups and downs. I have enjoyed making new friends, learning more about the Bible and the truths God has spoken. I have benefited from so many people speaking into my life. This is something that I am sure that most (if not all) of my classmates could say the same thing about their experience here. However, there is something about my Bible school experience that is unique. Something, that I like to call the "bubble".
     The "bubble" is incredible. I live in one building, with 200 other people, (married couples, single students of all ages, young kids, grandparents, staff and students). Outside of that building there is a small campus, with more housing that is filled with more students and staff. Everyone knows everyone, everyone encourages, prays for and lives life with everyone. It is impossible …

Logic of a Global Flood

There is some controversy on whether or not the flood was global and local. I have seen good cases for both, depending on how you interpret Genesis 6-8, but for me personally I believe that the flood was global rather than local. There are many reasons why I believe this, and I would like to point out a few of those reasons.
My question is simple, if God truly did only flood part of the earth, why did He not clearly say so? Why doesn’t the bible say, “and God wiped out all those in the land where Noah lived.”? Perhaps because it wasn’t local, it was global. My first thought is this; God said He would wipe out everything with the breath of life in it off the face of the whole earth. Here is an account from the flood as stated in Genesis 7.
21Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind.
(Genesis 7:21 NIV). Right here it is talking about every creature perishing that is on the earth, not just …

Why I trust the Bible

First, let me open by saying I cannot “prove” to you that the bible can be trusted. However, I am going to show you some evidence of why I believe the bible to be the true, inspired word of God, and why I trust it. I am going to start off with going over a little bit of the history and the transmission of the bible and how closely it has been copied over the years; then I will discuss the inspiration of the Bible from God, and lastly touch on the fact that the bible is historically accurate as far as what is mentioned in it. I will wrap all of this up by saying just how this collection of writings should impact our lives, if we believe it to be truth.
The Old Testament was written by 30 different men over a period of about 1,700 years (2100 BC – 400 BC). Now, we no longer have any of the original autographs from these men, but through looking at the old manuscript copies of these books, we can see the consistencies, and piece together what the originals most likely said. Now, for ma…

The Habit of Prayer

In 1 Thessalonians 5;16-18 we are told, “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I am going to touch on the importance of that very small thought “pray continually”. When played out in our lives, it can be very powerful, but if we do not put it into practice we are setting ourselves up to crash and burn. Being posed with the thought of how our habit becomes the daily battleground of our character, I began to wonder how this affected me in my life. I thought of many habits I had, some good and some bad, and just how those things defined me. Some of my habits, such as: Addressing those in authority over me with respect, holding doors for people who may be walking behind me, or reading my bible every night before bed seemed to very clearly define some of the good in my character. However, in opposition to those I have habits that I would say make up the bad in my character, such as: Interrupting people, coming …

Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas

With my brother newly married in September, my mom decided that it was time for a Christmas family tradition of our own. So, we started planning. Now, my mom's family all lives in the area, and we all celebrate Christmas together on Christmas eve (due to the fact we are Scandinavia). My brother's in-laws' celebrate Christmas day, all day. So, when were we going to get together without conflicting with schedules? We decided on January 1st. So, for the first time in my life, while others were waking up early on Christmas day, I got to sleep in!
  After the hub of Christmas day was over, everyone was looking forward to the New Year. "What are you doing for New year's eve?", "Are you making any New Year's resolutions this year?", "What are your plans for this coming year?" These are the questions everyone was asking. Some of these questions bother me. Why do we wait till the new year to make resolutions? Why is it expected that we need …