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I confess! I should have changed the headline on the post I shared on my Facebook page Friday, but I didn’t know how to. I did not intend for it to be a political statement. But duh! How else could the headline be interpreted: “This video is the LAST thing Democrats want you to see right now – and it’s going viral.”

The headline did create attention. With 72 “shares” on my Facebook page alone, I can’t help but wonder how many would have read it had I created a more accurate headline like: “He’s not everything the media says he is. Another side of Trump.”

Posted on Allen B. West’s website, the video tells the story of a Puerto Rican boxer whose life was changed because of Donald Trump. I shared it not to rub salt in the very real wounds of those who are grieving over the results of Tuesday’s election. Rather I shared it to show another side of Mr. Trump that we have not seen covered by the media.

Our nation is deeply divided. Yes, I know that’s an understatement. Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims, and other minorities are genuinely fearful for their safety.  So are white evangelicals who are being accused of putting a bigot in office.

A dear black friend in my critique group was run off the road by a white man screaming “Trump.” She shared a link to the must-read blog below that I also posted on my Facebook page. Sadly there have been only two shares.

Christians bear the distinct responsibility to love and care for our neighbors,
even if we don’t fully understand them or agree with them.
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The author, Anthony Bushnell, wrote: “One of the central teachings of Christianity is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37–40.) The Bible exhorts us to ‘weep with those who weep’ (Romans 12:15); it doesn’t lead with telling us to ‘judge whether they should be weeping,’ says pastor H.B. Charles, Jr. The same is true for those in fear. We don’t have to agree with the intensity of their fear in order to empathize with them. Compassion doesn’t require us to be convinced another person is entirely correct. It requires us to care about how he is feeling. Even if you think the danger won’t come to pass, the fear is certainly real….”

I witnessed this fear In July when I spoke in an African-American church in Baltimore after a beautiful black man was killed in Minnesota. I said that day, “The battle is not with people made of flesh and blood but with the principalities and powers seeking to divide our nation and the church.”

I have also experienced fear as a white woman when I’ve driven through the black inner-city neighborhood where my son and daughter-in-law used to live. The rioting in Portland and threats calling for the assassination of President-elect Donald Trump cause me much fear that our nation could descend into anarchy.

The shouting and name-calling coming from both sides is deafening our ears to really hear one another. Who is listening? Certainly the world is. No doubt their opinion of Americans has fallen. God is listening and, I’m just as certain that He is not pleased, especially with those who profess to be Christians. Hopefully we are not spitting out hateful and angry words, but our silence can be just as loud and divisive.

Friends, we are called to be reconcilers through and because of His amazing love. Father, let peace begin with me and my decision to listen and to love.

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Father, I grieve
for my nation that I love
and for Your people who are caught up
in the angry rhetoric that is dividing our nation.
I grieve even more for those who choose
to ignore the issues, to remain silent,
and not to exercise their responsibility to vote.

Father, I plead with You
to help us discern what is most important.
Give us the courage to stand
for the sanctity of life,
for marriage between a man and a woman,
for the nation of Israel surrounded by enemies.

Father, help us to recognize
that we are not fighting against people
made of flesh and blood
but against principalities and powers
intent on fueling angry thoughts and words
into explosive actions to destroy our nation.

Regardless of what happens tomorrow,
help us to trust that You are able
to work all things together for good.
Bring our nation back to You.
Help Your scribes to live
and to write Your answer!

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Reconciled One to Another, Ministry
in the Age of 
#Black Lives Matter

 

By Marlene Bagnull, Litt.D., Director, Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference, Special to ASSIST News Service

 


LANGHORNE, PA (ANS – July 9, 2016)
 — With the breaking news of more bloodshed on our streets, this time in Dallas where five police officers were killed, two workshops at the August 3-6 Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference take on added urgency.

 

On Thursday, August 4, Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts will present a workshop specifically designed for pastors although all are welcome to attend. In “Reconciled One to Another – Ministry in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter” she will show how “the Body of Christ is most effective when all its parts are at its maximum potential.

 

As a result, we should be the greatest advocate for cultural and racial diversity and reconciliation in all of society. In the age of social media and digital publication, it is increasingly becoming the responsibility of the church to voice its role in social justice and political issues and to do so in a way that doesn’t compromise the Gospel but actively inserts a Christ-centric perspective into the global conversation.

 

This workshop will equip pastors and ministers with the necessary practical and spiritual tools to appropriately and effectively extend both their evangelism and ministry efforts beyond conventional boundaries – particularly as it relates to the intersectional issues of race and faith.”

 

Thursday afternoon Lewis-Giggetts will present a second workshop, “Reconciled,” that will focus on how to give voice to the Church’s role in social justice and political issues in a way that doesn’t compromise the Gospel but actively inserts a Christ-centric perspective into the global conversation.

 

Author and educator Lewis-Giggetts is the author of nine books including The Integrated Church: Strategies for Multicultural Ministry (Beacon Hill). Additionally, her writing on race and faith has been published in local, regional, and national print and online publications such as The GuardianUrbanFaith.comThe Chronicle for Higher EducationEbony.comMinistry MattersTheRoot.com, and more.

 

The Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference (GPCWC), now in its 33rd year of ministry, was one of the first Christian writers’ conferences to make it a priority to include a number of Black authors and editors on faculty. Yolanda Powell, author of Soul Food & Living Water: Spiritual Nourishment and Practical Help for the Black Family, says the conference is, “A not-to-miss gathering where writers and editors from multicultural and diverse backgrounds converge and connect in Christ.”

 

The theme of the conference, from Habakkuk 2:2, is “Write His Answer.” Through keynote addresses participants will be encouraged to “Transform Our Culture” by Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and chairman of The Christian Film & Television Commission (TM), and to discover how “prayer can move your author mountains and heal your life’s divides” by award-winning author Patricia Raybon. Other keynotes include “Be Prepared – Living and Writing His Answer in the Last Days,” “Guarding the Treasure,” “A Writer’s Dream,” “Write His Answer Right,” and “How Then Should We Live.”

 

A faculty of 55 authors, editors, and agents will teach 8 continuing sessions and 61 workshops including 6 workshops in the “Issues” track where participants will consider “America at the Crossroads,” “The Cross Is the Main Thing,” “What Would God Have Us Say,” “Stereotyping,” “Stand for Truth,” and “Reconciled.”

 

The conference is held on the campus of Cairn University in Langhorne, PA. For more information, please go to: http://philadelphia.writehisanswer.com.

 

Photo captions: 1) Dallas Police officers during the shootout. 2) Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts. 3) Patricia Raybon. 4) Dr. Ted Baehr. 5) Marlene Bagnull.

 

Note: GPCWC is directed by Marlene Bagnull, the author of five books including Write His Answer – A Bible Study for Christian Writers that has been in print for 25 years. She gives Write His Answer seminars around the nation and also directs the Colorado Christian Writers Conference. Visit her website at http://writehisanswer.com.

 

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“He has sent me to proclaim freedom.”
LUKE 4:18 NIV

It was the first Independence Day. Rising to his feet in his hometown synagogue, Jesus was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah.  He began to read,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted and to announce that captives shall be released and the blind shall see, that the downtrodden shall be freed from their oppressors, and that God is ready to give blessings to all who come to him” (Luke 4:18-19).

I can imagine how every eye was riveted on him as he added, “These Scriptures came true today!” (Luke 4:21).

There were no fireworks or hurrahs. Instead, people began to whisper among themselves.

“Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” someone must have asked.

“But he’s so eloquent and wise.”

“I heard he’s been working miracles in Capernaum.”

“How can that be? We’ve known him all his life.”

“Yes, who does he think he is?”

“I solemnly declare to you,” Jesus said, “that no prophet is accepted in his own home town! For example, remember how Elijah the prophet used a miracle to help the widow of Zarephath—a foreigner from the land of Sidon. There were many Jewish widows needing help in those days of famine. . . . Or think of the prophet Elisha, who healed Naaman, a Syrian, rather than the many Jewish lepers needing help” (Luke 4:24-27).

His remarks infuriated them. As William Barclay says in his commentary The Gospel of Luke, “The Jews were so sure that they were God’s people that they utterly despised all others. . . . And here was this young Jesus, whom they all knew, preaching as if the gentiles were specially favoured by God” (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 1975, p. 48). They mobbed him and took him to the edge of the hill on which the city was built. They were ready to push him over the cliff, but Jesus freely “walked away through the crowd and left them” (Luke 4:30).

Mark’s account says Jesus “could hardly accept the fact that they wouldn’t believe in him” (6:6). I can feel his disappointment, but I also feel disappointed for the people of Nazareth. There is no record in the Gospels of Jesus ever returning to Nazareth. What a loss for those people! Because of their unbelief, only a few heard the Good News and experienced the healing, freeing, restoring of sight, lifting of burdens, and blessings that Jesus came to bring.

Just as people had a choice 2,000 years ago, they have a choice today. Christians who write also have a choice. We can accept or reject Jesus’ words. We can proclaim the message of freedom that cost Jesus his life, or we can water down the power of the Gospel and the Resurrection.

Water down the Gospel? That would never be our intent! Yet unless we are experiencing firsthand the implications of Jesus’ Independence Day proclamation, we will not be as effective as we could be in sharing it with our readers.

We need to ask ourselves if we really understand what Jesus meant by preaching “Good News to the poor.” Do we understand the significance of the word poor? Do we recognize that without him we are nothing? Do we daily admit our need for him and humbly put our complete trust in him? And do we take time to sit at his feet and learn more about the Good News he wants us to impart?

God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others” (2 Cor. 5:19).

Jesus said he came to “heal the brokenhearted.” If we are struggling with deep, unresolved hurts or if an unforgiving spirit has caused resentment and bitterness to get a foothold in our lives, then we need to allow God to heal our hearts. He never intended for us to go through life sapped of our energy and joy by experiences—perhaps some as far back as our childhoods—that we could not control and certainly cannot change. He wants to make us whole!

Jesus also said he came to “announce that captives shall be released.” Webster’s New Dictionary defines captive as “a person caught and held prisoner.” If we are honest with ourselves, we have to admit we’re frequently prisoners to negative thinking patterns,doubts, fears, and feelings of discouragement. Or we may be prisoners to bad habits. Are we asking him to set us free?

With his touch, Jesus healed many who were blind. I suspect that some of them knew more than just the joy of seeing the earth and sky, trees, and people. Undoubtedly, many eyes were opened to spiritual truths they had never seen before. What about us? Are we seeing things clearly, or is our vision blurred? Do we need him to touch us and heal us so we can see life from his perspective?

The first-century Israelites were people downtrodden by their oppressors. The Romans imposed heavy taxes and quickly quenched any flames—or even sparks—of political unrest. Today people are still oppressed by cruel governments and merciless economic systems. On a more personal level, many of us know the oppression of being weighed down by heavy emotional or financial burdens or being persecuted for the stand we take as Christians. Others may experience, in very real ways, the oppression of the Evil One. Are we trusting Jesus to give us victory?

Finally, Jesus proclaimed that God was “ready to give blessings to all who come to him.” Again we have to ask ourselves whether we wait long enough in his presence to receive all he has for us. Do we give him prime time each day, or do we squeeze him in only when it is convenient or when our needs are desperate?

Jesus’ first Independence Day proclamation is filled with promises for us today. As we claim and act on them, we will find our lives filled with new power. Then when we take up our pens to write, God’s truth—the truth that truly does set men free—will resound throughout the land.

RESPONDING TO GOD’S CALL TO WRITE

Prayerfully reflect on Luke 4:18-19, and ask the Lord to show you ways you can more fully experience and write about the following truths.
Good News for the poor
Healing for the brokenhearted
Freedom for the captives
Recovery of sight for the blind
Victory for the downtrodden
God’s blessings

 

From Write His Answer – A Bible Study for Christian Writers by Marlene Bagnull. (c) 2014 Marlene Bagnull.

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Eagerly we awaited
our first grandbaby’s birth.
We praised God
as we held her in our arms
less than an hour after she arrived.
So tiny, so helpless, so dependent –
and so immediately loved.

How difficult it must have been
for Joseph and Mary’s parents
to wait several years
to hold Jesus in their arms
and not to even know
if Joseph and Mary
and their grandchild were safe.

Today countless little ones
will never be held in the arms
of their grandparents.
Separated by the ravages of war,
they will struggle to survive
in refugee camps or on the streets
or as child slaves, prostitutes, or soldiers.

 How can we best celebrate Jesus’ birth?
By remembering how He held children
in His arms and blessed them.
By not forgetting the plight
of children in crisis around the world,
and by giving sacrificially
even as He gave Himself for us all.

Marlene Bagnull

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Trick or Treat?


Let’s hope they’ll be only treats, and not tricks this year,” I said to my husband.

“Just to be on the safe side, I’d like to get a spotlight mounted on the side of the house,” Paul said. “I don’t want to take any chances that this year it will be our car that gets sprayed with paint.”

I felt my stomach tighten into a knot. Halloween was anything but fun or funny in our neighborhood.

The next morning, I saw the tricks had already begun even though Halloween was two days away. Obscenities scribbled in soap covered our car windows. I grumbled to the Lord about “those kids” as I used a razor knife to scrape off the filthy words.

That evening was Mischief Night. Paul was determined not to have any more pranks. He mounted the new spotlight and left it on all night. He also kept the dog on the front porch. Several times he went outside to check on things, but everything was quiet.

To our relief, there was no sign of any more tricks the next morning. But later, when I was reaching into the mailbox, I felt something strange.

“A dead mouse!” I screeched.

Moments later, the phone rang. It was Paul calling from work.

“Our gas cap is missing, and shaving cream has been sprayed into the tank,” he said in a weary voice.

I felt my blood pressure leap. “Those kids! What’s the matter with their parents? If they can’t teach them to respect other’s property, why don’t they keep them in on Mischief Night? This wasn’t a prank. This was vandalism!”

“I’m going to talk to their parents,” Paul said.

“But they’ve never listened before. Besides,” I added, “we can’t prove anything. We can’t make enemies of our neighbors.”

“What are we supposed to do? Just let them get away with it?” Paul asked. “Next time they’ll only be bolder.

On Halloween night, we discovered that “the next time” already had happened. Something told Paul to go and check on our pop-up camper that was parked in the back yard. I came running when I heard him yelling for me. To my horror, his flashlight revealed holes had been poked in the roof.

“Oh no,” I groaned. We had insurance but, of course, we had opted for a high deductible to save money.

“You still don’t want me to talk to their parents?” Paul asked.

I sighed. I knew as well as he did which kids were responsible. Several of the teenagers on our block were running with a rough crowd. Increasingly, they had been mouthing off at me–probably because on several occasions I had dared to comment on their language and behavior.

“If you have to curse, you could at least go where there are no little ones around to mimic you,” I’d said. Another day I asked them to please move their bikes so I could pull into the driveway. “You also could turn that music down a little,” I’d added.

“What do you want–hymns?” one boy had snarled.

I was startled back to the present by my eight-year-old son tugging on my sleeve. “Look, Mom,” he whispered, pointing over to the tree. A doll was hanging by her neck from a limb. Her head was missing. “I don’t think I like Halloween tricks,” he said.

“I don’t either,” I said, my voice trembling with anger. But then my anger was replaced by fear as the beam of Paul’s flashlight fell on some numbers spray painted on the side of our house – 666.

“What are you going to do, Dad?” Robbie asked.

“I don’t know, Son. We have no proof to file formal charges.”

“Well, I know what I’m going to do,” I said. “If those kids are going to harass us, I’m going to harass them. Maybe they’ll realize it isn’t fun to play tricks when I start calling the police every time they get rowdy. I’ve overlooked a lot, but no longer.”

“But getting even won’t fix the roof of our camper,” Paul said quietly.”

“Aren’t we supposed to love our enemies?” Robbie asked.

Out of the mouth of babes, I thought as I bent down to hug him. “You’re right, Robbie,” I said, trying not to choke on the lump in my throat.

Halloween passed without any more incidences. Several days later, Paul mentioned what had happened to the father of one of the boys we suspected.

“I’m really sorry to hear that,” the man said. “Halloween has gotten entirely out of hand. I made my son stay in.”

“Maybe we’re also judging the rest of them unjustly,” Paul said to me later. We agreed to let it drop, but I still felt angry every time I passed that group of boys hanging out on the corner.

But then God began nudging me to see them through his eyes. Finally I began to pray for them. To my surprise, I also began smiling at them. One day, I even stopped to talk to them–and not about a complaint.

It was a beginning.

In the months that followed, I saw my attitude, and theirs, slowly changing. Whenever possible, I stopped to talk to them. When they were rowdy, I didn’t say anything. I hoped that my silence was speaking louder than my previous words of condemnation.

It may be just my imagination or wishful thinking, but the boys seem to be swearing less. In any case, they no longer make smart remarks to me. And one of the boys often says hello to me and initiates a conversation. I have a feeling he’d like to be friends.

Halloween will soon be here again. I still dread it, but this year, with God’s help, I’m going to confront Halloween pranksters with love. I’ll show them that treats are better than tricks.

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What I’m reading and hearing from people I respect underscores what I have been feeling in my spirit for a long time. Difficult days are ahead for our nation. They will be days of intense testing for Christians, but they also will be days filled with opportunities to strengthen our faith muscles and to live and to write His answer.

Will we witness God’s judgment of our nation in the coming weeks and months? I don’t know. I’m praying we will turn back to God and that He will have mercy. Whatever happens, I want to be a contagious Christian whose words and actions draw people to the Lord – our only hope for today, tomorrow, and eternity.

  • Contagious Christians love. – John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:7-10; Matthew 5:44
  • Contagious Christians are passionate. – Luke 10:27; Revelation 2:4-5; 3:15-16
  • Contagious Christians pray. – Colossians 4:2; Philippians 4:6
  • Contagious Christians live their faith. – James 2:14; Ecclesiastes 5:7; Ephesians 5:17
  • Contagious Christians boldly share their faith. – 2 Corinthians 4:13; Colossians 4:5
  • Contagious Christians are gentle, respectful, and gracious. – 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Timothy 2:25; James 3:17
  • Contagious Christians avoid senseless arguments. – Titus 3:9; John 14:6
  • Contagious Christians avoid pat answers. – Ezekiel 3:10-11; Habakkuk 2:1-2
  • Contagious Christians are authentic. – 1 Corinthians 4:20; Colossians 2:6-7
  • Contagious Christians are joy-filled and expectant. – Psalm 71:14,16; 9:1

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Compassion rocks fixed

Are you concerned

about human trafficking,
orphans, abortion, the poor,
racism, the handicapped,
the hungry, the oppressed,
and so much more that is close to
the heart and call of Jesus?

Maybe your concerns are closer to home –
a family member who doesn’t know the Lord,
relationships that are strained,
even estranged,
not enough money to meet urgent needs,
and not enough faith to tackle issues
that seem beyond us to resolve.

Today I want to challenge you, and to challenge myself
to believe that we can make a difference.

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I’ve just watched – again – the video of pre-teen Jackie Evancho singing “I Believe” that now has 6,593,606 hits on youtube. Amazing voice – powerful message. I encourage you to watch it and to believe. God has a plan for you and for your writing. He can use you and use me to make a difference in our hurting world.

Grab hold of His promises in “A Writer’s Statement of Faith.” Read them aloud. Choose to believe He means what He says. He who calls you will equip you to do “far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us” (Eph. 3:20 MSG).

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It’s not too late to register for the July 29 – August 1 Greater Philly Christian Writers Conference. Walk-ins are welcome! I especially hope you’ll join us Wednesday evening for brief messages by conferees and faculty on how they are seeking to “Write His Answer” to issues that concern them.

Our morning and evening sessions are open free of charge to the community. They will challenge and encourage all Christians – not just writers – “to believe” they can make a differrence.

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“I never promised it would be easy
to follow Me,
but I have promised always to be with you.”

These were the first words I felt the Lord speak to my spirit many years ago. I admit the first part of His message was not really what I wanted to hear then or now. After all, He could make it easy, or at least easier. He knows I’m committed to doing what He calls me to do, so why does it have to be so hard? Why do I constantly encounter problems and obstacles? I’m weary of the stress and time pressures – of feeling like I’ve got a target on my back. The spiritual battles are intense.

I’m often reminded of the apostle Paul and how he begged the Lord not once, but three times, to take away the thorn in his flesh.

Each time God said, “No. But I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people” (2 Cor. 12:9 TLB).

So I choose to rely on the fact that He is with me – and with you. He loves us too much to allow our faith muscles to become weak and flabby. He uses the attacks of the evil one to draw us closer to Him and to teach us to depend on Him and on His promises. And friends, it is our testimony to going and growing through the difficulties we encounter that will speak far more strongly to unbelievers than a problem-free life.

Conference Updates

CCWC banner with lodge 2015It’s hard to believe that I’ll be leaving for Colorado in a little over two weeks. There is still so much to be done. I’m so grateful Cindy Watkins is here from North Carolina. I’m trusting the Lord that “he will see to it that everything is finished correctly” (1 Chron. 28:20 TLB) – and in time. Speaking of time, there is still time to register and to request one-on-one appointents with our faculty of 55 authors, editors, and agents.

Banner 2015 GPCWCI’ve worked all week on the 16-page brochure for the July 29 – August 1 Greater Philly conference. I’ve encountered far ore unexplained problems than usual, but finally it is done and at the printer. You can view it online at http://philadelphia.writehisanser.com/brochure.

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Make Your Words Hit the Heart!

Guest post by
Kathy Collard Miller and Larry Miller

How can words, which are read with the mind, touch the heart? That’s the challenge for any author: both fiction and non-fiction. And that was certainly the challenge for my husband and I as we wrote our book Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today (Leafwood Publishers).

The reason? Our non-fiction book is about encouraging and equipping Christians to become more holy! But we wanted to encourage holiness at the heart, not only in behavior. Because of counseling and being open to God revealing the hidden—and often sinful—motives of our hearts, we were having a heart change. And we wanted that for others.

But how to touch our readers’ hearts with words?

We found the answer in sharing stories. Yes, we included Bible instruction and practical ideas but we knew we needed “story” to impact the heart. And so we shared our own stories—and those of others—in powerful, fiction kind of techniques. We remembered how to do that using a DEA acrostic:

D: description and dialogue: Give descriptive details of the setting and people. Write out the dialogue.

E: emotion: how are you and other characters feeling?

A: action: include body movements, setting changes, character reactions.

Let me give you an example from our book.

I, Larry, was taking a walk with Kathy recently and she asked me, “Honey, remember how you mentioned that you rarely prayed before a potentially dangerous situation that you faced as a police officer? Why do you think you didn’t pray?”

I paused and stroked my beard. “Well, I would pray for the safety of other officers but frankly I never gave a thought about praying for myself. I was so confident in my training and decision making skills that I believed I was prepared for anything.”

Kathy looked curious. “That seems a little presumptuous. Could your prayerlessness be tied to your first acting role?”

(For the sake of word count, I won’t give all of the interaction but Larry recalled how as a junior higher he had all-consuming stage fright in a play and stood mute on the stage stopping the play. As a result, he vowed to never be out of control again so that his weakness wouldn’t be exposed.)

Then we pick up the story:

I turned to Kathy and my voice raised because I knew an “ah-ha” moment was coming. “I was presumptuous because I was terrified. I falsely believed there was no room for God in those crisis situations. My training, skill, and mastery over my job just took charge. I spent my entire life honing that strategy of depending upon myself to prevent any weakness from being exposed.”

We continued chatting and the puzzle pieces fell into place. “I realize now that anything that threatened my image must be handled by the only one I really trusted: me! I left God out of the equation so that I could maintain control. Of course I would gladly pray for the protection of my peers. That cost me nothing. It didn’t make me look weak—only them!”

As we walked, headed for home, I felt a sense of sadness and repentance that my prayerlessness was rooted in a rebellious spirit that instinctively rejected anything that a sovereign God might place in my path. I exclaimed, “Oh honey, it’s a good thing I am redeemed!”

Never Ever Be the Same

Kathy Collard Miller is the author of 50 books and has spoken in 31 states and 8 foreign countries. Kathy and her husband, Larry, have been married 44 years and he is a retired police lieutenant who also speaks and writes. Larry and Kathy speak often together and individually on a variety of topics. They live in Southern California, and have two grown children and one grandson. Visit them at www.LarryAndKathy.com and www.KathyCollardMiller.com.

Never Ever Be the Same: A New You Starts Today (Leafwood Publishers) offers Christians hope that they can change their destructive patterns of behavior through identifying their sinful self-protective strategies and then being empowered to trust God instead. Their book includes biblical principles, insightful stories, and helpful instruction. It also provides discussion questions that can be used by individuals or groups.

Never Ever Be the Same is available at your local Christian bookstore and in both print and digital versions at:

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1ITmLfy
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