But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. (Matthew 18:6 kjv)
Fairly recently, two pastors local to the city that I live in were arrested and charged with sex trafficking a teenage girl. Fast forward to today, months later from the when the first arrests were made, and come to find out, a third pastor has been charged with his own alleged involvement with the same case.
Such jaw dropping news spreads fast, and so does opinions. I can only imagine what the families of the accused feel when being hit with such serious charges. I feel so sorry for those who were blindsided and also the victims. I’ve also often wondered how church members deal with the news of finding out their pastor could really be a pedophile, and/or a sex trafficker. View Post
I have always loved visiting art museums. Despite that, I have not yet developed an eye or preference for any particular style of art, nor will I ever claim to have an expert knowledge of paintings. When I see something that stands out to me, draws me to it, and tells a story – I usually tend to like it. This is true for paintings, sculptures, illustrations, and photography. I don’t like boring art, I rather enjoy art that shows emotions and vulnerability. Still life has never captured my eye that much – but people and showing how they live and expressing what they may be going through or thinking at the time, has.
If I had to pick my most and least favorites, then it would begin like this: View Post
We’ve all seen them before… Whether it be on the corner of a busy intersection, at the entrance or the exit of a shopping plaza, standing out among-st tourist locations, or mingling side by side with a cramped crowd of travelers at subway and bus stations at all over – panhandlers are just about everywhere! What I’m curious to know is, what do you do when you see someone asking for money? When you can’t avoid passing someone who says they are just asking for just a little bit of monetary help?
Some people just simply ignore the beggars, as some would call them, altogether. They look straight ahead and will try not to even glance at the person while passing by. Others will empty their car tray of coins and simply pass on whatever loose change that they can find. And then there are some curious fellows that may just stop and take the time to talk to some of these people – curious to why that person is in the situation that they are in, before deciding to hand out any money at all. View Post
Just a few years ago, I started a secretarial position. This was a blessing for me, as so many people are struggling in getting a steady income these days. After a full year of working as a substitute I finally was offered a permanent position with a 5 dollar hourly raise, which is something I could really be thankful for, despite it only being a part time job.
I was told that as soon as I had accepted the job, I would be able to actually start applying for full time positions. And, that is exactly what I did! I probably applied for about 7 or 8 different openings beginning at the end of that August. Without discouragement, I prayed about what I wanted, and thought positive about the situation every day. I claimed to anyone who asked, “I WILL BE in a full time position BEFORE Christmas.” And, on October 13th – a little less than 2 months from first starting my permanent position, I finally got the news that I was highest bidder on one of those jobs.
Which leads me to my question: Can man speak things into existence supernaturally?
If you were to listen to popular Word of Faith & prosperity Preachers like Joel Olsteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and the like, they would probably say of course. If you read books like “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” by Joseph Murphy, it would say that you definitely speak whatever your heart desires into existence, and you can learn how, starting today. Let me be clear, I am not referring to people speaking of the power of prayer or even questioning the Power of the Word of God. I am asking about the idea of men and women being able to literally talk about something that they desire to happen – in this case, wealth and health, and have it actually come into fruition by speaking a mere number of words.
Of course, the answer to this lies in what you choose to believe. View Post