Time to Tell The Truth

Time to Tell the Truth

In recent weeks, a very well known pastor of a very large church in the States has been criticized for his answer-or rather, lack of an answer-about abortion while on an incredibly Liberal television talk-show.

As I read about what was said, my heart became so burdened for those whom he had the chance to minister to and share the truth with, but chose not to.

Unfortunately, this is happening way more often than it should. Pastors are sharing a watered-down version of the gospel to pacify those in attendance.

I want to say, while this applies to every single Christian, I want to take this moment to speak to those who are specifically in public ministry.

Pastors are seemingly becoming more worried about offending someone, than they are with sharing the truth.

It is a pastor’s job–their duty, in fact, as a messenger of The Word– to tell the people in their church what the Bible says is sin-whether or not they like what you are saying.

We are told that the Bible is the very word of God-that it is God-breathed.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16

Meaning, whether someone likes it or not, when you tell them what the Bible is saying, you are telling them what God is saying.

When a teacher of The Word is evasive or purposefully not saying what the Bible says–be it on a TV interview, in Church or anywhere else for that matter–they miss the opportunity to lead people into the light. In fact, by not telling people the truth, it just leaves them in darkness while the person who is supposed to show them the light stands by watching them live a life that’ll lead to nothing but destruction and, quite frankly, to Hell.

Here’s the thing; we are told in the Bible that people aren’t going to like what the Bible says.

We are told that we will suffer for speaking the gospel-maybe it won’t mean getting killed, like it does in other countries, but it could mean being cast out of the more “popular” groups at work, school or even at church.

“And all nations will hate you because you are my followers.” Matthew 10:22

“Yes, and everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12

Here’s what it comes down to; sharing the gospel-the real, unvarnished gospel- isn’t what people want to hear. Society loves to be told that everything they do is okay. And, unfortunately, even in the church today, people are being taught that it’s okay to do something because you can just ask God to forgive you and he will because of his grace. 

When someone gives their heart to Christ, they’re repenting of their sin. Repentance means turning and walking away from one’s sinful nature, not continuing in it because “he’ll just forgive me for it anyways”. That isn’t repentance, that’s just a free pillow that is being handed out to church-goers so that they can continue feel more comfortable about what you’re doing, and yet still feel like they’re living a sanctified life.

Why? Because if people are hearing what makes them feel good, they’ll come back, and goodness knows that all the really matters is the numbers and attendance records… (complete sarcasm meant there) 

Pastors, it’s time to raise up and be unashamed of speaking the truth-even if it might offend someone. It’s time to stop worrying about the numbers so that you’ll reach your monthly financial quote and, rather than putting your faith in the earthly, obvious way to make money (by having tons of people attend your services) return to having faith that God will provide the resources needed to continue in ministry.

You can’t stop someone from feeling offended, but you can deliver the message that’ll stop people from going to Hell. 

And this world is in desperate need of The Truth. The truth that the only way things are going to get better is if people start turning back to God. And the only way that’ll happen is if you stand up and preach what the Bible says-and part of that, is telling the people what it says is sin, and it’s a minister’s job-a messenger of The Gospel of Jesus Christ- to tell them.

It’s time to raise up and preach the message that’ll cause these nations to turn back to God! Even if it isn’t the “popular” thing to be telling people. 

 

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What does Real Love Look Like?

What does Real Love Look Like-

“We just have to show them love. That’s all we’re supposed to do…love one another.” 

That’s all I seem to see or hear anymore. The “Love Gospel” seems to be a very popular topic to be praught in churches as of late. 

And, I mean, why not? After all, our countries are so broken up and everyone seems to be fighting each other… People just need to love each other… right?

Yes, the Bible does say that the greatest commandment is to “Love your neighbor as your self.” 

However, I think…no…wait… I know that the “cotton candy, sugar coated, squishy-feely” kind of love that is so often talked about isn’t the kind of love that the Bible talks about.

“What do you mean, Kristen? Love is…love…”

Just stay with me and let me explain.

Culture has taught us so much that to reprimand someone for their wrong behavior isn’t love, instead it’s intolerance. That just because it’s wrong for you, doesn’t make it wrong for me. Society has told us that to really love someone is to accept everything they do… The worst part? This is something that even many churches are buying into.

But this is completely opposite of what the Bible says;

“Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.”                  2 Timothy 4:2

“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path…” Galatians 6:1

Yes, it does say that we are to correct each other with gentleness, but we are to correct each other nonetheless.

Why do you think we have the Bible? To read stories of many victories to feel good? 

On the contrary.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16 (Emphasis Added)

For so long, we have heard that to reprimand is to hate. And even worse, we have accepted it. 

Rather than going to the Bible to find out what it says, we’ve allowed what culture and society have said seep into our churches and into our hearts and accepted it as truth…despite the fact that it is so, obviously not the truth.

Here’s a hard pill to swallow straight from the Bible:

To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.” Proverbs 12:1 (Emphasis Added)

Another Translation puts the same verse this way;

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.” (Emphasis Added)

Without correction, we are ignorant and don’t actually know the truth about anything.

Correction is necessary for physical, mental and spiritual growth.

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Society is full of people who hate being corrected. When they are, they become angry and lash out. Unfortunately, these last couple of years, we are seeing this occur more and more.

Whether it’s politics, economics, major league sports (and/or their players), there are so many groups of people lashing out in anger-including in the church.

I think that it’s time that Christians need to really dig deep and relearn what real love is and what exactly it’s supposed to look like.

 

Until Next Week!

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Christ-Inspired Time Management

Christ-Inspired Time Management
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
 
As I start to transition into a new chapter of life, I am also having to learn how to juggle things and donate the proper amount of time to each responsibility/activity requires for it to be successful.
 
I give all my attention to one thing and ignore all the rest, or I try to focus on everything all at once, and really make no progress because I’m leap-frogging from one thing to another to another.
 
I’ve thought “How on earth am I going to keep on top of so many things all at once?”
 
In fact, I’ve even given thought to giving up one thing or another so that I can donate more time to the most important undertakings that are coming up, and in it all, I’ve realized a few things people do when it comes to having a lot to juggle:
 
1) People take on too many projects just for the sake of being able to “brag” about how busy we are.
 
We have made it so that society looks at being overly busy and having too much on one plate is like wearing a badge of honor. Like, the more exhausted and sleep-deprived, the better, because then you can say that you truly “have a life”. Quite frankly, it’s a pretty twisted way of living life.
 
Living life to the fullest doesn’t mean having your life so full that you can’t actually stop to enjoy it. Living life to the fullest means being full of joy, wonder, love and excitement in even the little things like sitting outside on a warm night watching the stars twinkle. It means truly being present in the moment-not overwhelmed by what’s in the future or exhausted from the guilt over the past.
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2) We forget to let God into the everyday mundane tasks.
 
We need to re-learn to ask God to help us set up a plausible schedule of what needs our attention that day.
 
Sometimes, he might lead us to take more time relaxing or, sometimes, he might lead us to do 3 hours of homework and only an hour of laundry–or vice versa.
 
We need to remember to let God into our every day lives, because he might have someone for us to reach out to and display his love to through the time he sets out for us to do our daily activities in.
 
3) We neglect our Spiritual Growth
 
How many of you wake up in the morning, and right from the very start have to go-go-go? And then, by the end of the day, you’re so tired from all the running to do this and that and the other thing, that you don’t want to do anything besides flop in bed? And then, come the next day, you start the whole thing over again.
 
And then, once you finally have that coveted day off, you want to do nothing but sit around in your pajamas binge-watching Netflix.
 
Most people would probably just brush it off by saying, “Well, that’s life”.
 
But, I don’t think that life is supposed to be so full that we completely neglect our spiritual growth.
 
Without spiritual growth, we won’t ever know God in the full intimacy that he desires to bring us into.
What it comes down to, as I am learning, is that people need to learn not to fill our days so full and that we need to learn what the important things in our life are. 
Here’s a bit of timely advice from the book of Ephesians;
“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” Ephesians 5:16-17
 
Make the most of every opportunity and understand what the Lord wants you to do! 
Each day, what God has for you might look different than the day before-sometimes it might be more mundane than others, but he always has a reason for why he has you doing something (even if it is just for your own personal health or growth).
What are some things that you have learned from having to juggle several different activities in your life? I’d love to hear!
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An Honor Worth Celebrating!

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Recently, I had some fellow bloggers “nominate” Unfading Beauty Ministries for some peer-recognition “awards”. 

Now, I want to say from the start that I didn’t start Unfading Beauty Ministries for the attention that I would get, rather, I started it to bring attention to God.

Nevertheless, it is a humbling thing to have people think that the words God inspires me to write is “award” worthy.

So, here’s how it works; Each award comes with a set of questions I get to answer for you, the readers to get to know me and then I get the distinct privilege to pass these “awards” onto a few of my favorite bloggers!

A Huge thank you to Iris over at Blog By Iris Adrienne for nominating me, not for one award, but or TWO!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

About the Award: The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by other bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring.

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  • What is the toughest part about blogging for you?

A tough Question! I think the toughest part about blogging is getting articles written out. Sometimes I’m Months ahead of the game, but then I get busy and don’t stay ahead. It’s the weeks that I don’t have articles pre-planned for that I end up in a bit of a “tizzy”.

  • What is the most enjoyable part?

Hearing people’s testimony of how God spoke to them through what I’ve written.

  • Is there something that always keeps you going during tough times?

Fear of Failure. It might be shocking that I don’t answer something like “God’s Strength” and don’t get me wrong, that is totally true, but ever since I was young, I was so afraid of failing. No, not exactly afraid, I REFUSED to fail…and to quit. I will battle and war my way through something, as long as I come out the other end of the tunnel a victor.

  • What’s your favorite quote?

I have so many quotes that I love, but the first that comes to mind is a quote from Martha Washington, General George Washington’s wife;

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”

  • What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Quail my eldest brother made. Was is good? No…no it was not!

  • Besides blogging, what else do you enjoy?

Ask anybody who knows me, my first answer is always BAKING! next to that, I love reading, eating copious amounts of popcorn (I feel NO SHAME admitting that!), drinking coffee, and watching movies!

  •  Would you rather fly or sail somewhere? Why?

Depends on the weather. If it were cold, Fly. If it were nice and warm, sail.

  • Who do you most admire, and why?

My Omma. She was a steadfast believer in Jesus, resilient, strong, courageous and the most loving and gentle woman you would have ever met!

  • Are you an Apple or an Android person?

Andriod currently, but I hope to switch to Apple in the near future!

  • What inspires you?

Seeing people from different backgrounds love each other!

  • Is this your first blogging award?

Yes! And what an honor it is!

The Liebster Award

About the Award: The Liebster Award 2017 is an award that exists only on the internet, and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. ‘Liebster’ in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

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Here are a few questions asked that come with the award:

  • Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging because I love writing and telling people about Jesus. When I started, I was homeschooling and a friend told me I should blog and, unbeknownst to me, set it up (I didn’t know anything besides basic computer skills at the time) and here we are, 4 years later!

  • What does the name of you blog mean?

Unfading Beauty comes from 1 Peter 3:3-4. It talks about a woman’s “unfading Beauty of a Gentle and Quiet Spirit” and I wanted this blog to be about teaching young women who they are called to be as Christian women.

  • What is your biggest struggle about blogging?

A Question I previously answered above! 

  • What is your go to snack?

Popcorn! Skittles! Popcorn AND Skittles…Mixed! It might sound strange, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it!

  • What or who makes you laugh the most?

My eldest brother! He is the family clown and his impersonations are SPOT ON!

  • What is your favorite quote to live by?

Please See Above! 

  • What is your favorite book and why?

There are TOO Many to choose from, so I’ll just tell you about my most current read.

It’s called The Ranger Way written by Kris Paronto, one of the survivors of the Attack on the Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 11, 2012.

It is a book I seriously recommend any American Patriot to read! There are a couple places of brief course language, but aside from that, it is probably the best book I’ve read in quite a long time!

  • What is saving your life lately?

Saving my life? Pumpkin spiced cookies and hot chocolate!

 

  • Name your favorite aspect of each season.

Spring: The new fresh colors.

Summer: Lake Days Swimming in Montana!

Autumn: Pumpkin Spiced EVERYTHING!

Winter: The Month of December-of which is my Birthday Month as well as CHRISTMAS! I love the happiness that people have, the lights, the laughter and the attitude of giving that everyone has!

  • What is your favorite guilty pleasure?

Supper sappy-sugary-sweet cliche Hallmark Movies!

My Nominations:

For the Sunshine award, I would like to nominate:

Hannah Drilon–http://hannahdrilon.weebly.com/

Keisha Russell–http://kdrussell.net/

Melanie Pickett–http://melaniespickett.com/

For the Liebster Award, I would like to Nominate:

Audrey Rusch–http://www.audreydrenna.com/

Jodi Combs–http://www.onceuponatimegirl.com/

Natalia Drumm–http://www.nataliadrumm.com/

 

So, that’s Me!

I want to say a huge THANK YOU to you, all the readers, for your constant love and support! These awards are truly yours as much as they are mine!

To my nominees, it’s your turn to answer the questions for your designated award and  pass on the love to another blogger!

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