God May Be Calling You a Witch

If you haven't heeded the last several posts, God may be calling you a witch. Here's how to tell, according to James Davis, an elder at New Spirit Revival Center in Akron. "There is a teacher in you, but you won't change. There is a prophet in you, but you won't change. ... There is … Continue reading God May Be Calling You a Witch

Discomfort.

On Monday, I wrote about the wrath of God. Yesterday's post quoted Joe Rogan, who said, "[D]iscomfort is your friend." An hour and a half later, Radio 1000 played the following sermon, which combined the two and confirmed that I'm still saying what God wants me to say. "It is hard for me to kick against … Continue reading Discomfort.

How to Stop Doing Pretty Much Anything: Yield to God and Be the Hero of Your Story

When God gave me food allergies at age 38 to curb the binge eating I'd begun as a teen, I had to give up just about every food I'd ever loved. Six years later, I still whimper as I pass Little Debbie Banana Twins, Swiss Rolls, and Pumpkin Flips or Little Caesars Pizza. When I … Continue reading How to Stop Doing Pretty Much Anything: Yield to God and Be the Hero of Your Story

Truth or Consequences (The Wrath of God)

Last Wednesday, I shared that 20+ years of binge eating caused kidney disease. Some Christians would blame the devil for that, but long before "Truth or Consequences" became a radio and television game show, it appeared in the Bible: Ron Carpenter drew my attention to the latter passage after church yesterday when I flopped in … Continue reading Truth or Consequences (The Wrath of God)

Confirmation from God

I've always said coincidences tell me I am where I'm supposed to be. Sometimes, they provide confirmation from God that I said what I was supposed to say. Eight hours after I published yesterday's post about binge eating, for example, I watched T.D. Jakes, and then I watched the Hagee Ministries program I'd DVRed earlier. When … Continue reading Confirmation from God

My Default Settings (Part One)

I hate daytime talk shows such as "The Talk," "The View," and "The Real," but I got sucked into TBN's "Better Together" before work July 19 because Laurie Crouch, Victoria Osteen, Deedee Freeman, and Holly Wagner were discussing bad habits. The fact the show aired the day after my birthday, when Charles Stanley started a … Continue reading My Default Settings (Part One)

How to Repent (God Wants You to Change Your Default Settings)

As last night's post stated, repentance is one of the keys to getting God to answer your prayers. Below, Bishop T.D. Jakes explains how to repent and how not to repent. How Not to Repent "Esau did something stupid. Now, everybody in here has made a dumb choice about something or someone or some moment, … Continue reading How to Repent (God Wants You to Change Your Default Settings)

7 Possible Reasons God Isn’t Answering Your Prayers

Today on TBN, John Hagee provided seven possible reasons God isn't answering your prayers. First, it might be helpful to know what prayer is and why you should pray. What Is Prayer? "Prayer is not getting God prepared to do your will. Prayer is getting you ready to do God's will," Hagee said. "Not my … Continue reading 7 Possible Reasons God Isn’t Answering Your Prayers

The Outlier – Why God Put My Brother on This Earth

A lot of people ask why God would do this to a child or why God would do that to a child. After I returned home from a trip to Maui in 2013, I wrote the following Facebook post about my brother, whose August 1 birthday didn't just make him an outlier in my family, … Continue reading The Outlier – Why God Put My Brother on This Earth

Why God Sends Us to Scary Places

Thus far, dozens of people have read the previous two posts, but very few people have liked them. I get it. We don't like to think that God would send us back to someone who hurt us or might hurt us. But as Joyce Meyer said during a program that aired July 4, 2019, the … Continue reading Why God Sends Us to Scary Places

God Sometimes Sends Us to Scary Places

While writing my July 9 post about things that have happened because God ordered my steps, I mentioned that God sometimes sends us to scary places. For me, that was my father's doorstep last July. If you read chapters 1, 5, and 6 of this memoir, you know he had some anger management issues. For … Continue reading God Sometimes Sends Us to Scary Places

The Second Reason I Became a Christian: A Sick Man Sent Me Running to God

Four years ago, I started writing a blog/memoir to talk about the on-again-off-again relationship that sent me running to God in 2014. Before I finally tell that story, I thought I'd share the following excerpts from one of T.D. Jakes' ManPower conferences because I'm not the only one who's been involved with a sick man. #metoo #timesup … Continue reading The Second Reason I Became a Christian: A Sick Man Sent Me Running to God

God’s Name Is Riding on the Fact That You Will Succeed

Friday and Saturday, I spent hours crafting a tell-all post that I hoped would speed up the process of getting me out of the pit I fell in four-and-a-half years ago, shortly after I became a Christian. Sunday morning, Radio 1000 replayed a weeks-old sermon instructing me to wait and let God handle the wicked … Continue reading God’s Name Is Riding on the Fact That You Will Succeed

The Second Reason God Allowed Me to Become Homeless: I Stopped Using My Gifts and Talents (Part Two)

Until next Monday's post about gifts and talents, I will leave you with this: "I have never met anybody who was exceptional at anything who didn't have some experience somewhere in their life where they were crushed." - Bishop T.D. Jakes You'll recognize John Jenkins from many previous posts, including "Why Does God Allow Bad … Continue reading The Second Reason God Allowed Me to Become Homeless: I Stopped Using My Gifts and Talents (Part Two)

The Second Reason God Allowed Me to Become Homeless: I Stopped Using My Gifts and Talents (Part One)

The key to this post lies in the introductory clause of my previous post. I started writing this blog four years ago. Four -- 4 -- yearrrrs ago. I should be done by now, at least with the memoir part. I've stopped and restarted for three reasons: I don't like thinking about all the bad … Continue reading The Second Reason God Allowed Me to Become Homeless: I Stopped Using My Gifts and Talents (Part One)

13 Ways to Achieve Success (Lessons from God’s Dealings with the Israelites)

From the previous four posts, you learned that God doesn't want you to fear anything, that God wants you to demonstrate your faith in him like the man with the withered hand demonstrated his faith to Jesus, and that God wants you to do your part before he steps into your situation to do his. … Continue reading 13 Ways to Achieve Success (Lessons from God’s Dealings with the Israelites)