Know What Your Believe… and Why
If you are on Team Jesus and haven’t read the playbook, I totally get it. The Bible can be intimidating when you first get started. That’s why I encourage you to find a translation that best fits your style. Shine TYC uses the New Living Translation and the New International Version to help you better understand the Bible for contemporary living.
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I can’t believe that with over 160K deaths we are still in debate about whether or not to wear masks. Americans— this includes me— are fed up with not being able to do what we want to do, when we want to do it, and with whom we choose. I’m supposed to be in Martha’s… Continue reading Clothe Yourselves in Love…and a Mask
Eating has always been a “thing” for me. I’ve been obsessive about my weight since I was fifteen and broke a hundred pounds on the scale. 104, to be exact. I’ll never forget it. That same week my dance instructor told me “You’re gaining weight. Watch that.” Not sure if I thought I’d live my… Continue reading Eating: It’s Definitely A “Thing”
I’ve spent the month of November studying and practicing gratitude. Every day I made a list of three things for which I am a grateful. I challenged myself to remember all that God has done in my life. Last week, subscribers received an email urging them to remember the things God has done for them.… Continue reading Thanks for Nothing
It can be difficult and frustrating to navigate our faith while being a part of a family where everyone is not on the same page of the Bible or maybe they’re not in the book at all. In John 7 Jesus’ brothers encourage him to go to Judea to the Jewish Festival. They told him to perform… Continue reading Stick to the Plan
“The Bible says not to judge” is a favorite response from people who do things they know are wrong. Anyone who has actually read the Bible (Matthew 7:1) knows that this is not a correct quote. After all, there are plenty of places in the gospels where Jesus told people about themselves. “Hypocrites!” “Brood of… Continue reading Judge Much?
Jesus often spoke in parables to help people understand the principles of God’s kingdom. He also spoke in parables to expose those who were hardened and would not listen. Mark 4:1-20, contains a passage called “The Parable of the Sower.” In this parable, Jesus teaches the people that they need to do two things: stay… Continue reading Grounded and On Guard
I’m not sure where the notion came from, but many people are under the impression that Christian life is supposed to be void of all trouble and disappointment. There is nothing in the Bible that supports this. In fact, Jesus made it clear that Christian life is hard. Contextually, living for Jesus is compressed and… Continue reading The Sweet Spot
Jesus replied, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear God’s word and obey it.” – Luke 8:21 NLT Let’s face it. No family is perfect. Not the Obamas, the Bush family, the Kennedys, nor yours. Families are made of imperfect people that did not choose one another. Parents choose to have children, but… Continue reading Who Are Your People?
Does the Bible contradict itself? 1 Corinthians 6:10 says that drunkards are going to hell, but in John 2, Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. Was Jesus setting people up to fail? He said in Matthew 15:11 that what we eat and drink don’t matter. So…why can’t we just eat and drink what we want? Unlike… Continue reading Saints and Summer Cocktails
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