What I learned from Alita: Battle Angel

I really enjoy a good story. Of course, living a Shine TYC life means I see everything through the lens of my faith — a Christian World view doesn’t idolize or demonize anything in God’s creation but understands there is a way to use it all for God’s glory. So, that brings me to my […]

Friend of a Friend

While some of us sing, “What a friend we have in Jesus” others may be thinking, “Well I don’t really know Jesus like that, but my friend does.” Is Jesus your friend? Or is He a friend of a friend? I briefly met Michael Jordan back in the day. I knew a lot about him […]

You’ve Got Issues

For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and send rain on the jut and the unjust alike. – Matthew 5:45 NLT Let’s get one thing straight. You are going to have problems and likely more than one in a lifetime. God never promised anyone a life without problems. In fact, […]

Follow the Little Voice, Not the Loud One

“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”  – Galatians 1:10 Obviously! Paul is pretty direct in his message to those foolish Galatians. His goal is to do the will of God, regardless of what people think. That […]

Motherhood with Wisdom, Power, and Faith

In the current environment I’m fighting like Rizpah to keep the scavengers from tearing away at my sons– their dignity, honor, self-esteem, self-image, and life itself. I have to watch police, politicians, teachers, coaches, store clerks, and strangers who might consider skittles to be dangerous. Every night I fall into bed, I thank God that my sons are alive and pray they live another day.  It’s a real, not at all irrational, fear of this Black mother.  

Just Like My Father

One of my favorite tactics when my mother asks me to come home and do something is to quote the Bible.  “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his own family.”  That’s Matthew 13:57 (NLT).  It basically reinforces the old adage that familiarity breeds contempt.  Regardless of the books and […]

Do Not Give Up On God

  In a time when our self-image and self-worth are challenged daily by social media highlight reels of people who seem to lead perfect, adventurous, well-maintained, lives with exceptional children and extraordinary marriages, it’s easy to focus on what’s wrong with our lives. Psalm 139 reminds us that even the things we think are “wrong” […]

A Good Person

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good.”  – Mark 10:18 By studying Jesus we learn what it means to be Christian. After all, Webster’s dictionary defines Christian as “one who professes belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.”  So how can we be Christian if we don’t know what Jesus […]

Happy National Thesaurus Day Jesus

    “Christ, Good Shepherd, King of Kings, Lamb of God, Lord, Lord of Lords, Messiah, Prince of Peace, Redeemer, Savior, Son of Man” It’s National Thesaurus Day!  It’s the day that Mark Roget – you know,  of Roget’s Thesaurus – was born.  You may be wondering to yourself, “How does one celebrate National Thesaurus Day?” Well, […]

How Change Happens

Christian Lifestyle Personality, Kamryn Adams, explores the immediate nature of change using Paul’s Damascus experience.

4 Reasons Why I Believe in Jesus

In 1 Peter 3:15 we are told that we should be ready to explain our faith if asked.   I do not need to get into the deep theology and fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy to explain my belief. To me, it is a logical choice.   The Integrity of the Gospels The “biographies” of Jesus: […]

How To Do All Things, But Not Everything

Philippians 4:13 is a commonly quoted verse from the Bible. It is not usually misquoted, but often taken out of context.  We’ve seen this verse on t-shirts, coffee cups,  license plates, etc.  “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (NLT).  In this verse, Paul gives us the courage we need to take on […]

Judge Other People If You Want

  Bernie Madoff swindled people in a Ponzi scheme. YOU WOULD NEVER DO THAT! But you are still intentionally dodging the person whom you owe $100.  A young man slapped his mother in the face. YOU WOULD NEVER DO THAT! But you will slap your daughter’s mother in the face. Your girlfriend got back with […]