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Book Review ~ How To Be A Perfect Christian By Babylon Bee

About The Book With a biting, satirical style reminiscent of The Onion, How to Be a Perfect Christian takes a humorous look at the quirks of cultural Christianity while subtly challenging the reader to search for more than a cultural faith. Written in the trademark style of The Babylon Bee, this book humorously satirizes cultural Christianity while peppering in subtle challenges to the reader. Through humor and sarcasm (and a handy meter to rank your “holiness” as you progress through the book), readers will be called to find a more biblical understanding of the Christian faith, all while poking fun at the quirks of the modern, American Christian community. Category Religious/Christian/Non-fiction Genre Humor Rating 4.5 Stars Review Warning: This book is not for everyone! If you’re overly complacent, this book will confuse you. If you’re the slightest bit legalistic, it will offend you. Read at your own risk!  *winks & giggles* In How To Be A Perfect Christian, The Babylon Bee goes the whole nine yards—humor, irony, and exaggeration—to produce this highly satirical piece meant to poke fun at …

Trusting The Trinity With Your Destiny…Because Jesus Did, Too

TRUST THE TRINITY WITH YOUR DESTINY…BECAUSE JESUS DID, TOO!  I believe that as a baby, Jesus wasn’t born with the knowledge that He was the Son of God. Joseph and Mary, being humble and obedient servants of God, at one point or on various occasions, likely told Jesus about the unique events that surrounded His birth—the visit of Angel Gabriel (Luke 1:38); the Spirit-inspired greeting of Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, to Mary when Mary visited her (Luke 1:39-45); Joseph’s dreams (Matthew 1:18-25; 2:13-15); the Star that travelled from the east and brought the magi to them in the manger (Matthew 2:1-2; 9-11); the visit of shepherds who were led to them by a choir of angels (Luke 2:8-20); the prophecies of Simeon and Anna (Luke 2:25-38); and finally, the killing of the newborns-to-two-year olds by Herod (Matthew 2:16-18). These were stories probably passed to Him from His earthly parents, but the revelation of Who He was, as God, likely came gradually over time from God Himself. This is denoted in the story …

Article ~ Patience Vs Tolerance (Part 2): The Trick & The Difference

Patience endures all things by faith, and does it with joy, even in the midst of sorrow and intense discomfort. Tolerance is incapable of an inward positive attitude despite its outward display, which can only last for so long. The question every Christian needs to ask is: “Have I being living in tolerance or patience?” If you consider yourself to be generally patient, but are constantly unable to stop yourself from venting your frustrations when better judgment tells you that it is wiser to restrain yourself—which in turn frustrates you even more—then you probably haven’t learned the Spirit’s patience, but have been running on the fuel of human tolerance and are burned out already. Your tolerance eventually gives way to your frustration because in its flawed nature, it is highly dependent upon your moods/emotions. And every mature Christian knows that it is not wise to live a life ruled by emotions. You have to live above them, and make them cooperate with the will of God made known to you. Does that mean we should …

Article ~ Patience Vs Tolerance (Part 1): What Are They Really?

There’s a popular word that has been going around for quite a while. It’s called “tolerance.” It is the word that “decent” society leans on to promote diversity and accommodate differences in people. While there are many good things that tolerance ushers in, I believe that we, the children of God, have been called to live a higher way. This higher way is patience. The true kind born out of God’s unconditional love. Recent events show that there’s a limit to which tolerance can operate and go no further. A person may claim to be generally tolerant, until they encounter a different opinion or way of life that they deem offensive to their belief system or threatens what they perceive to be the right way of life; tolerance then takes a back seat, and it is war. In order words, it doesn’t end well. Patience, on the other hand, doesn’t have to like or fully understand what’s different to display its character. Tolerance has no standard or bar. Each individual sets the margin for their …

God’s Promises & Your Heart Desires Vs Your Dreams

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will grant you your heart desires” (Psalm 37:4). “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all other things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Careful observation shows that your heart desires are often connected to the talents that are inside of you; that’s because God didn’t just bless you with those talents, but He supplied the heart desires to go along with them. What typically remains to be discovered is the path to take in life, and the direction to follow. Being human, there’s the tendency to pick the obvious sociocultural option that is most popular. For instance, if I love music and I can sing, then God “must” be calling me to be a music artist who will turn superstar someday; if my school’s theater director tells me that I’m a “natural” and excellent in plays, then God “must” be leading me to be a big time actor who will be recognized with accolades across the world someday…and so on. Fortunately for us, …

Article ~ Your Best Days Are Ahead Of You

Some of the most difficult and confusing days to live as individuals are the ones where we believe that we’ve finished living out our purpose; that the best we have to offer has already been given, or that we haven’t even been allowed the chance to do so, but our lives have already been cut short. Typically, people who fit into this category include: those living with a terminal illness, those who’ve had their dreams or desired career prematurely cut short through a painful and catastrophic event, the old and retired…the list could go on. In this new place, you may feel useless and wander into a state of despair and depression, even pondering on why God has kept you alive past the days where you “mattered” to the world. Let me say this: whether you believe it or not, your best days are ahead of you if you let God lead you on this new path. There’s a season for everything under the sun. There’s a season for your glory days and to build, …

Missionary Perspective ~ What Jesus Said About Care & Relationships

Jesus commissioned the disciples to perform three tasks. One task was to preach the gospel to the whole world—the Great Commission—and it’s the most known in the church. The other two are Koinonia and Diakonia, and are not as emphasized as “tasks” in the church. Let’s take a look at why Jesus underscored Koinonia and Diakonia to the disciples. Koinonia Koinonia is a Greek word with its English equivalent as “fellowship,” “communion,” or “friendship.” Koinonia denotes goodwill, or harmonious fellowship of persons who share common interests. Koinonia, in the church, goes horizontally and vertically. Horizontally, koinonia extends to people and community. We stand connected to one another in ways that depict us as members of one family. Vertically, koinonia is experienced with God. Our fellowship should, first, be with God, and then, with people. We cannot have true fellowship with people if we do not have a genuine relationship with God. Vertical fellowship with God grounds the horizontal with people. If our relationship with God breaks down, then the horizontal may not stand. Although some …