HOT Topics

These HOT Topics were designed to be articles written around what EVERYONE wants to know about, but have hard time asking. Articles like: What DOES the Bible say about gossip? Should Christians be SEXY? Where is GOD? Does God really want me to be RICH?

HOT Topics:

4/16/10: GOSSIP

Jesus tells us, that we are to love our God as one God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength…. AND love our neighbor as OURSELVES. Gossiping, is sinning…

4/17/10: SUFFERING

That is how sin can not live in the presence of righteousness, and glory. If any man wants more glory, goodness, love, peace, and joy in their lives, they must…

4/18/10: CONFESSING CHRIST

The bible says that it is with our mouth that we confess and are saved…

4/20/10: SPEAKING TO THE MOUNTAIN

He didn’t tell them just to rebuke the mountains… He told them to tell the mountains to MOVE!…

4/21/10: YOUR SPOUSES DREAMS

My motivation then, that keeps me up ALL night working is not to sell books, it is to see my husband at Augusta wearing a green jacket…

4/22/10: GOD IS ALL AROUND YOU

I get hotter and hotter, in regards to the multiple agendas that are screaming at the Church in the name of “love”, when in reality it is in the name of “self serving ‘godliness’” as indicated in the above scripture. I went to bed nearly… hopeless…

4/23/10: “SEXY”

Maybe, you haven’t known what it means. Maybe you dress this way because you want to make men other than your husband want you, or the future husband God has for you, to want you…

4/24/10: MY GREATEST FEAR

As the Pastor was preaching, and I was hearing that sermon all over again, I went to that place that very few go I dug deep within to ask myself that question of questions, am I STILL afraid of anything? I mean I am 33 years old, I have five kids…

4/25/10: GIFTS

Until recently, I had always read this scripture to mean that if you take a present to someone on your first introduction it will put you in good standing…

4/26/10: DEPRESSION & VISION

This note is by no means intended to diagnose or belittle the emotion/reality of depression. This note is intended to shed some light on a biblical figure that suffered temporarily from depression…

4/27/10: REVELATION

Books like “The Secret and Think and Grow Rich” Will teach you that same concept, however they leave many people falling short and frustrated. The message ends up coming across that if you ‘dream, imagine, and visualize’…

4/28/10: YOU ARE LOVED

If you have studied the Bible for any length of time, you may have heard these two Greek words: Logos and Rhema. Pastors go to schools with these names…

4/29/10: SIN

The best way to describe sin is to describe it the way it was described to me…

4/30/10: DISCIPLINE

Believe it or not, yours truly is not above reproof. For years, I have been basing ones daily routine as the only indicator of discipline, and I was shown rather obviously last night that I WAS WRONG!…

5/1/10: THE SECRET TO HAVING GREAT DAYS

Your prosperity, and success in your life is determined more by your morning mental routine than any other activity that you can do. What you think…

5/3/10: KNOWING THE FUTURE AND LIVING IN SAFETY

Have you ever had the opportunity to travel via motorcade, Police escort, or even followed behind someone with your hazard signals on?…

5/4/10: UNITED WE WIN TOGETHER WE STAND

“I’ve seen these ants do great things, and year after year they somehow manage to pick food for themselves and you. So, so who is the weaker species?…

5/5/10: A NOTE FOR EVERY PERSON LIVING IN CHAOS

Will we ever catch up with the mess? Will we ever conquer all of the momentary clutter? Quite possibly yes…

5/6/10: YOU CANNOT LOSE!

Rocky Balboa is on the Beach, and he and Adrienne are having ‘the talk’. It is the talk of all talks, it is the talk all winners and dreamers have. The defining moment… WHAT IF I LOSE?…

5/7/10: THIRSTY?

He has studied, and found that negative words will result in the water crystals being ugly, misshapen and cruel. When the water is spoken to with praise and kindness, the crystals result in beautiful formations…

5/8/10: MOTHERS

I find it interesting that God does not call us to honor our ‘parents’ but rather, to honor our father and mother…

5/10/10: DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOU WERE BORN TO DO?

It seemed like an odd request, asking my brothers and sisters to come in agreement with me that my husband Jeff would win a golf tournament…

5/11/10: EXHAUSTED?

God will not burden us, and if serving Him becomes a burden… you may end up having a serious problem…

5/12/10: DONKEYS SPEAK?! HEARD ANY LATELY?

Talking donkeys, mammoth arks, men who fly, men who walk through walls, chariots on fire, people being raised from the dead… I mean like WHOA!…

5/13/10: I USED TO SMOKE

Out on the balcony, having just had my heart smashed into a million little pieces, I decided to surrender to God and His Word. I had been a ‘Christian’…

5/14/10: IMPATIENT

My encouragement to you today, is to understand that being impatient is not a sin, but we must recognize the difference between being impatient with needless worry…

5/15/10: OVERCOMING OBSTACLES

We in Christ are all over comers, because Christ overcame the grave. PERIOD…

5/17/10: FINDING THE WAY OUT

“Don’t worry about the next thing you are to do for God. Just focus on completing the last thing God told you to do.” What a relief…

5/18/10: MAKE A DECISION

Have you ever been stuck behind someone in the eatery and they take a year in a half in order to order a cup of coffee? What about when you call someone and they endlessly talk about the same subject, only to apologize for calling you?…

5/19/10: I NEARLY DIED WHEN I WAS FIVE

I can remember in the evening coughing like a seal. It was a very loud whooping cough and it would not stop, unless I was being held in my father’s arms…

5/20/10: CAN YOU FORGIVE YOURSELF?

Theologically speaking, Christ never speaks directly to us forgiving ourselves, but He is very explicit about the fact that HE has forgiven us. HE has “let us off the hook”….

5/21/10: GOD IS LIGHT

So how are you doing? I was doing horrible. I would have allowed curiosity to lead me to stray into the dark. Thinking things like; “So and so did what? I can’t believe that! R- ratings are OK, I can handle it!”…

5/23/10: SLEEPING NAKED?

I have preached to people on not sleeping naked, because of this scripture…

5/24/10: BLESSED BE THE “PEACEMAKER”

A .357 Smith and Wesson gun inflicting peace by force. What a way of making peace! Neither have ever seemed alluring to me…

5/26/10: GOING TO SLEEP WITH PEACE OF MIND

It is vain for you to work like a dog, rise up and hit the floor running, then collapse in bed at night. This is no work worth doing at all…

5/27/10: TAKING AUTHORITY

Pro-life, pro-choice, union, non-union, more tax dollars, less tax dollars. The more choices we have the less appealing the choices seem to become…

5/28/10: EMBRACING RESISTANCE – RECEIVING DELIVERANCE

What a deal, huh? Why on earth would anyone choose to be on a team with the most resistance?…

5/29/10: UNDERSTANDING STEWARDSHIP

How in the world are we supposed to not store anything up? How are we to live by faith and not by sight when the rent is due, and the car needs gas, and the kids need milk in the morning?…

5/31/10: WHEN STUFF GETS STOLEN

What an interesting response to such a “scary” situation. When someone permeates our barriers, it leaves us feeling more open to attack. So what then?…

6/1/10: BE BOLD

“LET THERE BE…” Who was God talking to? The point was that God was not speaking with anyone, the point is that God was using speech to create- not to communicate. Our speech CREATES things…

6/2/10: TESTIFY

The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy…

6/3/10: GOD WANTS YOU TO BE RICH

This is especially true in our modern economy, where the largest individual financial rewards are increasingly reserved for those people making the greatest positive impact on society…

6/4/10: SOCIAL NETWORKING

Facebook in and of itself has been coined ‘narcissistic’ at best (status’ updates on ‘me’ and what ‘I’ am doing all throughout the day), and with other sites likemyspace and youtube, one is left to wonder, “When it is all about me, what’s left for you?”…

6/5/10: LIVING STRESS FREE

When we deal in God’s perfect timing, we deal with supernatural results…

6/7/10: STANDING STRONG WHEN INTIMIDATED

As long as we are intimidated, we are defeated. Self control comes when…

6/8/10: WE RECEIVED A FINANCIAL MIRACLE

Jeff immediately found compassion for a lone walker on the road and a lump rose in my throat as Jeff started pulling the car over to offer this “Hell’s Angel” looking man a ride…

6/9/10: ENTERING INTO HIS REST

Today’s word is a word of encouragement and perspective. Remember brothers and sisters, that we are eternal beings, and that we do not need to be moved at all by our current temporary situations…

6/10/10: A WORLD OF HATE, A HOME OF LOVE

There is no way to get around being hated…

6/11/10: A NOTE FOR ALL MEN

It is because of you that we ladies get safely home, have heavy furniture moved, have food…

6/12/10: NO FEAR HERE!!

After September 11, 2001, here in America there was a large outcry from our people. The church that we went to HEAVILY pressed into…

6/14/10: WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE HONEYMOON AND WHY DO I NOT FEEL LOVED?

For whatever reason, while we are in the honeymoon phase we hunger and desire to do whatever our fiances/spouses desire or need from us. It is a phase in marriage when everything is nearly perfect then reality sinks in…

6/15/10: PHYSICAL TOUCH AND RELATIONSHIPS

Perhaps the most provocative book in the entire Bible is the Song of Songs. A book written between lovers, Songs goes into great detail describing…

6/16/10: THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY TIME

Ladies, if your husband follows you around always asking you what you are doing, or how they can help… chances are they are Quality Timers looking to get filled up with the right kind of love. Do not get irritated, enjoy the attention! Work together!…

6/17/10: WORDS OF AFFIRMATION LOVE LANGUAGE #3

Several months went by, and when he checked back in with the couple, Bill was ecstatic at the results but Betty Jo was still not feeling loved….

6/18/10: RECEIVING GIFTS, LOVE LANGUAGE #4

Gift giving and receiving, is an actual love language, and if you are a gift giver/reciever you are more than likely looking forward to the next paycheck, even though you just got paid!…

6/21/10: ACTS OF SERVICE, LOVE LANGUAGE #5

Washing dishes, doing the laundry, polishing the shoes, ironing, taking out the trash…

6/22/10: LIVING PERFECTED, YES! IT IS POSSIBLE!

How can Christ expect us to be “perfect”, if we will undoubtedly fall into sin, no matter how hard we try. The simple truth is that living “perfected”, is…

6/23/10: LIFE DOESN’T HAVE TO HAPPEN TO YOU

As you can see when we take on an attitude of “having to”, we often allow life to happen to us! When we relax and enjoy life…

6/24/10: YOU ARE MADE IN THE IMAGE OF GOD!

The man who has committed his life to hatred, death, all opposite of love has committed themselves to sin and scripture says that the wages of sin is death. Ever thought you saw a “dead man walking”? These people live only by a flicker, and it is only by God’s grace that this flicker does not go out entirely…

6/25/10: WE GOT MARRIED AND WE MEANT IT!

It has been nearly ten years since our marriage flip flopped, and we became a family committed to God alone. We have five children and are planning for six, but most importantly, Jeff and I are…

6/26/10: DROP THAT BANANA!

If there is offense in your family, and you have attempted to ask for forgiveness and it just isn’t happening, recognize first that even Christ had to go through dealing with offense. Secondly…

6/29/10: WHERE IS GOD?

Some may think that if you surrender everything, you will lose the joy that you feel. The joy you that one may feel from smoking a cigarette, the embrace of a lover, buying new shoes on credit or even talking about someone else behind their back. That titillating feeling of empowerment and supremacy that comes from “feeling good” through escape, while everything else is in catastrophe and falling apart around you…

7/1/10: YOU ARE THE EXPERT

Age does not matter at all, in this thing called life. We are out doing God’s work (making God look good to others), and He has bestowed upon us His gifts to get His kind of results…

7/3/10: YOU ARE ROYALTY

There is no turning back when you have inherited a Sonship in Christ. What an amazing thing to be witness to, Jesus didn’t need to care what he was ridding, He just had to know who He was and that He was riding into His destiny. Praise God for us that He did it all, eye to eye…

7/5/10: THE BIBLE… A BOOK OR THE BOOK?

The following HOT Topics contain content that may be found inappropriate to the overly religious and close minded individual…

7/6/10: THE BIBLE…DAY ONE: ‘PROSPERITY AND POVERTY‘ : POVERTY IS AN ATTITUDE

Just like laying hands on the sick recovers the body, the Gospel of Christ and His Word will reverse the attitude and thinking of poverty, the more we begin to think like Him the more we will begin to see just how much the Bible talks of prosperity and invention, if you will just seek Him first (Matt 6:33). He desires for you to be …

7/7/10: THE BIBLE… DAY TWO: ‘FREEDOM FROM ALL OPPRESSION': FREEDOM FROM THE TRAP OF SIN

We as a people, need to stop making excuses for our laziness, claiming that our ONE decision to become saved was enough. Yes, good for us, we prayed the prayer of salvation… but we are the only ones who are calling the shots now…

7/9/10: THE BIBLE… DAY THREE: ‘HEALING FOR THE BROKENHEARTED': NO MORE BROKEN HEARTS!

Women through the ages, under the curse of sin living by the fall of the first Adam, have lived under a “desire” for men. This word “desire” is literally translated as: beast to devour…

7/10/2010: THE BIBLE… DAY FOUR: ‘RESTORING SIGHT TO THE BLIND’ EVERY MAN CAN HAVE VISION

The Bible says that “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” Whatever confidence you have, or don’t have lies in the foundation of your heart and your most frequent meditations. (Meditations are nothing but the thing you are focusing intently on, repetitively)…

7/12/2010: THE BIBLE… DAY FIVE: ‘ALL WOUNDS CAN HEAL’ YOU ARE A NEW CREATION IN CHRIST!

How then can we be “perfect” if we are still stuck by some bruise of the past. With attitudes like, “I can’t, I shouldn’t, I mustn’t” who needs a devil?…

7/13/2010: SUCCESS STARTS AT HOME, PUTTING TOGETHER THE WHOLE PICTURE

In the next five days, we are going to start a Success at Home & In the Kitchen series. We are going to go through my favorite 15 recipes (3 a Topic). To me, a mother of 5, meals must be affordable, tasty, and creative. They must also be conducive to parent-child participation, and enjoyed by most if not all

7/19/2010: 365 DAYS TO A NEW… ME, THE START OF SOMETHING NEW!

It was as I was scrapping with my fingernails deep inside the garbage disposal (the disposal having been out-of-comission for the last few months due to a gusher in the wall), that I realized that I have a pretty funny life. I run this family of seven like a business. Full of balance sheets, discipline, and occasional innovative epiphanies…

7/20/2010: JOY

We are not blessed  to be hoarders. We are blessed to be a blessing. Economies that scale, are economies that move like the Jordan River. They say that birds don’t even fly…

7/21/2010: LAMENTATION & GRIEF

Smiles don’t always mean “I love you.” Sometimes “I love you”, best comes with a friend who will cry with you, and lay on the floor in anguish over your sores. This is what I am going to focus on today… TRUE honest to GOD… feelings…

7/22/2010: PATIENCE

As I was wondering what to write about this morning; my 12 year old was asking if he could play on the computer, my 10 year old learned chopsticks for the piano, my 7 year old (girl) was shrieking playing with the 2 year old, my 3 year old was crying over a body-less mini-lego, and the 2 year old was causing the 7 year old to do the shrieking. All while I am in the reclined…