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Dear Card-Carrying Republican Christian, Have You Been A Hypocrite Lately?

Dear-Card-Carrying-Republican-Christian-Have-You-Been-A-Hypocrite-LatelyI might make some trouble today. Are you ok with that?

I figure you are, because you’re reading. If you’re not, go ahead and stop reading now. I won’t mind.

So a few preliminaries first:

  • I’m going to interfere with people’s ideologies, politics, AND religion in today’s post. It’s definitely one to discuss over the dinner table. :)
  • You’ll notice from the title that this post is particularly aimed at people in one particular American political party: Republicans…
  • … and one particular section of Republicans: Republican Christians.

Lest all the Republicans get mad at me right away, let me say that as far as card-carrying Republicans go, I are one.

There. Now you know. So in case you are a card-carrying Republican too, please take notice that we’re on the same team here. I hope you won’t get mad if I address a very, very controversial issue.

But if you do get mad, just so you know, I, um, don’t really care that much. Or at all. Just so you know. #SorryNotSorry

Now that that stuff is out of the way… [Read more…]

Confession: I’m Not An Evangelist (And I’m OK With That)

I'm not an evangelist, but I can still reach people for Jesus... and so can you! Click here for my story! By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comConfession: I’m not an evangelist. And I’m OK with that.

Don’t be shocked. As a matter of fact, I will even admit that I never used to care very much about souls at all.

Oh, I cared if people knew Jesus or not. I cared if they were saved or lost. But I didn’t care enough to pray for them much, and I didn’t care enough to do anything about it.

I’m not an evangelist, you see.

I had tried to evangelize. My church used to have a home visit program (called “Faith visits”) where we sent teams to visit the homes of church guests. We were required to memorize a brief testimony to share if we needed it, and to memorize the plan of salvation with the acronym “F-A-I-T-H.”

I signed up for the evangelism teams because I felt like I had to, in order to be a good Christian.

I had not reached the level of freedom then that I have now, obviously. And can I tell you a secret? [Read more…]

Sometimes You Just Need To Chill (Because You Are Important Too)

Sometimes you just need to chill, because life is not all about work. You are important too. By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comSometimes you just need to chill.

I mean it. I’m speaking to myself too, but I thought somebody else might need to hear this today too. Not because you don’t know this already, but because you might feel like you need permission.

To just. chill. out.

You’re tired, worn out, and frazzled. Your fuse is short. The laundry is dirty, the sheets need changing, the dishes are sitting out on the counter, the bills need to be paid, and the kids’ toys are all over the floor. And you’re an emotional mess.

But you know what? I feel like the Lord wants you to know today that YOU are important too. He sees the dishes, the kids, and the dirty minivan. But they can all wait. (Well, maybe all except for the one about the bills. Paying the mortgage on time is pretty important.)

But as for the rest of it…

Have you ever noticed how much of your life is dictated by stuff, instead of by things that bring you LIFE?

Have you noticed how much of your emotional, physical, and mental energy is spent keeping up with stuff, with the rat race, and with the Jones family—instead of being used to actually propel the LIFE God designed you to live?

If you’re anything like me, the answer to that question is a lot.

And that’s why I’m saying that sometimes you just need to chill out. And if you’re reading this today, then maybe this is an on-time word for you.

Because YOU are important too.

That’s right, YOU. You, precious mama with curlers in her hair and the same bathrobe on for 3 days. Precious lady with more to do in one day than an army of people could ever get done. Precious brother with all kinds of emotional and mental stress pulling at you and frying your soul and spirit. That’s right. YOU.

You are important. And God is not merely concerned with your responsibilities or your to-do list. He’s a Father who loves you, and He’s looking at the state of your soul right now. He sees the weariness, the discouragement, and the exhaustion. [Read more…]

Weeping May Endure For A Night, But Joy Comes In The Morning!

If you've been weeping, here's an encouraging letter for you. By Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comDear reader who’s been crying,

I felt like the Lord wanted me to encourage you today. Because…

He saw you, the other day when you were so upset. Last night when you were crying. When you were hurt; when you were angry. He saw you. And He has not forgotten.

He sees the pain in your heart. He sees you right now. And He knows.

He knows what it’s like. He knows what it’s like to feel despised and rejected. He knows what it means to not have a single friend in the world. He knows what is hurting your heart right now.

And He cares.

You see, this thing that is happening to you is not God’s best for you. It’s not His will for you to mourn or grieve or be sad. It’s not His will for you to hurt, physically, emotionally, or mentally. He loves you, and He’s a good Father. He desires only the best for you in all things. [Read more…]