Why Am I Still a Christian?

A commenter told me yesterday, “It’s amazing you still have faith.” 
My answer to her? “Jesus. It’s allllllll Jesus.”
In the recent years that I have been studying the dangers of Legalistic Christianity, I have seen the many, many heartbreaking consequences. 
Most common is the abuse of power. The sect of Patriarchal Christianity is a favorite among abusers, for it ultimately gives them...
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No Longer A Slave?

I don’t know about you, but I still fight against fears on a daily basis.  I often get frustrated with myself thinking, “Come on Em, you should be getting a handle on this right about now.  Fear shouldn’t even be arising”.  But I don’t think God is telling us that fears are never supposed to come up...it’s what we do with the fears that he’s cares about.
Over the years people have quoted to me “God never gives you more than you can bear”.  However, I think that verse is greatly misinterpreted...
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The God Who Rescues

In these uncertain times, I want to share a reminder that our God is bigger than you think. ☺️
Nine years ago I traveled to Chicago and stayed the week at the headquarters of what I now know was religious cult. During that stay I was asked by the cult leader to make my stay permanent. 
He promised many wonderful things...
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Jesus is Attracted to Brokenness

Do you ever feel too inadequate for God?  You’re too unorganized, have too many scars, too many flaws, or that you’re simply not good enough?  Here’s a little encouragement for you...
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Overwhelming, Never-Ending, Reckless Love

It was a bitter cold night in February 2017.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I lay on the floor of my bedroom. Curled up in a fetal position, body shaking, my tears fell away into the thick carpet threads.  
I had been wrestling with my faith for several months.  I had come to the realization that for the past decade I had been deceived by a false Gospel.  Instead of a stream of living water quenching my thirst with satisfying refreshment, my faith had become a barren wilderness.  Draining me.  Starving me.  Slowly choking out every bit of life within me...
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God Shares in Your Tears

Have you ever asked God where He was during a difficult season of your life?  I once asked that of God.  During a frank discussion with Jesus one day I yelled at the top of my lungs, "Where were you that day, Jesus?!  I was crying.  I was scared.  I was hurting.  How could you just stand by and watch as evil occurred?” 
His answer was unexpected...
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The Gift of a Bath

I believe in this something I have come to call "God's Gifts". I believe His gifts to us come in many different ways. There are the big ones of course; grace, love, salvation etc.  But then there are the little ones we can easily miss if we don’t know what we’re looking for. God gave me one of those gifts tonight — in the form of a bubble bath...

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Worthy of Love?

With Valentine's Day approaching, love is certainly “in the air”.  We take this special day to celebrate the beauty of love.  But have you ever felt unworthy of love?  Especially of God’s love?

I’ve struggled with this question myself for years and once again, I was wrestling with it last night.  What does it even mean to be worthy of God’s love?

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