Isaiah 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Perhaps these are verses that are familiar to us. Or, maybe they aren’t. When we are surrounded by pain of all kinds, how can we look upon the situation and see anything else but bad?
“Beauty for Ashes” is the inaugural book in The Father’s Daughters Anthology Series. Eight women gather together to show how God transforms wounds for worship, pain for praise, and tragedy for triumph. These real-life experiences show sour lemons turning into sweet delights. It is a testament to how life changes for the better when faith allows God to comfort, heal, and love His daughters. Join me as I talk with the creator of of this anthology as she shares with us the stories of eight women who have joined together to show that, yes indeed, we can obtain beauty from ashes.
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Who can forget the iconic song by Tina Turner who asks a question, “What’s love got to do with it? What’s love but a second-hand emotion.”
Of course, my fondest memory is of Angela Bassett portraying the famous rock star singing this song in the movie of the same title. After all the events portrayed in the movie, the movie ends with her asking the very question of what does love have to do with anything? I love the beat and rhythm of this song but I have to wonder if love is a second-hand emotion? Is it something borrowed from the intensity of physical attraction or sexual urges? Is love a leftover from evolutionary processes of survival?
In today’s society, love or the idea of love has been used to protect the guilty, to hurt the innocent, to manipulate, to control, to suppress — at least that’s what it seems like. So, when Tina Turner sings: “Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken” do we simply do away with this second-hand emotion?
Join me for the discussion as I talked with Steven Menking from the Amateur Society in this first of a two-part conversation. You can call in at 646-668-8485, and press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10569759.
Once again, you’ve awaken from “That” dream. You know… the one that randomly creeps into your precious sleeping hours, with the audacity to play out over and over again. Sure, a few elements, people, or part of the sequences may change up a bit, but yep, it’s still the same (darn/dam) reoccurring dream! Sound familiar? Most people will admit that they share this, and many other common dream experiences, which certainly beg for the answers as to why these dreams continue to happen, and what they really mean.
Perhaps it may be because YOU have not yet picked up on the message that God is trying to relay to you during your dream state. Author, Sharon Tooson shares her gift of dream interpretations, and provides a refreshing outlook by combining examples of personal dream analysis in this fascinating, and insightful book, “Having Faith in Your Dreams”. Her goal is to encourage you to dig for a deeper meaning, in order to learn and understand how God speaks to us in our dreams. Tooson’s book is a valuable tool for discovery and self-reflection, and will guide you towards an enlightened perception when you learn to seek God’s help. So dream on dreamers, and pay attention for a heightened awareness of the message God is delivering to you!
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He will bestow a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair, (Isaiah 61:3)
The ministry of A Crown of Beauty is headed by the scribe and prophetic voice Meiah Shaun. She pens fiction, non-fiction and plays with faith-based messages linking her personal life experiences with spiritual life lessons. Some of her plays include: The Boutique, The Rich Woman’s Party, & My First Love. She’s a native of Orange, Texas and currently resides in the Dallas, Texas area.
Along with discussing A Crown of Beauty, its ministry and purpose, Meiah and I will be discussing her newest release, Burnt Orange, which tells the story of twin girls surviving racism and abuse in a small segregated town and triumphing over adversity. Join in the conversation by calling in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10452841.
War. Disease. Social unrest. It’s around us every day. Trial and struggle.
From global financial crisis to terrorist acts to disease and natural disasters, we are impacted by trials every day. Some of us, in fact, MOST of us, would say life is hard. Yet, maybe it’s not the major events of the world that affect us but the things in our personal lives which turn our spheres of life upside. Perhaps sickness has struck you or your loved ones. Maybe the company you worked for went under. You’ve lost precious ones in your life. Or, you’re wondering why can’t you get it together and be married and have some form of happily ever after.
Perhaps your struggle goes even deeper. Why did you have to be the one hurt and abused by those you trusted the most? Why can’t you have a child while others do? Why did the thief come and take your personal belongings? Why doesn’t seem as if nothing can go right? Why can’t you find purpose? Why can’t you be mentally balanced like ‘everyone else’?
Shouldn’t God be bigger than this? If God is so powerful, why is this so difficult. Why hold onto the faith when it seems the omnipotent Lord doesn’t do anything to help. Why stay a Christian when God lets you down?
Join me as we delve into a thought, a question, or an argument I’m sure we’ve all had with my guest co-host, Trevor Slone. Perhaps we can help. Listen in at 646-668-8485. Or download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here.
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.” — Charles Spurgeon
Both non-Christians and Christians both have a problem with the doctrine, the very idea of Hell. We love the all-encompassing grace and love of the Lord Jesus Christ but when it comes to Hell…let’s just say that’s another story. After all, could an all-loving God really sentence people who don’t believe in Him to an eternal leaping chamber of fire, gnashing demons, and unending torture for eternity? Is anyone really WORTHY of such a punishment? Hitler is usually the poster boy of what evil can do. Some may ask is even he THAT bad enough to warrant a one-way pass to eternal damnation? Not to mention the good people who wouldn’t hurt a soul who don’t believe in the God of the Bible. Or the atheists who have good moral lives. What about the Christians who act more hellish than righteous — just because they claim the Lord as their savior, do they get a free “get out of hell card” despite acting more like a ‘sinner’ than a ‘saint’? Is God really going to send sinners guilty of a finite sin in the temporal world to eternal punishment?
Some of us choose not to believe in a literal hell. Some of us may reject God for the very idea of hell. But, we have to ask ourselves this: if hell is real, then sinners WILL be damned. And if sinners be damned, is there something we can do to prevent it? Join in the conversation with myself and Evan Minton. Call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be lilve on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device or click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10276403.
Lucas Stone suffers a horrific accident, experiences the terrors of Hell, and returns from the dead paralyzed and alone until an unexpected new friend finds him.
Arrogant, self-absorbed speaker and author Drake Crawford has written a new book that challenges the traditional Christian theology of Hell.
Luke and Drake are drawn together by supernatural forces beyond their realm of understanding to face the spiritual battle that lies ahead on… The Road to Hell.
Join in the conversation as I chat with my returning guest co-host and contributor horror author Jess Hanna. Call in at 646-668-8485, press 1 to be live on air. Or, download Stitcher on your mobile device. Or, click on the link here: http://tobtr.com/10288749
Jess Hanna s an author of supernatural thrillers that explore spiritual themes. As a devoted follower of Christ, Jess aims to write stories that intrigue and entertain while tirelessly pursuing the truth. He resides in Grand Rapids, MI with his wife, and works in the publishing industry.