Author: Guest Writer

Elijah the Tishbite was a mighty prophet in the Old Testament. His name means, “Jehovah is God” or “The Lord is God”. He suddenly appeared on the national scene in Israel, and with fiery zeal and confident demonstrations of power, he went about to prove the Lord God’s sovereignty over all other gods. He ministered truth to Israel, commanding them to serve God with all their hearts. The theme of his ministry was contained in these words, “How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him: but if Baal, follow him!” Under his prophetic ministry, Israel began to be purged of her wicked ways. Those false prophets, who sought to lead the people astray, were put to shame-then put to death. Through Elijah’s bold proclamations of righteousness, Israel began to bow under the sovereignty of Jehovah God.

Christian men are well acquainted with this struggle. They want to know how to satisfy their wives and themselves, but wonder if Christian sex allows for turning up the heat inside the bedroom. There is no shame in fanning the flames as sex is as natural as the rising and setting of the sun.

I wish I recalled sweet aromas during holidays or laughter at family functions during my childhood. Instead I recall crying until I couldn’t see while my uncle molested me. For years I kept this secret until I confronted him. We talked for an hour. He had also been molested. The molestation traveled from generation to generation, like a big snake that grows bigger).

Likely everybody has heard about or knows a teenager or young adult who has experienced trouble with the law or who has been expelled from school or perhaps even threatened someone at school, sometimes with a weapon. People know these teens have problems, but they may not know these behaviors can be symptoms of a very real psychiatric illness affecting approximately 9 percent of all boys and 2 percent of all girls under the age of 18 in the United States.

In today’s society, divorce is a fast way out of an unpleasant situation. In the United States, roughly half of all marriages now end in divorce. This statistic is almost as high in the church as it is the world. What are we to make of this flood of broken covenants that wash across our land? Many are drowning in its tide, beaten by their own broken words and failure. Some are dying under a flood of guilt, while others sail merrily along, unaware that their boat is rotting and will soon sink under the waves. Is there a cure for this marital epidemic of broken promises, blame, guilt, unforgiveness, discontent and wounded children? Can God truly heal even the most broken of marriages?

My name is Mercedes Ramirez Johnson. It was my 21st birthday and my parents and I were so excited to be embarking on our trip from Kansas City, Missouri to Cali, Colombia. It would be the first time in over 30 years that my parents would be spending the Christmas holiday with their family in Colombia since coming to the US in the 1960’s. My parents, Benjamin and Mercedes Ramirez, were both hardworking parents that came to this country for us to have a better shot at life.