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Author: connie

Knowing God vs Being Known BY God

Growing up in the evangelical church I found myself a young person being encouraged to know the ways  of God.  To seek after Him and know His word.  All very valid aspects to my Christian life to this day, but for some reason I found myself floundering in my faith for a decade wondering where was the freedom that Christ promised?  Why did I struggle continuously with the same issues?  Why did rejection and shame seem to get the upper hand in my mind regardless of how many hours I would spend in His word or quoting scripture?  ...

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Maybe Jesus isn’t just trying to save you from hell?

Growing up in a church in the 80’s and 90’s I have vivid memories of church events literally scaring us young people out of hell causing us to say a yearning “YES” to Jesus so we would never have to go to that dreadful place.  I remember the play “Heaven’s Gates, Hells Flames” where we would perform scenes of people’s death depicting where they would end up in the afterlife.  Those written in the book of life were joyfully welcomed into heaven with a chorus of angels singing to greet them.  Those who never invited Jesus into their hearts...

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