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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hanging Between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"


by Cyndi Coleman
As Christians, we spend much time talking about the crucifixion and the resurrection, and we should. After all, as Casting Crowns puts it in their song, “Oh Glorious Day,”

Living, He loved me, dying, He saved me.
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever…


These two events are what Jesus’ life was all about. The entire purpose of God wrapping himself in flesh was to come to Earth, to love us, to save us, and to justify us.

However, what we don’t usually spend much time thinking about, much less talking about, are the hours between these eternity-altering events. While those events are of utmost importance, I would like for us to focus on that span of time between the two events - the hours between the crucifixion and the resurrection. Have you ever paused to consider them? Those were some dark hours in many lives.

Although Jesus had told his disciples (and the women who also traveled with them) in no uncertain terms he would suffer and die; and then he would be raised three days later (Luke 9:22). However, once Jesus exhaled his last breath, and the tomb was sealed, their faith waned with panic and confusion set in. 

“Wasn’t he God?”  
“Wasn’t he all powerful?” 
“Why didn’t he save himself?” 

“What about the kingdom he talked about?”  
“What now? Am I next?”

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Learning His Passion & LOVING IT!

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Although I was a cheerleader throughout middle and high school, I had very little understanding about how sports - football and basketball - were played. I knew when we made a touchdown or missed a free throw, but that was about it. I supported my friends and school with joy when we were up and felt sad when we were down. However, the truth be known, I was just a bystander, just another fan.

I always said I’d never marry a preacher or a coach because they are too consumed by their careers. Well, about 17 years ago I fell in love with a handsome football player who turned out to be a fantastic football coach - and my husband. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Prayer: Are you Baring Your Soul or Bargaining with God?


Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Recently, I was praying for a friend of mine. There was a possible move in her future and this was the day the decision would be made by her husband’s employer. Since I cannot imagine life without her being around, my prayers were serious and offered several times. In prayer, mid-sentence I might add, I felt the Holy Spirit ask me if I trusted Him. I must admit, this caught me completely off guard! In the quiet, I felt Him nudging my heart with, “Trust me with your prayer. Trust me with the desires of your heart.”

At this point, I realized that I was bargaining with God. I was using lots of, “I really want this, but not if this or that” tucked tightly with, “if you do this, God,  I will do this or that”. I was “dressing up” my request and bargaining with God to get what I wanted. I was, in my own way, explaining to God why what I wanted was best and why that should matter to Him. Ever been there?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Disappointment HURTS!!!

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Sometimes believing God will handle a situation does not mean that a particular situation will turn out positively. Meaning what we want or desire may not be what happens. In fact, the outcome or results may actually bring a multitude of negative emotions: disappointment, sadness, anger, fear or a combination of these.

Disappointment can also lead us to a place of wandering as we wonder if somehow God has missed something. Does God realize how important this is to me - my family? Doesn’t God care about how much this hurts?!  Isn’t God all-powerful?!  How did he let this happen; more importantly, WHY did he allow this to happen?

Friday, July 4, 2014

You are More

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women

by Cyndi Coleman
When I was a little girl I wanted to be a princess so badly. Every princess movie and story completely inspired me. I felt that I was living an ordinary life, but I was made for more. I felt like I was created to live an exciting, adventurous life. So, I prepared myself and waited for my fairytale to begin. However, it didn’t take many years for me to realize I wasn’t perfect, I messed up a lot, and hurt the people I loved the most. I began to believe I wasn’t good enough or special enough for the childhood fantasy. No wonder it never came true.

Since I was nothing very unique or special, I decided to settle on whoever and whatever would give me the approval I was so desperate for.