Thursday, March 22, 2012

Why Is It So Difficult For US to Tell People GOOD NEWS?

After God changes our hearts and saves us, He commissions us. He tells us to go tell the Good News of His life, His death and His resurrection on behalf of His people. Not one Christian is exempt from this commission. (Not to mention that He promises His people "abundant life" (John 10:10) as well.) But it is an assignment that is a privilege and an honor because we are called to tell others Good News. Why would anyone hesitate to tell someone else Good News? It's a simple task. Everyone, I think, would love to hear GOOD news. Right? Hey, I have been in the writing media for a l-o-n-g time and news that sells the most newspapers and magazines is news that's not-so-good. Don't believe me? What are the cover stories of the magazines and newspapers in your grocery store check out lines? Answer: People's personal tragedies, whether they're true or not. Right? Quite often it's hopeless, violent, dramatic or exaggerated accounts of news in the world.

However, my Bible says, "Go into all the world and preach the Good News [gospel] to all creation." (Mark 16:15). Christians are commanded by God to tell everyone that there is hope, help and healing for their souls, their lives, their families and friends! It's an amazing assignment. It's one He equips us to handle...and He teaches us to handle it with grace. His grace, that is.

And just think, we don't even have to go find someone who needs to hear Good News. They are everywhere! In restaurants, shopping malls, grocery stores, dry cleaners, at the drive-thru restaurants, in parks, along jogging paths, in the stands at the ballgames, in our neighborhhoods,and even our relatives! Yikes! All around us there are hurting, lost, lonely, desperate people who need someone to rescue them from their dark pit of despair. Jesus is the only Savior who can meet their every need with His life, His punishment and death on the cross to take the place of our sins, His resurrection!

American needs help. America needs Jesus, needs to be Christianized! We've been called, Sistas & Brothers, to tell others the Good News. Our prayers and our testimonies to the lost can tear down the enemy's strongholds in America. Jesus did not say, "Stop!" Jesus said, "Go!"

May God have mercy on U.S.!

Polly Balint

Copyright 2012, Polly Balint - Exerpt from my upcoming book, Totally Devoted 3

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

The REAL Church Lady Is Not Uptight, She's Upright!

The very talented actor Dana Carvey created and played a character on the long-running TV show, Saturday Night Live. He called her the Church Lady because she was created out of his childhood observations of women he saw on Sundays at church. These women obviously left a strong impression on him that they were very uptight, critical and frankly, perfectionists with stiff, pharisical personalities. In a biography, Mr. Carvey described how the women would take roll each Sunday -- in judgment of the no-shows. I imagine they must has also rolled their eyes and pursed their lips as Mr. Carvey's character did on Saturday Night Live.
Dana Carvey as the Church Lady
Carvey's Church Lady was his model of "religious" women -- in reality they were irreligious -- who lived with invisible walls surrounding them to keep others from knowing they had faults, sins, and short comings. They believed it was a weakness to let anyone know they struggled with anything. That is not a REAL Church Lady but a knock off -- only an imitation of The Great Designer's model.
I'd like to think today's true Church Lady is a faithful Christian. She's authentic. She works at being real even when it's hard. She's humble and thankful to God for forgiving her, rescuing her and delivering her from the dark places in her life.
She has an abundant life of love and laughter as well as tears. She's energetic in serving her LORD and His people.
Her vitality comes from her powerful prayer life and she is sustained by her Savior.
She's not ashamed to say she's a survivor of a double mastectomy from breast cancer. She's overcome the strongholds and torments of sexual childhood abuse. She's a former alcoholic who has stopped drinking and now drinks the Living Water served by her Savior. She's a woman who used to be addicted to drugs and now is joyfully addicted to following Jesus.
She has grieved deeply over the loss of beloved family members and friends and is not afraid to let people know her heart is broken. She knows that peace follows prayers!
She's a single mom who is looking for a second job and not afraid to let others know she wants and needs more work. She has teenagers who are rebelling and she boldly asks her other Church Lady friends to pray for her teen.
That's power, Sistas. That's a whole lot of God Power when you have a bunch of Church Ladies who are seeking the face of God and are encouraging each other with His word and His love. Most of all we should sowing seeds of LIFE into others by INVITING them to join our gatherings! When we're going out to breakfast or lunch; attending a local Bible study, a Mom's Morning Out, a church service, a Sunday School class, a Ladies' Night Out, or a walk in a neighborhood -- we should INVITE someone and encourage them to choose LIFE, too! We women have believed lies about ourselves for too long. Church Ladies (Sistas) should be sharing God's Truth!The funny thing is, the actual church is NOT a building! WE (God's people) are the church! So yes, we are Church Ladies.....but personally, I like to use the endearing term, Sistas! May God be glorified as we send out His love and His light that He put inside us!
"He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones" (Proverbs 2:7).
We should ask ourselves: "Which kind of Church Lady am I? Uptight or Upright?" How much truth is there in Mr. Carvey's character?

Monday, March 5, 2012

THIS is Why She Went to Hollywood!

After our daughter Grace graduated from Brenau University with highly trained musical talents of vocal performance and piano, she told us she was going to Hollywood, CA. She was riveted on getting there due a call from God to shine the light of Christ in Hollywood -- in hopes of making a difference with her God-given gifts and talents. I believe Grace, a Georgia Girl, has gone to Hollywood as an actress to bring Christ to Center Stage!
She planned to begin her new journey by enrolling as a student at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA, and in two years she graduated with a M.A. in Worship Arts. She was ready to get a 'church job' and began praying for opportunities to audition. God opened the door for her to appear in more than 80 prime time TV show episodes as a 'background' actor. She has been a runway model and has been able to use her singing, playing and dancing talents in musicals in small Hollywood theaters.
Her flame has been fanned and her passion to proclaim Christ as LORD continues there. Her most recent effort to glorify God in Hollywood was her appearance in a reality TV show called Baggage, hosted by Jerry Springer. I have attached a link to the video. (It's Season 3, episode #18.)
I need to warn you that when I first began watching the video I was alarmed at the trash talk of the contestants and the host's encouragement of such language. And then they gave Grace a chance to share a little bit of her heart. That's when joyful tears came to my eyes and my heart exploded in thankfulness! In the midst of all the lights, the stage, the audience, the famous host, and viewing audience; Grace boldly shared her love for her Savior, His Word and unashamedly talked about her own purity.
What happens next? I don't know. The outcome is up to God. All I know is that God's people are called to tell others about Jesus and to introduce the lost to His Greatness. "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)
May God continue to bless the faithfulness of the next generation as they boldly seek to glorify God with what He has given them!
May God have mercy on U.S.!
For His Glory,