A World of Opinions

by Rachel Chahanovich

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I have to admit something. I’ve been avoiding social media, lately. But, I think I’m safe to assume I’m not the only one. Since the advent of social media, we are constantly asked what we think about each and every issue. These days, everyone has an opinion and seldom are they kept to oneself. And now, as a response to recent global events, opinion sharing is on steroids. No one is asking, yet all are telling. For most people, it’s enough to make your head spin and to avoid any conversation but, “How’s the weather?”

Yet, I am writing to Christians. Aren’t we supposed to be “salt and light” and “go into all the world” proclaiming the gospel? How do we effectively get our message across when society is soured by the idea of anyone sharing what they believe?  Continue reading

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Believe God

by Rachel Chahanovich

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Admit it, the Bible is a hard read. I’m not talking about the thee’s and thou’s of the King James Version. Spiritually, it’s difficult to read — abrasive even. It cuts straight through the junk in our hearts like steel wool to baked-on grease. The Bible is very black and white, full of absolutes, warnings of boundaries not to be crossed, and a constant reminder of the Authority of God. Some parts are just plain hard-to-swallow. A bit like Marmite, you’re either going to love it or hate it. Let’s just say, it didn’t become the world’s best-selling and most widely distributed book because of its ease of reading.

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Jesus or Barabbas?

by Kyle Chahanovich

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Is it just me, or does it seem like all the world is going mad? Between the political climate, wars and rumors of wars, the rise of anti-Semitism, degradation of society, attack on Biblical marriage, and even toilets, it might seem that everything is falling apart. Nowadays, being a true Biblical believer means you’re a racist, or a bigot who is against cultural unity and equality. I’m not that old, yet the world I grew up in is gone.

As I look around the body of Christ, many are up in arms over what is happening and letting all these issues rob them of peace and joy. Well folks, I can tell you two things: It’s going to go from bad to worse, and worse to amazing. Confused? Don’t worry; I will explain.

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The Church Works

by Rachel Chahanovich

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I love the church. I know, already, I have lost half of you. In these days of organic, hipster, fad-driven Christianity the church is not in vogue. In fact, everywhere I turn, I seem to hear believers tearing down the body of Christ. Like disembodied souls, these folks float from body to body telling us, “You know what’s wrong with the church….?” Sure the talk all sounds good: organic community, church without walls, the church needs to “leave the building” and “be the church” to the community around us, etc. To avoid the rabbit hole of chasing each one of these complaints, I will draw out a common theme from among them. Everyone is trying to find the problem with the church, leading to a lot of “reinventing the wheel.” Maybe, if we stop approaching the church from the assumption that something is wrong with it, and start looking at our own perceptions we are asserting on the church, maybe we’ll realize the church isn’t broken at all.

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For My Grandma

by Rachel Chahanovich

Much of who I am, and who I want to be, was shaped in me by my Grandmother, Loretta.

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