The Theology I Learned From My Dog

April 3rd, 2020

Little did I know that when we brought a three-pound puppy into our lives, God had big plans for the both of us! I hope you'll listen to today's podcast as I share how my dog Mindy taught me about God. 

A Temporary Weight of Glory

March 25th, 2020

Ever feel like God doesn't like you? Ever feel He's displeased with you? Lots of saints have. Even Mother Theresa! CS Lewis called it a Weight of Glory. Hope this encourages you as we wait together for the end of quarantine. If you need prayer or want to share something, please feel free to email me - teresajane.mccarthy@gmail.com ! Blessings!

 

 

Let God Arise and His Enemies Be Scattered!

March 23rd, 2020

I’m not moved by what I see; I’m not moved by what I feel; I’m not moved by what I hear going on around me; I’m not moved by empty store shelves; I’m not MOVED! I stand on the promises of God and I know His Word is trustworthy and every promise is yea and amen! There is no shadow of turning with God and He is faithful. The Church has survived for over 2,000 years and she’s just getting started. God is using this in our lives to purify us and to help us see what is really true and what is really important and what is really His priority for our lives and for our world. Let God arise!

 

teresajane.mccarthy@gmail.com - please let me know how I can be praying for you and what God is doing in your life during these exceptional times. 

Who Likes Second Place?

March 20th, 2020

Thank God we can bring our 2nd place lives, our mistakes, our birth defects, all of our foolishness, our sins, and we can lay them at the feet of Jesus and say, “I'm so flawed and broken but here I am Beautiful Jesus, here I am and if you can do anything with this 2nd place life of mine-- I am willing. I give myself to you.” And Jesus, full of mercy and grace and power and love takes these 2nd place lives of ours and He uses them for His glory! God is so good!

teresajane.mccarthy@gmail.com - feel free to email me with any prayer requests or praise reports. BLESSINGS!!

You Were Born for This Day!

March 19th, 2020

Your birth was not an accident. You were brought forth for this very day! God knew you were needed for March 19, 2020. No matter where you are or what is happening around you – God is mindful of you. So, let’s SEEK HIS FACE and CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD and ask HIM, “Lord, I was born for this moment in time; I was born for this place! WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE ME DO?!? 

For some it is to pray, some to minister to neighbors, others to work in a difficult places like a hospital or even a grocery store--A nursing home or even a pharmacy. Thank you to all of you serving our communities! For some of us it is to praise His name, or run a small lending library on the corner in our neighborhood; perhaps to chat with friends and encourage one another. Each one of us was given a gift that God wants use today for His Kingdom and His glory!

The Church Will Rise!

March 18th, 2020

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to STAND your ground, and having done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness arrayed, and with your feet fitted with the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times, with every kind of prayer and petition. To this end, stay alert with all perseverance in your prayers for all the saints.

The Church has persevered for over 2,000 years. God's got this! 

Here's a vlog that might encourage you! God's Shekinah Glory and the Underground Chinese Church https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbBV06373lc

Quietness in Quarantine - He’s a Good Good Shepherd

March 16th, 2020

We are living in some amazing times! Thank God He is near. During these times it is important for us to bring every thought into captivity and declare with our mouths, with our hearts and with our minds, “OUR God reigns and He is trustworthy and dependable. We are not moved by what we see or what we feel, but we stand on this truth: God is love and He loves us and He will perfect the things concerning us!" Amen! So be it! It’s decided! I choose His Peace.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

March 12th, 2020

In my lifetime, I’ve never heard a presidential address brought on by a disease or a sickness. Have you? So, I started thinking about a book I read a few years ago on the rise of Christianity. The early church always did the hard things well, so I thought that would be a good place to start when processing the coronavirus' impact on the human race. I did some research and found the story of Cyprian’s Plague in Rome - Christianity exploded during the plague and many sociologists say it was Christian service during the suffering that made all the difference. Maybe there's a lesson in there for us.

Rodney Stark, "The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries" (Harper Collins, 1997).

There Once Was A Dog Who Had A Girl

March 11th, 2020

CS Lewis believed that dogs with names go to heaven. That when a dog is loved by a human being, then that dog is in heaven waiting for its owner to come home. I like to believe that. I believe all the dogs I’ve loved are in heaven waiting for me with tails wagging and tongues licking and happy faces--waiting there for me on the front porch of my heavenly home.

Here's a transcript of today's podcast. http://terimccarthyblahblahblog.com/dog-named-peanuts-owned-girl/

Also, I hope you'll follow me on Twitter! https://twitter.com/teriblahblah

The Beautiful Purpose of Fleas

March 10th, 2020

Comfort the frightened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus, (1 Thessalonians 5:14-18).

Join me every Friday for Vlog Day @ Truth Matters - Teri McCarthy. Here's a link to my YouTube Channel!   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfcXQ1QMdJW6BrXZv9FYzzQ

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