Category Archives: persecution of Christians

Seeds of Truth: John 14:13

“You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”

John 14:13, NLT

What does this verse mean to you? What does it say about prayer? What about when God doesn’t answer a prayer the way you think He should? How do you respond to an answered prayer? How do you respond to an unanswered prayer? How can you bring glory to God through prayer? Through answered prayer? Through unanswered prayer?

How Can You Use This Verse in Your Writing?

  • What kind of nonfiction piece can you write?
  • What tips would you offer in a how-to article?
  • What story can you tell in a personal experience piece? What takeaway value can you give?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire fiction?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire poetry?
  • Do you know someone who lives out this verse? Can you interview them and write a personality profile on them?
  • How can you explain this verse to children? What kind of children’s story can you write? What kind of nonfiction piece can you write for children? For teens?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about the prayer, healing, illness, salvation of loved ones, marriage, parenting, pregnancy, singleness, relationship struggles, work, finances, unemployment, trusting God, God’s sovereignty, current events, fear, discouragement, weakness, courage, hope, forgiveness, anger, anxiety, patience, grief, persecution, trials, etc.?
  • What other issues can you apply this verse to?

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Seeds of Truth: Isaiah 41:10

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged,

for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you.

I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 41:10, NLT

What makes you afraid? How do you turn your fear over to the Lord? How does that help you to not be afraid? What makes you feel discouraged? How do you turn away from discouragement and focus on God? How does that help you to not be discouraged? How does God strengthen you? How does He help you when you feel weak? How does God hold you up? How do you learn to trust God? How can you live a victorious life, even when you feel weak?

How Can You Use This Verse in Your Writing?

  • What kind of nonfiction piece can you write?
  • What tips would you offer in a how-to article? What tips can you offer?
  • What story can you tell in a personal experience piece? What takeaway value can you give?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire fiction?
  • How can you use this verse to inspire poetry?
  • Do you know someone who lives out this verse? Can you interview them and write a personality profile on them?
  • How can you explain this verse to children? What kind of children’s story can you write? What kind of nonfiction piece can you write for children? For teens?
  • What kind of devotion can you write on this verse?
  • How can you apply this verse to writing about marriage, parenting, singleness, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, abortion, adoption, relationship struggles, work, unemployment, trusting God, God’s sovereignty, fear, discouragement, weakness, courage, hope, forgiveness, health issues, politics, anger, anxiety, patience, grief, finances, prayer, persecution, salvation of loved ones, trials, etc.?

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The Good in Goodness

hibiscusWhat does goodness mean to you? We know it’s a Fruit of the Spirit, but we need to look at how we can cultivate it in our life and use it in our writing.

Some people view people who live out goodness as “goody-two shoes.” That’s now how God sees it. He is good and He calls us to be good. That means He wants us to do the right thing, to obey Him, to love Him and to love others. It means we choose His way and turn away from the world’s way. We practice justice, use honorable speech, encourage others and live a pure life. We spurn evil.

Living a good life pleases God. After we give our life to Christ, goodness grows in our life. It shows we belong to Him and that He makes a difference in our life.

Encouraging Others to Goodness

It’s easier to sin. Cut a corner here, make a compromise there, and soon you’ve forgotten about goodness. But, goodness often requires sacrifice. In Galatians 6:9, Paul tells us not to become weary of “doing good.” And as writer, we can pass that message on to our readers.

When was a time you grew weary of doing good? How did you find the strength to keep going? How did you choose to do good instead of giving up?

Tell your story in a personal experience piece. Offer tips you learned in a how-to article. Give your readers practical advice that they can follow. Get them thinking about the importance of goodness.

Write a devotion and give your readers verses that they can turn to. Goodness pulls in issues of perseverance, trust and loving others. Find verses that encourage your readers in these areas, as well. Open the devotion with an anecdote.

Interview someone who works with the poor, fights for persecuted Christians, saves the unborn or helps the elderly. What can they share about goodness? How do their good works make a difference in the lives of the people they serve? How does God use them? How did they decide to make goodness the focus of their life?

Children need to grow in goodness, too. Help them see the value of making the right choices and making God happy. Guide them in the struggle to do the right thing.

Other Writing Arenas

Poetry is the perfect vehicle for a discussion on goodness. Poets have a way of viewing something from a different angle. You can offer a unique perspective.

In fiction, you can write a character who struggles with goodness. Put obstacles in your character’s way that prevent them from choosing to do good. How do they overcome it? You can feature the classic fight of good against evil in your fiction.

God values goodness. We can value it in our own life and help our readers see the importance of it for their lives, too.

© Deborah Christensen

Target, Bathrooms and Protecting Our Children

path in INThe big topic on Facebook, especially on Christian pages, is the policy change at Target that allows people who identify themselves as the opposite sex to use that corresponding bathroom. Actually, the discussion began in earnest when North Carolina passed a law that required people to use the bathroom for the gender that appears on their birth certificate.

Liberals cancelled plans for concerts, business moves and conventions in North Carolina. Christians and conservatives started a boycott of Target.

This blog takes of the side of North Carolina and Christians who stand for the gender of birth that appears in our DNA – the way God created us. I will not allow arguments or insults. However, I can find a lot of writing ideas in this topic. And, they may inspire you to stand for what’s right. The conservative side needs good writers who can address this topic in a loving and creative way.

Transgenderism

Christian writers can contribute quality work on this topic. What does our DNA say about who we are? How does brain anatomy affect our behavior? What does God say about gender? How valid are our feelings about our gender?

Most media present the “positive” side of transgenderism. However, they ignore the studies that indicate higher depression and suicide rates among transgenders. How can we show God’s love to transgenders? How can we counsel people who are considering transgenderism? What about the parents and loved ones who are affected by this issue? How can we love and support them?

A lot of organizations can provide experts to address these issues. Consider contacting them to conduct an interview. They will give authority and expertise to your article. Here is a list of some of the organizations you can contact: Focus on the Family, American Family Association, Alliance Defending Freedom, ACLJ and individual state family institutes.

Target and Boycotts

A couple of decades ago, B. Dalton Bookstores, owned by Kmart, sold pornography. Christian organizations requested that they remove the pornography. Not only did they refuse to remove it, the CEO of Kmart insulted Christians. A boycott ensued, B. Dalton eventually went out of business and the CEO was fired. I still do not shop at Kmart.

What’s your passion? What calls to action can you give your readers? It may not be on this topic but something else. Get your readers excited enough to want to do something about it. It may be a call to action to make bathrooms safe for children or it may be the protection of unborn children. Maybe it’s stopping sex trafficking or protecting the persecuted church. Whatever it is, write about it.

Sexual Predators

Last week in Chicago, a mother sent her 8-year-old daughter into the bathroom at a local store. She heard her daughter scream and ran into the bathroom. A man had strangled the girl to unconsciousness and was dragging her into one of the stalls.

You may not have heard this story. Not all news outlets outside of Chicago are reporting it. Why? Because it goes against the move to make all bathrooms accessible to transgenders. It denies the real fact that sexual predators will use this trend to gain access to bathrooms they would’ve previously been barred from.

What can your write about protecting women and children from sexual predators? What proactive steps can your readers take to protect themselves?

Modesty and Privacy

Furthermore, the Obama administration directed all schools to make all locker rooms and bathrooms accessible to members of the opposite sex, as long as they identify themselves as “transgender.”

What can your write about issues of modesty and privacy? How can we teach these things to our children when schools will be ripping down the barriers that give them privacy?

Parents will face choices about keeping their children in public schools. What guidance can you offer to your readers?

 

We’ve only scratched the surface of writing ideas on this topic. But, we can become an army of Christian writers who share God’s love and wisdom.

© Deborah Christensen

Plowing Together: Persecuted Christians – Please Comment

All over the world, Christians are being persecuted. This weekend, 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded. What can you, as a writer, do for your brothers and sisters?

Please comment. You play an important role. You may inspire others.

Plowing Together – Calling Others to Action – Please Comment

Yesterday, I wrote about the persecution of Christians around the world. It’s an issue that’s close to my heart. I’ve written several articles about it because I want to make people aware of the problem. And, I want to call them to action on this issue.

What issue are you so passionate about that you want to call people to action? How do you call them to action? Through fiction? Through nonfiction? Through poetry? Through some other writing?

A Word for Our Brothers and Sisters

Pastor SaeedThe news is full of stories of the riots in Egypt. Coptic Christians face persecution in the middle of it. The mobs burn their churches. Christians are being tortured and killed in the streets. But, that’s not the only place that persecution is occurring.

Pastor Saeed is being tortured in Iraq. Other Christians face persecution in China, North Korea and Islamic countries. Our own freedoms are slowly being whittled away.

God calls us to love one another and encourage each another. As writers, we can do that through our writing.

A Call to Action

What can you write to make people aware of the problem? How can you spur them to action?

Think of ways you can make people care about persecuted Christians around the world. Who can you interview? What stories can you share? Where can you get the most information?

Then, offer them concrete ways to help. Go beyond presenting the problem. If people feel helpless when you present such a big problem, you will lose them. Help them see that there are things they can do.

ACLJ, Voice of the Martyrs and Open Doors are organizations that deal with this issue. They’re very good about sharing information.

News and Views

Coptic Christians and Pastor Saeed are in the news now. What can you write for your local newspaper? What can you write as an opinion piece or letter to the editor?

It’s not just Christians who need to know about the persecution of Christians. You can give the readership a perspective on Christian persecution that they may not have heard before.

Encouragement and Help

Many churches, religious organizations, Christian-owned businesses and individual Christians are feeling the pinch of persecution here at home. They’re not arrested or beaten but the persecution is real. Hobby Lobby and Chick-Fil-A come to mind, but it’s not limited to these two large companies. It’s done in small ways to small companies, too. Tell their stories.

There are organizations that fight for the religious freedom of citizens. Show your readers where to find help. Write profiles on these frontline organizations.

What can you write to encourage readers who are being persecuted? How can you encourage them to stand strong? How can you help them deal with the discouragement they may feel?

Persecution is occurring around the world and in our own backyard. As writers, we can spread the word about the problem and point people to the help they need.

© Deborah Christensen

Photo from ACLJ.org

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