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Defeating Evil

Defeating Evil by Todd Shupe ”Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’   Then

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You Can Not Please Everyone

You Can Not Please Everyone by Todd Shupe “Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts” (1 Thessalonians

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Make Today Count

Make Today Count by Todd Shupe “ Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because

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Understanding Our Emotions

Understanding Our Emotions by Todd Shupe 16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh

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Acceptance is not Approval

Acceptance is not Approval by Todd Shupe “Accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory” (Romans 15:7 NLT).

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  • Todd Shupe Says ‘Know Your Enemy’ But Realize Your Neighbor Isn’t Among Them

    Five Steps for Handling Frustration by Todd Shupe“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV).  Coaches of all sports will study game film of their upcoming opponent. Their goal is to understand their opponent and the better you understand them, the better you make the necessary adjustments and preparation to defeat your opponent. It’s much the same in the game of life.  Todd Shupe says we often mistakenly label our neighbor as our enemy when they are not our enemy at all. You may wonder how can that be – my neighbor...
  • ‘Water Will One Day Flow Under The Bridge,’ Todd Shupe Says Regarding Road To Forgiveness

    Water Will One Day Flow Under The Bridge,’ Todd Shupe Says Regarding Road To Forgiveness by Todd Shupe “Water under the bridge.” If you can say this one day during trying times and mean it, know that you’ve achieved something that so many of us strive for. According to Christian ministry volunteer Todd Shupe, forgiveness is a skill that takes time to learn and patience to practice when offering it upon others. That’s because the world isn’t always fair and gut-wrenching situations can’t immediately be solved with forgiveness. However, time heals all wounds and those who practice this trait will feel a...
  • How Baton Rouge’s Todd Shupe Learned How To Turn Bad into Good

    How Baton Rouge’s Todd Shupe Learned How To Turn Bad into Good by Todd Shupe I think we all have been the recipient of bad behavior by others. Perhaps your spouse cheated on you or a dear friend was unable to keep a secret. “My heart breaks for those that have been incarcerated for decades for a crime and then are finally released when DNA evidence, which was not available at the time of the trial, proves they are innocent,” says Todd Shupe of Baton Rouge.The Biblical story of Joseph is a powerful example of God turning bad into good. As you...
  • Baton Rouge’s Todd Shupe on Pornography: ‘A Perversion of a Gift from God’

    Baton Rouge’s Todd Shupe on Pornography: ‘A Perversion of a Gift from God’ by Todd Shupe I recently heard an interview with Rev. Levi Lusco. He was discussing his new book “Swipe Right.” The dating app Tinder provides pictures and basic information that people “looking to date” have uploaded of themselves. If the user swipes to the left of a particular image, then that means he or she is not interested. However, if you swipe to the right, that means you are interested and if the other person does the same thing to your picture, you are very likely going to have...
  • Todd Shupe Talks ‘The Battle Within Yourself’

    Todd Shupe Talks ‘The Battle Within Yourself’ by Todd Shupe Perhaps there is no part of the human body that is more necessary to life – but as poorly understood – as the human brain. My son has autism and as a child had several CT scans of his brain that all appeared “normal.” However, there is clearly something unique that is occurring in his brain that serves to limit his speech and overall development. “Both of my children are blessings from God and I treasure them,” Todd Shupe said recently. “His diagnosis of autism some 10 years ago has set me...
  • Here’s How Todd Shupe Took Tom Petty’s Lesson On ‘Waiting’ To Heart

    Here’s How Todd Shupe Took Tom Petty’s Lesson On ‘Waiting’ To Heart by Todd Shupe I loved the rock singer Tom Petty. One of my favorite songs by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers was called “The Waiting.” The chorus is: “The waiting is the hardest part. Every day you see one more card. You take it on faith, you take it to the heart. The waiting is the hardest part” I totally agree that waiting is the hardest part,” says Todd Shupe. “We spend much of lives waiting. We all wait in line at the grocery store, doctor’s office, and on the...
  • Dealing With Your Own Judas

    Dealing With Your Own Judas by Todd Shupe Perhaps one of the most memorable stories of the New Testament is the betrayal of Jesus by Judas Iscariot.  Jesus was also denied three times by Peter.  In fact, all the disciples fled for their own safety after Christ was arrested.    We know as humans that others will disappoint us and we will surely disappoint them.  We also know that as Christian we are called to forgiveness.  However, betrayal takes on a whole new meaning when the person that betrays you is a close friend or family member.  Now, the situation has become personal and...
  • The Power of the Mind

    The Power of the Mind by Todd Shupe I think we are all pretty much aware of the importance of good mental health and the power of positive thinking.  However, the importance of our thoughts also has a profound effect on our spiritual health.    This point is made clear in Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  God is clearlyencouraging us to focus our thoughts on things that are good and decent.  This is important because the...
  • Thank God for THE False Accusation

    Thank God for THE False Accusation by Todd Shupe Have you ever falsely accused somebody of something and later discovered that your accusation was false?  Perhaps you accused your spouse of eating the last slice of pie only later to find out that it was one of the kids?  I think we all have both made and received false accusations.  It is part of the human condition. Rarely do we give thanks for false accusations.  The more serious the false accusation, the deeper the real cut.  However, Christianity would very likely not exist today if not for the greatest false accusation of all...
  • The Battle for Purity

    The Battle for Purity by Todd Shupe According to recent statistics there are over 24.5 million web sites dedicated to pornography.  A report by Bridges and Wosnitzer in 2007 found that there are 13,000 porn videos produced annually with revenue of $13 billion.   In the same year, 507 movies from Hollywood produced $8.8 billion.  Another report found that over 25% of all internet searches are for pornographic material.  I am certain that what was true in 2007 has not gotten any better today.  Marketing advertisers have long used sex and scantily clad women to sell everything from alcohol to weight loss pills.   Now,...
  • Don The ‘Full Armor Of God’ To Maintain Hope, Todd Shupe Advises

    Don The ‘Full Armor Of God’ To Maintain Hope, Todd Shupe Advises by Todd Shupe According to Todd Shupe, we all experience times in our lives in which we feel hopeless. For some, these periods linger into years and years. Given these circumstances, Todd Shupe would like to equip readers with some thoughts on how to maintain hope when all hope appears to be gone. In this article, you’ll find some thoughts on the importance of hope in your life. For your consideration, Job was a strong disciple of God, but had all of his possessions taken. He expressed hopelessness in Job...
  • Acceptance is not Approval

    Acceptance is not Approval by Todd Shupe“Accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory” (Romans 15:7 NLT). The blood of Jesus provides us the opportunity for forgiveness of our sins.  Our sins will be cast as far as the east is from the west once we earnestly repent and ask His forgiveness.   However, our society has slowly tried to redefine what is and is not a sin.  In the political world, these are known as wedge issues that force people to one side or the other.  By design, there is no common ground.   Similarly, the...
  • Understanding Our Emotions

    Understanding Our Emotions by Todd Shupe 16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those...
  • Faith is the Cure for Stress

    Faith is the Cure for Stress by Todd Shupe “Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t He also surely give us everything else?” (Romans 8:32 TLB) The major cause of stress in your life is worry. Worry is a sign that we do not have faith in God to meet our needs. Worry can come from three sources: 1) Ourselves- We worry about our ability to survive tomorrow and neglect the blessing of today. Matthew 6:26-27 teaches us, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away...
  • Make Today Count

    Make Today Count by Todd Shupe“ Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). Time is a precious commodity. It is a gift from God, and we should be good stewards of our time as with any other gift. Certainly, the devil is interested in misuse of your time. If he can cheat you of your time, he can cheat you of your heavenly treasure. Perhaps the last thing that he is loath to let go is time. His game is to cheat you of today,...
  • You Can Not Please Everyone

    You Can Not Please Everyone by Todd Shupe “Our purpose is to please God, not people. He alone examines the motives of our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4 NLT). I think many of us are searching for our purpose in life.  We want to follow God but are not sure what He wants us to do.  What is my ministry?  How can I build up the Body of Christ?  These are profound questions.  For many of us, we find our purpose with work and family.  We work to provide food and shelter for those that we love the most – our family.  Clearly, God wants...
  • Defeating Evil

    Defeating Evil by Todd Shupe”Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’   Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him (Matthew 4:10-11). I find it troubling that many Christians do not believe in the existence of satan.  I always use a lower case “s” when referring to the enemy because I want to be as disrespectful as possible.  If you doubt the reality of evil as an active force in this world, simply remember that Jesus dealt with the enemy first hand on multiple occasions. A single-dimensional outlook, unwilling...