Amber Sirstad

Conflict is the Gateway to Growth

Conflict is the gateway to growth? Yup! You may not want to read this as much as I don’t want to write it. I doubt it though. I so wanted to go another direction but this kept coming back. So, here goes. I’m going to take up some space by providing some definitions so as…

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Sin Starts With A Distraction!

Sin starts with a distraction. The distraction is not necessarily the sin, but it potentially opens the door to sin. The definition of distraction is “a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else” (Oxford University Press). I ‘randomly’ saw this quote today after I started writing this. I don’t know its…

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The Angry Patriot Prophet

Jonah was the angry patriot prophet. Jonah was a prophet who was a patriot. And he was a patriot who was a prophet. In reading the book of Jonah, it seems that he was a patriot before he was a prophet. At least, that is the way I read it. Jonah admits to believing God…

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Oxymoronic Paradoxical Statements

Huh? What in the world is an oxymoronic paradoxical statement? This might be the first time anyone has ever asked this question in the history of the world. Not, “Huh?” The other one.  Paul made more than one oxymoronic paradoxical statement. However, one is found in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “For the sake of Christ, then, I am…

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Accepting Affection

It is difficult for some people to accept affection. There are those that struggle with accepting affection on the surface, beneath the surface or both.  Relationships deteriorate when affection is given but not received. This can happen with spouses, between parents and children, with siblings, and in a variety of other relationships.  It is possible…

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An Announcement!

We have an announcement! For those not aware, DayStar Ministries birthed a group called Apostolic Moral Purity in September of 2020. Over the last 21 months, much has been accomplished. Currently, AMP is producing online events twice a month, which is posted on Facebook and on their YouTube channel. Some recent guests have been Rev. Stan Gleason and Rev. Esmeralda…

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Devoted To Destruction

For Christmas 2021, I bought myself 3 Bibles. One of them is an ESV Readers Bible. It has six volumes and has no verse or chapter divisions. I have been reading it this year and am thoroughly enjoying it. In Deuteronomy, Moses gave a history lesson to the people of Israel of their progression from…

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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire!

One explanation for the origin of the “Liar, liar pants on fire” rhyme involves the curiosity of a young country boy who stole a cigar from his daddy’s smokebox and hid in the tool shed to secretly mimic his father. After the boy lit the cigar, his dad smelled the potent smoke and followed its trail…

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Unmet Needs Become Issues

A Need Vs. An Issue In June of 2021, I wrote about needy people. We determined that each of us is needy on purpose, and God makes us that way, allowing us to choose whom we turn to in time of need. God or not God. In this article, I want to highlight the difference…

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The Father’s Eyes vs. The Brother’s Eyes!

Luke 15:11-31 is the only place that records the story of the Prodigal son. There are three major players in this story: the younger son, the Father; and, the older brother. The younger son, full of talent and energy, is selfish instead of selfless. The Father, full of patience and longsuffering, is selfless instead of…

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Another Take on 70 X 7

What do I mean by another take on 70 x 7? Forgiving, in theory, is not overly complicated. Forgiving in practice is not overly simplistic. It seems the Old Testament encouraged the practice of forgiving someone up to three times or maybe four. Fast forward to the New Testament, and Peter, remembering Jesus teaching the…

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M A G A

For the past few years, we have seen this acronym (MAGA) in various places. I’m sure you all have an idea of what it means. Or, at least you think you do. M A G A = Mad At God Again All anger inevitably makes its way back to God. It is an uncomfortable thought, but true. Historically, God…

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