Putting down the magazine

Talia Biel is a member at Crossroads Church. She is a sincere Jesus follower with a gift for connecting her faith to real life, and for sharing that through her writing. Check out her blog “Holding On To Faith.

talia1She stands in the grocery line getting her usual coconut water and strawberries, when something catches her eye at the front counter. She knows the voice ringing in her head tells her not to pick it up. Move along. Move along. Move along. But it’s too late. The magazine is already in her hands and she’s flipping through the pages. She sees the beautiful girls with flawless bodies and deep down she wishes she could look like her.  In case you haven’t figured it out. I’m talking about me. This week God has been challenging me to vow to put down the magazine. And this is not an easy thing for me. Continue reading ‘Putting down the magazine’ »

Living out an extraordinary life!

Talia Biel is a member at Crossroads Church. She is a sincere Jesus follower with a gift for connecting her faith to real life, and for sharing that through her writing. Check out her blog “Holding On To Faith.

Jesus followers, we are called to be different. To live in such a radical way that others are asking the question, why? Why does she do that? Throughout my deeper reflections this week, I have felt the Spirit urging me to live out this calling, to go from my ordinary self to living an extraordinary life. So that when I speak, for when I love, for when I care, others can see that there is something different about the way I live my life. To seek real opportunities in order to be the salt and light of Christ through my everyday actions where others one day might ask the question, “Why does she do that?”
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Going Deeper (2)

Talia Biel is a member at Crossroads Church. She is a sincere Jesus follower with a gift for connecting her faith to real life, and for sharing that through her writing. Check out her blog “Holding On To Faith.

Going Deeper (2) by Talia Biel
Not to us, but to Your name, be the glory. 

Last night I kept driving my husband nuts with singing this song over and over again. As I have been reflecting on going deeper last week and this week, this song came to my heart late at night.

The cross before me the world behind
No turning back, raise the banner high
It’s not for me, it’s all for You
Let the heavens shake and split the sky
Let the people clap their hands and cry
It’s not for us, it’s all for You
Not to us, but to Your Name be the glory
Not to us, but to Your Name be the glory

And as I sang it, I sang it like a prayer right from my heart because for someone who wants to go deeper in my walk with Christ. I first have to remember before anything else that it is not about me. It’s so easy to get caught about in the ‘it’s all about me category.’ Once we become too focused in the self-centred category, the whole reasoning for going deeper in the first place is lost. If you want to go deeper, you need to be more Him-focused than I-focused. Continue reading ‘Going Deeper (2)’ »

Going Deeper

Talia Biel is a member at Crossroads Church. She is a sincere Jesus follower with a gift for connecting her faith to real life, and for sharing that through her writing. Check out her blog “Holding On To Faith”.

Going Deeper by Talia Biel
This past week, as my husband was away at a conference. I had the opportunity to do some deep thinking and reflection (not always a good thing). It had been a tough week already with news that nobody wants to hear about certain family members, with a demanding work and school schedule to stay on top of. Keep busy. That’s what I would tell myself because I knew the moment I  allowed myself to stop and rest, my thoughts would go all haywire.

One of these nights as I was in my deep thinking box.

I couldn’t help but repeat this question over and over.

Is this really it? Is this all there is?  Continue reading ‘Going Deeper’ »

Nowhere for Jesus to lay His head

Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes. Birds of the air have nests. But the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20)

Sculpture of Jesus the Homeless Rejected by Two Prominent Churches


By Leslie Scrivener, The Star
Jesus has been depicted in art as triumphant, gentle or suffering. Now, in a controversial new sculpture in downtown Toronto, he is shown as homeless — an outcast sleeping on a bench.
It takes a moment to see that the slight figure shrouded by a blanket, hauntingly similar to the real homeless who lie on grates and in doorways, is Jesus. It’s the gaping wounds in the feet that reveal the subject, whose face is draped and barely visible, as Jesus the Homeless.
Despite message of the sculpture — Jesus identifying with the poorest among us — it was rejected by two prominent Catholic churches, St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
“Homeless Jesus had no home,” says the artist, Timothy Schmalz who specializes in religious sculpture. “How ironic.”
Rectors of both cathedrals were enthusiastic about the bronze piece and showed Schmalz possible locations, but higher-ups in the New York and Toronto archdiocese turned it down, he says.
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