(Lisa Great) Christians have been in a classroom controversy ever since many of them got saved. It is a controversy they have not been able to identify, but they know they are in it. Words escape many Christians as they seek to explain the challenges they are facing, so they blame one thing or another. However, the reality is, everyone who calls themselves a Christian has been, is or will be in a classroom controversy. The controversy is this: Why is what I am reading in the Word of God, hearing from the pulpits of churches and seeing in my personal life, not matching the promises given from a good Father?

Why does it seem like my prayers are going unanswered, my dreams are just that—a dream—and my situation is seemingly not changing? Frustration, confusion, disappointment and regret are realities of most Christians lives and though there is a lot of theory being spoken, no real truth seems to resonate. This is the classroom controversy. In Mark 4:35-41, the disciples are in a boat with Jesus, when the waves literally are flooding the boat, fear is gripping the disciples, and Jesus is sleeping in the stern. Many of us can say this sounds like our reality, our experience, our challenge. We know in theory Jesus is there, but He seems to be sound asleep, while we are seemingly drowning. READ MORE