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For those of you who are a little late to the party, Natalie Grant left the Grammys early due to conflicts with the content and their beliefs. She then took to facabook to explain that she had thoughts but was going to keep them to herself but felt it was best they leave.
We left the Grammy’s early. I’ve many thoughts about the show tonight, most of which are probably better left inside my head. But I’ll say this:
I’ve never been more honored to sing about Jesus and for Jesus. And I’ve never been more sure of the path I’ve chosen.
Apparently there are some that are upset with her departure and her reasoning. Now having read the original post she did not mention what made her leave directly, she didn’t say everyone was going to hell. To the contrary she mainly stated she loved working for the Lord. My personal opinion she handled it with tact and more importantly GRACE.
After reading comments she released another statement as follows:
I NEVER said I left during any particular performance. I only said I left early.
I never pointed out any one particular performance, I only said I had many thoughts about the entire show, which were best left inside my head and that is where they will stay. So those who say I condemned one performance but then condoned others clearly did not read the post.
What I DID say is this: I am honored to be a part of the Christian music community. I’ve had many people throughout my career ask why I never tried to go in to mainstream music and last night was a beautiful reminder that I love singing about Jesus and FOR Jesus.
I’ve judged no one. I hate no one. And I believe that every person has been created in the image of God. I will never stand on a street corner and wave a sign, I won’t use my platform to engage in political arguments that will only divide and not unite. I will continue to pray that my life will be my message. I do have my own personal convictions that I live by, and I will continue to work out my own salvation with fear and trembling before the Lord. (Philippians 2:12)
I was honored to be nominated for 2 Grammy awards last night. I’m so grateful that NARAS and The Grammys continue to recognize the contribution that gospel and Christian music make to the world. And I’m so thrilled for those who won in my categories. And I can say that with all sincerity.
My last thought:
“I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus for it is the power of God who brings salvation to ALL who believe.”
Hurt feelings, unmet expectations, dashed hopes, misplaced trust – these are just some of the potential time bombs that explode in dating relationships leaving a trail of broken hearts. Does it have to be this way? Do you have to stop dating to protect yourself and others from deep hurt?
As a pastor of a large congregation and former singles pastor, author Chuck Milian has seen firsthand the broken relationships that occur when men and women don’t move with proactive care in and through their dating relationships. With pastoral wisdom and insight, Milian educates readers about defining expectations before they start dating, and he outlines a specific five-step dating plan that will help limit relational damage as they look for someone to share their lives with. The author encourages, challenges, and instructs believers in this comprehensive how-to-date handbook. He gives practical advice on wisely forming relationships with the opposite sex while still having fun, avoiding unnecessary hurts, making lifelong friends, and knowing “where they are” each step of the way.
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Chuck Milian, M.A., has served as the senior pastor at Crossroads Fellowship in Raleigh, NC since 2001. From 1991 to 1999, he was the singles pastor, followed by two years as the executive pastor. Prior to that, he was president of a statewide singles ministry called SOLO, Inc. He and his wife, Kim, have been married for more than twenty years and have two sons. Chuck is passionate about helping people begin a relationship with God and seeing people grow to maturity as followers of Christ.
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