Oleo on the buffet line is not what your women's ministries need.

Vintage Oleo color pak makes it look like butter

Vintage Oleo color pak makes it look like butter

Not to sound too needy, but we women are hungry, and we want to be fed often, and now!

If I may speak just for a second for the whole group: most of us don't know why we are starving or what we are hungry for.

The problem is, we're likely to get a good rush from experiences and feelings. But those things aren't real food. They're like the Oleo our moms and grandmas used; a cheap counterfeit that's dangerously bad for your health - even in small quantities.

Unfortunately that's what most mega conferences for women are all about. Cheap thrills from famous ladies I'll call "celebritistas," who've made a lot of money serving up empty promises of a better life than you're living now. Chills that go up your spine, a liver shiver or two, and then it's over. You're left with the usual conference confetti of expensive books and endless email ads inviting you to the next experience.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Matt 5:6

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." Matt 5:6

This year there is yet another buffet of conferences waiting for women, neatly packaged with celebritistas and co-promoted with the best search engine optimization coordinators can buy. I'm putting together a list of them, and I'm very concerned by what I see. There's a lot of Oleo out there, but it tricks us. We can't see the danger when it's sprinkled with a few ripped-out-of-context Scripture verses. Scrape the sprinkles away, and get a good look at the raw product.

I'm also concerned by how readily available these slickly packaged goods are for feeding the masses. No longer do we need to travel to attend; these simulcasts come streaming into our churches on demand.  Which changes the game for those who are concerned about what's on the menu. Social media and streaming make it possible to feed not just the thousands who come to your auditorium, but hundreds of thousands around the country and the world.  We need only to open our mouths expectantly, waiting for our gullets to be filled with the same regurgitation of abundant promises unfulfilled.

Ladies, not all conferences are as horrendous as what you see in your emails or on your Facebook feed. There are good, solid events out there for women who want to feed on real food: The truth that can only be found in God's own breathed-out Word. Be discerning and wise in what you consume. And yes, come hungry.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35