Saturday, November 13, 2010
In America we think so much of ourselves and leave so little for Christ that there isn't room to fear God. God is scary. We say he is all powerful, but we don't dive into the meaning. Christ can do whatever he wants. That is scary! He had no reason to save us, and still has no reason to save us from Hell, but His love. I THANK GOD for His love for me. He didn't even have to create me, but he did.
If Christ did all this for us, just because He loves us, don't you think we should follow His will, just because we love him.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Hey Everyone. Sorry it has been so long since I have blogged. I just haven't gotten around to doing it and it is all my fault.
A few weeks ago I was reading Jeremiah 1. I was reading the ESV version. I journaled about it and then forgot about it. Tonight I came back and read my journal. Then I got on to wwww.biblegateway.com. Then I read the Jeremiah 1 in The Message. Oh my goodness! This should speak to everyone. I don't need to say anything. I am just going to give you God's word and let it speak for itself.
1-4 The Message of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah of the family of priests who lived in Anathoth in the country of Benjamin. God's Message began to come to him during the thirteenth year that Josiah son of Amos reigned over Judah. It continued to come to him during the time Jehoiakim son of Josiah reigned over Judah. And it continued to come to him clear down to the fifth month of the eleventh year of the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah over Judah, the year that Jerusalem was taken into exile. This is what God said:
5"Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
that's what I had in mind for you."
6But I said, "Hold it, Master God! Look at me.
I don't know anything. I'm only a boy!"
7-8God told me, "Don't say, 'I'm only a boy.'
I'll tell you where to go and you'll go there.
I'll tell you what to say and you'll say it.
Don't be afraid of a soul.
I'll be right there, looking after you."
9-10God reached out, touched my mouth, and said,
"Look! I've just put my words in your mouth—hand-delivered!
See what I've done? I've given you a job to do
among nations and governments—a red-letter day!
Your job is to pull up and tear down,
take apart and demolish,
And then start over,
building and planting."
11-12God's Message came to me: "What do you see, Jeremiah?"
I said, "A walking stick—that's all."
And God said, "Good eyes! I'm sticking with you.
I'll make every word I give you come true."
13-15God's Message came again: "So what do you see now?"
I said, "I see a boiling pot, tipped down toward us."
Then God told me, "Disaster will pour out of the north
on everyone living in this land.
Watch for this: I'm calling all the kings out of the north."
15-16"They'll come and set up headquarters
facing Jerusalem's gates,
Facing all the city walls,
facing all the villages of Judah.
I'll pronounce my judgment on the people of Judah
for walking out on me—what a terrible thing to do!—
And courting other gods with their offerings,
worshiping as gods sticks they'd carved, stones they'd painted.
17"But you—up on your feet and get dressed for work!
Stand up and say your piece. Say exactly what I tell you to say.
Don't pull your punches
or I'll pull you out of the lineup.
18-19"Stand at attention while I prepare you for your work.
I'm making you as impregnable as a castle,
Immovable as a steel post,
solid as a concrete block wall.
You're a one-man defense system
against this culture,
Against Judah's kings and princes,
against the priests and local leaders.
They'll fight you, but they won't
even scratch you.
I'll back you up every inch of the way."
Friday, June 25, 2010
So how do we follow those instructions? Well we can do it the hard way, or we can do it the easy way. The hard way would be to just read those instructions and then move on and do our best to obey them, but the easy way would be to read them, ask Christ to help us follow those commandments and then we won't need to do our best. Christ will work through us and all we'll have to do is let him do the work.
Teens we are like water in a huge pot that sits on the Earth. We are just about to boil over and cover the Earth. To do that though we need to seek hard after the Lord. WE NEED TO FOLLOW HIS INSTRUCTION. We are Christs soldiers that are waiting our deployment from Christ, but we aren't (or shouldn't) just sitting waiting. We are training perfecting our works that very soon we will be put out to do.
One last thing. Please don't just put those instructions to use some of the time. Make it a way of life. Live that way. People from other religions probably think that the to us the bible is just a bunch of religious writings. We need to show them that it is our way of life. It is our life.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
I was also thinking about God. He is the highest ever. No one can be above him, or more powerful than him. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
So being on Earth we are already pretty low in God's eyes. We are all filthy sinners (before we have accepted Christ). Now those orphans, all though lowest in the world, are lifted high by God.Those orphans that are so low can KNOW GOD, THE KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. That just hit me last night. Truly anyone can know and believe in Christ Jesus. I don't know how I had missed that.
What I am challenging you with today is to open your eyes to things like that. We so often get in our Christian bubble of Christian friends, Christian co-workers, etc. Get out of that bubble. It doesn't help the world if you stay in your bubble, and God has called us to make a change in the world.
Friday, June 18, 2010
If you have been constantly visiting my blog, you know that my brothers and I have a band. We lead worship at a homeless ministry once a month and are getting ready to play music for a day camp our church is hosting in Cumberland, Kentucky.
Now although most of the profit will go to help our band buy music equipment, a small portion of the profit will go to help our family raise money for our adoption. The shirts are starting at $20, but we are also giving away two free T-shirts.
To get a free T-shirt, all you need to do is post about these T-shirts on your blog, facebook, myspace, etc. and then tell me that you have done so either by commenting on this post or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
I know people who don't like to hear this or even think about, but death is inevitable. The only way you would not die is if Jesus returned. My challenge for you today is to live like you are dying, but also keep a few things in mind.
If you were dying and you went to places you had always wanted to go what good would that do anyone. It would help you or really anyone else. If I were dying I would think about those who don't know Christ, and the next generation. If I can help those causes at all, then I would be helping the world that I would soon be leaving. If you were dying you would want to be able to look back on it and smile.
Have you been living your life to the fullest? Have you been living the way God has called everyone to live? If you will just trust, love, know, and follow in Jesus' footprints, you will be the happiest you have ever been.
Thursday, June 3, 2010
We are called to Change the world, but sadly Christians, (at least the ones here in America) have not done much. It would actually be the American government, Muslims, Mormons, etc. that are changing the world. As far as I know they were not called to change the world, but we are and we aren't doing anything. Please as your brother in Christ I beg to be Salt and Light to the wretched world.