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.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I have been thinking about how great God is. He is a huge multi-tasker. He manages everyone in the world, hears their prayers and knows each and every person more than they know themselves, while also knowing the names of all the stars in the sky, etc.
While God is doing all of that he is also traveling on our journey with us. So he is King, but he is also on the path heaven with us. So I think it would be an understatement to say that we have a pretty good partner. WE HAVE GOD ON OUR SIDE. He is always with us. What do we have to fear?
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
I encourage you not to fear anything, not even death, because God is always with you. We are never alone.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
What do we as Christ's body in America? Do we trample God's glory, or do we realize he could wipe out the universe before we had time to say 'ouch?'
If you are like me you grew up in a Godly home, which is a sword that swings both ways. The good part is that you start out knowing Christ and will have a relationship with him for life in most cases. The bad side of it is that you are read the little kid Bibles. You grow up with those stories, and then when you are old enough to actually understand fully what those stories meant, they are not amazing and astonishing like they should be. I know this post is a bit hard to follow, but please think about if you are doing something to give God glory, or to give you glory.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Well I realized that God does want me calling others up, and the reason the world is so evil, is because Christ has prepared the field for his workers.
And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest." Luke 10:2
The world is the field and we are the workers we need to go out there and reap the harvest. If the field becomes any more ready than it is now, the harvest will be ruined. We need to start reaping the harvest. The more we reap, the more workers Christ has for his Kingdom.
"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." Matthew 28:19
There is one last point I want to make. When workers go out into the field to work, not all of them will work in one spot. Each worker would probably have a partner, but that would be it. The work would never be done if the whole group worked in one spot. What I am saying is find a companion and go work where no is working, or has ever worked, or go by yourself and help another missionary who is already out in the field.
Now I know if you are reading this you probably believe in the Bible, but are you willing to obey the Bible. Christ said go and make disciples of all nation's so let's obey Christ our King!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
1 Cor. 9:24-25
That verse itself is a challenge. Notice that it says RUN. On Earth we aren't here just to sit around, just like at the Olympics the athlete's aren't there just to sit around. We are here on Earth to run, not just to sit around and wait for Christ's returning. So as encouragement, keep your eyes on the prize.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
This video is so strong, and is totally in line with America today. We are told to do what we want and get as rich as possible, but what Christ says in the Bible is totally opposite.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal, but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." Matt. 6:19-20.
We need to stop listening to the world though and start listening to Christ. We think nothing is wrong with us, but everyone else is in the wrong. That is in our blood, we are defensive. We look at the splinter in our brother's eye without noticing the log in our own.
Do something for me and I want you to use this to evaluate the American Church. When you think of foreign, persecuted, house churches. Do you picture yourself looking down and pitying those churches, or those churches looking down on us? I pictured churches here looking down on those churches, but it really should be flipped. Those churches are the ones, that are truly indulging in the love and power of Christ, but the church here in America is blinded by the log in its own eye. Lets start changing that one person at a time.
Monday, April 26, 2010
I personally would like an abnormal day and I would like to be the red guy. As Christians we are called to make a difference in the world. The best way to do that is, stand out. That is the best way to win souls for Christ's kingdom. If others see that you really are different (in a good way) they most likely will want to know what sets you apart from everyone else. If this happens thenumber of red guys in the world will grow and grow.
I know this might be a little difficult for some people to do, but ask yourself how you are standing out in the world, and ways you can do better at it. I am not asking you to do anything I am not doing myself so lets all start living out our faith!
Friday, April 23, 2010
She was 17 years old. He stood glaring at her, his weapon before her face. "Do you believe in God?" She paused. It was a life or death question. "Yes I believe in God."
"Why," asked her executioner, but he never gave her the chance to respond. The teenage girl lay dead at his feet.
I want you to take a guess on where this happened. I also want you to think and really ponder if you would deny knowing Christ, so that you can keep your life. Just remember that it is so easy to talk the talk, but it is so hard to walk the walk!
Last point. I just want us to be praying, praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. Also I want us to pray for those who are persecuting our brothers and sisters, that those men and women would be shone the indescribable, unending light of Christ.
That story that I shared up at the top, that happened at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado!
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Brothers and Sisters, Christ is calling us to rise up. We need to wake up out of our sleep and make disciples of all nations. Our Lord has given a decree that we must obey. We can no longer watch others do all the work. We need to come along side our brothers and sisters who have a obeyed Christ's declaration. They are willing to lay their life down for their Lord and Savior.
We are warriors for Christ, yet we are not living that way. Satan has a firm grasp on this world, and we are the ones that need to loosen his grip or totally diminish it. That is our calling.
12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13 (NIV)
"We know that Americans pity Africans," said a young African man. "But I think sometimes Africans pity Americans. Americans seem to expect everything will be provided for them. For us, this ear of corn is a gift from God. This evening's rain is a shower of mercy. This healthy breath is life-giving, and maybe tomorrow we will not have such things, but out hearts are so full from God's provision."
Talk about God slapping us in the face, but I think that is so true. Quick story, I live in Knoxville, TN and I had a competition in Nashville. I rode up with my team and my Mom was coming the next day. While she was coming up she got lost. She had no idea where to go. She got all frustrated that she didn't have a GPS, she didn't have a map, she didn't have a nice phone, etc. and then she remembered,'Oh yeah, I can pray.' And she did. Right then she found a road she recognized. She got onto and came to stop lights. She knew she was supposed to turn, but she didn't know which way. My brother insisted that they go right, so they turned right and found the exact place where they needed to be. Not only that, right when they pulled into the parking lot a car pulled out of the best parking place she could get.
I know that is really wordy, but think about it. First, my Mom complained that she didn't have something to tell her where to go, but all she needed was God. I want to encourage you to trust God with your needs. He will take care of them.
Saturday, April 10, 2010
In America we are so blessed yet we don't realize our blessings. Instead a lot of people receive blessings, but that makes them covetous, greedy, and ungrateful. Think about that please next something or someone blesses you!
Quick footnote, if you haven't read the book God's Smuggler, you need to. It is and amazing true story that anyone and everyone will enjoy.
Friday, April 9, 2010
'He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people He will take away from all the Earth, for the Lord has spoken. 'It will be said on the day of his coming, BEHOLD THIS IS OUR GOD, and we have waited for him that He might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.'
I want to encourage you with this. Our God is awesome, powerful, for that matter indescribable. Let's serve our amazing God and do something for him. He did and is doing so much for us. Let's go out into our own mission field's and share God's love to people who don't have it!
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
My brothers and I have formed a band and all of us are under the age of 14. We don't just sit around either. We aren't those kids who are 'in a band' yet they never practice or have no instruments. We play at a homeless ministry once a month, and we just wrote our first song. We are doing God's work just like so many other teens out there. Our music teacher teaches a band that plays at a middle school. The band played during the lunch hour and other students could go and worship God or they could sit down and eat lunch, they couldn't do both. The room where the band was playing was full of students who were burning with a passion that can only come from God.
Now please don't read this and feel like you are no good because you aren't doing anything for God. That is the devil attacking you. Just take this as a challenge to start doing something for our awesome God!
Friday, April 2, 2010
Youth are young people living for God, and teens are anyone between 13 and 19. Youth seem to have much more of a calling, but it seems that I only feel that calling when I am with Christian peers. When I do feel it and I am not around Christian peers I don't live it out. I want to be God's messenger into this generation and recruit young men and women for the Lord's army. I have a question for YOU though, are you going to be a teenager or a youth?