Monday, December 22, 2008
But why a stable? Why would the God of such glory that we cannot even imagine, choose to enter this world through such a lowly place? Why not a palace? Or even just a normal house? God is not a God of earthly wealth or of earthly palaces. He is not interested in these things, he is interested in the only thing that is of real worth, himself. God did not choose to be born in an earthly palace because to him they are of no more worth to him than the stable. He is worth far more than any palace, therefore he chose not to show his greatness through wealth or huge palaces, he chose to show his greatness and worth by himself, for everything else fades away compared to him.
There are two reasons a king gathers riches for himself. One, for pleasure, two, to show his power and his greatness. God did not come to this world to enjoy it's pleasures, and does not need it's wealth to show his power, he is great in himself.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Now I'd like to ask you to pray for me and my family, my dad is about to leave for Iraq for a job he got there. He'll be gone for about a year, maybe getting to visit us once. I realize this is going to be hard, and I am asking God to help us through this time.
I regret I cannot give any further info on what my dad will be doing there for his job.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
James 1:2"Count it all joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds. For we know that the the testing of our faith produces steadfastness, and let steadfastness have it's full effect, that you may perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."
From this passage it is obvious to us that there are more reasons for suffering than just for punishing sin, as many people tend to think.
If you read the book of Job, you will find that just because we are suffering doesn't mean that we are being punished for a particular sin, as Job's friends thought. The Bible says that Job was a righteous man, not perfect, but he was righteous. And from the conversation God has with Satan, it is obvious that he was not punishing him. Therefore, we know that God uses suffering to do many things, not just punish sin.
God may use suffering in our lives to teach us to trust him more, to test our faith or maybe he his doing it for a reason he does not want to reveal to us.
Now let's look at the opposite side of this. What if we are being blessed by God? Does that mean that we are being rewarded because of a good deed that we preformed? This can be the reason, but to say that our good deeds are the only reason for our blessings would be sort of placing credit where credit isn't due. The only reason we are even able to do good is because of God's Grace. We are blessed because the goodness of God's heart, not ours.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
However, a lot of people have been telling me to be careful not to get addicted to Facebook, well I admit I was addicted for the first two days, and I couldn't stop checking for updates. But now after a little while longer I find that I am completely bored of it! It seems almost pointless now, I guess I'm just not the Facebook type. But then again since it is the only way I can keep in touch with family and friends back in San Diego, and there are a few other fun things to do there(i.e. Live Chat with buddies that I know from abortaware.com). I guess I'll keep my account up and running.
In Christ Alone
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
"Mr. Obama has indicated he will be signing the Freedom of Choice Act as soon as he gets into office which pretty much obliterates any steps that have been gained by people who are pro-Life – please consider signing the petition
against FOCA by following the website below.
- The Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) would eliminate every restriction on abortion nationwide.
- FOCA will do away with state laws on parental involvement, on partial birth abortion, and on all other protections.
- FOCA will compel taxpayer funding of abortions.
- FOCA will force faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities to perform abortions.
1. The art of fence building, I've been building a lot of fence in the past few months.
2. How to use a number of different saws(skill saw, chain saw, etc.)
3. I have learned so much of God's love and greatness.
4. Some HTML and a little CSS code.
5. Over the past year my dad has been looking for a job, and with such a bad economy, I've had to do without a few things. So I guess what I have learned from that is to be content with very little(my dad has a pretty good job now, and were going to need a lot of prayer, I'll explain that in a later post).
6. Lately I've gotten very interested in politics, so I've learned a lot about that too.
I won't be tagging anyone but if you would like to do this, you are completely welcome:)
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
"About the time our original thirteen states adopted their new constitution in 1787, Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh , had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years earlier:
'A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.'
'A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.'
'From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.'
'The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years'
'During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. from dependence back into bondage'
Some interesting facts concerning the 2000 Presidential election:
Number of States won by: Democrats: 19, Republicans: 29
Square miles of land won by: Democrats: 580,000, Republicans: 2,427,000
Population of counties won by: Democrats: 127 million, Republicans: 143 million
Murder rate per 100,000 residents in counties won by: Democrats: 13.2, Republicans: 2.1
In aggregate, the map of the territory Republican won was mostly the land owned by the taxpaying citizens of this great country. Democrat territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off various forms of government welfare...' Some believe the United States is now somewhere between the 'complacency and apathy' phase of Professor Tyler's definition of democracy, with some forty percent of the nation's population already having reached the 'governmental dependency' phase. If Congress grants amnesty and citizenship to twenty million criminal invaders called illegals and they vote, then we can say goodbye to the USA in fewer than five years. If you are in favor of this, then by all means, delete this message. If you are not, then pass this along to help everyone realize just how much is at stake, knowing that apathy and ignorance is the greatest danger to our freedom.
WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE."
Saturday, November 8, 2008
I have totally enjoyed "Blogger," and would recommend it to anybody new to blogging. Also, I would like thank everyone who lent their sound advice and voted in the poll concerning this issue.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
"To those according to their need, from those according to what they have."
In other words, Give to those who do not have(and will not labor for) what the man who has worked hard owns.
But what will we do? Will we sit back and watch our country turn against the very principals that it was built on? No! I urge you not to give up, but to continue to fight for what is right and good. So please, do not be discouraged, be encouraged! For after all, God always has the first, the present and the last word in everything.
Written for Teens Set Apart
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Mommy I am only 8 inches long but I have all my organs. I love the sound of your voice. Every time I hear it I wave my arms and legs. The sound of your heart beat is my favorite lullaby.
Mommy today I learned how to suck my thumb. If you could see me you could definitely tell that I am a baby. I'm not big enough to survive outside my home though. It is so nice and warm in here.
You know what Mommy I'm a boy!! I hope that makes you happy. I always want you to be happy. I don't like it when you cry. You sound so sad. It makes me sad too and I cry with you even though you can't hear me.
Mommy my hair is starting to grow. It is very short and fine but I will have a lot of it. I spend a lot of my time exercising. I can turn my head and curl my fingers and toes and stretch my arms and legs. I am becoming quite good at it too.
You went to the doctor today. Mommy, he lied to you. He said that I'm not a baby. I am a baby Mommy, your baby. I think and feel. Mommy, what's abortion?
I can hear that doctor again. I don't like him. He seems cold and heartless. Something is intruding my home. The doctor called it a needle. Mommy what is it? It burns! Please make him stop! I can't get away from it! Mommy! HELP me!
Mommy I am okay. I am in Jesus's arms. He is holding me. . . He told me about abortion. . . Why didn't you want me Mommy?
Every abortion is just . . . One more heart that was stopped.
Two more eyes that will never see.
Two more hands that will never touch.
Two more legs that will never run.
One more mouth that will never speak.
It is a baby and abortion is murder. We must end abortion. Defend those who can not speak for themselves yet."
Taken from Elisha Cross' blog.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Here are some things that I learned while I was there.
Satan has two weapens which he atempts to destroy our faith with. They are, suffering and prosperity (In America he usually uses the latter). When he uses suffering it will do one of two things, either it will bring us closer to God or it will push us further away from God. Ofcourse, Satan always wants us to move further away from God.
Job's friends tried to tell him that the reason for his suffering was that he had great sin, that since he was suffering greatly, therefore he must be sinning greatly. But obviously this is not true. God has many different reasons for our suffering. Everything that has ever happened in history God had not just one reason for, but many reasons. But he does not always reveal them all to us.
The bible gives all the answers we need for our suffering, but not always all the answers we want.
- John Piper
We need to be content with what God does reveal to us, it is the only way we will be content with what we are going through, whether it be suffering or not.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
1. Move to wordpress
2. Shut down this blog and only post at TSA(Teens Set Apart).
3. Create a whole new website
4. take no action
Monday, October 13, 2008
Legalism is a sign that Christ is not our main focus. Legalism is when we add man made rules to God's law, and we get so caught up in pressing that rule on other Christians that we forget what really matters. When our focus is on our made up rules, it is not on Christ. We never want this to be the case, so in order to keep Christ our main focus we must always look to scripture for what God would have us do. Life has many distractions, we can easily get caught up in the things of this world. legalism is one of those things, and we should always strive not to become legalistic.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
This is the first time I have ever been tagged by anyone. Here are the rules to this thing:
1. Link to the person(s) who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write six random things about yourself
4. Tag sixish people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know he or she has been tagged
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up
Well, here are six random things about myself:
1. I've never broken a bone.
2. I've never been out of the United States(Mexico doesn't count:)
3. The first movie I ever saw in a theater was "Jurrasic Park."
4. I have eight brothers and sisters.
5. I have read "The Chronicles of Narnia" three times.
6. I hate oatmeal.
Now, who should I tag? How about:
Eric(The Voice of Experiance)
Erik(Erik B.'s Blog)
Bryanna(A daughter of the King)
Charlie(United Under Christ)
Friday, October 3, 2008
What is "Teens Set Apart" about? As Christians we are called to stand out, to be different from the rest of the world. The world says we should "Go with the flow" and be more tolerant of sin, but God has called us to live a life that would glorify him, tolerating sin maybe easier but it does not glorify him. We have created this website to encourage other Christian teens to strive for rightousness, to have a place where we can share our prayer requests and simply to have a good time:)
Here is the link: http://www.teenssetapart.com/
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Do not be quick to anger.
"Know this, my brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires." - James 1:19-20
Man's anger is sinful, because it is for the wrong reasons.
The man who is Slow to anger has "Great understanding"
"Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly." - Proverbs 14:29
According to "Websters New World Dictionary" the word "Understanding" means:"The power to think and learn; intelligence." The "Bible" calls a man who is slow to anger, intelligent. We often get angry because our pride has been hurt, and pride is a huge obstacle for someone who wants to gain knowledge and understanding. Because we often don't want to admit that we are ignorant about some things, we don't learn anything. Someone who is quick to anger is not patient, and it takes a lot of patience to gain understanding.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Someone who is angry only because they have been wronged or think they have been wronged is not righteously angry, that is a sinful anger.
"And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. He said to them, it is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer,' but you make it a den of robbers." - Matthew 21:12-13
Here, Jesus is angry that God's house has been defiled, he is angry because God has been wronged, not because his comfort has been disturbed or he has been inconvenienced but because the God of the universe has been greatly sinned against.
Monday, September 15, 2008
"In prison, I was not always a match for my enemies. I was proud and angry. I thought I was tough, clever, and prepared enough to resist. But I found my courage wanting nevertheless. When it failed it was because my primary concern had been my own survival, my own dignity. I relied on my resources to guard them, and my courage ran out much earlier than I expected. Fortunately, I shared my circumstances with hundreds of brave men who insisted on a communal code of conduct--we would all return with honor, each man's suffering our own concern...We relied on each other to strengthen our ability, to encourage us when we felt used up...When we saw our duty and our courage as a common experience, our duty was easier to bear and our courage more at the ready. We completed one another's sense of honor, and it made us stronger."
It is the same way with Christians. We need other Godly people to help us in our Christian walk. We need the body, to encourage us, to help us through hard times and to lovingly correct us when we are sinning. To say that we don't need the body is rejecting a gift from God. We must allow others to help us fight the good fight, or we will probably fail.
Please let me know your me your thoughts on this:)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
What does going the extra mile mean? It means that we shouldn't just do what is expected of us, we should willingly do it to our fullest potentiel, we should seek to do more. Notice I said "Seek" and "Willingly," we should "Willingly" "Seek" for the oppurtunity to serve more, and then "Willingly" do it.
"Do all things without Grumbling or questioning." -Philippians 2:14
Here, God is telling us not only to serve and go the extra mile, but to do so without "Grumbling or Questioning." A true servant serves without complaining, he does not question and does not grumble. Jesus was the ultimate servant, never did he complain to God about anything. The Bible calls us to imitate this, to strive to serve like Jesus did. As you probably already know, serving like he did is so hard it is impossible, we will never be perfect, so therefore we will never be able to serve just as Jesus did. But does this mean we give up? No! God never told us it was going to be easy. But he did tell us to serve as much as we possibly can, he has told us to "Do Hard Things!"
"The servant of Christ finds his honour in the service itself." -C.H. Spurgeon
Also, please be in prayer for victims of hurricanes this year.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Please tell me what you think after you have read it:)
"`Enduring an inescapable fate stoically is admirable, but it is not the same thing as courage. Suffering stoically a terrible fate that you could have escaped, but that your convictions, your sense of honor, compelled you to accept, is. The Christians sacrficed to the lions chose not to be sacrificed, but to be Christians. The politics and bigotry of the Romans consigned them to a violent end, which they could have avoided by renouncing their faith. But they didn't choose death. They chose to keep their faith, their hope of eternal life, and suffer the consequences. Whether they suffer stoically or were dragged to the experiance pleading for their lives is beside the point. Keeping their faith required courage superior to the resolve of a person who accepts unwanted but unavoidable trouble with admirable composure. The object of courage isn't just a hansome comportment or a physical expression of strength.
Courage must be conscientious of duty if it is to claim the distinction of being the first, indispensable virtue. It is much more than mental toughness or "Grace under pressure," as Hemingway defined it. For years I thought it was. And when asked for a definition of courage, I usually quoted Hemningway's response. But I learned that people who cry out in despair, who are seized by mortal terror, can still act heroically. Although courageous people often appear to act gracefully under pressure, and their dignified, disciplined behavior produces some of the most lasting images in fiction and history, it isn't grace that proclaims their courage, but their decision to face the pressure at all, and face it for reasons greater than simply to prove to themsevles or others that they could do it with aplomb. Face the experiance with quiet assurance or with a look that reflects stark terror, screaming in anguish all the while. It doesn't really matter. What matters is that you faced it, lived it, and did so because your conscience compelled you to act. That is what give courage its grandeur. Even Christ on the cross, my faith's most exlated example of courage, cried out in desperation, "Father, Father, why have you forsaken me?" It is not Christ's reticence in a moment of agony that we worship. It is because he accepted his duty to love, a love incarnate--God became man to redeem humanity by love--and the awful suffering his duty demanded that we exalt the singular courage of his sacrifice. "
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Matthew 20:28- "Even as the son of man came not to be served but to serve, and give his life as a ransom to many."What an amazing example he set, that even "The King of Kings" would serve sinners. We must follow his example and serve others, by serving others we are serving God,
Matthew 25:40- "And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me." (Galations 5:13, Chronicles 28:9, John 12:26, Deuteronomy 10:12, Romans 12:11).
We should be excited to serve
Romans 12:11- "Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord."
~"There must be no hesitation or sloth in Christian living. The Christian should be "fervent," living for Christ with enthusiasm and energy." -Note from the "Reformation Study Bible"
I know that I have a hard time getting excited to serve, I pray that God will make me strong in this area.
Serving in the small areas of life is just as important as serving in the large areas.
Serving is a way of humbling oneself, which God has commanded us to do, James 4:10- "Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you." If we humble ourselves and serve God, he will exalt us. Serving in the small areas where our work will probably not be noticed is a very important form of service. When God sees our devotion in the those areas he will exalt us to a higher form of service(Small areas being, daily chores, serving our siblings ect. Large areas being, missionary work, a ministry ect.).
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Romans 13:1 says, "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For their is no authority except God, and those that exist have instituted by God."
God chooses who our leaders will be. Whether John McCain or Barak Obama win the upcoming election, it will be the result of God's invisible plan, and whatever happens, we must trust that it is for our good.
Romans 8:28- "And we know that for those who love God all things are worked out for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
How it is for our good we may never know, but one thing's for sure, God knows what he is doing and he will never do anything unwise.
However, just because we know that God has it all taken care of doesn't mean that we sit back and do nothing. As Americans we have the privilege of voting for our leaders. Each of us should show responsibility by doing all we can to vote in good leaders on both the local and national levels.
For those us who are not old enough to vote, we can become involved by volunteering our time to the candidate of our choice.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"If you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask your self, 'How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take notice of me , or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?' The point is that each person's pride is in competition with everyone else's pride. It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party and I am annoyed at someone else being the big noise."
It's true, everyone's pride is at war with everyone else's pride. But who am I to think that I am the greatest and the best or even think that I am even sort of great? I am nothing, I can't even do a simple thing like draw breath without God's help.
I found this quote to be very helpful in helping me to identify pride in my every day life.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
"Fleeced" by Dick Norris and Eileen McGann, "A book about how Barack Obama, liberals who want to kill talk radio, the do nothing congress and companies that help Iran are scamming us... and what to do about it."
"Culture Shift" by Albert Mohler Jr. "Engaging current issues with timeless truths"
Also, I'll try to read the books some of you recommended.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Knowledge of the Bible is so vital to our spiritual growth, that if we don't study his word we will become spiritually hungry and we will not grow. Also, we must not study it to get it to over with so that we can get on with something else, but we must be completely concentrated when we study it.
I have to admit that I often find myself speeding through my morning devotions so that I can get to something else. And this is not how I'm going to advance spiritually. That "something else" should not be more important than studying God's word.
In "The Lord's Prayer" it asks God to "Give us this Day, our Daily Bread." What does he mean by this? I think it means that were not just asking God to give us our physical food but our spiritual food also, so that we will not become physically or spiritually hungry.
Monday, July 14, 2008
That amazes me, Jesus was obedient even to the point of a slow painful death on a tree. Beside the physical pain, he willingly became a curse for us and bore all our sin. He wasn't forced to die, he willingly and obediently did it. It just boggles my mind..... how could someone so holy and perfect, willingly become a curse and die for someone so wretched and sinful.
Galatians 3:13- "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us - for it is written, cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree." The King of Kings became cursed for us, and he did so without a single complaint.
Monday, July 7, 2008
John 16:33- "I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. but take heart; I have overcome the world." We don't need to understand why God is putting us through these hard times, we just need to know that he will help. He will strengthen and uphold us. We don't see the big picture, but God does and he is in control. It lends great comfort to know and believe that everything God does is for our good even when, through our limited vision, it may not look like it.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
I encourage you to go check out the website, "Pro-life Teenagers"/"TFG." For those of you who have never been to either of these sites, "Pro-Life Teenagers" is a site that was that created to help fight abortion and encourage other teens to fight it, "Teen Fellowship Group" is a site that was created to provide a place where Christian teens can fellowship and encourage each other in the Lord. The combining of these two site sites has exited me very much, and I pray that they will continue to do everything for the glory of God.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Those who pursue righteousness not only find righteousness but they also find honor and life. So, when seeking after righteousness, God doesn't give us only what are seeking, he gives more that. We are well rewarded when we seek after Godly characteristics.
But our own righteousness cannot get us into heaven, only the Righteousness of Jesus can, for ours are like filthy rags. How do we get this righteousness? Jesus had to wash away our sin with his blood in order to count to us his righteousness so that we would be blameless in God's sight, that is so humbling.
Saturday, June 21, 2008
"Freakonomics" by Steven Levitt
"Words that Work" by Frank Luntz
"Mere Christianity" by C.S. Lewis
"Knowing God" by J.I. Packer
"Let the Nations be Glad" by John Piper
"The World is Flat" by Thomas L. Friedman
"Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwinn
"What Jesus Demands from the World" by John Piper
"The Fabric of the Cosmos" by Brian Greene
"All of Grace" by C.H. Spurgeon
Does anyone else recommend any more?
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Matt 6:3-4, But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving might be in secret. And your Father who sees you in secret will reward you.
When people recognize evidences of God's grace in us, and when we are encouraged about our growth in Christ, it can be helpful to us and exhort us to continue in good works. We get tripped up when we are giving only for the sake of being praised by men. Giving to be praised is not true generosity, giving in secret so that God will reward you is. The reward God gives is far better than any praise man can give, so it is totally worth it to give and do good works in secret. Then we can look forward to that glorious, "Well Done, my good and faithful servant."
Friday, June 13, 2008
"Real strength is the backbone of meekness." -C.H.Spurgeon
Matt 5:5- "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth"
"Meekness is not weakness, it is strength under control" -John Macarthur
"Meekness is the power to absorb adversity and criticism without lashing back." -John Piper
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
James 1:2 -"Count it all joy, my brothers , when you meet trials of various kinds."
He gives us lasting joy when we value him and he is most glorified when we rejoice in him. The thing we rejoice in most is what we value most. If we value anything more than God then we do not have real joy. It is only temporary happiness, we will have it for a little while then it will fade. But when we value God he gives us joy that lasts because it is in him.
Monday, June 9, 2008
Bob Kauflin is the worship administrator for Sovereign Grace Ministries and the author of "Worship Matters."
Update: I just found another Interview with Bob Kauflin at, theresurgence.com
Saturday, June 7, 2008
A great man is a humble one, If we view ourselves as great and think we should be treated as so, then we are not great and we will always be angry that we are not being treated as we think we deserve. Mark 10:43 says that, "Whoever would be great among you must be your servant." We must be servants, then we will be great in God's kingdom.
Matthew 20:27-28, "And whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the son of man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Even the greatest person ever came to serve, and if we want to be great we must follow his example.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
More to come.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Please pray that we have a safe flight there and back.
Due to our leaving, I will not be able to post until Monday.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
But what in us does he take pleasure in? We are so sinful! Well, to me this is a mystery. All I know is that he loved us so much that he was willing to pay the ultimate price to save us.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Jesus demands us to pick up our cross and follow him until he returns, and he has sent his spirit to guide us until that time. Jesus didn't mean a light and easy cross, in John 15:20 he said that we will face persecution. So he knows that it will be hard for us, but not so hard that we cannot bear it. That is why he sent his Holy Spirit, to strengthen us in those hard times.
We will receive eternal life and that is much greater than what we must suffer down on earth. So it is totally worth it to take up your cross and follow him.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Here are my favorites:
"Holy Bible" by God,
"Do Hard Things" by Alex and Brett Harris,
"What Jesus Demands from the World" by John Piper,
"Quest for Character" by John MacArther,
and "Christ our Mediator" by C.J.Mahaney.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
In order to obtain eternal life you must hear and believe him. Many hear him but do not believe him. They do not believe him because they have no room in their hearts for him. God alone creates room in our hearts for him, but not just a little room, he deserves our entire hearts, in fact he demands that we give every last bit of our hearts to him. We shouldn't refuse him, we should let him clean out our hearts of all our impurities and sin. We should let him, so that we may be fit to enter his kingdom.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
You might be wondering, ''How do I love someone who I've never met before, more than my family?'' Well, if you are in the family of God, you can't help but love him more than anything else John8:42- Jesus said to them, ''If God were your father, you would love me for I came from God and now am here. I have not come on my own; but he sent me.''
Love is an action as well as a feeling and it is an action because when you love God you obey him Jesus said ''If you love me you will obey what I command(John 14:15). But loving God does not just mean that we obey him, we obey him because we love him.
We were God's enemies, yet he loved us and made us his sons and daughters and now he commands us to love our enemies as he did. He has forgiven the ultimate debt, our sin. We can never love as he loves nor can we ever forgive as he does. But we must still strive to forgive and love more.
Matt 10:37- ''Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.'' Being worthy of him does not mean that we deserve him, it means if we love him more than anything then we are loving him as he deserves to be loved.
I know that I do not love God as he deserves to be loved, my selfish desires and sin cloud his worthiness. My only hope is in Romans 5:5- and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. I don't have the ability to love God, God gives me the ability to love him. As Augustine said in Confessions, ''Give me the grace [O Lord] to do as you command, and command me to do what you will.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Where are you finding your joy today?
Monday, April 28, 2008
Believing in Jesus not only means believing that he can save us, it means that we must understand that he rose again. Believing in the physical things that he did are just as important as believing that he can save us. Also we must trust him, for it is not believing about him only that matters, it is also trusting in him.
Besides giving us eternal life he also gives us living water to drink so that we may never be thirsty again. But it is not a physical thirst that shall be quenched, it is water that will quench the soul. Jesus is this water and we must trust him that he will save us.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
Do you have any praises to bring to God?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Jesus' third demand is that we come to him. When a person is born again he /she starts to view Jesus as the center of there lives , instead of other pleasures that the world offers. But a lot of people view Christianity as just another religion with a lot of rules to bear as a burden. No, Jesus didn't come to bestow a heavier burden on us , he came to lift the burden of sin off of us. Jesus doesn't give us burdens that will crush us he gives us tasks that we can handle, so that we may gain strength in our faith. Once a person experiences the change within Jesus gives us greater and greater tasks as we grow in our faith and we don't have to bear the burden of sin because he has lifted it by giving his life for us and in return we must be willing to lose our life for him. He demands us to come to him so that he may lift our burdens and replace them with a lighter load. But the lighter load that is given to us is not a physically light load, I mean, he doesn't give us health, wealth and no persecution, although sometimes he gives us these as blessings. Jesus said that the way to eternal life is hard and narrow and that you will go through tribulation. Christians want enjoy him but this world is a hard place to do that.
Jesus said that he longs for the day when he could gather his children like a hen gathers her brood but they were not willing. He weeps for those who do not come and grieves for those who do not accept his offer of eternal life.His offer is for all , yet some do not come. Piper states ''in other words people do not want to come. some call this the choice of free will Jesus would probably say it is the choice of a will enslaved to sin.'' If we are spiritually dead how do we come? John 6:44 '' no one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him."
What are some ways you are enjoying Jesus in your life?
Do you ever struggle in enjoying the world, so that it is hard to enjoy Jesus?
Monday, April 21, 2008
''I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me''(phil 4:13). This is an encouraging verse, it's telling us that nothing is impossible for our creator no matter how hard. If we follow Jesus' example we will notice that he did 'hard things' in fact he did the hardest thing of all, he paid for our sins. If Jesus can ''do hard things'' and if we gain our strength through him, then 'doing hard things' should be a cinch. But sometimes they're not, sometimes we fail because Satan, the world and our own sin nature convinces us that it's too hard, even for God. They don't come out and say ''it's too hard for God'' they say it quietly, so that we are easily persuaded to think like them. But don't lose heart, because we can do all things through him who saved us.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I'm going to be doing a series of posts on John Piper's book"What Jesus Demands from the World".
One of the things that Jesus demands from the world is that everyone should be born again. John 3:3- Jesus answered him, ''Truly, truly I say to you unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.'' Being born again means that you have been born of the flesh and of the spirit. Men and women that have not been spiritually born have no desire for Jesus because they are spiritually dead .If you asked them,"Do you want to go to heaven?", of course they would say yes, who wouldn't want to live in a big house and have lots of food. If you asked them, "Do you want to spend eternity with Jesus?", they probably wouldn't want to. Why? To them Jesus is a boring person with a lot of rules, always telling them things they don't want to hear. Spiritually dead people are not interested in spiritual activities such as praying and meditating on his word.
You might be wondering why I say spiritually dead people, that worship false gods, pray and meditate are not spiritually alive. They're worshiping and praying to false gods but the only spiritual "life" is found in Jesus. If only people knew that Jesus came to set the captives free, that he came to take them out of bondage and that he came to give us life...abundant life!
Jesus came for those who are weak and wounded....aren't we all. Anyone who recognizes his need for a savior and calls out to Jesus can be born again. Jesus calls us to repent from our sin which means to turn away from sin and turn to a gracious, loving savior.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Another amazing thing about the planet earth is this; if the earth was a little smaller its weakened gravity could not hold water or air, and the thinner atmosphere wouldn't provide enough protection against all the meteorites that hit the earth's atmosphere every day, thinner air would make temperatures drop and all of life would die. If earth were twice it's size it's gravity would be too strong and almost everything would be crushed under it's own weight. Also, if the warmth the gulf stream(the great current in the north Atlantic)were not there, Britain would have severe winters in which many people would die. One mistake by 'nothing' would have spelled death for everything, if life had ever even made it to existence.