A Challenge


Recently, I read about a group of pro abortionists protesting in Austin, Texas. They were blatantly shouting, “Hail Satan!” Offensive signs held high, blood smeared onto shirts. Screaming men and women, all crying out for the right to kill the innocent.

I wondered how the world had fallen so far that they accept these things. But now I know better. It is not just the world that consents to these horrors.

We as Christians are stagnating, becoming numbed until, even within the church, we are accepting such things as homosexuality, abortion, and many kinds of oppression. When we could do the most good, we are divided over countless superfluous arguments. We cannot lead anyone while sinking back into the sin that Christ, by his grace, has pulled us out of. God didn’t call us to do the same as everyone else, but to be set apart as an example for non-Christians. Instead, we barely believe our own doctrines.

Even Buddhists, Mormons, and Muslims have more dedication to their beliefs than us to ours. Jehovah’s Witnesses map out their communities for witnessing. Buddhists and Muslims vigorously enforce their religious laws.

It ought to put us to shame. Does it? The answer is saddening. This is a very preached-on topic. Countless sermons are preached on mediocrity. Sadly, it never seems to get through. People will think at the time: “That is so right. We will try to be better.”

Then they go home and live just like before.

But all of this is not meant to discourage you, only to challenge you. In a world where right is wrong and wrong is right, stand out. Be set apart for God’s purpose. I trust that you will be the ones that respond to the challenge and step out in faith.

Remember that we are a generation chosen to do great things for God. If we are willing, with God’s strength, we can be overcomers. We can make the change!

 

-Abigail

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Trust


Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Prov. 3:5&6

The above verse seems like I can remember the first half since I could remember. It was one of the basic bible memorization verses. Now this may be your first time hearing it. That’s ok. I’m gonna dissect the verse and explain each part.

Trust in The Lord: that means you must believe in him, count on him. And he will never let you down. Ever.

With all your Heart: that means you must wholeheartedly believe in him. You can’t say “well I believe in god with this stuff and I trust him in this only”. You have to say “I trust god with everything in my life”. And you must believe it. I think we all struggle there.

And lean not on your own understanding: I have always had a hard time understanding this part. But I have more recently began understanding it more. So I will give the best explanation I can. It means that you shouldn’t just believe what you think. You need to seek god in all situations.

In all ways acknowledge Him : that means to show him in all you do. Let everybody see Jesus when they look at you. Let everybody see his actions.

And he will make straight your paths: so if you follow him and trust in him, he is going to help you! He will be with you at all times and help you with your daily life! And he does that even if you don’t trust him.

So trusting in God is the right way to go!

Choices


How many of you have to make choices every single day? Everybody’s hand should go up. Whether big choices, like what college to attend, or small choices, like what pants to wear today, they are all choices.
I first started thinking about choices when listening to the song “It’s Your Life” by Francesca Battistelli. That is one of my favorite songs of hers. It talks about how the world is watching your choices. Do you ever think you can get away with something because no one is watching and, it turns out, someone is. I think that especially happens as kids. But someone is always watching what choices you make. Here’s the chorus of the song-

It’s your life
What you gonna do?
The world is watching you
Every day the choices you make
Say what you are and who
Your heart beats for
It’s an open door
It’s your life

The chorus is my favorite part of the song. Mainly for the lyrics. I just love the basic truth in the song. Isaiah 30:21 says…

And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.


You will have many choices in your life. It’s your choice to pick the right ones.

We are


We Are is a fairly new song by Kari Jobe. The chorus goes like this-

We are the light of the world
We are the city on a hill
We are the light of the world
We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine
We are the light of the world
We are the city on a hill
We are the light of the world
We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine
Let the light shine, let the light shine

We may be the only person that can lead someone to Christ. That may be placed on our path. Our path. Your path. You can’t have faith without works. You can’t believe in Jesus and be a strong Christian and still continue to follow your old lifestyle. As Matthew 6:24 says,

Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

So show your light. Don’t hide Jesus and only take it out on Sunday mornings. Show Jesus 24,7.

-Lili

Cheerfulness


Hey! Sorry I haven’t written in a little bit. I really have no excuses except things in life got busy and I just forgot about it. But I’m here now! And I wrote a brand new post!

A cheerful heart is good medicine.

~Proverbs 17:22

Think about that verse. Are you cheerful? Not just sometimes, but ALL the time. Even when you clean your room? Even when you get a bad grade? Even when you have to skip the concert or party? Even when your grounded? I know I’m not. Only Jesus can be cheerful at all times. So I encourage you to try and be more cheerful, even when your world seems to be crashing in. You will see the sun eventually.

~Lili

Death Sentence


So, I was just reading over my Sunday School lesson for tomorrow in my book called “The Gospel Project For Students”. So I read the lesson and this one story stood out at me. So, I am going to post a majority of it here. Everything in parentheses is quoted from the book,  not me.

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.

Ephesians 2:1-2

(Everyone Likes Flowers. They’re great for impressing a date or for sitting on a bookshelf. But, after a few days, even the most beautiful flowers start to wither. The reason behind that withering is simple:
Flowers in a vase are dead.

Sure, they look good for a while. They look like they have life. But in the end, they are dead when cut from the root. Yes, they show signs of life for a while, but beauty is a lie. A wonderful lie, but a lie all the same.

This is an important spiritual truth for us to recognize. Too many people are flowers in a vase. They look pretty, even making a room look better, but beauty is a lie. Though they have signs of life, they’re actually spiritually dead; apart from Christ, all of us are cut off from the source of life. And it’s just a matter of time before we start to show the signs of death, rather then life.

Verses like Ephesians 2:1-2 might sound at best pessimistic, and at worst mean, but these words are words of love from God. He loves us enough to tell us the truth about ourselves. He’s not content having us ACT like we are alive, we wants us to BE alive. The only way to be truly alive is to have a relationship with God in Christ.)

Isn’t that interesting to think about? I think it is. We need to be more then flowers in a vase. We need to be a garden flourishing full of flowers rooted to Jesus!

~Lili

Guest Article:When Will This Ever End?


“I’ve already paid you triple what I promised. Why won’t you honor your part of the bargain?” I asked beseechingly of this man before me.
“I can’t go on like this. You promised me if I paid your filthy blackmail then you would destroy those filthy pictures. Please!!” I begged, tears starting to come from the corners of my eyes.
“QUIET!!” he shouted, “Look, this hurts me more than it does you.”
“How can it when you are the one gloating over the last of my savings? Please just burn those pictures! I don’t want these hanging over my head anymore. I can’t eat, sleep, or even speak knowing that you still have them. Please stop!” I begged.
It was of no use, though as the young man turned and stalked away but not forgetting to slam the door in my face. I fell down to my knees and began to cry. Didn’t anyone care about me? Did anyone know how it felt to have a huge millstone hanging around their neck just waiting to drag you along into the river? There was only one answer that kept reverberating in my mind; suicide. Oh, what peace that thought gave to me. Then again, why did it feel so wrong? Why did I feel like the blackmail would continue even after my death? There just had to be another way.
I began on my way home when I paper crinkled beneath my feet. I stepped back to see what was on it. I moved to a nearby streetlight to see.
These are the words that greeted my vision: “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
I reread these words paying close attention to the last three. “Once for all.” I knew about God alright and the one they called Jesus Christ. Apparently, because He died on a wooden cross one time, everyone can be saved. What a wishful thought! Why, if that were true, then I wouldn’t have to keep paying this blackmail because it would be already paid for. I stopped and felt a rush of peace in my heart.
I was a Christian once before I turned away. Why did I turn away? Oh yes, now I remember, so I could take those disgusting pictures, so I could be involved with a man who saw me only as a plaything and a vein from which money flowed; so that I could be free?.
I fell to the sidewalk with a loud groan saying, ” Oh God! Forgive me! Redeem me! Heal me! And LORD, do it once and for all!”
I stayed there for a few hours just praying and surrendering. After all, what did I have to lose? I did manage to make it home early that morning only to find the man who blackmailed me standing on my doorstep with the photographs in his hand.
I approached him and asked what he was doing there. He replied, “On my way home, I saw a church sign that said, ‘And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.’ It got me to thinking about you and what I’ve been doing to you, to myself, and most of all, to God.”
With tears streaming down his face, he tore the photographs and told me what made him choose to make this decision.
“I got home and went to look at the photographs only to find that they were empty. There were no pictures. Love does not keep record of wrongs.”
He then pulled out of his pocket all the money I had ever given him and then he walked away knowing that he didn’t need to make me pay for my sins because I couldn’t.
However, because of one sacrifice, Jesus Christ’s sacrifice, one payment was enough; He took care of it all once for all so that we wouldn’t have to. If you are holding onto something for any reason, I hope this verse and this story has encouraged you to let go. We canNOT do this on our own. We need God, so let Him take it all, because He’s already paid it all.
Marta L.