Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
The primary reason that Jesus is the only way to God is that He forgives sin and offers eternal life, (John 10:28) something that the founder of no other major religion has claimed to do. Think about that!
Why is it so hard to explain these 2 concepts to the ones we love. Does anyone else struggle with this? How can you argue with the bible? I think half of the battle is being brave and bold enough for God to actually try and approach the subject.
God please give me the courage to fight for you.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Today I have a bunch of odds and ends.... another part of this never ending painting roller coaster. How 'bout some consistency here? Uh-oh be careful what you ask for. Whenever I ask for more... I get too much... when I ask for less... everything comes to a screeching hault.
I have a meeting tonight.... I need to do some preparation for... there are so many options...
God, show me where you want me to go.... where will I serve you best?
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
That's something I wish for each and every one of us to reflect upon!
When I was in Jr and Sr High School, the church I grew up in did not have a very strong youth program AT ALL. Some years we would have a leader, some years not. When there were events planned there was hardly any show. Infact, one year there was NOTHING planned at all... I talked to my parents and we organized a trip to a soup kitchen. Along with me and my parents 2 other students came. This was in a church 3x the size of or larger than the size of Stone Church.
Think about what's happening in other churches... then think about the other 80% + that don't even go to church... people that don't even talk about God in their homes... or may even be afraid to.
Whether you are a part of the CREW because it's your idea or your parent's idea.... it is an honor and a priveledge. God hand-picked each and everyone of us and placed him/her/I with this group of people for a reason. I have never felt so much love in any one group than I feel with you guys, especially with young people! You guys have an amazing ability to see past eachother's differences and flaws and accecpt and love eachother. That is absolutely unheard of in so many groups of teenagers and adults for that matter. I challenge all of you to take that love you have for eachother with you to all people you encounter.
What I am trying to say is that being part of this group is not by chance, it is not a mistake. It is a blessing and it is part of a plan. Let's show the world who we are. Let's take all of our different gifts and the power that God has given us and change the world! Let's start a revolution!.... I really believe we can and I really believe that is what we are being called to do.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Ads and marketing people will tell you that you are your stuff. You are what you drive. You are what you wear. You are the number on the bottom of your bank statement.
Your conscience will tell you that you are your past. You are the sum of your choices, many of them wrong ones with difficult consequences.
Your mind will tell you that you are your fears. You are the sum of your worries about the future and if you just think about it enough, surely you can figure it you and short-circut the impending disaster.
But Jesus said that real life is none of these things
You are not your stuff
You are not your past
You are not your fears.
You are someone He loves unconditionally, someone He sacrificed His own life for, someone who matters very much to Him and to the people in your scope of influence. No matter what you have or don't have, no matter what unknowns stretch out before you, you can know this: God loves you so much and He longs to make Himself at home in your life.
Will you let Him?
When you experience his love and forgiveness, you will begin to understand what it mens to be a person sho has nothing to lose, nothing to prove, and nothing to hide.
That's real fredom.
That's real life.
-Women of Faith, "Fancy Free"
-Anita Renfroe "The Purpose Driven Life"
I can be told every day how much God loves me. Somedays it feels so good. Some days I just can't grasp it no matter how much I want to. Today, when I read this I felt a weight lifted off my shoulders. The way it is phrased and the context in this reading really spoke to me so I thought I'd share.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
While Mike was busy with homework last night... I created a little project for myself Decorating cupckes!! Nerdy I know...
Then I went to that Oceanic Airlines website. When I got to John Locke's seat It scared me... I jumped and screamed. Mike had to come upstairs to my rescue. Probably even MORE nerdy...
Today I have some work to do... but more importantly I need to do some cleaning...
Then I will be bringing my lovely valentines day cupcakes to a christmas party at 4pm :)
I also have to say... I love FOX News.... 2 debates this morning... is Walmart's lowering of prices to stimulate the economy going to hurt the economy...ha ha ha ha... the arguments were great!
Also... How is the greater tax on Video Games going to lower the obesity problem... Hilarious... are we really THAT dumb?