Friday, July 31, 2009
I heard a preaching about Big Bang theory and it was very interesting:
We live in a UNIVERSE... Uni-means one, or single, Verse- is a spoken sentence.
We live in a single spoken sentence. God spoke and created this world with just his words.
1-In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2-He was with God in the beginning. 3-Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4-In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood[a] it.
Scientists believe that we came from the Big Bang theory which originated from a single dot (a.k.a.) a piece of dirt but...where did the dirt come from?
If we explain we believe in God then they ask "who created God?"
It is a round about argument between the scientists and Christians.
So we believe...In the beginning God.....and they believe...In the beginning dirt...Interesting!
They believe in Law...but what law?
They believe in energy...where did that energy come from?
A Big Bang of nothing exploded and created everything?? WOW! How can that make sense.
In the Beginning God created the heavens and the Earth...he did it that way just to make the Big Bang theory look stupid!
The Big Bang theory has made no sense for many years but that is all that science can hold on to. They have no other theory to fall back on.
If the Big bang theory was true everything would have spread evenly after the bang but it did not.
The Bible does speak of a Big Bang theory but it has not happened yet,
The Big Bang is coming soon...Get ready for it...
The bible says a "Fool has said in his heart, there is no God."
Also they believe that the Earth is billions of years old if we calculate from Genesis to now it is around 6,000+ years old. A couple thousand years ago (after the flood in Noah's time) there were 8 people to populate the Earth from then to now there has been enough time to get to the number of people on Earth now.
If one someone believes in evolution then that means we have been around for billions of years and that would mean we would have billions more people on this Earth than there are now.
This all has become of interest to me because, I once read that if we don't know our opponents argument then we can not completely know our own.
As Christians we need to always have a reason for the hope that we have.
We must be ready at all times to defend our faith.
The Bible says we perish because of lack of knowledge....
We need to educate ourselves and learn to defend our faith just as we would defend our favorite movie star, favorite athlete or friend.
Youth today seek out various "accessories" to define who we are when our true identity can only be found in Christ!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
A couple of years ago our youth were about to embark on a journey.
We decided to do a 40 day fast!!
Just before the fast began we had a 3 day promotional event to kick it off.
I was Blessed with the opportunity to
teach at a Youth conference and just before I taught I was inspired to write this poem:
Lord, on the Cross you took my place,
Each sin with its disgrace.
But each time that I call,
Your mercy saves me from my fall.
You ask what this challenge means to me,
Well, it's the unfolding of my destiny
This is a challenge I choose today,
A journey worth its beginning,
A journey truly worth finishing.
No task becomes too hard,
No sacrifice could be too great,
For my Savior who willingly shed his blood.
So I separate to see him face to face.
As I prepare to see his fullness in grace
and without hesitation,
I dedicate myself to this race.
Friday, July 24, 2009
As Christians we think that we have it easier since we "live under grace" sometimes we can find ourselves trying to create a "Do's and Dont's" list of Christianity when the reality is that we need to be led by the spirit, not by some ridiculous list of do's or don'ts. We truly need to live connected to God, grace is not an excuse to live however we want. Rather grace is the reason that we should stay more closely connected.
Romans 6:15 - "What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!"
As children of God we are not subjected to the law. The law does not have the power to save us. When we depend on the law (or some silly rules) to justify our actions or tell us that we are right, then we miss the point and reject grace.
When we live according to rules and have no passion then we completely disregard the sacrifice of Jesus.
Jesus came to fulfill the law.
I can no longer be satisfied by doing enough to please God or doing enough to get by.
That is not truly living out your faith.
If we are truly in love with God then we don't need a rule book on how to live our lives, the spirit leads us as we become one.
We draw closer to him as he draws closer to us.
Galatians 4:6-7 - "Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir."
True freedom is being a slave to God.
It is our job to stay connected to the vine as we stay connected it is now God's job to work in us and make us holy!
You see, we have the responsibility to stay connected, that's it!!!
Connection is the source....the result is a life that is HOLY!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
† ...We all come to a place where GOD is taking us from what He had, to what He has in store. As we continue this journey, true solace isn't found in knowing what's on the other side; it's only found in WORSHIPING Him as we cross... †
Because of trial or pain
Continue in thanksgiving
Do not begin to blame
Even when the times are hard
Fierce winds are bound to blow
God is forever able
Hold on to what you know
Imagine life without his love
Joy would cease to be
Keep thanking Him for all the things
Love imparts to thee
Move out of “Camp complaining”
No weapon that is known
On earth can yield the power
Praise can do alone
Quit looking at the future
Redeem the time at hand
Start every day with worship
To “thank” is a command
Until we see him coming
Victorious in the sky
We’ll run the race with gratitude
Xalting God most high
Yes, there will good times and yes some will be bad, but
Zion waits in glory…where none are ever sad!!
When I meditated on the word Guidance,
I kept seeing "dance" at the end of the word.
I remember reading that doing God's will is a lot like dancing.
When two people try to lead, nothing feels right.
The movement doesn't flow with the music,
and everything is quite uncomfortable and jerky.
When one person realizes that, and lets the other lead,
both bodies begin to flow with the music.
One gives gentle cues, perhaps with a nudge to the back
or by pressing Lightly in one direction or another.
It's as if two become one body, moving beautifully.
The dance takes surrender, willingness,
and attentiveness from one person
and gentle guidance and skill from the other.
My eyes drew back to the word Guidance.
When I saw "G": I thought of God, followed by "u" and "i".
"God, "u" and "i" dance."
God, you, and I dance.
As I lowered my head, I became willing to trust
that I would get guidance about my life.
Once again, I became willing to let God lead.
My prayer for you today is that God's blessings
and mercies are upon you on this day and everyday.
May you abide in God, as God abides in you.
Dance together with God, trusting God to lead
and to guide you through each season of your life.
This prayer is powerful and there is nothing attached.
If God has done anything for you in your life,
please share this message with someone else.
There is no cost but a lot of rewards;
so let's continue to pray for one another.
We don't always know the reason for our trials, but God revealed to Paul the reason for his 'thorn in the flesh.' It was to keep him from being 'exalted' (See 2Co 12:7). Success can be intoxicating, and intoxicated people aren't known for being too bright or trustworthy! What happens when you get a thorn in your flesh? It hurts. And you'll let everything else go while you focus on removing it. Three times Paul prayed for God to remove the thorn, but God had another plan. You see, God is at His strongest in us when we are at our weakest. When Paul discovered that God's power in his life was tied to the thorn that afflicted him, he responded, 'I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities.For whenever I am weak, then I am strong' (2Co 12:10 NRS). In other words, 'If it's for my good, bring it on, Lord!' If you've a thorny person in your life from whom you've prayed to be delivered and it hasn't happened, maybe God wants you to experience His grace and power through dealing with that person. But you won't experience this until you move from pain to praise. The Bible speaks about 'the sacrifice of praise to God' (Heb 13:15). A sacrifice means that something has to die on somebody's altar. So if you want to experience God's grace and power in your life, you must be willing to die to self-interest, ego, and independence. There's nothing wrong with asking God to remove your thorn. But when your prayer for deliverance turns to praise, you're on your way to power, because God is giving you grace.
get me through these valleys?
The ups and the downs,
The highs and the lows,
no one knows
Just where we'll end up.
This journey is long
But my fight goes on.
I'll endure to the end,
Walk me through each bend
The twists and the turns
The unavoidable curves
God my love for you pushes me
to the next level
I won't give up now and
I curse the devil
for trying to mess.
I'll fight through this test
Cuz my heart will go on,
As I sing my victory song.
Because greater is he that is in me!
God you have the last word
I know that in the end we'll all wear a crown as in worship we'll all bow down
Before the Lord of hosts,
The Holy Ghost,
The keeper of my life,
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
One of the books that I have most recently read is called "The Church that never sleeps" written by Matthew Barnett. That book is so amazing it opened my eyes to the reality of ministry and giving your life for it. Sometimes as Christians we are so comfortable just doing "enough" to get by but the reality is that is not right. When Jesus gave his life...He gave his all!! Not just enough to save the world. He gave his best, his life. God gave his all, his son. Why are we so arrogant to think we can give him bits and pieces of our lives and expect him to change everything and we get upset when certain areas of our life don't work out like we want them to. Maybe we need to surrender more to him =) Back to "The Church that never sleeps" That book is so amazing because it truly captures the heart of a man that just wants to give his life to change and impact this world for God. It is a must read! Be blessed!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Releasing your thoughts can free you and allow you to be yourself. Today I am 4 days away from a life changing move. I can't share it yet but God has been stirring me up for a big decision for 4 months now. One that requires complete steps of Faith....following God and not my own thoughts...But I choose to live by faith and not by sight. It's not completely easy but I have to choose this. So here goes... I am ready to walk through the door and unleash the DREAM!! "The door we fear going through the most, may be the one that we meet God most profoundly....Chasing Daylight by Erwin McManus.