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There is a church that is called “30 Minute Worship” and it does just that
What is your opinion on this??? Because quite honestly.. I don’t know what to make of this.

Yes, we live in a microwaveable world- we want it now, we need it now, and we go. And don’t get me wrong, I step into the quick paced lifestyle myself. I have no problem with a 30 minute workout program and fast food for the 30 minute lunch break. Heck! If my head ache medicine doesn’t work in less than 30 minutes I’m ready to sue!
But 30 minute worship?
What ever happend to praying without ceasing? What about remembering the sabbath and keeping it holy?
The bible says that we must offer our first fruits to God, and in order to give the firsts fruits of our time we have to give at least 12 hours on Sunday.
 So 30 minutes? Can God be minimized to 30 minutes of praise? Or is this some spirtual check list to ward off guilt. You tell me.

Here’s the mission statement:

Sundays @ 9am offers you a brand new way to go to church…30 Minute Worship.  This innovative service is for anybody who is tired of the way traditional church has been done, has limited time, or has to work Sundays. The high energy, focused package will creatively engage you to personally connect with God. 

Are “you tired of the way of traditional church has been done”?  Is committing half of your day on Sunday to much to ask?  
“Personally connect with God…” in 30 minutes? This is just not possible, at least not for me… Maybe there mistaking the Holy spirit with the “high energy” they have.
I wonder if its possible to serve at this church. Or is that too traditional? Or are the members to busy?

Please comment, I would love to know your opinion.

I may be blowing this out of proportion. And I’m sure the heart behind the ministry is full of good intention.

But I just feel that this is belittling the importance of worship and depriving its members of a vital part of spiritual growth within Christianity.

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I’m a firm believer in recognizing and fulfilling the roles that God has established in our lives. Yet when time rolls by and relationships become more and more routine, Its hard to look at your daily tasks as a God given responsibility to fulfill your role as a man, woman, mother, son, ect.

The 30-day Challenge was designed for Women to realize they’re role as a wife to encourage there husbands, giving them tools and ideas to spend thirty days strengthening there husband spiritually and emotional.
This is a vital part of our social family unit, and a vital part of our world. Its about time that we as women step up to the plate that God has prepared for us and cheer our relationships to victory.
I LOVE IT!
For more information go to: The 30-day Challenge. I pray that each wife that reads this will take this challenge.

Unfortunately for this challenge, I am not a wife. But I do someday want to be an encouraging wife and I want to support my husband. For that reason I am going to take the The 30-day Challenge, but instead of my husband, I’m going to encourage my Dad. Of course I cant say “I’m so glad you picked me out of all  the other women!” but I can build him up in love.

So if I can do it- you can do it!!

The 30-day Challenge < click it now!

-kay

Day one:
I’ve had alot of views on this post, so i thought I would tell you how day one went. It went good.
Day one asks to say something positive to your husband and about your husband.
But with me and my dad, I usually complement him alot (its just kinda who I am).
So I went and left him a note on his desk at work so he would actually pay attention to it.
Heres something nice I can say about him:
Growing up, he always took me on Daddy-Daughter Dates. I remember this one like it was yesterday. enjoy (at my own expense):

 I am very blessed.

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Hey Everyone.

I want your imput on this.
Who is Jesus Christ to you?

Its both a simple and hard question to answer. But its crucial.

John 14:6
“… “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  If you had known me, you would have known my Father also…”

This verse makes it clear that in order to know the father, you must know the son. The son is the only way to get to the father.  If Jesus Christ is the only path to salvation, we must clearly know who he is.

Matthew 16:15-16

 “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Mormons believe that Jesus was a man who became god. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet. Countless others believe that he was only a good man.

Here is the question again:
Who do you say that he is?

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

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I love Austin. My friends and I took a road trip down there this weekend for my birthday. It was wonderful. I love the sense of family and community they have, and the emphasis on social involvement. I also loved that in the morning I was able to jog down to Starbucks. God is good! 
      Austin is a potpourri of miscellaneous ideas, beliefs and convictions, and the closer you come to the capital, the more these beliefs stimulate activists. The church of scientology was conducting a free IQ test (yes free… I was also shocked) and handing out pamphlets. An array of political slogans decorated t-shirts and car windows, ranging from “Obama 08” and “Vote Hilary- Because Women Should Be On Top!” to “Down With The Government!-Save our children from Iraq.” I didn’t see much on the conservative beliefs other than “Conserve Water” and “Go green!” On the back steps of the capital building there was a group of angry teenage girls rallying to a  handful of people, “We’re Queer and We’re here!” as they went on to tell there sad stories of ill treatment. I was very tempted to reply “I’m Straight and it’s Great!”… but yea for self control and the fear of being beaten.
       Being nurtured in the buckle of the Bible belt, this was a thrilling experience for me. It always is because God has given me a heart for the lost and the very confused. So when we stopped for lunch in a small restaurant, I was neither disappointed nor surprised to find that the fryer of my meal was stoned and the cashier was gay. God bless Texas. As I ordered a grilled chicken pita (very delicious) and some gift cards for the homeless people on the streets, I was able to strike up a conversation with the cashier leading to the my first witnessing pin point phrase:
“What do you believe?”
The cashier’s eyes grew wide with disbelief and he jumped over the counter hurling accusations that I was forcing my religion on him- false. That didn’t happen. In fact he was quite a large man and I don’t think he would be able to roll over the counter, much less jump. He gave the typical response- he was more than happy to share is ideas on religion and theology and about how everyone should find the best way for them.
I think I would have been more pleased if he had jumped over the counter. If what they say is true and there is a first time for everything-I’m going to keep talking about Jesus until it happens.

But this leads me to say- if you are a Christian who is afraid to share your beliefs, your missing out on some very interesting conversations.  All you have to do is ask someone what they believe and reason truth- it’s not your job to save them so there is no pressure. But you can open the door for God to use you and submit yourself to being a fisher of men. Just don’t stand on benches screaming “Turn or Burn you evil doers!” or harass people in the malls. You will save a lot of people… from having a pleasant day.

So anyway- The cashier asked me if I had read the Divinci Code. I haven’t, but I was able to draw out on my receipt how the table for Passover was set up Jewish culture and how it contradicted the artistic license that Davinci took in his depiction of the last supper. We talked for a moment on that which lead me to my second key question.
“Who do you think Jesus was?”
“He was a great man,” the cashier explained that it was because he led people to lead good lives.
“I have to disagree.” I began.
If your right, and Jesus was a man… he was possibly the worst man who ever lived.”
<Dramatic pause for a eye widening and thought sinking.>
“If Jesus Christ was a man, he was a lying, deceiving manipulator whose false influence still lives on today. He taught that he was the son of God, he taught that the road to salvation was narrow and that he was the only way to heaven. 
“I am the way the truth and the light no one comes to the father except through me.”

 
You could tell that this was a hard thought for him. He didn’t want to believe that Christ was God, he wanted to believe that he was a good man…

but there is no possible way that Jesus was a good man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In fact,” I went on I would even say that Christ was worse than Hitler.” This statement peaked interest. Hitler= a hot topic.

You see, Hitler and Jesus are the two most famous historical figures that ever lived. Yet no one seems to be able to make a connection between who they see as love-and-peace, sandal wearing hippie and this evil man of destruction. But they were both wonderful and powerful speakers. Only one spoke life into people, while the other one spoke death.

Me and Mr. Cashier talked about Hitler for a while, and I drew up this connection:
People followed Hitler because they believed that they could deliver them from a depression 3 times greater than the Great Depression of America, and they believed that he would raise up a great army… and he did. They blindly followed him and caused many people to die innocent deaths.
People followed Christ because they believed that he would deliver them from the control of the Roman empire, they believed that he would raise up a great army… but He didn’t. He died on the Cross as a failure to his expectations. But those who realized his true purpose were willing to die innocent deaths to defend it.
In the Laws of History, people follows masters and conquers. But Jesus Christ was an broke all the rules He was a servent and humble. But what He alone did was greater and more powerful than an army of men that number the stars in the sky, he sacrificed his life, overcame death, so others could live.

Jesus couldn’t be a man, because no one would follow him because in the realm of humanity, he was a failure. Jesus has to God, because he did what no man could ever do: gave up himself in death for an everlasting Victory.
Are you under the blood? 

If anything the cashier was more intrigued and more confused about this Jesus who broke the laws of humanity. About that time my pita was ready to be devoured, and he thanked me for my history lesson.
I thanked him for listening and said my last Key phrase.

“I pray that you search for the truth and that you find the truth.”
“Ive already found what works for me”
“I didnt say “what works” I said “truth.””

The pita was delicious… but they put way to much olive oil.

I probably shouldn’t do this… This post is much to long for people to take the time to read. But if there are some one out there who has taken the time…
What do you think? (About anything written) 
Could Jesus be just a man? Why/Why not?
Give me a history reference if you’d like.
How do you witness to people in a world of relativism that’s absent of absolute truth?

My stats are huge but my comments are small. Little help here.

-Kay

 

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I’m a liar.

Kay Baylor is not my name.

My original intent in having this blog was not to reveal my age or name or picture. My reasoning for this is that I did not want readers to focus on the writer but on the writing.
I figured that I posted a picture of myself, people would look at the pretty face and blonde hair and skip over any biblical truth that I present in my blog.
For once I wanted to seen by my  thoughts and ideas and beliefs. Not seen for the exterior.
My greatest goal is to glorify God and I felt that if I were to expose myself, the attention would be diverted from the goal and the opportunity to convey my convictions would be jepordized.

Why is this about to change? Well, I want to live out my testimony. Often times in my attempt to hide my age, I feel as I misrepresented myself. I want to encourage and strengthen others and I want to live up to the standard of Christ.

My name is not Kay Baylor
I celebrated my 18 birthday April 23, 2008.
Im just a little girl who wants to pursue a big God.

I assume now the broadness of my audience will shrink, but I do pray that it grows deeper.

I hope you come back and visit my blog and my musings about my wonderful savior.

No fronts- no fakes-just me.

May I point back to Christ.

-Kay
(Im just keeping the name because I like it.)

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Marriage is like a city under siege.
Those on the outside want to get in… and those on the inside want to get out.

Why cant we live up to the roles that God has for us today and let it prepare us for tommorow?
Why cant we pursue the will of God more than our own desires knowing that he will give us the desires of our hearts according to his will?

Why cant we joyously pursue God? 

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This weekend I had the privilege to be a leader at a weekend youth conference. I still am sleep deprived, I have yet been able to remove the grime from my fingernails, and if I listen quietly the sound of children calling my name is still ringing in my ears. I had a wonderful time.

At one point in the weekend a group of kids went to go play dodgeball. After a while, I found a 3 7th grade boys sitting off  to the side in defeat and asked them why they weren’t playing. One boy turned to look at me revealing his red, ball-stung face, and preceded to tell me the horror story about how his face was rearranged to a pulp the rubber projectiles of the high school boys.

“Then lets go on an adventure.”  They boys sprang up in acceptance to the special invitation and we proceeded to go on the greatest human adventure encountered by man… we went and stood on a deck throwing rocks into a river.

“Do you remember what the speaker talked about today?” The kids bounced there heads in response, jolting sediment into the water. That morning, our group speaker had told the story of Rahab. A prostitute that was the most unlikely to receive deliverance because of her sin, yet her eagerness to do what Joshua had said by tying a scarlett thread to her window saved her and her household.

I went on to explain the significance of the “Scarlett” thread; the meaning of atonement. I went into the gory details of the Levitical sacrifices and proceeded to explain why it was necessary for the blood of Christ to be shed. They remained quiet, except to make comments about the gore of the animal sacrifices. I wondered if anything I said made any difference. I explained it in a way they would understand, but did the Holy spirit move? Did my words fall on deaf ears? As we walked back to our cabin, this verse came to mind:

   “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
   and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
   it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
   and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
                                      -Isaiah 55:10-11

That night while the speaker was talking he asked a question to the group about Judgment day, and what will be required for God to see us as his children when we stand before him.

For a moment no one raised there hand.

Then the hand of one of the boys I has spoken to earlier appeared above the silent heads. The speaker called on him not knowing what to expect. The boy wasn’t a christian, he wasn’t one to speak unless he made a joke, and he always found himself in trouble. But his answer heads turn all around him.

“Atonement.” He began, “God has to look at us and see the blood of his Son Jesus, because thats the only thing that can cover our sin.” 

It may have been the honest humility in his voice, or the fact that the speaker had yet to explain atonement, or maybe it was because he had little understanding at all of what the bible teaches.  But this boy who had little experience in church, not only heard the words that I had spoken earlier but was able to understand it in the context of his salvation; chills shivered down my spine.
This weekend he asked Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of his life and is being baptised in May.

So many times I feel in my ministry that my words fall to the ground in vain. But God is faithful.

Don’t be discouraged when you feel that you have no impact, because you alone can do nothing outside the will of Christ and by the movement of the Holy Spirit.
Dont feel like God cant use you because He can. Dedicate your mouth to the word of God.
He is so faithful.

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