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Despite what was probably my better judgment, I wrote a response to a blogger who was bent on slandering Christianity.

Matthew 7:6

 6“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

 

Okay, Okay, Okay, Bible!  I know.

But there has to be a right time to defend your faith?

A right time to speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15) and let the word of God that is living and active be sharper than any double-edged sword, so it can penetrate even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; as well as judge the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (Hebrews 4:12)?

OF COURSE! What the Great Commission is to be commissioned greatly to all people!

Can I help that I have a righteous anger that burns against those who blaspheme the name of the true and living God? Is this wrong when I clearly see that it goes against scripture?

There is a time and place for all things under heaven.

I guess it’s a matter of trusting in God and allowing His wisdom to guide your judgment.

What do you think? Please drop me a note.

 

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One cool thing about the beginning of a new year at college. Churches give out a lot of free food.
I’ve had so many hamburgers I could vomit.

But I was at one church, and searching for the bathroom, I found a girl sitting out side under a breezeway to get out of the rain. 
I invited her in for a hamburger. She was dusty, wearing a sonic uniform and 8 months pregnant. Her pants didn’t fit her buldging stomach, and she tried, with great difficulty, to pull down her shirt to keep herself covered.  
We talked. She had a tough life growing up. She was 18 and now sleeping on the floor of a shack that she shared several other people, one being the father of her child.
She claimed Mormonism. I tried to speak truth to her, with no avail. But I was able to share the love of Christ, it was transparent by her reaction that she was touched. She really liked the hambuger too.

She had a phone, so I gave her my number. I wanted to take her shopping for some maternity clothes, because she bussed at sonic. I assume its very difficult to serve food with pants that you cant even zip up.
But when I called her, she had moved because the father of her child had beat her severely.
<sigh>
They seem to slip right through my fingers.

I still text her. She loves to text… I try to keep up, but I don’t nearly enjoy punching buttons on my phone as she does. And as far as she’s told me, shes going to a Baptist church.
I pray that God will send people to love on her. She needs it desperately.

So pray for Kandace.

“give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that Ive been missing
Give me your love for humanity.”

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During my schools orientation I saw a boy from my home town. I didn’t know him well, but  I knew was not a christian.
His Name is Garrett.

I started to talk to him, and I asked him if anyone had made the gospel clear to him.

He said he no one had.

I asked him if I could.

He said “lol please do”
(because this was done over facebook)

I was excited! I talked to him more, and we settled that we would get together once school started and I would share Jesus with him. Did I mention my excitement?

I was excited.
Why?
Because I felt God moving.
I love that feeling.
I knew that God had something in store
I was hoping that this thing was something that started with “Sal” and ended in “vation.”

Sunday. The day before school started, I got a phone call.
I was walking down the hall in my dorm when the words fell into my ears made me sink onto the floor.
“What?” I felt everything collapse.
This had never happened to me before, I have never been stricken with news that hit me so hard that I lost the ability to stand. I started to sob.

The news was that Garrett was in a car accident. He wasn’t expected to live to see the next day.

Hell has never been more of a reality. I felt as if I were a watchman like Ezekiel, watching someone pass through my fingers into eternity. I’ve never felt so helpless.

My mascara was a just add water kit for a black face mask. When I finally had the strength to walk back to my room, I tried to look normal. Then I realized, as I gazed in the mirror, that I looked like a demented clown.
I cried some more.

All things work together for good those who know and love the Lord.
If anything in the world is true: I love the Lord. (often not the way I should… another subject. another time)

“What was wrong?” One of my dorm members asked later. I was able to share my conviction, desire and compassion to carry out the great commission, with a hint of urgency with the current situation.

I got news that he was still hanging on for life.

The next day I met some of his buddies that were on the same end of salvation with Garrett. I was able to share with them how I had planned to witness to them, and how important it is to me that others come to salvation. But I felt the holy spirit pressing to wait on His timing before I shared the gospel with them, specifically a boy named Alex. God has a plan for his life. I’m to wait on His timing.

The next day I get a call from  the newspaper. They saw my conversation on facebook and interviewed me. I witnessed to the reporter. It was awesome

The next day the newspaper printed the article. My name was on it. I got several calls from several people from all different standpoints. I got to share what God was doing.

As for Garrett. He is a Miracle. Despite his truck landing on top of him, he is still miraculously hanging in there. I haven’t seen him, b.c they care flighted Him. Hes still sedated. I hope to see Him when he is conscious. I keep praying for another miracle. Preferably the one that started with “Sal” and ended in “Vation.”

Keep him in your prayers.

“Greater things have yet to come. Greater things are still to be done in this city!”

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I can’t help but have tears come to my eyes as i sing these words…Text: Charles Wesley, 1707-1788
Music: John Zundel, 1815-1882


1.	Love divine, all loves excelling, 
	joy of heaven, to earth come down; 
	fix in us thy humble dwelling; 
	all thy faithful mercies crown! 
	Jesus thou art all compassion, 
	pure, unbounded love thou art; 
	visit us with thy salvation; 
	enter every trembling heart. 

2.	Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit 
	into every troubled breast! 
	Let us all in thee inherit; 
	let us find that second rest. 
	Take away our bent to sinning; 
	Alpha and Omega be; 
	end of faith, as its beginning, 
	set our hearts at liberty. 

3.	Come, Almighty to deliver, 
	let us all thy life receive; 
	suddenly return and never, 
	nevermore thy temples leave. 
	Thee we would be always blessing, 
	serve thee as thy hosts above, 
	pray and praise thee without ceasing, 
	glory in thy perfect love. 

4.	Finish, then, thy new creation; 
	pure and spotless let us be. 
	Let us see thy great salvation 
	perfectly restored in thee; 
	changed from glory into glory, 
	till in heaven we take our place, 
	till we cast our crowns before thee, 
	lost in wonder, love, and praise.

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Before man is my lover

God is the Lover of my soul.

God is Love; within His name dwells His glory

 

Before I am the beloved of man

I am the beloved of Christ.

May I unashamedly be captivated by His love.

 

Before I am the responder of man

I am the responder to the Holy Ghost

May I love as He first loved me.

 

Oh song of my spirit!

You are a fire in my bones

I can’t hold it in, indeed I am weary

“Abba! Father!”  My lips refrain

Lull me to a passionate outcry.

Oh how you haved loved me!

Oh how you have called me to yourself!

I am and adulterous bride,

Yet You see me as blameless.

May I forever be a child of God

The bride of Christ

And Cleave to Your Spirit.

May this covenant never be broken.

Let purity and light guide my steps as I walk

The path divinely placed before me.

Being wooed by my Author my Perfector,

May I run in the way of your commands.

You have set my heart free!

With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.

Your Law is my delight, my counselor

May I never leave the shadow of Your wings.

 

Why are we to love others?

You have first loved us.

How are we to love?

“Do unto others as you

Would have them do unto you.”

 

May my love be everlasting

Unconditional

Unwavering

Unadulterated

Full of purity

Abundant

Life giving.

Because You have first loved me

 

May I protect others,

As you have protected me in love.

May I nourish others

As you have nourished me in love.
As a vine cleaves to its branch

May I so dearly depend on you.

Let me stay in your shade

as you protect me.

Let me stay connected to you

As you supply my soul with all I need.

 

Nothing can separate me from this love.

 

My unworthiness brings me to tears

Yet rejoicing still, for You call me as Your own.

As crown is to her husband

May my life reflect Your glory;

For you have chosen me as your bride.

No greater Love could I ever find.

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“O that this too sullied flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew…”

 

-Hamlet, brother, I feel your pain.

 

Though I have never contemplated suicide as the quoted statement implies, I myself have wished that my flesh of sin would melt away. That the sin nature in me would enter into an evanescence, so that I can purely be made in the image of Christ.

 

I would sell my self to celibacy.

I would send myself into slavery.

I would denounce my dreams and desires to discipleship.

I would sacrifice my self awareness, selfish ambitions, myself.

I would vend the things made valuable the world.

I would carry the cross.

I would trudge through forgotten territories.

I would sleep next to death.

I would rise to and ever-present rain.

I would give the words of my mouth for the Gospel of the living God.

I would become the hands and feet and the body of Christ

I would leave love ones

I would leave worldly love.

I would love others more than my life.

 

As God enables, I can.

And as God desires, I will.

 

“Oh for the sake of the glorious cross,

Let this be my single boast.

That I may consider all the world vain,

And cling to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.”

 

Yet no matter where I Go, no matter what I do, my own unmelted flesh follows me, hinders me, ensnares me.

 

But let us celebrate in this:

 

“…neither death nor life,

neither angels nor demons,

neither the present nor the future,

nor any powers,

neither height nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8

 

Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation—but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Romans 8

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In a couple of hours I will have officially graduated from highschool. Which means its finally time for me to leave home and search beyond my own horizon. But I know that I wouldnt be who I am today if it were not for the grace of God, and within that grace God has blessed me with two wonderful parents. I pray that each parent will be able to have there children praise them as I can. I am truly blessed.
On graduation sunday at church, I sang this song that I wrote as a tribute to them. I wanted it to reflect the verse:
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

May I Run

As I look to whats ahead
I pack up my childish dreams
Seeing how theyve changed from beauty queen
To beloved and Redeemed.
But so far as Ive sung my lifes song
Ive danced on Daddys feet,
Now its time for me to step towards righteousness
On the road hes prepared for me.

Chorus:
May I run
With excelence to the prize that is set before me
May I spread my wings and fly – knowing that I
am fully yours
You have blessed me through my past
Making me who I am
So my God, My King, My future’s in you Hands
May I run

Im created for Gods glory
Woven in the depths of earth
He’s ordained my lifes story
Before my birth
Im made fearfully and wonderfully
I know this full well
Because my eyes are set on Jesus Christ
So may I never fail

Never fail to run
(repeat chorus)

May I throw off the things that hinder me
The sin that so entangles me
Hear is my heart lord,
Set it free

Free to Run
(rep. chorus)

So if the son has set us free
then we must be free indeed
Free to Run.

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