Some Resources For You!

I decided, because I had to go and update my auto insurance (which took a decent chunk out of my normal writing time) to give you all a list of awesome resources I have found invaluable in my walk with Christ, below are links and pictures, enjoy!

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Desiring God
-For everything related to The Bible and life, plumb the depths of their many articles and sermons!
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Bible Gateway
-A great resource for looking up and reading scripture!

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Plugged In
-When it comes to new movies, it’s hard to tell how crude it’s going to be. Plugged In gives you every instance of Sexuality, Cussing, and anything else before you even watch it!

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Downcast (APP)
-The BEST podcasting app i’ve ever found, though it’s only on iOS, the interface is clean and easy to use. I found ALL of the sermons I listen to and easily download them daily. I great tool for sermon and teaching consumption.

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Every Breath Is Your Ministry

In the midst of life and all of its insanity, iv’e come to realize more and more that all of it, every breath i take is ministry.

But sometimes it doesn’t feel that way.

Our circumstances have been a bit crazy lately, though the car is fixed, (which we are very thankful for!) many things are a still a mystery for the future. But that’s life, an opportunity to learn and grow even when things don’t go the way we want.

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Amidst it all God has been really renewing my faith in His total control. Though it may seem a bit counter intuitive, all the trials and stress have brought me back to the throne of the king who’s really in control of it all. And that’s been the biggest comfort to me, knowing that God keeps His promises. And understanding that even though I may not see the purpose now (or may never until eternity) He is still working all things for His glory and my good.

So really, life is one big ministry.

We live, we die, and what’s it all for? Or rather who’s it all for?

As I watched my wife and cousin play a crazy game of badminton (pictured below) I thought of Gods purpose in the little things. What are ways I glorify Christ while playing a game? How can I love my wife well in the midst of stress? How can I praise Christ in everything?

And that’s when I was reminded that life is my ministry20140720-160059-57659900.jpg. God placed me here for a specific purpose. He elected me, saved me, and gave me the desire I have for ministry, and all I want to do is give back. Give back to His work and not mine. And as I wonder how and what that is, I’m learning to trust Him with every breath I breathe, to give each one to Him and let Jesus do the rest.

As my good friend (kind of) Jon Foreman once said “Every breathe is a second chance” and I want to live for Christ in such a way that each breath I’m reminded of the second chance that Christ’s blood bought for me on the Cross.

Thanks for reading! Make sure to follow me if you’d like more life and ministry updates! I just reached 50 followers and I’m so thankful that what i’ve been writing has resonated with some.

 

 

 

Theology Thursday #3 – Promises, Promises

“which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures”
~Romans 1:2

In today’s Theology Thursday text (as you see above) we’ll be looking at Romans 1:2.
Now, as we’ve already seen in the previous post, this is the Apostle Paul writing the letter to the Church in Rome around a.d. 55, and it was most likely written from Corinth.

The context for the beginning of the second verse:

“which he promised…”

is that Paul is referring to the Gospel, or literally, the “Good News” as we read back in verse one which I expounded on here: http://wp.me/p3UQi7-2x
So next we see Paul tells us that the Gospel was “promised beforehand”.
Now, what would that mean? We’ve already seen the context and background so now we have a fairly good idea of what he’s referring to, but, for my own sake, (i just love defining things for clarity) we’ll look at both words:

The definition of “Promised” (according to Google) is:

“To assure someone that one will definitely do, give, or arrange something; undertake or declare that something will happen.”

And the definition of “Beforehand”:

“Before an action or event; in advance.”

So, looking at both these definitions working in harmony together, we see Paul telling us prophiesthat The Gospel was a message that was definitely going to happen, but was also promised before the New Testament was even written. Pretty cool seeing God’s sovereign hand working in history before it happens!

To expound even further, we’ll look at some pretty mind-blowing “promises beforehand” found in the Old Testament completely fulfilled in the New Testament concerning Christ who is the very center of the Bible and the Gospel.
The first being Genesis 3:15:

I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

Kinda cool finding a promise for Christ so early on in history, completely fulfilled in Christ on the cross paying our penalty for sin. (John 19:30)
Another later on:

“A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.””
~Isaiah 40:3-5

This passage is a very commonly cited messianic reference pointing to the one who would “prepare the way” namely, John the Baptist. Who, in turn points to Christ as Lord and Savior and God.
And take note, there are literally hundreds of these prophecies pointing to Christ. These I noted are just a couple of examples! It’s really fascinating reading up on more, and there are plenty of great study resources to take advantage of out there.

If you’re a Christian, you’ve most likely heard all this before, but sometimes it’s good (for me included) to look through the Bible and really study, not just read, but study and learn and apply. I hope this encouraged you in some way!

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Making the most of it. One monotonous day at a time.

So anyone reading this will probably know who i am. I’m a christian, a senior in high-school, an avid guitarist, and someone who has no clue what he wants to do with his life.

I’m sure most teens reach the same point i’m at, feeling unsure about the future, wondering whether they’ll “be anyone”, and just doing their best to figure life out.
Like some my age i have a job that i work around 12 hours a week and a smaller job at home working with wood and the such. My “real” (i use that word loosely) job is basically doing the same thing for 6 hours while listening to various music, podcasts, sermons, etc. which is really nice considering the work is so boring.

But something i was considering as i worked one day was “how can this be what i’m ‘supposed’ to do?” like how can this be all that Jesus has for me? Can such a monotonous life of school, work, and everything else be all there is? Will i go through life always wondering if there’s something better? Or will i choose to take what iv’e been given NOW and use it for God’s glory?

One verse that encouraged me was 1st Cor. 10:31 which says: “So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God.” So i guess i can put instead of “All” i can put in whatever i’m working towards, however monotonous. “Put beehive frames together for the glory of God.” Doesn’t have quite the ring to it, but still, it gets the point Paul was making in his letter to the Corinthians across, WHATEVER i’m doing – sipping a glass of water to sharing Christ with someone, it ALL needs to be done for the glory of Jesus.

Gotta redeem the time and “hustle while ya wait” as one of my favorite authors wrote in one of His books.
“making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:16)

Jesus doesn’t want me to waste my life, he wants me to glorify Him in everything, nothings too boring for Him to redeem! Now THAT’S encouraging!