Note 17: The Parable of the Lost Sheep
“What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, “Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was...
Note #16: Through Christ...
Through Christ, I am dead to sin (Romans 6: 11). Through Christ, I am spiritually alive (Romans 6: 11; 1 Corinthians 15: 22). Through Christ, I am forgiven (Colossians 2: 13; 1 John 2: 12). Through Christ, I am declared righteous (1 Corinthians 1: 30; 2 Corinthians 5: 21). Through Christ, I am a child of God (Romans 8: 16; Philippians 2: 15). Through Christ, I am God’s possession (Titus 2:...
Quick Note to Seniors
I am convicted to say this to you guys. I pray that you will humbly listen… rather read this post. I say the following in the most loving way. You are most likely thinking: YOLO. Senior year comes once. It’s about to all end so let me just chillax and enjoy it. I DESERVE to enjoy and have fun the last few months. I worked SO hard…I deserve a break before I start full-time...
Note #15: I'm An Unloving Jerk
I have a confession. Man…. i don’t know how to love. I have been convicted of this one friend back in high school. She was so nice to me… very friendly… Christian. She helped me get an internship. And she would always make conversations with me. But me…. my god. Now looking back at it, my thoughts disgust me. In my mind, she wasnt “cool” enough....
Note #14: Confessions
Dear God, I gotta be honest with you right now. I’ve completely gone astray from you. I was a Pharisee, complacent, a church-goer, rude, impatient, materialistic, lover of money, paranoid, hateful, unloving, selfish, proud, lustful…you name it. I was all that. I didn’t earnestly or honestly seek you. I was faking it to everyone. I didn’t feel a deep longing for you....
This is Absolutely Amazing - Early Merry... →
Note #13: Help me God
Many times… It’s hard to trust that prayers are heard.
Note #12: Hurricane Sandy
Driving post-Hurricane-Sandy was really eye-opening. Pitch black. No traffic lights (who knew traffic lights were so important! without them, it causes so much traffic). No gas. Seemed like a zombie apocalypse movie. No hot shower. No electricity. Then you go to Palisades Park, Broad Ave. The only street nearby that has electricity. Every store is PACKED with people trying to charge their...
Note #11: Do Not Worry or Be Anxious
Being anxious or worrying is because of failed self-reliance. God calls us to trust in Him completely. What do we have to worry about when we have a sovereign God over this universe on our side?
Note #10: Discipleship
“Obedience delay is the start of unfaithfulness.”
Note #9: Our Contribution to God
“So faith is a gift that God gives to us that then enables us to believe in Christ and be saved. It is not something we give to God or something we even have in and of ourselves. If the Bible is accurate in its description of our sinful condition, it would be impossible for something as precious and beautiful as saving faith to arise from our own sinful hearts. The only way we can believe is...
Note #8: PR
It’s interesting that this came up as I am struggling with this and this is my PR. From Crazy Love…a book that’s been on hold for couple months now. If you merely pretend that you enjoy God or love Him, He knows. You cant fool Him; dont even try. Instead tell Him how you feel. Tell Him that He isn’t the most important thing in this life to you, and that you’re...
Note #7: We Are Too Quick To Judge
“You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.” Romans 2 We are too quick to judge. We are too quick to criticize others and gossip about one’s wrongdoing. But we also practice the same sins that we condemn in others. We are all...
Note #6: Black and White
John 3:16. We all know it. Maybe we heard it too many times to the point where we don’t react to it. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believesin him shall not perish but have eternal life. This verse can mean nothing to you. Or it can mean the whole world to you and change your life. Which is it for you?
Note #5: Why God?
Why God do I keep forgetting your promises…your truth…who you are? Even after you show me that you are REAL, SOVEREIGN, and ALIVE? Even after you pour so much grace on me. Please God…I beg you. Help me not to forget. Help me look at You ALWAYS and never myself. Remind me.
Note #4: You can't take it with you.
You cant take your degrees with you, your education, your nobel prize. You cant take your fame, success, popularity with you. You can’t take your family/kids with you. You can’t take your cars, ipod, iphones, laptops, materialistic things with you. You can’t take your flesh and body with you. Things will fade away. And you cant bring worldly, earthly things into heaven. ...
Jesus Christ loves you.
Yes He does.
There is no right understanding of yourself until you understand yourself in...– Mark Driscoll, “It’s All About Jesus: Humility”
Note #3: This is Our God
Freely you gave it all for us Surrendered your life upon that cross Great is your love Poured out for all This is our God
Note #2: Sometimes... Actually all the time...
I cant fight this fight myself. I’m too weak. My flesh is too weak. My will is too weak. I’m not as strong as I thought I was. Jesus…you need to take over… now.
Note #1: Gospel Is...
Don’t try to over-complicate Christianity with rules, concepts and procedures. It’s as simple as the Gospel. Being a Christian is not a title or a label… but our whole self is founded and rooted in Christ Jesus.
Freedom in Scripture is not a license to sin but expresses itself in devotion to...– ESV Commentary on 1 Peter 2
You are... I am...
You and I are too immersed in this world. We lost sense of reality. Sin is too normal for us. It’s deceptively okay to us. We don’t want to let go. We don’t want to be wrong. We want to live our own lives. We want more and more. We’re spoiled. Don’t argue. We are. But reality is in the Word. Jesus Christ. The Gospel. That’s truth. Only the truth...
Leaving for India in 4 hours! Prayers please for me, our team, and India.
How have you been Matt?
I’ve been apathetic…indifferent. The routine of this world got to me and I was like a zombie going to work and coming back. It was difficult getting over KCCE. BUT…. God has ben really good and freed me. God is developing in me a heart and love for GCC. I love my India team. I love the brothers I’ve met. They are patient with me and persistent. (Thanks!) And God...
The Fellowship of the Believers 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’...– Acts 2 This is amazing. This is true fellowship of believers. This is what we should strive for.
Colossians 3—- 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as...– This goes for studying and jobs and really anything that you do. You arent studying for your parents or for your professor or for your gpa. But you are serving the LORD! You arent trying to please your boss or colleagues or yourself (self satisfaction). But you are serving the Lord! ...
Giving out of obligation or to look good has no value to God.
Christian life is a war… a war indeed. A war that we ourselves try to fight but find ourselves quickly losing.
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Better than I deserve: Hunger Games →
josiahcha: I didn’t know if the game of hunger for blood was being silently screamed by the audience in the movie or the audience in the movie theatre. I know a lot of people liked this movie. It was entertaining. Very. And that’s what disturbs me. So I will speak my mind knowing that it may offend others…. this is exactly what went through my mind as well. very well said.
I Have A Shelter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2-sc7XzhV8 I have a shelter in the storm When troubles pour upon me Though fears are rising like a flood My soul can rest securely O Jesus, I will hide in You My place of peace and solace No trial is deeper than Your love That comforts all my sorrows I have a shelter in the storm When all my sins accuse me Though justice charges me with guilt Your grace will not...
Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful...– Crazy Love by Francis Chan
Are we humanizing God too much?
This is reality about humanity. We are each born with an evil, God-hating heart. Many people say, “well, I have always loved God,” but the reality is, no one has. We may have loved a god that we made up in our minds, but the God of the Bible, we hate. In our evil we rebel against God. We take the law of God, written in His Word and on our hearts, and we disobey it. This is the...
"The Heavenly Man"
There are many ways the Lord may lead a CHristian during his or her life, but I’m convinced that the path of every believer will sooner or later include suffering. The Lord gives us these trials to keep us humble and dependent on him for our sustenance. 1 Peter 4:1. The Lord wants us to embrace suffering as a friend. We need a deep realization that when we’re persecuted for...
"I don't have enough money to give."
Someone says, “Hey. Can you donate to the poor?” How many times do we say/think: “Oh…I dont have enough money. I’m a poor college kid” and you dont give but you really want to give and you are wrestling so much? How many times does $5 seem like so much money to give? And how many times do we think that even if we were to give $5, it wouldn’t make a...
It's Finally Time.
It’s finally time. What have we been going to all this schooling for? From middle school (and maybe some of you elementary school), our parents told us, “You have to do well in school to be successful and live well in the future [by being a doctor—-sorry mom].” Then we study our butts off for the SATs and in high school it’s all about getting into a good college....
God is a God not just of KCCE but this whole world. God is building up men and women around the world for one purpose: to glorify Him.
Religion and the Gospel
More Than Enough
We are so blessed and given much. We should be more than content! Thank you God for giving us You and Your constant provisions. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Christ in me is to live, to die is to gain Christ in me is to live, to die is to gain He’s my King, He’s my song He’s my life, He’s my joy He’s my strength, He’s my sword He’s my peace, He’s my Lord
I Need A Father
Hold me somebody Don’t let me be alone Love me, stay with me I am dying to be known My heart cries out I need a Father Whose love will never fail me A friend like no other Whose trusted arms will hold me I need a Father Here’s my heart Be tender, please Let me know Your love for me Here’s my heart I’m on my knees I will trust ‘Cause I believe
So many reasons to sing praises to our God, Our Father, Our King. Sorry God for not giving you my full praise and for failing to recognize all your blessings and provisions…even though You are right there.
Sometimes it just seems hopeless. Like it’s inevitable. It’s bound to happen…it’s just a matter of time. But reminded that we are sons/daughter of Christ who has set us free from the bondage of sin. For He alone can rescue. In Him, we are victorious! His grace meets us where we are. Let this become a reality…Help me to see the light. All to Jesus, I...