Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rise Up

I want to see our generation to step out. 

I want to see teenagers who have God's fire burning within them.

I want to see a spiritual revival in our generation.

I want to see teens who take a stand. Who care more about God and the Bible then what people think of them.

I want to see us desire to spend time in God's Word, and to live out what we learn. 

I want to see teenagers to stand out from the crowd, who make a difference 

1 Timothy 4:12

"Let no one despise your youth; instead, you should be an example to the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."

We can make a difference.

We can have Christ's fire burning in us.

We can step out.

We can because of who lives in us, not because of what we can do... but because of what God can do. 

Luke 18:27, 
"He replied, “What is impossible with men is possible with God.”" 

We just need to say, ' here I am Lord. Send me. Give me boldness for Your gospel'.

Isaiah 6:8, 
"Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying:
Who should I send?
Who will go for Us?
I said: Here I am. Send me."

Ephesians 6:19-20, 

"Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For this I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough in Him to speak as I should."

We need to be willing. We need to pray. To be in God's Word. To build each other up.

We need to rise up.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Dare to Dance, Dare to be Light, Dare to Follow Jesus

in a world full of thunderstorms, dare to dance in the rain....
in a world full of darkness, dare to be a light....

We live in a world of thunderstorms, In a world of darkness.....
But are we doing anything about it?

To dance means to move ones feet or body to a rhyme of music, to leap or skip because of excitement.

When we choose to dance in the rain we are choosing to let go and let God take over. We are choosing to dance to the rhyme of His Word. To not care what the world thinks of us, but to leap and skip in excitement of what Jesus has done.

Psalm 68:9 says, "You sent a heavy rain, O God. You brought life back to Your promised land when it was dry."

To be light means to make things visible, to have a radiance or illumination from a certain source.

When we choose to be a light we are choosing to live like Jesus. Light exposes the darkness, and sin. Sometimes we try to hide in the dark because we don't want our sin to be exposed... but we need to surrender and let God have it. We are to radiate Jesus, to illuminate Him.

John 8:12 says, "Jesus spoke to all the people, saying, “I am the Light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will not walk in darkness. He will have the Light of Life.”


We live in a lost world.... do we dare to make a difference?

I think you've probably heard this verse before.... Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things because Christ gives me the strength."

We can't do anything on our own strength, we have to rely on the One Who gives us strength.

Ephesians 3:16, " I pray that because of the riches of His shining-greatness, He will make you strong with power in your hearts through the Holy Spirit."

Dare to dance in the rain. Dare to be a light. Dare to follow Jesus. Dare to make a difference.

I'm going to close with this Bible verse.... (by the way, Psalm 104 is full of describing God, it's such a great passage, I highly recommend you read it)

Psalm 104:1-2, 
"My soul, praise Yahweh!
Lord my God, You are very great;
You are clothed with majesty and splendor.
He wraps Himself in light as if it were a robe,"

Sunday, April 16, 2017

He's Alive!

Happy Easter!

Last week we covered Jesus' betrayal, trial, crucifixion, and death. But we can be joyful to know that that's not how it ended.

Luke 24 tells about Jesus' resurrection.

Picture this :
You are one of the women going to the tomb. You carry spices to prepare the body of Jesus, King of the world. 
You shed silent tears as you walk along in silence with the other women, you can barely believe that Jesus had died.
But when you arrive at the tomb the stone covering it has been rolled away and Jesus was gone. Suddenly you and the others see two men in dazzling clothes. You are terrified and bow to the ground like the other women. 
“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men. “He is not here, but He has been resurrected! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, saying, ‘The Son of Man must be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day’?”
(Luke 24:5-7). Can you imagine it! You just find out Jesus is alive!
You remember their words and you all hurry to tell the Eleven. 


Jesus conquered death. He defied it. He showed that He had power over life and death.

When the women told the disciples they didn't believe, but Peter and John (John 20:3-10) ran to the tomb. I love it because Peter, who had denied Jesus found Him alive. He was among the first to believe in Jesus' resurrection.

Jesus continues to reveal Himself to His disciples and to others. 

My King and Savior, Christ Jesus, is alive today.

Hallelujah! Praise God! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

At the Cross

In Luke 23:32-49 Luke records Jesus' crucifixion and death on the cross.

Picture this: 
You walk along with the people to watch Jesus stumble along the road, trying to maintain the cross's beam. After a little ways He is too weak from the whipping to carry it and they get a man from the crowd following called Simon. 
He is brought to the place where He and two criminals are to be hung on a cross. You watch as the soldiers beat the nails into His hands and then feet. You see Him stretched out in agony, naked and on the cross, trying to lift Himself up so He can breath again. 
You then hear Him say,   “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34)
Forgive? Did you hear right? But He said forgive.
You are ashamed to hear your voice yelling out, mocking Him.
About 3:00 in the afternoon the sky goes dark and the sun fails to provide light.
You hear a loud ripping from top to bottom and discover it's the temple's veil.
Then Jesus cries out in a loud voice, "Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.” (Luke 23:46)
And you watch how He breathes His last.


First let's look at the pain Jesus went through: Before He was led away to the cross He was whipped (Luke 23:16,22). The cord they used to whip people with was made up of bones, sharp rocks, tied onto the cord, anything that was sharp. They then whipped it into the air and brought in onto the victim's back, the top of it, and ripping it down. That caused skin to be torn, blood shed, and vital organs exposed. The whipping alone could kill someone.
But then comes the cross. The cross was something the Romans invented to make someone have a very slow and agonizing death. The Romans only used it on the worst of criminals. They had to push themselves up just to breath, it was a slow death that could take hours for them to die. 

You might be wondering why I would bring up such painful details. Well honestly I've only scratched the surface. And I believe we need to be reminded of what our Savior did for us.

Jesus did the unthinkable. He forgave. He forgave the ones in the crowd, He forgave the soldiers who nailed Him to the cross, He forgave me, He forgave you. He forgave all the sins of mankind.

When He was on the cross something amazing happened. One of the criminals recognized who Jesus really was and is. He said to remember him when Jesus went to be in heaven. And Jesus said that he would join Him in Paradise that day. 

When He was hung on the cross, all the sins of mankind, those that had happened, were happening, and had yet to happen, were put on Him. You may be wondering, 'why? Why would He do this?'
The answer is simple, but beyond our human comprehension, He loves us.

Those three simple words can shake us to our core. They should. 

On a completely different note then notice in verse 44 it says, " The curtain of the sanctuary was split down the middle." The reason that it's so important is this :
The curtain was used to divide the Holy of Holies, where God dwelt, from the outside.
The Holy of Holies was used to hold the Ark of the Covenant. It represented God's presence with the people. Only the High Priest could go in there, and only once a year after preforming all kind of cleansing ceremonies.

When the veil was torn it showed how there is no longer separation from God,but that Jesus took our place. It shows how Jesus was sent to carry all our sins so that we wouldn't have eternal separation from God.

Then Jesus said, “Father, into Your hands I entrust My spirit.”

And the King of the world died.

You see, the people believed Jesus had come to save them from the Romans, but Jesus had something bigger in store. He saved mankind from eternal separation from God.

Wow. I'm going to close this post with these words.
Romans 5:8, "But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!"

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Betrayal and Trial

Luke 22:37-71 and Luke 23:1-24 are the passages I will be writing from, so I suggest reading them.

Have you ever been betrayed by someone? Maybe even a close friend or family member? 

If you have then you have a glimpse of how Jesus felt. He invested His life here on earth into twelve men, teaching them, helping them, living everyday life with them....
but then the betrayal happened

Judas betrayed Jesus. He went to the Pharisees and for money he betrayed Jesus.

But after Jesus was led away something else happened. Peter denied Jesus.
You might ask, why would Peter deny Jesus? He did because a few verses before (Luke 22:31-34, 39-46) Jesus told him and the others to pray that they would not fall into temptation.
And what did Peter and the other disciples do? They fell asleep.   
Peter relied on his own strength and not God's strength and he didn't pray.

That shows that we should pray. 


Let's take a trip into that week, picture this :

You stand in the fierce crowd, looking around, trying to take it all in. Jesus, the One who you believed would deliver you from the Romans was on trial. 
Pilate asks, 'Barabbas or Jesus to be released to you?'
You are surprised to hear yourself yell, 'Barabbas!'
When Pilate asked what should be done to this Jesus, you are shocked to hear your own voice shout 'crucify Him! Crucify Him!'. 

Back to the present.... 
It was a tradition in that time to release one criminals... Barabbas was a murderer. Jesus had done nothing wrong.

But Barabbas was released and Jesus was whipped and led away to be hung on a cross.


Later this week we will go into Jesus' death and next week His resurrection.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Palm Sunday

This past Sunday was Palm Sunday, which is when we celebrate Jesus's entry to Jerusalem.

There is so much in history's greatest week that I couldn't dream to capture it all.... so I'll try my best.

Luke 19:28-40 is the passage I will be writing about so I recommend reading it.

Picture this scene :
You have heard all about Jesus, the Nazarene. You have been waiting for a king to deliver you and your people, the Jews, from the Romans. 
You quickly make your way through the crowd to try to get a glimpse of this king, who will save you.
You elbow your way through the throngs of people, trying to get a good view. Then you see Him, sitting on a donkey.
You cry out  "The King who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven!"(Luke 19:38), you praise God and cast your robe on the dusty road in front of Jesus. You take a palm branch and wave it, continuously praising God.
You never imagined this being the Son of God.

Quite a picture isn't it? I can imagine being in Jerusalem that Passover week.

Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Now if you were riding into a city proclaiming war you would ride a horse. But Jesus rode a donkey, representing peace. 

Jesus didn't come to Jerusalem to save them from the Romans. He came to do something bigger. He came to save all mankind from eternal separation from Him.

Later this week we will dive into Jesus' death and next week His resurrection.

Luke 19:28-40, 22:39-71, 23, 24:1-12 captures His arrival in Jerusalem, His betrayal, His trial, His beating, His death, and His resurrection.

Praise Jesus today. 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

My King - Poem

My King

The Lord is my inspiration.
My love for Him needs no interpretation.
Through my writing, through my words,
I glorify Him as Lord.
He is my King, He died for me.
His love and grace I do not always see.
I am a mess, but He does not love me less.
You are my King, for You my heart sings.
2,000 years ago, in a tomb You laid down low.
But it couldn’t contain You, on the third day You rose.
You have called me chosen, accepted, loved, not forgotten.
You are my King.  


Psalms 24:1, "The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord."