Romans: 10:9&10 That if you confess with your mouth “Jesus Christ is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you blieve and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Bikini’s, tight shirts, and tight pants. Sweatpants, baggy shirts, and sweatpants. When you look at these two groups of clothing, the first thing you compare is yourself and what you wear.
Why is Christianity hated?
It seems like no matter what your religious view or lifestyle choice is in this country you are accepted, loved and even celebrated…. Unless your a Christian.
2012, the end of the world. Or is it? The Mayans ended their calendar at 2012 signifying the end of time. We were in a panic, we made movies mini series and began to think if it was true.
We breathed a sigh of relief when we realized that it was a mistake we misread he calendar.
How far would you go to save a friend? Would you say a prayer for them? Inconvenience yourself? Go against social protocol? Risk embarrassment?
A new school year is about to begin (or already has) for many of us. That means new classes, new friends and new experiences. And often, with new classes, we have new challenges we must face, academically or socially. Finally, one of those challenges is a religious one. That is, keeping the faith even when you are being taught that your faith is “wrong”.
We as Christians are called to be salt and light.
What on earth does that mean?
Why salt and light?
I went on a mission’s trip to Haiti not too long ago. It was an experience that changed my life. It’s amazing what a handful of children and a third world country can do to your heart.
Haiti was an incredible experience. It opened my eyes to the way that God moves, and the cultures that he has created. Living here in the U.S. and then going to Haiti, it’s easy to think that when you get there you’re going to be full of pity for the people that you meet. But I found that after I had been in Haiti for a week I was almost filled with jealousy for them. Haitians are beautiful people, and the children and adults at the House of Blessings, which is the orphanage that I stayed in, had more of an understanding of how God moves and works than I had ever grasped. By the end of the week I could see how the slight simplicity of their lives left them without as much stress and worry as we have here in the U.S. Stress is so strongly enforced in our culture as a normal thing.
Along with having my eyes opened with the priorities of the Haitians, God opened my eyes to his global and universal love as well. It’s easy to know that God loves everyone on every inch of the planet, but it’s not as easy to understand the power and magnificent of his love. One of the members of another team that was down in Haiti at the same time as us were told me that, “People often go into a third world country expecting to bring God to the country. But when they get there, they find that God is already there and working.” We don’t have to bring him anywhere. While we were at the Haitian church that Sunday it struck me that while they were worshipping in Haiti, my church in the United States was worshipping as well along with countless others. And although we all speak different languages, and worship in different ways, God can hear every voice that is lifted to him, and pays attention to all of his children.
I hoped in going to Haiti that I would be able to help them, little did I know that the Haitians, especially the children in the orphanage would be the ones to teach me. They taught me about love and selflessness, and showed me how a simpler life is not necessarily a bad thing, and that it can give you a chance to really get to know God. I hope that I was able to help the beautiful Haitians as much as those beautiful Haitians were able to help me.
I recently read a blog post by Jon Acoff.
How much time do you spend with non-Christians? Really? How much time do you really spend with non-Christians? How much time is appropriate to spend with non-Christians? If you go to public school, then you probably spend most of your day with non-Christians, but do you actually hang out with them, be with them, or do you just tolerate them until you can get back into your insulated bubble of Jesus?