Monday, March 17, 2014

Snoop's life: Lecrae: In not of the world

Snoop's life: Lecrae: In not of the world: Today I will blogging about something recent I heard about one of my favorite rappers Lecrae.  The thing I heard about him relates to John 1...

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lecrae: In not of the world

Today I will blogging about something recent I heard about one of my favorite rappers Lecrae.  The thing I heard about him relates to John 17:14-18.
These verses discuss being in not of the world as Christians in this world trying to witness to and share our faith with others that don't know Christ.  14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them [d]from [e]the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. 18 AsYou sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.    
Verse 14 describes how the world rejects us as Christians because we are not of the world.  God uses Jesus to protect us from Satan's attacks against us.  We are to stay in the truth of Christ despite attacks against us from Satan.  God is also sending us into the world to share Christ with those that don't know him.  That is our calling as disciples that God sends us out to be salt and light to others. 
I was reading an article about the Christian rapper Lecrae the other day.  It was really cool how he worked with these non Christian producers and rappers to improve his craft at rapping and on his future album.  God is doing something in this rapper that is trying to reach non Christian rappers for Christ.  By working with these people, he has the ability to share the love these people that don't know the message of Jesus Christ.
As Christians, we are to go into the world in order to reach the lost.  This was the slogan for Youth Lab a few years ago at Southwestern seminary.  As those in ministry, this is what God calls us to do daily.
I hope this blog encourages everyone that reads it today.  Even Christian celebrities can embody this model to the world and be a light to those that don't know Christ.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Snoop's life: Faith that God produces in us

Snoop's life: Faith that God produces in us: Thursday in the Mighty Men bible study we discussed how spiritual renewal can produce practical results in by having a commitment to God.  T...

Faith that God produces in us

Thursday in the Mighty Men bible study we discussed how spiritual renewal can produce practical results in by having a commitment to God.  This commitment to God's Word can lead to spiritual renewal and change in our lives.
The people of Israel entered into a covenant with God in Nehemiah 10 after a period of confession of sin and conviction of sin.  The people's main sin was intermarrying with other tribes. This covenant required affirmation and agreement and also required obedience and adherence.  The people knew the consequences for disobedience because of the curses discussed in Dueteronomy 28:15, 20.  In Nehemiah 10:30-35, the people made an oath in all parts to follow God and abide by his commands.
This oath showed the people of Israel's faith and trust in God.  This covenant was a new level of commitment for the Israelites; a sign that God's was renewing their hearts and minds through his Word.  Before this covenant was instituted and conviction instilled in them they had been neglecting the house of God.  In Nehemiah 10:39 ESV it says in regard to the people of Israel's response, "We will not neglect the house of God."  The people of Israel finally realized their need for God and how much they need to depend on him for everything in life.
God has been producing a spiritual renewal in me through a few hard years and times where God was calling me to trust him and faith.  Through those times,  God gave me the strength to trust him in faith.  During this time,  I grew in maturity in Christ.
One of those times came after I graduated from college at TCU I wasn't sure what I wanted to do.  I went to D-focus that summer, a summer discipleship program and God used that program to give me the ability to trust him in that time in my life of looking for a job and living at home with my parents.
Right now, God is calling me to trust him in faith after graduating from seminary.  If I do this, God will increase my faith from a glass to a big pitcher.  By trusting in God in different circumstances in our life, he will increase our faith and maturity in him as we grow in Christ.
For those that read this blog, what is God calling everyone to trust him with? How can God increase our faith on a day to day basis?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Trusting God in the here and now

This time in my life of waiting where God is leading me to serve him and waiting on the future since graduating from Southwestern seminary in Fort Worth, TX has been a hard time.  It has been a time where I have had to trust God with the here and now.  It is a reminder that that God knows what I need throughout the day and he will provide for me in my life.
I was reading the story of how Jesus walks on water today.  God called out Peter to come to him on the water at the beginning of the story and Peter was afraid because of the storm. Peter was scared to take a step out when he walked on the water.  Jesus calls Peter out for his weak faith. Our God can calm the wind and the storms in our life.
During the storms in our life, we have to trust that God will lead us where he wants us to go, where he wants us to serve him, and the future for our lives.  God has a plan for us even when we don't know it at the time and will use these times to conform us to his image; Romans 8:28-29. When we trust him during these times, God will increase our faith and maturity in him.  Through this our dependence and trust on him will grow and deepen.
How is God calling us to trust him daily? What is God desiring us to trust him more in our life?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Serving while waiting

This story is about serving those in need and sharing God's love with them during a difficult time in my life.  I had been praying that morning that God would give me opportunities to serve others or share the gospel.
Around a month ago I was leaving the student center after getting lunch with an old professor at Southwestern seminary when I came across a young guy with a cane who was slowly making in through the tunnel by the Student Village apartment complex by campus.  I saw him and asked him if he needed anything and he said "just some food." I didn't have a lot of cash at the time and the guy seemed like he had been walking for a while so I let him go back to my apartment to rest.  I made him a sandwich, gave him a granola bar, M&M's.  Also, I let him take a shower at the apartment.
I talked to him while he was eating about what he was going through in his life.  He didn't seem like he was a bad guy, he had just fallen on hard times and done something in his past that he regretted.  Lastly, he told me he was going to talk to the president of the school I had just graduated from Paige Patterson, because he has these visions and Dr. Patterson had helped him before.
As he was leaving the apartment I gave him a small pocket Bible and prayed for him as he went back to campus to talk to Dr. Patterson. The only regret I had was not sharing the gospel though he said he had gone to church in Fort Worth and Dallas.  I just didn't know if he professed to be a Christian or not.
In Matthew 25:35-42, God calls all Christians to serve those who don't have much food or clothing.  Verse 40 says we are supposed to serve even the least of these brothers.  The meaning of verse 40 pertains to loving all mankind as a whole.  God wants us to love and serve all people. By not loving and serving the least of people we are rejecting Jesus and therefore Jesus will reject us as it says in verse 41.   If we do not serve those that have nothing, will we even serve the King of Kings Jesus in eternal glory in heaven?
God calls us to life of love and serving others every day.  His will for us is to tell others about him on a day to day basis in whatever that entails.
How has God called us to share with Jesus today? How can we apply this passage and story to our life today?

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Turn my thoughts to you God

God, I give you my mind, my heart, my desire,
Turn my thoughts to you,
Turn my thoughts to you,
Verse 1:
Satan keeps holding me down O God,
Saying I’m not good enough, O God,
But you O God are good enough for me,
You’re all that I want,
All that I need,
Lord help me to trust in your plans for me,
Take away these doubts of mine,
That bring me away from you,
Turn my thoughts to you, O God
Turn my thoughts to you, O God,
Turn my thought s to you, O God,
Verse 2:
Lord, lead me where I can never go,
Because God you know me best,
Let your light shine in my life,
So that these thoughts of mine won’t prevail against me,
God I want to feel your presence,
I want to hear your voice speaking to me,
Because Lord I know I can’t live this life on my own,
I am nothing without you Jesus,
Turn my thoughts to you O God,
Turn my thoughts to you O God,

Turn my thoughts to you O God,