Tragedy Pursuit

I have been following the story on the Boston Marathon. I was in my bedroom when I read the tweets that the horrific tragedy of three explosions killing three people and severely wounding others. The pain, knowing that these people might be missing limbs due to this horrific tragedy is completely daunting.

Just about or as equally daunting is the responses that some Christians make in their Facebook/Twitter posts. When Twitter has a hashtag #PrayForBoston, Christians took that the wrong way (as what I thought they would do). One of the responses that I have heard that was the most disheartening and I quote:

“Why do people say ‘I’m praying for….’ Like right now ppl r posting how they r praying for Boston… No ur not.. Ur on Facebook talking about how ur doing it.. Smh”

While this is probably true, this has nothing to do with the lives that are lost when people are dying. I also read an article online on how Westboro Baptist Church plans on picketing the funeral of the 8 year old boy. It shows how broken and how our focus leads into the direction that should lead us to help mend the situation, not to make it worse.

James 3:7-8 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

We as Christians have a tendency to say a lot of things. Some are good, a lot are bad. What we say can potentially change the world. A lot of the things we say, even when I write this and you are reading the words have power. Lots and lots of power. So powerful, it has the potential to make someone feel good, or it has the potential to kill, destroy, hate, fuel anger, fuel hatred. People can tell when you are being genuine. We can also hurt and affect people a lot of the times with our actions, are words, are choices.

What are we supposed to do?

1. Pray

Pray without ceasing. These people need our prayers, our support. People need to know that Jesus does care for them and that Jesus also weeps with them. They need to know the protection and the power of the blood of Jesus. To pray for the family of 8 year old Martin Richard. To feel the compassion of the people who have been affected, to be the sense of comfort for them. Prayer changes things, please believe that.

2. Be the Body of Christ

The Body of Christ is NOT dead! The body is alive and well! Isn’t that great?! I will say it again. The Body of Christ is alive and well. So if the Body of Christ is alive, let us be the Body. Let us come along side and help the people in need. Instead of the countless “should have done this to other countries” or “what did people say about abortion” why not be somebody that assists. Right now. If we worry about the inevitable, we can not worry about the now. Start now and make a new ending.

3. Stop Critiquing Others

What good is it to critique others? Lets come together and be on the same page. Lets be the change that we want to see happen. This change is life changing and can affect anybody and it starts with you. Use that time and energy that you focus on others and start worrying about what you can do.

An amazing picture of what Christianity is when the people of Boston during the horrific accident is when they all were assisting each other, and putting themselves in the face of danger and trying to assist those in need, giving blood to people who have been injured in the blast, in the face of danger that they will lay down their live for their friends. What would Jesus do? That!Image

Jeremiah 42:10-12 (ESV) If you will remain in this land,then I will build you up and not pull you down; I will plant you, and not pluck you up; for I relent of the disaster that I did to you. Do not fear the king of Babylon, of whom you are afraid. Do not fear him, declares the Lord, for I am with you, to save you and to deliver you from his hand. I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy on you and let you remain in your own land.I will close with a song that is dear to my heart. Last time I heard it I was reflecting on what amazing power that it has. Listen to the words of the song and feel the emotion that goes through it.

How are you helping?

—-Update—-

Police reports stated that they have a suspect in custody from the bombing in Boston. Pray that justice will be served

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Broken Bodies

Have you ever broken a bone? I thankfully haven’t. I do remember a story when my mom told me that she was riding her bicycle to the grocery store. What she was told to do was to retrieve a 10lb bag of potatoes and take it back home. She told me that she hit a bump while going down the hill and she fell to the side. Meanwhile, the bag of potatoes has fallen on her arm and she had to have a plate on it. 

 

While there is many stories on broken bones, as you may know, we ourselves are indeed broken. So as the Body of Christ, as we are seen in His own image, the division in the Body of Christ is indeed broken. While following this theory, if anyone has been following Rick Warrens story, you would know that Rick Warren has lost his son to suicide. While a lot of Christians saying negative things about the eternal salvation of his son Matthew (awesome name) but bringing up Rick Warrens theology, his flaws, and his beliefs at one of the most crucial times in Rick Warrens life.

Can disagreements about theology steer away from the actual person?

Lets back up and go to the illustration on my mom for a moment. In the body of believers, there is a sense of disconnect like a bag of potatoes have been dropped on it. Something (could be spiritually) has dropped on that person and made a personal disconnect with other believers, their theology, and or them as a person. I know personally, I am personally guilty with it. I remember being theology my key factor and what I held on for me being a Christian. I had to be right. That was my key thing was to be the person who was accepted by leadership, by “spiritual leaders,” and or to make myself feel “great.” It is such a lie.

What can we do on the person. 

Mark 12:31 states it all, we love our neighbours as ourselves. Love is not a battle who is right or wrong. Love is showing somebody that we care for and their families well being, regardless on who is right or wrong. It is about showing compassion to people that have experienced a gain, or a loss. 

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at ALL times and a brother is born for adversity.

Lets change our ways and be all the brothers and sisters of Christ that we should be

Remember

Today has been the forth year that I officially been a Christian. I remember the day so well. I remember that I was coming off a spiritual high at a high school and I remember one of my friends Brendon prayed with me and I felt an overwhelming joy. I also remember that I was on a spiritual high for the whole weekend. I was excited to change my life around and I was excited to finally get some positive friends.

On November 11, 2008 at 3 in the morning, there was an accident on the road. I heard many stories but the one that I know the most was the person wasn’t wearing their seat belt and was ejected out the back window and landed into a barbed wire fence. That person died in December after their parents pulled the plug on them. That accident was a block away from me

I was about to be picked up by my friend Troy. I was able to get a ride by him, but I heard that there was an accident and he needed to take a detour. I later then had the best day of my life due to positive role models, and me feeling the reality of Jesus in my life, even though I didn’t know everything. I went to school and I realized that it was a girl that did have an interest in me…Missy. It was her that was in an accident near my house. I still miss her to this very day.

Why does this story matter to you?

Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

For a runner to win a race, they have to train. They have to go through resistance, struggles, and heavy lifting to be physically fit to beat their competitors. For Christians, our competitors is the world. The resistance is the world. The struggles is worldly things. The heavy lifting is the word of God. Sometimes its something that you don’t want to hear and the truth hurts sometimes. The truth is more important than living a lie. I could have easily been in that car and die because of the poor decisions that I have made. I am glad that I chose Jesus from the standpoint that my life would have been over and eternity would be forever lost with the greatest man who ever lived. I am guaranteed to be on the right hand of God because I can confidently say that I love Jesus and I choose him over anything.

As for the lost, make sure that they start somewhere. Train and equip the people who are lost and make sure that they choose an eternal life with Jesus. Eternity is a long time to make the wrong decision.

I will never forget you Missy. Love you always

From Scratches to Scars

If you are a frequent reader of my blog you have realized that I have been through a lot when it comes to family. Things aren’t too much different. I still hurt, but what do I do with it? What Is your outlook? I can tell you one thing right now, when I feel pain, I look elsewhere for for my pain. I never look to God unless I am reminded or unless I have assistance.

Why is pain so important?

Because it draws you closer to the God who cares for your soul.

I was pretty down today because I thought my life was insignificant. I hit a rock when it comes to my depression. It then spirals down to potential suicide. I wasn’t at that place tonight, but it does happen, its a spiritual attack, and its real. But if you are a believer in Christ, be glad that He is on your side.

John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.

I have a quote about pain by a well known author Kahlil Gibran. When I first heard this I thought it was a very touching poem. It also reminds me that God is there for you when you are thirsty, and He is always your comforter. Stay with Him, for He will never leave you or forsake you.

 

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears – Kahlil Gibran

How do you cope with pain?

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Bringing Honor to the Family Name

If you are a reader of my posts I have been through constant issues with family. I don’t want to have issues with them because I love them dearly. However, it is biblical that I have to honor my parents in any way I can.

So it brings me to this question, what does honoring your father and mother look like? I have found this video on YouTube that shows the up most respect for how I personally want to please God.

In this video, it makes complete and utter sense to me that there is someone who loves their dad a lot to make a call like that too. Keep in mind, I will never be a millionaire and quite honestly, I don’t want to be. However, I feel as if that the love that he has for his father is far more great then winning the million dollars.

For that, I want to be God glorifying like that as well. I want to make sure that I am honoring my parents, not necessarily going down the path that they are going through and or went through, but to make sure that I am bettering my future for my greater good. I want to bring glory to God in the highest.

Deuteronomy 5:16  Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

How will you honor your parents?

Value Menu: Is it a Deal?

I am going to be a straight shooter. I love fast food. I used to eat fast food all the time when I worked at my old job. Its easy, convenient, and hey, it taste good right? I find fast food a cheap route and a fast way to get food because I like the fact that when I was late for work I can just rush, get some food, and go to work without worrying about being late. Plus, the prices on the value menus were amazing. I valued having fast food at my own convenience whenever I felt like buying it. It would usually be once a week and surprisingly enough I didn’t gain any weight (sorry folks).

Have you ever thought about a value meal? Seems to be strange to think about, but everyday on the week there is always something different every single day and its good for your buck. But the question is, what about your health? Seems obvious I know, but the food that you intake at a fast food restaurant is not doing any value for your body. Now take that same illustration and relate that to God. God wants the best for you, does he?

In Exodus 32, its the story of the Golden Calf. If you had not read the story or unfamiliar with it its basically people with the possessions that they had (i.e, jewels, earrings ect) and made a calf into it. Then, the people started worshipping it. Meanwhile, Moses was spending time with God and God was furious for what he has seen.

Exodus 32:9-10 And the Lord said to Moses, “I have seen this people, and behold, it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them, in order that I may make a great nation of you.”

Now, I don’t know about you but God does not mess around and God does not change His mind. If you were in that position of wrath upon “Moses people” (reason why I said that is because if you looked at the scripture, you will find that God disowns the people worshipping the calf in verse 7) would you be afraid? What would you do? Moses automatic response was to pray and God responds to prayer. Keep in mind, God is God and God does not change His mind, however God responds to prayer. That is when God showed the gracious side of Himself and He did not put wrath upon “Moses people.”

In the next few weeks I am going to talk about idolatry. I went up to a friend of mine and asked about a subject that I can write on. Pastor Timothy Keller stated this quote “Anything in your life that is so central to your life that you cant have a meaningful life if you lose it.” It could be anything at all. I am over the next few weeks going to break down many different idols that people face. Some idols that I see or some idols that I am experiencing for myself. I will therefore come to my Exodus 32 and wrap it up. I hope you are ready for future blogs that I do, because not only that I will have fun doing them but I really want to explore your ideas.

What is your idol?

 

Witnessing to Jesus

Have you ever thought on why you believe in Jesus? I have written a previous blog on why I did, why I chose Christ. But have you ever thought of the signs and wonders of Jesus, if that wasn’t evident in your life would you believe? Its a hard question to answer. A lot of people say (even me) I would still believe. If thats the case what is your testimony? What made you believe in Christ?

How I started to come to faith is that I first went to a rave and I did 3 pills of ecstasy. It was not in A: the right state of mind and B: I wasn’t going anywhere in my life. The day that I got baptized the first time is when my friend got into a fatal car accident by landing into a barbed wire fence. She was right near where I lived. That was my sign and miracle stating that it was me who could have been in that car. I could have died. Furthermore, I could have died without knowing Jesus. That was a sign for me that I needed to start living for God.

John 4:46-51 So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine. And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. So Jesus said to him,”Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.” The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and went on his way. As he was going down, his servantst met him and told him that his son was recovering. So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hourt the fever left him.” The father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.” And he himself believed, and all his household.

Not only that its biblical, everyone has a story on why they believe in Jesus. You can’t necessarily come to faith just by believing. I do think that there is a sign or wonder in your life that brings you to faith in trust in Jesus.

Name that particular event in your life that you came to Christ? How did Jesus become live to you?