Monthly Archives: October 2008

Glorifying God with Facebook

 Facebook is the “big thing” of our time. I personally love it. I have got in contact with people I haven’t seen for years and have been able to keep in touch easily with friends that live far away. My blog posts are imported as notes and they are read by some of my friends that would probably forget to actually check out my blog. I have been able to connect with non-Christians I know and I hope that I will be able to witness to them through Facebook.

 For those of you who are on Facebook, you know that it can become addicting and pointless. There are plenty of time wasting things on Facebook and you can say that you are only going to be on for ten minutes and end up on for a few hours. You can easily loose sight of how it can be a witness and just see it as a social thing. It is hard to keep the purpose in Facebook, but as one friend of mine said once, “Where would we be without Facebook?”. It is a love hate thing. Depending on how you use it, it can be a tool or a weapon. And just like using tools like a hammer or saw, it can be used for good, or it can really hurt you. I want to share some resolutions I made about Facebook to remind me to use it as a tool:

    I will spend my time of it wisely; interacting with people in order to share truth with them and point them to the cross. To encourage my fellow believers and share the gospel with the lost.

    I will stop spending time looking at pointless applications like flair and bumper stickers (those of you who have Facebook understand what I am talking about).

    I will pray for whoever is online at any given time. (Looking at my online friends and praying for them.)

    I will not be ashamed to vocally praise my savior, but take every chance to praise Him and share my joy with others. I will speak openly about what Christ has done.

    I will respond to comments with grace, love, kindness, love for Jesus, and a good attitude.

    The time I spend on Facebook will be spent in a way that is not wasted, that I would be pleased to be doing when Christ returns or my last day on earth.

    I will have nothing on FB that I would be ashamed of. Only things that agree with the Bible, things with a Biblical worldview, outlook, attitude, stance, truth.

    I will not be timid about sharing my faith and standing up for is but proclaim the cross. I will be ready to give an answer to any who ask or even to those that don’t.

     

Now I know some of these are redundant but this was just how they came to my mind and how I wrote them down in a little notebook. If you are on Facebook I encourage you to make some of your own resolutions about how you spend your time on it. When you are doing things on it ask yourself if what you are doing is bringing glory to God. If the answer is “no” then do something else. Also, if you are one of my blog friends and I do not have you as a friend on Facebook and you have a Facebook, please contact me and we can get connected there. Soli Deo Gloria

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Glorifying God

 

Lately God has been seeming to point me to something he wants me to truly learn and grasp. It’s been popping up in so many places and the timing of them makes me convinced God is the one behind it all (but isn’t he behind everything anyway?).

A little more than a week ago I was talking to my good friend Josh on Gmail chat. We were on a random topic and were saying something about plans (it’s a long story). He asked me if I had a plan and I said my plan was to live my life in a way that will bring glory to God. “Good plan” was his reply. Then he did something very typical for him, or as I say, “Joshish“, “How are you going to do that in the next 5 minutes?”. I was not sure and I asked him how he was going to do it and he didn’t know either.

Well that night I read Colossians 3 for my devotions (I follow a scheduled plan so it wasn’t like I planned this). My mind dwelled for a long time that night on “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through him” (verse 17) and that brought to mind I Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God”.

So as I lay in bed I was thinking on just what that means. We often say, “do everything for God’s glory” but what do we really mean by it, and what does that look like in an everyday life? How do we do everyday things like school, work, chores, friendships, Facebook, in a way that will bring glory to God? How do you take the simple things and make them glorify God? How do you even, as my mom says, “pee your pants for Jesus”?

Well the basis is a simple statement that I came to a conclusion on, “Find ways to make everything bring glory to God and if there is not a way to do that, do not do that thing.” It’s a simple concept, but a hard one to follow. There are so many pointless things out there. So many things that are truly a waste of time and energy. We need to use prudence and wisdom on what things our worth our time and glorify God.

I started making some resolutions for different areas of my life on how to use them to glorify God. I call them my “Soli Deo Gloria Resolutions” which means “For God’s glory” in Latin. I will be sharing some of them (I am doing it slowly to conquer one area at a time before adding the next) in future posts. I think my next posts will be expanding on this tjcxmnmxn,and I hope that this will be helpful to you and glorifying to God.

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Massacre of Christians in India

 I picked up this article from Andrew on his blog and I just had to share it with you all. Those of you who don’t know, God has given me a passion for India and for the lost there so this really affected me. I will be spending much time praying over the next few days and I hope you will do the same.

“Dear beloved sponsors and friends of Good News India…We have never seen anything like this.   We knew that Orissa was the most resistant and hostile State in India as far as the Gospel is concerned. And we brushed off the continuous threats and harassment we faced as we went about His work.   But none of our staff imagined that they would see this kind of carnage… And it seems to be totally under the radar of the  Western Media ….

Let me explain…. A militant Hindu priest and 4 of his attendants, who were zealously going around the villages of Orissa and “reconverting” people back to Hinduism, were gunned down by unknown assailants in Central Orissa  last weekend.  Immediately the Christians were blamed. The cry rose up…”Kill the Christians!” And the horror began…. In the past 4 days, we have first hand witness to hundreds of churches being blown up or burned and many, many dozens of Christian tribals have been slaughtered. For no other reason than they bear the name of Christ.

Night and day I have been in  touch with our Good News  India Directors spread across 14 Dream Centers in Orissa… they are right in the middle of all this chaos.In Tihidi, just after the police came to offer protection, a group of 70 blood-thirsty militants came to kill our staff and destroy the home. They were not allowed to get in, but they did a lot of damage to our Dream Center  by throwing rocks and bricks and smashing our gate, etc. They have promised to come back and “finish the job.” Our kids and staff are locked inside and have stayed that way with doors and windows shut for the past 3 days. It has been a time of desperately calling on the Lord in prayer.

More police have come to offer protection.  In Kalahandi, the police and some local sympathizers got to our dream center and gave our staff and kids about 3 minutes notice to vacate. No one had time to even  grab a change of clothes or any personal belonging. As they fled, the blood thirsty mob came to kill everyone in the building. We would have had a mass funeral there, but for His grace.  In Phulbani, the mob came looking for Christian homes and missions. The local Hindu people, our neighbors turned them away by saying that there were no Christians  in this area. So they left. We had favor. The same thing happened in Balasore.

All our dream centers are under lock down with the kids and staff huddled inside and  police outside. The fanatics are circling outside waiting for a chance  to kill. Others were not so fortunate. In a nearby Catholic orphanage,  the mob allowed the kids to leave and locked up a Priest and a  computer teacher in house and burned them to death. Many believers  have been killed and hacked into pieces and left on the road…. even  women and children.  At another orphanage run by another organization,  when this began, the Director and his wife jumped on their motorbike and simply fled, leaving all the children and staff behind. Every one  of our GNI directors that I have spoken to said: “We stay with our  kids…. we live together or die together, but we will never abandon  what God has called us to do.” More than 5000 Christian families have  had their homes burned or destroyed. They have fled into the jungles  and are living in great fear waiting for the authorities to bring  about peace. But so far, no peace is foreseen. This will continue for another 10 days…. supposedly the 14 day  mourning period for the slain Hindu priest. Many more Christians will  die and their houses destroyed. Many more churches will be smashed  down. The Federal government is trying to restore order and perhaps things will calm down. We ask for your prayers. Only the Hand of God  can calm this storm. None of us know the meaning of persecution. But  now our kids and staff know what that means. So many of our kids  coming from Hindu backgrounds are confused and totally bewildered at  what is happening around them. So many of their guardians have fled  into the jungles and are unable to come and get them during these trying times.

Through all this, I am more determined than ever to continue with our  goal: the transformation of a community by transforming its children.  Orissa will be saved… that is our heart’s cry. If we can take these  thousands of throw-away children and help them to become disciples of  Jesus, they will transform an entire region. It is a long term goal,  but it is strategic thinking in terms of the Great Commission.

What  can you do? First, please uphold all this in fervent prayer. Second,  pass this e-mail on to as many friends as you can. We must get the word out and increase our prayer base for this is spiritual warfare at  its most basic meaning. We are literally fighting the devil in order  to live for His Kingdom. The next 10 days are crucial. We pray for peace and calm to pervade across Orissa.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. Please pass it on and help  us to get as many people to partner with us on this cutting edge  effort to fulfill His mandate: Go and make disciples of all nations…. Prayer works!     Blessings,    Chip & Sandy Wanner    Col 2:2 MBI   /  Team Facilitators to YWAM frontlines”

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Coolness

I have been reading The Bravehearted Gospel and one of the latest chapters was on Christians trying to be “cool”. When you think about Christianity, really examine it, it can’t be cool. We follow a blue collar guy that was rejected by His own family, denied and betrayed by those closest to Him, hung on a Roman cross and all His followers abandoned Him. As much as I love Jesus, He was not “cool”, at least not in the world’s eyes.

Somehow a few nights ago my brain got on the topic of Brio, the Christian magazine for teen girls put out by Focus on the Family. Last month they had a teen pop singing group as their cover story and I was very unimpressed by these girls. I couldn’t find that issue but I looked and I found a different one that had another teen pop singing group and I decided to look back to see if I was an unimpressed with their interview as with the other.

There is the subtext I read the words, “Christian = cool”. Need I say anymore? I looked through the article and found what one of the singers said, “We want people to see that being a child of God is really cool”.

Needless to say I was unimpressed with their knowledge of Christianity and the cross which is “a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles” and “Foolishness to those who are perishing”.

Now I am not saying that being a Christian isn’t fun. Not at all. I am not saying that being a Christian means you have to live a boring, tasteless, dull life. Because that is not what Christianity is. The joy that I have received from Christ is more awesome than I can explain. Life with Jesus is never boring, it’s an endless journey that keeps you on your feet at all times. It is daily interaction with the God of the universe, and that my friends is pretty “cool”. What I am trying to get at is that Christianity can never be cool in the world’s point of view.

We are to be different than this world, in it yet not of it. We are to be blameless in the midst of a crooked generation so that we will shine like stars for Christ. We are to be crucified to this world and dead to it, only being alive to Christ. We are to be salt and light to the darkness, but darkness hates light because it interrupts their pattern. We can not please this world. This world is our enemy, not some thing to be flirted with time and time again.

After pondering this awhile I wrote this down in a notebook lying around my bed:

“We want to be “cool”. We try to fit in with this world under the banner of trying to “stand out”. We want other’s approval before God’s. We seek men’s love over the one that created man and controls him. We try to make filth happy with use. We try to have garbage pleased with us while also wanting to have the most glorious being there ever have been, is, or will be, like us too.

“We can’t do both. It’s one of the other. Either total devotion to the Lord or service to this world. What are we going to choose?

“I pray that we will chose Jesus. But as for ME, I serve the Lord. I serve the God of heaven, earth, and everything there is. I serve the God that makes demons tremble. I serve the God that cane move mountains and has spoken the whole word into existence. I serve the God that sent his only son to defeat death. I serve the God that she His blood for me. I serve the God that will someday judge the entire human race. I serve an awesome God who is mighty and glorious.”

“Who will you serve? Will you serve the world that whispers poisonous lies in our ears? Will you serve the world that steals and murders? Will you serve the world that is fleeting and passing? Will you serve the world with it’s endless chase for money and power that is vain and worthless? Will you serve the world’s version of ‘coolness’?

“I am a fool for Jesus. Who are you a fool for?”

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Just Randomness

 Well Kaysie tagged me to tell 6 random things about myself… the hard part for me will be thinking of only 6. Here are the rules.

  • Link to the person who tagged you.
  • Post the rules on your blog.
  • Write six random things about yourself.
  • Tag sixish people at the end of your post.
  • Let each person know he or she has been tagged.
  • Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Now brace yourself for my random facts. :)

  1. I have been named the princess of the Realm of Randomness by my awesome friend Hope, who created the realm.
  2. I have a pink faux leather trench coat that I actually wear from time to time.
  3. I called myself Ea (E-u) when I was a toddler and now one of the kids I babysit for calls me that. One of the other families I babysit for calls me “Weewa” or “Weefwa”.
  4. I am a stain magnet! I am ALWAYS spilling on myself. :(
  5. I love downhill skiing (though cross country skiing is great too). I can NOT snowboard though (I tried it and couldn’t move the next day).
  6. I am happy right now because my dad gave me one of his awesome highlighters that also have mini post it notes on them. SEE?

Ok, now I tag…

  1. Trey
  2. Mike
  3. Andrew
  4. Sam (Maybe he will actually post for once. )
  5. Kelsea
  6. Shelly

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Jesus Paid it All

 The last few days I have had a certain song stuck in my head, and it is a very god song to have stuck. I have been singing it constantly and it has been actually filling me with joy, or should I say the words to the song have. These are the lyrics to the chorus/refrain.

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin has left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow.

 It is such a true and beautiful hymn. Through the blood of Jesus we are white as snow. God no longer sees our sin, but His son Jesus’ holiness. Isaiah 1:18 says,  

“‘Come now, let us reason together,’
says the LORD.
‘Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.’” (NIV)

 It is such a wonderful promise, that Jesus wipes out all of our sins. Every bad or careless word that we have ever said, every wrong thought, every selfish motive, everything has been made white and pure by the blood shed on the cross. Those who are Christians (and I don’t just mean going to church, reading the Bible, etc. but those who have been truly redeemed by Jesus and are putting their faith in him and love him) are totally forgiven for their sin. Though we will have consequences, we are forgiven. It is such a beautiful and liberating thought.

 But that doesn’t mean we should keep on sinning knowing that Jesus will forgive us. To the adulterous woman that Jesus forgave in John 8:1-11 Jesus said to her, “go, and from now on sin no more” (ESV). A truly repentant heart will be striving to change. As that second line goes, “all to Him I owe”. We owe our all to Jesus, not just some, not just most, all. We owe our obedience and love to the one who loved us first (1 John 4:19) and died for us while we were still wretches(Romans 5:8).
 I want to leave you with the following verse from Hebrews 8:12, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” (KJV) Soli Deo Gloria
 

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