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A Lesson From Prejean

*Raises Hand* Excuse me, I have a confession to make.  Sit back and relax while I have a little rant about another sin I see in the western church, maybe even get some tea or coffee while reading! Just allow me to speak my mind on an issue that has bugged me for awhile. Now what is this issue you ask? Ahh, allow me to tell you with a story. 

 Carrie Prejean. Miss California. You all know her. For the past weeks she has filled the TV screens and the news headlines. She has also crept into the hearts of Christians across America and most conservatives for her strong views on same-sex marriage. She boldly proclaimed that she believed in traditional marriage and then later stated that she was a Christian and was soon after jumped on by the conservative/Christian world faster then a brownie in the midst of teenage girls. They loved her and praised her and though her answer might of made her lose the title of Miss America she won the approval of Evangelicals. 

 Then it happened. For me it wasn’t much of a surprise. Somehow some horribly racy pictures of her got out on the Internet. The liberal world jumped on that like teenage girls with brownies as well. And I don’t blame them. It’s sickening the hypocrisy that comes from many Christians in America that “homosexuals are the worst sinners in the world but I can be proud, immodest, and hateful and it doesn’t matter”. Now I am not saying that homosexuality is right, it’s obviously against what the Bible says. But so is pride and immodesty and judgemental attitudes. Yes, certain sins have worse consequences but they are all high treason against a holy God and all are deserving death. 

 What really frustrates me about the Miss California situation is how Christians dealt with it. It’s nothing new though. When someone who is popular, beautiful, successful in the world’s eyes, and has a huge hunk of change to their name and can still manage to tack on the name Christian and some good morals the church pounces. I’ve seen this in so many realms of the church. We often do not pick the poor, unattractive, and unpopular person who has a fire for God and the gospel to emulate and admire but the person who has it all in the worlds eyes. 

 In Nancy Leigh DeMoss’s article on Miss California she states it this way:

“Sadly, Carrie is the product of a Christian sub-culture that has lost a sense of what it means to be citizens of the kingdom of God and has embraced the values and thinking of this world.

By and large, young adults who have grown up in our evangelical homes, churches, and schools, are buying into a message that they have seen modeled by those around them who call themselves Christians—namely, that Christianity can be divorced from Christ-likeness, and that practical holiness in everyday life is out-dated, irrelevant, or optional.”

 Simply put, we like being comfortable with the world, to sit down and have some lemonade with it, but little do we know that the lemonade is seriously sour and wont quench our thirst. We look at those that are living a life abandoned to Christ as being a little over the top and freaky. We think that being Christians in name while still having our lemonade with the world wont hurt us. What many don’t know is that the sweetest lemonade, the one that can quench our thirst, is found in a relationship with Christ and laying down all that we are, picking up our crosses, and following Him. It might mean being hated and despised by this world, but it will satisfy. 

 While I don’t think that Prejean should be a role model, we can still learn from her. I know that she has taught me that I need to seek sweeter lemonade and to emulate those that are doing so themselves. 

 {Recommended reading: Nancy Leigh DeMoss on Prejean“Miss California, Meet Miss Beautiful Morals” by Hannah Farver, and “Women Who Fear the Lord” by Your’s truly. }

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“The Motions”

 Are any of you like me in the way that certain songs have this way of gripping your heart with a strange intensity? Do they seem to speak to your very soul in ways that words alone can’t and make you want to break down crying, raise your arms and praise God, fall to your knees in adoration, grip your fists in some sort of fiery passion that goes through your entire body? For me, songs have had such an impact on my spiritual life. Now the Bible is the most important thing for our growth, obviously, and I am not for a moment taking away from written words, but there is something about words put to music that is powerful.

 Certain songs encourage me, some songs inspire me, some songs make me want to praise my wondrous Jesus with every ounce of my being, and some songs even remind me to pray for certain people. I have really been ministered to by songs like “Psalms 73 (My God is Enough)” (Barlowgirl), “In the Light” (DC Talk), “Enough” (Christ Tomlin), “Beginning and the End” (Leeland), “Hands and Feet” (Audio Adrenaline), and a new song I just discovered, “The Motions” by Matthew West. These are the amazing lyrics to this song:

“This might hurt, it’s not safe
But I know that I’ve gotta make a change
I don’t care if I break,
At least I’ll be feeling something
‘Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of life

I don’t wanna go through the motions
I don’t wanna go one more day
without Your all consuming passion inside of me
I don’t wanna spend my whole life asking,
“What if I had given everything,
instead of going through the motions?”

No regrets, not this time
I’m gonna let my heart defeat my mind
Let Your love make me whole
I think I’m finally feeling something
‘Cause just okay is not enough
Help me fight through the nothingness of this life

take me all the way (take me all the way)
take me all the way (’cause I don’t wanna go through the motions)
take me all the way (I know I’m finally feeling something real)
take me all the way”

 Chew a little on these amazing words and let me know what you think.

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Destiny of the Manger

Something has been demanding my rapt attention in my mind lately in this Christmas season. I feel captivated by a single thought and amazed by it. It has a tight hold on my small brain and wont let go, but that is a good thing. I think this Christmas I have been struck by the true meaning of Christmas more than ever before.

Christmas is all about Christ coming down as a human to save our souls, even if we try to make it about Santa and warm feelings and such, we can’t change it. Without Jesus there would be no Christmas. Plain and simple. But I am being even more so by the destiny of the little babe in the manger.

Christmas is more than just celebrating the birth of Jesus, it’s celebrating that because he was born, and because someday he would die, we can have eternal life. For Christians, Christmas should be a celebration of salvation. We should be celebrating that we now have life. That Jesus came to earth, lived a perfect life, died the death we deserved, rose from the dead three days later, and now sits in heaven at the right hand of the throne of God. Because of the death he died we can have a relationship with God and we have become his children. In reality, Christmas is all about the cross. Without that beautiful cross there would be no Christmas. Without the cross Jesus would of just been another good man. Without the cross there would be no reason to celebrate.

Have you ever noticed how the baby in the manger is not the one that offends people but it is the man hanging on a cross that does? It’s His claims that He is the only way to heaven. It’s His perfection and His deity that confuses and angers people. People like the baby in the manger, it’s not offensive. But the manger is not where the story ends.

I think these few lines from Relient K’s Christmas song “I Celebrate The Day” sums this all up the best.
“To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me
In the hope that what You did
That you were born so I might live
To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me
And I, I celebrate the day
That You were born to die
So I could one day pray for You to save my life”

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The Bravehearted Gospel and Set Apart Femininity

 I am coming at you with two of the best books that have been released this year (maybe even better then Do Hard Things). They are amazing books that will totally challenge you and totally change your life. The one is The Bravehearted Gospel by Eric Ludy. I have started reading this and it is amazing! So biblical and just all together great. It has, and will push many buttons for some people. It is talking about putting the “manly” stuff back in Christianity. How we need to get in touch with our masculine side. This is the synopsis:

“Eric Ludy calls believers to put a stop to an alarming trend in today’s church. Contemporary culture has accused Christians of being politically incorrect, unloving, and narrow–minded in their devotion to God and His Word. And the church has unwittingly played right along:

  • It has grown to have more in common with the world than with Christ
  • It seems more concerned about pleasing men than God
  • It sets aside the pursuit of eternal truth for the pursuit of temporal pleasures

How serious is the problem, and what are the solutions? What does a bravehearted kind of Christianity look like?

Eric presents the Christianity of the Bible as the most explosive, most vibrant, most extraordinary force on Earth—a force meant to bring glory to the Most High God and turn people’s hearts in His direction. After reading The Bravehearted Gospel, no Christian will ever want to go back to “Christianity as usual”!”

 The next book is written by Eric’s wonderful wife Leslie, one of my heroes. Set Apart Femininity has the same message of the audio series she has that was totally mind and life changing for me. It made me see beauty in a whole new way. Before that I had been buying into the “you are beautiful just the way you are. Don’t try to change a thing” lie. The truth is that we are dirty filthy sinners in and of ourselves, ugly. The only thing that can make us beautiful is Christ in us and living out a life of radical devotion to him. 

“Leslie Ludy, author of Authentic Beauty and the bestselling When God Writes Your Love Story, reveals how a young woman’s pursuit of acceptance and sameness directly counters her true purpose—to be set apart by her love for God and God’s love for her.

This empowering message filled with inspiring stories, personal illustrations, and a foundation of God’s Word to awaken young women to sacred femininity and a life infused with meaning. Each chapter encourages readers to release worldly standards and set their sights on a more worthy pursuit as they:

  • surrender to God’s love and wholeness
  • embrace the real blueprint for beauty
  • enjoy spectacular purpose
  • captivate the masculine heart
  • cultivate spiritual strength

This journey will spark a desire in every woman to leave the fairy tale of the masses behind and walk toward the unique beauty, love, and dreams God has for her.”

I hope you buy and read these books. I am just about to dive into Set Apart Femininity once I get done with this post. And I am already 50 pages into The Bravehearted Gospel. These are amazing books that need to be read.

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Bella Movie Review

Yesterday, August 7th, me and my brother sat down early afternoon to watch a movie I had been highly anticipating. The movie was one I had heard from Alex and Brett Harris, had the power not to only change lives but to save them as well. I had also heard that it was good by other sources and really wanted to see it.So what did I think? It was a great movie. I loved it. The story line was original. The acting was amazing. The cinematography was brilliant. It was one of the best movies I have probably seen this year. We are going to buy it soon hopefully since my parents didn’t get to see it and we both loved it. So what is this movie about?

It is a hard movie to explain without giving it away so I will just use the synopsis from the website.

“An international soccer star is on his way to sign a multi million dollar contract when a series of events unfold that bring his career to a abrupt end. A beautiful waitress, struggling to make it in New York City, discovers something about herself that she in unprepared for. In one irreversible moment, their lives are turned upside down… until a simple gesture of kindness brings them both together, turning an ordinary day into an unforgettable experience.”

This movie is sort of pro life. It is in favor of adoption. It shows the joys of it. The blessed rewards, also it shows the pain of abortion. I have heard that it has convinced quite a few people to give their unborn babies up for adoption instead of aborting them. This movie also promotes the value of friendship. And not the feel good, shallow friendship, but the dedicated, Christ like, loving-in-every-circumstance friendship. It also shows a true gentleman.

This movie is rated PG13 but it is cleaner than most PG movies (it is PG for a half second clip of a dead, bloody body). There is no swearing, and really no negative stuff at all. They dealt with pregnancy in a very clean way, making no inappropriate references, nothing. I was very pleased with it. It is really a family film.

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www.bellamoviesite.com. You can see the trailer and check it out more. If you have watched it already tell me what you think. God bless.

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