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ME ME ME!!!!! (Me, myself, and I!)

 Modern day Christianity has become very celfcentered and “ME” focused. It has become about pleasing people instead of pleasing God. We center our churches around how to make converts instead of how to please the Lord (just to note:obviously it is not wrong to make converts.). We have lost focus on Jesus and his wonderful death on the cross. These videos dramatize our self worship. I want to hear feed back on this topic and hear what you all have to say about it.

I am looking forward to hearing from all of you!

In Christ, Olivia <><

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Baptism

Well before I go to bed (which I should already be in since my friend is coming at 8 am tomorrow!) I want to share something really cool that is going on in my life. I am getting baptised!!!! I am very excited for this. 1) to show publically my faith in Christ and my new life in him. 2) because my dad is baptising me and it is going to be his first baptism!!!! So I am really looking forward to Sunday. My grandma is also coming (she lives about 5 hours away and doesn’t get to visit us much.) with my cousin. It will be great.

 So I want to explain baptism to those of you who do not know the concept. Baptism is a public sign of new life in Christ. In our church (Baptist) we do the whole body going under the watter. It symbolizes dying with Christ and being resurrected with Him. That may sound strange, but think of the verse that says, “Pick up your cross and follow me” or “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me”. I think those two verses explain it nicely. We know have our identity be with and in Christ, and baptism publicly announces that you have taken on Christ and he is now who lives in you. The coming back out of the water also symbolizes the regeneration of our spirit and our new life in Christ.

 So that is what baptism means (simply, there are probably many books on this topic). So know I will just share my testimony.

 By God’s grace, he allowed me to be brought up in a Christian family where the gospel was preached. I knew all my life that Jesus loved me and had died so that I could go to heaven, and I loved Jesus. I remember praying with my mom to accept Christ when I was really little, but she had said that I had done it even before then.

 When I was about seven or so it became something that was real to me. I understood God’s grace better and I knew he had a plan to use me. It may seem strange that a seven year old knows that God is going to use her is amazing ways, but that was (and is) me, strange. I actually had a dream that I was in some sort of orphanage and I was all grown up and working with kids. We had some weird project we were doing with spoons (that part really has no importance, it was very strange) and we were trying to hide them. So I told this one kids to hide them then locked the double doors. Then all of a sudden a red angle appeared. (I don’t know why) but I took him out unto this little Terrance (or some sort of ledge on the side of the building and I started singing songs I knew from VBS and it was pitch black and I could hear the whole world singing along. It was wonderful, until my mom woke me up! Now it was a really strange dream, but now that I am older I am even more freaked out by it because I want to be a music teacher to orphans and really poor kids. But later that day I rededicated my life to Christ, really knowing that he would use ME to serve him. I put it as a little girl, “it seems like the angels are really singing and rejoicing this time”.

 Now that I am getting older his grace is becoming more and more magnificent to me (you should be able to tell by my posts!)!!! My love and passion for Christ is growing steadily, and sometimes even in leaps and bounds. And he is using me! I want my life to be a testimony of what God can do with a person who is ready to serve Him! That is probably my biggest life goal, I would even call it my holy ambition: “to keep an open hand to whatever God has in store for me and to serve him with my heart, mind and strength. To use all I do to bring glory to him and to chase after the things he loves, like justice, kindness, mercy, care of the orphans and widows, wisdom, humility, ect.” (note, this is the first time I actually have wrote this down though it has always been in the back of my mind.)

 So that is my testimony. It is one that I love to think about, because it reminds me that even though I wasn’t some murderess or drug dealer, I have still been saved from torment in hell. We all need to dwell on God’s grace frequently, actually, everyday. I encourage you all to read C.J. Mahaney’s book, The Cross Centered Life. It is really short so it is a fast read, but it has some really good, life changing stuff in it. So I hope you enjoyed hearing my testimony and about my up coming baptism. Please pray that my grandma has a safe trip up here. ~Soli Deo Gloria~

In Christ Alone,

Olivia

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Marks of a Christian

Okay,

In my last post I talked about the transformation of the outside when you become a Christian. I want to explain it more here. I am referring to the process of sanctification. Now that is a big, confusing word. Though the idea is really simple, it means to become like Christ. Some people believe that to get forgiven you have to do good things (sanctification) and then you will get forgiveness of your sins (justification). That is not true. Only the cross and Jesus dying on it can get us forgiveness, not anything we do. If we could get to heaven by ourselves Jesus would never have came.

 So what does a true Christian look like? Well to state it plainly, like Christ. Christian actually means, “little Christ”, so let’s please try to live up to our namesake (though we can never truly succeed at that). So what does that look like? Well this is Romans 12’s “Marks of a Christian”.

9Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal [lazy in passion], be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints [Christians] and seek to show hospitality.

14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it  to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Now that is a pretty hefty list. I think that I am going to be hanging it on my wall to remind me how to act. We all know hypocrites! We all know how annoying it is when they start preaching at you and you are sitting there thinking, “Yeah, sure say that. Look at your life!”. Now my life is far from perfect (hard to believe right?). These are things that I am working on, but as I grow in my faith, as I become holy, more like Christ, through the holy spirit’s work in me.

Another good list to work on is the fruit of the spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. (I did that from memory, thanks to the song (the fruit of the spirit’s not a coconut! *knocking on my head and clicking my tongue*))

 We as Christians are called to be “holy as I am holy” (God is saying this to us). That is beyond human capabilities, but that doesn’t give us an excuse for not pursuing it(Outdo one another in showing honor)! We are commanded to strive for more than we can reach. As a friend of mine pointed out while studying Do Hard Things, “When we set a higher goal and higher bars, we might not reach that, but we will sure do a whole lot better than having a lower standard and not even reaching that.”. I hope this helped you all. If you have any questions leave a comment and I will do my best to answer. Soli Deo Gloria!

In Christ Alone,

Nobody <><

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A Message To My New Brothers and Sisters (Gospel)

 Greetings! Welcome. I had a friend that was wondering about a post for you new believers out there to pass on to her friend so here I am. (Despite how often I tease you… you are still one of my close friends, even if you are short!!!)

 Well first I want to address what it means to be a Christian.

Being a Christian has nothing to do with you, or me. It has everything to do with the cross and Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins. We are all horrid (I love that word and I don’t know why) sinners that have done something wrong. We have all committed high treason against a holy and perfect God so therefore we all deserve to die. That may seem harsh, but it’s the truth. I deserve to die and rot in hell, as do you.

 That leaves us pretty depressed right? I know it leaves me feeling empty and scarred and yicky. But there is good news, it’s called the gospel. The gospel is just what I said: good news. This good news is that someone paid your debt for you. Someone died your death for you, and his name is Jesus. 2,000 years ago Jesus died a horrible death and bared all your sins, just so that YOU could live. And or course, he didn’t just stay dead, he came back to life, then went into heaven.

 Now I want to be clear. You are not saved by ANYTHING you did. Not even praying a prayer saved you. ONLY the death of Jesus on the cross is what saved you and him choosing you to receive eternal life. ONLY! I can not stress this enough! I know plenty of people that have taken out “fire insurance” (get it, hell, fire, lol) yet they have not been impacted by the holy spirit. It is the holy spirit’s work in us (for those of you who don’t know, the holy spirit is the helper that Christ has sent to Christians. Part of the trinity, it is truly the spirit of God in us.) that allows us to accept Christ. If someone has been truly saved, if they truly understand that they needed to be forgiven and they were forgiven, a life can not stay the same.

 A Christian is no longer “Part of this world” (2 Corinthians 5:17). They now have Christ living inside them. I want to clarify something. The second you become a Christian, the second Christ lives in you, you are 100% saved and forgiven. (I talk about this on my post “Out of Goats”) There is nothing more you can do to make him love you more. NOTHING. That is truly amazing. We are loved totally by Christ. I know my love doesn’t work that way. I love my sister more when she actually closes the door after barging into my room without asking. Or when she leaves me alone. So thankfully I am not God. His love is FAR beyond human capabilities.

 I assume that most of you know what has been said. If not, please contact me! I would love to talk to you more about this! I am ALWAYS available!!! If you don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and would like to know more about Jesus’ death and about being a Christian, please talk to me. The next post will have some advice to new Christians. I’ll start that soon. And just to let you all know, I don’t know how much time I will have to post. I am working on writing a script and have some other story ideas waiting to get out. Also my grandma is coming for my baptism this weekend (I am going to be the first person my dad EVER baptises!!!). Also I am going to camp and so I will be posting, I just don’t know how frequently. Soli Deo Gloria

In Christ Alone,

Nobody <><

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Out of Goats

Hi all! This is my first post and I hope you enjoy. This is an article (and now it’s a blog) that I wrote a while back. Soli Deo Gloria

One day I was reading in my bible about the laws for peace (or sin) offerings in Leviticus and when they got through the laws of what the leaders of Israel and other important figures had to do they got to the everyday people. The “common” people as my Bible put it. And it said that they must give a goat or lamb spotless, without a speck of blemish. And this was for every time they did anything against the ten commandments unintentionally. It got me thinking, “I would be out of goats so fast!”

I am considered a “good girl” I defiantly don’t go around killing people and I don’t steal. I don’t go around trying to break the ten commandments or anything, but I know that I fall so short. At the end of the day I have regrets, things I wished I wouldn’t of done, things I wished I would have done, and stinky attitudes.

Every day I worship my idols, I put other thing before God. I tell God no and tell myself that other things are more important than spending time with him. I don’t always honor my parents either (I don’t know any teenager who always kept that one). And there are others I struggle with too. On a daily basis I break so many of the ten commandments, but we as Christians are so blessed.

Instead of giving a goat or a lamb EVERY time we do anything wrong we can come to Jesus. He has been our sacrifice and through the cross we are forgiven. It is truly amazing! We are free from our sins, and we are free from the guilt that comes along with sin too. We are 100% forgiven. And as it says in Psalms 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west so far has he removed our transgressions from us.” Now the east and the west never meet. They are as far apart as can be, they’re parallel.

Now we will still have to face consequences for our stupid actions but God has forgiven us. Think of our parents. When we were little(and even now) and did naughty things our parents forgave us, but they still disciplined us. If they never disciplined us we would turn out as spoiled brats. It’s the same way with God. He loves us and forgives us but he also disciplines us but not because he hates us or wants us to be miserable but because he loves us and wants us to learn from our mistakes.

If he never disciplined us we would take advantage of God and become brats. We would also never learn from our mistakes. Doesn’t it feel so good to think that God will always forgive us? He has done it once and for all, and all we have to do is ask. All we have to do is repent. Or course we need to do a 180 too. We need to turn from our sins (that is a big part of repenting).

None of us will ever be perfect but with God’s help we can become more and more like Christ. Which is something we are commanded to do(1 Thessalonians 4:1). If Christ has redeemed us we will want to serve him and become more like him. One of my favorite quotes is “God only asks one thing from us, everything. The reason God can ask everything of us is because he gave everything.”

The point of all of this is be thankful. We don’t realize how amazing it is that we are forgiven. Take time just to thank God for His grace and mercy. It’s an amazing thing. Also, be thankful that we don’t have to sacrifice goats and lambs. We all know we would be out of them before we could blink.

Nobody <><  <><  <><

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