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The Greatest Power For Change

 I live in a tough area of the country. Drugs and alcohol abuse run strong and there are as many bars as churches, if not more. It’s the most unchurched county in the state. Teen alcoholism, STDs, and pregnancies run high. There are children as young as four roaming the streets in the town. A few years ago a girl like that was kidnapped and hasn’t been found. It’s a hard place here.

 Yet God has been changing my heart towards it… while I used to have a bitterness and an attitude of scoffing towards the depraved culture, now God has been showing me that this is a place in desperate need of the gospel. No amount of abstinence speakers, police enforcement, parental guidance, or anything else can change this group of small towns that makes up the area I live in. Only the power that can bring about change is the gospel. It’s Jesus’ blood and redemption through His grace.

 We are Christ’s ambassadors. We have the light of the world inside of us and it’s our job to let that light shine. In James is says that whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, he is sinning. We keep the good news of the gospel locked up inside of our hearts, letting it out a little at church or on a missions trip. But if that’s so, do we really value the gospel? The gospel is the power of God, our salvation, hope, water for the thirsty, strength. Do we truly value the gospel if we don’t share it?

 One of my favorite stories about a man who truly valued the gospel was pastor John Harper. He was so in love with the gospel that he jumped into that ice cold water from the ship Titanic so that he would share the gospel to the dying souls drowning in the water. He cherished and prized the gospel enough to tell everyone he could instead of only worrying about his own life and wellbeing. That is how we should be.

 We should be madly in love, infatuated, captivated, enraptured, obsessed, and head over heals for the gospel that we should have a passion to see others find that love too. I know full well how hard it is to break down our pride, to be willing to make things socially awkward, risk friendships, or our reputations to share the good news of forgiveness and life in Christ. I’m still learning how to do it and do not do a good job of sharing the gospel yet. But I pray that God will work in my heart to make His truth so treasured in my heart that I can’t not share it.

 It’s so easy to just hate the sinful culture instead of changing it. Though we are to hate sin, we are to love sinners with a pure heart, one that desires to see sinners lead to repentance and regeneration and ultimately to God. We can’t do the saving on our own, we aren’t even the one that does any of the saving. We are simply the preachers of the good news, the rest is God’s job, not ours.

“Wake Up” Leeland

The nation lost and dying
Searching for You
Creation waits
Children with the word of God
Written on their hearts
Show love to the world

We need to wake up, wake up
Live like God
Pour out love
We need to wake up, wake up
Live like God
Pour out love

I know it’s sad
That the gift we have
We keep it for ourselves
Most of the time
The world is looking
For a love that’s locked up
Inside these four walls
Break the door down and shine

Our face is set
Our goal is heaven
Jesus, You are the well of love
We’ll pour You out
We’ll pour You out

(Note: My dad has some excellent posts on evangelism and the gospel on his new blog Gospel2Live. Go check it out!)

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Are Your Feet Beautiful?

  Some of you might just be reading this because of the interesting title. If so, great! But this was the thought that crossed my mind while reading Romans 10 yesterday. This is the part that really stuck out to me:

“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:14-15 (ESV)

 It just jumped out at me asking, “Olivia, are your feet beautiful? Do your feet run to share the gospel, or do they run to do your own pleasure? Do your feet go to do evil, or to rescue the oppressed?” Those are important questions. We are called to share the gospel. (Matt. 28:19-20) It was the last thing Jesus told his followers before he ascended to heaven. It is important to God.

 If we have the holy spirit inside of us we should be running to tell others about the gospel. We should go to whatever lengths to serve God and to have him glorified. We should be “crawling over broken glass” to tell others. Yet today in America we see that less and less. It is sad. Not only sad, but wrong. It tears my heart apart that people that claim to have the holy spirit dwelling in them don’t notice the call to share the gospel to every tribe, tongue, and nation. They ignore it saying, “that is better left to the more experienced people.” or “That is just for the missionaries and pastors.” NO. Every Christian is called to share the gospel. It doesn’t matter who you are, or how young you are. (Except I do have a very funny story about how two of my friends cornered this guy they knew in 5th grade and interrogated him about what he believed.)

 Many Christians in America are more concerned about what they put on their feet instead of where their feet take them. We need to be running to do what God has for us. We need to be running to bring justice. We need to be running to bring healing and help, and with that, the gospel. We need to share the gospel, and we also need to provide basic needs. (James 2:14-18)

 So ask everyday if your feet are beautiful. Seek out times to share Jesus with the unbelievers in your life. Be quick to pray for people. Be quick to help others, and have good attitudes, for that can be sharing the gospel in it’s self. And be ready to give an answer to any man that may ask. I am praying that you will all have beautiful feet.

Your sister in Christ,

Olivia <><

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How Can We Be Silent?

 We live in a day and age were we are told to shut up when it comes to what we believe. We are told that we might “disturb” people or make them feel “uncomfortable”. And what do most Christians do? Most listen to them. Which is wrong. When we have Christ in us we should be shouting him praises from the roof tops! We shouldn’t be ashamed of the fire that is inside of us! If we have been saved from death and been rescued by Jesus’ death on the cross we should be proud of it. The only thing we are to boast in is the cross. I want to share some song lyrics with you that I love on this topic.

 “Tell me who’d have thought that we would be so controversial
And stand against the normal
Are we too outspoken, loud, and messing up the comfortable?
Well we’ve been messed up also
But how can we be silent
When a fire burns inside us?”

-Barlowgirl, Million voices

“What will people think when they hear that I’m a Jesus freak? What will people do when they find out it’s true? I don’t really care if they label me a Jesus freak, there ain’t no denying the truth.” -DC Talk, Jesus Freak

Stand up, stand up, for what you believe in. Believe in God, he’s the one to back up. He’ll stand with you, He’ll stand with you. – Rad, Shac, and Benny, Veggie tales

“If we don’t speak, who will?
If we don’t fight, we’re still
Stuck without a voice and we are tired of being silenced
Look out you will find out
That here I am so far from then so
I take my chances
I don’t live for you
I’ll say what I have to
I don’t care I don’t care
Fears are what I lose
We are set apart
We’ve been chosen now
We are children of God
So what holds us back
What’s holding us back” _Barlowgirl, Take My Chances

“Jesus, Jesus how Your name offends us
Why are we so scared to tell this world You’ve saved us
When all of the hope of the world’s in Your name
Why are we so scared to say
Oh Jesus” Barlowgirl, Keep Quiet

“They tell us to shut up, they tell us to fall sleep, so we listen to them, we don’t even make a peep. I’m tired of staying silent, I am tired of being asleep, we are become part of this world nothing sets us apart from the rest.   Wake up wake up stand up for what you believe, you so called children of the king do something. We have forgotten how to fight, forgotten how to breath.” _Olivia, Wake Up

“Shout it from the roof tops give it all I got. Shout it from the roof tops so you can take your best shot.” Tobymac, Yours

I’m not ashamed to let you know I want this light in me to show. I’m not ashamed to speak the name of Jesus Christ. What are we sneaking around for? Who we trying to please? Shrugging off sin, apologizing like we’re spreading some kind of disease. I’m saying “NO WAY. NO WAY.” _ Newsboys, I’m Not Ashamed

I know that was a lot, but there are so many songs that I love on this topic. This is a very serious topic. Jesus said that if we deny him he will also deny us. (Matthew 10:33) I hope this gave some of you encouragement! If anybody has anything to add to this, feel free!

In Christ, Olivia <><

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8 Reasons Why People Don’t Share Their Faith

I love this video!!!!! I found it through the Rebelution video channel on YouTube. I hope you enjoy.

What are the reasons that you don’t share your faith? Are they reasons on here, or do you have some other reasons? Please share them with me! Just to review these are the reasons (also for Erik):

8)Might get beat-up, 7)Wont make sense, 6)Might be made fun of, 5)Wont know how to start, 4)I’ll be a bad witness, 3)I’ll say the wrong thing(Remember, as the Buddha, he was the holy cow, who ate the golden tablets…Wait! That’s not right!), 2)They will think I am a religious nut, 1)I don’t know enough.

I Also recommend going to my friend Erik’s blog and reading his series on evangelism. (http://www.ecbrownblog.com/evangelism-series/) It is very good. Also, the whole series came out of a request I had for him. So that is sweet. I can’t wait to hear back from all of you.

In Christ,

~~~Nobody~~~

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Message to My New Bros and Sisses (What’s Next?)

 Ok, so you have just became a Christian. Congrats! Now what. What do you do? This is a hard question for most people. There are so many books, so many resources, so much of the Bible, so many questions, where do you even start? How do you go about making your life different, making it an offering to the one who gave you eternal life? Well I hope that I can answer some questions. I would also love for you to send me some questions, either via comments or by email. So here are some things I would advise both new and even older(if they are not doing so already) Christians to do.

  1.  Find a good church. Churches are truly a place where you can learn and grow and worship together with other Christians. The Church (big “C” church) is really just any and all believers. So find a place to fellowship with others. See if what they believe is Biblical. (This may be a hard thing for you new believers but ask someone, anyone who you know (even me) who is a firm Christian to help you find out if what the church is saying matches up to the scriptures.) 
  2.  Start reading the Bible. There is so much to learn. I have grown up in a Christian home and my dad is actually a pastor (only for about 3 1/2 years though) and I still find that there is ALWAYS more to learn. Now the Bible seems sort of scary, it is REALLY long for crying out loud! Where do you even start? Well a great place to start is probably the gospel of John. It tells the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, and since that is the bases for our faith, it is a great place to start. After that I would advise reading Romans. It is filled with amazing insight about our salvation and life in Christ.
  3.  Find some strong Christian friends. Having fellowship with other believers, (like going to church) is very important. Also, when it comes to you old friends that do not know the Lord, I don’t encourage you to totally ditch them, but in the Bible it says that believers and not to be yoked with non-believers. So the people you are closest too, the people that effect the way you live, the people you share your hopes and dreams with, need to be Christians. I can not tell you how much of a blessing my Christian friends have been to me! Having people that will encourage you and come along side you when you fall and most importantly PRAY for you, is awesome!
  4. Share your faith. My dad often says that new Christians are great for sharing their faith with their friends, 1) they still have close connections to the non Christians, 2) the reality of Christ saving them is still fresh. This isn’t an easy thing, not at all. But you should let people know the change that has gone on inside of you. Matthew 10:33 says that Jesus will deny any one who denies him. Don’t be ashamed of Christ, or he will be ashamed of you. Like the Newsboys song goes, “I’m not ashamed to let you know, I want this light in me to show, I’m not ashamed to speak the name, of Jesus Christ”.
  5. Start the outward transformation. Romans 12:2 says, “Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of you mind, that you may by testing you might be able to discern the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” I want to make it perfectly clear that your heart is changed when you become a Christian, you are given the spirit of Christ in you, you are a new person. But the outward transformation isn’t as easy. As Gregg Harris (the dad of Alex and Brett from the Rebelution ) said in his session at the Do Hard Things conference, “We may have the heart of a lamb, but we have the body of a wolf. And we are constantly fighting our old ‘wolf’ ways.”. I am going to put another post (since this is getting long) of what we are to aspire to as Christians.

 

Okay, I hope this benefited you. I will be posting another part to this article soon (though I don’t know when because I am REALLY busy, speaking of which I need to practice violin…). If you have any questions or comments, please contact me. Also, if you are a new Christian, I would love to find out who you are and talk to you. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Also. If any of you regulars (or even people who stumbled on here) have any topics that you would like to hear about let me know. I have an idea for some, but it is always good to have more. The series I am going to start will have videos (Trey, you might get some emails from me if I can’t figure it out on my own!) and they should be really cool! I am so excited!

In Christ,

Nobody <><

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