"Civil courage...depends on a God who demands responsible action in a bold venture of faith, and who promises forgiveness and consolation to the man who becomes a sinner in that venture." --Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Made for Each Other--The Power of Team

I overheard a good friend tell his son, a week or two ago, "You live in an over-sexed culture." I must add over-sexed and individualistic.

Where have man-woman partnerships gone? There was a time, not long ago, in our country's history when men and women worked together as teams. Both inside and outside of marriage, men and women treated each other not as products to be consumed but as potential partners deserving of the respect inherent to their very nature.
Prince Albert and Queen Victoria with their family  

As a young girl, I sadly bought into the cultural lie that boys are products; I felt constantly pressured to try them on like t-shirts at the shopping mall. I began evaluating boys in the basis of how sexually pleasing they were. The ultimate question I would ask myself with every new guy I met was, "would I kiss him?"

I don't believe I can state strongly enough how devastating this behavior is. It destroys God's ordained arrangements for healthy human relationships. Both men and women in our culture today are guilty of playing the part of consumers while treating each other as products. This has radically altered our appetites. Now, instead of searching for life-long partners, we have placed sexual satisfaction at the center of intimate relationships.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

"You're just jealous 'cause I've been chatting with babes online."

Monday, June 18, 2012

For Lack of Knowlege

Okay, it's time to get some substance back into my blog. For one of my college application essays I looked up this verse:

Hosea 4:6 

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
     because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
     I also will forget your children."

Stars and Stripes
Has God forgotten America? Because, good readers, it's pretty obvious that America has forgotten the law of God. Everywhere I see evidence of a painfully deep rebellion that has been going on so long it's reversing the way American's think. Our minds are being emptied of wisdom and filled instead with delicious lies. 

Our culture has almost reversed from what it was when it began. If truth seekers do not stand up and fight to restore the order on which America was founded, there will no longer be an America. 

The only reason this or any country was every sustained throughout history was by the grace of God. We read here in Hosea that God is under no obligation to remember a rebellious people. Think about the things we've added to these brilliant words:

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

He Drew A Golden Fish Through Ice

NBP: Eric Metaxas from Redeemer Video on Vimeo.

Hungry for the Word of Life

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”  But he answered, “It is written,“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” 

Leaving Summit was like leaving your new best friend right as you were about to show them your shell collection. I long for the day I can be reunited with those friends I made. Of all those friends though, none stands our quite as much as Peter Hammond. 
Your Word is Life

Every lunch that he was with us, I was sitting around his table soaking in his stories of life on the war-torn mission field of Africa. I developed a new kind of hunger as a result. My lasagna went cold and stale on my plate while the lettuce got soggy from too much dressing. I couldn't stomach normal food when all I craved were Dr. Hammond's words. 

Have you ever felt so hungry for truth, so starved from eating the paltry feast that our culture stuffs down our throats, that to hear the truth spoken from a man of God takes away even your appetite for bread? This must be the way the Africans feel when the flock to Hammond's open-air services to hear the gospel for the first time. 

If every day of my life were a year, then I was saved a awfully long time ago. I still feel like those fresh African converts, though. I'm still hungry for the gospel, still yearning for truth and salvation. I wonder, does Dr. Hammond realize that even though I look like a solid believer, I cherish the gospel even more now than I ever have? By any worldly measure, I'm reversing the typical growth process. Instead of growing out of the gospel, I'm growing into it!

I'm become more and more of a child, nurturing the hunger inside of me that only children have. I'm pursuing the relationships in my life that allow me to flourish--relationships with fathers and mothers in Jesus Christ. 

I cannot emphasis enough the importance of spiritual mentorship. Those spiritual mentors besides my parents have shaped the woman I've become. I've been mentored by Christians from William Wilberforce to Jeff Myers; from Adam Young to Joshua Harris. Every book I read, every lecture I attend, ever hand I shake is like a seed planted in my Spirit that gives birth to a fruitful tree. 

I'm sending out heartfelt thank-you and earnest prayer to Dr. Hammond for the hard work he has poured into kids like me. He has re-kindled a fire within me that has been smoldered ever since the Holy Spirit first inhabited me. I'm not entirely sure where all this will lead me, but God knows and that is good for me.

The Lord is my Shepherd

Monday, June 4, 2012

{Summit 2012}

First Bus Ride Ever!

                ~Summit 2012~

                         ~Session 1~

Music for the Soul


~Phillipians 2:5-8~  
"Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form he humbled himself by becoming obedience to the point of death, even death on a cross."

Sports Time

Graffiti Falls
it's a bit like....

from a 
fire hydrant

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