Saturday, May 30, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Matthew 23:9 (KJV)
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Clicking the title of this post will let you view "The Church" a pdf-fomatted work regarding the authority and organization of the Church.
Questions like, "Which of these answers only includes Scriptural names ascribed to the Lord's church?" "Is there more than one correct interpretation of God's word?" "Who, in the Bible, prayed a prayer of faith to receive Jesus into his heart and be saved?" "Can we be saved by faith only?" "If we can be saved by faith only, will God also save the demons?" "Does God require us to confess our sins before men?" "Why must we be baptized?" "Does baptism save us?" "How do we enter into Christ?" and many more are quite a discovery that I stumbled upon today. I encourage you now to take a quiz or three :)
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Have you ever tried frozen applesauce? Just put an applesauce cup in the freezer. When you get it out in its frozen form, it's even better than going to the corner store and getting ice cream and ices because it has more substance. It has fiber, vitamins, minerals and natural flavors and colors; probably costs a lot less as well. When I did it, I had a Mott's cinnamon applesauce but I'd do it with the original, strawberry and mixed berry ones as well.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I love the song, God in me, sung by Mary Mary and Kierra “Kiki” Sheard. At first listen, it may seem very non-gospel. It may sound, even, like blasphemy or indoctrination. Yet, when you listen with the ears of your spirit, you hear, “You think I’m so fresh/You think I’m so clean/You think I’m so sweet/It’s the God in me!” This song is all about giving God the glory, when everybody thinks your life is so perfect and you’re so great, it’s about sharing where all the greatness and blessings flow from, and speaks of all of the praying you do behind the closed doors of your home.
A lot of time, people don’t share that. It’s not necessarily even like saying, “My prayer time is my private business and nobody needs to know,” which is, for the most part, biblical. More often, it is like, “I’m so busy that I forgot to be sensitive to the fact that people should be aware that I’m living my life for and through Christ.” People see what we show. Are you showing a true testimony? No doubt, Christians want to be identified with Christ. There have, however, been many times when we’ve neglected opportunities to I.D. ourselves with the Lord! It’s about finding balance. You don’t want to be the one who stands in front of the people praying, because we know prayer is a reflection of something private and sacred that is not supposed to be for show, but just because we’re in the closet praying doesn’t mean no one should know that we pray, and definitely doesn’t mean it’s something shameful! Don’t deny the Lord and He won’t deny you.
I also, very deeply, appreciate the part of the song that KiKi Sheard sings solo. “What is it you think you see when you see me/You see me/You don’t know how much I pray/You don’t know how much I gave/You don’t know how much I’ve changed/I’m just trying to explain” People may really view you as so honest and charming even though you know God made you all you now are and you did not just come into this world like that. Sure, you may have had some nice characteristics, but honestly, we’re all born in sin. Don’t tell me I’m good. God is good. I know it’s not me, but, my willingness to submit to Him and His love, grace, mercy, statutes, Word, Will, Way, Truth and Life.
I don’t know a single person who has walked into a church and strongly and sincerely cried tears and sang and prayed to a Lord they didn’t know. That joy and fellowship comes with a relationship. A relationship with the Lord is one that changes your very nature immediately when you commit and enter into the relationship.
I was completely shy yet so self-absorbed. I was rude, bossy and disrespectful yet weak and confused. I did not feel comfortable being me but was a victim of society’s every whim. You may think I just “grew up” but that isn’t so. I still face problems daily; I’m not saying I suddenly became perfect but I am saying I became a new creature! I no longer think like I did, feel like I did, behave like I did, or want what I used to want. I, everyday, learn how to be me in this world, because I’m in this world, not of this world, so it says in John -15.
Other references: Matthew 6:6, Matthew 10:33, Luke 12:9, Romans 3:10-12, Romans 12:2
The memories I have are quite interesting.
I remember Disney World and Six Flags Great Adventures trips. I also remember a trip to the Poconos, a trip to Massachusetts and a trip to Tanglewood in Pennsylvania. I remember a couple of shopping outlet trips...I don't think I liked them very much at all because it was for the older, richer family members. I remember my sister, brother and cousin talking about the name brands of clothes they wanted to get. All I and my younger brother got was a long boring ride and after that, a long boring day of walking around while they and my mother shopped. I remember, one time, I got two t-shirts (the white, spagghetti-strapped underclothes type).
Even more special than all of these trips, were the trips made every Sunday. My whole family, packed into my mom's van, drove to church! We went and enriched our souls! That was family time - church time. We rarely were around each other like that at any other time. Back then, we could afford to do it all together, every Sunday, because we were alll very young still. Eventually, the eldest got married, and the second eldest moved out around the same time, but it was still very family-oriented. A good thing was, after church, we'd go out to eat together, and it wasn't at a drive-thru either.
In pre-k, there was a halloween thing where we wore costumes. I wanted to be Barney AND Simba. Then there was a Thanksgiving pilgrim parade where we dressed like Pilgrims. Then, there was an easter egg hunt, after we painted the eggs, of course. That year, my mom let me cross the street without holding her hand. It was a small street and there was not a lot of traffic, especially at that time of day, but it meant a lot to me when she let go and let me walk across to her parked car. Lastly, there was graduation day. I have pictures of that day to help me remember it but I've remembered it well regardless of them. Pictures remind you of the color of the balloon that flew away, and the size of the apple you were eating but nothing compares to feeling the warmth of the sun, posing for the actual pictures, feeling the excitement of graduating, and sharing that love with those around you.
Psalm 46:10; Matthew 6:33 says, But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
They think it's something they can receive, like forgiveness.
When I hear somebody talking about it as if it's something else, a term that sort of sounds like it but is a completely different thing, penance, I know they've got it twisted. They speak of it like they can give God something to make up for their sins.
For one, to repent is not to pay for what you've done. If it was, it would defeat the whole purpose of believing in our Savior would it not? Why would you need Jesus Christ the Lord if you could simply pray and pay for whatever you have done to fall short??
What repentance really is though is the acknowledgment of your former ways not being the ways of God and your change and turnaround to align yourself with God through his Word, faith, Truth; it's the departure, neglect and abandonment of old and evil ways; it's walking in the Light. Repent means turn "(BibleStudyGuide.org)...from sin. It is a change in mind from sin to obey God bringing about a change in action." It means to forsake those old, evil ways. It means to decide to go a new way, the strait and narrow way. In the Bible, it says, so may times, to repent. Obviously, this tells us that it is something within our abilities to do. It is something we choose, something we decide to do, to move forward in, to come into. It's something within our reach. It's something that is up to us.
When you ask for forgiveness, you are asking for what only He can give to you. He does it (God in Christ). When you repent, you do what only you can do, in walking with Him.
It really does, and I read it a long time ago so I had to look online to find where it was exactly. I thought it was Psalms 1, yet that couldn't be...I found it is Proverbs 1.
It never says "gang" exactly but it speaks on gang activities. "For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood." It warns you to not join them when somebody asks you to. It tells you that, by their deeds, they really kill themselves.
Do not "fear fat." Use your strength, will and resources to combat a laziness and a greediness which causes excess fat. Be free from that epidemic known as obesity. Be free from that illness that leads to it. That's how God wants it!
Saturday, May 16, 2009
What I put in my comment as I signed was "Everybody has a right to God, no matter where they are, prayer should be supported."
Friday, May 15, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
And with every single day, I learn
It hurts, at least it feels like it does
Yet it makes no sense to reap pain from love
So I persevere knowing that,
With these growing pains,
I'm also going to gain
A break thru
Visit these sites..I do, a lot:
I click on all 15 or 16 of the causes you find at these that you can click for.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
“Sanit! Sanit! Get up! It’s seven o’ clock, come on now!” It was always such a hassle getting to school. “Why do you really think that you can stay up all night and still get out of high school?” Staying at Jennifer’s house doing nothing, those kids didn’t know anything about anything, and they didn’t even care. Sanit has been friends with Jennifer Caldwell practically forever but they were beginning to be detrimental to each other.
It was a bright Thursday morning in June. You would never think that it was pouring rain overnight. A new day means new obstacles to overcome, new challenges and therefore, new adventures. “My first class is not until second period but I need to meet with Principal Hammond before then,” I said. “Why?” Sanit asked. “Umm it is something serious, but not something of your concern,” I said. Sanit ate her favorite cereal, Rice Krispies, in record time. It really only took one minute. “I see you’re not sacrificing a bit of milk or sugar,” I joked. “So, Mom, did you sign my homework?” she managed to ask. “You mean your English homework?” I asked. “Mo-omm,” she whined. This is annoying. “Listen, if you hadn’t kept yourself at Jenny’s house so late, I would’ve signed it. I told you that the morning is not the time for this.” “That doesn’t make any sense. I did give it to you last night,” she stated. “I’ve spoken.” Sanit hated that. She thought I never listened to her, but when I did, all I’d hear is excuses. “Why can’t we just have a normal conversation?” she asked, not expecting a response. There was such silence until we walked into the school. “Have a good day,” I said. Sanit mumbled, “Like that’s possible,” as usual. We walked our separate ways down the halls of
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Growing up is accepting responsibility, for yourself and your life. It's a beautiful thing. It aint easy, but it's part of the FREEDOM that comes with being grown..no matter your age.
So many schools take students out for trips to other countries - Costa Rican spring breaks (as my brothers' school was doing), Natalee Holloway's Aruban trip. When choosing to go/permit your child to go, shouldn't you take great care with that decision? When you choose to go through with it, you now risk your safety as well as the safety of whoever you're around. You could bring illness to people there, and they can give illness to you. Then, when you leave, you can bring it back and spread more. Most people don't jump in irrationally but many don't realize what is really at risk. It's seemingly a great opportunity, a fun adventure, a challenging mission...but then you're away from your family and in a "strange" place (place you don't usually go). You don't know what to expect!
"28 students at St. Francis Prep"? One school is what it started with here in New York. In Ohio, Kansas, Texas and California, I don't know. Then it spread to New Jersey and another school in NY, a public elementary school.
The jokes/forward emails and text messages being passed around are pretty horrible...from racist to crude.
First, I believe that I was not just born in 1989 by accident, and I was not just allowed to be either; I believe that I was chosen to be born exactly when I was born, and grow up in a technological era and make the absolute most of it!
Second, I know this is something I can and will be great at because I know that I've been blessed with the necessary skills and knowledge to do so. It takes more than having an opinion and knowing how to type. It takes a servility, a humble spirit, knowing it's not all you. When we think we're so great, we fall because we no longer seek help and therefore don't receive the help that we needed to get to where we're going, the help that got us however far we already got.
Third, there will not be any tolerance for vulgarity because the human voice is so precious, and being sensitive to everybody's needs, I know that what everybody needs is to learn how to properly speak. Every voice should be heard.
Now that we know where we stand, it's time to blog(more)!