Good monday morning my dear friends.
I’ve been awake since about 4:10am.
I awoke so thirsty, and drank two full glasses of ice tea.
But I realized when I got back in my room my thirst hadn’t ended.
I was thirsty for a fresh word of Jesus.
So I turned on the tv.
” The Robe” was on AMC.
Which is basically a fictional story about a man who crucified Jesus, and ended up living and sharing the gospel.
Two main parts of the story caught my attention in the beginning.
1. He was afraid of the robe.
2. He was ashamed.
How much different have we been from relating to this story?
Not so far.
We have been afraid of turning our hearts to Jesus, because we thought we would be rejected.
and from that fear we felt ashamed to even try.
I actually cried watching the part where Peter tells this man that he is no better than him, for he denied Jesus three times.
Think about it, even though Peter knew this man crucified Jesus, he still let him know he valued his sin as the same.
And that Jesus died for all of it.
Again, fictional story, but wow, so amazing!
I have been there…10 yrs ago. I was there.
I was afraid of stepping out and giving my heart to Jesus, because I was so afraid of not the rejection from my church family, but my own family. Which still does reject my faith, but I’ve learned that Jesus is stronger in the most controlling household.
I was ashamed of myself, that I had done too much damage to my own heart in so many areas of my life; I couldn’t possibly be accepted by Jesus.
I cried my eyes out yesterday.
From the beginning of worship, until the end.
We had worship at a school audotorium, because we couldn’t fit both services into our church building, praise God:)
First there was a slide on some people that gave quick testimonies on how God’s love changed there life; and then we went into song.
1. I am Free
3. Our God Reigns
4. Not to Us
5. Take it to the streets
6. How Can I Keep from singing?
7. Greater Things
Those were all the worship songs we sang; 9-10:30am:)
Then my Pastor gave a message on ” Are we there yet?” in terms of have we done all the serving God has asked of us in our city, and the answer of course was No.
” Greater things” was sung by my friend Tom, and in the background there were slides of pictures of places in Deltona; schools, post offices, stores, parks, and city hall.
If you have never heard it before, and its on my myspace page if you want to hear it.
Passion 2008 cd.
I love my church, because they reach out to the community, so many times you can walk into a church and feel like there is some sort of clique, where people keep to their groups, and make you feel awkward to be apart, but not Pine Ridge Fellowship, they have opened their arms to me from the beginning, and have reached out further to so many.
God’s love does change lives!
One thing I wrote in my friend’s birthday card was something that occured to me, what makes people that love Jesus like I do different from those who don’t; people who know Jesus, they keep growing, they know they need to keep letting the bar be raised higher, and they reach for it.
While people like my family, they think they are fine where they are, and their joy is limited.
My boyfriend also recommited his life to Jesus yesterday.
He was so cute, he got up and was asked to read a verse, of course he needed a little help finding one, so Romans 10:9 worked pretty well:)
It was funny how many people came up to me after and was like, ” You are dating Mark?”
Um, yea lol.
I love him, because he has realized that where he is in his life isn’t working, that staying where he is in the position he stood in, did nothing for him.
He wanted the bar to be set higher.
I am so proud of him:)
So overall, the day was amazing, and it was cool to kind of stay after a little bit and talk to the people who have been there the entire 10 yrs, and talk about what they remembered when the service was at the school 10yrs ago. What we were doing, how old we were? Where the ministry was in terms of just starting out.
This verse comes to mind as I close.
1 Corinthians 26-31(The Message)
” Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life.
I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best”
among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families.
Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”?
That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God.
Everything that we have—right thinking and right living, a clean slate and a fresh start—
comes from God by way of Jesus Christ.
That’s why we have the saying, “If you’re going to blow a horn, blow a trumpet for God.”
I love you all.
Have a great day:) and think of the ” greater things”