Baptized.


Baptism is an outward sign of an inward change.

We have laid our lives down — Buried them in the grave. After we have been washed with the blood of Christ, we are made new.

“I have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” Galatians 2:20
  

 

 

 

 

For Mrs. Gorby


I love my writing class. Have I ever mentioned that? If not, shame on me.

Here’s what I am writing right now. It is kind of a spin off of C.S. Lewis’ Screwtape Letters.

Dearest Akathartos,

I am overjoyed to hear about your first assignment. This will be a season in which to learn strategy and observe the behaviors of the things ‘made in the image of God.’ This is the first and most critical of all the council with which I will present you: do not, in any way, create disarray of your current situation. The first patient is always a learning experience. You will, numerous times, experience great blunders and suffer greatly for them. So long as you are completely aware of this and you are ready to take responsibility for your stupidity, I am fairly certain you will come out nearly unscathed. Your initial assignment is one that holds great possibilities. The sons and daughters of those in ministry have abounding amounts of potential, though one miniscule indiscretion on your part and they could be eternally rooted to the path of our foe.

Let us take a minute to discuss the prospects of the circumstance in which you presently find yourself. The human to whom you have been assigned is the daughter of two ministering people. She can easily be persuaded that her parents’ ministry is strictly that of her parents. They have been given a ‘calling’ that does not pertain to her in any way and it is everything she can do to reside in their house for the next few years. However, when the opportune moment presents itself, she will be precipitously hastening, suitcases in check, for the front door of her parents’ home.

These are only the first two paragraphs. I have more, I just don’t want to share them yet.

Let me know what you think… Comment away, please!

I think this is my new favorite song.


 

 

 

 

Lead Me to the Cross

 

By: Hillsong

Savior I come
Quiet my soul remember
Redemptions hill
Where Your blood was spilled
For my ransom
Everything I once held dear
I count it all as lost

Lead me to the cross
Where Your love poured out
Bring me to my knees
Lord I lay me down
Rid me of myself
I belong to You
Lead me, lead me to the cross

You were as I
Tempted and trialed
You are
Te word became flesh
Bore my sin and death
Now you’re risen

To your heart
To your heart
Lead me to your heart
Lead me to your heart

 

 

Sunday thoughts: My analyzation of Pastor Chris.


Being in Charleston means Coastal Community Church.

I really like the Pastor… He is a pretty funny guy…
You may become a P90X holy ghost filled fitness machine. — @pastorchris
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July 17, 2011

He says cool stuff like that…

He likes to do series. Today he wrapped up a series called ‘At The Movies.’ It was all about exploring truths that we can find in our present culture.

Also, how many of your church services started with this?

Here is a list of things that I learned.

  1. Our past is never meant to overshadow our future.
  2. God is ALWAYS bigger than our circumstances.
  3. In Christ we have become new creations. In being new creations, we have also been given new identities.
  4. Through His strength, we can grow into and become what God has called us to be.
  5. God will make beauty of the messes we always tend to make.
  6. The only label that ever needs to matter to us is ‘Child of God’

Sunday thoughts. Charleston Edition


How great a love
That died for me. 
How great a love
That set me free. 
 
This great peace
I have found
This great peace
And shackles unbound. 
 
Your great mercy 
Floods my soul
Your great mercy
Has made me whole
 
My life in praise
I will live. 
My life in praise
To You I wholly give. 

Redemption Is Mine


Lost completely in your love
Held tightly in your arms
I’ve begun to find
That redemption is mine
 
The seeds you plant and water
Show the ways you’ve kept me safe
Show me that I’m blind
Now redemption is mine
 
For you I’ll live forever
For the glory of your name
I’l break the daily grind
For redemption is mine!

The best Aunt Renee and Uncle Andy the world will ever know


So…

The past few days have been filled with waterpark, spray-cleaning, kitchen cleaning fun. I am staying with these guys:

They are my favorite Aunt Renee and Uncle Andy in the whole world.  I am spending quite a bit of my summer with them… I am super excited!

The last time I spent a chunk of my summer with them, I looked a little something like this:

See? I was tiny/ awkward… I think in this picture I was calling my brother Dylan to let him know that while he was at home cleaning the kitchen, I was walking on the beach. I’m so evil.

Anyways… I am enjoying myself so far… I get to hang out with my three pseudo-cousins.(If you don’t don’t know what that means, go learn some basic Latin.)

There most definitely will be more moments like this:

 

And this...

 

And even this.

Eli, Noah, Ellie, Ando, Nee, I love you all tons! Thank you for everything…

What more can be said?


Dear Pop,

I did one of these posts on your birthday… I’m going to take advantage of Father’s day to tell you once more how awesome you are.

You are the best Pop I’ve ever had. You are always there to poke fun at me… and all my weird tendencies.

I enjoy being there to laugh at you and all your insanity.

You make me laugh on a regular basis…. I think I’ll stick around a little while longer.

Oh. Yeah. I love you!

 

 

Sunday Thoughts


It is 4th Sunday… That means I had nursery today. Don’t worry… I still have thoughts.

They can be summed up with this question.

Why do we go to church?

I have been thinking a great deal about this lately.  People, I like feedback… What say you?

Sunday Thoughts: Carried over into Monday Edition.


Quite a few things are resulting in thoughts.

1. Yesterday’s Message on 2 Peter 1:5-9

Here is what I learned.

  • Knowledge and faith are not enough.
  • Yes, It is imperative to know our God
  • Yes, it is crucial that we trust in Him alone.
  • But… Faith and knowledge alone can be converted in to pride. We can become wise in our own eyes.
  • You know how people take vitamins to supplement their diet? There are faith supplements too.
    • Virtue
    • Self control
    • Steadfastness
    • Godliness
    • Brotherly kindness
    • Love
  • One thing that we need to remember about these things is that they take time and effort to build.
  • You don’t take vitamins one day and expect to be healthy the rest of your life… You take vitamins regularly to strengthen your body. The same is true for faith supplements. We need to continually be strengthening ourselves in the areas God has called us to.
  • We are in a battle. Soldiers do not sleep in battle.
  • We become ineffective when we take our eyes off of the saving grace of the Creator and put them on our own wants and potential hang-ups.
  • If we go around being offended by people, we are not following the example of our God. He forgave us; in living for Him, we need to forgive others.

2. A book I am reading.

This book is fantastic.

So… I have been reading this book and I have been loving it! It reviews not only the great heroes of the faith, but also the forgotten men and women who devoted their lives to serving the Lord. I really enjoy seeing the vast differences in the walks of life of these people. Some were born into poor families, some into rich families. Some into well educated religious background and others into completely pagan ‘Christianity-is-the-cool-thing-to-do’ background.

I also like the fact that every chapter of this book ends with a challenge — something that can help us mirror these men and women who truly were imitators of Christ.

In short, I highly recommend it.

Thus ends my thoughts…