Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Persecution in India

Christians in India want the government to speak out against religious persecution. (Reuters)

When we see and read about persecution of Christians we usually think of the Middle East where it is all to common to read about. A recent string of violence has erupted in an unlikely place, India. Groups of Hindu extremists have killed or assaulted various Christians including a Catholic priest and 3 other church officials. Attacking Christians haven't really been a thing in India, but perhaps with the rise of ISIS and other extremist groups, the hatred of Christianity has been increased tenfold. These are some dark times for us Christians, but we must take heart and be strong. Remember the words of Martin Luther, a might fortress is our God.

God's gift to strengthen us in times of need

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When we are all going through a tough time who do we go to? Do we go to our parents or friends and go to God as a last resort? Sometimes we do this and we shouldn’t, we need to go to God first through the gift of prayer. He also, along with his gift of prayer, gives us his word to look to and to strengthen us. One of my favorite passages to look to is a passage in 1 Corinthians 10, “He won’t let us be tempted – that is, tested – beyond what we can bear, but will provide a way for us to endure it.”

The Steps to Forgiveness

Forgiveness. It is something that we all want, but sometimes have trouble giving. Or, even worse, we hold a grudge against the person that has wronged us. So how do we forgive others? First, we need to confess our sins to Jesus, and later to one another. Secondly, we let go of the memories of the wrongs that others have committed against us. And lastly, we "bridge the gap" between ourselves and the other person. In this video, titled "How Do We Forgive Someone Who's Hurt Us?", hosts Jason Jimenez and Bobby Conway go into detail on why forgiveness is so hard for us to give, why we should give it, and then how to give forgiveness to others.

Christianity Can Change Your Life
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This particular person was a student at a university. He had one goal in mind and that was to find a purpose in life. He asked the same three questions that many people will never find the answer to. “Who am I, why in the world am I here, and where am I going.” Most scholars will never know the answer to these questions, but this guy did. How can a typical college student find the answer to the three toughest questions ever asked when some of the smartest people in the world can’t even figure them out? It all started with a small group of people that stood out from all the rest. They seemed to have a different outlook on life then most people. Everything about them seemed different. He became friends with these people and soon found out that Jesus Christ was evident in their lives. The author had a very interesting conversation with a young women about religion. The author asked what made their lives different from everyone else's. That young women told him Jesus made her life different. Then the young women said something very interesting. “She pointed out something I'd never known before: Christianity is not a religion. Religion is when human beings try to work their way to God through good works; Christianity is God coming to men and women through Jesus Christ to offer a relationship with himself.” In a way this is true. When I look at Christianity I think of it as a way of life. We do things because we want to serve Jesus, not because we are scared of the consequences if we don’t do them. Society has many misconceptions about religion. Many people say they aren’t religious because they do not want to put in the work that many religions come with. That is what makes Christianity different. We don’t need to do anything to be saved! What an amazing feeling that gives me. I never have to worry about my life and if it is good enough for God because I know that no matter what I do, nothing can separate me from God.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016


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Witnessing is one of the most important aspects of being a part of the church. You would be sharing a life saving faith with people, you words could save that person from an eternity in hell. Unfortunately, many Christians these days do not bother with witnessing to their neighbors. This article explores the reasons why they don't witness to others. The most common reason was just that they were afraid of the other people thinking they were weird or rejecting them. Another reason that was listed for not witnessing was that people don't want to have to debate intellectually with others about the validity of the Bible and its teachings. This is worrying for future generations, because if we don't have people that can talk and about the points that the Bible makes, we may fall prey to accepting the trends of this sinful earth instead of looking to the Bible for guidance.

Choral Corral
Above is a link to the 2015 WELS National Choral Fest. This was an unforgettable experience for me. Choral fest is a three day weekend for the plethora of WELS high school singers across the nation. Everywhere from Colorado to Arizona all joining in at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School. I could not think of a better display to show Christian fellowship, love, and praise for our Lord. These were 500 plus students all with Christian backgrounds coming together to send one message. Christ is the center of our high schools. This video was the sacred concert on the very last day of Choral Fest. The emotions felt this day are indescribable with words. The sound that 500 plus trained, Christian singers produced was as close to a legion of heavenly angels as we can fathom here on earth. Check out this video to see a small reminder of the WELS christians that will soon be running the congregations and chapels in our beautiful nation.  

Strength God Gives

Stop, take a moment and just think how truly hard life would be without the aid of anyone in your life. Think deeply about all the bad things, maybe personal or just out in the public that continually happen day after day. You may ask why would God allow us to lose a close family member that you weren't ready to let go of yet? God, I needed that person in my life, they encouraged my faith to grow in God and in the blink of an eye, Lord you took them.

God tells all people in his Word that he understands all pain, all suffering and has a reason for every good and evil thing on earth. He allows terrible, awful, and sickening trouble in our life so we are driven to his arms. Jesus strengthens us every time we read the scripture, go through physical torments, or an unbearable emotional stress. No sin on earth will he allow to come into our lives ripping us away from the faith we have in him. The hardships in our life are used as fuel to strengthen our faith continuously until one glorious day when all our troubles are ended. At a time only God knows, every pain we fought with Christ ceases as we receive the ultimate prize. The gift of eternal life in heaven.