Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Songs of Praise


      In the Bible, the Lord's command us that we should always sing praises to God our heavenly Father because it pleases him. One of my favorite bands is Anthem lights. They sound great with beautiful harmonies and they sing popular music, but my favorite thing about them is their Christian music. They sing and cover popular songs from the different Christian radio stations which are very uplifting for when you are having a bad day or you just need that little extra boost.

    I love the way they do their mission work. What better way to reach out to people across the world than the internet? Better than that is being able to share God's amazing message through hymns of song and praise to him, just as he commands us!

Psalm 96(A)
1 Sing to the Lord(B) a new song;(C)
    sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;(D)
    proclaim his salvation(E) day after day.

Authentic Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zng2piCy4RA

This video is very controversial when watching it for the first time. It took me a few times to fully understand it, but after I did, it really changed me. In my generation, there are a lot of teens that are Godless. Some people will think it is just us, and
Image result for people coming to jesus
somehow it will change in the next generation,
but I really don’t think that is going to happen.
What’s wrong with everything is the rules.
I’m not saying that anything is wrong with the bible,
it’s just that’s all that kids see today.
They see some scary group of people,
staring them in the face, with all of these rules
that they need to follow to be perfect, but they are missing the point. This religion isn’t build on the law,  but the gospel. It’s full of love and hope and family and we want to share with the whole world. Jesus would go to the prostitute and lepers and outcasts of the world, and show them that there is love for them. Teens are the new outcasts and they need to be shown love too. They may be going some bad things, but to get them out of those habits. We need to show them our love and Jesus’ authentic love that never fails.

The Resurrection and the NT


The resurrection could not have been fabricated by the disciples. It just does not make sense. Their Jewish heritage would have kept them from making something up that would cause them to lose it. The New Testament did not create the resurrection account. The resurrection created the New Testament. Without it, there would have been need to write anything. Jesus would have just been another guy who said some cool stuff and got killed for it. Because Jesus rose, the disciples needed to tell people about him because it meant that he was who he said he was. The Christian church was well established before the books were even written. There is no way the disciples made up the resurrection account.

The Skits of the Guys

I do love entertaining people that can give a message while also chiming in a good laugh. That is my basic summary of The Skit Guys.

The Skit Guys are two men named Tommy Woodward and Eddie James. They've been telling the story of God's Word through comedy, drama, and other categories for over twenty years. They've made skits from the most dramatic to the most hilarious with many in between. They've covered topics from the stories in the Bible to real life applications, and have given a good laugh while doing so.

The video linked above is one of their skits with the character of Little Billy. This is a telling with applying the song, "My God Is So Big" to real life to show God's presence in our lives through turmoil and hardships in life. Billy not wanting to sing the song and the big reveal at the end is hilarious and tragic at the same time. Yet, the teacher wanted to sing the song because it was his wife's favorite.

I loved watching these in my sophomore religion class and I wish teachers did these more often. I find these guys very engaging and can remember the message weeks or months after viewing a video once.

If you haven't checked them out yet, I highly suggest you do.

Here are some other videos by The Skit Guys to check out.
-  Bad Ways To Witness (The Skit Guys)
-  God's Chisel (The Skit Guys)

Atheism is Unreasonable

https://youtu.be/4GwbKwGPDIA


Atheism is unreasonable because there is no way to show that materialistic atheism is true. They think that everything in this world is material and that we are all just material living here on earth with no purpose. If this is true, that we are just "robots" here on earth. Just living molecules. Then why can we believe our thoughts? Why can we think about topics and have an opinion on the? If we are just robots living here on earth, how is it that we know anything at all. It is because there is someone greater than us who has made this world and created us to know him. Even if you do not believe in God, you still have your conscience to tell you what is right and wrong, and that was put on our hearts by someone greater than us. And that person is God. If atheism is true, than there is no way to tell if anything else is true.

Faith


This video explains faith in a very simple way. In this video, a man is caught up at the edge of a cliff with the cliff starting to fall away behind him. There is a big gap between him and the other side and he believes he can't make the jump so he asks God to help him make it across the gap. God tells him to jump and the man doubts him for a couple seconds before jumping. He falls but he lands on a slab of rock that has stairs leading up to the other side. This is a very simple video and easy to understand, you could show this video to first graders and they would understand it perfectly.
This is the type of faith we constantly need to have in God. If something may seem impossible, we just need to pray to God and ask Him to help us. Nothing is impossible with God.

The Plan


Hebrews 12:1-3 1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

As a bigger chapter of my life comes to a close, there are many things that need to be focused on. Faith, family, school, and sports are examples of these things. My senior cross country season is ending soon. As blessed as it has been, the end is inevitable. Whether it is this Saturday at sectionals, or not long after at the state meet, it will end eventually. High School will follow suit when my class and I graduate in may, and then I will be going to college. With all the change and confusion happening around me and within me, it can be easy to get discouraged or lose sight of what matters. In the video above, the viewer is reminded that God has a plan for you. That plan may not be visible to you, but is very much real. That plan will always be for the best and will eventually bring you to your heavenly father to live in perfection. This is comforting to, not only high school students, but to all believers. It is encouraging to hear that God has a plan for us even if sometimes that plan is hard to see. The refreshing message of God’s plan should help to keep the believer’s eyes set on the true prize. This prize is not a medal, not a scholarship, a promotion, a raise, or anything material. This prize is the ultimate end goal of heaven. In any hardship a christian may face, he or she can rest in the knowledge that God’s plan has not changed. Eternal life is waiting, and you will be there soon.