Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The Test of Tebow

The Test of Tebow

The Christian faith has been the subject of persecution since the earliest times. Even if Christians are getting tired of the mocking and hate, we do not need to retaliate. Tim Tebow lives his faith in everything he does. From putting Bible passages on his eye-black to starring in a pro-life Super Bowl commercial, he has made it blatantly obvious the faith he has. Tim Tebow is the epitome of living the faith. He does not merely walk the walk, he talks the talk. Those who persecute and ridicule him are doing the exact opposite of what they say they want, mutual understanding and respect. If someone persecuted homosexuality or abortion they would be hated by society. Yet the persecution of Christianity is accepted? Though the social fairness scale is weighing against us, we need to live our lives like Tim Tebow with love in our hearts. Matthew 10:22 “And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”


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“We were made to be courageous we were made to lead the way. We could be the generation that finally breaks the chains. We were made to be courageous and We’re taking back the fight, We were made to be courageous and it starts with us tonight. The only way we’ll ever stand is on our knees with lifted hands. Make us Courageous. Lord make us Courageous.”

In this song, Courageous by Casting Crowns. It paints a picture of a battlefield. As time passes more and more people fall. But then there is a shimmer of hope. One person stands tall. As that person stands tall, then more and more people follow them. Eventually you have enough people that you can take over the fight.

God made us to be that person who stands tall. We are the glimpse of light that more and more people will follow. We need to be courageous and stand our ground in those situations. God made us as an example for others. To show everyone the right way to go. God may let us fall down in this life, but only through him we can stand back up.

Night to Shine Inspires our Spirit of Giving

Last Friday, February 10, the Tim Tebow Foundation held its annual Night to Shine event across the 50 states, as well as in Haiti, Albania, Canada, Ecuador, New Zealand, and the Philippines. Churches, schools, and volunteers from all over took part in this special event, whether it was through hosting, donating, or volunteering time to help with the events themselves. For those who don't know, Night to Shine is a special prom night held for students ages 14 or older who have special needs or disabilities. Many might think of this as a way for Tebow to get his name out there in the media, but this is simply not the case. Both Tebow and his foundation's website label this event as an "experienced centered on God's love." This great event, along with many other things in our lives, should be a large factor in moving us to give freely to others. Just like Tebow, our spirit of giving should be inspired through God's freely given love which is exactly what we should give to others. God did not send His Son here to suffer and die for us only for us to keep His great love to ourselves.

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Burning of the American Flag

As everyone is probably aware there was a spike of flag burning in response to the election of president Donald Trump. As Christians we should be opposed to the disrespect that burning of national flag brings to our country. Even though we might not all stand behind our newly inaugurated president we still should not disrespect him by burning our national flag.The flag is a representation of our country, not just Donald Trump. Because of this we need to stand behind our president in an effort to unite our country. It is better to succeed with someone, than to fail.  

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

"Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today."

Marriage is the most complex, but simple gift that God gives. It brings further blessings , like children, companionship, and comfort. Unfortunately, Christians may look around and see today that marriage no longer follows the guides given by God in the first marriage of Adam and Eve. Sin has slithered its way into culture an it's institutes to distort so many minds of what truly is a marriage and forget the importance of marriage. The world sees marriage between any gender is ok, and divorce is seen as a simple fix for two people who see their love has faded. Is the entire purpose of marriage lost?

Think about it in general, and with God's original and true design in mind. How would marriage be a good idea?! You take one sinful, messed up person and pair them up to live with another sinful, messed up person. Our tiny brains would have a difficult time comprehending it if not for God's perfect creation of man and wife together. God created man and woman to help each other and be compatible for the better, designating roles and duties to each other. Its complexity is quite simple. Wife's crave love, and God commands husbands to love their wives. Husbands crave respect, and God commands wives to respect their husbands.
The flaw is not in God's plan, but in sin. The "old Adam" takes a hold of husbands and wives, causing conflicts and bickering. The focus turns to each self, instead of each other. Every little thing can cause fight after fight. So how can this be fixed?

Ecclesiastes 4:12 states..,
Though one may be overpowered,
    two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
The answer sit's in plain sight. Relationships grow and are strong when God is present. As sinful humans, we screw everything up, but through God's strength and love husbands and wives can work together. God, man, and woman, string together as a strand that can hold through anything. God sets an example of how to love, forgive, and show grace. Through reading the scriptures and learning more about how to follow that example, husbands and wives may work together to grow in Christ and live lives of purpose together.
Marriage is a blessing, given by God to benefit mankind. Relying on human strength leads to mistakes and troubles. Two might hold through some strife, but a cord of three strands hold true through trial after trial.

How He Loves

What is Love? Does anyone even know what real love is? Most people will say that they love their phones or going to a movie or eating a certain food. The lucky few who have a significant other will say that they are in the midst of love. However, these things are mundane, they serve to make us happy on earth. God's love is eternal. That is the real love that was there from the creation of the world. God loves us. You may be saying that you have heard that a million times, but nothing can separate us from God's love; and no matter how much we love something here on earth, it will never compare to the love he has showed us by sending his Son to die for our sins and in doing so giving us eternal life in heaven. That is how He loves.

The Resurrection is the Lynchpin of the Christian Faith

Without the Resurrection our Christian faith would be worthless. Jesus conquered death by rising from the dead three days after dying a brutal death on the cross. In this video by the One Minute Apologist, a guest speaker Jon Mclatchie explains some of the obvious evidence that proves this historic event. He goes in depth about the appearances of Jesus after he had arisen and how people physically saw him. Mclatchie also mentions that Peter and James were willing to die for the Resurrection, that is how strongly they believed in it and shows how important it should be to us. I totally agree with everything Mclatchie brought up and even historical books and records mention things that line up with this lynchpin of an event. As Christians, we can never forget how vital this event was and need to share the news with others.