Monday, February 19, 2018

Look to God in times of struggles

The New York Times article above, deals with some details of the tragic shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida. Parkland, Florida was considered a very safe place until that shooting took place. This is a keen example on how life can change directions so fast, and how in a second everything can go from okay, to devastating.When things like this take place in life, I often think about what goes through the minds of people who live through horrific things, such as the shooting. I would be willing to bet that some of the kids, families, and friends who have been effected by this event may be doubting any faith they had, and that some people with no faith or knowledge of God may be looking for someone or something to believe in. In all this loneliness and despair, it can have negative effects on people. As Christians it should be a good reminder to reach out to others who are struggling. They need people in their lives who care about them, and for people who have gone through experiences like this, I think it would be great to let them know that even in this horrifying, awful, and lonely time, that they're not alone, God is here for them, and so are his followers. Sometimes all we can do is plant the seed into someones brains. I believe that the most effective way of this is being kind and compassionate to people. So I urge all Christians alike, to go out and sprinkle a little seed on people who need it with a little love and kindness, and let the Holy Spirit take place in their hearts.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

You Are Not Alone

It's easy to feel alone in this world. People ask, "If there are 7 billion people in the world then why do I feel alone?" or "If I have friends, how come I end up feeling so friendless?" Even though we can sometimes feel ostracized and lonely, as Christians we have the everlasting comfort that we have a friend in Jesus. Not only is he a friend, but he is a perfect friend. Jesus does not fail, does not back stab, does not walk away for something better, does not break a promise. Jesus always loves, supports,  comforts, and encourages. Jesus knows every little detail about us while he works everything for our good. Romans 8:28-29 says," That's why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son." When you are feeling lonely, turn to your perfect friend. Nothing can separate you from his love. As he hung on the cross, Jesus knew what complete loneliness was. The Father had forsaken him for our sake. How wonderful to know that we have God full of unconditional love. He is waiting for us to run to Him and befriend him. 

Creation Museum

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The creation museum is a museum located in Petersburg, Kentucky. This museum is filled with everything from a Christian point of view. When going through the museum you travel through biblical history such as the Garden of Eden and Video displays of the flood, they also have an exhibit called the Ark encounter which is a life-sized model of Noah's ark. I have always wanted to go there and I recommend that everyone tries to get there someday too because the world tells us how they think creation happened but we know the truth. This museum is a reminder to us what we know what really happened.

Missionary work

Here in America we sometimes are caught being ungrateful and selfish. We take all the little things we have been blessed with for granite. There are many people less fortunate than the majority of us, especially in other countries. Some people do not get to hear God's word, others are barely surviving because their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter are not provided. We can help people in need but we often forget because we are only paying attention to our needs. WELS provides missionary work in many countries, even if you can not go, you can still contribute by providing materials or an offering. I know many friends and family members who have served others across the globe and I hope that one day I can too.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Anxiety Epidemic

Anxiety is huge issue among high school students today. We feel pressured to the best we can at everything whether it be sports, acting, academics, etc. We want to impress our friends and our parents and we over work ourselves to strive for these goals and we stress our selves out worrying about it too much. But when life gets too tough and we can't take the pressure anymore God tells us in 1 Peter 5:7, "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you." This passage is so satisfying to hear because it tells us that we can give all our worries, doubt, troubles, fears, and many more things to God. So whenever you feel overwhelmed or exhausted or whatever it may be, give it to God because he wants to take it from us because he loves us unconditionally.

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Looking back on your defining moments

When we get to the end of our life and look over what has happened in our lives. We want to be able to look back on our life and realize that God has defined all of these moments. We do not want to look back on the defining moments in our life and regret them. We want to be able to say, okay I lived my life to the fullest, and I can go to be with Jesus now. We do not want to look back and think, I should have done something different, or I should have done this instead of that. In this video it shows the man's life and how he was smoking, and drinking. Although these are temptations for us, we should make sure to resist these temptations.

Christian Athletes

Sports add a lot to people’s lives. They add enjoyment, something to do, physical activity, and the spirit of competition. Athletes are big and famous people in our world today. They are role models to kids and adults everywhere. They do things for their community, get paid millions of dollars, and are very fit. What if Christian athletes would talk more about their faith to their teammates? What if they were more outgoing about it? Do sports take away from our main focus of God? Just imagine what athletes would do if they didn’t play sports. They could be doctors or policemen or something like that. They could add to world in a different way and maybe a more positive way. They could spread God’s word in a different way. With all that being said, it just depends on the player and the person. They know how they can serve the LORD and still play sports. Sports can be an idol but they should just be a fun experience that you can serve the LORD while doing.