Never disregard the impact your father has had on you, and never underestimate the impact you will have on your sons. Fathers are powerful. They shape the next generation of men with joy and protection, or pain and absence. Use your legacy wisely.
All love and no truth is hypocrisy."
— James Mcdonald
I see no end to Your flowing grace
You sow life in the deepest of graves
Blindly, we held Your hand and threw You down.
We cursed Your name, turned our backs, and begged You to embrace us.
is this: If you could have heaven, with no sickness, and with all the
friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and
all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauties
you ever saw, all the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no
human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with
heaven, if Christ were not there? "
— John Piper
Are you a white-washed lamb of Christ, or are you a white-washed tomb?
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” - Matthew 23:27-28
If you are the latter, there is still grace and forgiveness for you. Turn to Jesus, leave behind your wicked ways, and do not love the approval of men, but fear God, for He sees your heart.
”Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” - James 4:7-10
You can’t take away my love for His sacrifice.
If we are the Body, how’d a pretty Man get so ugly?
How’d He get all these spaces between each limb?
Anonymous said: Just found you on Michael Hur’s site. Really great Samuel. Any advice for someone like me who’s new to Christianity (just this past year) but is reluctant to join churches in general? - Michael
I don’t think I know a Michael Hur.. lol, but that’s okay!
I have quite a bit of advice actually! Hopefully some of it will be beneficial.
First of all, I am so happy to hear that you have made the decision to follow Jesus Christ. I hope you will find true hope and joy in Christ, and that your identity would be found in Him, and not in what you do, where you go, or who you talk to.
Now for the church stuff! Let me start with this question: Why do people go to church? I’ll list a few reasons:
- It is morally upright
- It lets them look down on people who don’t go to church
- It makes them feel less guilty about their lives
- They feel bad if they don’t go
- They feel like they have to go
- They enjoy the ominous piano
- If they don’t go, God will send them to Hell
- If they do go, God will send them to Heaven
- They want to impress all the other Christians with how “spiritual” they are.
- They go to visit Jesus, because that’s the only place where you can spend time with him.
Having given some of the reasons for why people go to church, I want you to know that all of those reasons are wrong. Here are some of the real reasons for why you should go to church:
- Having a community of believers to support you, care for you, encourage you, and hold you accountable is necessary for your spiritual life.
- God created you to have connections with other people
- Your relationship with God will suffer if you do not have the community of other Christians.
- You will grow and learn from the teaching, as well as from what other Christians are going through.
- You are wanted, valued, and are a necessary part of God’s family.
These 5 reasons are expectations you should have for any church you go to. If you see people caring and loving each other, if you are seeing people being challenged, people are appreciated and valued, and the pastors are teaching Biblically and they are leading the church toward maturity, then that is a good church. Now here are some things not to expect:
- You will like everyone you meet
- The church will be perfect
- You will never be hurt
- You won’t have to try to make friends with people
- Going there will fulfil all of your spiritual needs
Why Your Church Doesn’t Feel Like Family
IMPORTANT: Treat everything with a critical mind. If someone tells you something about the Bible, make sure you look it up for yourself and make sure that what they are saying is the truth. Do not assume that everyone is Biblical, think for yourself. This is extremely important!
I think that’s all the advice I had to give! I would really love it if you kept in touch with me, perhaps off of anonymous! I would love to answer any questions you have about Christianity (or anything else), help you in any struggles you are having, and also just to see how you are doing! Please get back to me soon!
God bless and much love,
“Stop trying to appease all the peoples. It’s not going to happen.
Our gospel is naturally offensive; deal with it.”
15For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, 16to one a fragrance from death to death, to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things? 17For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word, but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ. - 2 Corinthians 2:15-17
It is not that the Gospel is naturally offensive, it is a Gospel of love and reconciliation. but not everyone wants that. For they have to confess of their sin and submit to Christ.
19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” - John 3:19-21
He lets you live.