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"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

All We Need is Love

Since I began writing this blog, I don’t think that I have been very clear with my reasoning behind starting it. Put simply, it was a class requirement. When I entered into my bible 323 Gospel of John Class, I was informed that all of the students would be required to periodically write up a blog post about something in the fourth Gospel.  As anyone who has read my blog can see, that is exactly what I have done. The reason I bring this up is because with being my sixth post, I will be the last post that I am required to write for this class. Where I will take the blog from here, I don’t know. I may continue to write every week or two, or I may just end it all together. But as of right now, I’m simply not sure. However, with this possibly being my last post ever, I want to leave you with something that is quite possibly the single most important thing that a Christian can learn to do. As cliché as it may sound, that thing is to love each and every person just as God loves you. Continue reading “All We Need is Love”

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The Perfect Servant

I have already written about something similar to tonight’s post in my previous post about humility, but this time, I want to look at it from a very different perspective. Service to others is something that I feel that many people struggle with. Whether it’s because they don’t feel “called to it”, or simply because they believe that they are somehow above that kind of thing, people often find any excuse not to serve. The reason that I bring this subject up is because I have come to realize that I do this exact thing. Anytime an opportunity to serve others comes up, I always try to find any way out of it, and that isn’t the right mindset for anyone to have. Rather, we should be joyful when we are given the opportunity to serve. As Christians, we should always humble ourselves, and be available to serve others no matter what the need may be. Continue reading “The Perfect Servant”

Insignificance

     When I take a look at myself and the life that I live, I realize one thing. And that is just how insignificant I am in the grand scheme of things. I realize that what I have to offer up to God, is actually very little. So this always leaves me plagued with a very difficult question. “Is God able to use what little I do offer, to impact the world in a big way?” To be quite honest, it just doesn’t seem possible. How can God take something as insignificant as myself, and use it for something as great as his plan? Where the problem lies in this is not in the small view of myself, because it is true that I can offer very little. Rather it is our small view of God that presents the problem here. We worship a mighty and all-powerful God. If you believe this, then you should also believe that he is capable of doing all things. Why then is it, that in this instance, we choose to believe that he is somehow incapable of using us for big things. Continue reading “Insignificance”

Another Salvation Story

Take a look at the people around you, and one thing becomes immediately clear. Not a single person is exactly like you. They may have a different skin color or different hair. They may be taller than you, skinnier than you, or even prettier than you. They are likely from a much different background than you as well. They may make more money than you, and they may go to church more often than you do. They may just seem like a much better person across the board. However, in most situations, these differences are the things that really make no difference in the grand scheme of things. Rather, it is the things that we all have in common that really matter most. Things like food or water or shelter. These are things that each person needs regardless of money or stature. These are things that are absolutely necessary to sustain life in each and every person. If you have money but no food, you will die. If you have fame, but no water, you will die. If you have everything this life can offer, but have yet to believe and follow Jesus Christ, you will surely die. At this point, I’m sure you are now saying something like, “oh no! Is this another lesson on salvation?”  And you would be right, it kind of is, but I believe that what John chapters three and four has to say about this subject is so important that it needs to be said over and over again. Continue reading “Another Salvation Story”

Humility

The lights faded in as the music began to swell. I gazed across a room filled with people waiting in anticipation for those first words to be sung. The worship pastor readied himself and began to sing. Immediately, hands flew up all throughout the sanctuary. People were singing at the top of their lungs with hands held high. This wasn’t a show, these people were genuinely worshipping. As I looked at this, I thought to myself, “Who am I to be given the privilege to lead these people in worship. Who am I to be put on a platform that allows me to influence so many people on a weekly basis?” This is what I was telling myself, but in the moment, I could only feel one thing, pride. Not just pride in Christ, but pride in myself. Pride in my own abilities and talents. Pride in what I was doing for this congregation. Though I kept telling myself that I was doing this solely for Christ, week after week I came to church secretly hoping that people would notice how good I was. Continue reading “Humility”

Broken Promises

     After reading the title of this post, I’m sure that many of you have been left slightly confused. You’re probably thinking, “But God doesn’t break any of his promises. Shouldn’t you know that?” Let me assure you, I am very confident in God’s faithfulness concerning his promises, however, I’m not so sure that everybody else is. Simply put, we all live in a world full of broken promises. Because of this, we are never able to have full trust in anyone. The greatest problem that arises from this thinking is the fact that we allow this lack of trust to spill over into our relationship with God. So many people find it hard to trust in all that God has promised to us, when in fact, he is the only one in which we can wholly trust. For this post, my mission is to show you just how faithful God is in keeping his promises, and in light of this, the hope that we have for our future. Continue reading “Broken Promises”

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