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Dear Everyone,

I am sick of people trying to sit around and tell me that modesty has nothing to do with the way your dress- just the way you behave. Or that modesty is a ‘heart issue’ and what you ‘feel is appropriate.’  Someone once told me, ‘You can’t stop the guys from looking or thinking. that is their job.’ and that pretty much sums up what all my girlfriend’s say about their summer clothes.  Yet, as a sister in Christ to all of you whom are walking with God, let me say this:

There is no excuse you can come up with for wearing those short shorts, bikinis, tank tops (the ones that show your colorful bra or ride so low the only thing not showing is your nipple), or any summer items along those lines, that is Godly.

As brothers and sisters in Christ we are asked to help each-other in our walk with God. (Mathew 18:5-7) We are not to help each-other stumble on the fringes of sin without going over or blatantly walk straight into sin; we are to help each-other FLEE from it. God directly tells men not to lust after a girls’ beauty. (Proverbs 6:24-26) To understand what is modesty and what it is not, is not as simple as saying ‘what you feel in your heart.’. If it was, a girl could say ‘ I don’t think wearing a bikini is immodest because I am still covering my lady parts,’ just as easily as she could say,’ I think I need to wear what the nuns wear,’ the next day. ( http://www.therebelution.com/modestysurvey )

This is not saying we shouldn’t take care of how we look, but we do need to be more concerned about what’s on the inside and our walk with God; That includes helping one another with each-other’s walks. (Timothy 2:9-10) So is it just the guys problem to deal with? No. It’s also ours. Giving up what society says is fashionable for what God says is one of the simplest ways we, as girls, can show not only guys but God Himself how devoted we are. When we began our walk with Him, we pretty much said ‘Here I am Lord! Come into my heart and use me!’ But if we cannot sacrifice a few clothing items for Christ’s sake, then are you really allowing Him to dress you in His righteousness? We are suppose to portray a Christ like image- these scanty outfits are doing no good to that cause, they are hurting it. So please do not take this as a bashing or me knit-picking, but rather a thought to ponder on and research. Don’t think ‘oh, I’ve already done that. I don’t agree.’ and log off. You stuck by and read this whole thing for a reason, let God show you that reason.
(The link I posted above is a study done on what guy’s think of girl’s clothes)


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I wrote this title a while back, but since then I have come upon some new insights.

What I wrote on this last year is still very applicable, however, I want to appeal to a new side.

I wrote my last blog on faking Christianity, but now I want to let everyone know why I chose Christianity.

My parent’s both got saved a year before I was born. They both jumped head first into their new faith and brought me along on the ride. I have grown up hearing about Jesus and living in a very close Christian home. So everyone assumes, ‘she is a Christian because she was raised that way.’


Did you know that 70% of teenagers leave the church once they reach 18? a

Almost 80% of those teens who leave have already checked out of their faith while in still attending church.

So to say a person is a Christian because her family is, is unstable.

I do not think that a person should ever be something just because her parents have said so. I think that a person needs to find thing out for herself or himself. Listening to wise counsel of people you trust is always good, but at the end of the day it needs to be you.

Last summer I began looking around at other religions besides Christianity. I was searching for answers that did not come from the background I had been raised in. How was I to be certain I wasn’t being lied to? What if there is another religion out there that has truer answers? Was Christ the final answer?

I am a very spiritually in tuned person, which means the idea of there never being a God is impossible for me to imagine. I can feel my life at war, somewhere there is an invisible struggle being fought over me. Over what I should do, want to do, need to do, am supposed to do. This means there is a right and a wrong; if there was not a right and wrong, why would I struggle so choices?

It has been argued that there is no absolute right, nor an absolute wrong, because there is no such thing as an absolute truth… However, for that to be considered true, wouldn’t that be an absolute truth?

So if there is a right and a wrong, a high standard which every human almost instinctively knows, where does it come from?

‘Religion’ is the most obviously answer. We have passed down multiple religions throughout the generations. Some last, some die, but what we do know is we are never without it. So the truth must lay away in one of these many beliefs, otherwise religion would have died out long ago.

Dr. Norman Geisler suggested to pool the worldviews into seven simple possibilities: theism, atheism, pantheism, pantheism, deism, polytheism, and finite godism. Theism is the belief in a supernatural ‘First Cause’ who is incaused, one, personal, moral, and infinite in all His attributes including power and intelligence. He manifests himself in the universe, yet is also beyond it. Atheism says that there is no God. This universe just randomly showed up out of nowhere and the only authority that is real is the power of man. Pantheism holds that creation and the Creator are one and the same. God is nature and nature is God. Deism, which is closely related to Theism, suggests that God is beyond our world and not in it miracously, the trials and evil we face here are started by free choice and ignorance and can be won by both God alone and/or man alone. Polytheism, like the Roman and Greeks, states there are multiply gods, two for certain, however, there could be more. The evil and harshness of this world are merely the gods fighting amongst themselves. Finite godism is the idea that there is one God whom is both in our world and beyond it, the trials and evil that tortures us here is God’s internal struggle with himself and it can be defeated by God or man. Within each of these categories there are hundreds of different religions, but by breaking them down to the nitty gritty definitions, you can easily see which ones appear to hold truth and which ones seem more of a made up feel good fairytale to escape something deeper.

I cut out atheism fairly quickly with simple reasoning. Everything around us is so complex and unique that the possibility of it happening by chance is a bit too extreme. Humans alone are an organism we ourselves, actually being human, have yet to even master. So how could nothing making something so intricate? A big bang? We make big bangs all the time when blowing up stuff, yet for some random reason, that explosion never magically makes us a another living organism or house after the debris has settled. It just leaves a pile of dust.

Pantheism is a bit more real to me. It makes since in some form. Didn’t the Indian’s believe this? However, if God is nature… Is he good or bad? Nature is both. It can be good and healthy, but it can also be cruel and dire. I have a hard time grasping the reality that a God who cared to make us so special and with so much emotion would harm us so much.

Polytheism is fun to research, nonetheless it died out long ago as a major religious thought. If the truth can die then it was never true to begin with.

Deism… hmmmm…. This idea is as close to Theism as you can get, without actually giving ‘God’ any major power. If man can win any trial brought on him by both him and God or just him, or just God alone- why does man fail so often? If man can overcome evil without a god, then why are there so many broken and hurting people? Why do they cry out in the mist of tears ‘I can’t do this anymore!’? Evidently, they cannot do it alone. Deism doesn’t work.

Lastly is Theism.  This covers the most influential modern religions: Christianity, and Islam.

Islam has never been able to grab my attention as an actual steady religion, due to the fact that it is in consistent in the teaching (from the Quran) and their history does not match up with the rest of the time line of world history. Example?

”And they (the people of Noah’s day) said to each other, ‘Abandon not your gods: abandon neither Wa’dd nor Suwa, neither Yaquth nor Yauq, nor Nasr..’” S. 71:23

The problem primarily arises with the names given to the idols of Noah’s time. These are the names of the idols worshiped at the time of Muhammad in Mecca, nearly three thousand years later! How is it possible for Noah’s people to worship Arabic deities with Arabic titles several thousand years before these idols ever came into existence? The Muslims’ attempts to reconcile this obvious anachronism have failed so far. b

Christianity seems pretty fairytale like (miracles, turning water into wine, food sent from Heaven), except the whole Jesus thing. This guy does not only show up in the pages of religious books, but also in other historical documents that have nothing to do with religion. To disprove Christianity, you would need to be able to disprove the resurrection of Jesus. Seem simple right? Wrong. Many people have spent their whole lives researching the resurrection of Jesus as a hoax, yet it never adds up.

The whole New Testament is based on the life and preaching of one man, Jesus. This is where the whole story begins, so why not start disproving this man’s whole life? Because here is the deal:

If Jesus did rise from the grave, then everything he said must be true.

If He did not rise from the grave, then everything he said is a lie.

If we can just prove this area, we can conquer it all in one shot.

Since the NT is an old historical document, then let’s check its reliability first.

In the 19th century archaeologist took to disproving the accountability of the Bible, mainly the New Testament, by their accuracy and finding gaps in the writing that would misplace the whole timeline set up by the New Testament. However, during their search, instead of finding evidence against it, they found over 15,000 manuscripts to support it. Most of these papyri’s bridged the gap between Christ and the already existing manuscripts. Depleting the ‘missing gaps’ case. Sir William Ramsay spent 15 years of his life trying to undermine Luke. His wish was to undermine Luke credentials as a historian and in doing that refute the reliability of the New Testament. However, at the end of 15 years, he concluded, “Luke is a historian of first rank…. This author should be placed along with the very greatest historians.”

So Luke is reliable huh?

Time and time again history has done more to prove the Bible’s reliability than it has to diminish it. In fact, secular history have never been able to weaken the Bible, only verify it. I will post some links down below for anyone interested in researching this subject (both Christian historians and secular)

If we are to count the reliability of an ancient document (which the Bible is) then it out shines every other accent manuscript we count as reliable times ten.


 When Written

 Earliest Copy

 Time Span

 No. of copies

New Testament 

  A.D. 40-100

   A.D. 125

  25 yrs


Homer (Iliad)

  900 B.C.

   400 B.C

  500 yrs



  496-406 B.C

   A.D. 1000

  1,400 yrs  



  384-322 B.C.

   A.D. 1100

  1,400 yrs


Caesar (Gallic Wars)

 58-50 B.C.

   A.D. 900

  1000 yrs


Do we question Homer? or Aristotle? no…

So the Bible has been proven reliable and Jesus did in fact rise from the grave. Not just in religious manuscripts, but in secular records as well.

This evidence was enough for me to dig deeper into Christianity. Its claims have been proven, so now it was a matter of what did God want with me?



a- LifeWay Research


c- studies from Josh Mcdowell, Mere Christianity, Jimmy Willaims, The Bible


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Christians: What People Think of Us

Disclaimer: This is a written as personal essay, as in meaning this is written in my opinion and what I believe to be true and what I’ve heard people say.

You are welcome to agree with it or not. Please no hateful comments. You are welcome to stop reading if you don’t like it.

“Christians as a whole are the most pretentious people ever to walk the earth. And as a whole, they show no contempt for anyone who doesn’t follow their beliefs. As a whole, they find no fault in pointing fingers, pulling out others flaws, condemning those who aren’t like them,” (Anonymous).

“You think you’re so perfect, is that right? And we are all just lowly losers compared to you, hm?” This is what people usually say or think about my religion. “You all are screwed,” is what some people put out there – while everyone is shooting darts at each other as well as shouting accusations back and forth. There are people who have issues. There are also people out there with issues plus more. Everyone has certain issues though – it’s just how mankind is, how flesh is. There are so many stereotypes, but they only exist because there are actual people who act in that certain manner to cause them to arise.

So many Christians are persecuted. Some are hung on a log and burned alive in the forests of Asia on missions. Others are teased for being clean and not drinking or “going all the way” with their girl/boy friend in their own school. Christians are often thought of as being pretentious, as said above, hating homosexual people, and call the people who aren’t of their religion condemned idiots and fools, not to mention being racist. Personally, this hurts. It’s humiliating to the rest of the Christians who aren’t like that. It hurts, though, to know that this is what people think of us as.

I will not deny that there are pious, racist snobs who call themselves Christians. Honestly, I loathe people who are like that – it’s ridiculous. As Christians we are supposed to think of ourselves lowly; be humble, not judging, but reaching out to people. As Christians, we as a people are supposed to be the least racist, in the Bible Jesus tells his disciples in The Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28:19 ESV). All nations, in which means or refers to people of every race, gender or skin color. People –Christians– often forget this and though there are few words for this passage, each word has a deeper meaning contained within it. As Christians we shouldn’t go around condemning and cursing whoever the hell we feel like condemning on any given day or on any day, instead we are supposed to “turn the other cheek” and be gracious and gentle.

I am not a perfect image of a Christian kid. I yell at people, sometimes swear when agitated enough, and in regards to my patience and tolerance for select kids, it isn’t the best (I constantly have to remind myself: What would Jesus do?). I am not perfect, though I may try to be kind and good, I fail many times more than when I succeed. But it comforts me that when I fall down, He is there to pick me up, dust the dirt of, forgive, and help me move on and to make amends wherever needed and however hard it may be. Some may, and do, laugh at my faith, but it’s what has kept me alive… literally.

When talking to people at school, when I usually say, “Christian,” people make a face that is indescribable, and whether it is just from reaction or on purpose, I don’t know, but it is often funny to see, they make a simple comment of: “Oh.” And sometimes it’s “Oh…me too, but I am not really religious.” This indicates they are just saying that because they honestly don’t know what else to say, for me, but I find it absolutely hilarious, catching people off guard and seeing their reaction. It’s almost like a game. But after discovering my faith, people will most often turn to someone else and start a new conversation and ignore me. Makes me feel a little rejected, but that’s life, and I usually am smiling a few minutes later. Though, there are those occasions where people engage in a debate and I am sent running around in my head looking for the knowledge on such a topic and be able to respond with a reasonable response.

People have blamed me and my friends who are Christians that our morals, actions, and decisions are all based on our Christian beliefs, in which would otherwise be totally different (and more agreeable with them) had we not be Christians. This is partly true, but there are still some people who have a sense and can see where things might otherwise not end so well. I know many people who agree with me on some views and they aren’t Christians, they also have similar views, too. Many of my actions are just based on a process of thought and thinking ahead, some are, as stated before, influenced by my belief, but most are just by thinking through a situation and the society I grew up in earlier parts of my life. Many people are like this, ironically enough, you just have to look harder in this day and age to find people who aren’t stuck up in ridiculous things.

In response to my faith, I have had to stand up, and will stand up for it and my beliefs. I don’t care what people think of me, I am content in who I am. I have friends who care about me and will always be there for me (and I for them) no matter what. They don’t care that I am a Christian, how I look, or even dress. It is what is in the heart – the inside; what the personality is – that counts more so than what the physical appearance is. True friends will always stay by your side no matter what.

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The focal verse is from Ephesians 2:1-10 (NIV):

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this worldand of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace,expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Starting with verses 1 and 2, it talks about how we were dead in our sins – alive to human nature, dead to a godly nature. We lived a lost life, following this world’s evil ways. Committing horrible acts, we were destroying ourselves and others. Satan and his followers at are constantly at work trying to destroy us (Christians) and those around us, too. Our — everyone’s — sinful human nature; flesh, was already working to makes those lost continue in their transgressions.

In the next few verses, verses 3 to 5, states that we once all lived in a lost state – “slaves to sin.” Our flesh was just consuming its desires, following and granting; feeding our sinful cravings, following its thoughts, likes a dog follows its master. Before coming to know Hm, we were subject to his righteous judgement; his wrath. But we were sanctified – saved – from that wrath by God’s grace. His love for us is never ending, never failing. When we have faults he still loves us, when we drift away he calls us back, and still loves us. He is a patient God. His mercy is unending. He gives many second chances, even when we do screw up (please excuse my language, but seriously), recognize it, and repent. We were indeed once dead but He made us alive with Christ – when Jesus died on the cross, he saved us from ourselves and sin – he took (literally) all that crap, that honestly, we really deserved, we should have paid for.

In verses 6 to 8you can see something totally amazing… God raised us up from being dead; a “zombie” to sin. Through the ages to com are unknown to us, Christians today are still severely persecuted, what is still to come? When we die, we’ll go to heaven to be with God, all because of our Savior. Through and through God’s kindness and riches of his grace. By our faith and God’s grace, we are saved. The faith was acquired on our own integrity, but instead it was a gift from God, a truly amazing and humbling gift.  Life is a gift, new life by Christ is a gift from God that cannot ever be repaid. We need not boast about it, for then that is our sinful nature speaking, showing people – giving them the impression that we believe we are better than them. The gift of live is precious, if you’re going to boast, check yourself, remember that this is God you’re talking about, and how would he want you to act, and then go out and share his word in a kindly, humble, and godly manner. I’m sure you know this old saying: If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all. It applies to everyone in every manner. We did not deserve a second change, at all, but God thought we did, and it was by his works, not ours, that we are (and all can be) saved.

The final two verses, 9 and 10, we are told that we are created by God, in his  perfect image. He made us to do good works, not bad, so that others may learn about Him. He prepared these works for us, before we were even born. God is gracious, but he does cry when his children lose their way, he gets angry at us, too. Just like a father. He disciplines us according to our train of thoughts and actions, like a parent to a child, because he loves us and wants us to do and see good, not evil.

Life is a gift… One shouldn’t just “throw it out the window”

Because of a foolish


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I’ll be trying out a new a study technique for this – hope all’s well. The study of the verses is going to “mix-matched.”

2 Timothy 1:6-10 (NIV):

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God, who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.

In the verse 7, it tells us of what we are like. By ourselves in a time of crisis we are timid, but with the power of God in us, we are able to be bold, burning like a bonfire with plenty of fuel. In verse 9, it tells us about God. Through this we can see that God is a powerful God, one who is able to save; to redeem.

In the last verse of the study, verse 10, we discover that through Christ’s sacrifice death is destroyed and life is re-awakened (renewed to say) and it’s all brought back under the main spotlight through the gospel. In verse 8 there is something that we can be excited for, and it’s this: that we have nothing to be ashamed of, nothing to be ashamed of for our faith; our belief in Christ. Though we’ll suffer – “pay” for our beliefs – we’ll have a prize and good feeling in the end. The over all concept: we mustn’t be afraid, ashamed, or put-down because of what people think of us. Instead, we need to go out boldly, proclaiming our faith and the wonderful message of Christ. Now, it won’t be easy, but with God on our side, anything is possible.

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Some people think that trials are the end of us; them. Trials are what tear us down into little pieces, they’re what causes us sickness, depression, and anxiety, as well as many more emotions; feelings. But let me tell you this: Trials are what make us stronger. They help us realize things we never would’ve seen before, had we have not gone through them. In James 1:2-12 (NIV) it says:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.

The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business.

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

James is telling us here, that we need to be joyful and consider it a blessing when we face trials of all kinds – big or small. You’re probably thinking right now: Are you nuts?! Let me rephrase: Have you lost your mind?! How can I be joyful when I’m sorrowful? How can I be jumping up and down, when all I do is want to go lay on my bed and sleep the day away? How — Stop for a second. Stop with all the negative thoughts, cause though this sounds really cliché – ’cause it’s not, when people are always negative, you lose that capability – so it seems – to think about the positive when you’re in a bad situation. And let me point out that James is saying (if you didn’t notice before) “whenever you face trials of many kinds.” He didn’t say ‘if you do face trials of many kinds,” he said, “whenever you face trials of many kinds.”

If and when are very two different words with and entirely different meaning, though people often mistake them for the same thing. If means, well it may happen, it may not. Dictionary.com defines it as: “a supposition; uncertain possibility: The future is full of ifs.” When means that it could happen any place at any give time during the day on a certain day – or certain days. Dictionary.com defines it as: The time of anything: the when and the where of an act. If you’d like to be specific and define the word used in the verse, then whenever is defined as: at whatever time; at any time when: Come whenever you like. Have I made myself clear enough to the differences. When means it will happen, sometime. If means it may or may not happen. Clear? Good.

Now continuing on, James says that it’s through these trials and temptations of our faith that strengthens it. You may be thinking, But how? All I normally want to do during trials is go curl up in a blanket and sleep my troubles away. Well, you’re wrong. Sure you may feel that way, but it’s just like a thunderstorm, it can be scary at first, with the thunder booming loudly and the lightning crashing to the earth at incredible desctructive speeds, but you have to think about what comes after the storm. Without rain, can you have a rainbow? No. Without the thunder and lightning can you have that fresh clean-air smell? No. Without a storm are you be anxious while waiting for the storm to end and to be able to go outside and enjoy the clean air? No, not really!

The sentence after says, “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” This is saying that when we go through hard times, perseverance must be present. It also must finish its work so that we can be more mature in our faith (and physically) and complete, lacking nothing. It’s a very self-explanatory verse.

The next two verses are well-known verses, those verses are verses five and six, in them, James writes, “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” When we lack the wisdom we need to guide ourselves, we need to ask God, who, as the verse says, gives generous to those without fault, that it will be given to you. But there’s this teenie, tiny “catch,” to say, and it’s this: You have to believe, don’t doubt that God won’t provide, ’cause he provides for all, otherwise you’ll be, as described in the verse, “like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” And you don’t want to be a wave, pushed around by all those temptations, lies, false prophecy, etc. You want to be surround by God’s grace, help, perseverance, truth, etc.

The next verse says, adding to the sentence before it, “That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.” James is talking about the man who doesn’t believe and how he is double-minded and in need of grate help, yet he doesn’t believe so. The man is unstable in all he does and think he can ask anything from the Lord, and the Lord will give it to him just like that, he does not realize the components associated with asking wisdom from God above.

In the last paragraph, James is talking about how a poor man should take pride in humble circumstances and then how the rich, “stuck-up” man should take pride in his low circumstances, for he’ll just fade away like a flower. Now, why is a flower reference is used? Because we all know once a flower blooms it’s absolutely gorgeous and people want to pay attention, take images, and comment about it. The flower seems to brag and “exaggerate” its beauty. But once the flower starts to die, because the life span isn’t long, it becomes ugly and the color fades, people don’t want to have a brown, uncolored flower, they want a vibrant-colored flower, so they cut it out or let it die and through it out. Now James does talk about a wild flower, of where a wild flower would just fade without notice; people will forget it quickly.

Finally, the last verse says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” Let me emphasize that this sentence starts out with the words “blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,” otherwise, God is saluting the person who persists under trial, because he proved, in a way, to God that he can with stand the tests and temptations he goes through and still be “one” with God. The reward? That the man will receive the crown of life. James is talking about faith and how when people put their faith and trust in God, as well as commit their life to him and believe, they’ll be able to live eternally with God in heaven when they die, their souls won’t perish, even though their flesh will.

Lastly, here’s something I want to share, which was from a recent Bible study of where we (as a youth group) talked about trials and temptations, and what we think the differences are. We concluded this: trials are what we cause ourselves, because of flesh, yet when we go through trials we emerge stronger in out faith before. Unlike with tempstions, that with trials people be tempted because of sin to do wrong and evil.

Take for example two people who have lost their job, one, knows it’s a trial, but when they trust in the Lord to get them through there is a reward at the end, but they second also sees it as a trial, but since they can’t afford the luxuries they once had, and they have a chance to steal, there’s your temptation.

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I have been gone for a long time… and I’m so sorry! but my life has been a roller coaster and I’m doing my best to keep up! I’m going to be putting up pieces of my own personal Diary for a while to share with you what I’ve learned/ what I am learning. Be blessed!



The words ‘you are worth it’ are easily said,

But not as easily me


The idea that she has the beauty of a queen is a wonderful thing,

But what does that even mean?

Looks are deceiving.

Beauty is fleeting.

And the enemy likes to cover our mirrors with rose colored glass

That doesn’t allow us to look past our past!

The weight in our hearts is heavier than the weight on our bodies,

Due to the fact that this weight is suffocating.

We cut and starve ourselves

Legislating a government within ourselves that is officially degrading

And horribly perpetrating.

If only she could see past the rose colored glass

And feel the love which defies all the things

That won’t last…


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Every relationship should be founded on your relationship with God.  But what if that relationship is fake? Here is what I’m saying-

Jason is a very nice young man. He goes to church and is very active with his youth group. But his relationship with God is always based on his other relations.  He is more going through the motions. Then he meets Haley. Suddenly God is his best friend, they are constantly talking, and Jason is always mentioning God. Why? Haley is a strong Christian. He wants to impress her. Or maybe it’s both ways and Haley is doing the same thing. But here’s what happens when their relationship gets closer or fades; their ‘relationship’ with God also dies. It benefits only them for that short and pressed amount of time. This could also happen to anyone who wants to be noticed for their good works.

Here is the thing. Your relationship with God is all you got. Without God your life would shrivel away like a flower that only sat in the sun to look attractive but never drank the life giving stream that flowed next to it. Period. All your relationships that were founded on a false character will also fade away. An open heart to the truth, whether you’re a strong Christian or not, is what’s going to get you a bona fide friendship. But the camaraderie I more so want to talk about is the deepest one you could possibly have, that’s your relationship with God.

So tell me, why are you a Christian? Is it for the glitzy show? Is it for the reason that people look up to you when they think you have strong faith? I’ve done that. ‘Being persecuted for Christ’, sounds valiant right? Being strong while people try to thrash you, which is heroic, but holding a fake relationship to seem that way isn’t. God isn’t going to truly let you make a difference because he recognizes what is in your heart. Would you rather make people and friends think you know God to look mature or would you rather really know Him? Because I don’t believe God is pleased with all this fake crap we are dishing out.

There is a huge difference in knowing and believing something in your head and then knowing and believing something in your heart.  That is the whole difference between the fake relationship and the real one.  In the fake one you know and believe it in your head, but it doesn’t go past there. You ‘know’ why you go to church and you ‘believe’ in God, but that’s not what he wants. He wants your heart and soul in your relationship!

“I’m praying for you”- how many people have heard this or said it? I’m pretty sure everyone has. It’s comforting. At times that’s all I want to hear because if I share an issue with someone an issue in my life, they honestly can’t do anything about it. Only God can. Sure friends are there to support you, but in a real issue God is the only answer. But how would you feel if a person told you that and then never thought twice about actually praying for you? The words were hollow and worthless then, that doesn’t feel very comforting anymore.  So we have all heard it been said, but how many of us have said it and meant it?

So when you’re faking your relationship with God and praying for someone you’re just going through the motions. It’s like this, you know God can help them, but it’s not really in your head or heart to pray. You want the praise you will get for being a good Christian friend. It’s like a man who says he is a doctor. He has the clothes, tools, books, and he knows the whole big shebang to being a doctor, but he has only the brain knowledge. He just wants the cool title of Doctor, but by this time next year he probably will want some other title he has dubbed as ‘cool’. Unless we completely give our heart and soul in our relationship with God, then that’s what’s going to happen to us also. The good Christian title won’t seem cool for long and we will try to pick up a new one. Our relationship with God will be stale again and we will end up crusty and broken.

Now there are going to be times in any relationship were it seems grey or it’s just drained. Physically and emotionally we, as humans, can be unstable. But if your relationship with our Father is real, then it is only a matter of time before God will sail in and bring a refreshing spray to your relationship.  But I think we need to examine our hearts and ask: Why am I a Christian? And why am I in this relationship with Him? Because your age, time, or place in life doesn’t matter. Your relationship with God comes first in your life and it starts with knowing where you two actually stand.


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Part 2

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-15


As a Christian we are examples. We are how people view God Himself. We are modeling what the Bible says. A non-Christian isn’t going to look at someone who says ‘I am a Christian,’ and think ‘they are lying.’ No, they are going to think ‘oh, so that’s what a Christian is?’ and no matter how that person behaves it designs the viewer’s ideas and feelings towards Christians in a whole.

So at this point it could go either way. That person could a great example of a Christian or he could’ve been a hypocrite. See, we have a vital role of showing our friends and family God’s love and the wonderful relationship you can have with Him. But if our lives do not match God’s love and purpose, then we are hypocrites slaughtering God’s name.

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you are a listener when you are anything but, letting the Word go in one ear and out the other. Act on what you hear! Those who hear and don’t act are like those who glance in the mirror, walk away, and two minutes later have no idea who they are, what they look like.
James 1:21-23


We shouldn’t just listen to the sermons and read the Bible, we should be living it. We find it so easy to be typically ‘good’ people, but when it comes to going beyond our comfort zones and into the ‘oh look at that goody-two shoes’ we find ourselves buckling under what other people think of us far too much. Or we start to think ‘I can’t really do that… it’s just beyond me…’

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
John 16:12-14

So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
Galatians 5:15-17

By listening to listening to the Holy Spirit we are guided by how to conduct ourselves in times of trials. He is our teacher and guide to get us through whatever we need. When we say ‘it’s too hard for me to do,’ He says ‘Jesus already did the hard part for you.’

Once we know what is right and wrong and where we should be setting our standards… what’s next? Well carrying them out! (Standards, boundaries, laws, etc… change for guys and girls therefore I will not go into all of them, but they are all clearly stated in the Bible. If you’re unsure of them and want to know more is sure to email me or ask a trusted Godly person in your life)

Remember our first verse:

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:13-15

We are not simple carrying them out because it’s ‘The Law’. It says in

Luke 6:45

New International Version (NIV)

45 a good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

When the heart is full… full of what? Whatever you placed there. When we are honoring God and seeking an active relationship with Him, our actions and lifestyle will be the reflection of that.  We will automatically be the ‘city on a hill’ a ‘light in the darkness’. And the best part is, it will be natural. You won’t be fighting to convince yourself you need to keep more biblical standards and rules. It will be a blessing to be following God more fully, something your heart will be craving to do. The way you view God’s laws is a direct reflection on how actively you are pursuing a relationship with Him.

So don’t be the Christian who’s ashamed or too lazy to walk out their faith in everything they do. Be the Christian proves the Love of God is real with everything they do.

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Christians talk about rising above normal culture and into holy living. Holy literally means ‘set apart’; we are to be set apart from the average human and live to glorify our maker. But one of the biggest issues with today’s Christians teens in that we don’t know what or how to do that. We assume going to church and being a nice person is enough and that makes us a good Christian. Right? Wrong.

Terms and labels don’t define us; we define our terms and labels.

Let’s take Jesus as an example. He was the Son of God, the perfect man. But that was not just something someone labeled Him, He didn’t just say ‘this is what I am’ his life said it. In that time period a ‘good’ Christian was labeled as someone who obeyed the priests, went to all the services and took part in the rituals. They didn’t hang out with ‘sinners’ nor did they make friends with Gentiles or Samaritans. They tried to make a set of standards and boundaries that qualified them as Christians. But that just isn’t possible.

Why? Because they were man-made rules and religion and Jesus defied them.

Did He do it out of resentment? No.

Here’s the point:

You cannot make yourself anymore of a Christian than you already are.

Even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved ( delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation).
Ephesians 2:4-6

See, we cannot save ourselves, that is why Jesus came, so what makes us think that we can become ‘more of’ a Christian than we already are? If we can’t earn our salvation and we can’t become more than we already are… why do we even try to ‘do hard things’? Why do we set ourselves apart from everyone else and set higher standards then there already are? Why shouldn’t being a ‘good person’ good enough for us?

To understand this we must first understand WHO WE ARE.

John 3:3-5

The Message (MSG)

 3Jesus said, “You’re absolutely right. Take it from me: Unless a person is born from above, it’s not possible to see what I’m pointing to—to God’s kingdom.”

 4“How can anyone,” said Nicodemus, “be born who has already been born and grown up? You can’t re-enter your mother’s womb and be born again. What are you saying with this ‘born-from-above’ talk?”

 5-6Jesus said, “You’re not listening. Let me say it again. Unless a person submits to this original creation—the ‘wind-hovering-over-the-water’ creation, the invisible moving the visible, a baptism into a new life—it’s not possible to enter God’s kingdom. When you look at a baby, it’s just that: a body you can look at and touch. But the person who takes shape within is formed by something you can’t see and touch—the Spirit—and becomes a living spirit.

Once we asked Jesus to come into our hearts and we are saved. We are made new. All of our old stains and past in washed away from God’s book and we are now His children.

Romans 5

 1-2By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

 3-5There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

 6-8Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

 9-11Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!

So now that we are His children, we have a calling.

In Revelation 5 they say this about Jesus:

“Paying in blood, you bought men and women,
Bought them back from all over the earth,
Bought them back for God.
Then you made them a Kingdom, Priests for our God,
Priest-kings to rule over the earth.”

Remember. We were once perfect. We were created in the image of God Himself. You know how the Romans thought their leaders held the blood of the gods in their veins? Half human, half god? Well, in one sense they were right. They just didn’t know who God was.

Adam and Eve sinned we lost that, but Jesus came and got it back for us. Now we are serving Him and he has appointed us to be Priests for our God, Priest-kings to rule over the earth. By becoming his children we literally accept this. It’s a blessing, pretty awesome if you think about it, but it is also a challenge.

How do we ‘rule over the earth’?

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