Sunday, April 25, 2010

Why I disagree...

Prosperity Gospel. Aka "name it, claim it." There are so many negative connotations that come with those words. The minute you use those two words in the same sentence the person who's been saved for thirty-six years will scowl, rant and rave about how this teaching is "unbiblical."

Before you stop reading this post, let me make my case.

First off, why do you have to stick those labels to us? I mean, we do believe that God prospers those who seek Him first (Matthew 6:32-33) but the label sounds like an insult the way most people use it.
Here it is right at ya.

We.

Believe.

Preach.

Practice.

The BIBLE.

These people who preach against us need to listen to us again. We use Scripture. We look at the Hebrew and Greek behind the words. And we're practicing what we believe.

Don't get onto the "televagelists" as they have been labeled and talk badly about them for having an airplane! I mean, c'mon! God has blessed their ministry and their families! BE HAPPY FOR THEM!

And God can and will do the same thing for you! He is no respector of persons! Acts 10:33-35.

For further reading check out Mark 11:22-24.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Why I'm here...

North Central University.

A place where ministers and missionaries are born.

A place where your calling is realized.

And a place where amidst the studying, socializing, and extra curriculars you sometimes forget why you're here.

Thankfully, I have the Holy Spirit for that!

I had been wondering why in the world I was here all the way at NCU! I'm fourteen hours away from my home, and am not one who was eager to get away from the nest. This semester, I have struggled with homesickness like you wouldn't believe. But I'm still pressing on.

People often ask me "Why are you all the way at NCU when you could have..." and then name some other college or university with an amazing this program or that program.

Well let me tell you why.

It started in 6th grade. My first summer at church camp. I will never forget it.

My mother came as a camp counselor, and I was excited beyond belief--I was going to church camp!

I expected great things while I was there. I had heard stories of people getting saved, healed, and delivered. No way was I going to miss anything.

And then Mom and I met her.

She was a Deaf teenager by the name of Destanie Hendrix, she had come with an Interpreter, who was a Christian. Mama, having been an interpreter herself back in the day, was asked to help interpret the services for Destanie.
But during a service one night, I found the interpreter (I wish I could remember her name!!!) crying. I asked her if she was alright and she said "I'm worried about Destanie."

"Why?" I asked. "Is she sick?"

"No," the interpreter replied. "It's her soul."

That hit me like a ton of bricks.

At that moment, I knew my life's purpose. To bring the Word of God to the Deaf community, and show them the love of Jesus.

I long to reach out to those both Deaf and hearing, who are hurting and feel lost and alone. I long to hold a child who is heartbroken and be able to tell him that God loves him. And so do I.

That is why I'm here.

Lord, strengthen me, for this task that You have called me to. You said that it was not Your will that any should perish but all come to repentance. I thank You for being with me here at NCU, for being my Source, my guide, my best friend. I thank You for enabling me to do that which You have called me to. I praise Your holy Name, You are great.
In Jesus' precious Name,

Amen

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Resurrection Day-'Twas the BEEEEEEEEEEEST DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY EEEEEEEEEEEEVER!!!!!!

Hallelujah! You would think that more Christians would be excited about Jesus resurrecting and saving everyone from hell, right?

Sheesh. So many have cliche'd it to the point where all we do is go to church and sing a few songs.

Meditate on THIS!!!!!

God made Him who had no sin, to be sin for us, so that through Him we may become the righteousness of God!

He spoiled the principalities and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them through the cross

Surely He has borne my griefs and carried my pains.

I mean really really meditate on these!

My God will meet all your needs according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus!!

Good grief, get excited!!! You don't have to go to hell!!!! You don't have to stay sick!!! You don't have to remain in poverty!

That's something to shout about!!!