Posts tagged ‘Christ’

October 26, 2016

Millennials

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This morning’s newspaper quoted a staggering statistic on millennials. 22% of Millennials make up America’s population, but only 10% believe in Jesus.  What does that say about our future and our current state of society?

What it boldly points out to me is that we are failing to share the Gospel in the world and we are not practicing what we preach to our youth.  Sharing the gospel takes boldness and a desire to get a message of Love out to society that is dying. Dying to know Jesus, but unknowingly. Dying physically. Dying for something different and profound. That is who Jesus is. The anti-mundane. The Way, The Truth and the Life.  The anti-establishment. The ‘against the grain‘ guy who turned the 1st Century upside down!  The man who said “If someone slaps you on the cheek, turn the other,” and “The first shall be last and the last, first” and “Love your enemies and pray for them.”  Who says that in society today? Who makes these statements? No one! Society says just the opposite! Get what’s yours, fight back and hate them who hate you.  Not Jesus.

In order for Christ to be real to others, you must shine that light of His to other people. That includes your family and friends. They are your first point of contact and should be the people you reach out to with the Gospel and practicing what you preach. Hypocrites are everywhere and the Church and body aren’t any different. I always say, that’s why I need Jesus. This is true, however, you must show love in a way that you have been shown that love from your creator.  Love transcends everything.  In order to reach – we must Love first & foremost as Jesus did.

Our approach must be different. The way we have approached society for too long must change. Hell-fire and brimstone have their place, but there isn’t a place for that in evangelism.  There is plenty of time for folks to learn about that in their discipleship walk with the Lord. That won’t get them in the door and get them to realize there is a God so big that He gave his only Son to die for all our sins.

Share your personal testimony, that’s what I do. No one can dispute what your story is and how Christ came into your life and change YOU.  This makes Jesus real to those around you and to whom you are sharing Christ with.  Be genuine and don’t act like you are better than anyone.

We are all broken vessels(realized or not) that need a Savior and that is Jesus. Don’t try to be the savior. Just pray and ask God to make your testimony real to those whom you share it with and keep praying afterwards for those whom he has laid on your heart to pray for.

Let’s get the Gospel out to those millennials and everyone else whom we come in contact.

Blessings.

 

 

 

October 18, 2011

Tiger

Wanted to share a great story of courage, love and passion for Christ from a great witness and friend named Tiger Coffman.  You can check out his website here!

We have known each other for over 20 years, from our high school days and he continues to inspire me and countless others.  Love you brother!

February 17, 2010

LENT

Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven – Matthew 5:3

Today is the first day of Lent(which means Spring) aka Ash Wednesday, and it begins the season of the anticipation and culmination of Christ’s death, burial and ultimate Resurrection.  Six weeks to go for the end of this season not including Sundays.  I am currently in prayer about what I want to give up that would draw me closer to the Lord Jesus.  I’ve given up Xbox, Chocolate and Cokes in the past, but this year I want it to be more meaningful.  Granted the things I mentioned have and can keep me distracted from focusing on the Lord, but I want something deeper that will give me pause to Him every time I think about whatever it is that I will be giving up. 

Read more about Lent here.

Let’s look at our Spiritual health today and during this season and focus on how we can be better human beings with Christ’s help.

Lord, help us during this season to remember what you have done for us your children and the sacrifices you have given for us.  Jesus’ name, Amen.

December 7, 2009

My view

I would rather die knowing Christ as my Lord & Savior than not to believe in anything.  I am compelled to believe in what Jesus did here on earth.  I understand religion gets in the way of a lot of things in this world, but to simplify EVERYTHING to a minute detail, I would follow Christ to death than to not follow anything at all.  Jesus did everything good, right and perfect.  How can you not be compelled to follow Him.  How can you not believe in what he said and did.  I’m not asking you to believe in what I’m saying.  I’m asking you to ‘taste and see that He is good!’

Man has gotten the equation wrong, History has proven that.  But, let’s not make excuses for ourselves as to why we don’t want to follow or be a Christian.  Do not look unto man as an answer to or for guidance.  Read The Gospels in the Bible to find out more about this man named Jesus.  He is our author and perfecter of our faith.  Learn about who he is in Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.  These are the Gospels and they will show you the way.  For Jesus is the Way and the Truth and the Life.  The Resurrection!  Amen and Amen!

August 27, 2009

Sharing the Gospel

Here is a great story on how this lady became a Christian, gathered from www.chron.com:

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Conservative evangelical Christians blog on faith

Dr. Joe Parle, who invited me to participate in this Christ & Culture blog, suggested that I introduce myself more fully than his introduction a few weeks ago.  So here goes.

 I was born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was baptized and confirmed in the Congregational Church that our family faithfully attended.  Though the church had good moral teaching, I do not recall ever specifically hearing the good news that by believing in Jesus Christ we can receive eternal life through Him.  In other words, eternal life through Jesus Christ is a free gift to those who receive it.  At a minimum, if that was being taught, I wasn’t listening.

 I began attending the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York in the summer of 1981.  In my “sophomore” year (cadets call it “yearling” year), I became friends with a “senior” (“firstie”), Marge, who asked me if I was a Christian.  I thought this was a strange question, as I figured she probably knew I wasn’t Jewish, so I was obviously a Christian.  At the time I was thinking that if you were an American, you were either Christian or Jewish.  I was nineteen and obviously had a lot to learn.

 Over time I realized that Marge was different.  She called herself a Christian and told me that Jesus was her best friend.  I found that strange as well.  Marge encouraged me to read the Gospel of John, which I did.  In reading John, I understood for the first time that Jesus wasn’t merely a historical figure, but He is God.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. …  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”  (John 1:1 & 14).  I began to see that the Jesus that I was reading about in John was the Jesus that was best friends with my friend, Marge.  I also observed Marge’s extraordinary relationship with her “Christian” friends, and I experienced unconditional love from her and her friends in a way that I had never before experienced.  Marge also encouraged me to read Evidence That Demands a Verdict which was written by a lawyer who set out to disprove the claims of Jesus but who ended up believing the overwhelming evidence in support of Jesus and His claims.

 At some point that year, I realized that I wanted what Marge and her friends had– a personal, vibrant relationship with the Living God, and I believed in Him.  At that point, whenever it was, I became a Christian.  “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name….” (John 1:12).  Marge and John had made it clear to me that Jesus had paid the penalty for my sin by dying on the cross, and I merely needed to receive the free gift of eternal life that Jesus offered.

 Marge and many of her friends were involved in the ministry of The Navigators, whose motto is “To Know Christ and To Make Him Known.”  In my remaining two years at West Point, I was trained (discipled) by a couple of staff members of The Navigators as well as one of the USMA math professors who had also helped me to get to know Jesus personally.  They taught me how to walk with God and to teach others to do the same.  I learned right away that Christians are “Born to Reproduce.”

 After graduating from USMA, I plugged into Navigator ministries at my various U.S. Army duty stations, including Fort Sill, OK; vic. Frankfurt, Germany, Fort Knox, KY, and Fort Bliss, TX, where I served as an artillery officer.  While at Fort Bliss, I deployed with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment to Saudi Arabia and Iraq for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  Shortly after returning to Fort Bliss, I married my wife of 18 years, Paula, who is a pediatrician.

 I left the Army in 1993 to attend Baylor University School of Law and graduated from there in 1995.  I then began practicing law in the Greater Houston Area primarily on behalf of insurance companies.  Gradually, I moved away from the dark side and began doing more and more plaintiff personal injury law.  I left the full time practice of law in 2007 and became Vice President & General Counsel of Grace School of Theology and Southeast Texas Regional Coordinator for NavFusion, a collegiate ministry of The Navigators, in 2008. Grace School of Theology (formerly “Houston Seminary”) opened in 2002, and I am a charter student, usually taking just one course per semester.  At my current pace, I may not earn a theological degree before Jesus comes back

 So much for me.

May 14, 2009

who is this man?

This is way awesome and powerful.  I couldn’t believe Steve Harvey did this, but hey, God can use anyone right?!?!?!  Enjoy!

Intro to Christ

Have a Blessed Day!

February 1, 2009

church

Today is the Lord’s day, Sunday.  I’m about to head out to church.  I love my church.  It is such a blessing to go to a church that really is so evident of the love of Christ and I’m grateful for that.  My spiritual life is being filled by the Lord there and the leadership and wealth of knowledge in it’s members are astounding.  I pray that you have a church that you love to go to like I do and if not, find one that will meet your needs.  I know Christ didn’t separate the church, but the fact is we all worship differently and are fed differently as well.  So, find a church that is God fearing and loving and preaches from the Bible and rejoice in it!

 

Be Blessed!

September 24, 2008

see you at the pole

Is today, 9/24/2008.   There is an official see you at the pole site as well.  It happens once a year at the beginning of every new school year.  It’ all about praying and asking God for His blessings on the new school year and also sharing Christ with others in your schools.  It’s more than that as well, that is just a portion of what it is and what it continues to grow to be.  SYATP is now an International event that brings thousands of students to their flag poles at their schools and allows them to pray to God, with each student taking a turn to pray.  Even Teachers have gotten involved and meet up at the pole as well.  How awesome is that!

The scripture this year is from 1 Samuel 3:10 “Speak, for your servant is listening”  What a great scripture this is from as well. In a time of Israel’s history when King Saul was in power, God speaks to a young boy and calls for him to go and make a way for the future King in David.  That’s of course the short and skinny, but powerful scripture none the less.

Let’s all spend time with Christ today and pray for His blessings and protection on all our schools around the world!

August 18, 2008

Biblical Manhood

 

Biblical Manhood
by: Mr. Damon Cinaglia

Modern research has concluded that the transition from childhood to adulthood in the United States is often unclear, resulting in additional stress for both youths and the older population who must accept them as adults. Unlike other cultures, which often have distinct markers for this transition, such as bar mitzvah’s and various other types of rites of passage, Americans have no clear indication about when a young person finally becomes “grown up.” Our markers are usually gauged by age; at 16 you may obtain a license, but you cannot vote or join the military until you are 18. Yet another marker is the ability to legally purchase alcohol at 21, and you must be 25 in order to rent a car. The age you may get married varies depending upon the state in which you live.

Further confounding this issue are the ideas about manhood and womanhood. In today’s decidedly liberal culture, we are bombarded with notions of what it means to be a man or woman. Beer commercials are some of the best examples of these types of suggestions. The media, our school system and political groups continually try to define and impress upon us their own ideas, but what does Scripture say about the subject? Today, with so much emphasis on defining what it means to be a woman, it is difficult for men to know their role. What we need is a fresh perspective of biblical manhood. In Robert Lewis‘ book, Raising a Modern-Day Knight, he discusses C.S. Lewis‘ notion of two essential qualities found in the knights of old; fierceness and gentleness. It is these two qualities that can be found in perfect harmony in many men in the Bible, including King David, the Apostle Paul and Jesus Christ Himself. The balance of these qualities is vital. Were one to outweigh the other, the quintessential idea of manhood would be lost. Someone who is strong and powerful without compassion is a tyrant, while one who is gentle and tender without firmness cannot adequately lead others. In Scripture, men of God consistently possessed both strength and gentleness in equal supply. Witness the warrior and poet David as he fells the giant Goliath, yet tenderly provides for Jonathan’s descendents, or the apostle Paul as he affectionately looks after his “spiritual son” Timothy, yet harshly rebukes the church in Corinth. Jesus Christ, our best example, wept openly over Jerusalem and in the garden of Gethsemane, yet drove the money-changers from the temple and called the religious leaders of his day a “brood of vipers.”

One thing is certain: Biblical manhood entails leadership. God did not call men to be followers, rather to be leaders. Indeed, this was a special office that God has delegated to men. Adam failed in this regard when he stood idly by and not only allowed Eve to be tempted by Satan, but allowed himself to be lead astray as well. Eve did not lead Adam into sin, rather he sinned on his own when he abdicated his position of headship over his wife. In Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood: A Response to Evangelical Feminism, Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr. states, “In the partnership of two spiritually equal human beings, man and woman, the man bears the primary responsibility to lead the partnership in a God-glorifying direction.” He goes on to say that a distinction must be made between male headship and male domination. Male domination would be an example of strength and power without gentleness, whereas true male headship requires both.

Another quality of Biblical manhood is speaking the truth, specifically the Word of God. The term “man of God” in the Scriptures is most often used in reference to Moses, Elijah, Elisha and Timothy. Moses spoke on behalf of God in communicating the law to the people, and Elijah and Elisha spoke as God’s prophets. I Kings 17:24 says, “Then the woman said to Elijah, ‘Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD in your mouth is truth.'” Timothy is called “man of God” by Paul as he exhorts him to pursue the qualities that warrant him being called so. “But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.” (I Tim. 6:11) Once again we see the call for both strength (godliness) and tenderness (gentleness).

Finally, Biblical manhood entails work. II Tim. 3:16-18 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” A man of God is familiar with God’s Word so that he may be adequately equipped to do the work of the ministry: building up the church through leading others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and discipling others to do the same. This task begins first with his own family (a man’s primary ministry) and then extends to those God has placed around him in his life.

The call of Biblical manhood is clear. A man of God is strong, yet his strength is tempered with tenderness. He is a leader, self-controlled and pure, who speaks the truth as God reveals it to Him according to His Word (the Bible) and leads others in that truth. He seeks God’s will on behalf of the people in his circle of influence and works diligently to meet their spiritual needs in Christ, bringing up other young men behind him. We must reject the idea of manhood portrayed to us by the media and embrace once again the ideas put forth by the One who created us. As His children, we need to understand the roles He has established for us and strive to fulfill them.

 

 

 

May 7, 2008

scary

In a recent event this past Sunday evening an intern at our local church was driving home and a random act of violence almost took her life.   Please read the article to find out the whole story.  The many scary things about this is that she didn’t know the people, the act happened close to my home and she almost died.

Her dad says that he has forgiven the perpetrator and that takes some serious praying I know.  I just can’t believe that people would do stuff like this.  How badly deranged do you have to be to do something like this?  It’s so uncalled for.  I wonder if the perp really knew what he was doing?  This really bothers me.  I’m sure stuff like this happens all the time around my neighborhood and probably yours too.  This just happens to be someone we knew that shared the web article about it and we found out.

let’s keep this girl Megan Cox in your prayers for a quick and full recovery and let’s pray for the perp who did this.  That through this he would find Christ and realize the err of his ways.