To make it easier to sort out, I'll put it in a sort of list form! =)
- I've been wanting to write but I never could bring myself to write on the topic that I felt I needed to write about. It's about compromise, compromising our belief in Jesus just so we can _________ (fill in your own blank) - mine would be so I don't hurt people's feelings. Compromise is defined as "to make a dishonorable or shameful concession" or another term I use is settling (which means "to be satisfied with"). I am tired of compromising and settling!!!!!! I know what the Bible says about certain topics ad there are things that I do and people I know do are flat out wrong and totally against what the Bible says. Why then, do I continue to allow it to happen? Why am I not trying to encourage others to do the right thing? Why do I worry if I hurt their feelings? Why, why, why?????? The Bible is very clear
"Don't you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers - none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God. There was a time when some of you were like that, but now your sins are washed away (!), and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for you." 1 Corinthians 6:9-11Yes, I know the passage in mostly on sexual sin, but it does point out thieves, greedy people, and abusers and so on. But the next sentence is so wonderful - Now your sins are washed away!!! We have been set apart! We don't have to do those things anymore! But we aren't automatically made that way... We don't just get the gift, we have to ASK for it and make the choice daily (for me it’s constantly!) to lay down our burdens and take Jesus' - His yoke is light and His burden is easy! I don't want to sound like one of those back-woods, Bible-thumping people that condemn everyone to Hell, but it is TIME to take a stand! We can't serve two masters - we'll love one and hate the other. I think that many of us have settled or compromised our beliefs so that we won't be considered weird or back-woods believers or we just don't know what Scripture actually says... I'm not sure but I've heard and seen so many people compromise on what the Bible says. Like it's ok for their children to live with their boy/girlfriend or that the Bible isn't really God's Word, that men decided what to put in it and it's just really cool and neat letters (2 Timothy 3:16-17) or that it's ok to be inspired by something that Jesus would never have been ok with or the list literally could go on and on but I think you've got the picture. I'm tired of compromise and second rate living - Jesus has great things in store for me and I'm going to run my race with perseverance and try to help others do so as well. So you guys, go get your running shoes!!! (And please don't think I'm being that condemning person, I just know that Jesus has good, good plans for all of us and I want it for you too!!!!)
- Kid's Camp 2011!!!!! Woot!!! I love, love, love camp and this year was the BEST ever!! 15 beautiful souls were added to the Kingdom!!!!!!!!!! And that's awesome and amazing! I love the way Jesus works! The kids aren't prideful, they aren't scared of what others think, they'll stand up, raise their hands to worship our Savior. The camp pastor said to me one night during the songs, "Why can't adults do this (stand in awe of what Jesus is doing and just be unashamed for Jesus)?” I'll have more on Camp in my next blog; just ponder that question, "Why can't adults do this?"
I think that is everything for now, I had a lot of personal stuff too; I just need to digest it and learn from everything before I put it out there for everyone (
**So very sorry for the black writing, this silly thing will not let me change it! It's doing crazy things! =(