“I believe as Christians, and as a Christian artist, we need a fresh revelation of who God is. Yes God is our friend, but he is also King, and this is a good thing. If God is no different than you and I, then what kind of God would he be? I am grateful that God is not like me. I am thankful that God is not only good but powerful and Holy, and worthy of my respect.” – Ben Pierce (Read more on Come&Live)
What is the Gospel?
What does it mean to follow Jesus?
What does it mean to be a Christian?
In answering these questions, I’ve heard an array of Christians talk about how it’s all about love and grace, being a good person, or going to church. However, when it comes to following Jesus, there was one message that Jesus preached that I rarely hear people talk about these days. That message is this: Continue reading When we repent, Jesus empowers.
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
As Easter approaches tomorrow, Christians around the globe will celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. It’s a monumental time to rejoice, but I always find something even more fascinating than simply celebrating through the good times. Continue reading Christ Lives In Me
“And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.” – Jesus (John 17:3)
You are what you eat, right? That’s what they say—whoever “they” are (I never know). But I know “they” can be right. Continue reading What influences you?
“If you love me, obey my commandments.” – Jesus (John 14:15)
Churches should be more like fast food restaurants. Continue reading Fast Food Church
“Changing our lives in order to make room for [Jesus] can be scary because you’ll find yourself becoming hyper-aware of all the things that need to be changed. And after you get over the hump of laying down your entire life at his feet for more of him, you may find that the people who mean the most to you won’t understand. Even Christians find it hard to comprehend why on earth you don’t want to do little things anymore, like watching television, gossiping, or being on your phone as much. The everyday habits of ordinary people seem harmless because everyone’s doing it and it’s normal. You’ll scare them. You might seem more distant than usual. This is such a hard thing to walk through, and you’ll want to give up because you want them to approve of you… You want them to be proud of you, and encourage you, but instead they just grow wary of you and draw away.
But I promise you, making sacrifices to live this life of freedom is so worth it. It’s so worth it to pursue God through every single thing that tries to hold you back. People on the same journey will walk with you when you need it most, Faith will guide you, and every word that comes from God’s mouth will be what sustains you.” – Markie Myers in They see us prayin’, they hatin’
Imagine you have this desire in your heart, this longing. There’s this hope stirred inside of you—it defines you. Your whole life hinges on this desire, and not just for something to come, but for someone to come. Someone to fix all the brokenness. Someone to restore what was lost. You need this.
But you’re still waiting for it. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Continue reading The Harvest is Plentiful