Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Give it up...(Fri)

Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

So here we are: We’ve been caught in the act, we blame shifted, we were cursed, and we’ve been left with a life…We’ve also taken ownership of our sin, confessed it, determined to live thru pain, and create a life that worshipful…all because of the sacrifice and love of Christ.

Genesis 3:21

Did you catch that? Abel wasn’t the first one to die, an animal was. An animal had to be sacrificed to “cover the nakedness” of Adam & Eve…Naked, do you ever feel that way? Like no matter what you do, it’s never enough, like the sin and the failures and the hardship of life have just stripped away all your resolve, all your joy and left you with nothing…Jesus became that, even though He is God of all Creation, he became nakedness for us and sacrificed Himself for our life.

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

Now, we are created in His likeness, in Him…So it should only be natural that we sacrifice. We should die daily for Christ and His cause of saving this world. What will you sacrifice (give up painfully) today for your priesthood? Remember, God didn’t give away something He really didn’t want anyway. He gave His very own Son, in essence His very own Life. What will you give today to flip Malakoff, Texas on it’s head and start saving lives?

You know the drill; Find a story about sacrifice and bring it to RiotLIFE.

Got the Life....(Thurs)

Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. Jonathan Edwards

What are you living for? What kind of world, what kind of life are you creating? In spite of failures and pain, are you creating a live worth living, a life that is totally surrendered to something bigger than yourself? A worshipful life?

Genesis Chapter 3
20 Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.

Eve, despite her sin, became the mother of all living. Jesus, as a man, is the descendent of Eve, and Jesus Christ is the source for life, in fact is THE LIFE.

John Chapter 14
1"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going." 5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus is the Life. It’s real simple. Are you living for God? Are you living for you? Your object of affection (you or God) will determine what kind of life you create on this planet. Live your hard knock life for Jesus, it’s His anyway!

Find a story about someone either that you know, or that is famous that spent their life living for something bigger than themselves, & bring that story to RiotLIFE.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

(Wed.) It's a Hard Knock Life For Us...

"I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life; I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well."
Theodore Roosevelt

Ask anybody older than you…life is hard. It just is, and being a christian does not make it any easier. In fact, the bible says that being called to Christ means certain pain. We can’t live long with out falling short of the mark, or failing in some way. So what happens when that happens.

Genisis Chapter 3
14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life.
15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."
16 To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you."
17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and
to dust you will return."

Consequences & Repercussions, That’s what!! But what do you do? Do you quit? We don’t. Why, because Christ becomes our curse. He takes the hit for us. It may hurt day to day in this so-called life, but Jesus took the eternal hit when He died on a tree for our sin.

Galatians Chapter 3
13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

So, Jesus became our curse, so what do we do with this hard knock life? We live it. We live out our calling, purpose, priesthood, “hero-hood”, whatever you want to call it, with all our heart and we do this with a sense of courage and with the very serious understanding that we will fall short & we will see pain, but we will be victorious in Christ!

"The worst of all fears is the fear of living."
Theodore Roosevelt

Find a quote from a “Famous” person that has to do with living and failing, etc. Find it and bring it to RiotLIFE.

Monday, September 10, 2007

(Tue.) He Said, She Said...Snake Said

“A Cadet will not use evasive statements or technicalities in order to shield guilt or defeat the ends of justice, sir.” Article IV, Aggie Code of Honor

Everybody loves to play the “blame game” when caught red handed.

Genisis Chapter 3
12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."

Especially today, with so much time being spent on MySpace or playing role games like Halo or Medal of Honor…We spend so much time living a virtual life where there are no consequences for our actions. So like this passage above, we try and avoid guilt by blame-shifting.

Psalm 51
For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.
1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great
compassion blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you
are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge.
5 Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

David sinned…big time, and the only way to begin repairing his relationship with God was to confess his sin. Jesus stands ready to forgive you and cast that sin as far away as the east is from the west, but to begin, first you have to own it…its your life, your decisions, your hurts, your mistakes…own it all, because Jesus has paid for all.

Are you a world changer? Are you waiting for some one else to change the world for you? You and you alone have been placed right here & right now. Own the here and now where God has placed you. Own your revolution, because no one else will change Malakoff, Texas, USA, & The World the same way you can.
Find, Cut Out/Copy a news/web article that shows someone trying to avoid blame for his/her actions. Get it & Bring it to RiotLIFE on Sunday.