January 22, 2015

None of us are too bad to become a Christian

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Just wanted to put this here:

Adam Ford’s great comic on how none of us are too bad to be saved.

July 9, 2014

Songs from Retreat

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On a happier note, here are some uplifting songs that I really liked from the retreat (I’ve been listening to all of them, but especially the first one, on repeat since I’ve gotten back haha :])

I am not the same – Unhindered

Oceans – Hillsong United

Cry in my Heart – Starfield

Marvelous Light – Charlie Hall

edit: oops, one more that I forgot:

Your Love Never Fails – Jesus Culture

April 18, 2014

The Cross and Christian Sexuality

Posted in Good reads tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:35 am by sanguinemare

Well, it’s certainly been a while since I posted here.  Haven’t had as much time as I would like to review sermons or growth group sessions and write them on here.  I did watch this yesterday/today though – it’s by a pastor who leads at a church that my current church was a church plant of (lots of “church” in that sentence haha).  I think this is a really good sermon for people who wonder about what Christianity and the Bible say about sexuality.  Have you ever wondered how far can you go with your partner who is not yet a husband or wife?  What about pornography?  Masturbation?  How far is too far?  To anyone who is struggling with this, has struggled with this, or has suffered because someone else is struggling because of this, I point you to this great sermon by David Platt.

August 11, 2013

Great quotes from today’s sermon

Posted in Sunday school/service tagged , , at 7:12 pm by sanguinemare

We talked about Luke 17 today, where we were showed many examples of what it meant to live like a true disciple of Christ.  Once concept our pastor talked about was the principle of fighting sin, but being eager and quick to forgive when someone sins against us.  Here are some quotes/excepts from our notes page for today:

“We should be willing to rebuke the wayward:

Nothing can be more cruel than the leniency which abandons others to their sin.  Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe reprimand which calls another Christian in one’s community back from the path of sin (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together)

We should be willing to forgive the repentant:

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)

Disciples trust Jesus alone and thank Jesus openly (v. 11-19):

The best of us are far too like the nine lepers.  We are more ready to pray than to praise, and more disposed to ask God for what we have not, than to thank Him for what we have.  Murmurings, complainings, and discontent abound on every side of us.  Few indeed are to be found who are not continually hiding their mercies under a bushel, and setting their needs and trials on a hill.  These things ought not so to be. (J.C. Ryle)”

January 29, 2012

Why do you go to church?

Posted in Sunday school/service tagged , , , at 8:41 pm by sanguinemare

Words of wisdom from the local Christian radio station today (paraphrased): You don’t go to church to see “what can I get from it?” but to give – to give praises to God and be joyful and thankful for what He has given to you.  It’s a time devoted to praising God.

I thought this was an interesting concept and a good reminder.  So many times we go to church and are, in a sense, judging how “good” the church is.  Our response to the question of “why do you go to ____ church?” is something along the lines of “the Pastor is good/has good messages” or “the music is great”, or sometimes even “my friends/family go there.”  And this is one of the reasons people church-hop so much, because they are always searching for something better that they can receive from the church – better speakers, better music, better community.  But we forget that not only are we trying to get something out of church – which is also important – but it is time for us to give.  To give thanks for what we have, to give encouragment to each other, and to use this protected time to give praise to God. 

Having not grown up in a Christian family, it was always a privilege for me to be able to go to church, because it was such a rare occurence.  Now, I am able to drive myself to church every week, and enjoy it.  But I also find myself being kind of elitist – oh I don’t like big churches because I feel lost, this pastor is new and doesn’t speak as well, the music is not as good as my last church so I can’t really get into it… so many complaints, so many “I wish they could” or “if only they did this it would be so much better”… but that’s not all what going to church is about.  It’s about enjoying time with God, loving Him, praising Him, and being able to just BE with Him – something we often don’t find enough time for the rest of the week.

So next time you go to church, don’t just sit there and passively listen.  Don’t think about all the things that could be better about your church or the people around you.  Use that time to thank God and appreciate all He has done for you. Use that time to renew yourself in Him, and to love Him as he loves you.