Saturday, February 19, 2011

Excited

I am excited because tomorrow I get to go worship at The Bridge. What is the Bridge you ask? It is a place where people of different walks meet together and fellowship! We like to hang out with each other even though we are all very different from each other. Why? Because we have something in common. The common factor is Jesus. He is big enough to unite us together as one big family.

If you don't belong anywhere and need a place to hang out, come visit with us! We would love to add a new family member to the Bridge. It is the place we meet where it is about connection, not perfection.

Peace Out,

Shanin

Friday, February 18, 2011

Testify

“Indeed, I myself thought I must do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 This I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the saints I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them . 11 And I punished them often in every synagogue and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly enraged against them, I persecuted them even to foreign cities. 12 “While thus occupied, as I journeyed to Damascus with authority and commission from the chief priests, 13 at midday, O king, along the road I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. 14 And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me and saying in the Hebrew language, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ 15 So I said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 16 But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you. 17 I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now[a] send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’ 19 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance. 21 For these reasons the Jews seized me in the temple and tried to kill me . 22 Therefore, having obtained help from God, to this day I stand, witnessing both to small and great, saying no other things than those which the prophets and Moses said would come— 23 that the Christ would suffer, that He would be the first to rise from the dead, and would proclaim light to the Jewish people and to the Gentiles.” 24 Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!”
25 But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason. 26 For the king, before whom I also speak freely, knows these things; for I am convinced that none of these things escapes his attention, since this thing was not done in a corner. 27 King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you do believe.”
28 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “You almost persuade me to become a Christian.”
29 And Paul said, “I would to God that not only you, but also all who hear me today, might become both almost and altogether such as I am, except for these chains.”
30 When he had said these things, the king stood up, as well as the governor and Bernice and those who sat with them; 31 and when they had gone aside, they talked among themselves, saying, “This man is doing nothing deserving of death or chains.” Acts 26:9-31


This was Paul’s testimony, his history. He was well educated, a Roman citizen, a murderer and persecutor of Christians. A prisoner in chains but someone who was free in Christ. Redeemed and forgiven yet a prisoner, not for murder but for sharing the gospel of Christ. Amazing.

There are things that will label you a hero in America today but if you hear from God you are labeled crazy. A person can gain fame by being on a reality tv show known for promiscuity. A person can do immoral and illegal things and maintain a position of power in our Country’s government.

Are you afraid of being labeled? Will you do what is righteous even if it is uncomfortable? Are you afraid of offending someone? Do you have a testimony? Will you take a stand? If it is for Jesus I am not afraid. He is with me. I have a testimony of redemption and I hear from God. I am thankful for his forgiveness of my horrendous past. Here I stand today redeemed and forgiven because of His sacrifice.

For Him,

Shanin

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day

I just wanted to tell everyone Happy Valentines Day! It is my anniversary and I just love the holiday too! To me it is an opportunity to tell people that they are loved and valued. It doesn't have to be a spouse or someone of romantic interest. It can be a teacher, the produce person,the checker or your son or daughter!

So when you are out and about take time to wish someone a Happy Valentine's Day. Speak a kind word into their day and life. You might become the bright spot in their day.

23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth,
And a word spoken in due season, how good it is! Proverbs 15:23 NKJV

Happy Valentine's Day!

Shanin

Friday, February 11, 2011

God is Faithful!

God is faithful! When everything seems to not go right, I can depend on God. He is there through thick and thin. His Word is everlasting and true. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Give thanks to the Lord, our God and King His love endures FOREVER! Forever is a very long time. Longer than I can fully grasp. He loves me, He will love me forever! He loved me while I was being knitted in my mother's womb. He knows everything about me! He sees my heart, the good, the bad and the ugly and He still loves ME.

The good news is that He loves you too. No matter where you are now or what you have done or will do, He loves you. He will love you forever. Will you return His love? He is the only sure thing. He is our peace. He is everything.

Just call out to Him. He can hear your cries and your heart. He is just waiting for an invitation from you. Do it. And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27 so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; Acts 17:26-27 Reach out to Him today. Your life will never be the same again.

Shanin