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Mid-Week Music Break

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I first heard this song on a CD by the group Turning Point. You can hear their version here. But this is the original song with a touching music video. I hope it impacts you as much as it has me.

Anyway, by Brad Reynolds

Communicating Truth in Love

In Ephesians 4, Paul writes:
Instead, we will speak the truth in love growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of the body, the church. (Ephesians 4:15)Christians are to speak truth in love. And by doing so we become more like Christ. So...don't tell lies. Okay! Simple enough.

Or is it that simple?

It's a common experience to internet users that it is much easier to say some things through the digital media (email, blogs, Facebook, texting, etc.) than it is to say them face to face. Sometimes these are good things that we get too nervous to say in front of another human, like expressing our undying love to the one on whom we've had a crush for the last 3 years.

More often than not, however, these things we say online but not in person are more likely to be hurtful, offensive, controversial, and utterly tactless. Someone makes us mad so we post about it. We disagree with what someone wrote so we leave an anonymous comment. If we don't censor oursel…

Evangelism: A Love Story

Everybody loves a good love story. Come on, guys, admit it. You don't REALLY mind it when your girl drags you to a chick flick. There's just something about seeing love blossom out of unexpected places.

We watched Tangled last night. Disney movies are especially good at telling unexpected love stories. The hostage princess falls in love with the fugitive thief. The beautiful peasant girl falls in love with the hideous beast. The Arabian princess falls in love with the "street rat."

We love to hear a good love story.

Let's think about this in relation to evangelism. To "evangelize" literally means "to tell the good news." Yet so often we think we have to have all these intricate doctrinal issues all ironed out before we can even mention the name of Jesus. We don't know enough about who God is, how Jesus is still living, or what the Holy Spirit does. We don't know the plan of salvation or all the arguments for or against predestination. …

High Five Thursday!

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Yep, it's back. [And there was much rejoicing. "Yay..."]


With the Harry Potter movie series closing its final chapters this weekend, this list is all about movie franchises.

Top 5 Movie Franchises



Galaxies

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The newest Owl City single, Galaxies, is one of my favorites on the radio right now. The chorus is gripping, expressing both despair and hope, darkness and light, doubt and faith.

How many of us have been to that place before where "the galaxies crossed and the sun went dark"? How many of us have experienced the world closing in around us with no light to guide our way?

Like a sailor lost at sea, we've got to find that North Star and follow it, trusting that it will lead us where we need to go.



When was the last time you truly took a leap of faith? When was the last time you took a step out into the unknown because that's where God was leading you?

God is that only North Star that I would follow as far as I have already, and I will continue to follow him to the ends of the galaxies.

Choice

Did you know:

The average adults is subjected to 600-625 advertisements every dayIf you live in a city, that number can reach upwards of 5000 adsEvery day, you make thousands of decisions about your lifeThere are literally thousands of voices yelling at you every second of every day. Each one of them is demanding that you buy a certain product, wear your hair a certain way, get this phone, buy this value meal. More importantly, advertisers are insisting that you think, behave, and believe just like they want you to.
Marketing is a multi-billion dollar industry.
Everyone from President Obama to Lady Gaga to the clerk in the supermarket is trying to get you to think, feel, believe, and act a certain way.
We are bombarded with so many choices that sometimes it begins to feel like we don't actually have a choice! 
Lady Gaga says I was born this way so I should just do what comes naturally. But my parents want me to think and act the way they do. And then my teachers are challenging my pare…

"Fire Till Dawn": An Explanation

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When YHWH led the nation of Israel out of Egypt, he went before them as a pillar of fire at night to light their way. When daylight came, he led them as a pillar of cloud (Exodus 13:21-22). He was their light in the darkness. At sunrise there was plenty of light for them to walk by. The fire blazed before them until the dawn came.
When Jesus came to this earth to lead all of humanity out of the bondage of sin, he came to show us life, true life, eternal life. "The life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has [neither] understood nor overcome it" (John 1:4-5). Jesus himself took on the roll of the fire pillar blazing in the darkness leading people until the dawn should come.
When salvation came to mankind, those who chose to follow the light of Jesus became lights themselves. Jesus' followers are like a city on a hill or a lamp giving light to the dark room (Matthew 5:14-16). 
One of Jesus' early followers, Paul, wrote to the Christian…

Give Me Your Eyes

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This song has really been on my heart recently. When was the last time you really stopped to take a look around. Every single person around you has a story, they have their own struggles and heartaches, they have their own issues, yet each one of them is extremely valuable to God.



Even with the whole Casey Anthony thing, do we see her through our human eyes? Do we secretly hope that she gets what she deserves? Do we see a lying sociopath who miraculously got away with murder?

Or do we see her through God's eyes? God sacrificed himself for her sake, too. She may or may not have murdered her daughter, but she definitely is guilty of being a horrible mother. But I believe God still views her as one of his image bearers who has become seriously tainted. Yes, she has some serious issues and needs mental help, but she's never going to live a "normal" life again. She may never even know love again in her life.

The Lord does not delay His promise,as some understand delay, but…

A Perversion of Nature

That's me. A perversion of nature. Well...at least that's what I was.

Well...at least that's what I thought I was.

And you were too! You can pretend like you weren't, but you were. Or at least you thought you were. Because that's what you've been told.

"You're not good enough/ thin enough/ tall/pretty/athletic/spiritual/holy/rich/smart enough."

"You are weird/ a freak/ a perversion of nature."

"No body would ever want you. I mean, look at yourself. Of course you should be insecure about your body!"

"Buy this brand/ that car/ these pills/ those gadgets because your life is incomplete and meaningless without them."

LIES! Every one of them. Nothing but lies. Yet we believe them! Every day we buy into the lies that we're not good enough. Even in the church we begin to believe that we're not holy enough/ faithful enough/ righteousness enough and that God could never love us just the way we are.

I had the privilege …

Independence Day

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Tomorrow is the Fourth of July, and yes, they DO have the fourth of July in Britain... In America we celebrate the day when our founding fathers rightly declared:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
As inspirational as those words are, our generation may be more familiar with the words of Bill Pullman who played the president in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. I still get chills.



And then there are the words of Paul in Galatians 5:

1Forfreedom Christ hasset us free;stand firm therefore, and do not submit again toa yoke ofslavery.13For you were called to freedom, brothers.Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through loveserve one another.
Sure, we are living in a free country. We enjoy freedom and independence far beyond what most of the world could even imagine. But how are we usi…

I Shall Be Free

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This song played before the drama performances this past week at Uplift. It's incredible!



When was the last time we really loved without limits? Without fear?

Are we really free to love whomever or do we shackle ourselves up by our own fears/ desires/ preconceptions?