Monday, February 18, 2013

The Scruggs

In my devotional, the day for this video is titled, "Forgive." That's what the entire message of this video is about.

This film includes two people, Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs. They started off happily married, with everything they wanted. But it wasn't enough. Emptiness set in for Cheryl. She felt a longing for something more that soon lead to doubt. Doubt resulted in detachment. Detachment lead her into the arms of other man. Cheryl and Jeff drifted apart and ended their marriage in divorce. But God wasn't finished with them yet.

It was love at first sight for Cheryl and Jeff. Young and ambitious, the two fell in love and and got married. They had it all: ocean view home, the right clothes, the best jobs and there was nothing to want for that money could buy. But what about the things money couldn’t buy? Like happiness or love. Cheryl found herself secretly discontent and began to question her love for Jeff. Jeff, on the other hand went on oblivious to the true feelings his wife harbored and slowly, they drifted apart… Cheryl into the arms of another man.
She had an idea  of what the perfect life looked like. That’s what she wanted, that’s what she worked for and that’s what she had. “But it was fake.” So is divorce, then, the answer or is it just running from the real problem? For Cheryl it was the answer and that answer was to end it all. However just because our plans are to end something doesn’t mean they are God’s. And just because we make mistakes -big or small- doesn’t mean He can’t fix them. In the end, both Cheryl and Jeff had to have faith, pure faith to see things through. See how faithfully God reconciled their seven-year divorce, step by step, back into the marriage He had in mind. [1]

1. The Story - The Scruggs - I am Second http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/the-scruggs/

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Brian Welch

"I threw away all my drugs.... And I quit Korn."

I am Second
When you have reached the top and something’s still missing, where do you go? Brian “Head” Welch’s life was spinning out of control. As lead guitarist for the band Korn, people worshipped his music. He made all the money, had all the cars, houses and women he could handle, but still found himself with a crippling addiction to Meth. “I could not stay sober. I did not know how. I hit rock bottom.”
There’s a point when you finally look in the mirror at an image that you are simply tired of seeing. Brian wanted to quit, but what if quitting required complete surrender? [1]


Sorry this was two days late. xP What are your thoughts? Did Brian's story touch you? Do you think God could do similar in your life or in the life of someone else? Does this change the way that you see God, experiences or people? What do you take away from this film?

Leave it all below. :]

1. The Story - Brian Welch - I am Second. http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/brian-welch/

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Outreach

 I like your Christ; I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.

The other day I stumbled over this video: "The Christian Bubble: Part 1." I really didn't feel like watching a 10 minute video at the moment, but I was kind of curious; so I sat down and watched. I'm extremely glad I did.

At the beginning of the video, it shows different interviews a guy does at a university: asking random students their thoughts on Jesus. They get a lot of good opinions back. A lot of the college students seem open to them, which is great. But then the guy doing the interview asks each student their thoughts on Christians.

*boom*

Nearly every response is negative: stuff like "hypocrites," "Bible thumpers," and so on. In the video, the guy later says that it was embarrassing, being a Christian and hearing random people describe Christians like that. It also helped him realize how little time he was sharing with non-Christians, and--despite being unaware of it--how he'd basically encased himself in a little Christian social bubble: all Christian, all the time.

I think a lot of us are the same way. It's not intentional most times, but we end up getting so sucked up into church life and ministry and such that we forget why we're here. Jesus, however, did not forget: repeatedly reminding others of His and our purpose, like He did in Matthew 9:13:  
I didn’t come to call the righteous, but sinners,
and in Matthew 5:13-15:
You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. (emphasis mine)
I remember one time on Instagram someone told me that Christians are called to be holy and separate, and therefore shouldn't spend time with non-Christians. I can't remember exactly what verse they used in an attempt to back their statement up, but it was probably 2 Corinthians 6:14 and 15: 
Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?
The problem with that argument is that the verses are taken out of context. Paul here is talking about partnerships not friendships. A partnership (the state of being a partner) is generally closer than friendship (the state of being a friend). Paul wasn't saying we can't befriend and love non-Christians; he was telling the Christians in Corinth not to become so close to their pagan friends that it caused them to stumble in their walks with God. (Bad company corrupts good character -1 Cor. 15:33) The fact that Christians are using this passage as an argument to stay away from nonbelievers in general shows how far we've come from remembering our purpose.

Christian friends are a blessing and we definitely need them in our lives. God gave us the body of Christ for a reason. But as Christians, we're not here simply to cheer each other on or help other believers. We are here to be lights in a dark world. If all the lights in the world cluster together in one big, unmoving group, that only lights up their part of the world. The rest of the world is in darkness--not knowing what they're missing or desperately searching for it--because the very people charged with the duty of showing the light to the people aren't doing it. People are suffering because of our isolation. People are believing the stereotypes because they never meet any Christ-loving Christians face to face. Mohandas Gandhi didn't speak the quote above because he was mad at Christians; he said it because that's what he saw. And that's what people will continue to think until we break out of our bubbles and show them--with our words, actions, and lives--what a real Christian is supposed to be.

Below is the video I watched that inspired me to write this. Yes, it's ten minutes long, but its a worthwhile ten minutes. (Plus, it took me forever to figure out how to embed this video into the post; so if you don't watch it, all that time will go to waste. :P) So yeah, check it out. It elaborates on the points I talked about and emphasizes some others as well. Very awesome.



The Christian Bubble Part 1 from CrossPoint Church on Vimeo.


Have a great day and God bless! :]
But you, dear friends, as you build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life. Have mercy on those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; have mercy on others but with fear, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh. -Jude 20-23

Friday, February 1, 2013

I Am Second - Lecrae

"Get me out of this, just don’t kill me."
I am Second

As a child, Hip Hop artist Lecrae’s world was void of good role models. Growing up with a single mom, he would watch rap videos at his grandmother’s house and developed an ability to rap himself. Yet Lecrae wrestled with insignificance, having never met his father and enduring a life of abuse and neglect. He sought to fill this void by surrounding himself with gangsters.
Before long, Lecrae was embroiled in a world filled with drugs, theft, alcohol and gang activity. “I didn’t fit in anywhere. I was just a misfit of a person,” he said.
Little did he know that his view on life would soon be jolted, opening his eyes to the One who valued his life as significant. The One who cared enough to die for him. The One who is behind his music. [1]
 This is probably one of my favorite I Am Second films so far. Then again, I am a huge Lecrae fan; so that statement is probably biased. xD Anyway, here is the video. 
Watch and be amazed at what God can do. :]



To quote my Live Second book: what did you like about, identify with, or learn from Lecrae's story? Share it in the comments. :] 
Have an awesome weekend and God bless!

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." -John 14:6


1. The Story - Lecrae - I am Second. http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/lecrae/