Halloween Post

Hey, y’all! Halloween has come. And what does this mean? Candy, costumes, scary things, and darkness.

But, though this day is incredibly dark (this holiday does celebrate Satan after all), we as Christians can use this day to bring glory to God. How? Let me explain.

First off, we can glorify God by taking the jobs people think less of, and use them to reveal to people that all work can point back to Him. For instance, you could dress up as a painter; they bring God glory by painting beautiful houses. Or a teacher brings God glory by working with kids; they are have the ability to be part of the kids’ lives, and can reveal God to them. Dressing up as a zookeeper reminds others what good stewardship of creation looks like. Really, any job you can think of can be used to bring God glory. Dressing up as people who do those jobs can be beautiful and can emphasize God’s handiwork.

Second off, you can think of your neighborhood as a mission field, with a bunch of lonely souls that are ripe for harvest. Think of all the people in your neighborhood. There are many people, right? Well, Halloween is the one of the only days that you’re allowed to go door-to-door and meet these people face to face. (The other holiday in which you are able to do this is Christmas, to go caroling.) You can use this time to bring hope into these people’s lives. We’ll never really truly know what these people’s everyday lives are like, but we can plant ‘seeds’ of hope in their lives that God can water. Once we plant these seeds, God can water them to bring about their salvation. ‘How can we plant these seeds?’ you may be wondering. We can plant the seeds by telling them something about Christ. No, we don’t have to evangelize. But we can simply say something like “Jesus loves you”, or “Jesus is alive”, and the seeds will be planted. Remember, these people need Jesus just as much as we do; it is of the utmost importance that  we share Him with them.

Lastly, you can bring glory to God by showing His love to these people. By being kind to them, they will ‘see our good works, and glorify your Father your in heaven’ (Matt. 5:16). Actions speak louder than words. They will see that we are different than normal kids, and wonder what’s different about us. (For those of you who like to argue with non-Christians, please know that arguing gets you no where with them. Yes, it is good to have an apologia for your faith, but it isn’t good to argue with people. Arguing pushes people away and makes them angry. Yes, I know that Jesus said that believing in Him would divide people (Luke 12:51), and that the Holy Spirit would convict them (John 16:18), but that is not our job to do that. We are simply God’s messengers, His royal ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:19-20). We are to be a pleasing aroma (2 Cor. 2:15-16), not a spicy, hot one. People respond better to love than hate. Okay, sorry! Rant over. ‘;) Anyways, that being said, I would like to reiterate that we are ambassadors for Christ. We represent Jesus to these people. Just as Jesus showed love to the people in His vicinity, so are we to show love to those in our neighborhood.

Though Halloween is a dark holiday, we can be reminded that Jesus defeated death, darkness, sin, curses, etc. on the cross (Romans 4:25, 6:8; Isaiah 25:8; etc.) . He died on the cross and rose again (Acts 1:3). He conquered Satan; now Satan has no power over us anymore! Thus, we can celebrate the fact that Christ is victorious. We can rub it in the Devil’s face that he has no power over us and that he’ll be thrown in to the Lake of  Fire and Brimstone when the end times come. Lately there have been many attacks happening that are directed towards the family and Christians everywhere. But we need not be afraid, because Christ has overcome the world. With all these things happening, we must remember that all these terrible things are happening because the end times are coming soon (Matt. 24:6, 2 Tim. 3:1). Through all of it, though, God will protect us, for we are His Children. Knowing this, we can tell others that Jesus is alive, and spread the news that Jesus is coming soon.

Celebrate the fact that Jesus is alive! Spread the word: He is coming soon!

19Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. 20When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. 21When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law,d I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.

22When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. 23I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.             1 Corintians 9:19-22

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If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this Gospel to the people at the cost of life itself.

-Martin Luther, reformer

Book Report 01

The Scarlet Thread- A Tale of Forgiveness and God’s Grace

Post and book rating: teen and up for topics

(note: some posts may be rated teen and up because of topics talked about; not because they are explicitly inappropriate. Viewer discretion advised.)

Tragic circumstances riddle Sierra Clanton Madrid’s marriage in the Scarlet Thread, a romance novel by Francine Rivers. Bitterness consumes Sierra when she must leave Healdsburgh, California because of her husband’s new job in Los Angelous, California. Her reaction twords the move causes a rift to form between them. This, other tragedies, and a diary and quilt of her ancestor’s all help Sierra see how she needs God in her life. Here are some of the morals we can learn from the Scarlet Thread.

God uses circumstances in our lives to bring us closer to Him. One day, Alex, Sierra’s husband, calls to tell her to pack up their things, cause they are moving to LA, where his new job is. Furious, Sierra drives to her mother’s house, to find her going through things in the attic. Together, they go through the old boxes and find a old steamer trunk, a diary, and a patchwork quilt belonging to Sierra’s ancestor, Mary Kathryn McMurray. Curiously, Mary Kathryn sewed a scarlet thread through all the squares on the quilt. During and after the move, though, Sierra forgets about the quilt’s mystery. Instead, Sierra decides to focus on the negative side of things, giving into bitterness. This pushes Alex away, which is only the beginning of her problems. After her mother dies of cancer and Alex deserts her for another woman, Sierra finds god. Through Mary Kathryn’s diary, she discovers how God didn’t Mary Kathryn’s side, nor hers, either. Eventually, by God’s grace, Alex and Sierra’s marriage is restored. Through everything, God was working in Sierra’s life, drawing her to Himself.

The second thing you can learn from this book is that Jesus is sovereign. Again, it wasn’t until Sierra’s mom died and Alex betrayed her that Sierra was brought to her knees. From there, she found God. Slowly, after His patiently working on her heart, Sierra was able to forgive a repentant Alex. One night, after they had made amends,  Sierra sat on the couch, thinking about her unstable marriage with Alex. She was trying to figure out how their marriage could work. Musing, she gazes upon her ancestor’s quilt, and understands its message. The scarlet thread connecting all the squares Mary Kathryn meant to signify something that she learned: Jesus holds all our lives together. Through all the ups and downs of Mary Kathryn’s and Sierra’s lives, God was sovereign. He’s sovereign in our lives, too! We may try to fix or change things all we want, but we can’t, because our lives are in God’s hands. He is in control; He directs our steps. He has authority over our lives. He knows what’s best for us. God is sovereign over everything.

So to recap what we learned, we now know that God is sovereign. He uses events in our lives- good or bad- to draw us closer to Him. Overall, this was a wonderful story of Christian romance and history with good pacing and easy-to-understand language. However, since the subject matter of the book is marriage, there are some grown-up things talked about. Unfaithful spouses and deep affections are allusioned to. Despite those topics being in the book, Francine Rivers masterfully turns our view from these topics to God’s grace, which is bigger than our sins. the Scarlet Tread  is a beautiful story of romance and forgiveness that I recommend to any older people who want to escape the gruesome ways of secular romance novels.

ℵΣβ

What can wash away my sins?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

What can make me whole again?

Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

-Hymn by Robert Lowry

Poem Time! “Friend to the Friendless”

Hey, y’all! Welcome to another poem time. Today’s poem is one that I wrote this past Wednesday concerning some friend issues at church. Normally I would include an explanation of the poem, but I didn’t have the time to work on one. Besides, I felt that this poem’s message was pretty easy to follow, and I want you to get your own application for it as well.

So here we are! I give you:

Friend to the Friendless

Standing forever on the outside,

forever looking in,

wondering what they’re all talking about therein.

Always here, but never there,

wondering if they even care

that you’re standing out there in the cold.

 

Always the black sheep,

forever different, forever one step ahead.

No one wants to keep the black sheep as a friend.

After all, you have nothing in common with them.

 

Always trying to put yourself out there for your friends,

only to be hurt to all ends.

Forever caring for others-

making sure they’re okay;

trying to cheer them up if that day just isn’t their day;

 giving them a shoulder to cry on when nothing’s going their way-

but nobody cares for you;

whatever are you going to do?

There’s just no way you can support yourself on your own anymore!

 

Friendship problems are always endless;

you’re often left wondering if you’ll always be friendless.

The future is looking to be joyless.

 

Well, let me tell you:

all those problems are real,

what with the joy and hope that they steal.

But even now, there is someone waiting to be your friend.

He will stick with you til the end.

He wants to comfort you,

to carry you when you can’t find your feet.

To let you cry on His shoulder.

He wants to tend your festering wounds.

 

He cares for you,

He loves you,

He understands you,

He wants what’s best for you,

He died to save you.

 

Do you want a Friend beyond all friends?

Do you want to do life with someone who knows you

better than you know yourself?

 

Then I recommend you run to Jesus,

the Author and Finisher of our faith;

the Good Shepherd Who will care for you,

O Black Sheep;

the Great Redeemer who will support you,

O Helpless;

the Great Friend who will cherish you all you  Friendless.

His Name is Jesus.

 

I will never permit myself to go so low as to hate another man.

Booker T. Washington

 

Makin’ a Splash in the New School Year

Hello, y’all! It’s that time of year again for lots of students. Most dread it, others love it. What is this all-important day of the year? To students, it’s known as “The First Day of School”. ;P

For some of us, this day is dreaded, because it means we will go into new grades, for others new schools, and for still others, it means having to face bullies from the year before.

But whatever you’re getting into with the new year, remember this: God holds your life in His hands. He will give you peace to last you throughout the school year if you keep your eyes of Him. You are His beloved Child, and He cares what happens in your life.

Believe it or not, school was part of God’s wonderful plan for your life. In school, you learn a lot about life. In the trials that you go through in school, He is helping you to learn to lean on Him. When God created the world, God gave us great minds so that we would be able to learn about the wonderful world around us. We learn about this world not just through everyday life, but in school as well! And school with provide you with the education you’ll need to be able to support yourself in life, and so that you can get a good job.

There are so many different possibilities that could happen in school! Really, school is what you make of it. If you start this school year with an open mind and a quiet spirit, this school year will be a great one for you, you’ll see!

How do you feel about school? Are you excited or apprehensive about it? Please share your experiences about it in the comments. =) 

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is steadfast on You, because He trusts in You.

Learnin’ about Comics!

Hey, y’all! How’s your week been?

I’m writing this post to share with you something exciting that I’m planning on doing.

I am going to be making my own comics! Lately, I’ve been reading up on how to make them, and I think that I can do it.

Every time I’ve gone to the library, I’ve been checking out books on the art of comics. Lots of people started in generally the same place as me, and have even had similar dreams to mine. Looking at all the different styles of drawings in the comics, it’s easy to see that you don’t need much experience in anatomy if you’re to start out as an amateur. I do story telling and drawing anyways, so why not combine the two mediums? Besides, being an amateur comics artist will be good practice for becoming a concept artist for a major movie company, which is my dream job. (In case you didn’t know, a concept artist is one of the main persons who work on the film. They provide the characters and ideas for the movie. 😉

Yes, the journey will be long and hard, but I’m not willing to give up before I’ve even began! With God’s help and hard work, I know I can succeed!!

If you’d like, I can post some of the comic pages I’m working on from time to time. Also, if you want to make OCs of some of the stories, you may do that as well.

I’ll keep you posted on the comic-writing experience. Please keep me in your prayers. Thank you!! ❤

If life were short, where would all the adventures be?

-Anonymous