We’ve already done a Recap post, but that was a very long time ago. We’ve had over 40 posts since that recap! So I’m going to try and recap several of those 40 here for you.
Sadly, people are tired of life. People are tired of living. They have no passion. No reason to be alive. I can just imagine God looking at these people and saying sadly, “If only you knew how much I love you and the plans I’ve got for you.” You can give these people purpose and passion by encouraging them–let sadness flee from the God of Joy. Let the lifeless and dying live in eternal life.
Don’t be a fair weather Christian. This post talks about how I sprained my ankle two days before vacation.
You can be stressed about tons of different things, but you should NEVER be stressed about being alone. God will NEVER leave you or forsake you. He will always be by your side. He will stand by you. You won’t ever be alone. *Plays Capital Kings’s “You’ll never be alone” in the background.)
Relief is a funny word to do a blog post on. You can be relieved when you realize that your dream was only that–a dream. You can be relieved when you learn that it’s only Saturday and you have the whole next day to write the weekly post. You can be relieved when you realize that this week is jaden’s turn to write the post. You can be relieved when you learn of God’s mercy and love and that he’ll forgive you no matter what.
Scriptures such as Philippians 4:12-13, Isaiah 40:31, and Job 23:10b are quoted to remind us that God will never not be there to catch us.
6. Past Tense
A lot of people talk about Jesus in the past tense, as if He was just another historical figure. But Jesus is still very much alive, and very busy in the lives of people. Hopefully in your life. He didn’t just die and rise again and then take a 2,000 year vacation. () He died, rose again, and spent 2,000 years saving lives and being Jesus.
The world has a stereotypical Christian: a Bible-thumper who forces the Gospel down their throats and has no real understanding of anything. That’s the stereotype–so let’s break it. Let’s make the un-stereotypical Christian our new stereotype!
You really should just read this post. It’s basically the gospel story. In a new way. Please just read it.
It’s hard to let God work through you if you don’t have any idea what you would like to do, or what you think his plan might be. To wait for and trust God is different from being a lazy bum. Christians are not called to be couch potatoes; Jesus tell us to be alert, aware, always ready, and to have a plan. As long as our plan aligns with God’s plan, then it’s all good
3 nails + 1 cross = 4giveness. This is God’s math.
11. God–Who is He Really?
We take a look at Who God says He is, not Who man says He is. Because man’s opinion is always screwed up. Exodus 3:14, Nehemiah 9:6, John 14:6,
It’s important that you stay patient with people who annoy you. Hey, you don’t know what’s going on in their lives. They could be having the worst day ever. So it’s kind of selfish to get impatient with them when they don’t do something right. And unselfishness should be an honorary fruit of the spirit. (See our earlier posts, Selfish and Selfless.)
I’m willing to bet that you’ve been called weird. If not, then you’re probably trying to work too hard for people’s acceptance. God calls us to be weird. In fact, He calls us to be crazy. As award-winning Christian rapper Lecrae said, “If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection.”
Change can be a good thing, if we accept is as a good thing. If we keep living in the past instead of living in the moment, where does that get us a people? As Christians? We live in the now. We walk by faith, not by sight. Today could be our last day on this earth. Let’s praise our God like it is!
15. Pain Because of Love
I have broken about nine bones, sprained both ankles, and sprained my left wrist twice. I have jammed four fingers and been bruised, scraped, and scratched so many times I can’t count anymore. Yes. It did hurt. Most of these injuries happened because I was doing something I loved. Jesus went through being whipped. Dragging his cross that he would die on. Being nailed to that cross. Being tied up. Being slashed. Dying. All because of someone he loved……………YOU.
We talk about two VeggieTales songs–“My God is so Big” and “God is Bigger than the Boogie Man.” If God is for us–this great big God of the universe–who could be against us? No one. That’s a rhetorical question.
“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for.” We hope for eternal life someday. We hope there’s a god up there. It’s evident all throughout humanity; you just can’t deny that. We all hope for different things, but ultimately, our main hope should be in Christ. And while it seems sometimes that our hopes are not founded in reality, we have faith, and this faith is believing in what we can’t see. It is the reality of what is hoped for.
18. Questioning Our Faith
If you don’t ask questions about faith, you will never get answers. Blindly accepting what you’re told is just not smart. At least for me, I like to know WHY. So ask questions, study the logic, and repeat! You will feel more confident as a Christian if you do.
Some churches water down the gospel (or proverbial lemonade) until there is no truth (proverbial lemonade) left. We need to go out there and preach it. Also go read the original post because then the title will make more sense.
“Count it all to joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. ” Hopefully this is a reminder to you that Jesus loves you so much that He DIED for you. Also that the tough times in life are God’s way of testing you, of refining you to produce steadfastness and make you into shining gold.
21. We Were Mean Ones, Mr. Grinch
Have you seen the original Grinch movie, or read the book, or heard the song? “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” is a great story because it shows that even thought the Grinch had a heart full of unwashed socks and a soul full of gunk, he found forgiveness from the Who’s and was given a second chance. Even though we, too, have gunky souls and unclean hearts, we can find forgiveness from God. He is a God of second chances.
If you want to take advantage of this second chance, say a simple prayer to God acknowledging your need for Him. This video will explain it all. https://gotquestions.org/way-of-salvation.html
22. Mountains to Valleys
If you’ve ever been to a church camp, a good youth group, heard a great speaker, or been to church, you have probably gotten a “church high.” We called those Mountains. But now maybe it’s two days after that retreat and you’re starting to forget what they talked about at church or youth. We called those Valleys. We don’t have to leave the mountain. If we are forever tied to Him through accepting Christ, sure we are still human, and sure life gets really hard sometimes, we are never too far gone for God to hold us in his presence.
My all-time favorite post I’ve ever written. Just go read it for the whole effect. Please. It has to do with Doctor Who.
24. Dealing with Grief
When you are in a time of grieving, it’s important to remember these things: A) It 100% sucks. But just because it’s dark right now, doesn’t mean that the sadness and darkness has to control you. B) God loves you so much. C) This moment, this time of heartache–it will either strengthen you or weaken you as a Jesus follower. D) Someone out there is going through the same thing. E) God still loves you. Even though we are consumed by darkness at times, that doesn’t mean that the sadness has to be everything.
Psalms 147:3 “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.”
NOTE: THERE ARE SOME POSTS WE DID THAT ARE NOT ON THE LIST. I TRIED TO PICK OUT MY FAVORITES. JUST A DISCLAIMER.
That’s it for the recap, everybody! Hope you enjoyed going back through our old posts. Please don’t forget to follow this blog for a new post just like these. We post every Monday. You are priceless!!!
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livelifeloudsite.wordpress.com—–Jaden’s amazing photography blog which I think she hasn’t touched in a year.
Compiled by Tabitha.