Oklahoma and the Explosion on Twitter

Earlier John Piper posted these verses in two separate tweets:

and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!” Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped. (Job 1:19, 20 NKJV)

Donald Miller said some things about it and long story short, it blew up on twitter. I’m not here to point to who is wright and who is wrong. I’m here to beg the question, “What do non-Christians think/see/feel when they see bickering and fighting amongst the body of Christ?”

It deeply saddens me to see Christians bicker and fight. I know that nobody is perfect and we will not always get along, but it’s not about us. It’s about how we are repping Christ to people and I think that when non-Christians see the disunity within the body, they don’t want anything to do with us and more importantly, Jesus Christ. And to say hurtful things on such a public forum such as twitter makes it that much worse. People all over the world can see the hurtful things we say to each other.

It’s a good thing that there is grace through Christ. Just because Christians are saved does not mean we are exempt from temptation and sin. We will screw up, pretty badly sometimes, and when that happens it’s important to remember our humanity and why Jesus came here. My challenge to you guys is to watch what you say, not only to people face to face but also over the Internet. When it comes to the Internet, I believe people are more likely to say hurtful things when they can’t see the consequences directly and immediately. For those of us in Christ, we need to be the light that He has called is to be instead of bickering and fighting amongst ourselves.

In God’s grip,
Alex

You Are More

This is for anyone who is struggling with sin in their life. Rest in the fact that there is nothing you could ever do to separate yourself from the love of God. No matter who you are, what you’ve done, are doing, and are going to do, God will always love you. Period. If you don’t believe in God, this amazing Grace can be yours. Jesus died on the cross for your sins. He was tortured to show how much he loves you. You just have to believe in the sacrifice He made on the cross and that he defeated death, and you will be forgiven and set free from your chains of bondage to sin.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

John 3:16-17 NIV

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Galatians 4:7 NIV

So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.

Romans 6:6 NIV

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—

In God’s grip,
Alex

Redemption

A few days ago, I wrote a blog talking about my struggle with pornography. After writing it, I felt like I should write a follow up post about the hope that I have in Christ.

Jesus said in Luke 5:31, 32, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” When Jesus said this, He was speaking to the Pharisees because they asked Him why He hung around sinners and tax collectors. And how awesome is that? We as a human race are sick and broken, but Jesus came to earth to love us anyway! We don’t deserve the forgiveness that Jesus offers, but because God loves us so much, He gave us grace.

Jon Acuff told a story about when one time he was at Chuck E. Cheeses (he was a kid at the time) and he saw another little boy get a big bowl of ice cream. And what he thought was the sprinkle line was really the hot dog condiment line. This little boy accidentally put mustard on his ice cream. A worker had seen this and asked if he wanted a new bowl of ice cream. The boy shamefully replied, “No thanks, I’ll just mix it in.” And he mixed in the mustard until his ice cream was a yellow mess. And that got me thinking, how often do we do this in real life? Where we are sick and broken and we just mix in the sin and shame until its a disgusting mess. Let God take your bowl of disgusting ice cream and let him fix it!

Even though my bowl is a disgusting mess, God still loves me and he is working in my life in order to fix that bowl. If you ever feel like you’re too far lost, that there is no way you could possibly be forgiven or loved by God again, that is a LIE straight from Hell! Satan is trying to rip you further and further from God. But it’s never too late for you to give your bowl to God and let Him fix it.

God loves you! No matter what you are struggling with.

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
-Romans 8:37

“God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.”
-2 Corinthians 5:21

In God’s grip,
Alex

God Loves You More!

I was listening to K-Love Radio last Sunday and a song came on that completely blew me away. The song is called More by Matthew West. It is a song that I have come to love because it shows how much God loves us.

The song is sung from the perspective of God. The first verse goes like this: “Take a look at the mountains. Stretching a mile high. Take a look at the ocean. Far as your eye can see. And think of Me Take a look at the desert. Do you feel like a grain of sand? I am with you wherever. Where you go is where I am. And I’m always thinking of you. Take a look around you I’m spelling it out one by one.” God wants us to see that even though we seem so small in comparison to all He’s created, He wants us to know that no matter what He is thinking of us and is with us wherever we go. This reminds me of a verse in Isaiah. Isaiah 40:22 says, “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers…” To get an idea of how small we are in the universe, I have a video for you guys.  How crazy is it that despite how seemingly small we are compared to all around us, God loves us more than all of it!

The chorus is my favorite part in the song. “I love you more than the sun and the stars that I taught how to shine. You are mine and you’ll shine for me too, I love you! Yesterday, and today, and tomorrow I’ll say it again and again. I love you more!” I love this because despite all the beautiful things God has made, things like the sun and the stars and just creation in general, He loves us more than all of that! Despite what we look like inside and out God called us “very good” (Genesis 1:31). How great is it that despite how ugly our hearts are, God still loves us?

“Just a face in the city. Just a tear on a crowded street. But you are one in a million, and you belong to me. And I want you to know that I’m not letting go. Even when you come undone.” This verse is talking about how even though we feel like we just a face in a crowd to God, He calls us a one in a million. That even though we are hopeless wretches, God won’t ever let us go. After this, the song goes to sing the chorus a few more times.

The next time you feel inadequate or small, just think of how much God loves you, no matter what you do, or what you’ve done, or what you will do, God will always love you. He loved you so much that He sent His one and only Son carry the weight of all sin on the cross. Through the blood of Jesus Christ, your sins and imperfections are all washed away and we are made perfect in the eyes of God. All you have to do is accept Jesus’ sacrifice and believe that he rose from the grave.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” -John 3:16-17

“We love because he first loved us (emphasis added)” -1 John 4:19

In God’s grip,

Alex

An Undeserved Love

How could You love a wretch like me?
I defile the temple You have made in me.
How is it You could love a man so easily led astray?
I am so quick to fall away.

How is it You could love a nation who can make a living off of killing babies?
Are we so naïve that we don’t realize this is wrong?
How is it You could love a nation who stores up treasures on earth where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal?
Are we so blind we can’t see that real treasure is stored up in where you reside?

How could You love a world so bent on war?
Can we not see we are killing the ones You love?
How could You love a world that neglects the broken and the needy?
Can we not focus on ourselves and help those in need?

But alas, I know the answer to the questions that you ask.
John says You gave your one and only Son to die for these very things.
All for loves sake He became poor.
I know that I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
And for that I praise You.

Your Love

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Your Love

Your love is the ocean waves,
Beating against the cliff.
The very love my soul craves.
I could appreciate, only if.

Your love is a rose,
Renewing each and every single day.
Each and every day it grows.
Rekindle my love for you, this I pray.

Your love is a consuming fire,
It overtakes and overwhelms me.
Your love is what I desire.
Come set me free.