Sunday, December 7, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We found a Christmas tree in the jungle of Northern California, and now have lit on fire with Christmas tree lights. Oh Christmas, how we so enjoy you, more so the reason for Christmas. We enjoy the comforts, knowing full well of all the discomforts of life.

Our children have become acquainted with American lifestyle, especially during Christmas. Searching for Christmas trees, drinking and spitting out egg nog, watching various Christmas movies (e.g. Elf, Christmas Story), sipping on hot chocolate filled with more sugar toppings (whip cream, sprinkles) and driving around seeing houses lit up like Christmas trees.

Oh the irony of Christmas.

But, we as a family soak in the tradition of the gospel through this period of time, grasping in God's love and truth to the world by putting Jesus on display and crucifying him as our sin on the cross to be our savior. This good news stays foundational, consistent and primary during this season. Trees and Christmas things are not our idols; rather, we take the moment in time to enjoy God's creation of trees and generously share the life God has given us in Christ by the Spirit.

Sounds crazy to some, but sweet like candy to us. So, we look on to him.

“... looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
(Hebrews 12:2)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Living Out Website and Resource

Together for the Gospel Christian conference and resources recommends the organization website LivingOut.org.

The website is filled with video testimonies of people specifically dealing with homosexuality in their own hearts, lives, passions and relationships. The testimonies and focus on the website centers on the gospel of Christ Jesus as God's power bringing new life, passions and focus.

The gospel is more than a mere message of Jesus' person and work to live, die and rise from death for the sin and separation of humanity. The gospel is God revealing himself to be known, trusted and changed to live for him, even when one deals with homosexuality.

Below are two video examples of testimonies as well as learning more about LivingOut.org:

Peter:

Peter from Living Out on Vimeo.


Sam:


Monday, April 14, 2014

Be Un-Ashamed of the Gospel

Drug dealer, liar, hater, luster, greedy, user of people, viewer of Bill Maher's 'Mockumentary' called 'Religulous'  and by the power of the gospel ...



Testimonies, John Joseph from Together for the Gospel (T4G) on Vimeo.

“What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that'.”

(James 4:13–15 ESV)



“I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.”

(Romans 15:24 ESV)



“You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.”

(3 John 1:6b ESV)



“As You sent Me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.

(John 17:18 ESV)