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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My Best Friend

I know it's been a while since I've posted. I've almost done it several times but every time I almost did I just couldn't. I've struggled with what to talk about, but I've decided to talk about my best friend, His name is Jesus Christ. These last few weeks have been really hard for me, I've found out that some of my best friends are really messing up their lives and well to be honest, it feels like everyone is changing. In one of my classes this year everyone cusses. I really have felt like I have absolutely no one to rely on, but someone really helped me to remember that I always have someone; His name is Jesus. While many people feel as if no one has been in their shoes, someone has. This person died on the cross for sins He DID NOT commit. He was rejected by people; people made fun of Him; this person's name is Jesus. So I guess the best thing that I can tell you is that while your world may feel like it's turning upside down you have Jesus! He is steady and unchanging; His love never fails. And even if everything in your life feels great, don't forget that you still need Him!


Friday, September 19, 2008

O Worship the King?

Don't forget to check out the new poll guys!

I'm hoping that the title of this post gave a hint as to what the post is about. If you guessed worship, you should go get yourself a cookie because you're right. Please wait until you're done reading this to get the cookie, though.
Lately, Lauren and I have been thinking a lot about what true worship is. A good friend of mine once told me that worship is focusing your mind's attention and your heart's affection on something. Notice how I said 'something' instead of God. Not everyone worships God, but everyone worships something.
I know that the wonderful sport of football has started back up. I am a huge fan of football. I can tell you all of the signals and what they mean. I've even painted my face for some games. I just love football. But I know people who go beyond just loving the fun of the game to actually worshipping the game or maybe the players. It's all they think about, and it's the most important thing in their lives. They will put aside everything else in their life to yell at the refs on the TV screen. They worship football.
It doesn't have to be football either. It could be any sport, a band, a piece of technology, a relationship, maybe even things such as alcohol or drugs. People worship these things because they focus their mind's attention and their heart's affection on them.
God calls us to worship Him. He doesn't want us to have any other gods before Him. It's the first commandment. The next commandment tells us not to make an idol out of anything. A lot of people wonder why God is so jealous. Has it occurred to you that when someone worships a team or person they can get disappointed? When people worship a piece of technology, the technology can break. When people worship alcohol or drugs, they cause harm to themselves and the people around them. Perhaps, besides that fact that God is fully deserving of our worship, He calls us to worship Him because it's what is best for us. And that is always what God wants for us, the best.

In Service to the King,

Friday, September 12, 2008

New Poll

Normally, we put the poll over on the right side of the page. But this is a different kind of poll we want to run this time. This will be an ongoing poll for a while so that new readers can answer to it, too. We want as many responses to this as possible. To respond, you can either leave a comment for other viewers to read or you can send us an email: peragus2@hotmail.com. Eventually, we will compile the results and leave another post sharing what we've found. So, here's the poll question:

Would it be harder for you to share Christ with a stranger or with a friend and why?

We're really interested to see what happens with this. It might help us in writing future posts as well. Thanks a lot everyone!

In Christ's Love,
Sarah & Lauren

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Dollar for a Drink

Oh we forgot to tell you about a new project that is being started by a teen who wants to help provide water to people in Sudan. This project is called Dollar for a Drink. All you have to do is give one dollar to help build a well in Sudan. We have a link to the homesite for this project under our Cool Sites list. Please check it out and join in helping the cause! :)

Lauren & Sarah

The Mosaic

I'm going to continue the little artistic theme from the last post. Did you ever have to make a mosaic in an art class? It's where you take a bunch of little pieces and put them together to form one unified picture. The church is sort of like a mosaic.
When I say 'the church,' I'm not talking about that building you go to on Sunday mornings. I'm talking about the body of believers that Christians are a part of, known as 'the Church.' Each of us is a separate little masterpiece created by the Father with special abilities and gifts. However, one person can not do everything. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. 1 Corinthians 12 talks about our spiritual gifts. "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." (1 Cor. 12:4-5) Although, we serve in different ways, we're all serving the same God for the same purpose. It also says, "To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit..." (1 Cor. 12:8) The point trying to be made here is that each of us has our own individual talents that aren't the same as someone else's. But read further into 1 Corinthians 12. You'll find it starts talking about one body. This is where the mosaic analogy comes in. Alone, a believer or piece of the picture is fine, but if you unify it with the other parts, they all become one magnificent picture. An entire picture is a lot better than part of one; don't you think?
The body of Christ, or the Church, is a mosaic, and you're one of the pieces. You as a masterpiece bring something to the body that no one else can. That why it's silly to say, "Well, I just don't fit in anywhere." If you're a masterpiece of God, then you can be part of the mosaic, too.

In Service to the King,