Cleaning and Trusting of the Heart

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness

-Matthew 23:25-28

What is the human condition of the heart. The Christian bubble works even when people tell you it doesn’t work in the real world. But what do I mean by the heart. By the heart, I mean that it reprints the true nature of who you are, which is your core personality, desires, commitments of your treasures.

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled

-Genesis 6:5-6

This piece of scripture was the first place that the heart was in the Bible. God saw what humans are capable of, which means we are capable of evil. Love drives God and even when he knows we are capable of sin and evil, He still loves us. Humans tend to at times completely ignore God because our heart betrayed Him and we betrayed our relationship with God. So it is important to look at our heart and see if we can trust it and if not, we have to learn to clean up some.

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.

Ezekiel 36:26

This proves that the heart can be good and that the spirit guides us. We have to have the heart that is made of stone to be mostly gone to stay in line with God. That is what is saying. We need to trust God’s heart the most instead of our own.

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism;  one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

-Ephesians 4:1-6

This piece of scripture talks about many things that are good such as humble, gentle, peace, hope and unity. We have to be willing to live the life that God has called you to. It is the spirit that creates unity among us. We have to use our gifts to do what God has called us to do. We have to keep eyes on God because he is the answer of everything due to His strength, perseverance, and we need to keep our eyes on Him.

So do you trust your heart? All of these pieces of scripture were talked about at last night’s Gathering.

 

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How Do You Inherit Eternal Life?

As Jesus started on this way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teachers” he asked. “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good-except God alone. You know the commandments. “You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.” ¬†“Teacher, ” he declared. “all these I have kept since I was a boy”. Jesus looked at hime and loved him “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

_Mark 10:17-21

This piece of scripture was what the sermon from the Gathering on Tuesday talked about. This man approached Jesus and asked “how shall I inherit eternal life?”. The answer to that is love. Jesus told the man that he knows all the commandments that must be followed. Jesus said the only good is God. God knows where everyone’s heart is and their treasure is where the heart is. It is important to follow Jesus in order to inherit eternal life. When Jesus asks the man to sell all his things, the man left feeling sad. Jesus said that he must sell everything to give to the poor and doing charity is important when it comes to the life of being a Christina.

How often do we say “no” when we choose not to follow Jesus. Why do we sometimes ignore Jesus? One of the reasons why is that we get so frustrated when we give up and we are holding on so hard that is preventing us from following Jesus we have to follow him. The world that we live in weighs us down and we get so caught up in the world that we think the world is so perfect, but in reality it is painting a false image of society and the planet that we live on. There is a nastiness and filth we sometimes don’t take notice of and that will continue to weigh us down.

In order to follow Jesus, we cannot let the devil control us. We need to be able to cling to the goodness of Christ and his mercy and his hope in order to be a true Christian. Showing goodness and mercy and hope to others is how we can follow Jesus and how we can help fix this broken society.

What do you think of this piece of scripture.

 

 

Compassion and Love of Humans

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble

-1 Peter 3:8

Originally I was thinking of talking about the sermon of yesterday’s Gathering’s sermon. But when I went to bible gateway to find the passage, the scripture of the day was this quote I am talking about today and thought it was a wonderful piece of scripture to use for this day’s post.

This quote is important to human existence. The world is so messed up. But there is a way to fix it. This scripture is saying that you have be compassionate to one another and show love. That is the human life and we should do more of that than be rude and act by hate. What it truly means to be human is to be feel loved and love others. The more we show love, the more fixed this broken society will be. God was compassionate, good, and loving towards all and could forgive our mistakes. We have to make sure we know how to how compassion and how to show love towards others.

What do you think it truly means to be human?

Stay Focused in the Race

And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to be there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task that the Lord Jesus has given me-the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. Now I know that none of you among whom I am about

On Tuesday at the Gathering, the sermon was about this particular piece of scripture. It is about to not lose focus, but to keep eyes on Christ. Just by reading this passage, it doesn’t seem like it is about staying focused. What does the race look like when it comes to Christ. Well, the race is different for everybody. For starters, there are nonbelievers and believers. Citizenship is seen in the kingdom of Heaven and that is where the race ends. If you are a nonbeliever, you can start the race anywhere, but if you are a nonbeliever still at undergraduate school, your school is the place to start. but you can start anywhere at any time in your life.

But, how do we not lose course stay focused on the finish line? One way is to stay obedient to Christ and follow our calling. No one is alone in the race because we all go on a spiritual journey to reach the kingdom of Heaven so no one is alone in their race even though it looks different from anybody.

But why do we go on this race? For starters, Jesus is the way, truth, and light of our lives. The people who have faith because of the mercy that God has shown us. We need to testify to the grace of God. Just continue to keep your eyes on the prize and if you do, you will reach the finish line.

 

Favorite Songs That are Not From Musicals

For this post, I will be doing another list post. I have made a lot of list posts dealing with favorite musical songs. Today I will write a list of songs I like or love that are not from musicals. Some of these songs are unique to me because some of them don’t seem to be easily found.

  1. Prince of Peace
  2. Above All
  3. Child of God
  4. Fierce
  5. Power to Redeem
  6. Shout to the Lord
  7. Lord I Lift Your Name On High
  8. Footloose
  9. Create in Me
  10. Servant Song
  11. Somebody to Love
  12. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart
  13. Don’t Stop Believing
  14. The Perfect Fan
  15. The Call
  16. The Climb
  17. No One Else Comes Close
  18. Let it Be
  19. Come to the River
  20. Don’t Want You Back
  21. Good Good Father
  22. Spanish Eyes
  23. Sanctuary
  24. Why Not
  25. Larger Than Life
  26. Footloose
  27. Living on a Prayer
  28. I Want It That Way
  29. What Makes You Beautiful
  30. Great are You Lord
  31. Don’t Wanna Lose You Now
  32. You Raise Me Up
  33. Sweet Caroline
  34. I Gotta Feeling
  35. Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely
  36. You are My All in All
  37. So Yesterday
  38. It’s Got To Be You
  39. Where Did I Go Right
  40. Anywhere But Here
  41. I Need You Tonight
  42. Love Just Is
  43. Humble Thyself
  44. On Eagle’s Rings
  45. I the Lord of Sea and Sky
  46. For the Beauty of the Earth

Yes, there is a lot of Contemporary Christian songs on here, but I love that genre just as much as musicals. This list shows I don’t just love musicals in terms of music. Not all my favorite songs ended up on this list because I couldn’t think of anymore.

What are your favorite songs not from musicals.

The Importance of Compassion in the Christian Life

When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick. As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “this is a remote place, and its already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food. Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. Bring them here to me, ” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.

-Matthew 14:13-21

This piece of scripture is one of my favorite scriptures in the bible. At last night’s Gathering, this scripture was what was preached about. This piece is highlighting what Jesus’ ministry. Think about it: when was a time where you felt compassion on someone or a group of people and actually decided to act on it? Sometimes humans feel compassion, but don’t act on it and show compassion to others. However, there are times when we have felt compassion and actually acted on it.

In this piece of scripture, Jesus felt compassion on the crowd of people and decided to act on it. But the disciples wanted the crowds to leave and buy good. But Jesus wouldn’t leave because he wanted to act on the compassion so he decided to feed them even though there was only five loaves of bread and two fish. When Jesus looked up the heavens, the food they had was multiplied in order to feed the crowd. He didn’t ask the crowd to get their dinner, but gave the bread and fish to the disciples because he wanted them to hand out the food.

Compassion is a very core part of what it means to be human and what it means to be a Christian. Jesus was showing the disciples the importance of helping those in need by letting them pass out the bread and the fish. This is a perfect example of what it means to follow Christ. Next time you feel compassion for someone, act on it and don’t ignore it. Compassion allows us to give back to those going through a rough time and who are the less fortunate.

What is the importance of compassion in your opinion?

Beauty of God’s Creation

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One place that I love about Gardner Webb is the lake, which is near the suites, which is where I live on Campus. On the way back to the suites, I saw a rainbow in the lake and I had never seen a rainbow in the lake before. You never know when nature shows you a part of creation you had never seen before. It shows just how beautiful nature can be.

The rainbow in the lake shows that creation is beautiful and that rainbow was captured in the picture above. The rainbow in the lake reminds me of God’s presence and the importance of God in my life. I want to make the most of my last year of ¬†college, which is why I wanted to capture the rainbow in the lake.