Guest Blog from Naomi!

March 31, 2010

When you are sitting alone in your bedroom, at your computer or whenever you are
and you think to yourself why is life like a bonfire? Why are bad things happning to my friends?
Why do people have so maney heated arguments, fighting against eachother, constanty
bickering and souting?
Why do they do this kind of stuff.
It can raise the question “Is my life going to become like that?”‘
 
John 14 v 1
Let not your heart be trobled, you beleve in God,
Beleve also in me.
 
Pray to God, he will hlp u through the fear that can overwhelm you.
God can give you the peacein your heart and mind.
Don’t be scared of praying to God, He will answer your prayers.
Share wih your friends the peace that you have found and help them to pray to God about their situation.
They too can have that sence of peace that you now have.
 
Naomi

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Well im sitting here in tech listening to mighty to save. And it just fills my spirit with joy and love. My god is mighty to save, that’s so true. Lately I’ve been wondering about how I can use my testimony to help others, like properly help them, My secret dream is to be able to teach people about the lord, show people how he can change every aspect of there life’s if they allow him into there life’s like. I just don’t have the bottle to talk about my past because sometimes I feel so ashamed about everything that happened to me, but then I realise that even though it totally sucks from my point of view I could totally inspire other young adults with it and show them that even though something terrible has happened to them they can take it and use it for the better instead of dwelling in it like I done for so many years. I try to keep my past my dirty little secret because I’m scared of what people think, I don’t want people acting different round me because of it. In 1 John 5:4 it says for everyone born of god overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. When I started to think more and more about this I realised how important it is for god to be in your life so you can over come any obstacle that is placed within your life. Some day ill be able to over come everything in my life that is holding me back from filling the life the lord has laid out for me. Because all I want for my life is to show young people the glory of the lord and that there’s so much more to life than sex and drugs.

God bless. Frankee x

Guest Blog From Naomi!

February 17, 2010

When you are in a dark place or whatever the situation is
that you are faceing and it makes you angry.
Keeping the anger bolt up inside dose not help.
What can happen is that you can end up talking the dark
place or situation.
Ephesians 4:25,26,27
So put away all felsehood and “tell your neigbor the truth”
because we belong to each other and “don’t sin by letting anger gain
control over you”
Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty
foothold to the devil.
The best thing to do in that situation is to open up to someone you trust.
A family member or close friend.
Stay calm when telling them about what has made you angry.
Psalm 32:8
The Lord says,
” I will guide you along the best pathway for your life”
I will advice you and watch over you
Look up to God and he will help you all the way.
 
Naomi

“Something like Larry”
After throwing my duffle in the trunk and jumping into the seat, Dad asked me “So, uneventful flight?” I responded, “Actually, it was quite eventful.” I recounted how I had shown up late (I had been thinking about departure time, not boarding time), and had a mad rush to make my flight alongside a few other harried travelers out of Long Beach.
But that wasn’t all. Also from Long Beach was a cute blonde free-illustrating in seat 15D. I had to ask her to let me squeeze past to my window seat, along with a comment about how I enjoyed her artwork. It started a delightful conversation that would continue the rest of the entire 1hr flight up to the San Francisco Bay. I discovered “Hilary” was traveling home from her 3rd year at Cal State Long Beach as an art student, and was full of funny roommate and school stories we could laugh together about. I had previously mentioned I was a pastor, along with being a tutor, and working on my Masters of Divinity in grad school. It was when she asked, “So, what do you do as a pastor?” when I felt Holy Spirit steering our ordained chat deeper. In the end, we analyzed her irregular Catholic upbringing, what evangelical church pastoring looks like, and eventually walked through the message of the gospel together. She replied that she’d never heard it in such clearly expressed, easily understandable words. We both jumped as the plane touched down, realizing the entire-flight length of our conversation. Then, as she went to claim luggage and I split to the sidewalk to wait for my ride, I looked up to the crisp stars overhead and asked God to continue to work in Hilary’s life.
I pray she’s having a relaxing time at home with family. But I’m also praying that the truth in the message of the gospel will leave her unsettled, and desiring more! Thank you, God, for using me in this way! May I always be a free servant for your Spirit-guided work!

Guest Blog From Naomi

February 11, 2010

Life in this world is a big challenge sometimes for people.
I know I struggle physically and in general.
It is really hard sometimes and I don’t have a clue what to do.
If you are struggling physically and in general.
Read this passage of scripture.  
 
John 14 v 6
 
I am the way the truth and the life,
no one can come to the father except through me.
 
Pray to God and he will give you the answer help with whatever
situation or struggle you are facing.
He will be beside you wherever you are.
 
Naomi

Guest Blog from Frankee!

February 9, 2010

This weekend when i was away with the youth we talked about our dreams and what were passionate about. We were asked to write our own obituray, I kind of thought okay hmmm? how would i want to be remembered. i wrote that i inspired and influanced many lives of young women with my testamony; and thats kind of my dream awell. Because like, i use to think that before i became a christian that what i went through and what happened to me was my fault, like i desevred it. However now when i think about it i know that the only reason that i went through it is because now some day i can share it with young women and hopefully inspire them and encourage them that it doesnt have to distroy them the way it did to me because there is light at the end of the tunnel after all. that i am worth something and that my life is important. even though it will take a long time for my too build up my confidance and accept compliments and all that jazz. well you’ve gotta start somewere right? Through god you can achevie anything you want. I love to write, everyone who know’s me knows that. but i dont want to write things that won’t inpower me or influance someone else, so when i do write i try to use my past to do so. i don’t want anything from my past to have a hold over me anymore. I want to walk the path that the lord has set out for me. i dont want too stand back because of my fears. Anyway i guess what i’m trying to say is dont let anything hold you back, dont let anyone hold you down! Personally i dont want to look back on my life and be like why did i let that hold me back?! I want to do as much as i can for the Lord on earth while i have the chance to do it. I look round at everyone in my life and think oh my word, there amazing. i want people to think that about myself. One of  my most favorite bible chapters is Isaiah 49. because it inspries me to be what i feel i should be for the lord. In the restoration of israel it says “to say to the captives, come out and those in darkness be free! “. When i read this im instandly inspried and motivated. I want to help those in the darkness to be free. free in god. I want to help people who are in captivity of the devil to come out, and see the light and love of god; because in my own personal opinion and you don’t have to agree with me on this but the only way you can truly be free is if you live your life according to gods will. NOT according to you and your fears. Thats how i want to begin living my life. Thats what i’m going to start to do. and i hope whoever reads this will do that to.

take care. God Bless. Frankee xx.

Why ???

February 8, 2010

Why do bad things happen to good people when they haven’t done anything?”
I think everyone wonders this at least once in there life, I wondered it for the last while, I was praying about it and just didn’t understand it , people who haven’t ever done anything that bad in there can end up dealing with thing they shouldn’t have to , it seems unfair I was asking everyone and nobody could answer , they looked at me like I was crazy. I asked Brian Somerville, Senior Pastor at Cornerstone City Church  about it and he said he didn’t know the answer it seemed like a dead end , nobody could answer me , but then when I was talking to him he made me realise that that’s a question with no answer , nobody knows why bad things happen to anyone ! But infact its how god can use it to change you. god has a plan for you life you just need to trust in him and know that if things do go wrong, its for a reason, that something good will probably come out of it or even just a hard learned lesson . thing fall apart so better things can fall into place you may not realise it now , but its all a part of making you who you are or who your going to be within god. yeah , it just might take a while and you will probably look back and think your glad those thing happened. Bad things happen to people all the time , if something bad happens seriously just hand it over to god and trust in him and believe that he’ll take control and help you through it. whatever happens is meant to , just keep walking the path your on ; you never know what good might come of it just trust in god!
Libiee xxx

Many Christian churches have changed their worship styles. As is often the case with experiences, we have different impressions and reactions to worship styles. The Bible doesn’t give a formal definition of worship. The English word “worship” comes from two Old English words: weorth, which means “worth,” and scipe or ship, which means something like shape or “quality.” We can see the Old English word -ship in modern words like friendship and sportsmanship – that’s the quality of being a friend, or the quality of being a good sport.

So worth-ship is the quality of having worth or of being worthy. When we worship, we are saying that God has worth, that He is worthy. Worship means to declare worth, to attribute worth. Or to put it in biblical terms, we praise God. We speak, or sing, about how good and powerful God is.

This is a purpose for which we are called: “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” 1 Peter 2:9. We were called for the purpose of praising God, worshiping God. That is one of the job descriptions of a Christian. We should declare that God is worthy, worth more than everything else put together.

In Hebrew there are 2 popular kinds of words for worship. The first kind means ‘to bow down, to kneel, and to put one’s face down as an act of respect and submission.’ Basically this is showing that you’re saying with actions, I will do whatever you want me to. I am ready to listen to your instructions and I am willing to obey. The second meaning is to serve: making a sacrifice or carrying out his instructions.

So how do we approach worship? How do we get to that place, where we are willing to tell God that he has full control of everything in us, control of our entire being. Many people tell you many different things, but I would say that to come to the state of worship then simple come as you are. Matthew tells us in chapter 11v28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” This doesn’t mean you just show up on a Sunday morning and stand with your hands in your pocket expecting God to do all the work. God is a gentle God and won’t push is way through. You need to be expecting and ready to enter into his presence. You need to be ready to bow down in his presence, you need to be ready to kneel at his feet, you need to lay your face down and submit to Him love, His glory and His peace. You need to be ready to worship.

There’s something about worship, something about the music, which helps the progression and movement of God. Maybe the build ups, the crescendos which spark an emotional response, one that helps you lose your, self image, your inhabitations, and to solely focus on God and His wonder. This to me is worship. The meeting of our hearts, our minds and letting them collide with God.

Once upon a time there lived two young boys. These two boys were very different from each other.
The first boy would be called by others a very “holy” boy. He was the first to be at church on a Sunday morning. When the offering plate went around he would take out the largest bill from his pocket and wave it around for everyone to see, and then place it in the offering plate. He would also be the first to give up all of his sweeties when he was offered them as a sacrifice when the church would be in a time of fasting. This lad new the best Christian words to say at the exact time when the sermon was being given. To so many he was the perfect Christian boy.
And then there was another boy who lived on another street that was not to far away from the first boy. Unlike the first boy this one did not go to church every Sunday. This boy would be up too late on Saturday night to even get up for Sunday morning service. If his mum’s hand bag would be left on on the kitchen table, he would not be too afraid to take some spending money out of it. It was not that he did not know about God, but he just was so busy to really make time for God.
So one Sunday  morning the two lads both were in church. Not only were they both in church, but they were both sitting right next too each other. It came time after the service for prayer time. The first boy began to pray out loud so that everyone could hear! He prayed out, “Lord, thank you that I am not like other people- partying, steeling, swearing- or even like this guy standing beside me!”
The second boy looked down humbly, and prayed under his breath, “God have mercy on me a sinner”.

Luke 18:14 says, “I tell you that this man (boy), rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

To read this story from the Bible refer to Luke 18:9-14.

Joshua Ashbury.xxx

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
It is in those heaviest, most difficult moments of life when what we actually believe and live by is tested. Now that I live down in LA, I feel helpless as I receive emails and take calls about a friend of mine who died in a car crash recently at age 17. Why was he taken away so young? Why? Why? I keep hearing. This is terrible. The world is a cruel, dark place, and my heart and prayers continue to travel out to his family and all those hurt by this painfully premature tragedy.
For so many of the high-schoolers I know back home, to accept the very first death they have personally experienced is especially a struggle. But as I explained to a student and friend of mine through the hushed tones of a late night phone conversation, it is an awful experience just like this that holds overwhelming capacity for change: change in our mindsets, change in our beliefs, and change in our lifestyles. When death is so near as today, questions arise like no other time: What is God doing? Is He loving? Is He in control? Why me? Where does one go after death?
Don’t lessons about Heaven and Hell and Salvation seem stale or worn out…until the reality of death is presented raw before you? How often do we think to share words of Life with our lost, unsaved friends we see every day, until we realize just how little time some of us have left?
Lets not skip services or sleep during church. This life and death stuff is real.
Lets not roll our eyes next time we’re told how important it is to share the gospel. People really do need to be saved.
So as the world may crash down, what do we actually believe? And how will we change the way we live based on this new event in our lives? Ask yourself these questions. And then live your life like it really does matter.