Sunday, September 15, 2013

This Is a Brag Post...Sorry

Last night was stinking awesome. 

My family got free tickets to go see the Point Fest which is a big Christian concert held at Cedar Point.  First of all, I love Cedar Point, so that was cool.  Second, the artists they had (Building 429, Tenth Avenue North, Third Day, and Tobymac) were some of the best.

So I had a good day full of roller coasters and awesome Christian music.  Another thing I liked was how the artists took opportunities to try to preach the Gospel in between songs. 

A very good night it was.

My brag is over now.  You can now return to your lives.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Grace Revoked...? NO!!!

So, here's the deal.  I was recently assigned to be a Teen Spiritual Director at a retreat I help out with.  Pretty cool right?

The problem is I keep doing things that make me wonder if I'm a good fit for it.  I keep making mistakes that no good Christian should make (right?).

Take last night.  I got into a huge fight with my younger brother which I felt terrible about afterwards.  I mentioned to my dad that I was in no position to do this postition I mentioned above.  I felt like one of the fakers that I would publicly condemn usually.  Dad said I was probably in a better position than I thought.

My brother and I made up for the fight and things are pretty much okay now, but I was still puzzled by what Dad said last night.  I asked him what he meant, and he said I wasn't a faker.  A faker is someone who sins, doesn't care, and still tries to act all holy.  He said that we're all in need of grace.  He mentioned Peter, who denied Jesus three times.  Yet after this, Jesus forgave Peter and he ended up becoming the first leader of the church!

This is a good lesson for all of us.  Nobody is perfect.  If we were, Jesus wouldn't have needed to die for us.  Our mistakes are the very reason he offers Himself to us.  He came to save sinners, not condemn them.

No matter what you've done, He's always willing to forgive you and He has great plans for you.

Following are several videos to further emphasize the point.