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How to Enter Heaven September 29, 2012

Filed under: Applied Faith,Let's Get Biblical! — christical @ 3:21 pm
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But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33 NIV84)

How does one enter heaven?

This question is easily answered in John:

I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24 NIV84)

Now, I’m going to add a little more Bible onto that one:

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. (Mark 10:15 NIV84)

Jesus said that to enter heaven, you have to have a childlike faith. Let’s take a look at that.

The fact is that God, and only God, can fathom His mind and mercy—what He does for us and why. Realizing that, we become humble in faith. Humility is one of the greatest virtues one can have in my opinion. To welcome humility in your life is to welcome God.

Jesus was a great example of humility when He died on the cross. Though He was the greatest, He made Himself the least, encouraging those around Him the entire way.

And through faith and trust, you can do the same.

•JFG

 

Step Out of What Happens in the Dark September 25, 2012

Filed under: Christian Culture — christical @ 9:00 am
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People aren’t afraid of the dark; they’re afraid of what happens in the dark.

Over the years, darkness has come with the feelings of negativity, depression, and despair. I believe in the above quote. Children are often afraid of the dark because they think that monsters are hiding in the closet or under the bed, or even on the walls.

What happens from there? Do they just avoid the dark for years and years, hoping that they won’t eat caught in a sticky situation? By no means! The parents, the siblings, Grandma and Grandpa even, form an alliance and help the child to overcome their fear.

A similar event tends to take place at different points as an adult: anything from starting college, to getting married, to having children, to retiring. If only working rough the emotions experienced at each point were as simple as overcoming a fear of the dark!

But for each action, an equal and opposite reaction results. In this case, the force is a life event pushing you down, while your support team pushes you back up. As the intensity of the life event increases, so should your support team. You might even find yourself seeking professional services, namely, a counselor.

There’s always been a certain stigma about psychotherapy. The folks who started National Psychotherapy Day want to change that. I encourage you to check out their site and seriously consider whether you do need help getting through a rough patch in your life. People are there for you, no more than a metaphorical reach away.

Note: Thanks to my readers who have put up with my non-Christian rambling over the past month or so. Tomorrow, I will be writing a post about darkness and God’s creation. Stay tuned!

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Hell Is Full of Hammers September 13, 2012

Filed under: Applied Faith,Christian Culture — christical @ 10:05 pm

“I’ve always imagined Hell as having this rack full of hammers that people have accidentally hit their fingers with *chuckles* . . . every time you say ‘damn’, you’re actually trying to use God’s power to send it to Hell.”
–Pastor, talking about cursing.

So, just a quick lesson for Friday.

Cursing: Asking God to send someone or something to Hell. An example is the “d” word. Using such a word in a situation so frivolous isn’t wise. Now, does God answer our request with a “yes”? I don’t think so! We can use this, however, as a point that God doesn’t always answer prayers with a yes.

Swear: Lying by God’s name. How many times have you heard someone said “I swear to God!” when you didn’t something they were saying. Typically this is a sign of dishonesty.

Have a great weekend everyone. God bless whatever you’re doing over the next few days. And, please, for everyone’s sake, clean up your mouth!

–The Jesus Freak Girl

 

Bible Verses for 9/11 September 11, 2012

Filed under: Let's Get Biblical! — christical @ 7:55 pm
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Mood: Inspired.

I will now share a few verses of what I feel about the effects of the 9/11 attacks.

Psalm 31:21
Praise be to the Lord, for he showed me the wonders of his love when I was in a city under siege.

Matthew 5:4
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Matthew 11:28
Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.

Job 12:1
He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I shall return there. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.” (Job 1:21 NASB)

Isaiah 41:10
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Isaiah 53:4-5
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.

John 5:24
Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

Romans 8:18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.

Revelation 21:4
And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

Playlist:
Praise You in This Storm (Casting Crowns)
Understand (Jeremy Camp)
I Will Rise (Chris Tomlin)
I Lift My Hands (Chris Tomlin)
Endless Hallelujah (Matt Redman)
Never Once (Matt Redman)
Blessed Be Your Name (Matt Redman)

Peace.

—The Jesus Freak Girl
“God, you give, and you take away. I’m throwing myself into your arms, knowing that you will carry me, because you are my Savior. Do your will. I know that this is for your glory.”

 

Transversing the Worlds September 6, 2012

Filed under: Applied Faith,God's Grace Is Enough — christical @ 2:40 pm
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People can exist in different worlds. I’ve had that on my mind a lot lately.

Think about the last time you’ve been so deep in thought that the rest of the world got shut out. Remember that feeling, like you were in a trance, and the fight-or-flight response kicked in once someone interrupted you. I really hope I’m not the only person who experiences that. It normally happens like this:

Me: *playing at the piano, slowly fading into my own world*
G: Hey Erin. Hey Erin. Hey Erin.
Me: *still in trance*
G: *bangs on keys*
Me: *heart rate jumps, snaps back to reality and out of any thought I was able to accomplish*

At times, it gets quite humorous, like when too much of my attention is turned to the piano to hear my friend we’ll call HMT banging on the church door because he somehow got locked out.

But, anecdotes about which you don’t care aside, I figured out how to apply this to spirituality.

What if we could do that with prayer?

Those moments of fervent prayer, when you could just praise God for a thousand years, that connection, that love, it feels like nothing else.

“But, Jesus Freak Girl,” you say, “How do you do that?”

Let me tell you: God will get into your life if you let Him. It’s all about finding s system that works. For some people, just reading the Bible and thinking about the Word will put a spark into their life. On thing I recommend is watching Passion of the Christ. I’ve only seen one scene, and boy, did I walk away from it affected!

Truly, truly, I say to you, that the experience of becoming closer with God is highly subjective. If it were easy, everyone would be perfect. The reality is that we’re not, and that spiritual lives are often idealized.

A relationship with God isn’t as easy as pressing the “Staples” button, but when you finally break through that wall of humanity by realizing the Spirit within you, you will find all of the hardship more than worth it.

–The Jesus Freak Girl
“Having a close relationship with God is really difficult, but possible . . . Like swimming in the ocean in December without a wetsuit.”

 

Jesus Has Overcome, So Can You September 1, 2012

Filed under: Applied Faith — christical @ 4:06 pm
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Watching the baseball game, I just saw a play in which Mike Trout was attempting to catch a fly ball. He was shielding his eyes from the sun and trying to keep an eye on the ball. Honestly, I wasn’t too sure whether he would catch the ball.

Then, Torii Hunter came in and kind of knocked Trout out of the way, making the catch. I admired the action, because it was the action of a mentor helping out his protege (mentee? De-mented?).

Have you ever considered how God is like that? Even though we are all His children, God recognizes that we do have the power to resist at least some sin, but He will not give us too much to handle, stepping in when we need a hand to pull us out of whatever pitfall we’re trying to overcome.

Which brings me to my next point. There are pitfalls in our life we can’t overcome on our own. Sometimes, all we need is a bit of biblical encouragement. Other times, we need a little bit of help from the people around us.

Some psychologists have recognized this, and decided to try to establish a National Psychotherapy Day. I encourage you to support it by doing something, even as simple as giving your shrink friend a pat on the back for their hard work, or wearing something Turquoise on September 25th.

I’m showing my support for it by devoting a day or two of blogging to talking about the benefits of psychotherapy. You can also bet what color I’ll be wearing. 😉

Catch you guys later. Have a rad weekend, because Jesus loves you.

*The Jesus Freak Girl*

 

 
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