Saturday, July 7, 2012

i want to be different.

inspiration: for the first time in a very long time, i feel confident in being labeled as "different"

so i had an interesting conversation earlier that has sparked some interesting thoughts in my head. i made a comment about how i read in "The Hole in Our Gospel" the monetary figure of curing world hunger compared to how much we Americans spend on luxuries such as eating out, entertainment, and jewelry. the response was definitely not what i expected. instead of being humbled by the reality of how extravagantly we live compared to other countries, the response was "that's a socialist idea". at the time, the comment stung and i was actually a bit taken aback by it, but i quickly brushed it off.

Monday, July 2, 2012

freed for freedom: Part two

inspiration: continuation of the Freed for Freedom: Part One blog...

yesterday, i posted about how we are to live in the freedom God has called us to. how we often let our pasts define us. we would rather stay bonded and enslaved in the past than to live in the freedom God has called us to.

it's often not an easy transition to make.
it requires us to not only leave our pasts behind.
it requires us to renew our minds in order to walk in a different perspective as we move forward.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. -Romans 12:2

Sunday, July 1, 2012

freed for freedom: Part One

inspiration: FREEDOM!

this morning, my roommate Ashley and I visited our friend Deana's church: City Church of Charleston. it was a completely different environment than we're used to, but i think we both agreed that it was different in a good way. it was much smaller and intimate and the presence of the Holy Spirit was ever-present. there were people speaking in tongues and worshiping more openly than what we're used to at Seacoast. but it was an awesome experience!

i know for me, it was a good way to experience a different type of worship and a way to experience something outside of my comfort zone. it's definitely a great opportunity to learn to worship God in a different way! :)

but the sermon was powerful.
this week, we will celebrate the 4th of July - a day where we celebrate the freedom we have as Americans ("MERRRR-CA!" - forgive the redneck outburst ;)). but we should live like every day is the 4th of July in the spiritual sense: because we have access to freedom that is unparalleled to the freedom we have in Christ!