<![CDATA[Since my youth, o God, You have taught me, and to this day I declare Your marvelous deeds. -Psalm 71:17 - Stories]]>Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:56:59 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[No More Shame!]]>Thu, 26 Jan 2012 17:00:33 GMThttp://7117youth.weebly.com/stories/jesus-death-ressurection1 Corinthians 15
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,  and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
"For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day "You've probably heard before what Jesus says in Matthew 22: 34 when tested by a pharisee:   "Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”Jesus sums up all the commandments, laws, & prophets in this one statement. Yet, Paul passes a different top priority message on to the church at Corinth. Contradiction? No. What Paul says about Christ dying, resurrecting, and saving us of the consequences of our sins - gives PURPOSE to the law and prophets that Jesus summed up earlier. If it wasn't for what Jesus did, nothing else would matter. No amount of obeying the law would be of any benefit to us, because all have sinned & fallen short of the glory of God.  Without salvation, religion is useless. Jesus killed my sin on the cross, therefore, Jesus conquered the shame of my sin. Jesus removed shame, so I can live with pride in who Jesus made me to be. Jesus defeated my failures, so I can live in victory. I live victoriously so that I can glorify God and share this victory with others.
 "Let no one caught in sin remain inside the lie of inward shame, but fix our eyes upon the cross and run to Him who showed great love; and bled for us. Christ has risen from the dead! - so come awake, come and rise up from your grave!" -Matt Maher

<![CDATA[Being Yourself - Johnny Appleseed & John Davis]]>Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:08:33 GMThttp://7117youth.weebly.com/stories/post-title-click-and-type-to-editThis Wednesday, 1/18/12, we retold the story of Johnny Appleseed, a scraggly but loved hermit who roamed the Ohio territory during the time of the war of 1812.   He told great stories and made friends everywhere He went. Although I don't agree with his theology, his mannerisms & lifestyle reflect that of the apostle/missionaries of the early church. Johnny used his strengths, which were kindness, gentleness, & sharing among other things, to win over the affection of both the settlers and Native Americans. He didn't seek fame or power, but eventually earned a large amount of both.  He was eventually able to use that position to help the people he loved during the war of 1812, saving many many lives. The apostle Paul used his strengths, which were a FORMER high social position (pharisee)  and in-depth knowledge of both scripture and the legal system  to appeal to the government officials and his former peers. Paul made an impact on both his society and the Church that only he could have made.God eventually used him to write a big chunk of the New Testament, and to  define the theology of the church.
200 years ago there was a Creek Indian man named John Davis. He came to a relationship with Christ through a church mission put on by the Christian Settlers, who sympathized with the Native Americans and felt led to comfort them in their dark time, when our government was taking their lands and possessions. Davis moved west with his tribe, and became the first baptist missionary in Oklahoma. He had a successful ministry and was helpful in starting the first Baptist Church in Oklahoma, Ebeneezer Station, near current day Muskogee. His effect on the church, especially in Oklahoma, and even more among Native Americans, has been immense. 
Point is: Only you have your position in society. There's no one like you but yourself. You can have a massive positive impact on society, the church, your family, and your friends. But there's a shortcut to the "american dream" that many people take, which renders accomplishing it meaningless. There's a false definition of success floating around that basically says that when you've got enough money, cars, land, and attention from other people,... you win. You can sit around and be lazy knowing that you've made it. I say (I say from both experience and from reading such things in the Bible) that success is to live a Christlike life. 
Jesus was patient, kind, understanding, loyal, forgiving, unselfish, poor, self-denying, and served others with every drop of blood in his body. He did nothing at all that our society would consider successful. Yet, has there ever lived a person who had such a lasting impact on our world? Has anyone else  brought peace, thankfulness, joy, self-respect, purpose,... to the world like Jesus did? 
True, Jesus was the son of God. No one has had the opportunity to effect history the way he did. No one has had the opportunity to effect history exactly the way you can either though. There's hope and purpose for your life that exceeds society's expectation of you, but it's only found in Jesus Christ. Even those who've accepted Him as Savior have no purpose until He becomes Lord. The Bible says you can't have one without the other anyway. Be successful. Have a purpose. Make an impact. Live with Joy and Peace. Accept Jesus Christ as both Savior and Lord.
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