Thursday, February 24, 2011

How he loves us!

God is at work...right now...I can't even begin to describe all the ways that I'm seeing him move. I think I'm realizing that the last year or so, I've just gotten into a spiritual rut or routine...and everything that the world throws at me has just begun to pile up and wear me down. Not really in the way of temptations, more in the way of distractions...keeping me from being lost in God...distracting me from desiring more of God...stealing my hunger. It really sneaks up on you (going back to that Spirit of Python) and you don't realize it until you're overwhelmed almost.
It is by no chance that I worked the night of the C4 Spirit Night. It is no coincidence that I met them that night and was so curious that I went one Sunday to check it out. God totally had it all planned out...and I'm so glad! Ever since I started going to C4, I feel so much closer to God...it's not a routine, I feel like I'm starving for him. I've missed that so much! I am so grateful to God for bringing C4 into my life and awakening my passion for Him again. I feel like I'm growing again...which excites me, and I want this fire to spread...I want everyone to experience it...everyone at Mission28, everyone at Chick-fil-A, everyone at CPCC...everyone everywhere. God is so good!
Last night, C4 "invaded" Central Church of God...we did 2 sessions, one for the middle school kids, and one for the highschool/college aged kids. I tell you, God really moved.
During the 1st session, John Parker (one of the C4 Pastors), compared our daily life to an iPod battery...if we go too long without a charge, our battery gets low. Every day we go without realizing how much God loves us and how good he is, our batteries get low...We need that constant source of power...He wants to be connected with us.
In the 2nd session, Tyson taught a message called "Tempted and Free" and he used the example of the Chinese finger traps...they look innocent and enticing, but when you give in...you end up bound/trapped. Just like this world, things can be enticing and seem innocent, but they will capture you. He said that temptation is not just an opportunity for you to fail God, it's an opportunity for you to stand for God. Tyson said that anytime you take a stand for Christ publicly, who you are and who you serve, temptation is sure to follow, but when you stand for righteousness during those moments of temptation, God is glorified in your life and people cannot help but see Him.
Ever realize that when you follow someone, you end up where they are going? If you follow the world, you'll end up where it's going. If you follow God...you'll end up where He is. Freedom from this world is found in God...there are no temptations bigger than you...none that you are powerless to. We have victory over sin and temptation and addictions because of Christ's love for us, because he died, because he was also tempted. This world has NOTHING for us!
I am so excited to see God moving...and so excited to be a part of it...God is so good!

Countdown to Rekindle 2011

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Breathe...


So yeah, C4 was absolutely incredible on Sunday. Tyson once again did an incredible job bringing the word to us. God was in that place on Sunday...you could feel it...it was amazing.
The message was called Culture Shock. Our culture is changing by the moment, and not for the better. Tyson illustrated this by playing for us the Number 1 song in America on Feb 20, 1961, and the Number 1 song in America on Feb 20, 2011. It was a shocking difference...Lawrence Welk - Calcutta vs. Lady Gaga - Born This Way. Ephesians 6:12 says: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."
The world tries to capture us and send us these little messages trying to distract us and tempt us until we let the world take over us. We're getting these messages from everywhere, all the time! Movies, TV, Music, People, Work, School...everywhere! Tyson read from Acts 16: 16-18 about the girl who was possessed with the spirit of divination. In the Greek, the spirit of divination is called the spirit of Python. The world is like a Python...it constricts us and steals our breath. Tyson asked us "Do you feel like worshiping God after living a sinful lifestyle?" No, you really don't...because the world constricted you...when you mess with the world, it messes with you.
Genesis 2:7 says: "Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being."
Tyson defined breathe as "Giving up what is inside of you." Then he said something that rocked my world..."The same God that breathed Heaven into existence breathed that same breathe into you!" That definition really gave me a new perspective on life. We are called to be culture changers...but changing the culture begins inside of you...inside of me...changing the culture doesn't happen on its own. Every time that you influence someone else's life for God, every time you speak life into a dead situation or a struggling person, their life has been restored because you gave up what is inside of yourself. We are created for SO much more than this world!
God really moved in my heart on Sunday night...I came out feeling like I could change the world...knowing that it starts in my own life...and it's only done one life at a time...I am so hungry for more, I cannot wait until Sunday night. God is at work, he's moving, and he's changing lives...I am so excited to see what he's gonna do. (and if you have not been to C4...you need to come...)

Countdown to Rekindle 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

I want to take ownership...

So I've been noticing lately that I've been doing a terrible job at reaching out to people within Mission 28, and it saddens me that it's become a routine to me. I go and I hang out with the same people, I sing, I sit and listen to the message, and then hang out with the same people, and then go home. I notice that there is a lot of that going on lately too. It has really pricked a chord in my heart tonight and I've been really convicted...thinking back to how I felt the first time I ever went to a Big Meeting...how overwhelming it seems to walk into a place where everyone knows each other and no one knows me.
I feel like God is calling me to start making a difference...start changing the way I walk into Mission 28. If I want to see change in Mission 28, If I want to see God move in Mission 28, I've got to first change my own heart and start doing what God wants me to do before anything is going to happen within the whole of the group. I made the connection tonight...I don't have to be an intern to reach out to people, I just have to have a desire in my own life. The interns can't do it all...they can't reach out to everyone...it's up to me to take ownership and start living my life like a light. I want to reach out to people I don't know, talk to people throughout the week, greet new people as they come in, hang out with different people. I think if I really step up to do what God is calling me to do, then Mission 28 is going to look totally different to me. I think it will re-ignite the fire in my heart and hopefully, it will spread to everyone in Mission 28 and on UNCC campus...I want to take ownership of Mission 28 and start living my life more on fire for God. Change has to start within my own heart and life. "Be the change you want to see in the world." ~ Ghandi
You Won't Relent
Misty Edwards

You won't relent
Until You have it all
My heart is Yours

I'll set You as a seal upon my heart
As a seal upon my arm
For there is love that is as strong as death
Jealousy demanding as the grave
And many waters cannot quench this love

Come be the fire inside of me
Come be the flame upon my heart
Come be the fire inside of me
Until You and I are one

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines Day!

Okay I have got to say...this is probably the cutest thing I think I've ever heard in my life...

http://owlcitymusic.com/vday/

and yeah...i love this...

happy valentines day

Love...

So yeah, I just got home from C4 and Tyson did an excellent job yet again. His message tonight was called "Love is" and he went through 1 Corinthians 13. He talked at one point about how Love never gives up no matter the circumstance. I have to say that was really convicting. I'm always so tempted to give up when things get hard...especially when it comes to trying to help someone through a difficult time in life...I see them running into a brick wall and getting hurt and it seems like no matter what I do or say, it doesn't help. Tyson reminded me tonight that God never gave up on me...I do the same thing, I run head-first into brick walls repeatedly...and yet he NEVER gives up on me. It was so encouraging to hear...I can't always see myself running into that brick wall called sin and doubt and fear, but God can...and he never gives up, he always loves me. It encouraged me never to give up on things when the going gets rough, and never to give up on my friends just because I don't know what else to do. God never gave up on me, and I can show His love by never giving up on them.

Your Love Never Fails
by Jesus Culture

Nothing can separate
Even if I ran away
Your love never fails

I know I still make mistakes
But You have new mercies for me everyday
Your love never fails

Chorus:
You stay the same through the ages
Your love never changes
There may be pain in the night but joy comes in the morning

And when the oceans rage
I don't have to be afraid
Because I know that You love me
Your love never fails

Verse 2:
The wind is strong and the water's deep
But I'm not alone in these open seas
Cause Your love never fails

The chasm is far too wide
I never thought I'd reach the other side
But Your love never fails

Bridge:
You make all things work together for my good

Friday, February 4, 2011

God at UNCC...C4 and M28

So recently, I've started going to C4 on Sunday nights. C4 is a college campus ministry at UNCC. I'm still going to Mission28 but I heard about C4 and thought I'd check it out. It's pretty awesome. I feel like this semester is going to be super cool...God's really moving and I can't wait to see what is gonna go down.
The C4 Campus ministry says, "We are a community of faith, hope & love, who are CALLED to CONNECT college students & young adults with the love & majesty of Jesus Christ, while being CATALYSTS of COMPASSION to UNC-Charlotte & all of the campuses throughout the greater Charlotte metropolitan area."
I was talking with my dad about C4 and he sort of laughed and said "every time you say that I think of plastic explosives." But he checked them out and thought they were pretty cool. One night after I came home, he handed me this piece of paper with the definition of C4(the plastic explosive kind) and told me to think about the definition with Christianity in mind.
C4:
  • easily molded into desired shape
  • pressed into gaps
  • fills voids
  • easily inserted into any space
  • stable
  • insensitive to most physical shock
  • exploded by an external source
  • used to start fires and to warm daily food

Wow...yeah that's awesome. I love the one that says "insensitive to most physical shock"...to me that reminds me that as a Christian, the outside world cannot get to me. I kind of laughed at the last one, to me it seemed like the individual definitions were building up and then all of a sudden "warm daily food" and I was like whaaat?! but then I realized...my daily bible reading...hunger for knowledge of God...yeah okay that makes a lot of sense. So yeah I just totally thought that was awesome.Mission 28 is going really well, Jon Shea has done a great job in taking over and his passion is to train students to know God’s Word, follow it and proclaim it on the campus of UNCC. So we're currently doing a study called "Rooted" about theology. Last night Joe Lechner did an awesome job on the doctrine of Christ. So I'm super excited to see what God is up to, because you can tell that He's moving and I can't wait to be a part of what he's going to do on UNCC and in Charlotte and in my own life. Really looking forward to Rekindle this year!!!! Can't wait!!!

If you want to check out either of these two college ministries, check out their websites...
http://c4charlotte.com/fr_home.cfm
http://mission28.com/