Sunday, August 30, 2009

In Total Agreement?

This post might be a little all over the place… I’ve a few things I want to say. First let me warn you that since classes are starting next week for me I probably won’t be posting often… Hopefully I will find time but seeing as I find it hard to maintain 4 classes without dropping one I have a feeling I’m going to be really frazzled.


I came across someone who felt that if all Christians have the same Holy Spirit in them then they should agree on everything pertaining to Jesus, God and The Way. Honestly, this threw me for a few days along with a few other things and because of these things my spirit ached. But while reading in Romans in chapter 14 I saw that Paul was telling the believers in Rome not to argue amongst themselves about what is ok to eat and what is not. A little further on, he tells them not to argue about which days are holy. Where in the Bible does it say that all believers once they accept the Holy Spirit will agree on everything? Nowhere. In fact, Paul is constantly telling believers in Rome, Corinth and Philippi to please agree with one another. Why do this unless there was dissension? (Romans 14:1-9, 1 Corinthians 1:10, Philippians 4:2)

Once someone accepts the Holy Spirit into their heart, yes, their life will be changed. However, it doesn’t mean they know everything right then and there. We have a lot of learning and growing to do. All believers are at a different level of their faith and all grow at different paces. People don’t become robots when they become believers; they still have their own opinions. People who have opinions clash with other people who have opinions. Ephesians 4:22-24 says that we need to let the Holy Spirit change our thoughts and attitudes. He will teach us and help us to be more like God. This is difficult! It doesn’t take one day, one week or even 50 years. We will always make mistakes in this life. We aren’t perfect, but the Bible says to aim for perfection.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, and live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” -1 Corinthians 13:11

Another thing I wanted to get off my chest... I Love Jesus. LOVE Him. He is MY (and everyone elses) Savior. If you love someone ALOT then wouldn't you fight for them? Even in a regular relationship? Someone says a lie about your boyfriend or girlfriend or bestfriend you would stick up for them and fight for them, right? Right. Well guys. I'm fighting for My God. Someone told me certain things, about Calvinism, that aren't true. It messed me up for a few weeks and actually had me doubting the Bible and what it said about God's character. It honestly seemed hopeless and I was very nearly convinced that my God was mean and unloving. Creating a group of people specifically to send them to hell? Ouch. As I said above, this really made my spirit ache. Especially when I would read verses about how Jesus came to save The World. Not just a couple people. The world. So I fought for the God I believed and trusted for the last 6 years. I fought for Him because I love Him very much. He is the one who I cried to over breakups. He is also the one I yelled at because of the breakup. He was patient with me while I had my little tantrum and then He opened my eyes. I knew the relationship was sour and not good for me, I just didn't want to accept it. He waited until I did and then helped me to get over the boy. His Word comforted me when I felt my heart being ripped out of my chest. He was always there. The very least He deserves is me fighting for Him when all seems lost. Darrin, Melanie and I searched scripture and prayed on it and we found the Truth. Everyone is chosen. But each one of us as individuals are given the choice to follow Jesus. Simple. Truth. Love.

Ok. I'm dont ranting lol. Hope to post again soon. ❤✟❤

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Hey everyone! I wanna start this entry off with telling you who my God is. My God is the one who created the heavens of the earth, who came down in human form and died on the cross for ALL mankind’s sin. He is “especially fond” (a The Shack reference ;]) of each and every person who has walked, does walk and will walk this earth. My God’s love is endless.
There. Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I will move onto the main subject of this blog entry. Calvinism. I was talking to a friend of mine a few weeks ago and he brought it up. I didn’t understand exactly what it was so I finally did some research on it. What I found made my heart ache for my friend. He thinks that this is the way God works and its just not true.
If you Google Calvinism you will find that it is summed up in the mnemonic TULIP. After studying up I’ve found that the T, Total depravity/Total inability, is the only one that Calvin seemed to get right. Total depravity says that because of “Adam and Eve’s disobedience to God sin has extended to all parts of every person's being”. Total inability says that it’s impossible for an ordinary human being to understand the Gospel’s message. The verses they give to back up these are Romans 5:12 and Mark 4:11. And I would also like to add John 1:5.
The rest of the mnemonic I would love to just throw out the window.

The U stands for Unconditional election. This basically says that God divided humanity into two groups, those He would make knowledgeable about Himself and those whom He would not. The latter are damned to Hell. The verses used to support this are Romans 5:15 and 9:21.
Why would God create a group of people who were made specifically to go to Hell? Why create them at all? He didn’t. Just because God knows who will choose The Way doesn’t give them any less of a choice in the matter. The verses found to refute this point of view were found by the people I go to Bible study with. (Thanks Darrin and Mel!!). Ezekial 33:11 says that The Lord takes NO PLEASURE in the death of wicked people. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 says that God wants EVERYONE to be saved. 2 Peter 3:9 says that God doesn’t want anyone to be destroyed but He wants EVERYONE to repent. Once again, I will be using something from The Shack…. God created us to share in his fullness but then Adam chose to go it alone, as God knew he would and everything got messed up. But instead of scrapping the whole creation, God rolled up His sleeves and entered into the middle of the mess- which He did through Jesus (pg 101).
The L stands for Limited atonement. This says that Jesus did not die to save all humans but He only died for the specific sins of those sinners who are saved. The verses given to support this idea are Matthew 26:28 and Ephesians 5:25. Now using these verses is really stretching it. Constantly throughout the Bible it says that what Jesus did, He did for THE WORLD. All we have to do is accept this gift. Because otherwise, how can you use a gift without first accepting it? The verse I have to support my claim is possibly the most well known… John 3:16. “For God so loved THE WORLD that He gave his only begotten Son that WHOEVER BELIEVES in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” And seriously, go to and type in “the world” and I’m sure you’ll find plenty more where that came from.
The I stands for Irresistible grace. None of ‘the elect’ can resist the call. The verses for this are John 6:44, Romans 8:14 and 1 Peter 5:10. I don’t think this is true at all! This interferes with the fact that God gave human kind free will. If we don’t have a choice in the matter then are we really more than robots? God gives each person on this earth the same choice: to believe in Him or not to believe in Him. John 6:66 says that at this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. Back in 6:64 it says that Jesus knew those who would desert him. But he didn’t send them away saying “Leave because you’re going to do it anyway.” He still gave them a chance. Also in 6:70 Jesus says that He chose the twelve, but that one of them was a devil. But He Chose The Twelve Of Them! Judas always had the choice of turning away from his evil thoughts but he didn’t. Even after he betrayed Jesus he could have repented and He would have been forgiven. But he CHOSE to hang himself.
Now finally, we come to the P. This stands for the Perseverance of the saints. This basically means that once you are saved you are always saved. You will never be able to lose your salvation. Philippians 1:6, Romans 8:28-39, John 6:39. This view is one of the most deceptive in all the world. Many believe that salvation is a one-time deal. So this means that today you can accept Jesus into your heart and tomorrow and for the rest of your life never pray or pick up your Bible and you will still go to heaven. WRONG. What would happen if you were to stop talking with and spending time with your boyfriend or girlfriend? The relationship would fade until there wasn’t one anymore. Accepting Jesus into your heart is beginning a relationship with the living God. You can’t just go to church once a week and for the rest of the week live in sin. I’m sorry it just doesn’t work that way. In Philippians 2:12 it says that we need to daily work out our salvation. My Bible specifically says “Work hard to show the results of your salvation obeying God with a deep reverence and fear.”

It all comes down to this: Jesus died for the entire world. Anyone and everyone has the chance to believe. Once you accept Jesus into your heart you’ve started a new relationship. All He asks is that you Love him with every ounce of yourself. If you truly love God are you going to go out and rob a liquor store? That’s to a bit of the extreme but you get my drift. Or how about this? Say you are married. If you love your wife/husband with all your heart are you going to go out and cheat on them? No.
I hope you guys have gained new insight on Calvinism and maybe The Way as well. Till next post- <3

Monday, July 13, 2009


I don't know about you, but for me, balance is a hard thing to sustain and to obtain once I've lost it. I remember last summer I had a very close relationship with God. I was praying everyday and reading my bible.. I really feel like He was talking to me everyday. Then classes began in the fall. But I was still very balanced. I delt with school and keep close to God. Everything was well balanced. But slowly I started slipping. Soon I began thinking things like, "After I finish and hand in my 4 page paper I can focus better on God, but right now I need to get this done" and "Once the summer begins, and school is over I can focus more on God."

Wanna Know What? I was wrong. I didn't become closer to God after the paper or the homework or even when the summer started. And now it's the middle of summer vacation and I dont feel very close to God. I've disapointed myself yet again.

Something that's happened recently has forced me to realize just why I lose my balance. Lately, I've been trying to lose weight. It's been all I've been thinking about for the past month. Now I understand why my focus shifts. I feel that if I pay any less attention on school or losing weight or whatever is occupying my attention, I will drop everything. I'll fail a class or I'll lose momentum in yet another weight loss battle and gain weight.

Once I realized that deep down thats what I thought would happen, I felt like my eyes were open. I understand why my brain went in that direction but I also see how that thought process is so completely wrong!

When God is the main focus of your life, you arent going to drop anything. Having a full relationship with Jesus will make you less anxious, less worried, and better focused (in a healthy way) on all the other things. God is helping all of us carry our load. He understand when the schoold work piles up or when we aren't happy with our bodies. He doesn't want us to be stressed and miserable! He wants us to be joyful and at peace!

As I wrote that last paragraph, I had the impression that I was writing it for myself as much as for others who struggle in similar ways. God gave me a "Gibb's slap". And if you go to google and type in Gibb's slap, Urban Dictionary has the definition for those who don't know =].

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Shack

I want to talk about The Shack by Wm. Paul Young. Personally, I rank it up there with my absolute favorite book,Edge of Eternity by Randy Alcorn. But now, The Shack takes its place. It is an amazing book.
There is so much controversy over this 252 page paperback (or however long the hardcover is ;]). This book helped me to understand the Trinity without making my brain want to explode and it also tackled the institutionalized church, the man made system. I can see very well where people would get upset. In the book, Jesus addresses insitutions and says that’s not what he came to build. “What I see are people and their lives, a living breathing community of all those who love me, not buildings and programs (pg 180).” Ut oh. What does that mean? Could it mean that God doesn’t care what church we belong to as long as we fellowship with other believers and love Him with all our heart, mind and spirit? Could it also mean that He doesn’t care how many programs someone belongs to especially if that’s how that person thinks that is the way to please God?
Guys, God just wants a relationship with us. I swear, it is that simple.
And Young wasn’t saying that in the end everyone will be saved. In the book, God said that he has forgiven everyone.This is true, however, it is still our choice whether or not to accept that forgiveness. If you don’t accept a gift that someone gives you, you can’t get any use out of it, can you?

Just felt the need to write this...

God created us. But He didn’t want just robots, so He gave us free will. He then made rules, which we all broke. But without the Holy Spirit in us we could never abideby those rules on our own. This meant we were banished from entering heaven. This made God very sad; He didnt create us just to send us to hell. That place was originally meant for Satan and his demons. God wants us to be with Him. When God made the rules He basically said “follow these and you can be with me. If you don’t then you won’t be able to be with me.” Sin CANNOT enter heaven. So the only other option, rather than changing the rules, is for someone to pay the price. This is where Jesus comes in. Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the entire world. That is, everyone who has been and everyone who will be. The only thing we have to do is accept this gift. By doing that we can enter into heaven with God the way we were meant to.