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If I were to ask you for your definition of passion, what would it be? An intense kiss, love, an extreme feeling for someone?
According to the Webster’s dictionary, Passion is defined as “1) orig., suffering or agony, as of a martyr. 2) the agony and sufferings of Jesus during the crucifixion or during the period following the Last Supper.”
It is an intense love, a love that Christ has for us.
Below is a video I found on youtube last year as I was preparing a message for Easter. It is called “Watch the Lamb.”
As you go through Good Friday, I hope you take time to stand in awe of the sacrifice that Christ made for us.
Now go to church on Easter Sunday, for it is a day of celebration. We have victory in Jesus, for He is not in the tomb, He is not dead, He is ALIVE!
This is a short story written a young teen in my youth group, Taylor Ambrose. She wrote this for “Teen Talent”, a statewide talent competition for the Church of God. She won first place in the short story division.
Delicate, beautiful, simple, yet extraordinary, I am a rose. People admire my piercing red, but I still give a modulated feeling to those who will accept it. My petals are set up in a maze, weaving in and out o each other. Not very complex, but it does make you mesmerized by how something that came from the dirt could be so beautiful.
Beautiful, or so they think, because when you go down, down to my stem, you back away. Why will you back away? My stem is stout, sturdy, and strong. Through the wind, and the rain, it keeps me held up. They don’t think or see that. They see thorns. My thorns are sharp, despicable, grotesque things that hang on my stem no matter what.
A small girl and her mom approach me. “Mom, look how beautiful.” She bends down to pick me up. I feel disdainful because the little girl noticed me. But then her mother promptly snaps. “No, get away from there! Those contemptuous little thorns will hurt you!”
The mother grabbed the little girl’s wrist and made her leave, not leaving a sliver of time for objection. All alone in the grass I stand feeling melancholy. The crisp night comes then early morning rises. A small figure rises over the hillside. The closer it gets the more I recognize her. It’s the small girl from yesterday. I cannot understand why she would be here. Her hands come gently to my stem. She grabs a thorn, then she strips it from my stem. Blood trickles from her finger but she doesn’t hesitate to grab the next thorn. Thorns are leaving while more of her fingers are hurting. After the last thorn is gone she says quietly, “There now, you can be perfect.” Sensitive, exquisite, simple yet extraordinary, I am a human. My body works together in critical ways. My hands can make dumbfounding things. My feet can take me places. And my mouth can sing alluring notes. My complex mind is full of knowledge; it is astounding how much my mind can store. I am amazing.
Amazing, or so they think, because when you look deep, deep into my head you will see that I sinned, numerous times. Sometimes it feels like 1,000 pounds are weighing me down because of my sins.
I start to walk aimlessly around a room. I pick up a book that is on a stand. Small words, many pages, but I read a story. It tells about a man, he appeared to be just like you and I. But he could do amazing things. He gave people their sight back, legs back, and healing anyone that asked. One night, the man let guards take him away, beating him and torturing him. He was in pain, was dying, but he didn’t refuse anything being done to him. Carrying a cross up a steep hillside, crying out in agony, the man was barely holding on to life. Nails are driven through hands and feet to hang him on the cross. After being mocked, abused, and not repairable for humans, He prayed, then He died. They put Him in a tomb; people had lost all hope that they would see Him again. But after three days He arose from the tomb as good as new! Then He ascended into heaven and watches over us always. All of this was done for me so that my sins can go away. I am astonished to say anything, but I can hear Him saying to me now:
“There, now, you can be perfect!”
Taylor Ambrose is a 7th grade student at Tucker Valley.
On March 25th and 26th, we hosted Ignite. For those who don’t know what Ignite is, please go to my blog on Ignite.
It was a great weekend as teens from across the county came together. Above is a highlight video from the weekend. We stressed living our lives for Christ. We wanted create a desire for Jesus. It was a very emotional and fun weekend. We had speakers and a praise band. We played games like the Hillbilly Olympics and Minute to Win it. We had a LOT of great food to eat.
The services were very inspiring, challenging kids to examine their lives. It was amazing seeing their testimonies on facebook when I got home. Some of the kids were quoting song lyrics while others were saying it was life changing. The response was so overwhelming that we are talking about doing Ignite twice a year.
There are a lot of things in the world competing for our attention. The question is which one are we going to devote our lives to? What are we on fire for? Hopefully, we can point kids to the one that has a desire for them and in return create a desire for Him.
“As for me and my household we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15b
For more pictures from Ignite, go to my facebook page or the ECHOS Youth Group facebook page.
What is your favorite bible verse? One day I was reading my bible, when I came across this verse.
“But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:4-7(NIV)
This passage excites me. As an heir, I get to inherits that is of my father. So what does my father have? According to Revelations, Jesus is the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” So that makes me an heir to the king.
I often ask my youth group, “That if we are an heir to the king, then what does that make us?” Their response is, “That makes us princes and princesses.” So, if we are princes and princesses, then how should we act? We should act like the royalty that Christ has made us. After all, we were created in the image of God himself.(Genesis 1:26)
Don’t ever feel like you are worthless, that is not how God sees you. He sees royalty.
We live in a time known as the postmodern era. This has been described by David F. Wells in his book, Above All Earthly Pow’rs, as a time when many (if not most) people are living without a sense of understanding as to why this universe exists or why they are a part of it. Each one is left to decide on his/her own the answer to these questions of cosmic significance. When something as essential as the meaning of the universe and of life itself is left to chance, it only follows that the concept of absolutes crumbles away. The notion that absolute truth, for example, exists and that we can know it, becomes seemingly ludicrous.
This mindset leads us to what can be defined as situational truth or dependent truth. In other words, what may be true for me may not be true for you. I cannot hold you to my understanding of truth, nor can you can hold me to your understanding of truth. In today’s world truth is very fluid; it changes with people and time.
The claim of the existence of absolute truth will not be tolerated in our world today. This intolerance has tremendous effect on our lives, not just as individuals, but also in society. Our purpose in this blog will be to discuss the effect postmodernism and its view of truth has in the spiritual realm. If there is no absolute truth, then we have no firm foundation upon which to stand.
The Bible makes it clear that there is such a thing as absolute truth, no matter what postmodern men and women might say or think. In fact, God’s Word is that Truth. Jesus said in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” If we go back to the Old Testament we read the same thing. Psalm 119:160 says this: “The sum of your word is truth, and every one of your ordinances is everlasting.”
Absolute truth is found in God’s Word, and God’s Word does not change. So in the weeks and months ahead we will be addressing a number of issues, always keeping in mind that we have a higher authority than people’s opinion or thoughts; God’s Word is our authority in all things because His Word is Truth.