Born Again

Born again is a term often used

By those who feel their existence renewed;

Through a significant emotional event

From their sins they are called to repent.

A new relationship with others to be gained,

In the experience that has changed and ordained

That all your righteous training was true,

Has been confirmed in one experience to you

Now if this has not happened yet in your existence,

Hold firm in faith and persistence;

You will be rewarded in your search

For God won’t leave you on the lurch.

-Richard Morgan

To. For. Through

With one deliberate breath,
humanity gained access to life
The Creator looked down and decided to use the wind within Him
to bless
every person…every color…every thought process
He gave life TO us

Life was not stolen from His grasp, or accidently bestowed

He had a plan, and affection compelled Him
Just as we say about things that we do “the devil made me do it”

Which usually is an excuse for destruction and decay

He had a factor that also pulled Him to action
Love

We don’t really understand it.
We put people through social interviews before we give it
We have very specific criteria for those rare individuals that may…somehow earn our version of it
But He did not
He just gave it to us…recklessly…without qualification.

Ok then…maybe it was a mistake.
Maybe it was a one-time thing?
No
It wasn’t
Because, right when He was at the point of the highest earthly popularity
He, once again, made the same choice.
He gave His life FOR us.

Ok then…maybe it was a mistake.
Maybe He just gave up, and surrendered to the powers that be.
No
He didn’t
Because, every time He could have ran away, or made an excuse.
He gave up himself willingly

So, He died.
He’s gone, right?
No…not at all.
In fact to complete the loop of His blessing, He breathed His life back into us
He wants to live THROUGH us.

Let’s continue the cycle.

New Bible Study Curriculum

Hello All!

I wanted to introduce you to a new Bible Study curriculum that is being developed. It is called “The Genesis Lens”. I am proud to be a part of this project!

The Genesis Lens has four goals: produce passion for scripture, develop study tools, understand the unity of scripture, and build community. Once the initial study is complete, study materials will be available for teachers to conduct a Genesis Lens study locally.

Everything is still in “construction phase”…but I invite you to take a look at the website! Listen to the podcast as well!

https://www.throughthegenesislens.com/

Thank you!

 

 

Peace on Earth

We say we want peace
Peace on earth and good will
For the final defeat of darkness
And the end of evil

We gather around in circles
Holding hands in unity
Saying we believe in hope
And all the great things that should be

We desperately want change
and want the bad to be still
But we get incredibly upset
When people go against our will

We love telling the world
What things need to occur
It is easy to dictate what’s right
Even if we are not sure

We often shake our fists
When things don’t go right
We stomp our feet
And look for a fight

We huff and puff
And attempt to destroy
But then look in the mirror
And realize we have lost our joy

You see…if we were to be honest
And finally give up the lie
We would realize we could have chosen right
Every single time

When we pray for peace
And good to rule
Let’s not kid ourselves
Or act like a fool

We are the ones who
choose right and wrong
We make the decision
To even bring others along

So don’t pray for peace
If you are not willing to submit
Look at your own actions
And make sure your light is lit.

 

-Landon DeCrastos

Dodging Rocks: What Purity Feels Like

dodging rocks

Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Take a restful nap with nothing on your mind. Imagine a life where you could exist in peace and harmony. Ok, so I am not leading a yoga class right now, and I may seem like I am going to the extreme, but in all seriousness there are some important lessons to be learned from the practice of embracing peace.

Many people struggle to find stillness in their life, because their mind and body are always on the go. Busyness has taken over hearts and schedules fill up. This is reality. Life happens and we all have a task list to complete. Today, however I don’t want to talk about peace as the opposite of busyness, but peace as the antidote for sin. Purity is peace.

Culturally, we have embraced the lie that says that in order to be accepted and affirmed in society, we must participate in acts of sin and those things that erode our soul. Often, when someone sets out to live a life of purity, avoiding things that take one captive, they are ridiculed and accused of acting “superior” (and certainly those people exist). Then, there are those people who don’t just ridicule the person who tries to glorify God through their actions, but they actively attempt to sidetrack an individual…or perhaps that is not their intention, but their actions would lead one to believe that they do not care about the spiritual well-being of another.  So, what happens is…their actions may help bring about more temptation for a person truly trying to keep on the right path in their life.

Which begs the question…should we take responsibility for another person’s actions? Or…maybe putting it another way…Is it our fault if someone chooses to sin? Well, I think yes and no (contextually speaking). The Bible gives many examples of a transformed and well lived life being practiced in the context of community. The implication, we are all responsible for each another. People that are immature in the faith will only be concerned with themselves.

Let’s look at an analogy that may help us in this discussion. Imagine a tight rope walker performing in front of a large audience. Her act includes balancing on a thin rope and walking from the top of one tall building to the other. The act is very dangerous. Then, imagine, while she is in the middle of her show, people start throwing rocks at her, and will all her might she attempt to balance and avoid being struck by the stones. You can picture the rest of the illustration.

The fact is, as Christians, we can do a lot to help a brother or sister in Christ pursue God’s best for their life. Certainly, we have no control over what happens behind closed doors, but we can be a positive influence and encourager for them.

Everywhere we look, we are surrounded with people with both private and public struggles. Perhaps they are battling alcohol, smoking, or even sex addiction. At the same time, their eyes, mind, and heart are being flooded with images and messages that tell them that going back to that dark place is the only way they will find peace. This battle can lead to a mental breakdown in some cases.

In an ideal context…what would purity feel like? It would be peaceful…relaxing…free. It would make your pillow the softest it has ever been. It would be joy.

What if we exerted energy to help guide others on the right path? A path of purity. I’m not talking about the type of purity we see pledged at church camp when we are teenagers. I am talking about living a life that is dedicated to God and His will.

Brother and sisters…I want you to experience freedom.

Love you all.

-Landon DeCrastos