The battle rages on, as storm and tempest roar. We cannot win this fight, inside our rebel hearts. We’re laying down our weapons now. We raise our white flag, we surrender all to You, all for You.

Hi hey hello,

I hope you all had a fantastic Monday! Mine was rather uneventful, other than the 4 hour long AP Calculus study session at Sonny’s, everything went normally. This past weekend was amazing however. As many of you know, I attended Inside Out 2012 on Friday, and I got to sing in the choir with the RISE band. First off, such an amazing experience. I was a tad bit nervous before hand, but once we got up there, it was just a worship session, no pressure, just singing to God. SO AWESOME.

After we did our deal, we got to listen to one of the speakers talk. He spoke about 2 Corinthians 5, specifically verse 21. The quote I put up yesterday was one of the things he said that impacted me the most. Think about it, 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, ” For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (emphasis added by me) He did know sin, Jesus never committed a single sin. He never got angry and cursed out His neighbor, never thought an evil thought, never lusted, never desired what someone else possessed, He never told a lie, never did any of the awful things me and you do on a moment-by-moment basis. If we just sit back and think about all the bad things we have done in say, the past 24 hours, if we are honest with ourselves, that really adds up. That white lie you told, that utterance of the Lord’s name under your breath, that lustful thought, all those things are our sins, and Jesus NEVER did any of those things.

He never did any of it, and yet He died for those that did. Now that right there is some good news. But not only did He die for us, He rose again. He rose from the grave and walked among His people. He defeated death. He conquered it, so that we don’t have to experience eternal death. That is so amazing!

This is such an amazing story that how could we not want to tell people about it. If we even have a mite of compassion for people in us, and as Christians, we are supposed to, it would be horribly selfish and cruel to not tell people about this. There really is no such thing as a true camouflage Christian. We cannot, we must not, sit back and fade into the background, Christians are called to go out and tell this breath-taking story. We are called to go tell people our love story, of how the Father loved us, and thought we ran from Him, He loved us and sent His Son to die for us, so we could be with Him, forever.

What are your thoughts on this amazing story?

Title Lyrics: White Flag 

-LC

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The crowd was not loud enough. The cross was not strong enough. The grave was not deep enough, to quiet His love. We’ll live out faith out loud. We’ll hope beyond all doubt.

Hi hey hello,

I had quite an eventful weekend, but I will save all the fun details for tomorrow. For today, just a statement to think about.

When they put that spike through His left hand, it was for my thought life.

When they put that spike through His right hand, that is the secret sin that no one knows about.

When they put that spike through His feet, that was for the sins I will commit in the future.

That was something that was said at Inside Out 2012 that really impacted me.

Title Lyrics: Chaos – TJ Mauldin Band 

-LC

You give beauty for our ashes and a hope that’s everlasting. The past has been redeemed. Now forever we will sing.

Hi hey hello,

I hope you all had an absolutely fabulous weekend! I know I did! It started out with Inside Out rehearsal. I am so pumped about it this weekend! The RISE band is playing and that is a amazing group of people. Later Friday night, I went to the Spring Carnaval at my school. SO MUCH FUN! Some of the high school students stayed late (read super late… left at 11:30) and played dodgeball and scatterball. I ❤ scatterball so much. That is another amazing group of people. I love those guys.

Saturday was spent finishing one of my FLVS courses. AP Macroeconomics to the ground! Owned it. After I finished some other work, I got busy preparing my graduation announcements. I know I have said this like so many times, but this just brought about a resurgence of excitement/anticipation/anxiousness about that fact that in a month, I will be graduating. I cleaned my room and rearranged some stuff and generally spent the day doing nothing of serious importance.

Sunday was filled with church and family fun! Some of the guys from the RISE band led worship at church. Seriously love those guys, so much talent. Ray spoke today and God really moved powerfully through his words and through the worship. I love seeing my church in completely unashamed worship. After church we ran some errands and went to lunch. We had Chipotle. I LOVE Chipotle. So much. The rest of Sunday was spent relaxing and generally enjoying life.

Title Lyrics: All Things New – Brett Younker

Are you going to Inside Out? If not, go check out http://www.insideoutnation.com . Go do it. Now.

– LC