And I love the way the way you say you love me so and how you won’t let go.

Hi hey hello,

So, as I mentioned yesterday, Josh gave an amazing sermon Sunday night. So, due to that, I got a bunch of inspiration for the blog! Yay Josh!

So, another thing he talked about was how we are so dependent on God, not just in the, “we need to give it all to God and be dependent on Him,” but in the literal, like we are dependent on God for EVERYTHING. Like, He lets us breathe. He lets us sing to Him. He lets us wake up in the morning. He LETS us do all of this. He is the one that lets us praise Him. It is crazy! Just think about that.

That is really all I have for today, that right there just blew my mind to think about.

Title Lyrics: Tidal Waves and Hurricanes – The Icarus Account

-LC

Five years of your mistakes, and this is where it leads. Some broken promises, and love you did not mean.

Hi hey hello,

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! Mine was absolutely fantastic. Guys, Saturday night was awesome. We had so much fun, all the bands were AMAZING, the people at the show were lovely, and dinner beforehand was stinkin’ sweet. This weekend overall has been awesome. Yay. And to top it all off, Josh gave a spectacular sermon last night. (a rare thing, I know… just kidding)

So, he seriously gave me enough ideas to talk about for right around a week, so you may or may not be getting a straight week of posts based off sermons a la Josh Hawkins.

He talked about the Sermon on the Mount, again, and this time, the topic was the Lord’s Prayer, if you grew up anywhere around a church, even if you were only in earshot of a church, you have probably at some point heard this prayer, but if you somehow have never read/heard it, here it is.

Matthew 6:9-13 

“Pray, then, in this way:

Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’]

So, my favorite part, or perhaps the part that hit me the most was the part about forgiveness. If you read it carefully, which you should go do …. NOW. Did you read it? I hope you did. It says, forgive us… AS… we forgive people. So, we are asking God to forgive us as much as we forgive other people. So, if we hold a grudge and don’t forgive someone for something, we are telling God to do the same to us. How much would that SUCK?! I know I have a habit of getting mad at someone because they hurt me and never forgiving them for it, just holding onto it, brooding over it, but in doing that, I am saying that I want God to do the same to me. If I sit here and think about all the ways I have sinned today and think about all the people who I haven’t forgiven, I am pretty much screwed.

I like to think that I forgive people, but I know that isn’t true. I think I get over stuff, but then something happens and God is like, “Yeah, that… you never dealt with that… let’s deal with that.” And I’m like, “Dang it, I suck.” I know that my lack of forgiving people has definitely driven stakes in many of my friendships, and it sucks. One thing I want to be is more forgiving. Everyone is in the same boat, we all sin and we all suck, so I have absolutely no right to judge anyone else for messing up. If my hope and faith was in Christ, as it should be, and not in my friends and family, I wouldn’t have nearly as much to get mad over, because I would come to know that people are going to fail me and I can turn to God.

Who do you need to forgiven? (Rhetorical question, but if you want to respond or talk it out, I am totally open to that!)

Title Lyrics: Anything and Everything  – The Icarus Account 

-LC

There is no one like You. There has never been anyone like You. There is no one like You.

Hi hey hello,

I hope your Monday was good, nothing really notable happened for me, other than getting to Skype with CASSIDY for an hour! Basically made my week! I love that girl.

Anyway, on Sunday, as I said yesterday, Josh gave a great message. He talked about 6 sections of the Sermon on the Mount. He talked about how Jesus came to fulfill the law, not abolish it. These laws are not meant to bind us, they are meant to help us live more fulfilled lives. How much better will your life be if you don’t murder someone? Or if you don’t cheat on your husband? Or if you don’t get angry with people? They seem hard, but once we are transformed by the blood of Christ, they get easier. It’s less of an obligation and more of a desire out of love and respect.

When you realize that the world doesn’t revolve around you, and man am I guilty of thinking this, and we see that Jesus didn’t just die for me and the “good people” of the world, we see that Jesus loves all of the people, no matter their past, present, or future. When we realize that Jesus loves all of these people, it gets hard to hate people, because you are hating someone who Jesus LOVES.

We need to see that not only does Jesus love everyone on earth, but He also died for all of them. When we see this, it puts everything else that He says into perspective and it makes it easier to do what God tells us to do. Faith and love.

Something else that Josh said was a quote from Nick Reed. He said something along the lines of, yes God wants to work in your school, work, county, city, but the only thing standing in the way is YOU. Josh’s exact words, “You’re a jerk.” Cause that is just a hard thing to hear. How often do we feel like God wants to work where we are, but we neglect the things God is telling us to do, thus getting in the way.

What is God calling you to that you are ignoring? Where are you getting in the way? How does seeing God’s love for others play out in your life?

Title Lyrics: No One Like You – David Crowder Band

-LC

All-consuming fire You’re our heart’s desire. Living flame of love come baptize us. Let us fall more in love with You

Hi hey hello,

I got a ton done yesterday. Well, it really wasn’t all that much, but when you usually do nothing, it was a lot. I went to Goodwill to drop some stuff off, went to the bank, cleaned my car, signed up for CRoSSWILD, and tutored my cousin. Overall, a pretty successful day.

What I want to write about it not that though, I want to talk a little more in depth about the message given on Friday night at Unite Wakulla, specifically Josh’s part. One thing he talked about was Revelation 4. He used the picture of the throne room of God that John sees to show just how HUGE God is. Let’s just look for a second at that chapter:

And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and ruby. A rainbow that shone like an emerald encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in whiteand had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. In front of the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits[a] of God. Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.

Okay, so God looks to made of rubies and diamonds, beauty beyond compare. He has a rainbow that looks like emeralds encricleing Him. There is lightening and thunder all around the throne. That is insane. On top of that, all around the throne there is a sea of glass. That image has got to be the most beautiful thing I can possibly imagine. One thing that I always need reminding of is that anyone and everyone who came before God did not remain standing, but fell on their faces before God in utter worship and fear.

That is the God we serve. That is the God we choose to turn our backs on regularly, who we disobey. This is the God we decide isn’t worthy of our worship. We put ourselves on the same level as Him. Even though we do all of these things, and God knows we do, He still chose to send His perfect Son to die for us so we could spend eternity with Him. That right there is some good news.

It blows my mind each and every day that a God like this, one with so much majesty, power, and beauty would want to even be in the presence of sinners like us.

How does that make you all feel?

Title Lyrics: All Consuming Fire – Misty Edwards 

-LC