Calvinism and evangelizing

If Calvinism were true, if our fates are pre determined, and if there is absolutely nothing we can do about anything because God is sovereign (which I do agree with) than what is the point of any of life?  What is the point of doing ministry, evangelizing?   That is my understanding of the doctrine, if it is a faulty one, please correct me.  This is just something that has been on my mind, lately.  I wanted to address this and what it means in terms of evangelizing, as this is a must for every Christ follower.   I have yet to come to a complete understanding of the subject of God’s sovereignty, myself, but have an idea or Biblical understanding, myself.

God is sovereign, he does not force his will or ways on his creation (man) because he respects and loves us all.  God gives us free will.  (Prov 16:9, Rev 3:20, Prov 16:1, Deut 11:26-28, 2 Peter 3:9)

The retreat

OK, I realize it’s been a while since I posted on here. I apologize for that.  Just as I wrote the last time, and (for those who  know me)  would expect, I’m in college. When we last left off, I had asked for you to pray for me as I was going on a retreat.

Now that we have laid that out, I first want to thank you for your prayers.   Now onto the main subject of this post: The retreat.  Here I am, 3 weeks later finally writing about the amazing retreat I was on.

I really don’t know where to start off with this, so I guess I will just write.  I went with a friend’s college BSM, during the weekend of October 3-4. The weekend featured plenty of fellowship, food, worship, small group, personal quiet time with God, testimonies, preaching, and group/teamwork.

As you might expect, it featured many of the things most retreats do.  It’s always awesome to see God at work (in any way, I should add) but especially in retreats.  It was a time we got to spend away from the community, and left behind many of the normal everyday distractions that often compete with our attention to God.

 Here are a  couple things I feel I should add:  Retreats are necessary for the Christian, especially today now more than ever with all the distractions in our world. Retreats are necessary, yes, and you probably get what you would call a “Spiritual high” after attending these, but don’t live based solely off of emotions. The Christian’s relationship with God the Father shouldn’t be like a Middle School relationship.  Delight daily in Christ, and hide yourself in his word each day, and learn to number your days, for we know not our timetables.

Discipleship.. What is it?

What is Discipleship?

I challenge you to really come up with an answer for that.

If your definition of Discipleship is something like converting through preaching, I’m not going to tell you you’re wrong, but I will say it’s a limited understanding.  Discipleship, you see is preaching, it is teaching, or discussing the word.

Branching out on it, I’d add that Discipleship is doing life together.  I mean, that is what we see of the early church in Acts.  Discipleship is fellowship, teaching, life.  I went to a Bible study a few months ago, and the topic was “What is love?” and it made me really think.  If I can’t answer perhaps the most important question, how can I minister, or do anything? I claim to be a Christian, yet I find myself challenged at trying to define love.  I share this with you to emphasize the importance of understanding what it is we believe.  Discipleship, at it’s core involves teaching, and preaching but most of all, at the root of the Christian life is just that, life.

Euless Trinity knocks off #1 nationally ranked, De La Salle (California) and football + character

If you are a High School Football connoisseur, or live in the DFW Metroplex or both than you likely kept up with Euless Trinity and De La Salle, the previously nationally #1 ranked team in the country on Saturday night played at Vernon Newsoom Stadium, in Mansfield, Texas.

The Trojans, of Euless came away with the victory, and have since made headlines having played in the spotlight game of the week.

Let me gear the focus off of what happened on the field, and direct it more towards the principles of the game, of football itself.

De La Salle (Concord, California) recently had a movie made about their legacy (“When The Game Stands Tall”), that follows their 151 game winning streak (longest ever in high school football history)

.More than that though, the movie, and the characters tackled the off field drama of High School Football, and a big part of the story featured main character,  head coach Bob Ladoucer’s (Jim Caviezel) life as a head high school football coach.

In the movie, Ladoucer is sought after college football teams to come and coach them, but he doesn’t even consider their offers, because he doesn’t see what he’s doing as a “Coaching” job, rather as a mentoring position.

His reason, in the film is that college athletes are just selfish, and only about making it as a pro athlete and the fame and fortune.  I bring that all up to talk about how coaching is just as much about being a role model as it is coaching your team to victory.

Look no further than former Euless Trinity coach, Steve Lineweaver, and of course as in the film, (now) former head coach Bob Ladoucer at De La Salle.  Football is about character, and not just about money, or fame, or fortune.   To be a coach, you really have to sacrifice your ego, because what you’re doing isn’t about yourself, it’s about getting a group of guys to buy into a life system, and hoping that the impact you made on their lives is shared.

Sexual Immorality in the Scriptures

 New Testament Texts Regarding Sexual Immorality:

  • Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
  • Romans 13:13 Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.
  • 1 Corinthians 5:1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.
  • 1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler “not even to eat with such a one.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
  • 1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.
  • Galatians 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality
  • Ephesians 5:3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.
  • Colossians 3:5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality
  • Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
  • Revelation 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.

Why I hate abortion

The values of our society are often twisted and opposite the values of what the Christian church believes.

This is of course, nothing new.  The world has always ran to rebellion against God.

This isn’t to say that the church has it all together, either, but it is a pillar of truth in a world of lies and darkness.

One of the lies that we have come to believe is that life has no value, or that not every life has the same value. Why isn’t this true? What makes this so bad?  First off, this is a lie straight from the Father of lies, Satan himself.

You see, Satan wants us separated from the truth. Satan wants us to use what was originally intended for good for bad, so when there is an opportunity to deceive someone like a man and a woman who aren’t married to have sex. He’ll do everything he can to plant that seed of darkness.  He doesn’t just stop there, though.

When the woman finds out she is pregnant and tells that man who she shared what was supposed to be a very intimate moment with, he doesn’t want to take on the responsibilities of being a father, and there’s just no way they could raise a baby in the current financial situation, anyway.  I think you know where I’m headed, here: Instead of having the baby, the woman decides to have an abortion, because it’s more convenient, more comfortable.

My problem, and the reason for my stance on Abortion (Which will never change) isn’t just because it strips the baby of human life, but more than that because it robs God of his glory.  God created us all in his image. Scripture tells us this, in Genesis.

Therefore, he created us all for his glory. That’s why every life has value, simply because it comes from God. Whatever God desires for us to experience, Satan wants us to be robbed of.  God created us to enjoy him, to enjoy his gift for us all, in Jesus.

Satan wants the opposite.  How can someone enjoy God if they don’t even get a chance at life?

I pray for an end to this destruction. I pray for my stance to never be changed. I pray I would avoid all sin, so I can honor God and enjoy him who created me for his glory.  I love you all, regardless of whatever sin you have committed that is between you and the Lord. I cannot however stand for such evil.  God loves you, and he can’t want for you to see the joy that is in him alone for you.