The God Of Hope

The God Of HopeThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Romans 15:13. This verse says may the God of hope, as we trust in Him, fill us with joy and peace, that by the power of the Holy Spirit, we may overflow with hope.

Have you ever been in a situation that made you feel hopeless? No matter what we are facing, there’s no need for us to be without hope, because the God of hope is with us! If we ask Him, He will fill us with His joy and peace, which the world can’t take from us. As we fix our eyes upon Him, we will be lifted out of hopelessness, and overflow with hope!

God is the One from whom our hope comes (Psalm 62:5). If we place our hope in those around us, they will let us down, for try as they might, people make mistakes. God, on the other hand, is perfect. He will never let us down. Therefore, if we place our hope in Him, we will never be disappointed!

Allow the God of hope to fill you with joy and peace. Trust in Him, and find hope, regardless of your circumstances!

Grace and Godliness

Grace and GodlinessWeek 38 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was 2 Timothy 4, Titus 1-3, and Philemon. These chapters finish Paul’s letter to Timothy, a partner in sharing the gospel, and include his letters to Titus and Philemon.

Titus 2:11-12 states that the grace of God, which offers salvation to all people, has appeared. The grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness, and lead godly lives in this present age.

Sometimes, we think that if we truly proclaim the grace of God – the news that our standing before God isn’t based on our efforts and our actions, good or bad, but on what Christ has done for us – people will feel like it gives them a license to sin. These verses,  however, teach the complete opposite. The say that it is God’s grace that teaches us to say no to ungodliness, and to live godly lives.

When we really recognize and accept the truth of God’s grace, it begins to transform us from the inside out. It starts by changing our thinking from a religious mindset of dos and don’ts to an actual relationship with God. This change is reflected in the way we live our lives.

Look at it this way – have you ever had somebody tell you not to do something you normally wouldn’t do anyway, but after being told to avoid it, you began to really desire to do it? This is the way the law works. The very commandment not to do something often stirs up within us a desire to do the thing we are told not to do. God’s grace, on the other hand, draws us to live in a godly manner based out of a relationship with God, for the closer we draw to Him, the more we become like Him!

God’s grace doesn’t give us a license to sin. It teaches us to say no to ungodliness, and draws us to live godly lives out of love to our Heavenly Father. Ask God today to reveal His grace to you in a greater way than ever before!

Hear From Lindsey of the Dove-Award-Nominated Group, 1 Girl Nation!

250x250The 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards are coming up soon! I got to chat with Lindsey of 1 Girl Nation, a music group that is one of the Dove Award nominees for New Artist of The Year!

1 Girl Nation is an all-girl Christian pop group. Their songs have a catchy beat, and a great message about living for Christ, even while you’re young! They have performed at Lifest, Disney’s Night of Joy, and are currently traveling on the While We’re Young tour, which is named after one of their songs.

Head over to Generation Arise to check out the interview, and hear a little more about Lindsey’s perspective on 1 Girl Nation, the heart behind what they do, and what being a part of the group has meant to her personally!

Hear From Lindsey of Girl Nation – Part 1

How did 1 Girl Nation get started? How did the group end up being called 1 Girl Nation? Find out this and more in part 1 of “Hear From Lindsey Of 1 Girl Nation!”

http://generationarise.com/hear-from-lindsey-of-1-girl-nation-part-1/

Hear From Lindsey of 1 Girl Nation – Part 2

How do the strengths of each of the members of the group complement each other? Check out part 2, and learn more about the girls who make up 1 Girl Nation!

http://generationarise.com/hear-from-lindsey-of-1-girl-nation-part-2/

Hear From Lindsey of 1 Girl Nation – Part 3 

One piece of advice for all young people? Read part 3 to see what Lindsey had to say!

http://generationarise.com/hear-from-lindsey-of-1-girl-nation-part-3/

As He Is, So Are You!

As He Is, So Are You!This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 1 John 4:17. This verse says that as Jesus is, so are we – that in this world, we are like Him!

When we look at ourselves, we see our mistakes, our failures, and our imperfections. When God looks at us, He sees the righteousness and perfection of His Son covering us. You are not who you once were! You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are in Christ. He is your new identity!

As Jesus is, so are you! As He is accepted by God, so are you! As He is loved by the Father, so are you! As He is in perfect right standing before the Most High, so are you! As He is free from sickness, fear, depression, discouragement, despair, and anxiety at God’s right hand, so are you!This freedom is available to you for the taking – receive it!

Begin to view yourself in this light. See yourself as God sees you. Find your identity in Christ!

No Need For Fear

No Need For FearWeek 37 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was 1 Timothy 5 -6, and 2 Timothy 1-3. These chapters finish Paul’s first letter and begin his second letter to Timothy, one of his partners is spreading the gospel.

2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Over and over throughout the Bible, we encounter verses telling us not to be afraid. Here are a few of them.

  • Joshua 1:9 – Do not be afraid or discouraged. Why? Because your Heavenly Father is with you wherever you go!
  • Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is our light and salvation. Whom shall we fear?
  • Isaiah 41:10 – We are not to be afraid, for God is with us.
  • Isaiah 41:13 – God tells you not to fear, for He Himself will help you.
  • John 14:27 – Do not be afraid. Do not let your heart be troubled.

What are you afraid of? Know that with God on your side, you have nothing to fear. Place your trust in Him!

A Look At Generation Arise

generation arise headerLast week, I announced the launch of Generation Arise – my new website for teens and young adults. Here’s just a sample of the site’s content!

There Arose A Generation . . .
If someone were to describe this generation, what do you think they would say? Check out this post to find out more about the purpose of Generation Arise!
http://generationarise.com/there-arose-a-generation/

So Many Questions! – What If Someone Challenges My Faith?
What if someone challenges my faith? How do I hold on to what I believe, and stand up for the truth in the face of adversity?
http://generationarise.com/there-arose-a-generation/

Hear From Lindsey Of 1 Girl Nation!
1 Girl Nation is a Dove Award nominated, all-girl Christian pop group. I got to chat with group member Lindsey about her perspective on 1 Girl Nation, the heart behind what they do, and what being a part of the group has meant to her. Click on this link to see what she had to say!
http://generationarise.com/there-arose-a-generation/

For The Girls – 5 Looks For The School Year
This post is for the girls! Do you love fashion? Check out these 5 looks for the school year!
http://generationarise.com/for-the-girls-5-looks-for-the-school-year/

Be sure to check out http://generationarise.com/ today, and connect via Twitter and Facebook! You can also check out Generation Arise on YouTube and Tumblr!

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Love That Reaches To The Heavens

Love That Reaches To The HeavensThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 36:5. This verse says that God’s love reaches to the heavens, and His faithfulness reaches to the skies.

“You are loved with an affection that reaches to the heavens! Your Heavenly Father cares for you in a way that surpasses all imagination. His faithfulness reaches to the skies.  No matter what you may be going through, know that you are not alone or forgotten. Your name is written upon the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16). His love for you knows no bounds!”

Excerpt from past post “When You Look At The Sky.” To read more, click on this link – http://calledandcreated.com/2014/02/when-you-look-at-the-sky/.

Jesus Came To Save Sinners

Jesus Came To Save SinnersWeek 36 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was 2 Thessalonians 3, and 1 Timothy 1-4. These chapters finish one of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica, and begin a letter to Timothy, one of his partners in spreading the gospel.

Why did Jesus come? 1 Timothy 1:15 states the reason very clearly – He came into this world to save sinners. That is the reason He came to this earth. We couldn’t save ourselves, so Jesus accomplished what we couldn’t. He gave His life for us, and offers us salvation, if we will accept it.

It was sinners Jesus came to save. Some of us want to try to be good enough on our own, and earn right standing with God. We can only truly be made right with God, however, when we admit that we aren’t perfect, and accept Jesus as our Savior, rather than trying to save ourselves.

If you know that you have made mistakes, and wonder how God could ever love or care for you, know that Jesus came to save sinners, not those who were perfect by themselves. Receive the salvation He offers you. Accept His grace and forgiveness today!

New Website For Teens and Young Adults – Generation Arise!

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I recently launched a new website for teens and young adults!

The name of the website is Generation Arise (http://generationarise.com/). Generation Arise shares movies and music that will encourage young people in their faith, tackles real life questions, and most of all, shares the truth of God’s Word in a way that this generation can grasp!

The purpose of Generation Arise

The purpose of Generation Arise is to encourage the young people of this generation to arise and shine for God, to grow closer to Him, and to become who He created them to be. I wanted to start a site that was specifically geared towards young people because they are searching for truth, which can only be found in the Word of God, and the good news of the gospel contained within it. They long for something real, but in this modern culture, often end up looking in all the wrong places. My desire for Generation Arise is that it will point them towards the One who is The Truth (John 14:6).

The meaning behind Generation Arise

The website is called Generation Arise because it’s all about encouraging this generation to arise, and to shine forth the light of God. Isaiah 60:1 bids us to arise and shine, and this is what Generation Arise will spur on young people to do. Check out Generation Arise by clicking on the link below, and share it with the teens and young adults that you know!

http://generationarise.com/

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Shout For Joy

Shout For JoyThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 100:1-2. These verses say to shout for joy to the Lord, worship Him with gladness, and come before Him with songs of joy.

Our God is a good God. He is the giver of every good and perfect gift in our lives (James 1:17). He sent His Son to save us. His grace is far greater than our mistakes (Romans 5:20). His love for us is unconditional.

Doesn’t all of this make you want to give thanks to Him? Worship is our response to God’s goodness, love, and grace. When we know who He is, and what He has done for us, it causes us to desire to praise Him!

Let’s shout for joy to the Lord, rejoicing in His amazing grace and unconditional love. Let’s worship Him with gladness, giving thanks for all He has done for us. Let’s come before Him with songs of joy, praising Him for who He is as our Heavenly Father!