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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Reconciled To God Through Christ

2 Corinthians 5:18-19This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 2 Corinthians 5:18-19. These verses tell us that we have been reconciled to our Heavenly Father through Christ, and that He has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

We have been reconciled to God through Christ. Though none of us are righteous (Romans 3:10) in and of ourselves, because of what our Savior has done for us, God can welcome us as His children. Though undeserved, He offers us salvation, and a place in His family as His dearly loved son or daughter, to be freely received as a gift of His grace – His unmerited favor. Christ paid the price at the cross in full for all of our sins, that we might be accepted by a holy God. It is through Him that we experience reconciliation with the Most High.

Not only have we been reconciled to God, but He has also given us the ministry of reconciliation. It is our privilege to be able to share with others the good news of reconciliation to God through Christ. We are to tell them that He no longer counts their sins against them, and that they can receive the forgiveness He offers through faith in Christ. This is the message of reconciliation with which we have been entrusted.

We have been reconciled to God, and given the ministry of reconciliation – the sharing of the good news of the gospel, which we have come to know for ourselves. Let’s never be ashamed of the gospel (Romans 1:16), proclaiming it to all whose lives God gives us the opportunity to touch for His kingdom!

A Glimpse of His Love – Part Three

A Glimpse of His Love - Part ThreeMy understanding of God’s unequaled grace, love, and mercy wasn’t completed over that one trip. To this day, God continues to reveal to me more about the glorious gospel of Christ. The wonder of what Jesus did for us at the cross is so great that no matter how much we may know about it, there always remains more to comprehend.  Though I had a long way to go in understanding the full truth of the new covenant of God’s unmerited favor, the foundation for future revelation had been established.

As time went on, God continued to further reveal to me the good news of what His Son has accomplished. I came to understand how He had never intended for us to live under the burden of guilt and condemnation in the first place, and how the law was our
” . . . tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith” (Galatians 3:24, NASB). It was given to show mankind just how sinful they really were, that they would recognize their need for a Savior and turn to Him – rather than their own works – to secure their righteousness. He enabled me to more fully grasp the fact that we are made right with Him through faith (Romans 3:22), not by the works of the law (Galatians 2:16), and that because of Christ, in fact, He no longer remembers our sin (Hebrews 8:12).
I started to apprehend that I was a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17), and that
” . . . as He is, so also are we in this world” (1 John 4:17, NASB). I began to understand that Christ was my new identity.

The truths that God was revealing to me affected more than just my beliefs. They impacted many areas of my life in significant ways. Once I understood how very much He loved me, and that I had right standing with Him because of Jesus, I started hearing God’s voice more clearly and consistently than I had in the past. I began to to view others in a new light – as people dearly loved by Him, and worth much in His eyes. I experienced a new passion for praise and worship, born out of the the change in my life which had started during a worship song.  I fell more in love with my wonderful Savior, who had captured my heart with His grace, and I came to possess a burning desire to share with others the wonderful news that had so impacted my own life. It was this desire that prompted me to start Called and Created. These are the effects the gospel had in my life.

The gospel is not the bad news that God is put out with us because of our wrong doing. It is the GOOD news that Christ took all of our sin upon Himself, that we might receive His place of righteousness before God. It is the truth of the undeserved, unmerited favor that our Heavenly Father has shown us in abundance. It is the power of God for the saving of all who believe (Romans 1:16). God wants you to experience this saving power in your own life. Invite Him to give you a fresh revelation of His love and grace – demonstrated through His Son’s work at the cross – today!

“Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.”