What Does It Mean To Be A Christian?

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Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a Christian? Have you ever had someone ask you that question, and found it difficult to explain to them clearly what being a Christian is all about?

Simply put, a Christian is someone who has received God’s gift of salvation. A Christian understands that . . .

  • They have done things that are wrong, and the wrong things they have done separated from God. (Ephesians 2:12)
  • No matter how hard they try, they can’t save themselves. We can never be good enough to earn a relationship with God, because He is perfect, and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t be perfect. (Romans 3:10)
  • Jesus took their place. The payment for doing things that are wrong is death. Jesus took our place, and died for us. Because He did that, we can have eternal life – a relationship with God that begins now, and will last forever! (Romans 6:23,
    John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21)
  • God offers us salvation as a free gift. When someone gives you a gift, you reach out and take it! God offers the gift of salvation to each of us. We simply need to receive it! (Ephesians 2:8-9)

If you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior, this is what that decision meant. If you haven’t received God’s gift of salvation yet, accept it today!

Aren’t sure where to begin? Simply tell God that you know you’re an sinner, and can’t save yourself. Tell Him you want Jesus to be your Savior, and that you receive His gift of forgiveness and salvation. It’s as simple as that!

Check out this video from my other site, Generation Arise!

God’s Amazing Grace

God's Amazing Grace

How do you view Christianity? What do you think it means to be a Christian?  So often it seems like it’s about following a bunch of rules. Do this. Don’t do that. Try your hardest to be good enough for God to love and accept you. Do your best to earn approval. We try, and we fail. We try, and we fail again. Some of us eventually give up, wondering what’s the point if our greatest efforts are never going to be enough for us to make the cut anyway.

Do you ever feel like this? Be introduced to amazing grace!

For most people, grace is a puzzle that seems impossible to grasp. How could a perfect God want us to come to Him just as we are, when we’re so imperfect? How could He love us in spite of the mistakes we make? How can He accept us when we mess up so often?

That’s where grace comes in. Jesus gave His life to pay for the wrong things we have done. Because of this,our sins have been washed away, and God not only doesn’t give what we do deserve, but gives us His blessings and favor that we don’t deserve. We don’t have to do anything to earn it. We just need to believe in what Jesus did for us, and receive it. No catch. No other qualifications.

Doesn’t this sound better than trying to be good enough for God to approve of you? Stop trying to earn His acceptance, and start receiving His amazing grace!

The Son Of Man Came To Serve

Matthew 20 28This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Matthew 20:28. It says that the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and give His life as a ransom for many.

Our Savior didn’t come to be served, but to serve. He healed the sick, raised the dead, and caused the blind to see. He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed of the devil (Acts 10:38). The same Savior that served those around Him when He was here on this earth, still desires for you to allow Him to serve you right now, and be Savior in every area of your life, for He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He still wants to provide for you healing, life, and freedom, if you will let Him.

Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many. This was the greatest act of service He could do for us. He gave His life in our place, taking upon Himself the punishment we deserved, so we could have a relationship with God, and be able to freely receive His many blessings. This Christmas, remember to celebrate the One who gave His life to redeem you!

He’s Worthy Of Praise

psalm 145 3This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 145:3. This verse says that God is great, and most worthy of praise – that none can fathom His greatness!

Our God is most certainly great, and worthy of praise!  He is the One who created the earth – who called forth light in the darkness, who spoke the earth into being, who set life in motion, and made everything we see.  All throughout the Bible He did great and mighty things, and still does them in our lives today, if we will ask Him. He has always existed, and always will, yet He knows each of us personally, and wants us to get to know Him.

He does so much for us. He gave His Son so that we could have eternal life, and a relationship with Him. He love us, regardless of the mistakes we have made. He accepts us as His children. He gives each of us many blessings, some of which we don’t even recognize, and often forget to thank Him for.

Take some time to praise God today for who He is, and what He has done for you. Give thanks to Him!

Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, In Theaters Starting November 14

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Kirk Cameron’s new movie, Saving Christmas, will play in select theaters for 2 weeks, starting November 14. Recently watched the screener for the movie. Here’s a sneak peek of what the movie’s about –

“In Saving Christmas, Kirk Cameron shows how all of the holiday traditions that we know and love actually point to Jesus, the One who’s birth we are celebrating! Kirk Cameron’s sister is hosting a fun Christmas party, and everyone’s enjoying themselves . . . except for one – her husband, Christian. He feels that Christmas has become about nothing more than a celebration with a bunch of pagan symbols and customs that are far from pointing to Jesus . . . Kirk Cameron decides to show Christian how all of traditions and customs that he’s afraid will distract people from the real “reason for the season” – our Savior – can actually remind us of Him!” – Exerpt from “Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, and Celebrating Our Savior.”

For more about the movie, check out http://generationarise.com/kirk-camerons-saving-christmas-and-celebrating-our-savior/.

Are you planning on going to see the movie in the theater with your family?

Praise His Name

praiseThis week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is Psalm 113:3. This verse says that the name of the Lord is to be praised from the rising of the sun until it sets.

Our God is worthy of our praise! He loves us so much that He sent His own Son to save us. He still cares for us, no matter how many times we mess up. His grace for us is greater outlasts our worst mistakes. He gives us a multitude of blessings we don’t deserve. He wants to have a relationship with us, even though we are far from perfect in and of ourselves. He provides for our needs, even though we don’t always remember to thank Him.

We has so much to praise and give thanks to Him for! This month, I challenge you to develop the habit of thanking God for all that He does for you by making a list of things you are thankful for. Each day, add something new for which you are thankful, and thank God for it as you write it down.

Today, remember to give thanks to God. Praise Him for His goodness towards you!

What Would Have Happened?

What Would Have Happened?

What would have happened if God had no longer considered Abraham his friend after he lied about his wife twice to heathen kings to save himself?

What would have happened if God had abandoned Jacob after tricked his father into giving him Esau’s blessing?

What would have happened if God had refused to appoint Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt because he took the law into his own hands and killed an Egyptian, and then fled, spending the next 40 years in the desert?

What would have happened if God had refused to keep his promises to David after he committed adultery with Bathsheba, and was responsible for her husband’s death?

What would have happened if God had discounted Paul because of his past of persecuting believers?

What would have happened if Jesus had refused to come and give His life to save you because He knew that you would keep on making mistakes throughout your life?

Abraham would have never become the father of the nation of Israel.

Jacob, later called Israel, would never have been the one from whom the 12 tribes of Israel descended.

Moses would never have been able to lead the people out of slavery.

David’s family line would not have continued as the royal family line, from which Jesus would one day descend.

Paul would never have written over half of the books in the New Testament, or taken the gospel to the Gentiles.

You would have been utterly and eternally lost, and without hope and without God.

God doesn’t discount us because of our past, or the mistakes we have made.

Stop discounting yourself, and stop discounting others!

You Are His!

You Are His!This week’s memory verse is Isaiah 43:1. It tells us not to fear, because God has redeemed us, and summoned us by name, and we are His.

We have been redeemed. At the cross, Jesus paid the price to save us, and set us free. In Him we have redemption – the forgiveness of all of our sins (Ephesians 1:7). He bought us back at a high cost. Now we can have a relationship with the One who made us!

God has called us by name. He knows who we are. He is familiar with all of our ways (Psalm 139:3). He has numbered the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30)! He cares about each of us individually, and He has a plan for each of us. He knows the plans He has for us, and they are for our prosperity, not our harm – to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)!

You are His! Wherever you go, God is with you. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then He is your Heavenly Father, and you are His child. No mistake that you make, no failure on your part, can change that! None can pluck you out of His hand (John 10:28)!

Fear not. You have been redeemed and summoned by name. You are His!

God’s Not Dead, and Sharing Your Faith

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The movie God’s Not Dead is all about standing up for your faith in the face of adversity. When instructed by a professor to sign a declaration that God is dead, Josh Wheaton (played by Shane Harper, aka Spencer from Good Luck Charlie) is the only student in class to refuse. As a result, the professor – who is an adamant atheist – demands that he either prove to his classmates that God’s not dead, or face losing 1/3 of his grade.

Josh takes up the challenge, in spite of others urging him to the contrary. While offering logical arguments to prove that God’s not dead, Josh maintains that it all comes down to a choice to either believe or not to believe, and states that he wants the students to be able to make that choice for themselves.

Have you made that choice? Have you chosen whether or not to believe in God, and put your trust in what His Son has done for you? If so, are you willing to stand up for your beliefs, and share the good news with those around you?

In God’s Not Dead, Josh is inspired by the C.S. Lewis quote “Only a real risk tests the quality of a belief.” The gospel is not something to be ashamed of. Our faith in God is not something to hide away in the face of risk.  Let’s be aware of the opportunities that God is giving us to share Him with others, and make use of them!

Have you seen God’s Not Dead? What’s your favorite part of the movie?

http://generationarise.com/gods-not-dead-and-sharing-your-faith/

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!