Week 17 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is almost over. This week’s reading was Acts 6-10. These chapters speak mainly of the spreading of the good news of what Christ had done, the story of Stephen (the first martyr), the conversion of Paul, the apostle, and Peter preaching the gospel to the household of Cornelius, the centurion.
The Apostle Paul wasn’t always a believer, bringing the gospel to many, and writing letters that would someday become a part of the New Testament. At one point, he was a persecutor of all who believed in Christ. After his encounter with Jesus, however, he was completely changed. Despite his past of threatening the church, God chose him to proclaim His name to others (Acts 9:15).
No matter what you may have done over the course of your life, know that God has a plan and a purpose for you. If you are in Christ, then you are a new creation
(2 Corinthians 5:17). You are no longer who you once were, and God wants to use you in ways that are beyond your wildest imaginings. Don’t allow your past actions to prevent you from fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Find and follow His purpose for you, leaving your past in the past, and stepping into the future that God has for you!
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I recently watched Grace Unplugged, a Christian movie about a teenage girl named Grace – daughter of a former-rock-star-turned-Christian – and her struggle with wanting to live life her own way, chasing her own dreams. Leaving home to pursue a career in the music biz, she would soon discover that the glamour life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and the importance of a relationship with God over the world’s empty promises.
Throughout the film, Grace sought fulfillment in a variety of places – fame, a guy whom she thought cared about her, success in her music career – only to come up empty and heart-broken each time. This is the story of many of our lives. We try to satisfy our deepest longings with that which can never bring true satisfaction, and no matter what we do, something always seems to be missing. Like Grace, it is only when we turn to God that we will truly find what we are looking for. It is in Christ that we are complete (Colossians 2:10). Only the love of our Heavenly Father can fill the void within us, giving our lives true meaning and purpose.
Grace Unplugged stars AJ Michalka as Grace Trey, whom the movie’s about, Jamie Grace as Rachel, Grace’s friend, and features a special appearance by Chris Tomlin. Rated PG, it is a great movie for teens and adults, and a good reminder that true fulfillment and purpose are found in the arms of our Heavenly Father!
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The months of 2013 since its launch were great for Called and Created, and filled with much excitement! Now – the beginning of 2014 – is a great time to review what Called and Created is all about, and what it strives to accomplish.
What is the purpose of Called and Created? What makes it different from of all the other sites on the Web? Ultimately, Called and Created’s goal is to share what Christ has done, and spread the good news of the gospel, encouraging others to draw closer to our Heavenly Father. Check out this link for more information on the purpose of Called and Created: http://calledandcreated.com/2013/09/the-purpose-of-called-and-created-2/
Why is the website called Called and Created? What the name mean? It is taken from Isaiah 43:7, which speaks of being called by God’s name, and created for His glory. Check out this link for more information regarding the meaning of the name Called and Created: http://calledandcreated.com/2013/09/why-called-and-created/.
To find out more about Called and Created, and why I started it, follow the links below:
To read about how I personally experienced God’s love and grace, which prompted me to start this site to share them with others, check out these links:
May these links, and the information they provide, help you to understand the heart of Called and Created. I pray that through this site, you may be encouraged to grow in your walk with our Heavenly Father. What a privilege it is to engage in relationship with Him!
Are you at a crossroad, wondering which way to go? Contemplating what move to make? Trying to figure out what comes next?
When pondering the future, rest assured that God has a plan for your life. He knew you before you were born. He tenderly fashioned you in the womb (Jeremiah 1:5). You are NOT an accident! God made you, and He has a purpose designed specifically for you. He knows the plans He has for you (Jeremiah 29:11), beginning with a close, intimate relationship with Him and continuing on into an abundant life (John 10:10) filled with meaning. No matter what you feel or what those around you may say, choose to believe this.
The plans God has for you are good! They are plans to prosper you, not to harm you – plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). As your Heavenly Father, He delights in seeing you thrive. Don’t be afraid to follow His path for you.
He wants to lead and guide you in all He has for you, if you will listen. He promises that “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it’ (Isaiah 30:21).” Amidst the busyness of everyday life, take time to communicate with Him and hear His voice of guidance. Wait for it expectantly, confident that you are His child and He wants to communicate with you. When He shows you which way to go, follow His direction. He has great things in store for you!
Whatever point you’re at in life, know that God has a plan for you – a marvelous plan, which He wants to guide you in walking out. If you’re in need of direction, take time and ask Him to show you the next step. Pray to Him, and He will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3). Trust Him to lead you down the right path for your life.
Why Called and Created? What does it even mean? This name comes from Isaiah 43:7, where God speaks of those who are called by His name and created for His glory. What do these phrases signify?
To better understand, consider how we inherit our father’s last name upon birth. People call us by this name. It is a sign that we belong to our particular family. It’s the same when we received salvation. Having been born again, God is now our Heavenly Father. We are called by His name, declaring us part of His family.
Before becoming part of the body of Christ, we were separated from God – without hope and without Him in the world. (Ephesians 2:12) Still, because of His great love for us, while we were as yet dead in our transgressions, God made us alive with Christ. (Ephesians 2:15) Our eyes were opened to the truth of the gospel, and we made the decision to receive His offered salvation. As recipients of His unequaled goodness, we show off to the world His incomparable grace. We were created for His glory – to display His mercy and kindness in our own lives, that others might recognize it and respond by turning towards and glorifying Him. Having experienced His surpassing love, we possess the privilege of sharing it with others.
Called and Created is more than just a name for a website. It tells us who we are and explains our purpose. We are God’s children – called by His name. We display His love and grace – created for His glory. This is the significance of Called and Created.