A Journey to Arizona – Jared & Sarah’s Five Year Anniversary Trip

Pictures and commentary from our five year anniversary trip to Arizona. UH-MAY-ZING.

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Gospel Unity in the Midst of Racism

The hope found in the gospel is not just that we are reconciled to God, but we are also reconciled to one another…

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I Am Not The Best

When everyone is doing what you want to do…

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One Thing

Waiting around for your next wave of motivation? Don’t. Read this instead.

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He Can

A few days ago I was spending time in prayer specifically for the people I love who don’t follow Christ. I prayed that God would draw them to Himself… That they would repent and come to Jesus and experience His grace. That they would be born again and He would use me to minister to them however He saw fit…

I quickly felt discouraged thinking about some of these people individually. I doubted that they could ever give up certain habits or lifestyles for the sake of the gospel. I was frustrated… it’s not like they are miserable living a life of sin, but they deeply enjoy, prefer, and genuinely love it. I felt the reality of John 3:19 that says, “This is the judgement, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light…” I reasoned that they are too far and could never walk away… They love where they are and their feelings are too real… Could they really be transformed after salvation? If they EVER accept Christ?

While chewing on all of these questions, God gently reminded me of his power. My faith was restored by this unexpected encouragement during my devotions…

Let me continue this story with some context as to how I arrived here. I want to give you all of the details so that no one ever discounts moments of mindless flipping through the Bible when not really knowing what to read…

The other day, after my devotions and time of prayer for the lost, I began to day dream. I do this often. I started thinking about how I want to be totally filled with Scripture. I want the Word of God to so easily flow off my tongue. I want to be filled with wisdom and fully grasp the richness of God’s truth. While my mind wandered, I started leafing through the pages of my Bible glancing at various passages. Do you ever do this? I own a few different Bibles and regularly use two of them. One is ESV the other is NASB. I like having a few Bibles because they each represent different seasons of my life. I am always intrigued by what passages stood out to me during different points in time; what’s underlined or circled… As I was leafing through the New Testament I came to an abrupt halt. I was staring at this particular verse over and over, trying to comprehend how God was so quickly dealing with my doubt.

“The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.” Luke 18:27

I was spiritually stunned after having just prayed faithless prayers.

It gets better.

Who was Jesus talking about here? And what is he alluding to that is impossible for people?

This story found in Luke 18 is about a rich young ruler. This young man was asking Jesus what he needed to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus initially responded with a couple of the ten commandments to which the young ruler hastily replied that he kept these commandments since he was a child. Right after his response, Jesus followed up with a command,

“One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

This young ruler was given the invitation to follow Jesus… Here is what the text says was his response,

But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.

I think he was sad because in that moment he realized there was a major cost to following Jesus. This man, who was initially only inquiring about eternity (one more thing for him to gain), did not expect that his commandment keeping would not be enough… or what saves him.

There was a cost.

His love for money would have to be replaced with a love for Christ.

He had to forsake his old ways.

He had to sell his possessions and then walk away from the only life he knew to follow Jesus.

He had to break up with his identity of being a “rich young ruler”.

I don’t think we as Christians (especially those of us who have been a Christian for a very long time – like me, I was young when I accepted Christ), truly understand the weight of the cost of following Jesus. Sure, we act like we do by preaching a gospel of morality when in actuality we are doing the gospel a disservice. I am talking about when someone is actively responding to the draw of God, but realizes they have to give up everything that is not of Him. THAT is the cost Jesus is referring to.

The passage goes on…

And Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” They who heard it said, “Then who can be saved?” But He said “The things that are impossible with people are possible with God.”

When I read these words over and over, I immediately repented of my doubt and realigned my faith. IT IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD!

GOD can change the hearts of those we want to see know Him.

GOD can give the lost the faith to obey Him.

GOD can do what is impossible for us to do… and that is SAVE THE LOST!

HE CAN!

We need to stop believing the lie that people are too far into their sinful lifestyles to be redeemed. God can bring them to Himself, He is drawing them now…

This realization has fueled my times of prayer. Instead of hesitancy and uncertainty, I am confident in my God’s strength and power… He can do the impossible. He can.

My Impossible: A Story of Desire Unfulfilled

One woman’s story of infertility.

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