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Korra Made a Special Sacrifice and This is Why He Appeared

Posted by forthemission247 on August 26, 2014

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.(Psalm 51:17) NIV

Sometimes books, movies and pastors, make it seem like we have to do strange and bizzare rituals to connect to God. And the truth is that we do not.

Worship is great.

Prayer and meditation is great.

Bible study and serving our communities are awesome things to do too, and we should continue to do these things.

Yet while watching the final episode in Season 1 of The Legend of Korra. Something happened. Please watch the clip above.

So what did Korra sacrifice?

Her tears.

Korra found herself in her weakest moment, the moment where everything seemed to be taken away from her and she had no choice but to cry out in her spirit. She had no choice but to rely on something “other” and different from her own flesh.

Have you been to that place before?

I have.

God will pull our ears just to get our attention, kind of like how he did Jonah.

But then there are those times where we have relied on our own strength and wit  and wealth so much, that when we are left destitute- we call on Him to make us stronger. To give wisdom. To give us peace.

If you find yourself in a “dry desert” today, a place that may be familiar to you or maybe not and you feel your strength sapped and zapped to nothing- I encourage you to just let go and let God do His thing. Let Him wrap his arms about you. Give you a hug, give you a gentle rebuke, let Him impart some gift to you.

He is your father, so let Him be. Stay encouraged and encourage one another, in this way, the world will know we love God and they will see Him.

Be blessed and be a blessing!

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Pray for Our Nation, Pray for Our World

Posted by forthemission247 on August 16, 2014

Pray for Our Nation

Pray for Our Nation, Pray for Our World

As a collective body in Christ, we at Mission Possible, implore you to continue to pray for the following events going on within and outside our borders.

First, the Missouri teen that was shot and killed by a cop. It is a story we unfortunately know all too well and while cops are doing all they can to protect us, what will it take for those wearing badges to stand up for what is right and stop killing along with all the other killers?

We need God.

Second, a young man was found stabbed and presumably the body dumped near a hotel in Newport News, Virginia. What happened there? Who knows. It is sad and it is common among our youth today.

We need God.

And if you have not heard of Pastor Saeed, he is the pastor that is currently being held in prison in Iran and is receiving death threats from Islamic State terrorists. We must keep his wife and children in prayer. He is being threatened because of his beliefs.

We need God.

Finally, have you heard of Shark Week? Well, there is a post declaring that the most dangerous job- is teaching the Word of God. Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us continue to pray and esteem one another while we are on this walk. Let us pray for holy boldness when we evangelize and cross the seas. Let us make peace wherever we are at.

A special message: If you are in a position of leadership, you have to realize that your main goal is to make peace. You are to be different from the evil we stare at everyday. Will you be the right balance? Will you stand for what is justly and morally right?

The enemy is busy but we all know man makes dark decisions in his heart first.

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Pretty Little Vain Things

Posted by forthemission247 on August 12, 2014

Selfie

Image by Bridgette Rehg for Flickr.com

An ancient evil is rising.

Truth be told, it has always been here, but with social media, how can we not know of its invading presence?

This thing is not even human, it is a wicked thing and we have forgotten the logistics of how “it” works.

I am talking about the generation of “selfies”.

But you and I know it as vanity. What is more interesting to note, is that looking beautiful is deemed as a free pass to “do something” or not do something. I will explain later.

We are told to keep up with the Kardashians and we see at the top of Google searches, a young boy who has taken over 3,000 images of himself, which progresses over time to how he looks now.

Even worse. There is an article about a couple who reportedly took selfie pics and fell over a cliff while doing so. They died.

Now let’s keep it real.

We’ve all taken pictures of ourselves. Heck. We have pics of ourselves on Google+ and I have pic of myself on Examiner.com(we have to have one by the way. Policy)

But taking too many photos of ourselves says something about our culture. I mean, we can YOLO(You Only Live Once) all we want, but shouldn’t we live that one life humbly and right?

If you think selfie-ism and taking pics is harmless to our culture. Let’s look at another idiotic side of it.

If you are attractive, you get a free pass.

Several weeks ago, a blue eyed male, locked up in prison had his mug shot taken and it took Facebook and the media by storm. Girls and women everywhere wanted to bail him out because as one woman said,

He is too handsome for jail. He can model.”

Really?

Never mind that he is a thug and has a girlfriend, but he is “too pretty” for jail.

And the latest. Sabina Altynbekova. A great volleyball player but now silly people want to know: Why is she playing a sport? She is just too pretty for that!

I blame it on the Pretty Little Liars show. If we place pretty in front of something illegal like murder and robbery it is okay. Or perhaps if someone is pretty, they should not be exercising.

Totally lame.

Meanwhile, the rest of us ugly pugs can only hope we are extremely talented enough just to make it.

Alright, so what does God have to say about this? Does the bible give a more truthful point of view to take?

Yes. Here it is.

  • “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”-Proverbs 31:30(NIV)
  • “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”-1 Sam. 16:7
  • “Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.”-Ecclesiastes 2:11
  • “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5: 19-21.

I would also like to add that anything we uphold and worship more than God is idolatry. Yes, even good things(Acts 17:11).

So how are we to frame our minds around this vain, selfish thing?

We are not. The bible calls for us to focus on what is good and pure to begin with.(Phil.4:8). This post is merely a mirror shedding light on what is happening and to get a good discussion going. However, we do not dwell on these evil things. None of it will matter in the end anyways.

Beauty fades.

God’s Word is everlasting.

Thoughts??

 

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Nico Robin is Holding On

Posted by forthemission247 on August 5, 2014

A woman who wanted to die. Who believed in nothing and no one, suddenly cries out for the only person who has shown her great kindness.

Her name is Nico Robin. She was cool, confident and such a huge help to Luffy and the other crew of pirates  She would barely smile at times, but she was always so knowledgeable about everything and can speed read faster than a cheetah could run. Then in later episodes- we see her trust tested. While being kicked, slapped, punched and hanging on to a shred of life she cries out for Luffy.

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Nico Robin is Holding On

And while her perfect, white teeth bites into the hard granite of the wall, blood fizzling down her cracked lips- she shouts “I still believe in you Luffy!”

Now, back to us.

I know  at times I just can’t face the hypocrisy of this world. The struggle. The gossip. The angst. And now an Ebola Stricken Country on top of that. What in the world are we to do?

For the last few episodes of One Piece, Nico Robin screams for help and Luffy and his pals are fighting wicked men on her behalf and it appears they will never save her from Spandam’s evil grip. And with one great cry, she says she believes.

I can’t think of a point in my life when I screamed out I believed in God. Believed that he will help me, heal me and shake my rigid foundations of man-taught theologies and reality television philosophies.

I think I need to shout from the rooftops of God’s grace and how much I love Him.

Do I believe God will come rescue me? Rescue us? It looks like a very dark hour right now and the devil has some hair wrapped around his fist as he tries to drag some away to a dark future.

And we want to believe that like Superman, Batman, or Luffy- He will come when we call.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”-James 4:7 NIV

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Apollos Watered It…So Should Salvation Be Forced?

Posted by forthemission247 on July 29, 2014

“We find no command in Holy Scripture for any particular order(of salvation) to be observed.”-from the Best of John Wesley on Prayer

I’d love to tell you that I came to know Christ through someone sitting next to me in school and telling me I’m a sinner and scaring me witless until I finally cave in, accept Him and then finally, I’m off to church eating thin white wafers during Communion and all is well.

Pedestal-squat-toilet

Squatting on Toilet

But no. I did not come to salvation in that manner. In fact, like a kaleidoscope, broken up in many colors but held in one piece, my salvation came by hearing the word, seeking and finally finding God in the bathroom.

I’m quite sure you’re excited to know that story but know this: there is no one way to finally have salvation. God is abundant, wise, and He is unique in all aspects.

He is unique and omniscient, however I have had pastors drill in my head that there is a method to witnessing to others and bringing them to Christ. You must first memorize the Fall(Adam and Eve’s HUGE mistake), redemption, the Gospels, and some other stuff and if you can’t memorize these protocols you may fail at salvation for yourself and someone else.

How sloppy and untrue.

But if there is a template to use to help us in understanding our role, here it is:

“What, after all is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe- as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.”(1 Corinthians 3:6 NIV)

Some people come to Christ by reading a powerful, inspiring book.

Some come to Christ based off of grief or losing someone.

Some come to Christ because of a dream or a vision.

Some come to Christ based off your selfless act of love.

Some come to Christ because they watch what you do daily and consider it Holy.

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Glossy Blue Conversation

And then God makes it grow. This is not something to be forced. We are but servants. The Holy Spirit will guide us in ways to plant the seeds in others.

You may still ask: Didn’t Jesus tell us to spread the Good News?(Mark 16:15).

Even though Mark 16 is questionable because it isn’t found in any ancient texts, we can look to how Jesus interacted with people: he fed them, held a conversation, healed them, and had supper with them- this in some way supports Mark 16.

These are just my thoughts on salvation, but hopefully you have  a seed planted today which shall be watered, take root and grow in Jesus name.

 

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Are You Running Away From Romans 15?

Posted by forthemission247 on July 20, 2014

Deer_running_away

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7 NIV

Yes, just like the above Scripture says. We are to be accepting of one another in order to bring praise to God, however this is not what I see and often times I am guilty not following the Word either on this matter.

Here is what I see on my job on Sundays mostly. (I no longer work on Sundays :)

  • People just getting off from church discussing how much they put in the tithing basket.
  • Dressed up folks with an attitude towards cashiers and others.
  • Church folk walking past homeless, hungry people in the hallways and outside and some may yell: “I’ll pray for you!”

But this is not the bad part folks. The bad part is how we treat each other as Brothers and Sisters in Christ. If you read the entire chapter 15 of Romans, you will notice that Paul was cajoling us to behave as Christ followers, be imitators of the Lord in order to bring unity to the Church.

Why is this so important? Shouldn’t we be witnessing to strangers and those who are not part of the kingdom?

True.

But how we treat each other reflects how we will and often do, treat strangers. If you don’t bother to communicate with, buy food for and clothe even your own neighbor in Christ- why would you do so for a stranger? Someone you do not know?

Some of us fall into a different category that is just as shallow: We cater to family more because we are bound by DNA- and that is not biblical either. Blood may be thicker than water, but we are speaking about the blood of CHRIST now- which is supreme over ours.

Here’s a breakdown of Romans 15

  1. Bear with the failings of the weak(v.1)
  2. Each of us should please his neighbor for the neighbor’s own good(v.2)
  3. Everything that was written in Scripture, is to teach us(v.4)
  4. We ought to have one heart and one mouth so we may glorify God and Jesus Christ(v.5)
  5. Accept one another as Christ accepted us(v.7)
  6. Christ has become of Jews on behalf of God’s Truth(v.7)
  7. Christ became a servant of Jews to confirm God’s truth  so that the Gentiles may glorify God for His mercy(v.9)

I kept reading Romans over and over again because it would slam into my heart, make me think and then conviction came in. I may not be as ruthless as those Church-goers but is my heart in the right place?

Some will argue that the Pauline letters are not the “Red letters” of Jesus and so it is all based on Paul’s opinion.

I agree…somewhat. But Paul uses the Torah/Pentateuch to back up what he says in most letters- and the discussion of Paul will be saved for a later, longer series of posts.

For now, just ask yourself: Are you running from Romans 15? Find encouragement in Christ. You can do all things through who?

Through Christ who strengthens you!(Phil. 4:13)

Be blessed!

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4 Powerful scriptures for students and parents to meditate on

Posted by forthemission247 on June 25, 2014

What College Students Should KNow

1001 Things Every College Student Should Know

The Lord said to Abram, “Now leave your country, your people, and your father’s house.” (Genesis 12:1 NIV)

It is only June, but teenagers across the nation are having to ask themselves the hard questions, now that many have graduated high school:

  • Do I want to work then head off to college?
  • Do I wish to move far away?
  • Do I have to still listen to mom and dad?
  • What if I am disowned?
  • Is military right for me?
  • Is Christian colleges a good idea for me?
  • What if a liberal arts major will not get me that good job?

Quick Question: Have you filled out a FAFSA yet? If you are thinking of starting school soon, maybe you should.

*4 Powerful Scriptures to meditate on if you are a parent or teen:

  1. Proverbs 19:1- “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”
  2. Genesis 12:1-(See above post)
  3. Psalms 1-” Blessed is the man…”(read entire Psalm 1)
  4. Psalm 119:105- “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”

I do know that God has a way of turning a carnal, fear ridden path into a joyous one if we believe. I am a living witness to that.

So if you feel in your Spirit that you should stay home for another year or so and work before going to college- then you should do just that.

But if you feel the Lord telling you to “leave your country and your father’s house”- then you should do that. Abram would not have become Abraham(father of many) if he decided, “Oh, I will stay with what I am familiar with”

The world is constantly changing: politically, economically, culturally, spiritually and it is a climate that as a young person, you have to have some form of compass to guide you through all these changes. Yes, parents are a great guide and you should definitely hold to all those good lessons about life they’ve taught you.

Now, you are sent amongst the wolves…(sorry, not trying to scare anyone), but really you are at an age where you can decide what happens from here on out.

Let God be your compass in all that you do. I encourage you, young ones to pray and keep striving!

*Families, please discuss what these Scriptures mean to you.

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The Love of a Father, The Traits of a Dad

Posted by forthemission247 on June 15, 2014

Father and Son

All last month I’ve seen the prettiest bouquets and cards made for mothers. Nice hats, shoes, and even foods dedicated to mom.

And all of that is super cool. We love our mothers and we should everyday.

What about dad? What are some traits dads posses and what does he do that we should admire too? As children, my sister and I were raised by a father(he rests with God now) and I remember still honoring him on mother and father’s day because he was both to us.

Traits of a Father(these can belong to moms as well)

  • Physical strength
  • Mentor
  • Teacher
  • Provider
  • Disciplinarian

Can you think of any more?

When I think of those traits, I can not help but think of God. It reminds me of Psalm 91:4,

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.(NIV)

 

Feathers? Wings? His faithfulness?

God is playing dual roles here. Like a faithful mother hen that loves her children. Yet we also know him as the one who sent his one and only son to die for us…to die in our place in order to bring us to redemption. Through the ages He has been fighter, mentor, teacher, provider, and disciplinarian.

All for those whom he has created and loved.

What is the attitude of fathers today?

Sadly, there are still men out there who are not exemplary fathers at all. They lay up with women because of lust and at the first sign of conflict-

They run.

The mothers and their children suffer.

Let me say this and I will conclude afterwards: A man is more than what he “squirts out” from his jeans(genes?)- okay? Animals and insects can do that. What makes a man into a father is that he fulfills his role and takes care of his duties/responsibilities.

No more excuses.

And to those dads who are thankful for  good gifts from God. May the Lord continue to bless and keep you.

Any daddy stories? Plug in your own two cents here or share with friends!

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Keep it Real: Evil is Evil, Psychology Has its Place

Posted by forthemission247 on May 31, 2014

Maleficent

Maleficent, From Wikia

A while back, I did a post on Dragon Ball’s Vegeta and how we should “check ourselves” before we become just like him.

He was evil.

However, Vegeta goes through a growth period and we warm up to him a bit. Hey, he has children now in the animation, but he’s still same ol’ Vegeta.

Now, we have movies and books that tell us:  “There is no one truly evil. Only ill people or those who’ve had a hard life.”

Is this true? Has evil been written off the books? And now everything has a *gulp*…psychological reason?

Hmmm, let’s take a horrible trip backwards to some “ill” acts committed by humans, beginning with recent news.

The Santa Barbara Killer, “who vowed to slaughter women that rejected him”

Boy Stabs Girl, who turned down prom date.

Virginia Naval Station shooting.

And not only that, recently a pastor had allegedly raped a young girl in her own home.

A bank was robbed this week in my neck of the woods.

And on and on…

Remember Columbine? 9/11? Sandy Hook? Virginia Tech…?

Need I say more? These acts were crimes against humans. Plain and simple.

Yet, we have Maleficent out and CT has explored the movie in depth(I have not seen it, so I can’t judge it yet), and they ask a valid question: Why are we going back to an evil character’s origins? Will this make us understand them more? Are we now looking to pity monsters?

I say, if we know their history- what now? What will we do with these facts?

Let me be real clear here. I am the first to think of determining factors since I love social sciences. We all have had bad starts and are probably having a bad day/evening right now.

And many will not blame us for a snappy ‘tude or the occasional blast of “Leave me alone!”

But to harm another soul?

What boundary do these people push past when they can just give up and literally kill another person? And if all evil have origins, how come many of us have the reason and excuse to choke/maim/kill someone- yet never do it?

I am trying hard not make this a long post, I will revisit when I can. I am simply asking the question: Does knowing the origin of evil make it less evil?

Do the scales magically fall from our eyes now that we know why?

Here is my own hypocritical moment: I write stories involving monsters. Sure I do. Because I believe they have a story- all wicked creatures have an origin, but if there is no redemption in the end, or no repentance, why bother?

*One particular author I just enjoy reading is Wendy Alec. Her books tell of Lucifer’s beginnings, but in my opinion, she keeps it biblical, with some fantastical elements there to propel the story.

 

Home in on the discussion. What are your thoughts? Do you have examples, Scriptures, other insight to share? Also, share this post with anyone who may need it! :)

 

 

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One Piece: What Makes Us Stronger?

Posted by forthemission247 on May 26, 2014

 One Piece, Franky's House

One Piece is an anime about pirates on a long…really long journey and Luffy, a boy who can stretch his body,wants to be King of the Pirates someday, and already he has shown excellent leadership skills in who he chooses to sail with.

In one particular episode which spans a few episodes, Luffy has to fight one of the toughest world government alive and we are reminded: with each journey, we are made stronger.

I thought about my own trials. What have I been through that has made me stronger? When I look back, some of my trials were small compared to now: As a child, Math was just not my strong suit. Sure, I was okay at it, but was horrible at it in middle school. At times I was not a good friend to myself and therefore not great to others either. I was very antisocial(still a bit shy now).

As I got older, my “journey” or experiences became more serious: learning to be a respectful daughter, learning about who God is, trying but failing to avoid temptations- and losing loved ones.

And then, even more serious events: losing old friends and new friends either to death or just growing apart, learning to be a good wife, learning to love those who do not love me back, and losing a father, mother in law, friend and then some.

Yeah, I understand what Luffy and them are going through.

But let’s take it deeper- Jesus knows what we are going through too. He was lied on, lied to, abused, and killed.

But He rose, ever stronger and gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Job was made stronger from his trials too. Check out what he says,

But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.”-Job 23:10

Now back to One Piece, what made Luffy and the gang stronger was not wishing and hoping. Nor was it gaining more weapons on board(although that certainly helps).

What helped them was that each journey since Episode 1 made each of them stronger in some way.They are coming “forth as gold”. Each foe gets more difficult to defeat. Each battle seems more daunting than the next. And right now he has to remember every fight, every lesson because CP9 is no joke.

Sounds familiar?

I could not help comparing this episode with my own life.

With each failure, each financial setback, each demonic foe, each loss, I am growing in faith.

For today, for this week, heck, for this whole journey of your life, think of Job, think of Christ, think of King David. And  if you are an anime fan like me, think Luffy and the Strawhat pirates and how much they have grown over the course of their journey to and through the Grand Line in their search of the One Piece.

God Bless yall! :)

And , if you feel blessed by this post. Why not share it somewhere? 

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