God is not abandoning us, nor can evil overcome us.

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Remember those little plastic capsules you played with as a child? You would drop them in hot water and watch the plastic casing melt away. A mysterious surprise emerged, slowly taking shape until you recognized some foam creature. It wouldn’t work if you refused to drop it; you had to let go of it first. You also couldn’t help it along; it would tear to pieces if you attempted to free the sopping substance from its gummy cocoon.

John 16:5-11(NIV)

5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. 7 But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. 8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

Christ explained to His disciples that they had to let Him go. Not that He was fragile or anything would be ruined, but that God’s design required a time of transition. Earlier in John’s Gospel, Jesus had taught that like a seed, His body would be sacrificed in order to introduce new life in the spirit. Like a seed, we too must die to ourselves, shedding our flesh, to allow the spirit to produce fruit that glorifies the Father.

There is no short cut. There is no way around God’s plan. Just like Christ submitted to the will of God, so must we. Since Jesus is no longer with us on earth, His Spirit has been sent to help us in this life. We can be confident in three things as the Spirit slowly reveals the nature of God’s character (and ours).

First, we know that sinful desires must be shed, replaced by trust in Christ. His Spirit will convict us of what needs to go and what needs to grow. Second, we know that His Spirit will empower us to live by faith, reminding us of what Christ said and did. The Helper will nurture spiritual health, becoming the righteousness of Christ in us. Finally, we should feel confident knowing that God is not abandoning us, nor can evil overcome us. God is in control. He is doing a new thing and His power is more than sufficient.

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Why I disagree with some Christians about Caitlyn Jenner.

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After reading many posts and blogs about Caitlyn Jenner, I am absolutely disgusted by how some Christians represent Christ on this topic. I know that I am super late writing this, but I feel like someone needs to call us “Christians” out on how we are handling this.

Let me remind you:  34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35 NIV)

If we love people, we do not say that they have “crossed the line”. We love them unconditionally and show Christ to them. If Caitlyn were to walk into our Church (Journey Church Tifton, GA)  on a Sunday morning, I guarantee you she would be welcomed with love and treated the way we all should treat each other. Not that we would condone the sin but provide help to the sinner. 

Some Christians have absolutely made fools of themselves trying to make it look like we  are hateful, non-caring, people who seek out sinners and call them out on what they are doing wrong. Instead, why don’t we show Caitlyn and the rest of the world what it looks like to be real followers of Christ? Let the light of Jesus Christ shine through us so much (and I mean so much that there is no question that we love them) that they want to investigate Jesus. They are directed straight to Jesus. Once they have an encounter with Christ, He can change them.

I’ve read other bloggers who have said, “We should love them, but where do we draw the line?”

My response to that is that it is not our place to draw that line. While I wish that we could make executive decisions like that and make everything about Jesus, there is something called America. It would be awesome if every person here in the U.S. knew Jesus and had a relationship with Him. But, our country exists to be a free country. While I agree that it would be awesome if everyone followed Jesus and His commandments, our country is a place for people to be free and be whoever they want. The land of the free.

If we require all people to follow the same rules as Christians, that would mean (since our country is free) that any religion should be followed. If Christians expect people to follow their religion then so could muslims.

My main point here is that we should show compassion and love people rather than bash them and throw a religion at them that they do not even know. Show Christ. Display Christ. Be light to this dark world.

I may not agree with Caitlyn Jenner but I do not think that pointing out her flaws is what Jesus wants me to do.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (Matthew 7:1-5 NIV)

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:5-10 NIV)

“9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister[b] is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister[c] lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.” (1 John 2:9-11)

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But God

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“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience–among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For…

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Guide to coffee.

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Found this guide to Coffee. Check it out!

Originally posted on The Bitter Lemon:

I love me some coffee! I love me some coffee!

Every night, I set my coffee pot to start brewing early the next morning — 5:47 to be exact — it gives me enough time to hit the snooze button once (okay twice) and still have the coffee brewed and ready for me to drink.

When I finally get out of bed, I shuffle to the coffee pot, pour my cup, and then I can do other important things like pee, remove my mouthguard, and feed Blanche. Coffee comes first. Always.

But I got to thinking, that sure, I know a little about coffee — enough to buy a good bag and make a decent pot of it. I know what I like to order at Starbucks. I know what to drink when I really need to get my blood pumping. But certainly theres tons to know about the good stuff. And so, I present:…

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faith, faith, and more faith

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In my first post on this new blog, I mentioned that I had found a new church. I have been going to Journey for almost two months now. I can already say that it has drastically helped my walk with Christ. The minute I walked in the doors the first time I went (thanks Haley for inviting. It only took about 5 invites before I went. I wish I had gone the first time that you asked me!), I had this instant feeling of belonging. I knew that God had used Haley for a reason. That was to get me to Journey. I look forward to Sunday mornings all week long. It’s an awesome feeling to want to go to church. I am still in the process of praying and seeking God about becoming a member. I’m waiting for His guidance. I did make a leap of faith last Sunday…

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Need a Break?

Do you ever feel like you need a break? Like, your life is so busy and hectic that you feel like there is absolutely no way out of it? Honestly, I know that describes me. It is easy for us to look at everything we need to do or get done and think that we will never get a break!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 


In my life, there is a clipboard full of “tasks” that I have convinced myself must be done yesterday! I am part of a great staff at Journey Church in Tifton, Georgia. We are currently getting ready to move into our new location. We as a church are so excited and ready to be in this new location where we can continue to build and grow our ministry. 

Item #1738 on my list is to complete my current Theology class at Liberty University. I absolutely love this class so far. It has it’s challenges but it is helping me grow in my knowledge drastically.

Another really cool adventure going on is that I am working on starting something exciting in our town. I can’t share all the information about this yet but I will soon! Stay tuned!

In all of our busyness, we need to remember to rest. We all need rest. In fact, God wants us to get proper rest. In Genesis 2:2-3, God demonstrates rest. After God Created the heavens and earth, he rested.

On the days where you feel like you have no time to finish everything, REST. Sometimes we need to be reminded of Psalms 46:10-“Be still and know that I am God”

There is something so relaxing and relieving about that. We can just stop, breath, and be refreshed by God.

For us to accomplish our tasks and glorify God at the same time, we need to be “in-tune” with God. We need His guidance. We need Him to lead the way. You and I know what it looks like and how it ends when God is not our focus. REST.

When the business of life gets you down, remember 1 Peter 5:7- “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”

Make sure you rest and let God lead the way. For a song relating to this, visit this link. Austin is a great friend of mine and is letting God lead the way.

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Fifty Shades of Black and White : Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters

Fifty Shades of Black and White : Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters.

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