Dear Miley Cyrus,
I first want to say how sorry I am for the way Christians are treating you, tweeting you, and hypocritically judging you for your performance at the VMA’s. While most of the world sits back and wonders “What the heck happened to Miley?” I personally wonder, “What’s going on in Miley’s heart?”
I cannot say I enjoyed your performance, but I can say I my heart breaks for you, your future, and your identity as a woman.
There are so many things I don’t know about you, but something tells me that you are going through more than you are willing to share with the people around you. I can’t imagine being surrounded by the paparazzi 24/7, living in the shadow of your dad, and constantly being asked, “What happened to that sweet girl from Hannah Montana?”
I get it, you’re an adult now. You don’t want to be forever viewed as the Child-Star from Disney Channel. But I can promise you that this isn’t the way to break that mold.
A Few Things:
1. You deserve to be respected.
2. You deserve to be treated like a lady.
3. You deserve a man who will treat you with honor.
But the current lifestyle you are living will make it very hard for you to find any of these things. I say this because I care about you, even though I have never met you. You have a platform that is beyond grasp, and I believe your potential to use it for good is unmeasurable.
I’m not going throw any scripture at you. I’m not going to tell you how wrong you are. And I’m not going to tell you that you need Jesus.
Because frankly, I think you already know all of these things.
You’re a smart girl who has found herself caught up in the world of entertainment. I assume it’s rough. I can’t imagine being constantly surrounded by drugs, sex and alcohol. And I can’t imagine the peer pressure you must feel from labels, managers, and other artists around the world pressuring you to be something you’re not.
I’m here to tell you: YOU DON’T NEED TO LISTEN TO THEM. You are allowed to make your own decisions, and quite frankly this might be the first time anyone has ever told you that.
Regardless of what the tabloids say, my wife and I still believe in you, and will always show an open hand of grace and second chances.
I Choose Love..
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I Choose Joy…
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.
I Choose Peace…
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so I may live.
I Choose Patience…
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so, Rather complain that the wait is to long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.
I Choose Kindness…
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for that is how God has treated me.
I Choose Goodness…
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness.
I Choose Faithfulness…
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My friends will not question my word. And my family will not question my love.
I Choose Gentleness…
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.
I Choose Self-Control…
I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.
Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest.”
Team Know God Know Love
“I Love–lust you”
“My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.”
Love and lust are on the opposite end of the relationship spectrum. At one end, you have love which comes from God and is what any relationship strives/hopes to be in. Lust on the other hand is sexually craving what God has forbidden.
This series will explore the principles of love and lust and will help you determine whether you are in lust or in love with that special person. For you single people, the series will examine the importance of your season of singleness and we’ll also take some time to reflect upon the importance of women, God’s gift to man.
Most importantly, this relationship series will shine light to how God has called us to be in relationship with each other while glorifying Him at the same time.
Get ready for another awesome series from KnowGodKnowLove.com
Today at 2:50pm two bombs went off in my city. These bombs, designed to injure, did their work. At least two were killed, and hundreds were injured. All of this leaves us with questions. Who did this? More desperately, why?
The Boston Police will, along with the FBI, launch a full-scale investigation. And the brave and gifted officers and investigators will doubtless find the individuals responsible. After that, pundits and politicians will start to work on policy changes to insure this doesn’t happen again. Then, when time has passed, other politicians will use this as an issue to show their side has the answers.
But behind all of that work, much of good, lies the why. Deeper than culture. Deeper than religion. Deeper than policies, nations, kings, money, and every other reason we will hear in the coming days to explain this act of violence lies the reason truest of all: sin. All of us—friends and enemies, kings and peasants—are touched and marred by this realty. We are all alike fallen from grace. And now, having our visions skewed, perpetrate actions of sin against one another from a cloudy heart which all the while believes itself to be in the right. The broken breaking the broken.
And yet, tragedy like this shows us another aspect of ourselves. It’s the part we see when perfect strangers run headlong into the smoke of fresh explosions to help their fallen neighbors. We see it when a man removes his shirt to dress a wound. A doctor manages his ER in the face of overwhelming injury. A citizen opens his home to those without one tonight. We are all alike fallen, this is true. And yet there’s more to us. We are also image-bearers. There’s something of God—his likeness—which comes out even in the darkest of moments. Especially in them.
And this duality should tell us something. We are fallen, but not merely. We are a race of insurgents against God made in the image of the very God against whom we’ve rebelled. Love, art, charity, grace—these are ours because they were given to us by Him. So what are we to make of it all? What are we to think when tragedy mingles with beauty? When pain accompanies grace? When blood spills with tears? We could start by calling to mind the cosmic event wherein this happened first and finally.
There was one who not only showed us the image of God, but was His exact likeness. He, shining like the sun, brought grace and truth, kindness and undeserved mercy. And… He also experienced the deepest and darkest violence humanity has ever accomplished—the destruction of the image of God, Christ himself. There, tragedy mingled with beauty, pain accompanied grace, and the blood of God himself spilt along with his tears. The gospel shows us that, in Christ, darkness, selfishness, terror, sin, and depravity can be and will be once and finally overcome. That’s the hope—the only hope—for the deepest why of pain.
Tonight I’m praying for my great city. I’m praying that the image of God within her will rise above the brokenness which marks her. But, cosmically speaking, there’s only one way that happens—and it’s not when we simply look within. The deep problem lives within too. The image of God within us must connect—or reconnect—with the likeness of God sent for us, Jesus himself.
Yes, tonight I’m praying for my city. I’m praying for the victims. I’m praying for the first responders. I’m praying for families. But most of all, I’m praying for that grace which comes from God alone to overcome all that besets her.
Please, pray with me.
He made you filled with beauty because He is beauty and paid a price through the blood He bore.
“It wasn’t nails but love, that held Jesus to the cross. He nailed down our salvation for eternity.”
– Rick Warren
contributed by HisHeart
We want our darkness and sin so much more than this. We want this world far greater then we want His Kingdom. Daily we spit in His face over and over again, we reject His heart and turn to the heart of sin. He still remains, He still remains love, He still remains love for you. You were created in His image therefore you were made to be one in His love.
You were made to be love in Him. We create masks over ourselves because we do not realize how beautiful we are, nothing is more beautiful then the original you. We clothe ourselves with sin and we label it as who we are. He tears away our cloth and then shows us who He has created us as.. far past this.. into our true identity. When someone loves you past your armor, you will perceive them to be a savior. He loves past the cracks of your armor, enough for you to not ever want it again. Jesus had not come into the world to condemn but to save. To save you from the life you are living, to save you from the path you are on that is leading to death.
He has not condemned because He already paid the price you could not pay yourself. He loves you because He is love, you can not stop Him from being. nothing on this earth will ever complete you. nothing on this earth will make you wholly satisfied. We search for what has been standing in front of us all along, we pridefully believe that we have understood it enough to not need Him. Only until you realize your need for Him will you be able to accept Him. Allow Him to awaken your eyes to the truth of His heart, that you may see past what you have known into what is.
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
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2. For those of you living on Oahu.
Confirmed today that KGKL will be at the Spring Fest – Easter Egg Hunt and Craft Fair
Bay View Golf Park, 45-285 Kaneohe Bay Dr., 9 am – 1 pm
Sponsored by Windward Church of the Nazarene.
We will be selling our gear there so come by and check it out. Thanks to Richelle Kim for making a way for us to be there.
3. Tomorrow is Good Friday. Check back tomorrow for another post
God makes beauty out of our brokenness..
Fear shall not overcome.
Doubt shall not overcome.
Uncertainty shall not overcome.
Hopelessness shall not overcome.
Lies of the enemy shall not overcome.
Schemes of man shall not overcome.
The desires of the flesh shall not overcome.
For He has given us the Holy Spirit within us.
For Jesus, our Saviour, has overcome the grave.
Freedom is here. Let us rejoice!
The enemy is beneath our feet.
We shall be made whole and out of our brokenness shall come beauty.
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