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Calling the Broken

 

 

Allow me to share another devotional I wrote for camp. Happy Wednesday!

Message of Truth: Matthew 9:12-13, Matt. 11:28, Romans 3:12

My Story:

I spent a couple weeks in L.A. once, living in an apartment complex in the roughest part of town. My neighbors were drug addicts, drug dealers, and gang members. One man shared with me how he had dropped out of school in 4th grade to take care of his Meth-addicted mother (who also happened to be a prostitute). He himself got addicted to Meth by the time he was 16, causing his life to quickly spiral out of control.

He told me he desperately wanted to have a strong relationship with God but he didn’t feel like he could go to church because he was still struggling with a lot of sin. He didn’t feel like he could pray because he was too “bad” to talk to God. He was trying to “fix” his life on his own so he could be worthy of calling himself a Christ-follower.

Your Story:

Can you relate to that guy? Have you ever felt like you can’t even approach God because there is too much sin in your life and He can’t possibly want to have anything to do with you.

Let me assure you…who you are at this very moment is exactly who the Lord wants to draw near to Him.

God’s Story:

Look again at Matthew 9:12-13. Earlier in this section of scripture (starting at verse 9) we learn that Jesus is sitting, sharing a meal with a bunch of tax collectors and sinners. It would be like if we saw Jesus today, and he was hanging out in the super sketchy parts of L.A. with all the people struggling in their addictions, instead of spending his time at church. Some might not understand why he would do this.

The truth is Jesus isn’t looking for the people who think they can handle life all on their own, or the people who are “perfect”. He came to comfort the hurting, heal the sick, and call the broken to himself so they can be restored.

Notice in Matthew 11:28 Jesus doesn’t say, “come to me all who are perfect and have no fault”. No! He calls the ones who are tired and hurting, so that He can give them rest.

Romans 3:12

Says that there is no one who does good, not even one. We ALL need a savior. We are ALL broken people. There will NEVER be a time in our lives when we can say to God, “Ok, now I’m good enough to be with you. Now I’m holy enough to follow you”. If we wait until we’re “better” to go to God, we never will.

Beyond Today:

Probably the most humbling thing we will ever do in this life is recognize the depth of our sin…and then acknowledge that we need someone else to redeem us from it. We need Christ to redeem us from it.

As you go about your days, try to think of yourself as one whom God loves, as opposed to one whom God is ashamed of. Think of your sin, and everything that’s ugly in your life, and pray like this:

King Jesus,

There is none like you. There is no one who is good. No one who can stand before you and call themselves righteous. Thank you that you love me NOW, in all my wretchedness, and you won’t stop…EVER. I pray that you would teach me how to receive your grace. Help me to humbly come to you so that you can restore me, you can revive me, and you can make something beautiful out of my messiness. You are Good and you are faithful. Praise your holy name.

Amen.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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A Video of Encouragement

Nolan does some fantastic work. Here’s a video he recently did for CTI. He’s so cool 🙂

https://vimeo.com/45285794

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Why Read the Bible

I wrote this devotion for the kids’ devotional book here at camp. But I thought you might enjoy it as well.

Message of Truth: 2 timothy 3:16-17

Do you ever wonder why we read the Bible? Like what’s the point? I mean, it’s a huge book, filled with smaller books, written by a bunch of guys thousands of years ago! What does it have to do with US, TODAY?

My Story:

I have definitely asked myself that question more than once in my life. There were times I thought I should read the Bible just because it was something a “good Christian” does…like it was an unwritten 11th Commandment that only the really spiritual people knew about: Thou Shalt read your Bible several times a day!

Other times I was convinced I was supposed to read the Bible simply to gather knowledge and be able to win theological debates. The truth is though, neither of those reasons are what God had in mind for us.

Your Story:

Think about your best friend. How did that person get to be your best friend? Most of the time, we draw close to people, and grow in relationship with them, by spending time with them and learning about their life. We listen to what they have to say, we share with them about our own life, and that causes us to become good friends. When we become good friends we spend more time together; we enjoy each other. We can’t love people by NOT spending time with them…it’s the same with God.

God’s Story:

The Bible was meant to draw us nearer to God by teaching us about His character. And when we draw nearer to God, we love Him more. And when we love him more, He is glorified. So really, the whole purpose of the Bible is…His Glory.

Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 again. It says “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work”. So we can trust there is something for our lives TODAY in every portion of the Bible.

We can  see the holiness of God by the laws He sets in place. We can read  of Him leading the Israelites out of Egypt, or  saving Daniel from the lion’s den, and see that He’s faithful. We can learn how loving God is by looking at the accounts of Jesus’ life, and how it was given up for our sake. All throughout the Bible are testimonies of God’s character, declarations of His love, and proof of His desire for us to KNOW Him.

Beyond Today:

When we read the Bible like we’re longing to know more about God, instead of trying to accomplish some duty on the “Good Christian” checklist, we begin to develop a deep relationship with the King of the Universe; one that will turn to abiding love, which will become a light to everyone around us.

So the next time you read your Bible try to have these things in mind, and maybe pray something like this before you even dive in:

Holy God,

Everything in this book is true and given by you for me to know you more. I pray that you would open my mind to understand more about you through whatever I read today, so that I might fall more in love with you. For my good and YOUR glory. Amen

 

 
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Posted by on July 16, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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