Acceptance

Acceptance

Every single day we are faced with the decision whether we will do something so that we are accepted by the group. Maybe it is to tell a white lie or to partake in some sin that we know is wrong but we do it so that we won’t feel like the outsider. But what does Jesus call us to do in our lives?

But whether it seems self evident or not, how do we determine something is right or wrong? Do we determine it ourselves, by culture or is there a divine truth that determines right from wrong that we are obligated to follow?

Urgency

Urgency

Every day we are faced with situations where we have to make a decision whether something  is right or wrong. Some things are obvious and almost self evident such as, “is it right to murder someone?” However, there are other things that are harder to answer such as, “Is capital punishment for a crime murder?” “Is lying to protect someone from harm ok?” “Is plastic surgery sin?”

But whether it seems self evident or not, how do we determine something is right or wrong? Do we determine it ourselves, by culture or is there a divine truth that determines right from wrong that we are obligated to follow?

But Why??? What happens when I die?

But Why??? What happens when I die?

Why are there so many religions? How do I know which one is the right one? Does it even matter or are they all the same? Does it really make a difference as long as I believe in a higher power?

Since the beginning of time people have been trying to answer 3 basic questions: 
ORIGIN: How did I get here?
PURPOSE: Why am I here?
DESTINY: What happens when I die?

Since then, mankind has answered these questions through making objects to worship, hoping they will bring good luck or by praying and offering sacrifices to forces of nature, hoping their lives may in some way be blessed. Their main goal has been living a peaceable and good life, hoping the good they do outweighs the bad. 

But in each of these things we find a common theme, mankind trying to earn favor with a deity by doing something they think a deity will look favorably on. In each scenario, mankind is trying to control their destiny. 

But this leaves us wondering if any of it works. How do we know any of it is true or if all along we have been carrying around a lucky rabbits foot hoping something good will happen to us

But Why??? How do we know right from wrong?

But Why??? How do we know right from wrong?

Every day we are faced with situations where we have to make a decision whether something  is right or wrong. Some things are obvious and almost self evident such as, “is it right to murder someone?” However, there are other things that are harder to answer such as, “Is capital punishment for a crime murder?” “Is lying to protect someone from harm ok?” “Is plastic surgery sin?”

But whether it seems self evident or not, how do we determine something is right or wrong? Do we determine it ourselves, by culture or is there a divine truth that determines right from wrong that we are obligated to follow?

But Why??? Equally Yolked

But Why??? Equally Yolked

In a society that teaches the ideal of, “You do you,” sadly it is rare to see a biblical marriage, let alone a marriage that sticks it out through thick and thin. Proven by the statistic that 50-60% of first marriages end in divorce. 

For many of those that don’t end in divorce, they live a life of misery. Bound by a covenant that they have made to a man or woman they no longer love. 

Because of this example, a new trend in society is that men and women of God are choosing to live in sin rather than even entertain the concept of marriage because of the idea of marriage that they have been raised to know. 

So what does it take to make it? How do we have any hope that if we got married would wouldn’t follow the trend of divorce or be stuck in a relationship that we are miserable in?

But Why??? Is Polygamy and Divorce sin?

But Why??? Is Polygamy and Divorce sin?

Today, when talking about biblical marriage or one man and one woman forever, we often hear phrases like, “its 2018- that ship has sailed,” and “we need be be more inclusive.” We see and hear things on on social media, TV, movies, and music about doing what pleases you. If marrying more than one person makes you happy…go for it. If that means having an open marriage…go for it. If that means getting divorced…go for it. “You do You!” 

But is this truth? Or is this the enemy- a wolf in sheep’s clothing, who has come to steal, kill and destroy your life? What does God, the creator of all of it, have to say about it? What does He say in the Bible about marriage and how we are to do it?

Love God...Love Others

Love God...Love Others

Why are you here? What drives you to come to rockyouth Student Ministry? Are you here because your friends are? Because there’s nothing else to do? Do you lead because it makes you feel good? Because the kids you serve with are your ‘favorites?’ Do you ever wonder why you should be here? Or leave wondering if you missed something that would have made coming even more worth it? Maybe we need to take a closer look at what the purpose of coming together as the church is and see if we are inline with the Truth of the Bible.

The Spirit of Giving-John the Baptist

The Spirit of Giving-John the Baptist

So often, we do good things at Christmas, but if we leave out the name of Jesus, have we missed the point? Have we met the temporary need while leaving the eternal one unmet? Christmas is a season where people are already acknowledging Jesus, they just don't know why. We are the bridge to that understanding but we must tell by making the most of every opportunity... The important thing- don't leave out the gospel!