Monday, February 10, 2014

What's Been Up With Me!

Hey guys! I'm sorry I haven't posted a month but God's got me on overtime lately!  Here's a list of what has happened:

1.  I've begun the process of writing a book on youth evangelism.  A basic outline has been made and I will be hedging out the details for the next a year or two before I publish it.  Evangelism and apologetics is what I am devoted to besides Christ and it is my God-given duty to equip whomever I can with the ability to defend our faith in Christ!

2.  God provided me a position at a local campus ministry: Outreach Coordinator!  My goal is to find needs on my campus and find ways to satisfy those needs, while making the name of the group on campus.  If you have ideas for outreach, comment below!  It is greatly appreciated :)

3.  God laid the way for me to be Outreach Coordinator at the local Amnesty International chapter as well!  Amnesty International is devoted to finding human rights issues and fighting for the rights of others!  I am most concerned with poverty.  It breaks my heart to see anyone who doesn't have what they need in life.

4.  I have started a ministry page on Facebook devoted to empowering believers with what they need to go and make disciples with all those around them as well as keeping all the followers up to date on what evangelism things I'm doing and giving ideas for those who need them!  Here is my ministry page: https://www.facebook.com/equippingthesent

These next few college years are going to lay the foundation for the work God will have me do in the future.  God'll provide me with what I need, but I need your help as well!  And, no, I'm NOT asking for money. God provides for any money I need directly.  What I am asking you to do is to share my blog posts on all social media links below.  In order to build up a ministry, you must have supporters and people knowing you are there.  I want to build up contacts all over the world so God can open the doors He wants opened and close the doors He wants closed!

This is my appeal for you to share with whoever you can, however you can!  Thank you and God bless :)

P.S. I am in the process of writing for my next blog post!  Here's a hint:  I'll be addressing a sect of atheism and how to minister to them when we come across them in our daily lives!  Remember, guys, keep sharing the Gospel! :)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

New Year Revolutions

Woah! What a crazy past couple weeks..  Sorry, guys and gals, for not posting.  I took a break for Christmas and last week, my Internet went kaput.

It's already been a week and a half since the beginning of the year.  A lot of us have resolutions to change for this new year.  I don't.  I am a child of God who has been thoroughly blessed.  What I want to do is different, a revolution.

Every single day this year I will share my faith with someone different every single day.  I call it the 4:13 Challenge, a complete revolution in how I share my faith with others.  So far?  So good!

I have shared with countless people everyday.  Sometimes I walk over to Goodwill and start praying with people God picks out for me.  Sometimes I'll get on Chatroulette and videocall strangers from all over the world and talk with them about Jesus and what He's done with my life.  Sometimes, I'm on Facebook and people start randomly talking to me and the conversation goes to Him and I encourage them to come to or become stronger in their faith.  Sometimes, I'll volunteer at soup kitchens and feed the hungry.

Are you going to pick up the challenge and revolutionize your faith.

Phillipians 4:13 "I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me."

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Cold Hants Warm Heart by Mike




Hey guys! I made a Youtube channel for my rap videos! :D  Didn't know I could rap did ya??

Thursday, December 19, 2013

God's Promises

Matthew 5:3-12
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit
     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
     for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
     for they will be inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
     righteousness.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
     for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted
    because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

11. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  Rejoice and be Glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.


If you are being persecuted for whatever reason in this world, here is a reason to keep fighting and keep pushing for the Gospel to be spread!  God Bless :)

If you know anyone who needs to hear God's Promise, share this on whatever social media site you wish and recommend this blog to a friend.. I pray that you will grow stronger in your faith! God Bless! :)

Thursday, December 12, 2013

What is love?

We live in a dark world.  Sin abounds.  Murder is an all-time high. 

But I disagree there is no hope.  Let me remind you of what love is.

1 Cointhians 13:1-13:

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Even when all seems lost, there is a little bit of love that remains creating hope and stirring faith.  Pray that hope will not be lost in your life and that Jesus provide the victory in your life!

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Inspiration of Greatness

Yesterday marked the end of a single man's life, a life dedicated to the singular cause of helping create a new world, one where there was no black and white human, but merely brothers eating at the same table.  He was Nelson Mandela, the champion of the oppressed in South Africa.  From an early age, I looked upon him as a hero.  I studied what he did for the South African people and I wondered what brought this man to greatness.  His life was beyond the ordinary, and extended deep into what we could call the extraordinary.  That deepness is a depth few ever reach.

However, we see these individuals that do reach this depth of greatness and we admire them.  Why do we admire individuals who reach these levels of greatness and what does it take to reach greatness?  I propose, Dear Reader, to analyze and understand what the traits of these individuals are and see what it takes to be considered great.

There are many individuals who went deep into extraordinary lives. I could hardly do justice to the subject by naming a few individuals.  However, I will certainly try.

The first person that always comes to mind when I think of greatness is, of course, Jesus Christ.  He never wrote a published word, never left 100 miles of His home,was constantly hated by most of the authority figures in his area, escaped death repeatedly but willingly gave Himself to death at the end of his left, assured of his ability to come back from the dead.  He had a band of followers whom he hanged out with for about three years, teaching them all He wanted to teach them and giving them the power to act upon His teachings.  His ideas of loving your neighbor and enemy, and preaching for all men (and women) to come to repentance stuck with the disciples, convincing them that they would "do greater things."  He trained them and helped them realize how to achieve greatness.  Before He ascended into heaven, He told them to go and make disciples of all nations.  They started a global movement based around His teachings, which turned the entire world upside down.  That is my unbiased opinion of course.

Moving from the religious world to the secular, another individual I consider to have reached greatness is Ray A. Ktoc, founder of McDonald's, Inc. and the man who established a bar for fast food quality and service that most fast food joints today have imitated or reached.  A traveling salesman most of his life and an ambulance driver in World War I, he stumbled upon the McDonald's restaurant (then run by the two McDonald brothers), a small family restaurant.  He saw potential where the brothers did not and had a dream that the country would have a hamburger chain with cheap, good quality food.  After buying out the brothers, he created a franchise where any willing and able entrepreneur could buy into and live the American dream.  His company would become an international conglomerate that is spreading like wildfire still all over the world.

The next man worked in that same ambulance unit with Ray Kroc. You will likely recognize him mainly for his cartoon of a little mouse with big ears with a very squeaky voice.  Walt Disney is one of the most respected cartoonists the world has ever known, but started out in an abusive family situation involving his father,  Determined not to be like his own father, he dropped out of high school to join that ambulance corps.  After the war, he was a small-time cartoonist until he moved to California to work at Hollywood.  He came out with cartoon after cartoon in a cruddy apartment until he hit on Steamboat Willie, a concept that became immensely popular.  He quickly rose as a star in the cartooning world and soon had his own cartoon programs with many lovable and adorable characters such as Goofy and Mickey.  If that wasn't enough, he also had an idea for a theme park centered around his ideal world.  Many told him he wouldn't be able to do it, but by 1955, Disneyland was created and the public immediately ate it up.  Now, in 2013, Disney, Inc. is one of the most successful companies in the world with theme parks all over the world, successful movies, a bought-out of the nearly successful Lucas Films, and an amazing stock portfolio.  What about Disney?  He could have retired long before he died but he came churning out ideas until his death, staying mostly involved with his company.

This man taught himself how to read, failed at almost every venture he tried (except vampire hunting), and was not discouraged by any of this because in 1860, he ran for President against candidates that were probably much more qualified than him, running on a platform that was immensely unpopular with parts of the USA.  Abraham Lincoln was all of this and more.  Though his election tore apart the country and he was actually a closet racist, he led the Union through a Civil War which tore the country even further (literally, "brother against brother").  He inspired a nation to follow him and fight for a good cause: the unity of the United States once more.  The Emancipation Proclamation, though it actually freed no slaves at the time, was a genius marketing technique that put a moral front to the war that was badly needed at the time.  He visited his troops personally on the battlefield and in the hospitals to encourage them to keep fighting for the liberty that was laid out by the American Revolution.  The day Lincoln died, even his Confederate enemies, newly defeated, were disappointed by his death because he promised to reconcile and not punish them for the war, an example we should all follow.

Our next great individual was a simple man who moved from Scotland at an early age due to his family's poverty. but even though his family wasn't materially wealthy, they more than made up for it in love and an implantation of the desire to learn and grow out of his circumstances.  He did.  Mr. Andrew Carnegie took up railroad jobs and invested very wisely in business ventures and companies until he had enough money to establish his own steel company in Pennsylvania, Carnegie Steel, which became one of the biggest companies of that kind in the world.  He was heavily involved in his mills and had creative incentives got for production.  For example, a work shift had made a certain amount of a product.  Carnegie put on a blackboard the number of how much product was made.  The next shift beat that number in its production.. It went on and productivity went up immensely because of this idea.  Carnegie became one of the wealthiest individuals with a wealth over 400 million dollars, which would be over a billion in modern terms.  However, he did something uniquely with his wealth: gave most of it away.  He set up libraries all over the world, a tribute to Carnegie.  One famous tale involved him handing out nickels in front of one of his libraries to little children.

In a story that starts out like the movie Million-Dollar Baby, this man's bike was stolen as a kid.  He told the police office that he wanted to beat up the thief but the officer told him he needed to learn how to fight first before he challenged anybody.  This officer taught him how to box in a highly segregated South.  Muhammad Ali kept fighting and won fight after fight, winning every one of his bouts in the 1960s.  He was a passionate man, a convert to Islam, and a symbol to African Americans all over the country, telling them that they can overcome racism and become great.  He was a pacifist who refused to fight in Vietnam and was stripped of his boxing championship.  In his comeback a few years later, he lost against Joe Frasier, but would beat him in a rematch a year or two later.  After his retirement, he devoted himself to philanthropy and became a champion for those with Parkinson's Disease when he announced that he had it as well.  When Ali received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George Bush, he said of his career: "I believed in myself, and in the goodness of others."

The next individually has inspired me greatly in my walk with Christ.  He is a German pastor named Reinhard Bonnke.  His life was not worst-off as a child though he didn't live the greatest life.  He received Christ at the age of nine and, at the age of ten, desired to be a missionary in Africa.  God called Him into ministry and gave him a dream where He told him that "Africa Shall Be Saved."  Reinhard's early ministry wasn't the least bit successful.  In fact, he was considered to be a failure  However, he never gave up on his dream to save Africa and soon, God used him in massive tent meetings that grew into massive open-air services, with millions going to these events.  He has personally preached to nearly 120 million individuals and has spread his ministry all over the world.

Have you noticed it yet?  What made these men great?  Simple: none of them gave up.  They were driven to keep going even when nobody believed in them, even when they had no successes, even when they were poor and couldn't afford a nice thing.  They INSPIRED.  Jesus created a global movement based on the simple message of salvation.  Ray inspired entrepreneurs to buy into McDonald's and start their own restaurants. Walt showed the public that the American Dream was possible and idealized it.  Lincoln failed in everything he did yet led a nation into war and made slavery a moral front to push a nation forward.  Ali told the people that they could rise above their circumstance, combat injustice and live with those things many would consider crippling.  Carnegie inspired an era of philanthropy with his intense giving, making giving something everyone should do, no matter how they earned their wealth, inspiring Oprah and other modern-day philanthropists.  Reinhard was called by God and he never let go of that vision even when his ministry failed, and helped inspire me to give more to the Kingdom of God.

The essence of greatness is desire and willingness to never turn back and never give up.  To know what you want to do and keep pushing until you succeed.  This is a tiny list of the men who have inspired me to strive for greatness and there are MANY more individuals who have inspired me to do greater things.  Ladies, I'm sorry I had no women on the list.  This was not intentional and I did not realize this had happened until after I wrote it all out.  Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks are two of those greats in history that have inspired me.  They have powerful stories to tell that inspire generations and generations to come!

If you have anybody YOU believe is a great, add them in the comment section and tell their story!  Only sharing their stories will inspire others to greatness as well.  Each and everyone of us has the ability to achieve greatness.  Don't give up on what God has called you to do and on what your soul feels for.

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