There's a world out there that we should see.

LIVE. LIFE. OUT. LOUD.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

WHY AM I SINGLE?

I've decided to give the answer to this common question I get asked often.
Why is Kristina single? 
(Yes, I just referred to myself in the third person)

Here it goes, try to keep up:

(FREEDOM)
I like to do what I want, how I want, when I want. 
I do not want to check in (like I did when I was a kid, living at my moms) nor do I want to have to think of someone else then having to attempt to include them as well.

(PRIORITIES)
My career is one of my main priorities and normally when someone comes into the picture, my time is needed elsewhere therefore my priorities start slipping. I prioritize just fine but then the dude wants to text, talk, hang out all the time therefore the amount of time I spend doing work and whatever else, gets pushed aside. Not okay.

(GAME)
Quite frankly, I haven't met anyone that can hang and worth my time. Time is precious. We have so little time in this world and the last thing I want is to feel as if I'm being contained. I refuse to compromise my standards/morals. So many people compromise things they never imagined they would simply because they feel as if they can't have what they really want. So many people have a fear of being alone so they stay with someone they don't really want to be with but it's comfortable. 

My advice? Life is too short to not live it the way YOU want to. YOU are in charge of YOUR life. If you're not happy with your life then change it. Your life is worth fighting for.


Call me selfish, just be jealous you don't do what you actually want to do OR … just do it yourself!

Single until further notice … and loving every second of it.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

LORDSHIP AND RELATIONSHIPS

The bible talks a lot about "fellowship." Fellowship is more than hanging out with others; it's sharing life with them. It's opening our lives to other followers of Jesus and living in community with them. While God doesn't want us to abandon our relationships with unbelievers and isolate ourselves from the world, authentic fellowship is something that is experienced in its fullest with other believers. 

1.    According to the Bible, what kind of people should we avoid altogether? 1 Corinthians 5:11 -- "You are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don'e even eat with such people."

2.    In one of his letters, Paul mentions a particularly disturbing case of immortality. What did Paul say the church should have done? 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 -- "I can hardly believe the report about sexual immorality going on among you -- something that even pagans don't do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother. You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship."

3.    What did Paul say about "fellowship" with unbelievers? 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 -- "Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God's temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said: I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people."

4.    What does God command? 2 Corinthians 6:17 -- "Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don't touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you."

5.    What does he promise in return? 2 Corinthians 6:18 -- "And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."

To "be separate" doesn't mean we should cut ourselves off from the rest of the world. After all, Jesus also tells us to be "salt and light" to the world (Matthew 5:13-16) We can't be salt and light from a distance. Jesus himself was criticized for being a friend of sinners (Luke 15:1-2). But like Jesus, God wants us to have a transforming influence on the world around us -- not the other way around.

6.    How does John say we know we "have passed from death to life"? 1 John 3:14 -- "If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is dead."

7.    How many times did Jesus say we should forgive our brothers and sisters? Matthew 18:21-22 -- "Then Peter came to him and asked, "Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?" No, not seven times, "Jesus replied, "but seventy times seven!""

8.    As we live in love and unity with one another, what did Jesus promise would be the world's response? John 17:23 -- "I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me."

9.    What is the key to having this kind of unity? Philippians 2:3-4 -- "Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don't look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too."

The quality of our relationships with other believers is a crucial testimony to an unbelieving world. We should be able to forgive and love not just our friends, but even our enemies. We must realize that we are in a spiritual battle, and we must be trained and determined not to allow bitterness and unforgiveness to push us into darkness.

(The Purple Book by Rice Broocks and Steve Murrell - Chapter 2 - Lesson 3 - P.26)

Monday, July 16, 2012

THE NARROW DOOR

The bible teaches that we are saved by God's grace, not by our own good deeds. We cannot earn eternal life by good behavior. We must receive the gift of Jesus' work on the cross. However, when true salvation occurs, the evidence of our changed lives should be obvious.

Read Matthew 7:13-20 to find out what Jesus had to say about what it means to be his true follower.

1.    What does Jesus say about entering the kingdom of God? Matthew 7:13-14 -- "You can enter God's kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

2.    How can we tell who is a real follower of Jesus and who it not? Matthew 7:16 -- "You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act."

3.    According to Jesus, what is the destiny of those who bear bad fruit? Matthew 7:19 -- "So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire."

"Bad fruit" is a metaphor for a sinful lifestyle. Sin is lawlessness. It's breaking God's commands.

4.    Centuries before Jesus was born, God gave his people the Law -- summed up in the Ten Commandments. What are God's Ten Commandments? Exodus 20:1-17
    v. 3 - "You must not have any other god but me."
    vv. 4-6 - "You must not take for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens     or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected -- even children in the third and fourth generations on those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands."
    v.7 - "You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God."
    vv. 8-10 - "Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have 6 days each week for your ordinary work, by the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God."
    v. 12 - "Honor your father and mother."
    v. 13 - "You must not murder."
    v. 14 - "You must not commit adultery."
    v. 15 - "You must not steal."
    v. 16 - "You must not testify falsely against your neighbor."
    v. 17 - "You must not covet your neighbor's house. You must not covet your neighbor's wife."

5.    What did Jesus say about those who disregard these laws? Matthew 5:17-19 -- "Don't misunderstand why I have come.  I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God's law will disappear until its purpose is achieved. So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone, who obeys God's laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven."

The bible declares that Jesus Christ is the source of our righteousness (right standing with God). Yet God's laws have not been done away with. There is still such a thing as right and wrong. When we break these laws it is still called "sin." The difference is that now as Christians we not only can be forgiven, but we also have a new ability to say no to sin.

6.    How did Jesus say we could sum up all of God's law? Matthew 7:12 -- "Do to others what you would like them do to you."

7.    What is the difference between those who love Jesus and those who do not? John 14:15, 23-24 -- "If you love me, obey my commandments. All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn't love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me."

8.    What does Paul say must be in our lives as believers? Ephesians 5:3-5 -- "Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God's people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes -- these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world."

9.    What did Paul warn would happen to those who practice such things? Galatians 5:19-21 -- "When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God."

10.    What is the reason people live in sin and still think they are Christians? 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 -- "Don't you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people -- none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God."

These warnings remind us that we are not just new people in theory, but that we are called to live in a new way. As humans, we certainly won't be perfect, but because of Christ, we are on a journey that will lead to greater and greater victories over the sins and weaknesses that previously dominated our lives. This process is called sanctification.

"And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God" -- 1 Corinthians 6:11

(The Purple Book by Rice Broocks and Steve Murrell - Chapter 2 - Lesson 2 - P.23)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Omar's Testimony

My friend, Omar Malic, gave an amazing testimony today and if someone (anyone) can learn from him, it's a great opportunity. You can hear about his life before God was in it and what God has done for him. He's a living example and great friend. We should all encourage and motivate each other every minute that we can. 
Let's spread God's love!