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Got Prophecy? Teen Devotion

Got Prophecy?

We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. (II Peter 1:16)

There are well over 300 fulfilled prophecies concerning Jesus Christ in the Old Testament. According to author Lee Strobel, the statistical probabilities of just 49 of these prophecies to be actually fulfilled is 1 x 10157. That’s one out of 10 with one hundred fifty seven zeroes! That is the same statistical chance of a blind man randomly picking a pre-marked molecule after wandering a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion billion universes!

When you do the math on the prophecies that have already been fulfilled, it’s impossible to honestly walk away from the Scriptures believing that it was random chance. In fact, I believe it takes more faith to deny Jesus Christ than to accept Him and His claims. Why? Check this out: Unlike ancient foretellers and modern “psychics”, God‘s standard for fulfilled prophecy is 100%.

“You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken.” Deuteronomy 18:21-22

If you missed even one prediction, you were a false prophet. If you were a false prophet, you were put to death. Think about that for a moment. If the “forecasters” on the psychic phone networks out there lived in Old Testament times, they would have had a very short career span (as well as life span). Yet some people today put more stock in those freakshows than they do the Word of God!

As for Christians, we have people like Daniel on our “psychic hotline”- remember the story of Daniel and the bad kitties? Anyway, he did much more than avoid being Lion Chow. For example, five hundred years before Christ even lived; Daniel predicted the demise of the Babylonian Kingdom, the rise of the Persian, Grecian and Roman kingdoms. He also predicted accurately the rise and fall of Alexander the Great and the four generals that would take over after his death.

Kinda sends a chill down my spine!

Daniel even foretold precisely the time of Christ’s death in Daniel 9:25-26. We could on and on, but the point is that your faith in the Bible being God’s Word is no leap in the dark. In fact, the Bible backs up its claims far better than any other religious text.

So don’t be intimidated by those around you who chatter against God’s Word. They have no idea what they are talking about, and truth is on your side. When you do the math, it is crystal clear that the Word of God stands head and shoulders above every other book ever written. It is, without a doubt, the book of books.

Also, don’t be afraid to completely trust the words of Scripture. It is God’s message to the world, and following its truth is the only hope of life in the universe.

Questions:

Why do most unbelievers refuse to do the math?

What are some ways you can defend your faith more effectively?

Why do some Christians doubt God’s Word?

What do you need to do to study God’s Word on a regular basis?

via Got Prophecy? Teen Devotion – Dare 2 Share Youth Ministry Resources.

               God has truly set a plan for everyone. This morning my mom and I spent 2 hours in talking about the gospel, me sharing to her about Jesus and what He is all about and what we should all be about in line with God’s desire that’s noted in the Bible. There’s is non like Jesus. God Bless you all 🙂

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Rejected, But Not Forsaken! « Healing For The Nation

Beloved, are you a participant in the ungodly deed of rejecting people? I will not judge you, but if you are, you are working against the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is open for all men to enter. God does not love any ethnicity more than another. Yet we have ministers who will stand in a pulpit, and preach that the children of Ham are cursed, when nothing could be further from  the truth. I don’t mean any

harm, but these are ignorant, and unlearned men, who don’t understand the bible, or the Grace of God.

Let’s be real today. Black people have been hated by western civilization ever since they came to power. Everything imaginable has been done to these people in the name of God. Let me make this perfectly clear, GOD IS NOT A RACIST! He did not curse Black People. Yet we have people who claim to be Christians who absolutely abhor them. Hatred is not of God. Hatred comes from the force of evil within the hearts of men, and is from the kingdom of darkness.

In the name of supremacy, so much evil has been done to this people. Why? It is not of God, so why do people fool themselves that God is with them in this hatred. They are deceived into thinking that good is evil, and evil is good. Let me make this clear, God is not with you in your hatred of his people. Yes, they are his people.

via Rejected, But Not Forsaken! « Healing For The Nation.

This is a perfect message for all the Lady Gaga Controversies that’s been going around. Sure I’m not a big fan of Lady Gaga but I don’t hate her, I’m what you call indifferent. But nonetheless God doesn’t teach a believer to be just indifferent but He wants working Christians, living and able to do His work.

Lady Gaga really is something of a strange person, but God heals the sick (I’m not saying she’s sick) or otherwise, so let God do the healing, He will use instruments, even people in doing so, and it would not come in the form of hatred, and if you have hatred, you are not of God.

Security concerns prompt Lady Gaga to cancel Indonesia concert

Those are some hardcore Muslims, Although she is in fact a bad influence when it comes to her sensual dances and the way she dresses, but mainly to me, she’s a singer, if she just wore her Pj’s to her concert I would care-less, just as long as she would sing. That’s why it’s called a concert. C-O-N-C-E-R-T. but nowadays you do have to spice it up, and in her case, it’s a bit too spicy, for the Conservatives’ moral taste buds. I won’t go on saying poor her or poor them, not a big fan of Lady Gaga and not a big fan of Islam either, so… yeah.

This Just In

Lady Gaga canceled her concert in Indonesia, her management said Sunday, citing security concerns after Islamic hardliners denounced her costumes and dance moves as too risqué.

If the concert is held, there are concerns the singer, her crew and attendees may be in harm’s way, said Minola Sebayang, the lawyer for the promoters.

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Got Peace? Teen Devotion

Got Peace?

There once was a King who offered a prize to the artist who would paint the best picture of peace. Many artists tried. The King looked at all the pictures, but there were only two he really liked and he had to choose between them. 
One picture was of a calm lake. The lake was a perfect mirror, for peaceful 
The other picture had mountains too. But these were rugged and bare. Above was an angry sky from which rain fell and in which lightning played. Down the side of the mountain tumbled a foaming waterfall. This did not look peaceful at all. But towering mountains were all around it. Overhead was a blue sky with fluffy white clouds. All who saw this picture thought that it was a perfect picture of peace.
 
when the King looked, he saw behind the waterfall a tiny bush growing in a crack in the rock. In the bush a mother bird had built her nest. There, in the midst of the rush of angry water, sat the mother bird on her nest… perfect peace.

Which picture do you think won the prize?

The King chose the second picture. “Because,” explained the King, “peace does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. Peace means to be in the midst of all those things and still be calm in your heart. That is the real meaning 
Seems to me that most of us would have chosen the first picture- I know I would have. And do you know why? Because we’ve been deceived into thinking that 
peace is a by-product of circumstances. That at some point we will get all of our stuff together, and all will be as calm as a mountain lake on a perfect dayof peace.” (Catherine Marshall)

So we toil and strive trying to find tranquility in our lives by trying to remove all that seems difficult. In the back of our minds is a little voice saying: “if only…”

  • If only I didn’t have to go to school
  • If only I didn’t have to work
  • If only I had a different family
  • If only I had more money
  • If only I had more time
  • If only (fill in the blank), I would have more peace in my life.

Meanwhile, God in Heaven is longing to give you the stillness you are looking for…and He is whispering “If only you would look to me for true peace, I would give it to you”.

The King in the story is right. True peace can be found even in the midst of the most difficult and trying circumstances, because God lives inside you. He really desires for you to live life the way He designed it, which is to be at peace with yourself and the world around you.

So how do you get there?

Not by changing your circumstances, because you really don’t have a lot of control in that area. Oh sure, you have choices, but you cannot control the choices that other people make-which is usually what ends up trashing our tranquility.

The secret to internal peace is changing your perspective. Here’s the advice God gives:

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3)

Simple principle, don’t you think? Yet sometimes very difficult to apply. Basically, if your mind is constantly fixed on God and His Word, there remains no room for the attacks of worry and stress that kill any hope of peace in our lives. Like the little bird, we need to quit looking around and start looking up to our Creator, and repeating over and over what He has already promised us.

Where to start? Here are a few promises that you can stash in your nest for future study:

  • Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid (John 14:27)
  • I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
  • But the fruit of the Spirit is…peace (Galatians 5:22)
  • Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6)

Got peace?

Questions:

How many hours of the day do you experience true peace?

What is keeping you from fixing your thoughts on God?

Which verse from the ones above speaks the loudest to you right now?

via Got Peace? Teen Devotion – Dare 2 Share Youth Ministry Resources.

        Just this morning as I was reading this, my pessimistic mother was bombarding me with discouraging thoughts about life, and how our family is so poor and everything, but no matter how much she insists that, A promise of God always pop-ups to my mind, the promise goes something like... "seek first the kingdom of God and everything shall be added unto you." 
         Dear brothers and sisters, God is such a big celebrity, all of his fans (children) would always get the critics up in their faces, always questioning, always wanting, always whining about something, God tells us to be at peace, just seek Him and you will be equipped with wisdom you cannot fathom for it is God's not yours. 
God Bless you all this Sunday :)

If I were the Devil « Pastor Mike Says

“I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art”

via If I were the Devil « Pastor Mike Says.

This is just a line that struck me when I read Pastor’s post. Somethings been really bothering about Lady Gaga’s “freedom” fight. I’m all for freedom, but I think she’s going a little too overboard with it. In my mind “it’s really just how the fashion industry works, it’s just how pop culture works- it’ll pass.” But on the other hand “history repeats itself”. That’s why we even believe of Christs great comeback and of course because it is written in the Scriptures.

          I don’t expect everyone to crawl under their desks and start reading the bible panicking that God is someone to be greatly feared, God’s proven his Love and Mercy, none can compare to it, it’s fair to say that we humans are 

the one’s who should be greatly fearing each other, feeding each other lies and covering up our motives with “peace”. Well I don’t know, I am nothing without Christ. I just always tell myself that.

 It just is weird, to me, personally I never liked the idea of short-short (to the nth power) skirts, that you couldn’t even barely say it’s clothes, like in my earlier post I said “What happened to all the thread? Are we in some kind of Cloth Crisis?” Being a guy, it makes it very challenging, the devil is smart but God always prevails and I believe that He has purpose in things, I may not be able to convert anyone soon or I’d even get hated for me not being a big fan Lady Gaga. But that’s how I see it, how about you?

“You gotta stand for something or you’ll fall for anything” – Fall for anything by The Script

To God be All the Glory!

Tagalog Pick-up Line

Boy: Nasa b’yahe ka ba?

Girl: Bakit?

Boy: Nasalubong kasi nang puso mo’ng puso ko, dala niya pag-ibig ko, tanggap mo?

BOOM!”

It’s More Fun in the Philippines

Tagalog Pick-up Line 😀

Fictional Faction of Friction

The wonderful cliche of Living

  “You enjoy every moment, you look over her shoulder, and you don’t notice anyone at all, everything else is a blur, but when you get your attention back to her face you see everything, a future, a past and that beautiful present God‘s given you”

         To tell you all honestly, I just thought of that quote now, and I was just going to talk about how silly it was for a person to fall in love with a person. But as I read back to those words I type, I slowly become even more confused.

Let me just check myself for a moment, I’m alive and still living in a country where it’s more of a pop culture to be in a relationship. I guess there’s just a lot of bad examples, that’s why my mind (your heart is actually hardwired into your brain’s hypothalamus so I don’t want to say “my hear thinks” ’cause it doesn’t) is so caught up with worrying whether or not I’m going to go through with this feeling.

And also I’m somewhat paranoid about things, what my mom would say,

The best way, if it’s the only way 😀

what my sister would say, what my colleagues would say, but mostly what my mom would say, she’s too narrow minded to really support me in my relationships, heck, if she had it her way she would want me to grow up with no wife because she wants to get rich, it’s always about getting rich for her.

        But for me, God told me so, seek first the kingdom of God and everything shall be added unto you, so most of the time I really don’t worry, I only get shaken when my pessimistic mother gets in my head for a little while. And I’ve been a witness to a Christian relationship or rather two Christians being in a married life, I’ve seen bad examples also but at our church, man, does God know how to put up a love story.

God’ll catch you every-time 😀

Makes sense though He did create the perfect love story about his Son dying and everything, and I really aspire to that in a sense finding someone that God provided, I’m uncertain if it’ll be as easy as meeting a Christian girl and falling in love with her, or maybe God wants me to change people as He commanded “go and make disciples” and exactly the word “disciples” not “wife-fies”. My mind is not ready for this kind of commitment, as to what I’ve concluded, I couldn’t even make a lovey-dovey blog to what I’m thinking but still I thank God.

“I feel good, God’s making me Mr. Right, right enough to find a Mrs. Right, for us to be both right in God’s eyes.”

Got Health? Teen Devotion

Spiritual Vitamins A to Z

Anxious?Take Vitamin A.

All things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

Blue? Take Vitamin B.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. (Ps 103:1)

Crushed? Take Vitamin C.

Cast all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. (1 Pet 5:7)

Depressed? Take Vitamin D.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)

Empty? Take Vitamin E.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. (Ps 100:4)

Fearful? Take Vitamin F.

Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God. (Isaiah 41:10)

Greedy? Take Vitamin G.

Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

Hesitant? Take Vitamin H.

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” (Isaiah 52:7)

Insecure? Take Vitamin I.

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Phil 4:13)

Jittery? Take Vitamin J.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

Know nothing? Take Vitamin K.

Know this that the Lord is God, it is He that made us and not we ourselves. (Ps 100:3)

Lonely? Take Vitamin L.

Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Mt 28:20,

Nervous? Take Vitamin N.

Never, no never will I leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)

Overwhelmed? Take Vitamin O.

Overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:21)

Perplexed or puzzled? Take Vitamin P.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

Quitting? Take Vitamin Q.

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. In Quietness and confidence (trust) is your strength.

(1 Corinthians 16:13) (Isa 30:15)

Restless? Take Vitamin R.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. (Ps 37:7)

Scared? Take Vitamin S.

Stay with me, and do not be afraid; for the one who seeks my life seeks your life; you will be safe with me. (1 Samuel 22:23)

Tired? Take Vitamin T.

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Uncertain? Take Vitamin U.

Understand that I am (the Lord). Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me. (Isaiah 43:10)

Vengeful? Take Vitamin V.

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath,

for it is written: “Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” says the Lord. (Romans 12:19)

Weak? Take Vitamin W.

My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

eXhausted? Take Vitamin X.

Exercise thyself rather unto godliness. (1 Tim 4:7)

Yearning for hope? Take Vitamin Y.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You art with me; Your rod and Your staff they comfort me. (Ps 23:4)

Zealous? Take Vitamin Z.

It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good, and to be so always and not just when I am with you. (Galatians 4:18)

(Author Unknown)

Trust God to keep you in shape Spiritually 😀

Questions:

Which vitamins do you need the most?

What in your life drains you the most?

Do you have friends/family that need these vitamins too?

via Got Health? Teen Devotion – Dare 2 Share Youth Ministry Resources.

Most of the time I really experience these negative emotions in life, and this devotion is a great reminder (in my opinion). Aspiring to be a veteran blogger can really drain some out of you, haha LOL, I just really want to let myself talk it out on something that I don’t have to stare at my bad hand writing, and Hallelujah for laptops and fonts that I can clearly see what I’m typing, Praise God 😀

Camp Rock 2 – Introducing Me – Nick Jonas

camp rock 2 – introducing me – nick jonas full song and video – YouTube.

         This song reminds me, somewhat of Philippine Courtship. Of how on a rush teens seem to be when it comes to falling in love, some even go on saying “I’m easy to fall for someone”. Too easy if you ask me.

         I relish the fact that “you cannot give what you do not have” so I applaud people who actually do have “love” in their hearts and easily give it away. That’s what God did. Although at times I become skeptical when it comes to our current situation in our country about teen pregnancies and single mothers, oh sorry, single-daughter-mothers. It’s very saddening, parents raising up teens, then ending up having to raise up another child that came from their teens. What a shame. 

        I see it as a courtship problem, teens today always seem to be on a rush, unlike the old days. In the old days (as I’ve heard from my mother) they weren’t even allowed to wear such short clothes, but now, do girls even have clothes, honestly, have the threads we’ve been using all these years finally depleted? I know fashion is growing and yes I am not anti-progress but I see that the more the adults promote sex to sell things that ultimately it’s the teens that are going to suffer.

Well, I just know that through preaching and religious stuff (through God) it can be controlled, but the youth has to wake up on its own. In a capitalist world where grown-ups make the call and youth like Mark Zuckerberg gives the ideas, I could only wait to see what’s next, holding my philosophies in hand and at heart.

“I’m not waiting for Mrs. Right

All I need to do is to be Mr. Right.” 

Got Challenges? Teen Devotion

Got Challenges?

I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. (II Timothy 4:7)

There is a famous shoe company who’s motto is: Just Do It!

Well maybe that works in the sports arena, but it gets a little tougher when it comes to life. It seems like sometimes the older we get, the more cynical we become towards life. That’s exactly what Satan would want! The devil throws disappointment our way for that very reason. He doesn’t need to turn us into satanists, just get us whiney, weepy, and wimpy. So here is a reminder of a different kind of life motto: “Just Do It Anyway”

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.

Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.

Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.

Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.

Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest people with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest people with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.

Fight for the underdog anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

People really need help, but may attack you if you help them.

Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you’ve got and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

(Mother Theresa)

via Got Challenges? Teen Devotion – Dare 2 Share Youth Ministry Resources.

                    I guess I’ll blog about my daily devotions. People let the pride get the best of them, this is a great reminder for us all that life is disappointing, so you don’t have to keep whining about it. Grab your work by the neck, hold tight, if it slips, hold it again. Just do it anyway. God Bless us All 🙂

Questions:

  1. Have you given up on most people?
  2. How has Satan made you bitter in the past?
  3. Is your life more challenging than Mother Theresa?

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