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The nation is in a recession.

No.

The nation is at the beginning of a recession.

No.

Actually the country is just experiencing a brief re-alignment of the credit industry and this has a slight minute effective on the national economy but rest easy because it is only for a short while.

It really doesn’t matter who you ask in the United States, the phraseology might differ, some might have a more pessimistic view than others but we all agree that the economic cup is definitely NOT full. (more…)

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Christianity hangs on the story of Easter.  If the account of the gospels about Jesus’ resurrection were false as the high priest and his men claimed in the first century, then Jesus would become just another radical teacher who attempted to revolutionize Judaism but then failed miserably on a Roman cross.  If the story of Easter were a hoax, then hundreds of thousands of lives that were lost on account of the faith in that risen Savior would be meaningless.  If the story of the resurrection were a fable, then who are we praying to when we start our prayers with the phrase, “Dear Jesus…”? 

“But that’s where faith comes in.  You just have to believe” you say.  I concur.  I have that same faith that you are talking about and that’s why I personally believe that Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth was the incarnate Son of God.  And I also believe that it was this Jesus who died for my sins on that humiliating cross one Friday evening and rose up from His mortal sleep on a Sunday morning.  He is risen! Yes, He is alive!  I almost sound like I am preaching, don’t I?  I sometimes wonder if we have faith enough to preach but not faith enough to live.  Allow me to explain. 

‘Belief through our heads’ means ‘to accept the facts as true’.  We have no problems with that, do we?  This kind of belief is enough to sound like a Christian even to get up on a pulpit on a Sabbath morning to preach.  This was the kind of belief that the Angel was inviting Mary to embrace when he pointed to the empty grave.  It was this belief that the apostle Thomas was struggling with until Jesus Himself appeared among the disciples.  May be this level of faith is enough to celebrate Easter.  But there is more.

‘Belief through our hearts’ is what I am challenging you to embrace today.  It means ‘to live as if the facts are true’.  It is one thing to believe with our heads that Jesus was raised from the dead but it’s quite another to believe with our hearts and live as if Jesus is alive.  This belief through our hearts can transform our lives like never before.  If we believe that Jesus is alive, why do we act as if He is not when we hurt Him by our horrific sins?  If Jesus is alive, why do we just stop with talking and listening about Him and not pursuing a relationship with Him?  If Jesus is alive, why do we live like unbelievers when we don’t trust Him to carry us through the simplest of problems? 

Are you sure Jesus is alive?  If you are, why don’t you live like He is?  Why don’t you start a conversation with Him today?  It is never too late!                      

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Honesty. I’ve pretty much found out that it’s the scariest thing in the world. But the few times I’ve actually dabbled in this dark art, My God, it’s wonderful. I just finished reading a book given to me by one of my roommates called The Kingdom of Couches by Will Walker. Mostly it’s a great book about the need for Christian community in our individualistic and independent society, and I’m likely to draw much from it in the future. As such, I confess that a great portion of the ideas following come from Mr. Walker and some of his coauthors (Brett Westervelt, in particular), but I’m sure they’ve been said throughout the ages, merely because of the state of the human condition.

What I have drawn recently from this book, however, and what has been hitting me from all sides—from random conversations to the very sermon I heard this morning—was the need for honesty, for truth. Now, I’m not one that easily falls into divine speculations, but I think that the message getting to me in the past few weeks has not been one of a coincidence of many sources, but rather God trying to communicate to my petrified heart. (more…)

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img_1367.jpgIf you haven’t already, check out Metropolitan SDA’s Youth Week of Prayer going on now. Details here. I went to check things out last night, and I really appreciated the fact that it truly is “for youth by youth”. Tonight the Houston ACF chapter plans to attend Metropolitan to worship together as youth & young adults.

Here’s a breakdown of the schedule:

Sunday: “Piece of No Good Clay” – Ely Don Lagazo
Monday: “Letting Go” – Kyle Diaz
Tuesday: “Who Do We Turn To?” – Jennye Baysa
Wednesday: “Must Be… Moldable?” – Jillian Fortin
Thursday: “Ready” – Mervyn Baysa
Friday: “The Beautiful Pot We Become” – Guest Speaker Pastor Rodel Capobres
Saturday: Arise, Shine! – Bryan Baysa

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