“Yes, God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle”

“Yes, God Will Give You More Than You Can Handle”

Check out this great article. Make sure you read it to the end… if you don’t, you miss the most important part…

I know you guys are busy, but this is worth 5 minutes…

Come back here after you read it and leave your comments!

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Church

The word “church” stirs many different thoughts and opinions for different people. Some people love the idea, some find that it brings up feelings of guilt or judgment, others may not feel strongly one way or the other. Some Christians bring up the point that if we have a personal relationship with God, why even bother with church at all? Certainly God is not restricted to communicating with us or loving us only at church. Is there some kind of Christianity checklist that requires us to go to church a certain number of Sundays per year? If not, then why bother? If we can have a personal relationship with God without the necessity of attending a service in a man-made building, then why? Should it matter? What do you think…

Am I the only one who has ever doubted…? I doubt it…

Doubt can be a scary thing. It can make us question our beliefs, our faith, even our God. But is doubt a bad thing all of the time? What does it mean to doubt in the context of Christianity or faith? I was able to find some of the thoughts of others on the topic of doubt… what do you think?

“Doubt isn’t the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith.” 
― Paul Tillich

“If Christ spent an anguished night in prayer, if He burst out from the Cross, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ then surely we are also permitted doubt. But we must move on. To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” 
― Yann MartelLife of Pi

“Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.” 
― Frederick Buechner

“Sometimes I think it is my mission to bring faith to the faithless, and doubt to the faithful.” 
― Paul Tillich

“He who has not God in himself cannot feel His absence.” 
― Simone WeilGravity and Grace

Thoughts?

New Blog!

Hello everyone! Welcome to our new LVCC Youth Blog. Here is how I hope it will work. Once a week, I will post something on the blog. It may be a story, a Bible passage and thoughts on it, an experience I had, etc. Every post will include a question or invitation for comments as well.

My hope is that everyone would log on, read each post, and then most importantly, share their thoughts, answer the question or share their own story or experience.

The purpose of this blog is to give everyone the opportunity to interact with each other and with their faith throughout the week rather than having to wait until Sunday or worry about everyone being available. You can log on whenever you have the time and share your thoughts. Please try and take some time to really think through what you would like to share. The more time and thought you put in, the more beneficial to you and to everyone else!

And adults – feel free to add your thoughts and wisdom as well!

So you ready? Here is a post to get you started… read and then share!
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Start by looking up Matthew 26:36-42 either in your Bible or on BibleGateway.com (this is a great site, by the way!). Read through the passage carefully.

This passage describes the time just before Jesus is arrested near the end of his life on earth. Something interesting here is Jesus’ prayer and petition to God. We see Jesus overcome by emotion and asking God to allow the fate he knows is coming to pass him by, if possible. He does not fail to mention, though, that God’s will is more important and Jesus is willing to undergo whatever God asks of him if necessary.

Now look up two more passages: First, Exodus 3:14. Then, John 8:58.

In the first passage, God identifies himself as “I AM.” In the second passage, Jesus uses that to identify himself as well. In other words, Jesus is identifying himself as God. Many other passages do this same thing – identify Jesus as equal with God or actually as God Himself.

So here is the question for your consideration: In Matthew, we see Jesus praying to God, asking God for something, succumbing to God’s will. This seems to show Jesus is subject to God. In John, though, Jesus identifies himself as God.

So how can both of those be true? If Jesus is God and is equal with God, why would Jesus need to pray to God? How can Jesus be both equal with God and subject to God?

Now, post a comment, share your thoughts or ask a question of your own! Help make the blog a success! Ready… Go!