Monday, June 27, 2016

I AM REDEEMED


“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.” (Ephesians 1:7-8a) 

Redemption is a familiar word in our society but, without looking to the Word of God, the spiritual meaning is unfamiliar. In our Western world, we redeem coupons and vouchers and understand that handing it in at the right time and place will result in receiving something. But redemption in the Kingdom is so much deeper. As believers in Christ Jesus, we’re aware that we’re redeemed, just as we know we are blessed and chosen. But do we really know the magnitude of our redemption? 

Thursday, June 23, 2016

C H O S E N

I'm thrilled to share a guest post by Jonathan Vasquez with you all today! I've had the privilege of getting to know Jonathan during my time at The Lighthouse Church and witness him grow into an amazing young man. He was one of my fabulous interns a few summers ago and serves faithfully in the youth ministry. Jonathan was also a part of my WDYTYA young adults small group this past spring and was particularly impacted when we discussed being CHOSEN. He shared a testimony about it at our ALIVE: Night of Prayer + Worship and even taught on CHOSEN when our youth ministry went through WDYTYA. 

Jonathan is an anointed preacher, loves the Mets, and just recently knocked out a few Spartan races. He graduated from Nyack College this spring with a Bachelors in Bible/Theology and Pastoral Ministries. Check out his blog or follow him on Twitter
Today just happens to be his 22nd birthday, so give him a shout!



Photo Credit: Lauren Viera

Monday, June 20, 2016

I AM CHOSEN



“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight…  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”  (Ephesians 1:4,11) 

In our last post, we explored the amazing topic of how blessed we are in Christ (and we barely scratched the surface!). We were reminded in God’s Word that we have every spiritual blessing in Christ and one of those blessings is our being chosen. The magnitude of that reality is enormous!

Because our natural perspective on earth is limited and often skewed due to life experiences, our being chosen is hard to fathom period, much less believe to be an actual blessing. Negative associations sometimes inhibit us and keep us from really believing how great this is.  

Monday, June 13, 2016

I AM BLESSED



“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3) 

What do you think of when you hear the word blessed? Is it a new car? A house with a white picket fence? The right promotion? An elaborate wedding reception? More often than not, material blessings are what come to mind, if we’re honest. We look at a person’s favorable conditions and call it blessed. But are they really? Undoubtedly, there are times we don’t feel blessed. Disappointment, financial difficulty, loss, suffering, sin… our list of problems is endless, but the reality is that if we are in Christ, we are always blessed. Do we believe that?