Illuminate - Our worship night, will be on Saturday, November 5th.. It’s geared towards youth, so if you’re in that age range (and even if you’re not, PLEASE COME and experience the presence of God through worship.. This is not a concert, it’s a worship experience

Illuminate - Our worship night, will be on Saturday, November 5th.. It’s geared towards youth, so if you’re in that age range (and even if you’re not, PLEASE COME and experience the presence of God through worship.. This is not a concert, it’s a worship experience

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FML; a thought.I’m not sure when it started but it feels like  over the past 4 years or so I have been seeing this “FML” post on  Facebook A lot it’s a stupid trend really. Normally I don’t care what  people post, but this one thing has bothered me from the the first day I  saw it. First of all it’s not funny. It’s as funny as “That’s what she  said” Jokes meaning not funny at all. I have seen more and more  “Christians” post “FML,” and what is that really saying about you and  what dose it say about the God that your all about? What dose it say about you? It says that one little thing that can  throw off your WHOLE LIFE! I know its just an expression and you may  think I’m taking it out of hand, but there is power in words. Remember  that lie we would all tell ourselves as kids “Sticks and stones may  break our bones but words will never hurt me.” as we get older that  saying becomes less and less true. Especially when there is someone you  love involved. Sometimes things are said we would rather be hit with  sticks and stones. How do you think that makes God feel. He blesses you  in ways you have no idea. Some of you he has saved your life right in  front of your eyes and instead of saying your “I am blessed no matter  what (Deut 28:6).” you get into bad traffic and say “FML.” It makes you  look like a weak person and that you can’t handle a lot. You ever see a  strong person say that? No. One thing is never enough to throw a strong  person off. Also, it shows that your god alone can’t make you happy.  That your god doesn’t give you joy, peace, patience, hope, or any other  fruit. Why would I follow your god if your just as hopeless as I am  without him. In the end a person who’s life is “F’ed” is no different from  ones who has found freedom. THAT’S WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT YOURSELF! What dose that say to God? You have NO idea what your saying when you say “FML.” There is a proverb that says:“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit-You choose.” (Prov 18:21)Example: If when I wake up I say, “Today is going to be a good day  no matter what.” I will have a great day. If I, when I wake up say, “Man  today is gonna suck,” Don’t expect is to awesome. I watch every word I  say. If feel like I’m getting sick I say “There is no way I’m Getting  sick.” Once I saw my little sisters Facebook post she said,  “Blah blah  blah (i don’t remember)… life stinks.” And I got on her! On the post!  because I wasn’t waiting till we got home… I said ” NO IT DOESN’T!  ESPECIALLY NOT YOURS! We are so blessed and in no way shape or form dose  our life stink!” I could have gone on but I stopped right there. I  couldn’t let her say that her life stinks when I know how blessed she  is. She has family, friends, food, a roof, health, a God that loves her,  salvation, freedom, happiness, joy, you get what I’m saying? Why would a  woman of God ever say that her life stinks when she is soooooo blessed!  When you say “FML” and your blessed your saying “You see all these  blessings? I don’t. So “FML” and show me what it’s like to not be  blessed.” In other words “Mess up (F) my life!” You have just poisoned  your life and didn’t even know it. What a sad way to live. Definition of  a cursed life is a life that’s not blessed. So stop asking for your  life to be “F’ed” and be happy for once. As hard as that sounds. Call this  blog spiritual, new age, physiological, who cares! Just live a better  life and your words alone can change that.

icon3ras:

FML; a thought.

I’m not sure when it started but it feels like over the past 4 years or so I have been seeing this “FML” post on Facebook A lot it’s a stupid trend really. Normally I don’t care what people post, but this one thing has bothered me from the the first day I saw it. First of all it’s not funny. It’s as funny as “That’s what she said” Jokes meaning not funny at all. I have seen more and more “Christians” post “FML,” and what is that really saying about you and what dose it say about the God that your all about?

What dose it say about you? It says that one little thing that can throw off your WHOLE LIFE! I know its just an expression and you may think I’m taking it out of hand, but there is power in words. Remember that lie we would all tell ourselves as kids “Sticks and stones may break our bones but words will never hurt me.” as we get older that saying becomes less and less true. Especially when there is someone you love involved. Sometimes things are said we would rather be hit with sticks and stones. How do you think that makes God feel. He blesses you in ways you have no idea. Some of you he has saved your life right in front of your eyes and instead of saying your “I am blessed no matter what (Deut 28:6).” you get into bad traffic and say “FML.” It makes you look like a weak person and that you can’t handle a lot. You ever see a strong person say that? No. One thing is never enough to throw a strong person off. Also, it shows that your god alone can’t make you happy. That your god doesn’t give you joy, peace, patience, hope, or any other fruit. Why would I follow your god if your just as hopeless as I am without him. In the end a person who’s life is “F’ed” is no different from ones who has found freedom. THAT’S WHAT YOU SAY ABOUT YOURSELF!

What dose that say to God? You have NO idea what your saying when you say “FML.” There is a proverb that says:

“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit-You choose.” (Prov 18:21)

Example: If when I wake up I say, “Today is going to be a good day no matter what.” I will have a great day. If I, when I wake up say, “Man today is gonna suck,” Don’t expect is to awesome. I watch every word I say. If feel like I’m getting sick I say “There is no way I’m Getting sick.” Once I saw my little sisters Facebook post she said,  “Blah blah blah (i don’t remember)… life stinks.” And I got on her! On the post! because I wasn’t waiting till we got home… I said ” NO IT DOESN’T! ESPECIALLY NOT YOURS! We are so blessed and in no way shape or form dose our life stink!” I could have gone on but I stopped right there. I couldn’t let her say that her life stinks when I know how blessed she is. She has family, friends, food, a roof, health, a God that loves her, salvation, freedom, happiness, joy, you get what I’m saying? Why would a woman of God ever say that her life stinks when she is soooooo blessed! When you say “FML” and your blessed your saying “You see all these blessings? I don’t. So “FML” and show me what it’s like to not be blessed.” In other words “Mess up (F) my life!” You have just poisoned your life and didn’t even know it. What a sad way to live. Definition of a cursed life is a life that’s not blessed. So stop asking for your life to be “F’ed” and be happy for once. As hard as that sounds. Call this blog spiritual, new age, physiological, who cares! Just live a better life and your words alone can change that.

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S E T T I N G  S A I L   I N T O   T H E   S U N ,  B A B Y !

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S E T T I N G  S A I L   I N T O   T H E   S U N ,  B A B Y !

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I just need this on my blog. Their wedding is so beautiful and all DIY. I love how relaxed their ceremony was and how it was filled with music and sweet thoughts.

Most beautiful wedding I’ve ever seen.. Just so real and un-fabricated

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Hungry Hungry Hi-Hats

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Hungry Hungry Hi-Hats

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This is my Confession: how I feel about the word Christian
I have a confession to make. “Hello, my name is Isai Contreras and  For   about 3 years I have hated the title “Christian.”” By hate I mean HATE!    Someone would say to me “What religion are you?” I would say, “The  one  that loves Jesus” or I would just work my way around that word  because  to me It had been tainted. People who did not know that power  that word  has or what it even means were using it. Not only putting it  on shirt  but yelling it from mike crates passing out little scary  booklets on how  to become “ONE OF US, ONE OF US!” Bible school was  where it started,  then I would see people on TV and YouTube,  everywhere, it made me hate  the word. “Christian” it was embarrassing, I  wasn’t embarrassed about  Jesus. No. I was embarrassed FOR Jesus. I  would always rather explain  that I love Jesus and follow his teachings,  pray to him, sing about him,  read about him, rather than use “that”  word. This was coming from a guy  who will say his name is “Josh” at  Starbucks rather than say my real  name, just because I don’t care how  cool people think it is, or I just  don’t wanna spell it out for them.  That word, Christian. It was like a  club. I remember I was in  Books-a-Million one time and I saw these two  ladies pick up a copy of  this book. The book was about some guy who went  to hell and then came  back just to make money off of the fake  experience. One lady looked at  the other and said,Lady One: Mmmm… My oh my! That’s why I’m a ChristianLady Two: “Mhmm…”Lady One: So i don’t have to go through all thatLady Two: Amen!WHAT!?!  NO!  THAT’S WHY YOUR A CHRISTAN? Just so you don’t have to go to hell. A  get out of jail free card? It has  nothing to do w God, but everything  to do with the Devil, because “He is  a LAYA” (Laya: that’s gospel talk  for “lair.”) It’s not that it makes  me mad, but it breaks my heart.  That people would get the title and get  past the bouncer to get into  the party! This isn’t “Club God”, it’s  Love. It seemed like very few  people got “IT!” and everyone else just  said it. It didn’t mean  anything to them, and to me that meant Jesus and  everything he did,  didn’t mean anything to them. Then whats the point?When I  was kid in 6th grade my teacher was a WWII buff. So one of  our reads  was  “The Diary Of Anne Frank.” After that we watched the  movie. There  was this part in the movie and I really don’t remember it  being in the  book, and if it was SORRY! Its been a while, not the point.  Anyway, in  the movie, Peter ( a boy of the family who is staying w the  Franks) is  starting to unpack and then Anne walks in…Anne Frank:  [Peter has removed the  Star of David badge from his coat] You took off your star.Peter Van Daan :   That’s right.Anne Frank:   You can’t do that. They arrest you if you go out without your star.Peter Van Daan :   Who’s going out?Anne Frank:   What are you going to do with it?Peter Van Daan :   Burn it.Anne Frank:   I don’t think I could burn mine. I don’t know why.Peter Van Daan :   You couldn’t? Something they made you wear so they could kick you around?Anne Frank:   I know, but after all, it is the Star of David, isn’t it?The  way Peter felt about the Star of David, I felt the same way  about the  name “Christian”. To me it always seemed people wore it  around, but it  was never for the right reason. It felt more like a  target, a punch  line, it was a beauty pageant has been who had lost her  looks, and it  had nothing to hold on to. So i ripped it off and burned  it. and I must  confess, it felt good. I didn’t want what came with it.  But Anne. She  never saw the piece of cloth as something bad, as a  target. She saw it  for what it was, hers. It was who she was, where she  came from, and  where she was going. It was hope, it was a reminder of  her trust in God  and that no matter what happens, God would make  everything ok. The  name Christian to me reminds me of what Jesus did for  me and the rest  of the world. It reminds me of a Love that never ever  fails. Of a God  who sent his son with me on his mind. It reminds me that  I am free.  Free to worship, love, pray, sing, to live. So now I have the  name  Christian and I live it proudly. Because I love who it represents  and  it’s a reminder that I am loved no matter what I do. SO now I love  it,   because after all, It is the name of Jesus, isn’t it?Hello, My name is Isai Contreras and I am a Christian.

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icon3ras:

This is my Confession: how I feel about the word Christian

I have a confession to make. “Hello, my name is Isai Contreras and For about 3 years I have hated the title “Christian.”” By hate I mean HATE! Someone would say to me “What religion are you?” I would say, “The one that loves Jesus” or I would just work my way around that word because to me It had been tainted. People who did not know that power that word has or what it even means were using it. Not only putting it on shirt but yelling it from mike crates passing out little scary booklets on how to become “ONE OF US, ONE OF US!” Bible school was where it started, then I would see people on TV and YouTube, everywhere, it made me hate the word. “Christian” it was embarrassing, I wasn’t embarrassed about Jesus. No. I was embarrassed FOR Jesus. I would always rather explain that I love Jesus and follow his teachings, pray to him, sing about him, read about him, rather than use “that” word. This was coming from a guy who will say his name is “Josh” at Starbucks rather than say my real name, just because I don’t care how cool people think it is, or I just don’t wanna spell it out for them. That word, Christian. It was like a club. I remember I was in Books-a-Million one time and I saw these two ladies pick up a copy of this book. The book was about some guy who went to hell and then came back just to make money off of the fake experience. One lady looked at the other and said,

Lady One: Mmmm… My oh my! That’s why I’m a Christian
Lady Two: “Mhmm…”
Lady One: So i don’t have to go through all that
Lady Two: Amen!

WHAT!?! NO! THAT’S WHY YOUR A CHRISTAN? Just so you don’t have to go to hell. A get out of jail free card? It has nothing to do w God, but everything to do with the Devil, because “He is a LAYA” (Laya: that’s gospel talk for “lair.”) It’s not that it makes me mad, but it breaks my heart. That people would get the title and get past the bouncer to get into the party! This isn’t “Club God”, it’s Love. It seemed like very few people got “IT!” and everyone else just said it. It didn’t mean anything to them, and to me that meant Jesus and everything he did, didn’t mean anything to them. Then whats the point?


When I was kid in 6th grade my teacher was a WWII buff. So one of our reads was “The Diary Of Anne Frank.” After that we watched the movie. There was this part in the movie and I really don’t remember it being in the book, and if it was SORRY! Its been a while, not the point. Anyway, in the movie, Peter ( a boy of the family who is staying w the Franks) is starting to unpack and then Anne walks in…

Anne Frank:  [Peter has removed the  Star of David badge from his coat] You took off your star.
Peter Van Daan : That’s right.
Anne Frank: You can’t do that. They arrest you if you go out without your star.
Peter Van Daan : Who’s going out?
Anne Frank: What are you going to do with it?
Peter Van Daan : Burn it.
Anne Frank: I don’t think I could burn mine. I don’t know why.
Peter Van Daan : You couldn’t? Something they made you wear so they could kick you around?
Anne Frank: I know, but after all, it is the Star of David, isn’t it?

The way Peter felt about the Star of David, I felt the same way about the name “Christian”. To me it always seemed people wore it around, but it was never for the right reason. It felt more like a target, a punch line, it was a beauty pageant has been who had lost her looks, and it had nothing to hold on to. So i ripped it off and burned it. and I must confess, it felt good. I didn’t want what came with it. But Anne. She never saw the piece of cloth as something bad, as a target. She saw it for what it was, hers. It was who she was, where she came from, and where she was going. It was hope, it was a reminder of her trust in God and that no matter what happens, God would make everything ok. The name Christian to me reminds me of what Jesus did for me and the rest of the world. It reminds me of a Love that never ever fails. Of a God who sent his son with me on his mind. It reminds me that I am free. Free to worship, love, pray, sing, to live. So now I have the name Christian and I live it proudly. Because I love who it represents and it’s a reminder that I am loved no matter what I do. SO now I love it, because after all, It is the name of Jesus, isn’t it?

Hello, My name is Isai Contreras and I am a Christian.

The #1 Social Media decision you must make

via Jon Acuff


Social media is either a megaphone or a mask.

It allows you to amplify who you are or hide who you are.

Choose wisely.

Question:
Have you ever struggled with being someone different online than you are offline? (Funnier, smarter, meaner, etc.?) I have.

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