Co-Architects Of Design 

We are now saved because Our Savior Jesus chose to leave the riches of heaven and come walk our sod. He left glory and power for a life of humility and service. He left sovereignty and majesty for obedience and obscurity. He left celestial pleasures for earthly hardship. He left fellowship with the holy ones for ministry to the lost and hurting. He relinquished intimate communion with his Father to take on himself the sin of the whole world.

We, too, have choices to make

 We can live lives of relative comfort and peace and safety by taking our salvation and burying it in our backyards and standing guard to make sure nobody steals it. We can ignore the dying world around us, leaving others to find their own way. We can skillfully avoid the messy business of finding and nurturing relationship with our brothers and sisters in the faith. We can leave the strenuous work of building the kingdom to those with degrees and salaries.

Alternatively, we can choose to take up our crosses and follow our master. We can forsake building castles in the sand and instead yoke ourselves to the one who is working incessantly to build mansions that will endure for eternity. Then, we will have a say in where we live, how many guest rooms we will need, and who we would like to have for neighbors. We will be co-architects in the design of our community centers and fellowship halls. We will be partners in business with the wise. We will spend our vacations exploring relationships with the mighty men of God. We will raise our children with the help of the holy women of God.

        ~Brad Heilhecker 

We Need To Know 


For nearly 24 long years there was not one Christian that told me about Jesus and how much He loved me. 

Just thinking about this breaks my heart like no bodies business because I can only imagine how common this fact is. 

My brothers and sisters, we are His hands and feet. We have the same spirit that Jesus had when he was walking on earths soil. He died so that we can come back to our Father and walk as He walked. Let’s not be boxed in Christians. 

Everywhere we go we must let Christ’s fragrance fill the atmosphere. We must pour Him out like a liquid offering. 

Christians need to know that Jesus loves them. Non-believers need to know Jesus loves them. Atheist need to know that Jesus loves them. Witches and satan worshipers need to know that Jesus loves them.

Everyone that walks on this earth needs to know that Jesus loves them and it is up to us to show them and tell them! Let’s get em!!

~Thomas Joel Trevino 

But how can they call on Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? ~ Romans 10:14 NLT 

13 Reasons Why 


13 Reasons Why Students Need to Read The Delusion, a Young Adult Novel about Teen Suicide

 
If you’re a teenager or the parent of one, you’ve probably heard of the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why. My eighth-grade daughter described the teen drama to me this way: “It’s about suicide, and lots of my friends are watching it, but Mom, it’s, like, making some of them depressed and stuff.”

Based on a book of the same name, the show’s theme centers around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, a suicide victim who leaves behind audio recordings for those she blames for causing her to want to die—13 people, to be exact. The show’s producers maintain that they hope to shed light on the tragic issue of suicide, but various suicide prevention groups say it’s actually glamorizing suicide and putting teens at risk.1

I too have a heart for this cause, so much so that I chose teen suicide as the driving theme of my young adult novel, The Delusion. But I come at it from an entirely different angle—a biblical, spiritual perspective.

Here are 13 reasons why I’m over-the-top passionate about getting The Delusion to every teen and household who speaks and reads English (and beyond that once the book is translated into other languages!):

1. While The Delusion depicts how peer-to-peer conflict can escalate suicidal thoughts in teens, the ultimate source of dark, depressing thoughts is not the people around us. Instead, 18-year-old Owen Edmonds becomes an eyewitness to the otherwise invisible demonic forces that whisper soul-sabotaging lies to troubled teens in a deadly mission to provoke them to end their lives (see Ephesians 6:12). It becomes Owen’s mission to convince his vulnerable classmates to combat depressing thoughts with hope and truth, a real-life strategy.

 

2. Throughout The Delusion, readers are shown the crucial importance of reaching out with concern to friends and loved ones who show signs of depression, committing to be a source of support and encouraging them to seek counseling. At the same time . . .

 

3. The Delusion portrays how some students show few or even no signs of depression, yet are suicidal. With this in mind, readers are inspired to go beyond surface-level conversations with those within their sphere of influence and seek to build deeper, more meaningful friendships that help prevent emotional isolation.

 

4. As an atheist, The Delusion protagonist Owen Edmonds wrestles with the real-life struggle to understand why a supposedly good God would allow evil to prevail at times, particularly when forces of light (angels) have the power to overcome evil. Eventually he learns that it’s our responsibility, as human beings, to yield to good and resist the evil that seeks to overtake us.

 

5. The Delusion powerfully illustrates how abusing antidepressant drugs and alcohol to numb emotional pain only leads to more suffering and dysfunction.

 

6. The Delusion gives a vivid—okay, completely horrifying—account of what it’s like to face eternity without Christ, exposing the lie that all turmoil ceases after we take our own lives. At the same time, it dispels the notion that suicide is an unpardonable sin that automatically damns a person to hell. The takeaway is that we must accept God’s saving grace in this life.

 

7. The Delusion shows the harm bullying can do, but goes a step further to show that even the bully is a troubled person worthy of receiving help.

 

8. The Delusion focuses on the healing power of forgiveness as opposed to fixating on a bitter need for revenge against those who’ve wounded us. This theme is also powerfully illustrated in the movie portrayal as The Delusion is currently being prepped for the big screen.

 

9. The Delusion makes the case that those hearing tormenting voices may be in a spiritual battle as opposed to suffering a solely psychological issue. This empowers readers to consider solutions beyond antipsychotic drugs alone.

 

10. Even teens who don’t like to read are engaged by The Delusion storyline, which intentionally depicts how abusive teen dating relationships greatly increase a young person’s likelihood of suicide.2

 

11. The Delusion reveals how cutting and self-harm are destructive ways to cope with painful emotions and only serve to invite more darkness into our lives.

 

12. The Delusion helps young readers grasp the awesome power of prayer in way that is uplifting and engaging, not stuffy or boring—and faith and prayer have been proven to combat the negative effects of stress and depression.3

 

13. Delivered in a form of page-turning entertainment, The Delusion communicates the hope-filled message that God has a profound plan for each of our lives, and that plan is worth living for, no matter our current setbacks or disappointments.

 

Tyndale House Publishers will release The Delusion November 2017. Receive notification of early release copies by texting DELUSION to 24587 or emailing info@lauragallier.com with DELUSION in the subject line. For media requests or to arrange an interview with Laura Gallier (@Laura Gallier), contact alysssaanderson@tyndale.com.


Follow #TheDelusion book and movie-making journey @DelusionSeries on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

 

1. http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/13-reasons-faces-backlash-suicide-prevention-advocacy-groups/story?id=46851551

2. http://www.loveisrespect.org/resources/dating-violence-statistics/

3. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/more-mortal/201406/5-scientifically-supported-benefits-prayer and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2314781/Believing-God-help-treat-depression.html

 

 

 

No Shame In My Game 


The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart; that is, the word of faith that we proclaim; because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” ~ Romans 10:8-11

What a great promise! 

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Do you know Jesus? 
Would you like to know Jesus? 

Contact us here and we will be glad to pray with you and send you a Free Bible! 

        ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

One Track Mind 

We are to influence the world and not be influenced by it. Jesus said we are the salt of the earth. We must talk to all of the people that the so called “righteous” look over and count out as “doomed.” 

Everyone needs to know the good news. Everyone deserves To know Jesus’ love. 

He not only nailed himself to the cross on Calvary because we are sinners, but He died because he saw the value that was underneath our sin. Heaven went bankrupt for us! 

It is time that we let everyone know the simplicity of the gospel and how much God loves us. It is time to step out in boldness and in courage. From our stomach flows rivers of running water. It’s time to talk to everyone that comes into our paths and let that running water flow into them. It’s time we get to a one track mind: Jesus. 

I challenge all of my friends to bring up his name to everyone you meet today and not be in fear of other people’s thoughts. Because perfect love casts out all fear!  

“When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17 NLT

~ Thomas Joel Trevino 

An Overwhelming Privilege 

What is it going to take for us to be able to take a group of men and mold them into a team, a cooperating body that builds itself up and works together to bring young believers to maturity, reaching out to the poor and disenfranchised, the neglected, and the despised, bringing the good news to those that need it the most? 

 To start a church founded on sharing and caring, teaching about what grace means, teaching the truth that leads to godliness, teaching and practicing proverbial wisdom and psalmic prayer. To communicate devotion to Christ, self denial, devotion to the church, to ministry and to evangelism.

How do you take a young believer and guide him to maturity? Daily contact and discussions about the Father, Christ, and the Holy Spirit and what it means to love, what it means to live. Showing him how to please the Father, how to yield to the Son, and how to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Guidance in Bible study, prayer, faithfulness to the church gathering, and meditation on the commands of Christ.

To share the whole counsel of God: faith, hope, and love, wisdom, knowledge and understanding, love, joy, and peace, mercy, grace, and power. To demonstrate what it means to commune with God and with one another. To explain what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. To encourage one another daily to be Christ minded, Spirit filled, and devoted to pleasing the Father.  

What an awesome task! What an overwhelming privilege! To partner with Christ in building his body! 

We are standing on holy ground; we are inhabiting the heights; we are exploring the final frontier; we are traveling in heavenly realms! All praise and glory to Our Father and Our Savior who gives the Holy Spirit generously to empower us to tread the heights of God!

     ~Brad Heilhecker 

Lighthouses

WORTHY THOUGHT: We are here for an important purpose to be lighthouses in the darkest places of the world. 

Our call is to carry the Light to guide and equip people. To point them to the Lord to bring hope, faith and a future showing God’s destiny into their souls.   

For God So Loved the World

John 3:16 (ESV) For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Acts 13:47 (CEB) This is what the Lord commanded us: I have made you a light for the Gentiles, so that you could bring salvation to the end of the earth.” 

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

A Noble War 


Courage, that elusive but powerful sedative, if we can find it.  Phantoms and demons assail us, and we run to our Warrior Father for refuge and strength. He is fearless, and we must somehow become like him. We must stay close to him and draw on his strength, power, wisdom, and grace. There is no courage and strength to be found in the battle if we allow ourselves to become isolated. The enemy can pick us off if we get cut off from our commander; only Our God has the battle plan and the armament to win the war.

“Perfect love casts out fear.” The challenge for us is to acquire perfect love. Our Father has perfect love, and we have access to Our Father 24/7. Our fear of failure and fear of death have to flee in the light of Our Father’s great love. Death has been defeated, and we have been given the sure promise of eternal life.The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus Our Lord.”

So, we put on the breastplate of righteousness – faith and love. Knowing how much we are loved and cared for, we both trust and love Our Heavenly Father. Also, we love the children of God.  

We put on the belt of truth – Christ Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life; Jesus is our life.  

We put on the hope of salvation as a helmet – through the simplicity of our faith in Christ, our eternal life is assured.  

We shod our feet with the Gospel of peace – “being justified by faith, we have peace with God through Our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have access to this grace in which we stand.”  

We take the shield of faith by which we can extinguish all the fiery darts of the evil one – we now belong to Jesus and share in his name and inheritance.  

We take up the sword of the Spirit, the spoken word of God – he will give us the wisdom, grace, and strength to fight every battle.  

Finally, we pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayers for the blessing of God’s children; we watch and pray continually.

Isaiah writes that no one who trusts in him will be put to shame; we will not be dismayed, disturbed, or make haste. We must learn to trust him in every test and trial. Troubles are sure to come, and our faith will be tested. Peter writes that the trial of our faith is more precious than gold and will produce praise, honor, and glory when we see Jesus. He also tells us not to be surprised when we find ourselves in fiery trials but to rejoice that we share in the sufferings of Christ, so that we may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. We have Christ’s promises to all the churches that we will be richly rewarded as we overcome – we will eat from the tree of life, we will receive new names, and we will sit with him on his throne. It is a noble war that we fight; let us set our hearts to overcome and fight along side our Savior and Lord for his glory and purposes.
                   ~ Brad Heilhecker 

The Great Exchange 


When we put our faith in Christ sufficient substitutionary atonement for our sins, God declares us righteous in his eyes. Believing that, identifying with that, and appropriating that into our psyche is the first step of walking with Christ. It leads to all of the other graces of God – holiness, love, courage, hope, and abundant life – all of which require a similar process of identifying with what God says about us and then letting him align our behavior with our new identity. Identification always precedes imitation. We are to imitate Christ, and accepting and identifying ourselves with the faith, hope, and love that he gives us allows us to live as he did, even as we learn that when we imitate Christ, it is actually Christ himself living through us.

We want wisdom – we find out that Christ is our wisdom. We want to be righteous – we find out that Christ is our righteousness. We want to be holy – we find out that Christ is our holiness. We want to live an abundant, satisfying life – we find out that Christ is our life. Then we find that courage we may lack; we find that kindness which is in such short supply; we find satisfying relationships with The Father and our fellow man; in short, we find everything that we need or could possibly want in our identification with Christ. We share his name. We experience his suffering. He calls us his friends and brothers. We will see him face to face and forever share in his glory and his kingdom.

We may end up very frustrated in life if we try to live a good and moral life in our own strength. For instance, God’s word does say that we should be holy, but it adds “for I am holy” – a plea for us to identify with him. Paul wrote that we should not be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ. Holiness for holiness’s sake will fail; holiness for Christ’s sake will succeed. Happiness for its own sake will likewise fail; only a Christ centered life alone will yield enduring happiness.

Ultimately, our covenant with God is not so much that he wants to rehabilitate our life as much as it is that he wants to exchange lives with us – we give him our life and he gives us his. 
We give him our pain, and he gives us his comfort; we give him our confusion and he gives us his clarity; we give him our unrest and he gives us his peace; we give him our emptiness, and he gives us his fullness; we give him our ignorance, and he gives us his knowledge; we give him our heart, and he gives us his heart. We give him our mind and he gives us his thoughts.

               ~Brad Heilhecker 

Life Is Simple 


Lately, I have been reminded how simple everything is in life and I make it difficult. 

To keep it short and sweet here are three examples from this week I am reminded……
                       Life is Simple 

NUMBER ONE

I dread the 4:00 pm time that I open the fridge or pantry and am forced to think, think think!!
What am I making for dinner? I have waited again till the very last minute to magically pull together a hearty healthy meal. 
Plan ahead and prepare earlier. 

Next time…..

Pull up recipe videos while grocery shopping to get ingredients and watch the video while you make it. 

Problem solved
I made this last night. It got two votes for a remake. Needs at least three to survive. 

Chicken Fried Rice Recipe 


NUMBER TWO

The house is a wreck. The kitchen looks like a bomb went off and everything landed on the bar scattered with the mail from two days ago. 

Next time…..

Put everything away immediately in the proper place. Enlist your kids to help you be on clutter patrol. 

Problem solved 

Jobs are always easier with helping hands. 


NUMBER THREE

During a prayer session with someone dealing with a reoccurring struggle I was yet again reminded. We make it hard and it’s really quite simple. 
Replace the lie with the truth!!

Sometimes you have to go back and unearth where the lie started taking root in your mind. Dig deep with a shovel and cut off the lies that have became your truth about yourself or others. 

Next time….

Discover what the truth is and replace the lie with the truth. A new identity starts emerging and that struggle disappears. 

Problem solved 

It’s Sozo Simple

Here is just one Example of MANY who use these type of methods to bring healing and wholeness. 


Obviously, I am only scratching the surface on simple verses complex life lessons. Let’s just end with the finished work on the Cross. 

The Simple Gospel. 
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.  –John 3:16 

It’s that simple guys. 

Believe and be saved. 

Check out The Simple Gospel sang by these handsome young gentleman below:

Ball Brothers – It’s About The Cross

Simply Put,

Kelley Allison

http://www.bowlofspendor.com