Showing posts from March, 2013

Mary Magdalene's Story

Today is a day to rejoice, for He is risen! I wanted to share with you today's sermon by Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church. This message was truly incredible! I am so blessed to go to this church! Pastor Robert has a real gift for hearing the Lord, and I'm more than thankful that he shares it with thousands and thousands of people. I hope this message touches you the way it touched me. It is about the very first evangelist, Mary Magdalene. Here it is:
   God bless each and every one of you!
   - The Introverted Evangelist

A Very Good Friday Indeed

It was He who knew no sin. He gave His life so that we might have life and have it abundantly. Abundantly. The Creator of the heavens and the earth, the one to whom all principalities bow down. None can stand before. None can comprehend just how much He loves us. The ultimate symbol of His love. The Cross, that is. "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." (2 Corinthians 5:21)
   He paid the ultimate price. He died so that we could all spend eternity with Him in Heaven. How glorious the day to come will be! The day when we can look back on our lives and say we lived a life centered around Christ. There will be no more sadness or sorrow. Only joyfulness and peace will abound.
  The love of God is perfect. It's truly perfect. There is no love even close to the vastness of His. Bask in the wonder! Embrace the comforting peace! For He alone is the One true living God! He sent Jesus to die an awful, excruciating…

Every Day I Live

If you know me, you know that I love all of the fantastic songs we sing at Gateway Church. So when you read the title to this post, you were absolutely not surprised by what I called it. This post was obviously prompted in my head this morning whilst listening to "Every Day I Live" written by Klaus Kuehn and Thomas Miller. The song got me thinking. The more I listened to the words, the more I realized that it was exactly how I feel about telling others about Jesus.
   The song goes, "Every heartbeat wants to know You Now I live to make You known I wanna show the world You are the god that saved my soul". Just like that! There is really no other way I can think to say it. God did indeed save my soul! He deeply desires an intimate relationship with all of us, so I want to tell everyone!
   Thankfully, the opportunity to illuminate one of the darkest, most fallen places has come. West Hollywood. I haven't brought up the matter here, but let's just say that the…

Loving Friend

Let me tell you about my best friend. He is magnificent and incredibly awe inspiring. He is my Savior and my Healer. He is my Teacher and my Father. Yes, I'm talking about Jesus. Lately, my mind has been filled with fantasies of being with Him. Gallivanting about, smothered in happiness and sunshine. He bring me joy and peace. I long for His presence, and the astonishing thing is, He longs to be with me as well.
   What a glorious feeling to know that just as much as we adore Him, He adores us even more! The love of God is beyond our comprehension. It leaves me speechless in the most beloved way. Once you come to understand that nothing stands between us and the love of our Lord and Savior, your world will change. I know for a fact that just a mere moment in His presence is life changing
   Romans 8:38-39 says this, "For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any…

His Name is Jesus

It's nine o'clock in the morning and you're already flooded with bitterness and worry. The things that need to be done swirl about inside your head. You're trying to carry this load on your own, but deep down you know you are not able. In a moment like this, when every hope seems lost and you're ready to give up, call on the name of Jesus. Just say His name and you're day can be turned around completely.   He is more than happy to take all the stress away. When you say His name, Jesus, mountains move, and demons flee. Proclaim it with victory, "Jesus!" There is no other name like His, Jesus. He is mighty to save.    "Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth," (Philippians 2:9-10)
   -The Introverted Evangelist

Faithful God

Today, out of nowhere, the song "Faithful God" popped into my head. Well, it wasn't really out of nowhere. Clearly God was telling me something, as if He was assuring me of His faithfulness.
   "If I call will you come? If I cry do you hear?" He gently whispers, "I am with you, My child." Every tear we cry He holds in His hand. Every plead and every sorrow; He listens to our concerns.
   Faithful God. He is the one Who holds us together and walks with us every step of the way. Never lose hope, because He's here with you right now. He is faithful and just to pull us out of the depths of hurt. He is our faithful God.

   -The Introverted Evangelist

Already There

I wake smothered in terrorizing fear. This is a sign of being disconnected. I feel disconnected from God. Why do I keep isolating myself? Why do I try to accomplish the day on my own? I know that I cannot, so why do I even attempt to be strong? As I have learned, I am a lifeless and frail body without the Lord powering me through. I must give Him my all, absolutely everything. I cannot "play it safe" anymore. I must take the giant leap of faith.
   I need to trust. I need to trust that He is standing on the other side of this storm. I need to trust that He will never, ever let me fall. He never let go of me before, and He won't let me go now. He's not going to let you go either.
   No matter how desperately I long to go home and be with Jesus, I must stay here. Just a little longer, then I'll be with Him. I dream of that day; when I can touch His face and hear His heartbeat. I cannot wait to hold His hands and skip with Him. Soon... Soon enough...
   Until then, …

I am, You are, We are... Witnesses

On behalf of all the phenomenal things God has brought to light in our lives, I rejoice. I will speak out to the thirsty souls in this world, and tell them all about the goodness of the Great I Am. Through Him all things are made possible, even the seemingly absurdities we've all encountered.
   The recent hardship in my life was most certainly not a punishment by any means. I like to see it as more of a medal of honor, a trophy or plaque. I take this award and hold it high above my head and proclaim, "This is what the Lord got me through! This is how strong and powerful He is!"
   Acts 26:16 says, "But rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you."
   You see, God does not want us to be sorrowful. He is delighted when we smile up at Him. Our praises are a symphony of admiration to Him. He listens to every wor…

Miraculous Healing

Today, something sensational occurred. I experienced a miracle. I thank my Heavenly Father repeatedly for restoring me. Miraculous healing has blossomed within my being.
   There is one thing that must be done to receive such a blessing, though, and that is obedience. Persistent, pride-demolishing obedience. Often times almost always, obedience is painful. Not just painful in the fact that you must release your own prideful way of thinking, but also physically painful. For example, when you're led to eat, eat, eat, and eat until you feel like a balloon about to burst, it is ridiculously uncomfortable! But, certain things are to be done in order to reach a certain goal (which, by the way, is so close I can almost taste feelit!).
   Nevertheless, Jesus sat next to me the entire time. Ever painful stomach ache I was subjected to, He was holding me close and encouraging me to not give up. I am so blessed to call Jesus my friend! He feels your pain, too.
   God works in mysterious ways…

Knowing the Lord

There's almost always a word-war inside me head. A battle consisting of many dos and don'ts. The voices whirl round and round about. I start to feel dizzy with worries. What action should I take? Do I want to do this or that? All the chaos is reminiscent of a blaring siren. Sometimes I just want to depart from myself. I want to be freed from the agony of uncertainty.   I know how hard it is to tune out the negativity of this fallen world; even more so to tune out the enemy's gunky, seething lies. Am I strong enough to ward off the temptations on my own? Not on your life! There is, however, someone who is 100% able to pull me out of the pit of despair. His name is Jesus. Precious, precious Jesus Christ. "Indeed it was for my own peace That I had great bitterness; But you have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, For You have cast all my sins behind Your back." (Isaiah 38:17)    Surely I have been to the doorstep of death, and it was solely the …