Saturday, June 27, 2009

Call2Fall

"I will answer God's call 2 fall on my knees in humility and seek His face in repentance, so that He might forgive my sins and heal our land."
This is the declaration of the national prayer movement, Call2Fall. On July 5th, thousands of Christians in America will get on their knees and pray. The movement is based on 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
I know that our land needs healing - major healing! And I admit that I have not been praying as faithfully as I should for our country. But God says that if His people (that's you and me) will humble themselves, seek Him, and turn from their wicked ways, He will heal their land! I can talk about it all day long. But there is a point when every person has to make a decision for themselves. I have commited to not only pray on July 5th, but to pray for America every single day. Will you join me in my commintment to pray for our nation?
Go the the official website, call2fall.com, and sign up so they will be able to keep track of how many are participating. Then, on July 5th - and everyday - do what needs to be done and pray for our country.
Hopefully this movement will be the beginning of another Great Awakening, and people who have been idle will realize that we should be praying for our country every single day.

I'm Really Leaving!

Yes, in 35 hours I will be on my way to a life changing experience in Guatemala!
In a way, it seems like I've been planning for this trip for so long! And yet I can't believe that it's already here.
From the moment I knew I was to go on this trip, and through all the fundraising, to the final days as I scramble to get everything packed and together, God has been so good to me. He has provided every single thing that I need - everything from the initial funds, to spending money, to friends to ride on the plane with.
I pray that when I come home I will be a changed person. Just thinking of all the different, wonderful aspects of this trip makes my head spin! I'll be meeting new friends, seeing several famous Christian Artists in concert (including Ayiesha Woods, Jaime Jamgochian, Everlife, and more...), I'll be participating in drama ministry, street witnessing, I'll be experiencing another culture...and I don't even know what else!
I grew so much on my last mission trip, that I can't wait to see what God will do through this one. While every mission trip is different, some things are always the same. When you answer God's calling to "Go into all the world," there is something powerful, really powerful involved. Whether you are going on a domestic mission trip to the inner city, or traveling across the globe to remote Indian tribes, it is my belief that if you open your heart, you will return a changed person. I think every follower of Christ should try to go on a mission trip at least once. You'll never regret it, and you'll never be the same.
Once again, I want to send a special thanks to everyone who has helped make this trip possible! I would ask that you continue to pray for everyone going during the next two weeks. Pray that our lives will be changed, and that God will open the Guatemalens' hearts to hear about the love of Jesus. Pray for safety on the flights and in Guatemala City, and please pray that no one gets sick.
I am looking forward to writing another post when I get back! I know there will be so much to tell!
Adios, Amigos!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Do Not Be Entangled Again with Bondage

Americans, it's happening. Our country is sinking deeper and deeper into a pit called "bondage" every single day.
From light bulbs to health care, the simple freedoms that we the people have a right to are being ripped from us all the time, and it's happening fast.
Don't you think that every family has the right to decide what kind of light bulb they want to use in their own household? It seems like a no-brainer. But the government has decided that every family should be forced to use fluorescent light bulbs - you know, those curly ones? They say it's better for the environment, and that it will save money. So to make sure everyone uses these fluorescent bulbs, regular bulbs are not being manufactured anymore. That's right. Soon you won't even be able to buy them! But the truth is, these fluorescent bulbs cost $1-$2 a piece, where regular bulbs only cost .20 on average. And besides - global warming is a myth, and the environment is fine. Most scientists today (even liberal scientists) admit that global warming isn't happening. It is purely a political tool. The earth's temperature has cycles, just like everything else in life, and for a while it was warming up. But now, at least where I live in Texas, it's cooled down considerably for this time of year. So global warming isn't even a real issue. It bothers me so badly when people exert all their energy into "saving the planet", when there are real issues at hand, like starving children all over the world - even in America. Anyway, I didn't mean to go on so long about global warming. I just wanted to prove my point.
Not only are we going to be forced to buy low-quality light bulbs, but also low-quality cars, that are also supposed to be "good for the environment." The government now owns the major car company, GM. And now, many people that used to work for GM are confessing that they were forced from their jobs by the government. That's what communist countries do!!!
Have you heard about Miss California, Carrie Prejean? Carrie Prejean was in the final running for Miss USA when she was asked whether or not she thought gay-marriage should be legalized in America. She gave an honest, polite answer; "We live in a land where you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage. And you know what, I think in my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that's how I was raised." And for giving that answer, she was attacked, ridiculed, badgered, and finally fired from being Miss California! All because she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman. That is not American!
And something else the government is working hard to take control of...health care! That's right! Once the government controls health care, you won't be able to choose your own doctors, get help when you need it, or even pay for your own medication. In other countries where the government owns health care, they will not send out an ambulance for anyone over the age of 65. And if your case of cancer is under a certain level, the average waiting time for treatment is 3 years. And when Obama says that 50,000,000 people in America don't have health care...it's just a lie.
And worst of all, our Christian founding principals are being ripped right from beneath our feet. First Obama stated twice publicly that America no longer considers itself a Christian nation. But a few weeks ago when Obama visited the Middle East, he said that America could be considered the second largest Muslim nation in the world! Why does he say that, when less than 4% of Americans claim to be Muslim? America does actually have the second largest Jewish population, so if he is so against us being a Christian nation, why doesn't he call us a Jewish nation? He said we were no longer a "Christian nation" because, supposedly, he wanted to be fair to all the religions observed in the USA (which still doesn't make sense.) But now he is willing to say that America is a Muslim nation, with suddenly no regard to the other religions in America. Why is he so set on becoming friends with the Muslim nations, when they are our enemies? Why has he forbidden the term "War on Terror?" Why does he call conservative citizens "Terrorists," but refuses to call extreme Muslims "Terrorists?"
The way I see it, America is not only quickly becoming a socialist country, it is also on its way to turning its back on Israel. And God have mercy on us if we do. The people of Israel are God's chosen people, and in the Bible He always punished her enemies.
This isn't just about politics or parties. It's not even all about fluorescent light bulbs and government health care. It's about keeping God's blessing on our country. Why would we let a gift from God be taken away from us so swiftly? America is a Christian nation. And the country that Obama is trying to turn America into - it isn't America. We'll call it "Obamamerica."
Seriously, though, I'm not saying this because I hate democrats, or because I hate Obama -because I don't. The Bible commands us to love and pray for our enemies, which is a command I strive very hard to obey. I'm saying all of this because God has given us the rare gift of a free country. In the past, we have had the freedom to worship whom we please, to voice our opinions, to elect our leaders, and to fight not only for our own freedom, but others' as well. God has used America greatly for the past 233 years. We have been a safe haven for many people escaping tyranny. We've sent out missionaries to every corner of the world. We've protected Israel among other countries from people like Hitler. Now, will we let our own country slip away?
Wake up! Do something! They did it 233 years ago. We can do it today.
Call the White House. You don't even have to talk to your own representatives. Just let people know how you feel! This is the number: 202-456-1111.
Tell everyone you know what is happening to our country. I don't even care if you email this post to everyone in your contacts! Just make sure that people know what is really going on. Read our founding documents, so you can know for yourself how America is really supposed to be. Go to protests! Go to the next Tea Party on July 4th!
If you don't fight to make a difference, you will be accountable for our country's fall. Don't be guilty for losing America; don't be guilty for losing God's favor.
The Bible commands us in Galatians 5:1 to "Standfast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage."
Is America worth fighting for? Is your freedom worth fighting for?
I'm not asking this just to have a creative clincher at the end of my post. I'm really asking you. Is America worth it to you? Is God's blessing on America worth it to you? Well, is it?