Posted 22 hours ago

montagsrebellion:

"I wonder how many real world issues [the Church] could tackle if we weren’t so busy bickering about the correct way to define a doctrine or which political party is better equipped to solve the crises in our country and beyond. What if we decided that we were going to use our numbers, our expertise and our (potential) unity to solve real problems?"

- From Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland

Posted 1 week ago

montagsrebellion:

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose."

- Jim Elliot

Posted 1 week ago

montagsrebellion:

"When I try to put God in a box, the one who really ends up on the inside is myself. God cannot be contained. I only limit myself."

- Recent thought

Posted 3 weeks ago

Spoken Word “The Question” Explained

montagsrebellion:

I wrote this spoken word after returning from a missions trip to Turkey and Moldova, where we worked among poverty, Syrian refugees, victims of human trafficking, and other such stark realities of a depraved world. And if we’re honest with ourselves, we can observe similar horrific realities in our own backyard, even here in our picture-perfect America.

As a Christian, I think one of the hardest things is having someone ask you, “If this God of yours is real, if He even exists, then why are there all these bad things in the world?” I can think of a number of ways to answer this question, but my purpose here is not to answer it. My purpose is to sympathize with the emotional pain and anguish behind the question, and to say that in spite of all the bad, I still believe there’s hope.

It is from this perspective that I wrote The Question.

Posted 3 weeks ago

The Question

montagsrebellion:

O God in Heaven above,
Hear my cry.
Although words - 
Words such as these - 
Make me full of unease,
I do believe
That the oldest of Beings
Is worthy
Of the oldest of inquiries.

Now, as I clear my mind,
Take note:
This is not an accusation,
But merely the cry
Of a broken heart,
And broken Nation.
My Question is one of sorrow,
Of yesterday, today and tomorrow - 
Of all time.

So please, God,
Just tell me Why?
Why are the Wicked wealthy
And the Righteous unhealthy?
Why is Evil in vogue,
But your Children are met with stones?
Why is Innocence endangered,
Replaced by sorrow and hate,
Bitterness, rage and anger?
God, Why?

Why do the Young know too much,
And the Old care so little?
Why have beatings and rape
Replaced Grandfather’s Fiddle?
God, Why?

Why do good men fall,
Replaced by hateful regimes?
Why are families destroyed
In the name
Of the American Dream?
Why does food find its Famine,
And water its Drought?
Why is Corruption so insidious?
And why is Hope assaulted by Doubt?
God, please just tell me Why?

Yet this I know to be True:
That even on the Blackest of nights,
The Darkness can never overcome the Light.
Truth - yes - 
That the cry of the Saints
Is more powerful than Hate,
That Life itself has overcome the Grave,
And that with every breath,
We draw closer to a time
When there will be no more Pain,
And there will be no more Death.

Hunger, oppression, fear,
Thirst, suffering and tears
Will be gone forever,
Because you are a God
Who Loved us so much,
That when you read
The Pricetag of Humanity,
"The Death of a God,"
You said to yourself,
"They
Are
Worth it.”

And this is what gives me Hope.

Posted 1 month ago

On the Topic of Adventures

montagsrebellion:

As I hope you know, I have just returned from my Discipleship Training School with YWAM. During this time I went to Turkey and Moldova, helping Syrian refugees and working to resist the sex trade, among many other things that we did. I believe at this point I can confidently say that I have had an “adventure.” I have seen things I could never have dreamed of, been to places that I didn’t know exist, and some that technically don’t exist at all (see Transnistria, the country that’s not a country). I could tell you loads of fascinating stories and, quite frankly, I’d love to. But that’s not the purpose of this letter. I want to encourage you in ways you can find adventures.

First, what’s an adventure anyways? Webster defines it a few ways, but the one that makes most sense to me is, “an exciting or remarkable experience.” Basically, an adventure is a story you’d love to tell, or at least a fond memory. Something you’re glad you did. That said, there are adventures you can have without going far at all. For me, I might consider it an “adventure” to go swimming with my friends in a river, to go stargazing, to watch a sunset, to read a book, to go on a hike, or to write a letter with pen and paper like it’s supposed to be done. And all of these things can be adopted into a lifestyle, rather than a one-time thing.

The idea I’m getting at is that you can reach a point where your lifestyle itself is adventurous, rather than having to hunt for adventures like one hunts an elusive prey. You yourself become the adventure. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to work to attain this. Most people don’t just suddenly find time to be adventurous. They have to fight to make time for it, until it just becomes part of their schedule. You may also have to make some sacrifices. What is holding you back from your adventures? What keeps you from your dreams? You will have to choose between the two: you must either fight for the dream, or give up and settle for the obstacle that lies in the way. Which one is worthwhile?

Now, although I advocate an adventurous lifestyle, there are also adventures that are more like one-time things. Most people can’t financially support a lifestyle that has trips to Europe three times a year, so these are more like one-time opportunities. You will have to fight for these in the same way that you fight for an adventurous lifestyle, and probably fight harder, but the stories that come out of these kinds of adventures are far worth it.

I also want to say that adventures are not always fun. If you’ve ever had an adventure where you actually thought you might die, you’ll remember that the fear is real and if you’re honest with yourself, you didn’t really want to be risking your life anyways. You wanted to be safe. But after all is said and done, this adventure – the one you hated at the time – may be one of your favorite stories to tell, and thus a great adventure. It’s not always “fun” but it’s always worthwhile.

Finally, I want to address boredom. You are only bored when you are living below your full potential. If you feel yourself getting bored, go and do something about it. If you honestly can’t think of anything to do to solve the boredom, then go on a walk/run/drive until you don’t know where you are anymore. Go befriend a homeless guy and ask him his story. Follow the setting sun or sit and watch the rain. Read a book, or if you’re tired of doing that, write one. No one ever has the need to be bored in America. People in poorer countries consider boredom a luxury, so if you find yourself being bored you might just want to kneel down and thank God that you’re not working 18 hour days in a filthy factory.

My conclusion – if this needs one – is that you can have the adventures you want. But since adventures sharply contrast the complacent and comfortable culture that dominates our beloved country, your adventure will probably not be yours for free. You will have to sacrifice for it in one way or another. My advice then is that you think about the adventure you want to have and how much you’re actually willing to give to have it. Once you decide this then you’ll know exactly what you have to do to have your adventure.

You just might not be willing to do it.

Posted 3 months ago

My Prayer

themindthatdoesntsleep:

Lord,

Guide and direct my paths. Give me the clarity to know your will and the strength to see it through. Give me patience in life. Comfort my pain, heal my wounds, forgive my wrongs. Grant me self-control. Give me a heart that burns to know you. Keep me bold, yet humble. May I glorify you in all I say and do.

Amen.

Posted 4 months ago

"Every time you open a book and really grasp what’s inside, it makes a tree smile because they know that there’s life after death." - Unknown

Posted 4 months ago
Nobody cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.
Unknown
Posted 4 months ago

Christianity - Are We Doing It Right?

montagsrebellion:

In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

- (2 Timothy 3:12)

I was reading through Timothy last night with my girlfriend, and we came across this passage in 2 Timothy. To my surprise, neither of us had it underlined in our Bibles, which we promptly corrected.

I can’t lie, this verse scares me. To be sure, persecution is not something to naively view as pleasant, but that’s not what bothers me. What bothers me as that I can’t remember the last time I was persecuted for being a Christian. In fact, I can’t remember ever being persecuted at all. Sure, every once in a while if I’m downtown with some sort of youth group function then someone might accost us and be mildly rude, but if I considered that to be persecution then my life is pretty flipping easy. This raises a few questions: Am I truly leading a godly life if I’m not persecuted? I consider myself a Christian, but am I doing it wrong?

I’d like to think that I’m living a godly life, and I’m sure that in many areas I am doing rather well. But if I’m not being persecuted, then perhaps there’s something I’ve missed. I don’t want to live with any reservations. Whatever it takes for me to be a disciple of Christ, that’s what I want to give. I don’t know what that will entail, possibly giving my life someday. But I don’t want to have any reservations as to what I’m willing to give for Christ. If I have reservations, then I don’t really have faith, do I? “Sure, I’ll follow Christ, but when persecution comes I’ll just blend in with the crowd.” I don’t want to be like that. I want to be willing to give everything.

But I’ll never know if I’m truly willing to give everything until I am challenged to do so.