Christmas stocking

At work we all did up some stockings and decorated for Christmas. There was all kinds and they looked pretty nice, I should of took a pic of all to show ya, but at the same time being that the job I have u can't post everything up from work online. I will share you mine that I did up last minute yesterday before the Christmas party today. 

They say you should keep God and work separate, I'm sure if it would be alright to share this kind of stocking at work, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and be different and do it anyway. It's not being pushy but it's still a way to share what Christmas means!  🙂 img_20161213_155809

Tis The Season To Be Giving?!!

It is another year another winter season we have begun here in the Great White North! It is like literally 2 weeks away untill Christmas!! Favourite time of the year. Emotional time of the year with memories of loss, but need to try and remember it's Jesus birthday to celebrate His life. God's gift to the earth for His people.

Speaking of gifts it was pondering me the other day I was cleaning the school gym and thought, we often give and recieve gifts at Christmas and birthdays and other occasions we can think of. As Christians sometimes we think it's not about the gifts that means Christmas because of the comerciallism or people use the Santa Clause statement to tie gifts with Christmas. As Christans we know Christmas means it's about Jesus. True! it is about Jesus! but if we give and get gifts why do we need to feel guilty about that part of Christmas?

Not saying to get involved in the commercialism of Santa and stuff, but if you give the whole gift giving some thought Jesus is a gift, God gave us the greastest gift of all time! and people that came to see Mary, Joseph and thier new baby have brought them all kinds of gifts like it says in Matthew and other parts that talk about the Christmas story in the New Testimate. One person however was rather poor and couldn't afford to give Jesus a gift like gold, frankensece and mere which are also great gifts. The little drummer boy gave a gift of song he played from his drum. 

Gifts go way back than we could ever think. We think it's a 20th century thing, nope it's like many years B.C or when He came. The bible dosen't just talk about Jesus being our gift from God, the bible also mentions spiritual gifts that God also gives us like the gift of healing, decernment, even encouragement is a gift. being able to encourage others can take some effort at times, but it can come easy if you let God open your heart to see the good in people. Romans talks about the different spiritual gifts. Of course that is another topic to talk about on it's own.

The point being, don't feel guilty if some of you are for giving and reciving a gift or two and stuff. Not with a greedy attitude thinking we deserve something so gimmie gimmie anyway, but be greatful and thankful and not expecting (even though we know family and friends are bound to get us something) we can be nice about it and blessed that you've been thought of. 

While your rushing about for Christmas just remember to keep Christ in Christmas! 

  

                           

The Armour of God-The Sword

At youth group afew months ago we had learned about the Armour Of God. Common scripture most people read usually is Ephesians 6:10-17 we have discovered the armour of God. This is important to fight against the enemy and troubles in our lives. There are other parts of the armour of God that had been talked about by the other 2 leaders at youth group.  Which are the: breastplate of righteousness, belt of truth, shoes of peace, helmet of salvation, and the shield of faith. There would be 7 if they mentioned pants, but maybe God prefers onesys, keeping things connected. All these things are good to havein order to stand against the enemy. 


So we have all this gear, I know we haven't talked about the rest of the other gear, but when we do we are still only partially ready to go out and battle.  How many of you play video games?  Most combat games like shooters and some like Leage Of Legends you have most of this gear in a different way to protect your charactor/you, for the most part. You also have your weapon of choice. Even I would say some Mario games when battling in the boss levels you want to be ready and geared up. 


In the spiritual realm as Christians we fight a spiritual battle. Can anyone guess what our “weapon” of choice is?  (the Bible, the word of God) the Bible is a crucial part of of our lives, it tells us ways to defeat the enemy, it gives us not only knowledge but wisdom. Wisdom and knowledge go hand in hand.  


I've been through some spiritual battles in life. Not only to defend me from bullies, but standing up for God, defending His word. Not only being in the middle of church drama, but trying to convince people that the Bible is true even as an adult. It does not contradict itself, my dad in BC is one I can think of that I've had multiple chats about God's word. He claims/tells me he’s a Christian, grew up in a Christian home, some things sound are accurate, but somethings didn't always make sense when I looked things up. Humans can tell me something, but I useally like see and check if it lines up with the bible. 


When we go to church/youth group or any event it's good to bring your Bible to follow along not only to learn, but also make sure the preacher is not making it up. Sometimes we don’t always have our bible handy, these days there are bible apps you can carry around on your phone, just don’t get “distracted” when you should be reading the bible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and check things out for yourself too. The Bible talks about being careful of false teachers.  (1 Timothy 4:1-5) (1 Timothy 1:3-7)  this is training ground, this is base camp, the battle field is out there when we walk out these doors. 


Having the right ammunition is key, the Bible is our key to fight against the enemy. It’s full of many things it can teach us to live life and even fight the enemy.  If you haven't heard the new Tfk album yet it's pretty awesome, there's afew favorites that I like.  One of them is called A Different Kind of Dynamite: 


Like shots fired in the middle of Vegas
Roll tide in the middle of the streets
Like a dog fight in a clear blue sky
We fight with a different kind of dynamite
A different kind of dynamite
A different kind of dynamite


Like in war souldiers use guns and knives, ect. to fight the enemy on the physical battle field, we fight with a different kind of dynamite – the word of God. Sometimes the word (truth) can hurt when we are told something we don't like, but it’s where we can find Jesus, comfort and peace also. There's a really good acronym I like called BIBLE  Best Instructions Before Leaving Earth. If you read in Revelation it says God’s people will come back to fight the enemy or it says the prince of darkness, Satin. We’ll be fighting with Jesus, and possibly with literal swords. As this world gets more and more crazier it’s key to know God’s word before we leave earth. Not only knowing the bible is important living it is even better as it has important life lessions.

Many people may be critical of you at times for standing for God or speak it out, but be patient because God delights in our stand for Him. He sees us and hears us, He knows our heart as we can't hide from Him. 

Psalms 149:4-6  

Heb. 4:12-13
 

Verse of the day

Here's a verse for today, if you get a chance to read more of this verse in your Bible it talks about the armour of God being ready for the enemy. It's cool this verse is today as I'm doing a devo on one of the pieces of the armour of God. We've been as a group at youth group studying/learning about God's armour.  Hopefully I can remember to post up my devo tonight later! For now ponder on this verse.

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Catching up!

Hello people of the Internet! 

It has been so long it feels that I've done anything here.  I have not died, just been busy.  Summer was good, went to my cousin's wedding and visited family while I was in BC. Worked mostly too, went off to camp as well with my work. Also have been listening to the new TFK and Skillet Album that came out this summer! It is pretty fly! Awesome too. I certainly have some favorites from the 2 CDs.

Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, I was able to have my family over for Thanksgiving, and some friends over for dessert the next day as I had lots left over! everyone had survived which is good! 🙂 

Youth group is in full swing since September at church, it's awesome being able to share God with all these young people and encourage one another. I'm thankful that I can be apart of that, and thankful people in my life that had a hand in mentoring me, helping me be that leader through Christ. 

Youth Explosion is coming soon as well, Oct.  21-23 2016. It is their 15th year! Theme is Ridiculous, doing some ridiculous things for Christ! God calls us to be different from what the world dose.  If you check out YE website it will tell you lots of details what's going on and register! www.yevulcan.com 

I will try and post a little more,  when I can, in the meantime keep praising and putting God first!