Have you ever researched what it takes to build a house? I googled how to do just that and there’s a lot of information about it, some very informative and possibly very accurate (you never know with the world wide web) but I still wouldn’t suggest going off of any instructions you find online, stick with hiring the professionals! My intention in this random topic isn’t very random, there’s a purpose.
The alarm sounds at 5 am. You roll out of bed, stumble to the bathroom and proceed to prepare for the day. After spending ten minutes deciding what you’ll wear, you make breakfast, grab your briefcase, and head out. You’ve noticed, however, that people begin to stare at you with a puzzled look and some even murmur something to others around them. Continue reading “Leaving Naked”
The bible mentions it twice and I’ve heard it all my life, Luke 12:7 and Matthew 10:30 say “And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid.” It’s amazing that God knows and cares for us so immensely that he would care to know something that seems so mundane to me and even though I’ve heard it all of my life, I’ve never given it much thought until I heard it from a new perspective.
King Solomon, son of King David, was given great wisdom (1 Kin. 3:5-12). God said that no man would have more wisdom than Solomon. Solomon teaches us that this temporary life we live is meaningless, and the only thing that has value is to seek God and keep his commandments.
This year, I’ve had the chance to travel throughout the state, seeing every part of California whether it be the Oregon or Mexican border. With this in mind, it’s safe to say that whoever I am traveling with better get along with me or it would be a long journey! There was one moment in particular that got me thinking. My teammate was completing a college application and asked me a question that she had encountered as part of the process. Continue reading “Our Achilles Heel: Grace”
Just last Saturday I had breakfast with a member of our church, Joseph Ribero. As we ate our food and fellowshipped, loads of wisdom was poured out on me. The central theme of our conversation seemed to be defining what is temporary and what is eternal. As we talked I realized just how much of our lives are temporary, even some of the religious things like ministry! As I shoved down my food to focus all my attention on the conversation he said, “Jacob, the things that are eternal transform us, and when we walk in that by dying to ourselves, God begins to use us in transforming others. Its called walking in the spirit.” Continue reading “3 Reasons We must Separate the Temporary from the Eternal”
The following is a message given at Vertical Student Ministries on February 18th, 2016.
Tonight we are going talk about the power of words. And before we start I want you to write down at lease two things, if nothing else write down these tow things: 1. Words are powerful, and 2. Words are proof. Continue reading “The Power of Words”
In Matthew 5:13-16 Jesus tells us that we are the salt and light of the world, but often times it’s not played out as such, or we don’t see it that way. Don’t we feel that most of the times we can’t be lights? Don’t most of us at times in life feel completely useless? Whether we feel useless or not, we can, and will, give our world a taste and glimpse of Christ. Continue reading “Giving Our World A Taste and Glimpse of God”
As the holidays approach and our lives get busier we are almost forced to ponder on the question, “What are you thankful for?” There’s and abundance of things we can name and that we are thankful for, but as christians, what should we be the most thankful for? Better yet, what do we do with our thankfulness? Continue reading “What to do with Thankfulness”
We’ve all had that awesome youth camp, church conference, mens retreat or women retreat that was “life changing.” We’ve all experienced those intimate times with God and with the church body in those beautiful places and settings. But the question is, are we letting those life changing experiences genuinely change our lives? Continue reading “What’s Changed?”