Believe It!

I’ve been thinking about some stuff lately…like, how cool would it have been when to be around when Jesus was here on earth?  Think about it; being there when he was preaching the Sermon on the Mount, watching the miracles in person, and see the living God do his thing.  It would have been crazy seeing and experiencing all of that!  I would have been a set believer then…how could you doubt?

But, we live in the modern world. There is war, differences in religions, and the thought that we must be P.C. all the time.  We don’t have that guy that came to live with us, teach us, and mentor us.  But, we have the Word and the fact that Jesus is still living within us.  How cool is that?!  He can be our best friend, our love, everything.

John 20:29 says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  I think this is such an important verse to know.  It’s right after Jesus rises from the grave, and Thomas won’t believe until he sees and places his hands on the marks from the nails.  Jesus is really encouraging when it comes to the people who still believe he was raised, even though they haven’t seen him.

I love this! It’s like, Jesus knew there would be doubters and skeptics in the world.  Jesus was taking us into account.  I love that Jesus was so cool and down-to-earth about everything.  Jesus was an actually man…he was human; the thing is that he resisted sin.  He was like no other human EVER.  Jesus was so cool…I can’t get over that! I absolutely love it.

Keep on staying in faith, and even if you doubt know that Jesus loves you. I’ll keep that in mind, too. Feel free to leave opinions, questions, anything. I’ll respond!

Love,

Paige

Luke 18:14-“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Hipsters, Jesus, and, of course, Pizza

So, today I received my first taste of a, dare I say it, hipster church.  I got to go to Redeemer KC with a few friends from school.  It was so intimidating; I’m so used to 100-150 people, all of whom know my name.  But, once I broke through that weird, emotional barrier every single new person has, I found myself fitting in with these other Christians.  It was, to say the least, a fantastic and eye-opening experience.  I was so used to older (no offense) people who wanted the same hymns every Sunday.  This church broke what I had always thought church was and rearranged my thoughts about it.

Not only was the church itself pretty darn cool, the service was absolutely wonderful.  The preacher spoke on idolatry, and what that really means to Christians.  If you don’t think you have other idols besides God, good for you, but I highly doubt it.  I mean, everyone at some point in their life has chosen something above God…I know I have.  The preacher emphasized how we need to run, flee from idolatry; it is nothing but a call to the evil in this world…idolatry equals death.  When you idolize something more than you adore and worship God, you are switching teams…playing for the enemy.  The service really hit home to me because sometimes I really feel like I idolize things, even minor things, more than I adore the Lord.  If you want to listen to it, you can find it on iTunes, or redeemerkansascity.org.  Seriously, their services are amazing.

I’m just going to add to this that lunch was also amazing…no joke.  After the service, we went to a little pizza shop called dBronx.  They have this unexpectedly delicious pizza that has a zillion different toppings on it.  I am kind of a purist when it comes to pizza, but I had to try this.  It had mushrooms, olives, peppers, pepperoni, etc.  Oh, man…good stuff.  If you’re ever in the downtown KC area, try the Bronx Special pizza..well worth the money.

Well, this is goodbye for today.  Hopefully, you’ll come back tomorrow to find out other little quirks about me.

Psalm 115:1-“Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.”