Holiness

Holiness is a bit of a scary word for Christians: it’s pretty loaded. But it shouldn’t be so scary or seem as “far away” as it may seem.

Holiness isn’t about being some sort of thing in a museum, something that your parents told you not to touch or you’d be in trouble. It’s not being all “special.”

You don’t become holy by trying to be holy. You become holy by losing yourself, by giving your life so that you can love others and serve others, serving God! Holiness is being a servant, by seeing yourself as the least of everyone. So stop thinking about yourself and you’ll be that much closer to God.

“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” – Matthew 16:24-25

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Do Catholics Turn You Off from the Catholic Church?

One of the most common issues when talking with devout non-Catholics about the Catholic Church is that they haven’t found Catholics who really act like Christians and love Jesus.

I know what they mean. This is a problem, but it isn’t the end of the story.

First off, let me address reality: too many Catholics are apathetic about their faith. Too many treat their faith more like their ethnicity rather than a way of life. You’re right, Catholics mess up and sin and are unfaithful. Hello, I’m one of them. But isn’t it also true that many Christians of other faiths are the same way? You go to the South and “everyone” is Christian, but even there, there are many apathetic Christians as well.

Is the lack of devout Catholics a reason why you shouldn’t join the Church that Jesus founded? No way Jose. Find me a church full of perfect people, and I’ll join. But you can’t. We are all sinners, every single one of us.

What sets one church apart from another? A couple of traits stand out: where does it receive its authority, and what do they believe?

Where do churches get their authority? The Catholic Church was founded by Jesus. 1500 years later, Martin Luther decided to start his own little church. Did God tell Him to? Was it the workings of the divine or the workings of man?

“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18

Jesus doesn’t lie. The gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. So where’s the need for a new church again?

Yes, there were a lot of things wrong inside the Church, especially around the Reformation. Yes, there are always things wrong inside the Church, including me. But we have to see that the Church is above the sins of the individual members of its body. Jesus sent down the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to lead and guide the Church, to keep Her faithful to Jesus’ teachings. So is it bad that there are sinners in the Church? No! That’s the whole point! We need the Church because we are sinners. The Church, made holy by God, is here to help us to come to know Jesus and His love for us, and to call us all to become saints. If we were all perfect people, where would the need for the Church be? The Church is like a hospital for sinners, we’re all a work in progress.

What do different churches believe? Agree or agree with me: the Church has to believe what Jesus taught. Sadly, over time we have seen many different churches stop believing in Jesus, the gospel message, and even the bible. This means they are heretics and are not fully in union with the Church that Jesus founded. They usually are not very successful, despite their “progressive” beliefs. Look at the Episcopal Church in America, for example.

Not only is believing the wrong stuff an issue for Christianity, but a “watered down” faith is also problematic. This “non-denom” movement seems to be slowly changing Christianity into a few basic beliefs, and the bible. Think about it: this is actually the exact opposite of what the early Church was like. In the early days, the Apostles like Paul were constantly instructing the churches on what the faith is and what is and isn’t heretical, even with the little things, and they had no bibles but rather the authority that Jesus had given the Apostles and their successors, the Bishops to make these decisions. (In case you weren’t aware, the Bible as we know it didn’t come into being until a few hundred years after Christ.) “Non-denom” can’t be the answer.. Jesus desired us to continue ALL of His teachings, not just a few non-controversial ones. Jesus desired that we be ONE, not 30,000 separate denominations, and not even one giant blob of “watered down” Christianity.

Despite all of the challenges that have faced the Catholic Church over the years, it has lasted, and nowadays, it is perhaps more alive than ever in certain aspects, while many other Christian churches are getting hit a lot worse. I immediately think of World Youth Day, FOCUS, and Lifeteen as movements that highlight all that is beautiful about the faith that Jesus gave us. If you don’t have any devout Catholic friends, I’m praying that you’ll run into someone one day. Maybe they’ll show you that there’s more to this faith than what the apathetic Catholics have been doing for all of these years.

What would you change about the world?

If you could change anything about the world, what would it be?

A question like that goes hand in hand with who do you want to be? Doesn’t it? Not everyone has the opportunity to do whatever they want, but when it comes down to it, I’m pretty sure that most people can do most things. Therefore, what we want to do should address, to the best of our ability, how we want to affect the world.

There are a couple of really cool ways of thinking about what we are “meant to do” that I’ve ran into in the past few years:

1. God has a specific plan for each and every one of us. It is the best plan for us, whether we want it at the moment or not.

2. God will not ask us to do what we do not want to do. We should enjoy what we do. Think of the “extreme” case of being a priest: a guy who really didn’t want to be a priest would be a horrible priest. That can’t possibly be what God wants that man to do. God has placed desires in our hearts that correspond with what we are meant to do.

3. Where in the world do you see the most need? Where in your heart do you feel most called to? We are called to serve in places of need.

4. What are your talents? What are you comfortable doing? Where do you most feel like yourself and enjoy yourself?

God created us not so that we could just enjoy life but to share our lives with others too (which is actually just as enjoyable most of the time, if not more)!

Getting back to my original question.. what would I change about the world? There are a lot of things worth changing, but if I could address one critical thing, I think it would be reintroducing people to God. I think that a lot of issues that we see today are because people do not know Jesus and are not grounded in faith. This poverty leads people to seek short term solutions to things that are often the “easy way out” and backfire. We see this in all of the “big problems,” drugs, prostitution, fathers leaving their family, corruption, etc.

I’ll make the claim that knowing and having a relationship with Jesus will make you more: loving, selfless, happy, hopeful, charitable, friendly, peaceful, respectful, especially towards the opposite sex, steadfast in your beliefs, trustworthy, industrious, confident, courageous, bold, and faithful.

Give me a handful of people who uphold these values and we WILL change the world. See, with making a difference, the only lasting change is change that starts at the foundation. Changing the world (which I love to talk about) won’t actually happen unless PEOPLE are changed. The best way to change people? Introduce them to the God who is their maker, lover, and savior who gives them purpose and meaning. That’s why it is a goal of mine to introduce as many people as I can to Jesus while I am alive.

So what do you think? What would you change about the world?

Engage the World, Online!

Jesus has a calling for us all:

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you until the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:19-20.

How do we accomplish this nowadays? Generally, by proclaiming the Gospel and catechizing. We proclaim the Gospel by how we live our lives and by our words, they are BOTH very important.

One very important area to evangelize is online. People are online a lot, to say the least. Basically everyone in the west is online, especially the youth and those with the power to influence others. Check out this infographic, it’s super interesting and goes to show just how powerful the internet is for engaging the world.

Just think, each year, over $26 BILLION is spent on online advertising campaigns. Companies wouldn’t spend that type of money if they didn’t know that they could reach a lot of people there. So we know that it is worth our time to spread the Gospel message online. We do so much CONSUMING of the media that the world puts out there, but how often do we CREATE new media that presents the Gospel and the Christian way of life?

Despite all of that potential for reaching out to others and proclaiming the Gospel, do we really see it? The good news is that you can find it without too many snags, a Google search of Jesus gives you the basics at Jesus.org and Wikipedia, that’s fine. But what about reaching out to people who aren’t searching? How do we CHALLENGE people’s misconceptions about life, about Jesus, about Christianity? That’s where we need to be creative, and it’s tough. See, we aren’t only called to evangelize the people who are searching but also to proclaim the Gospel to those who are apathetic towards it!

We need to create powerful media that presents the Gospel in an attractive manner. We need videos. We need music. We need testimonies, blogs, and web sites.

One of the best examples that I can share with you is this:

It’s not Catholic so there are certain theological aspects that are incorrect, but it passes with flying colors in all of the other aspects. It is attractive and clean, clear and concise, creative and artsy. The audience feels emotion and a call to reevaluate their beliefs because of it. It is a call to reconsider preconceptions and to conversion. Boom baby, well done, Propoganda!

See, my point is that thanks to social networking and new technologies, we can engage the culture independently in ways that haven’t been possible before!

If you are reading this, you can and should do it, in some way which makes sense, taking into account the gifts that God has given you and where He is calling you to serve. I can’t do it alone. Nobody can do it alone. It has to be a team effort by the Church! If you really know and love Jesus, I’m sure that you’re dying to share Him with others!

Create content. Engage the culture. Spread the word. If you can blog, do it. If you can write songs, do it. If you’re artsy and can do videos, do it. Be creative, do something new! If you can’t do any of those, just sharing the Christian way of life on your facebook and stuff is priceless! We all have been given gifts by God to help bring the Kingdom of Heaven to Earth. Pray about using them for the glory of God, He will send the Spirit and all of our efforts will be made that much more fruitful!

Creationism and Science: The Seven Day Creation, the Big Bang, and Genesis

The following is a guest post by Eric Novitsky:

The Big Bang theory is one of the most widely known explanations of how the universe could have developed. Most textbooks estimate that the universe is around 15 billion years old, however a recent paper estimated it to be around 13.75 billion.1,2 The oldest rocks and crystals on the planet earth have been found to be between approximately 4.3 to 4.4 billion years old.3-5 The earth was initially a ball of molten rock and metal at temperatures of around 2000 degrees Celsius and needed time to cool before solid rocks could form, so the age of the earth is estimated to be slightly older, at around 4.5 billion years old.4 Many meteorites that have been suggested to have formed the same time as the earth have also been dated to around 4.5 billion years old.6 But what about the “seven day creation” that is outlined in the Bible? Does the Bible declare that the universe and the earth were created in only one week? By looking at the original Hebrew text, we can see that there is no contradiction between scientific evidence and the Bible.

The King James translation of the Bible was first printed in 1611. Thirty-one years later, in 1642, Cambridge University Vice-Chancellor John Lightfoot published his calculated date for the creation of the universe: September 17, 3928 B.C. He drew this conclusion by analyzing the genealogies in Genesis, Exodus, 1 and 2 Kings, and 1 and 2 Chronicles.7 Eight years later James Ussher, an Anglican archbishop of Ireland, corrected Lightfoot’s date, making it October 3, 4004 B.C. After that, Lightfoot even “calculated” Adam’s creation: October 23, 4004 B.C. at 9:00 a.m.!7 Neither scholar consulted the original Hebrew texts.

If one looks at the original Hebrew text, it can be seen that the Bible doesn’t necessarily advocate that the universe was created in seven, 24 hour days. The Hebrew word yôm was translated into “day” in the Bible.7 Yôm is used in biblical Hebrew to indicate a number of different time periods: day, year, age, season, sunrise to sunset, sunset to sunset, or a segment of time without any reference to solar days.7-9 William Wilson, in his Old Testament Word Studies, explains that yôm is “frequently put for time in general, or for a long time, a whole period under consideration…Day [yôm] is also put for a particular season or time when any extraordinary event happens.”10

Outside of Genesis 1, yôm is used in many other places throughout the Bible. Some examples: Genesis 4:3 (yôm = process of time); Genesis 30:14 (yôm = wheat harvest time); Joshua 24:7 (yôm = a long season); 2 Chronicles 21:19 (yôm = years); Isaiah 4:2 (yôm = a future era); Zechariah 14:8 (yôm = summer and winter), and many references to the phrase “the day of the Lord”, where no specific time frame is given.7,8

There have been some grammatical arguments against yôm, as some have argued that when yôm is attached to an ordinal (second, third, fourth, etc.) that is must refer to a 24 hour time period. However, nowhere else in the Bible are sequential epochs enumerated. The rules of Hebrew grammar do not require that yôm must refer to 24 hours, even when attached to an ordinal.7,11 Hosea 6:2 prophesies that “after two days He [God] will revive us [Israel]; on the third day He will restore us.” Bible commentators have noted that the “days” in this passage (where the ordinal is used) refer to a year, years, a thousand years, or maybe more.10,12,13 It has also been argued that the Hebrew word ‘olam would have been used instead to indicate a long time period. However, Hebrew lexicons show that only in post-biblical writings did ‘olam only refer to a long age or epoch. In biblical times it meant forever, perpetual, lasting, always, of olden times, or the remote past, future, or both. The range of its usage did not include a set period of time.7,14,15

The Hebrew word ‘ereb, translated evening, also means sunset, night, or ending of the day.11,16,17 And the word bôqer, translated morning, also means sunrise, coming of light, beginning of day, break of day, or dawning.14,16 In the first chapter of Genesis, ‘ereb and bôqer are used in the sentences that separate the “days” of creation. Looking at the translation of the Hebrew text, one finds this phraseology: “and was evening and was morning day X”.7 Dr. Hugh Ross explains the grammar structure in this sentence: “If ‘day X’ were intended as the noun compliment for the one evening and morning together, the linking verb should appear just once, in plural form. We would expect the literal Hebrew to say, ‘and were evening and morning day X”, but it does not.”7 The use of evening and morning does not imply twenty four hour days, but instead gives no indication of time. So how old does the Bible say that the universe is? After analyzing the original Hebrew text, we can’t say for sure, but it surely was not 7 days, with each day defined as 24 hours.

But what about the big bang and the creation of the universe? The characteristic of the creation of the universe stated more frequently than any other in the Bible is its being “stretched out”, as can be seen in eleven different verses: Job 9:8; Psalm 104:2; Isaiah 40:22; 42:5; 44:24; 45:12; 48:13; 51:13; Jeremiah 10:12; 51:15; and Zechariah 12:1.18 However, the word used for “heavens” or “skies” is shehaqîm, which refers to clouds of fine particles of water or dust located in earth’s atmosphere and throughout the universe, not the shamayim, which refers to the heavens of the astronomical universe.14,17,18 Dr. Hugh Ross gives another analysis on the grammar in the sentence structure:

“What is particularly interesting about the eleven verses is that different Hebrew verb forms are used to describe the cosmic stretching. Seven verses, Job 9:8; Psalm 104:2; Isaiah 40:22; 42:5; 44:24; 51:13; and Zechariah 12:1, employ the active participle form of the verb natah. This form literally means “the stretcher out of them” (the heavens) and implies continual or ongoing stretching. Four verses, Isaiah 45:12; 48:13; and Jeremiah 10:12; 51:15 use the perfect form. This form literally means that the stretching of the heavens was completed or finished some time ago. This simultaneously finished and ongoing aspect of cosmic stretching is identical to the big bang concept of cosmic expansion. According to the big bang, at the creation event all the physics (specifically, the laws, constants, and equations of physics) are instantly created, designed, and finished so as to guarantee an ongoing, continual expansion of the universe at exactly the right rates with respect to time so that physical life will be possible.”18

The theories that have been proposed to explain the formation and expansion of the universe do not contradict with the words of the Bible. The creation outline of Genesis is another example. At first glance, it seems that in Genesis the formation of the earth is before the creation of light. However, the “light” of Genesis 1:3 existed prior to the separation of light from darkness in Genesis 1:4. The light of that early period was in the energy range of gamma rays, an energy far in excess of that which is visible to the eye, as the temperature of the universe was well above 3000 degrees Kelvin which completely ionized almost all atoms.3,19,20 As the thermal energy of the universe fell below 3000 °K, allowing electrons to bind in stable orbitals around hydrogen and helium nuclei, not only did the photons break free from the matter of the universe (“separated”) but they became visible as well.3 Another theory is that the darkness may not have been an absence of light, but instead it could mean a source of energy. Isaiah 45:7 tells us that the Hebrew word for darkness, hoshek, could be a created substance of the universe.3

Reading further into the creation account, the beginning of Genesis 1:14-15 states, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the dome of the sky, to separate day from night. Let them mark the fixed times, the days and the years, and serve as luminaries in the dome of the sky, to shed light upon the earth.’” This is after plant life in Genesis 1:11, which might seem out of place, since light is necessary in photosynthesis which enables plants to survive. However, as noted earlier, light had already been created in the universe. When the earth cooled down after it was formed, the original atmosphere of the earth contained dust and dirt particles that rendered the atmosphere translucent.3,4 The sun and the stars were not visible through this atmosphere, but light was still able to pass through and support plant life. Genesis 1:14-15 outlines when at least a portion of the atmosphere clears, transforming it from translucent to transparent.

After the atmosphere clears, the sun and the stars are visible from the face of the earth, as can be seen in Genesis 1:16: “God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night; and he made the stars.” This is not a new creation and does not conflict with the fact that light and the stars were already created. The Hebrew word for made, ‘asah, in this verse is the verb form indicating completed action, meaning this verse is just a reference to the light and the stars that had already formed.7,21

The bible writers occasionally describe the vastness of the universe. In Genesis 22:17, Jeremiah 33:22, and Hebrews 11:12, the number of God’s children is compared with the number or stars in the sky and the number of grains of sand on the seashore, a “countless” number. The Hebrew (and Greek) numbering systems included numbers up to the billions. “Countless” would indicate a number at least one order of magnitude greater, so at least tens of billions.7

The beginning of Genesis 2:4 sums up creation: “Such is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation.” The literal Hebrew reads “These are the generations of the heavens and the earth where they were created in the day of their making.” Here the word day refers to all six creation days and the creation of the universe that took place prior to the first creation day. Hebrew lexicons verify that the word for generation (toledah) refers to the time between a person’s birth and parenthood or to an arbitrarily longer time span. 14 In Genesis 2:4 the plural form is used, indicating that multiple “generations” have passed.7

If we believe that God is truth, speaks truth, guides us into truth, and does not lie, any apparent contradiction between the facts of nature and the words of the Bible is from human misunderstanding. The more we explore and study science alongside God’s word in the Bible, the more we can attempt to understand God’s truth in science.

References
1. Silk, Joseph. The Big Bang. W. H. Freeman and Co.: New York, 1989.
2. Jarosik, N. et al. “Seven-Year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Observations: Sky Maps, Systematic Errors, and Basic Results.” Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 2010.
3. Schroeder, Gerald L. Genesis and the Big Bang. Bantam Books: New York, 1990.
4. Gallant, Roy A. Earth: The Making of a Planet. Marshall Cavendish: New York, 1998.
5. Wilde, Simon A.; Valley, John W.; Peck, William H.; Graham, Colin M. “Evidence from detrital zircons for the existence of continental crust and oceans on the Earth 4.4 Gyr ago.” Nature. 2001, 409, 175.
6. Stassen, Chris. “The Age of the Earth.” The TalkOrigins Archive, http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/faq-age-of-earth.html.
7. Ross, Hugh. Creation and Time. NavPress Publishing Co.: Colorado, 1994.
8. Neyman, Greg. “Word Study: Yom.” Old Earth Ministries, http://www.oldearth.org/
word_study_yom.htm.
9. Whitefield, Rodney. The Hebrew Word Yom Used With a Number in Genesis 1. http://www.godandscience.org/youngearth/yom_with_number.pdf.
10. Wilson, William. Old Testament Word Studies. Kregel Publications: Grand Rapids, 1978.
11. Deem, Rich. “Does the Bible Say God Created the Universe in Six 24-Hour Days?” Evidence for God from Science. http://www.godandscience.org/youngearth/
sixdays.html.
12. Calvin, Jean, Commentaries on the Twelve Minor Prophets, Volume I: Hosea, trans. John Owen (Edinburgh, UK: The Calvin Translation Society, 1846).
13. Given, J.J., “Hosea”, The Pulpit Commentary, vol. 13, Daniel, Hosea, and Joel, ed. H. D. M. Spence and Joseph S. Exell. Eerdmans: Grand Rapids, 1950.
14. Harris, R. Laird; Archer, Gleason L.; Waltke, Bruce K., Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, vol. I. Moody: Chicago, 1980.
15. Tregelles, Samuel P., Gesenius’ Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament. Baker Book House: Grand Rapids, 1979.
16. Brown, Francis; Driver, S. R.; and Briggs, Charles A., A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Clarendon Press: Oxford, UK, 1968.
17. Harris, R. Laird; Archer, Gleason L.; Waltke, Bruce K., Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament, vol. II. Moody: Chicago, 1980.
18. Ross, Hugh; Rea, John. “Big Bang – The Bible Taught It First!” Reasons to Believe. http://www.reasons.org/articles/big-bang—the-bible-taught-it-first.
19. The University of Sheffield. “Primordial Nucleosynthesis.” http://www.shef.ac.uk/
polopoly_fs/1.14553!/file/Topic3.pdf.
20. Georgia State University. “Temperature and Expansion Time in the Standard Big Bang Model.” http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/astro/expand.html.
21. Mansoor, Menahem. Biblical Hebrew Step by Step, vol. 1, second edition. Baker Book House: Grand Rapids, 1980.

Eric has also written:
Purgatory in Scripture

A book that I found very very interesting and enlightening on this topic is “The Genesis Enigma” by Andrew Parker.

The World is not Enough

Believe it or not, one of the reasons why I’m a Christian is because I want stuff. I want what I deserve and more. I want power, love, pleasure, high esteem, popularity, etc. But I’ve found that if I want even more, I have to turn my attention from worldly things to eternal things.

Power, popularity, and all that are not bad things, these are all good things that we often see used for the wrong purposes. We have a desire for these things for a reason, they help lead us to the good, the true, and the beautiful. But we have more desires than just those, don’t we? We aren’t exactly like the Sims where you eat, pee, and play videogames and you’ve made all the bars green. We’ve got longings in our hearts that aren’t exactly quantifiable. Plus, even for the normal stuff like money and sex, we still always want more, right? Take about any rap song out there. Got a million? Well, now we better get a billion. Had a lot of women? Well, now we gotta be like J Cole with 150 lookin.. The world is not enough for us.

Have you ever thought of the hypothetical situation where you had everything in this world? You have the political power of the President, you are extremely good looking and intelligent, you have so much money you couldn’t possibly spend it all, you have many interesting, exotic, and powerful friends, a fantastic spouse and maybe even some cute kids. Would it satisfy you? Would you be comfortable saying that you would never want anything else again? Not even an extra $10. That’s it. Would you be comfortable in your own skin knowing that that’s all that life had for you?

I don’t know about you, maybe it’s because I’m a young man, but that would tear me apart. If that’s all that life is about (power, pleasure, security, etc.), well it kind of sucks. It’s finite, and I have infinite longings in my heart. What happens when you actually get there? I know that I would probably despair. I “won” the game, but would I really feel like I won? Do you ever notice that the most famous celebrities and stuff tend to go into free fall after they hit their peak? Not all of them, but a noticeable amount, and it seems to line up with my point that they are kind of lost when it seems like there is nothing else to do. We are people with a mission, and being mission-less naturally can cause us to lose our direction.

You might be thinking:
Come on, Chris! If you’re so sad, go and buy yourself something fun! Build a Six Flags in your backyard! Play basketball anytime you want! Plus, you already have a bunch of awesome friends to hang out with! You don’t have to do any chores or homework or work for the rest of your life! You can have as many women as you want! You can eat the finest cuisine every meal, drink the best alcohol! You can make people idolize you and praise you! If you don’t like a rule, you can rewrite it. You want to lay on a couch and have beautiful women feed you grapes and fan you, you can do that! Your family will be filthy rich and your grandparents can have the best medical care!

Back to my questions.
Have I really won? Am I satisfied? Let me ask you.. would you be satisfied?

And I’m sure that many people would say yes, they would be satisfied. Hey, I’m not saying that that’s all bad stuff. I’m just saying that you’d be a fool to take that over what could potentially be infinitely more. 

I’m obviously being dramatic for a reason. This stuff all sounds great. It doesn’t sound half bad. But there is something missing. I have these desires in my heart and there’s only one thing that will satisfy it. God created me and He created me for Himself. He did the same with you. St. Augustine wrote in his Confessions:

“Our Hearts are Restless Until They Rest in You”

I totally resonate with St. Augustine. He lived a live of worldly pleasure for the first part of his life before realizing that he wasn’t being satisfied and found God. We have to put the first things first. We long for more than just physical things. We long for friendship. We long for love. And even with the most perfect friendships out there, our desire for love and intimacy is never satisfied. There’s that God sized puzzle piece that’s missing in our hearts and we often try to jam other pieces in there thinking that it will work the same. God is the only one who loves us perfectly, as Jesus did by giving His entire being for us by coming to earth and dying for us. You can’t find love greater than that.

Being a Christian and living for God isn’t about denying yourself of the pleasures of the world as much as it is about gaining even more than the pleasures of the world: eternal life with God!

Got a lot of stuff in this life? Great! But it won’t matter for the rest of eternity, so you better bank on what’s going to actually last. God lasts 😉