By Jordan Guerra

Normally our idols aren’t golden cows (Exodus 32), but we have them. Merriam-Webster says that an idol is an object that is worshiped as a god. We don’t always think of spending excess amounts of time on our cell phones as worship, but if we put anything before God it is our idol. We all have different idols in our lives. Idols can be phones, internet, TV, food, exercise, a significant other, or even ourselves.

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It’s a God thing…

By Abigail Schultz

I have noticed, now that time has slowed down with the beginning of summer, that there is a lot of time on my hands to just think. To think about the day. To think about the future. To be honest, I would say that I think a little too much. However, one aspect of this that I have really been paying attention to is the way that we react to things, people, and situations in our everyday lives.

I like to think of our reactions as being on a scale of sorts. The lowest point would be the negative reactions, the middle would be our neutral reactions, and the highest point would be our positive reactions. This scale would be different for every individual because each person tends to have a different take on what is positive and negative in their own life. One easy example of this would be money. For most the idea of having a lot of money would be positive. There would be no worries and nothing to stop one from accomplishing everything their heart desires. For the one that has money, however, it is a different story. People see the money rather than the company. The perks rather than the friendship. They don’t see the real person behind the wealth, because they themselves hold wealth at a higher importance than anything else. So Continue reading

New Writers

We are pleased to announce that this blogging site is growing. As of right now, we have about 4 writers committed to writing 2 posts a month, and around 4 or 5 who will soon have content as well. Recently at the Northwest Texas United Methodist conference a session was held at a coffee shop that was essentially a meet and greet for young people called to ministry. I am happy to say we will see some new content from some of these people soon. One of them, Brandon Upton, will begin to add content to the site, and I hope he will become a regular. A short bio is below.

Hello All!

My Name is Brandon Upton, and I am 26 years old. I graduated from West Texas A&M University, and now I am pursuing a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary. I have 2 younger brothers, and an older half sister. I am excited to begin writing for this site, and cannot wait to see where the Lord takes it. I wanted to take a moment, and say that if there is anything you would like me to cover please let me know. I may not know the answers to the topics you would like me to discuss, but I will do my best. I am looking forward to journeying with you guys!

-Brandon Upton

Generational Gaps

By Allison Myers

Who are Millennials?

Well, according to the interwebs, we’re the folks born between 1982(ish) and 2004(ish). (I’ve found many different timelines from many sources that varied a few years both ways.) But to be clear: We’re the ones with our selfies and our entitlement and our Snapchats and our short attention spans and our narcissism. The ones raised by iPads and Kim Kardashian. That’s us. *grins and waves*

A quick Google search on millennial stereotypes turns up plenty of descriptors like “entitled,” “lazy,” “narcissistic,” and “addicted to social media” while a search on Generation X stereotype turns up descriptors like “self-reliant” and “independent.” They’re also sometimes negatively categorized as “cynical” and “skeptical.” But as I stated earlier, no one can really know for sure where one generation ends and the other begins. Seriously, Google it and see the inconsistency for yourself. Some sites had the Millennial generation starting in 1975 and some had it ending as early as 1995.

For me, this begs the question, if someone born in, say, 1975 grows up to be a “lazy” person, does that make them a Millennial? And if they grow up to become “self-reliant” and “independent,” does that make them a Gen X-er? If they’re “independent,” does that make them a Gen X-er and if they’re “entitled” does that make them a Millennial? Oh gosh, but what if they’re narcissistic ­and self-reliant? Where do they fit? And what about these people from Generation X (and the Baby Boomers!) that are addicted to social media? They’re throwing the whole system off with their “Words with Friends” and their Facebook comments. And, now that I think of it, I know some Millennials that are entrepreneurs. They’re successful businesspeople. If I didn’t know they were Millennials, Continue reading

Why We Worship

By Jordan Guerra

If God is almighty and perfect, why does He want worship from imperfect people if we can’t compare to His greatness? Does it really affect Him?

These are a couple questions that many Christians ask about why we worship.

The Word says that God sent His Son to die for us (John 3:16) and if we confess with our mouth and believe in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, we will be saved (Romans 10:9). God gave His everything for us, but He gave us a free will to choose to give Him back our everything or live for the World. As Christians, we should choose to give Him our hearts and souls: our everything.

This includes our worship. Merriam-Webster defines worship as excessive admiration of someone. We all have one thing that we admire or put before all else, but for Christians, it should be God. In simple terms, God gave (and continues to give) His all to us, isn’t the least we can do is live for Him?

You see, worship isn’t just lifting up your hands to music. Worship is your actions. Your life is worship to God. It is you living your life for God. When we are living in His will and giving God our whole selves, THAT is true worship.

God spent 5 days creating the earth and everything in it. His hand made the birds, the oceans, the trees, the fruit, but He loves His creation of humans the best. He loves us more than anything; He loves us so much that He doesn’t want to force us into anything, but He wants us to CHOOSE Him. When we choose to worship Him and put Him first, we are the ones that have that complete satisfaction, not God. It’s accepting His love, and returning it. It brings Him joy to see us joyful, and we will only have that full joy when we completely live for God.

“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in Spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship Him.” John 4:23