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Forgiven Mocking Forgiver

4 Apr

We often take this time of year to remember Jesus Christ on the cross dying for us, for our sins. We think of the pain of the whips piercing his flesh, the crown of thorns pressed on his brow and the torturous walk up to Calvary. Then we remember how nails pierced his palms and his feet and how he stayed on that cross for hours upon hours and we mourn at the cross as Jesus’ mother did.

But we often forget one important aspect.

Stuart Townend says it perfectly in the second verse of his modern hymn How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.

“Behold the Man upon a cross

My sin upon His shoulders

Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice

Call out among the scoffers.”

We are no better than the soldiers who spat on Jesus 2,000 years ago. We mocked him at the cross and we mock Him when we sin, when we take the cross for granted. We are ashamed at our mocking voice, but in His awesome grace, he says to God to forgive us while we mock Him.

That’s the beauty of the cross: we are forgiven while we mock the one who forgives us.

“Even If They Kill Me…”

27 Feb

I was at the computer today doing my daily routine when I stumbled upon a video on YouTube. This video brought me to tears. It shows Christians in India and how they are hated and beaten by the Hindus. This is happening all over the world, not just in India. In fact, by the time you finish reading this post, at least one Christian will have been martyred in the world.

Please watch and see how it is to truly be like Christ.

“Even if they kill me, I am not going to leave Jesus.”

This sentence brought me to tears. This boy was clearly about to cry as well as he recounts the events that transpired at his church which was burned while his pastor was being beaten. And we’re too tired to wake up Sundays to go to the house of God? We’re too busy with our homework and housework to pray? We North-Americans have Christianity all wrong. We’re too caught up in winning a life for ourselves that we have no idea what it’s like to fully depend on God for our lives. These Indians can’t walk down the street without fear of losing their lives, but they will never leave Jesus. This little boy probably glorified God with those words more than any of us have since the beginning of the year. He’s truly showing the right way to live, putting  Christ above all things every day. What are you doing for God today?

“I have forgiven them, let them be blessed.”

Not only are these people faithful to God and His promises, but they bless their enemies. Those who take bats and beat them and kick them and punch them, they bless. Those who burn their churches, burn them alive and cut them into pieces, they bless. With every one of those blessings, they punch the devil in the face. Satan thinks that he can rock their faith with this persecution, but it’s only making their faith stronger.

These martyrs are literally taking up their cross and dying alongside Jesus Christ every day, but as Paul says, they “rejoice in their sufferings” and count it a joy and honor to suffer like Jesus Christ. In the end, God is glorified, and in this, I rejoice.

May this challenge you to step up and be the disciple whom you were called to be. These Christians are dying and hurting every day. Why is it that we only think of how the world is hurting when something like the earthquake in Haiti happens. God’s children are hurting every day while we listen to our worldly music and waste our lives in front of technology. Pray for them to have boldness and to not stop preaching the gospel even in the midst of this suffering and pray for us to realize this truth every day and to live radical risky lives for Jesus Christ.

“Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.” Hebrews 13:3

Jesus, My Lord

2 Feb

Lamb of God, You were slain,
Washed away our sin and pain,
I cannot grasp why You’d die
For our wrongs, You did suffice,
Son of man, what a sacrifice,
The only true and faithful love.

The tree was heavy,
The stripes did hurt thee,
Jesus, my Lord.
The grave could not hold You,
Now life is made new,
Jesus, my Lord.

Crown of thorns pressed on Your brow,
I can’t help but wonder how,
How You endured all that pain.
Your glory shown at Calvary,
You conquered death and thus saved me,
Lord I marvel at your grace.

The tree was heavy,
The stripes did hurt thee,
Jesus, my Lord.
The grave could not hold You,
Now life is made new,
Jesus, my Lord.

My Testimony by Krystian Jaskula

23 Jan

Our youth went on a retreat with the youth from Laval Christian Fellowship last weekend. It was a great time of fellowship and unity between the two youth groups. My dear friend and brother in Christ decided to share his testimony of the retreat and of his life. I pray that these words would encourage you as much as they encourage me.

First, I hesitated if I should have come or not to the retreat because, primarily, I am not much of a communicative person and people like me are boring to hang out with, I assume.

Since I was 9 or so, I would lock myself away in my room most of the time because my parents were yelling at each other. Early in 2002, they divorced, my education dropped and my loneliness increased. At age of 13, I struggled with suicide up until 15. And from suicidal thoughts to pornography and video games addiction. At 17, I heard something about God but I could not care less. At 18, a sinner’s prayer and no change. At 19, the cross… and the central citadel of my life disrupt radically and up until today, Christ, the cross and the gospel are most preferred.

There are nights that I can’t sleep because God is neglected and despised even in our type of contemporary Christianity that is all about comfort and to grow wild than to be like Jesus.

I make short videos on YouTube (username: whitenine) and my goal is that at least one person would see a glimpse. Only one glimpse of the glories that are found in Christ and Christ will be precious unto them- whoever they are, young or old. There is no one like the God from the Scriptures in absolutely everything.

At the retreat, I saw God pleased, Christ appreciated and unity.

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PS:: Needless to ask, because I would rather declare that everything was made for Christ, by Christ and through Christ. And that, it pleased God the Father that whatever divine excellence is in Him so it is also in His Son than to ask you “what do you want?” So, I ask: What do you want? And, if you answer, “I want Christ” then I must ask you if that is true?!

Remember, Only one life will soon be past; only what’s done FOR CHRIST WILL LAST.

Four Points of 2009

3 Jan

January 1 is always a very amazing day. We look back at the previous year and hope for better things in the year to come. I feel we always take for granted the years that pass by. Let’s look at some of the things that happened every day for the last year.

  • In 2009, we woke up 365 times still breathing, God spared our lives 365 times. God could easily choose to end our lives whenever He wants, and it could be in our sleep. But God chose to leave us on earth so that we can continue to glorify Him in all that we do and spread the word of His love and grace.
  • In 2009, we had the opportunity to go to church and worship God in midst of Christ-loving Christians 52 times! There are so many Christians in the world who are in persecution. They can’t even declare their faith in public in fear of getting arrested, or worse, murdered, but we have the privilege of going to church and encouraging each other in Christ. I hope you took advantage of those 52 Sundays. If you didn’t, make sure you do in 2010.
  • In 2009, God constantly and lovingly reminded daily us that we His treasure if we die with Him every day. We were supposed to die to self 365 times in 2009. It is a constant battle with the devil and it will not stop until God wills it to stop. We might as well practice now so that it gets easier with time. Did you successfully achieve this Christian goal in 2009? I know I could improve on this aspect this year.
  • In 2009, God fulfilled His promise by granting us His mercies every morning. Have you been through trials this past year? Has not the hand of God worked in you through those trials? Wasn’t His light ever apparent in your darkest times of trouble? In fact, we Christians are persecuted and tempted every day to give in to our worldly nature, but by the graces of God, we fight to resist the temptation 365 times. Praise the Lord!

Never take these four points likely in 2010. Make sure you make the most every day and every week. Don’t overlook God everyday blessings. If you do, you just might look back on 2010 as an unsuccessful spiritual year.

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