Over the last year or so I have been a huge fan of Lamp Mode Recordings. For those of you who don’t know about Lamp Mode, it is an independent Christian rap label. Their mission is to bring the gospel to the world through the medium of hip-hop in a manner that is God glorifying. Lamp Mode releases all of their music independently so that it can stay intact and not be subject change based on someone’s desire to make money and dilute the message of God. Just a couple weeks ago they released their newest album called Grassroots Vol. 2. I would strongly recommend downloading it from their website! It’s a free download and they want everyone to pass it along to their friends! Here’s the link to the download if you’re interested, http://www.lampmode.com/resources/free-music/grass-roots-2/ check it out and pass it along! Grassroots Vol. 1 is also available for free download on their website too!
The best part about going to a party at someone’s house, let’s say for New Year’s Eve, is usually the food! The Super Bowl also is usually a great time with food and friends (that is if the Steelers don’t win). The finger foods and h’our dourves are usually delicious and get you in the mood to socialize and have fun. Good food at a party is often the warm up to having a fun time and a preview of good times to come. God’s Word is similar to h’our dourves because they are a preview of what’s to come. The Word of God is a preview of what God is like while we can’t see Him here on the earth so we have the Bible to show us what God is like and show us how much He loves us. God has revealed Himself to humanity through the scriptures and the Word has revealed the glory of the Most High God. As Christians we have a huge privilege to draw near to God through the reading of His Word. The Word is a concrete entity worthy of praise. As the psalmist often says, “Who’s Word I praise”, the Word is a member of the Trinity and was with God before creation and has played His part in history by revealing the glory and character of the Godhead. The Word is God and is with God. The Word made a covenant with the Father and the Holy Spirit to be incarnated as a man to walk among the earth and to be born under the Law to redeem our fallen race. When we think about Jesus, we think about the Word that we read. They are one in the same.
We have been granted a huge privilege to have been given the Word. Whenever we read the Word join God in communion and peek at His glory and righteousness. Basically, we have been given a glimpse of what our redeemed and glorified lives will be like when we attain perfection and reside with our Lord in heaven. This side of eternity, the best we can get to this glorious experience is spending time in the Word. But we often don’t take advantage of this privilege because we don’t recognize how important it is to our souls. Brothers and sisters, I exhort all of us to fervently seek God by spending time in His Word because it is a fountain overflowing with love, grace, and mercy. Within lies the power to forgive sin and live a life that is pleasing to God. The Word is also the power of God to offer salvation. I pray that we would refocus our vision to desire more and more of God’s Word! God desires to refresh our souls when we are weary and to have us fall into His mighty hands in times of trouble.
“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you will glorify Me”
As Isaac Watts says in his hymn “How Sad Our State”, God is our rest from trials, weariness, and sin:
To the blest fountain of Thy blood,
Incarnate God, I fly;
Here let me wash my spotted soul
From sins of deepest dye.
A guilty, weak, and helpless worm,
Into Thy hands I fall;
Be Thou my strength and righteousness,
My Savior, and my all
I can’t believe another semester is just about over. It’s amazing how quickly time passes now days. It seems like only yesterday that I was moving back into my dorm for the fall semester and now I’m packing up to go home for the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, I love breaks a lot! It’s just a little sad that this is my last winter break ever before I have to work full time. 😦 I don’t want to waste this break! I’m determined to use this break for Jesus in any way possible! Because when I’m most satisfied when I’m most satisfied with Christ and living for Him alone. Breaks are always a good way to start afresh in terms of redeeming my schedule of devotions and time in the Word. We discussed this last night in accountability and how all the guys in my group can be encouraging and reminding each other to be spending time in the Word and with God. Steve and I are working on memorizing scripture to be our motivation to spend time with God every day. I also want to use this break to spend lots and lots of time with Jess because her next semester is going to be crazy and she’s going to have tons of work to do all the time. I want to bless her a lot during this break make sure that we both can get the most out of this break! After the spring semester she’s leaving for China for two months so I won’t see her at all over the summer. I feel a huge burden to make this winter break count. But I know that the grace of God will be with me and strengthen me to live up to His plan for me.
I also want to start a new section on my blog specially designed for the Christmas season! It’s called the reason for the season! I’m just going to post verses from the Bible that declare the true meaning for the Christmas season and why it is so important for the whole world. The first one will be tonight and the verse is:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.”
So I’ve been wondering why I haven’t wrote a blog in almost 9 months and I just now figured it out………i went on hiatus! I just now figured it out, but I forgot to officially announce it. I should have known better a put out a press release or something lol. I write press releases at work too! But I guess this is me coming out of hiatus and getting back on a regular schedule (somewhat) again. And now that the semester is pretty much over I can devote more time to things like this. I don’t really have much more to say besides this so I’ll call it a day now. Walk in love as Christ loved us!
“The wise decision is living life as a Christian, to live and die in submission to His disciple’s commission and, that’s why I’m praying I’ll never deny His name. Im’a rep Him if I’m in pain or I’m threatened, to die is gain.”–Steven the Levite