My Testimony: Born Again in Christ

My Testimony: Born Again in Christ

Have you ever had an experience where you’re sitting in church while the pastor is preaching, and you immediately feel God pushing you to get something off your chest? And the pastor could have said something completely ordinary, like, “My grand kids went swimming yesterday,” but in that instance of time, you felt led to tell your entire testimony.

This happened to me a few weeks ago.

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Choosing Money Over God?

Choosing Money Over God?

When I was little, I would get $100 each Christmas, and I was dead-determined to make that $100 last ALL year long. I was taught to save my money and always look for good deals when shopping, and that was the motto I stuck to as I grew up. I would never buy anything expensive, because I knew I should be saving my money, and I didn’t dare go on spontaneous shopping sprees with friends.

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Passion- The Final Hours

Passion- The Final Hours

Today, the final day, began with community groups. There was a subtle sadness as each group gathered, knowing it would be our last time together to bond. As we all took group photos and added each other on Instagram, we dove deeper into each scripture. This morning, we studied through the scripture of Colossians, and how Paul wrote to the church, giving sermons and instructions through growing in maturity with Christ. 

After community groups, Levi Lusko took the stage to give a sermon of endurance through the fragrance of Christ. Lusko shared part of his testimony of pain and suffering through the death of his little girl. It was inspiring to hear how such suffering lead him to find a testimony that would reach out to others. Lusko explained fragrance as this: “Fragrance is taking something precious and crushing it.” This is what God does to us; He crushes us to build us into the fragrance of himself. In our times of suffering, God will take our broken pieces and form something beautiful we would have never expected. This really spoke to me, because there was a time in my life when I was broken, and Jesus took my broken pieces and made me whole in His image. If you ever want an inspiring read, “Through the Eyes of a Lion” by Levi Lasko will bring you to tears (in a good way). 

After Lusko finished up, the Passion band played to conclude the trip. I will honestly tell you, I wasn’t sure what God had in store for me this week, and I was hesitant to find out. I prayed for my heart to be opened, and His spirit to guide me where I need to go. He opened up multiple opportunities for me this week and I am so very thankful. He opened job opportunities, future opportunities, and even an opportunity to share my broken-to-whole testimony. I wouldn’t have been able to do any of that without the strength of my savior, Jesus Christ, by my  side. God is good, everyone! 

Passion- The Longest Day

Passion- The Longest Day

After a mere 3 hours of sleep last night, the alarm clock this morning was not my friend. 5:45 a.m. my alarm sounds and I crawl out of my hotel bed, dragging to start the day. 

During our first activity, called community groups, we meet up with 7 other strangers to make friends with during the week. This activity is meant as an in-depth study of the main sermon that day. During community groups, this morning, we went over the concept of have eternal faith in the invisible God. For example, when you or a loved one is going through a hard time, and you pray to the Lord, you want Him to make Himself visible. That won’t always be an option. You must have enduring hope and faith that even though you can’t see the Lord, he is still there. We studies in the book of Colossians, chapter 1 verses 15-17. 

Throughout the day, we had 4 different sessions. Each session includes worship music and sermons from world-renowned preachers. Today, John Piper spoke over the topic, “Fighting the Loss of Taste for God.” Kathryn and Jay Wolf came on next to speak of her undeniable faith, even though she had been through so much suffering in her lifetime. If you don’t recognize the name Kathryn Wolf, she is a beautiful woman who had a horrible stroke and paralyzed majority of her body. Through the two years she spent in the hospital, she says her faith only grew stronger. She learned to celebrate the suffering, because through suffering there comes strength at the end. Kathryn’s story reached out to each heart in the audience, overflowing with inspiration

Beth Moore, Francis Chan, and Louie Giglio spoke next about having the most pure child-like faith during your journey with God. Giglio stated, “We must believe we are God’s inheritance, because he has already set out the future, and we are to be made in His image.” 

My final, and favorite, part of the night was the band Hillsong United. After a slower song, the music slowed to a stop, except the piano. Standing in the stadium, in complete silence I hear something. The voices of thousands start singing together. They continue on the song after the music ended. Standing, listening to thousands of voices join together as one, took my breath away. As the voices rose up, the band stood in awe, and the Lord worked His power in every heart. God is doing amazing things here at Passion 2017, and I 100% believe THIS will be the generation to start a movement. We will make history in the name of the Lord, our God.