The Missing Ingredient

When you make a special dish or meal, it is important to follow the recipe closely. Unless you are a fantastic cook, straying away from the recipe might result in a disastrous meal. Fortunately, many individuals are able to cook great dishes from following recipes.

 

Ingredients

 

The same applies to life.

 

We are given God’s word to help direct us. I went with some of my friends from college yesterday to the Español service my church has every Sunday. It was nice. Although I am nowhere close to speaking fluently, I was able to understand the message clearly and enjoy the worship. The pastor talked about The Samaritan woman.

 

This story is one I have heard many times, but today I was reminded of a missing ingredient many seem to forget: love.

 

I would encourage you to read John 4:1-26 first and then come back to read the rest…

 

Ingredients

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Why I Don’t Go To Church Anymore 6

I’m sure many of you checked out this post because you’re wondering why I am not going to church anymore.

 

Before there is any confusion, let me explain. I still go to church every week, but I don’t simply attend church. For many individuals, church is an activity or unfortunately a duty that has to be done.

 

But church isn’t about that.

 

Real church is about people coming together to not only worship God, but it is also to connect with other Christians. Unfortunately, it stays this way.

 

Real church happens when we take it outside the four walls. Lives are changed when God’s love is demonstrated in the cities. People are changed by seeing the way you act and treat others.

 

It’s time that being intentional is a main priority. People are not going to come to experience a life change from the only one who can provide it if these things are not shown and demonstrated outside the church.


Being Intentional To Connect 1

Something that I have been thinking a lot about lately is being intentional. Everyone has a story and each person you come into contact with each day has specific needs. In order to make an impact on someone’s life, you have to be intentional.

 

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It is often hard for us in the busyness of life to stop to connect with others. Our world has become disengaged from each other. While we have the opportunities to become close and connected, it seems as if we are growing farther away.

 

I believe it is time to reverse that trend.

 

Take some time today to connect with someone. You cannot impact this world and start to amplify God’s kingdom if you first do not have the desire to connect with others. I wrote a few posts a while back about connecting. You can find them below:

 

Living An Intentional Lifestyle

Connectors Must Connect On Common Ground With Others

 

connecting

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Giveaway: The Well Done That Raised The Dead 1

Jesus walked the planet the last three years of His life telling people who He was and backing it up with signs and wonders. He actually told us we didn’t have to believe that He was the Son of God if He didn’t do miracles.

“Do not believe Me unless I do what My Father does” (John 10:37).

But for His first thirty years, Jesus, the Father revealed, perfect theology, perfect ministry, Love in human form, the Creator of the universe, lived among humanity and only a handful of people knew it.

We might be tempted to think that Jesus’s first thirty years were not as significant as the last three simply because we have no miracles to measure Him by. However, I think those first thirty years are the reason He lived like He did the last three.

And so we find Jesus at the age of thirty on the shores of the Jordan River where He meets John the Baptist and is submerged beneath the water. The heavens open, a dove descends, and a voice like thunder rumbles, “This is My Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17).


Willing 1

Willing. The dictionary defines willing as “ready, eager, or prepared to do something”.

 

During a typical day, you are faced with many challenges, opportunities, and situations. How you respond to these circumstances will determine your future.  I introduced the word willing because it is something that is needed to accomplish something great.

 

You see, God wants to use you, but you have to be willing to be used. God wants to use those who realize that their sufficiency is not found in themselves. Rather, God wants to use those who recognize that their sufficiency comes directly from Him.

 

“Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as coming from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God”

-II Corinthians 3:5

I recently came across an awesome song from a band known as Everfound. They have a song called “God of the Impossible”. I love the lyrics and the song, so I’ll post it below:

If you can’t see the video, click here!


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Lessons From College: Sex and Booze 12

In the previous post, I shared about my experience of entering college and living away from home. I brought up the ideas of normality/comfortability vs God’s adventurous plan. If you missed it, check out the post here!

 

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I have grown up with a great family. My parents have taught me how to live a life that pleases God. For this reason, I stayed out of a lot of trouble in high school.

 

I never went to a party that involved wild things. I never drank even a sip of alcohol. I never even kissed a girl. Needless to say, I had not experienced the things most teens experience during their younger childhood. I’m thankful for it.

 

For this reason, I knew it was important to always be on guard to protect myself. I knew that I would probably be asked to try some of these things in the future, but it would not be very often.

 

I was wrong…


Lessons From College: A Different World 4

I’m excited to publish the first post of the new series “Lessons From College”. Like I mentioned previously, I learned a lot while away at college for the past few months.

 

A little back story…

 

I have grown up in small towns my whole life. Since I was seven years old, I have lived in the small town of St. Augustine, Florida with my family. It is a nice town. Country atmosphere. The people are generally nice and welcoming. This was all I knew…until I moved to south Florida.

 

Downtown West Palm Beach

 

Immediately I was immersed right in the middle of the city life. The Miami metropolitan area containing the major cities in south Florida is a busy place. It was a new experience, and I loved it. I still do; however, I did not realize how different this area really was.

 

Downtown West Palm Beach

New Series Starting: Lessons I Learned From My First Few Months Away At College

Wow! I did not realize until now how long it has been since I have posted something on this website. Recently, I have been busy with finishing up the semester in school. I finally finished yesterday, and I’m back home to enjoy Christmas break with my family. It’s nice to be back since everything has been so fast paced recently.

 

A lot of things have happened in the past few months. I moved to south Florida a few months ago to finish up my last few years of college. It has been an experience. I’m thankful for the opportunities God has opened for me down there. I have quickly learned that it is a different world, and having a constant relationship with God is important for one’s survival.

 

I learned a few key lessons while away at college that I think are applicable in many different aspects on one’s life. For this reason, I want to start a short series on these things. I’ll share personal stories and many of the experiences I had while away that have shaped me.


Scripps Research Institute

My Thoughts On Working In The Neuroscience Lab 6

Hello everyone!

 

It has been awhile since I have posted anything on here. I have been busy with classes and other projects here at college. I have been enjoying it. God has opened up many opportunities for me recently. I had to write a reflective paper for my school in regards to my internship at The Scripps Research Institute in the neuroscience lab. I thought that I would share it here because it gives a small glimpse of what I’ve been up to lately.

 

Scripps Research Institute

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