Midweek (weekend) Music XVII: Stand for Truth

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 1 Cor 16:13

These past few weekends I’ve been at work all the time, even Sundays. Not that I wanted to, but because that is how the situation was. There was little time to spend on other things. So this Monday will serve as a Saturday by God’s grace, and tomorrow I look forward to Sunday at church! It has been a busy and blessed time. Also I have in plan a LOT of new things for this blog, and one of them is also transferring it to a new domain name that I have! 

Until then, I’m catching up on Midweek Music series. I want to share one of my favorite songs from the Wissmann family. It calls all believers to “stand for truth” to stand for what is Biblical, correct and God-pleasing even though it is hard. And let me tell you- these days it can be hard! You will be ostracized, shunned, feel friendless and alone, but the reward will be great! And it is better to have enemies than not to be in line with God’s Word. 

Here are thoughts related to standing for truth (Song is at the end!) : 

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Product Review: Bella Vado Natural

As you know, natural living is something I consistently pursue. No, I’m not a green-peacer nor an eccentric fanatic, just a regular newly licensed nurse with an awareness and passion for a healthy lifestyle that includes all aspects of life. 

I tried making my own stuff, like lotions and what-not. Especially lotions. I use hand lotion literally every day. I can’t stand having dry hands. But making my own stuff didn’t work out.

THEN, I found it! The perfect lotion! 

Presenting Bella Vado! I am proud to partner with Bella Vado to present to you their products! This is a family-owned business, where the parents and children work together on a huge avocado grove. They make high quality, raw, cold-pressed avocado oil, and a variety of products including lotion, soaps, skin serum, lip balm, body wash, and face wash. 

 

Here is why I LOVE their lotion! 

  • If you look on the ingredients list, you will see that 90% of the list includes plants and oils. There are no unwanted chemicals like potassium, parabens, artificial colors, or other preservatives like formaldehyde. I give Bella Vado a rating of 10 for keeping their products so chemical-free, because other products out there use the term “natural” but the ingredients list shows otherwise. Always check the label! 
  • Bella Vado lotion is food-grade lotion! It’s so natural- you could basically eat it! 
  • They use non-GMO avocado oil, raw, unrefined, cold-pressed for the lotion! Avocado oil is even better than coconut oil for feeding the skin, the largest organ of your body
  • It is luxuriously smooth and silky, and leaves no residue or grease on your hands
  • They have a variety of fragrances, such as Passion fruit (My favorite), Lavendar, Jasmine and Honey Almond, as well as an unscented lotion
  • The price is great, compared to other natural products out there! I purchased mine for $9.99 at a local store, and they sell it for $13.oo for 5.5 fl oz. bottle on their website 

I have yet to try all their other products, and I am sure they are of the same high quality as their lotion! I’m a fan! 

If you are looking for a heart-healthy cooking oil, check out their avocado oils. Bella Vado also has unique flavored oils such as “Garlic Avocado Oil” or “Lemon Avocado Oil”, or “Jalapeno Avocado Oil”. 

To find out more about their company and how they started, check out this short video: Green Goddess Goes to Market.

Head over to their website to order your lotion today! http://www.bellavado.com

 

Note: Bella Vado agreed to send me one of their products in exchange for my honest review 

 

 

Practical Tips: How not to care about what people think (PART 2)

Continuing from (Part 1), 

Many people have this inner struggle of worrying about the opinion of others. It pops up occasionally in everyone’s life, whether we know it or not. 

Here are some practical tips to overcome the struggle. Please read all the Bible verses because they are the most important, core tips! :) 

 

Finding out God’s will for your life and embracing it

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13)

When you pray and seek God’s perfect will for your life, you will have a clear direction and purpose in your life. This will enable you to remain unshaken when people come at you with opinions or when you are tempted to live in a way that is not according to God’s will.

Not watching television 

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them (Ephesians 5:11)
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (1 Peter 2:11)

Television is filled with filth. Also a lot of social media has a way of creating ungratefulness and comparison. It also raises sinful desires in people, causing them to want to pursue fleshly ambitions. Staying away from them will keep your mind clear.

Basing your choices on Biblical standards not cultural trends 

Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. (James 4:4)

Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thess 5:22)

Going along with cultural trends keeps you from being yourself. You are trying to fit in the crowd. It is also dishonoring to God and sinful. Your life choices should reflect Biblical standards, and then whatever people may say, you will be right, because it is based on God’s Word!

Recognizing that as a Christian you are different than people in the world

And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:17)
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20)
Even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, (Ephesians 1:4-5)

You will be judged by non-believers and it may be uncomfortable at times. But you have to remember you are always different than them. Live for what matters not for temporary “friendships” and approval.

Keeping a heavenly perspective 

Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:24)
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14)

Keeping your focus on getting a heavenly reward can be a motivational factor to live a unique God-honoring life, above the opinions of people.

Caring about what God thinks, not what people think 

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)

Ultimately we should care more about what God thinks of our life, actions, character and accomplishments, not what people think. People do not have a final say on your value or life.

Staying involved in ministry

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace (1 Peter 4:10)

Use the talents, abilities, resources, and opportunities God has given you to serve Him. Staying involved in ministry will keep you too busy to care what people think. It will keep you focused on what really matters, and seeking God’s kingdom will ensure a true rewarding life!

Practical Tips: How Not to Care About What People Think (PART 1)

 

I, like many other people, often find myself worrying about what others may think of me. This adds unnecessary stress and keeps me from being myself.

  • It later leads to bitterness.
  • It keeps me from pleasing the Lord, being efficient in things that matter- like serving Christ and living my full potential as He wants me to live it.
  • I can lose sight of His plan for my life by trying to please others.

Many people have this inner struggle. It pops up occasionally in everyone’s life, whether we know it or not. 

Here are some practical tips to overcome the struggle. Please read all the Bible verses because they are the most important, core tips! :) 

Immersing yourself in the Word

If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, proving yourselves to be My disciples. (John 15:7-8)

Being in the Word and loving Christ more than anything or anybody will keep you from worrying about other people. It is the right foundation, the right anchor. When you are preoccupied with His eternal Word, you will be so satisfied and happy you will not care of the opinion of people. You will have more wisdom and insight into life than worldly believers who do not spend time in God’s Word. God Himself will teach you and guide you how to live your life when you abide in Him. 

Knowing your value in Christ as a child of God

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26, 28)

When you feel down, or start to worry about how “adequate” you are- remember you are immensely valuable to God! And in the family of God there is no partiality, no differentiation, we all have the same status! Some may be more famous, richer, or more successful than you on earth, but ultimately we are all the same if we are in the family of God! And your eternal spiritual status is all that matters! 

Don’t be a people pleaser

…for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. (John 12:43)
The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. (Proverbs 29:25)

Why should we strive to get appreciation from men, glory that is temporary? If we try to please people and model our life in the ways people tell us to, then we will become ensnared– constantly doing what others tell us and becoming bitter. Live a life of freedom in Christ- seeking to please only Him!

Recognizing your uniqueness

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)

You may not be the  “-est”,  like the smartest, richest, strongest, most organized, most beautiful, most successful, but you are the Only! You are unique. Your character is unique. Nobody will ever be you, or live your life. I really like this quote: “why try to fit in, when you were custom made?” Embrace your beautiful, unique, only self! And praise the Lord for giving you life! 

Claiming God’s Promises

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Knowing God has amazing plans for your life will raise you up over the words of people, over their opinions, suggestions or judgmental attitudes. You will have peace and joy knowing your heavenly Father has made you exactly how He wants you to be, and placed you exactly where you are supposed to be,  and gave you exactly what you need to be you, if you trust in Him. 

Avoiding comparison

A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. (Proverbs 14:30)
But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, (Galatians 6:4)

Comparing yourself to others will only ruin your Christian walk, steal your joy, make you bitter, and may lead you to decisions that are not according to God’s will. You will be pursuing different things (houses, cars, jobs, fashion, you-name-it), to compete with your neighbor. Comparison will make you ungrateful for what God has already given you. 

 

To be Continued…

Define Prayer- What prayer is for us in the 21st Century

Did you know prayer has very practical applications for young adults, families, mothers, and every Christian in the 21st Century? Let’s look at prayer from a Biblical perspective and why YOU and every Christian should apply prayer more often in your daily life! 

Prayer is security

Colossians 4:2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

In this world where there is terrorism, changing values and danger on every side, prayer is our security. We have to pray for safety all day every day. 

Prayer is prevention

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)

Praying daily prevents many bad things from happening in your personal life, and in the world around you. We are required by the Bible to pray for world events so that we may benefit from peace and safety. 

Prayer is knowledge and wisdom

Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. (Jeremiah 33:3)

Don’t trust in your own ability. Ask God for guidance and wisdom in daily activity and you will be amazed at how He will give you wisdom and knowledge.

Prayer is investment/preparation

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God (Philippians 4:6)

Preparing for your future? Making important decisions? Planning something great? Worried about something on the horizon? Prayer is the answer.

Prayer is worship

Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice! (Psalm 141:2)

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. (Matthew 6:9)

Always remember to give honor to God in prayer. Your prayer is worship. 

Prayer is fellowship

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. (Matthew 18:20)

If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. (John 15:7)

Prayer is communication with God the Father, and fellowship through the Holy Spirit, and with brothers and sisters in Christ.  

Prayer is thanksgiving 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. (Psalm 100:4-5)

It is important to give thanks for answered prayers and God’s blessings in your life! Most prayer in Scripture is thanksgiving prayer. 

Prayer is precise, logical and not mystical 

“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. (Matthew 6:7)

Charismatics, Pentecostals and mystics claim they pray- but repetitive, trance-inducing mantras and mystical prayers are NOT Biblical. Prayer is a precise, logical communication established by GOD. 

Prayer is our access to blessings 

Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16)

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20-21)

We have access to the Creator of the Universe! We have access to everlasting blessings for all our needs and wants. 

Prayer is Power

The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.  And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:16-18)

The Bible tells us to pray without ceasing, literally pray all the time. Prayer can be hard. But it is the most powerful tool and weapon of the Christian. That is why the Devil will do anything to distract you from prayer! 

 

How do you support your Christian worldview?

Are you looking for good rational arguments to bring when you defend your faith in the college classroom? 

Are you seeking for a solid way to defend your Christian worldview? 

This is a brief outline that you can refer to when needed. It is based on a Sunday sermon by Phil Johnson. 

“God doesn’t ask us to suspend our rational faculties to believe in Him… Our faith in God is a supernatural certainty, an understanding of spiritual realities, not wishful hope or thinking. If faith were merely a human decision, there would be no confidence at all because the human mind can be mistaken. – Phil Johnson. 

Rational Arguments for God’s Existence

1. The Cosmological argument: everything that exists must have a cause. The universe must have a cause to explain it’s existence, even the “Big Bang” must have a cause/beginning. This leads us to believe that the universe was created by someone with a purpose, and that someone is obviously, God. 

2. The Teleological argument: This argues from design to designer. Since the universe is orderly and makes sense, it must have been designed by an intelligent being, who is God. We have laws of nature that must have been put in place by a designer. 

3. The Ontological argument: It focuses on the nature of being. You cannot prove that God does not exist. Also, self-existence is a necessity of being God. A good question to ask an atheist is “Where did you get the idea of a perfect being, if you cannot prove no such thing exists?” The Bible teaches that the existence of God is a self-evident truth: “I Am that I Am” (Exodus 3:14) 

4. The moral argument: Every society has some sense of right and wrong. Moral laws do not make sense if there is no original lawgiver. The original lawgiver is the one who is God.  

5. The Ethnological argument: All known people and tribes have some religion and if religion is universal, then it must be that there is a true God. (Romans 1:19)

 

Top Resources for Young Adults

Summer is here! I personally go to the library more often when summer arrives, and I also get to cram in more reading time to make up for the whole year!

I have a lot of resources (videos, audio and books) I want to recommend for young adults this summer.

Here are some thoughts about the Christian Young Adult life:  

  • It is imperative that young adults use their time wisely in these precious years of youthfulness and times when their mind is sharp, and use it for God’s glory
  • Young adults need to have a solid foundation of Biblical knowledge and truth 
  • In addition, young adults need quality resources to inspire, motivate and teach them life lessons, keep them rightly/properly “entertained” (for lack of a better word), so that they do not waste time with worldly, superficial and useless movies, books, etc. 
  • Christian Young adults should stay away from sinful, superficial, movies, books, video-games and literature because it taints their soul, ruins the Christian testimony, and keeps them from being fruitful for Christ
  • Finding quality, inspiring and useful resources for young adults is difficult but not impossible- and it is totally worth the investment! 
  • What you feed your mind with, will determine what and who you become. If you consistently feed it with useless information, trash, social media, video-games and such, you will become an empty, apathetic personality. If you feed your mind with the right materials, you will surely grow up in your:
    1. spiritual walk, 2. in your intelligence, 3. discernment 4. personality and 5. wisdom
  • Pray that God will lead you to the right resources for His glory. And He will!

Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace
Psalm 144:12

Here are some resources (books, video, audio) for young men and women to get you started: 

 

The Road to Unafraid (5 STARS):  The autobiography of Captain Jeff Struecker, the story of “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia. One of my very favorite books! It shows God’s guidance all the way through, the man’s faith, salvation and transformation, and the unbelievable story of courage and honor of our troops. It is a great story for young boys but also for young ladies. What I like about him is that Captain Struecker honors the Lord and does not put the curse words so common in the military. See a little of the trailer to get a taste of the book! 

 

Here I Stand- A Life of Martin Luther (5 STARS): An excellent resource about the Reformation. Chock full of historical information and theology, it is the TOP book to learn every detail about Martin Luther from his childhood to his death, as well as the atmosphere of that time and much more. The author is a gifted writer, making the book enjoyable. It is a more difficult reading comprehension level for some who may not be trained in old English, but it makes it all the more interesting to read. For those who still can’t make themselves read it, there is an audiobook pictured below that can be accessed. Great for family time! 

 

Discerning Truth and The Ultimate Proof of Creation (5 STARS): Two of the best books for young adults to train them how to answer atheists and defend the Biblical worldview of Creation against Evolution. Written by Ph.D Astrophysicist Dr. Jason Lisle, among the top Christian scientists of our time, these books should be in every library. Discerning Truth is like a resource book for learning Logic and using logical arguments in discussions. The Ultimate Proof  is a book that helps people understand the connection between Genesis and science and how the Science supports the Bible. 

Unlocking the Mysteries of Genesis DVD Series (5 STARS): This is a treasure trove of information for families, and youth groups and churches alike. My family already bought this series and we plan on having potlucks with friends and viewing these videos this summer! It teaches Christians to think Biblically about our origins, Creation and science. It is a dynamic and interesting presentation for Millenials. This series has had an impact all around the world in many countries. Topics include Life Science, Earth Science, Astronomy/Cosmos and Origin of the Universe, Dinosaurs, Ice Age, and more! 

Orchestra of Exiles Documentary Video (4 STARS): Very interesting and moving documentary about the heroic and passionate actions of famous Polish violinist Huberman during WWII. We watched it with the whole family and enjoyed discovering this piece of history that is not talked about in history books. I’ll let you find out more about the story by actually watching the documentary! It can be found on Netflix, (and I think) Amazon, and PBS website. 

 

Contending for Christ: The Love and Loyalty of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (Audio Series) 5 STARS: If you want to learn all about Spurgeon, I have just the thing for you! This is a set of about 5 Audio CD’s by Pastor Phil Johnson, expert on Charles Spurgeon. A very entertaining series to listen to, and you learn all about Spurgeon from his childhood to his death! I wished it would never end when I listened to it! I couldn’t recommend it more heartily. It will make you both laugh and tear up! 

Where it can be purchased Grace Life Pulpit

L’Abri by Edith Schaeffer (5 STARS): The immensely interesting autobiography of the Schaeffer family (Francis and Edith Schaeffer), a 20th Century family of missionaries and (her husband a renown theologian and man of apologetics). Edith Schaeffer writes as if talking to a friend, and takes you on the journey they had of serving the Lord their whole life in beautiful Switzerland and how God used their ministry to have an international impact. It is a most beautiful story of God’s work, and I couldn’t put it down! 

Story of a Secret State (5 STARS):  A thrilling true story of the life of Jan Karski a brave, passionate and intelligent underground worker of the Polish Resistance. It is an edge-of-your-seat book. It boils your blood, breaks your heart, and makes you smile and rejoice when there is triumph, and brings a renewed respect for the people who sacrificed so much in WWII and for the brave Polish people. This would make an AMAZING movie! Great book for young men- but I recommend it for young ladies as well.

 

“My Italian Secret” Documentary + “It Happened in Italy” Book (4 STARS): These are stories you will never find in history books. You will learn something about Italy that you never knew before- things that Italians did in WWII that will surprise you! The documentary is fun to watch with the whole family. You can also read the book which tells the same thing as the documentary. 

Acts & Facts Monthly Magazine (5 STARS): The best monthly magazine out there- GUARANTEED! The Institute for Creation Research offers this amazing ministry of training families, youth and lay people with scientific articles written by Astrophysicists, Earth Scientists, Physicians and other Scientists. What’s even better is, it’s FREE! You can subscribe to receive this in your mailbox every month, and you and your family will get to read top scientific articles that will inform you and train you to be a great Creation science and Biblical worldview thinker!

One of their team members, a NASA astronaut Jeffrey Williams, is actually now in orbit in outer space, and has LIVE tweeting and videos! Follow him on twitter and Facebook. 

SUBSCRIBE HERE

 

Memories Before and After the Sound of Music by Agathe von Trapp (4 STARS): We all know the “Sound of Music” movie, and the lovely Von Trapp family! My siblings and I watched it many times as little kids. I was intrigued to learn more about their true life story by reading a book written by the oldest Von Trapp children. It is fun to see the differences from their true life and the movie. It was interesting to learn what they thought of the movie Sound of Music too. 

 

Things We Couldn’t Say (5 STARS): An amazing book of courage, faith and sacrifice! I personally did not read it yet, but I can’t wait to get my hands on it. But I can guarantee it is absolutely intriguing and cannot be put down- because my siblings already read it and they cannot believe I didn’t start reading it yet! Great insight into WWII times, and underground activity. 

 

The Innerant Word (5 STARS): A Solid and quality book to build up your theological foundation! Words of insight from many godly and gifted pastors and theologians. Each chapter is written by a different pastor!