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R.P.G.

Some of my favorite video games I’ve ever played were RPG’s, or “role playing games.” The reason I liked them so much is because you could play any type of character you wanted. You could be a dashing hero always there to save the day, a villainous raider taking whatever you want by force, or somewhere in between. Another great aspect of RPG’s is that if you didn’t like your character or a decision you had made, all you have to do is erase it and start over or load a previous save where your actions had not yet taken place. This works only in the realm of video games. When we try to apply this same logic in our real lives, we can find ourselves in a loop of regret, disappointment, frustration, guilt, and may even fall into depression. We don’t have the option of loading a previous save in the real world, or simply erasing our past mistakes. We don’t have that kind of power, but God does.

“What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT.

God has the power to change our characters. He can take us from villainous raider to dashing hero. He can hit the reset button. But how? The bible says, “…those who become Christians become new persons.” So how do we do this? How does someone become a Christian? Much like an epic main quest from one of my favorite RPG’s, a person can travel down “Romans Road.”

Romans Road is a journey through the book of Romans in the bible that lays out a path to salvation through Jesus Christ. As you travel along Romans Road you will discover who needs salvation (Romans 3:23), why we need salvation (Romans 6:23), how God provides us with salvation (Romans 5:8), how we can receive salvation (Romans 10:9), and the results of our salvation (Romans 5:1).

The amazing thing about this is the fact that once you walk Romans Road, it isn’t the end of the story but the beginning. This is when your epic tale of salvation, your trust in Christ truly starts. You are free then to explore the side quests of Christianity.

If you have never walked down Romans Road, if you are still living in your past mistakes, still living with the shackles of sin in your life, I urge you to trust in Jesus. Let God remove the guilt, the shame, and the regret. We can’t do this on our own, only God, through faith in Jesus Christ can. Let Him hit the “reset” button on your life, and start anew!

 

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When in Rome

“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes…” Romans 1:16 NLT

Romans is probably my favorite book in the bible. It’s written by Paul (who just so happens to be my favorite apostle) and is full of awesome verses. Reading through Romans there are certain verses that seem to stand out to me at this point in my life. I couldn’t make it through the first paragraph without having to stop and thank God for His love and grace.

Romans 1:5 says, “Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His name.” For me, a verse like this is a call to action. We have been called and chosen by God to spread the Good News. We have the privilege and authority to tell everyone, everywhere about what God has done in our lives through Jesus Christ. I think too many of us get caught up in the whole, “what is God’s will for my life?” question, that we fail to realize how simple it really is. Paul put it pretty plainly (say that five times fast) in the first chapter of Romans when he said, “…whom [God] I serve with all my heart by telling others the Good News about His son.” Romans 1:9 NLT. That’s it. You don’t have to be a preacher standing in a pulpit to spread the Good News. For me, this blog is a way to get God’s word out. Writing is something that has just always come pretty natural to me. When I got saved I just started writing about how God’s word had inspired me. The great thing about blogging and being able to post online, is that I don’t have to stand in front of anybody! Maybe your thing is public speaking and being in front of a crowd is where you feel right at home. Use that gift to spread the Good News! We all have a calling, a purpose according to God’s will. Someone recently told me, “if you can find what you are passionate about, then you can find your ministry.” I had a friend of mine that actually used online gaming as a sort of ministry. We would jump in a lobby and just start randomly talking about God. It was interesting to see where some of those conversations would lead. They weren’t always pleasant conversations, we were met with plenty of ridicule and harsh words, but it was awesome to be able to use something like video games as a tool to reach people far from God. Who knows, maybe one of the guys we talked to was curious enough to crack open a bible and see what all the fuss was about. What about you? What are you passionate about? What’s YOUR ministry?

I got something in my eye…

I usually read my bible at least once a day. This past weekend I don’t think I even opened it once. I was “too busy” or “too tired” to read it, but I had time for other things such as video games, movies, and Facebook. As the weekend progressed I felt worn out, beaten down, frustrated, and honestly a little angry. I let this world tear me down until I was at the point of tears. It wasn’t until Sunday night, when I attended a Christmas special at church, until I felt better. Something about seeing kids sing about the glory of God and His sheer awesomeness cheered me up. Earlier Sunday morning, the preacher had talked about searching for a light in the darkness. For me, those kids singing was my light. All weekend long I had looked at other people and judged them. I would look at how they were living their lives and form my opinions of them, usually in a negative way. I would think to my self, “They really need to stop doing that and get right with God,” or “How can someone do that?”. All weekend long I had put myself on a high horse and looked down at people that weren’t living like I was, and by the end of the weekend I was feeling miserable. I woke up this morning feeling down and out, sad, and depressed. I drank some coffee and ate some breakfast, watched my son play with his trains and was trying to figure out why I was feeling so crappy. As I was sitting there it dawned on me that I hadn’t done a bible study all weekend. So I got up and turned to the last place I had left off, Luke 6. It truly is amazing seeing God work. Before I even started reading the chapter I looked at a verse that I had already highlighted a while back. Luke 6:37 NKJV, “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Whoa, coincidence? I don’t think so. That one verse alone was enough to bring me to tears. As I read this chapter, the whole thing was just full of awesome verses. I wanted to pick one to write about this morning but they were all so amazing I just decided to kind of shoot from the hip on this one. If you haven’t read Luke 6, you should. As I got to the last few verses, it was like a gut check of how my weekend had gone. Luke 6:41-42 NKJV, “And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” Jesus Christ just called me a hypocrite! And He is right, He is always right. I had spent my weekend looking at the lives of others and judging them, and had failed to look at my own life. That “plank” in my eye blinded me from seeing how I was acting, how I was thinking. Christians already have a notoriously bad reputation for being hypocritical, and I was doing nothing but reinforcing that myth. I debated whether or not to even write this post, but I want to be honest and true to my readers. I’m not perfect, no where close. I still have daily struggles, I still do things I’m not proud of. I’m trying my best to live a Godly life and bear good fruit. I’m trying to shine God’s light on this dark world, to be a guide as people travel down the straight and narrow path. But the truth is that I haven’t been walking it for very long myself. I hope that whoever reads my posts gather strength from them, or maybe they may inspire someone to give church a chance or crack open a bible. I hope that I can lead people that are far from God, closer to Him. I’m not here to save you, I’m here to arrange a meeting between you and someone that can, Jesus Christ. I hope to be His torch in the dark to show people the way to salvation. A messenger of His Good News. Luke 6:43-45 NKJV, “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” What kind of tree are you?

God Gave Me Superpowers

Growing up I have always been a huge sci-fi nerd. Comics, video games, movies, even action figures. That kind of stuff was just cool to me. With today being Halloween I can’t help but to think about all the years I dressed up as my favorite superhero. I would dress up and pretend that I had superpowers just like my favorite hero. You can imagine how excited I was to learn that God actually grants us spiritual gifts. Now, granted you won’t shoot lasers out of your eyes or fly but the bible clearly states that we all have gifts from God. Chapter 12 in the first book of Corinthians is a great example of God’s gifts for us. 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 NKJV, “for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the workings of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.” Gifts of healing, working miracles, that’s pretty awesome stuff if you ask me. These “superpowers” are God’s gifts for the faithful to use for the greater good. Now, this doesn’t mean that once you get saved you will be able to heal like Wolverine, or instantly know every language on the planet, your gift may be the fact that you can reach out to someone no one else has been able to reach. Your gift may be the ability to provide a home for someone, or to donate to someone in need.