Never Walk Alone
The last article I wrote concerned the heart motivation we all follow. I’d like to present the second major theme/ topic (which I had mentioned incredibly briefly) that God spoke to me and taught me about over the past nine months of studying the bible- community. This idea of community isn’t just about a couple of families or a few people living in a house together, but it is the idea of people needing one another and for those following Christ, the necessity of other Christians around them. I will open with this idea and expound upon it, please don’t let me lose you as this statement might shock some readers: Jesus + Just You is not enough in your life. In the beginning God created man. We know that Adam walked in the Garden of Eden with God in the cool of the day, this would seem like it…Continue Reading
Casa Libertad Awaken Spain Barcelona YWAM
One thing I have learned over the past few years is that God is creative. When he walked the earth, almost every miracle recorded was done differently. In contrast, my tendency is to want some format to see results—A+B=C always and forever, but maybe God likes to use the pythagorean theorem then throw in a random variable at the last minute in which case we come to a conclusion that requires calculus (ah! a reason I switched my Major in College). he looked at me and said, “The Lord is going to give you a house.”  The following is a story I could not make up if I wanted to: It was the start of an ordinary day in an Awaken Discipleship Training School in Kona, Hawaii and I was told to give our speaker for the week a bottle of water before he began. He happened to be a prophetic…Continue Reading
beauty-weakness
I love strength. All of us have some sort of a fascination towards strength and excellence.  I love success. All of us have a desire for greatness and prosperity. I love quality.  No matter who we are or what we believe, good standards are highly valued. There are set competitions and formal tests on who are the strongest, the fastest, the smartest, the most enduring and much more. We love to compete and determine who is elite. And it’s done in myriads of forms. Our dollar bills or whatever currency you use goes into it as well. The pursuit of strength is intense in our age. What about success? We love to tell and hear about stories that ended great. Successful people are favored and highly honored. Our generation is also obsessed with quality. We look at tags and ingredients to see if it is befitting. I hate weakness. Like…Continue Reading
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Israel is probably one of the most interesting places you could go to find such different cultures and religions living (usually peacefully) together. Most people don’t immediately think ‘muslims’ when they hear Israel, but there are actually quite a lot of them. Some cities are mixed Jewish and Arabic, but most are one or the other and overall they don’t have much in common. I had the opportunity of living in the largest Arabic city in the country for three weeks before then moving to an entirely Jewish city. The differences were astounding! It was hard to believe we were still in the same country. You can immediately tell who lives where simply by how the streets look. Whereas the Jewish roads are kept nice and clean, the Arabic streets look more like you might picture a third world country. In the Jewish cities, there might be a few scraps of…Continue Reading
buddhism-Jesus
I was twenty-one when God put it on my heart to attend a Buddhist studies program in northern India. I would live in a monastery and study Buddhist culture, philosophy, and meditation practices. I had no good reason for going. I wasn’t much of an evangelist. I had no grand scheme to convert the monks to Christianity, no resources to improve their lives. I simply desired to be there, and I couldn’t shake the feeling that I should be there. So I went. Are you becoming a Buddhist, Liz? Are you sure this is God’s voice leading you? As I lay under my purple mosquito net the first night, unable to sleep in the choking heat, my friends’ voices drifted through my mind. Are you becoming a Buddhist, Liz? Are you sure this is God’s voice leading you? They had every right to be worried about me, isolated in the…Continue Reading
Spring Cupcakes
  Jesus in the Kitchen I find my soul connecting to the love of the Father, and my heart able to communicate to Him so easily [whilst in the kitchen] These are the cupcakes I make every spring. They are light, pretty, fluffy and gone before you know it—Like cherry blossom trees in spring! I made them this Easter Saturday and delivered the to many of our special friends here in South Africa. It’s one of my favorite things to do—bake and deliver to my friends. I actually meet with Jesus in a crazy deep way whilst in the kitchen. It’s therapeutic to hear the hum of the blender while I’m mixing up a batch of whatever I need to be baking or cooking that day. I find my soul connecting to the love of the Father, and my heart able to communicate to Him so easily. I usually walk away with…Continue Reading
Trust Faith Father
“Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 Faith. Not seen. Have faith in things we cannot see? That seems hard for me. That feels like a battle of my flesh and my personality. I am a planner and organizer to the max. I know that God has gifted me with those strengths, but I also know it crosses the line into fear and not trusting in Jesus. When is my motivation to plan and organize coming from a fearful heart? A worried and doubtful heart? I know in these moments, I lose trust in the character of God and who He promises He is. The man I know He is. I lose this because I start taking control, I start planning, and I do it all out of my own strength all in fear that God might not be who He…Continue Reading
sails
When did we separate those treasured words from each other? I wonder, when grace and holiness took of on facing journeys? Sundry opinions of both are drifting around in the Christian ocean. The standpoints give us resemblance of pirate boats blitzing in the Caribbean. These two blessed words are usually divorced, disconnected and indeed different in the minds and hearts of us, Messianic Sailors. Alas, how we fervently hate that! Therefore enroll in this simple attempt of redemption, as we reunite these two estranged yet mighty brothers. “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” Titus 2:11-13 The cooperation between grace and holiness is clearly shown above. As I introduce…Continue Reading
finding-freedom
My name is Caleb Massey, I am lover and follower of Jesus Christ. I am from Smithfield, North Carolina. Even though I grew up in a Christian home, went to church every Sunday, and even went to a Christian school my entire life, I was very far from a relationship with my heavenly father. At the age of five I said a prayer to God and asked for salvation. They were insignificant words that meant nothing to me. In fact, it was just something to please my parents. So there I was, growing up in a Christian circle, doing the right things that were required of me. I grew up in an environment where it was all rules, and if we didn’t obey these man made rules we were condemned. I’m not condemning rules as unnecessary, but when they start mattering more then the person they are put in place…Continue Reading
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2012 has come to a close. And like a senior on the last day of school, my heart is warmly blanketed with nostalgia as I swim in the memories from the past four years of my journey. The thrill of new experiences, the mistakes, and the victories, all held together by God’s grace that has led us exactly where we need to be. I’m reminded of my freshman year being sent to Israel during my Discipleship Training School with YWAM. Walking through the old city of Jerusalem, I brushed my hands against the walls of the Old City that witnessed my savior thousands of years ago. Hours a day we prayed looking over Mt. Zion and the Mt. of Olives where God birthed a passion for intercession within me. Then came the supernatural chapter in the Ivy League universities. Cruising through the historic streets of Northeast, God reminded me He…
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