Emily Cole Chasing Fireflies
Here at AwakenMag we like to keep you up-to-date on up-and-coming artists/worshiper leaders. The minute I heard the music created by Emily Cole, I knew I had to spread the sound. Don’t let Emily’s youth fool you, her lyrics are full of deep wisdom beyond her years combined with a refined sound. The below interview is our attempt to pick her brain! Enjoy her sounds here: BUY ON AMAZON – BUY ON ITUNES AMAG: What spurs you to create music? EC: Jesus and his love for me, haha. I know it sounds like a typical answer, but it’s true! He’s done so much for me and I can’t help but write songs about his love! I would say also seasons of life spur me to create music, I’m an introvert and I don’t really talk to people what I’m going though so putting what I’m feeling into a song is my…Continue Reading
It has been about three months since I decided to share my story of struggling with homosexuality and finding freedom. Many things have happened since then and the only way to describe them is that our Heavenly Father is working in my life. From re-discovering my love for music and worship or living in Greenville, SC this summer; the Father has been there walking with me on my journey of freedom. Since you’ve last heard from me, God has allowed me to live in Greenville, South Carolina this summer and live with three godly men from North Greenville University (NGU). I decided to put my big boy pants on and start trusting in the Father more than I ever have, resulting in Him coming through more than ever. After all, I didn’t have a job going into this summer. But, our Father never left me. He provided then and is…Continue Reading
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
Jasen Chung
It’s been about 4 months since I’ve embraced the reality that I may be home for some time. Home is a place I rarely visited, and for good reason. In between my mission trips around the globe, I stayed just long enough to never fully reintegrate. I guess in all honesty, I didn’t want to become my old self. I wanted to protect the change God was doing every time I left home. Now I find myself contrasting against a world I feel so near yet distant from. Little did I know, I may have been hurting myself and fanning the flames of immaturity. Needless to say, my heart has been transformed through all I’ve seen and experienced with God. I’m a changed man who was given the undeserving grace to see through God’s eyes. And when a soul is given the honor to beautifully collide with Jesus’ grace, our…Continue Reading
Dirty Jesus by Brian Fannin - Art by Calvin Hanson
We believe the Father the dozens of times he Biblically states that he can make all things new. But are we willing to wait for his timeline? I‘ve been confronted this week with an interesting conversation between John the Baptist and Jesus in Matthew chapter 11. John poses the question, “Are you the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else?” Jesus goes on to state that blessed are those who aren’t offended by him. “Have I set expectations on Jesus?” Click To Tweet Though brief the question of John was, we’re left with an interesting thought. Was John the Baptist taken aback by the appearance of Jesus? Did he not recognize the one that he’d been preparing for all those years? Even to such extreme measures? This King of kings probably didn’t look like such. Whether or not these assumptions on John’s thoughts are accurate, they pose an…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
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
The Lord gave me this story last summer in Kona, Hawaii, when I was jogging along the beach. It really is the story of my life and I am sure many others. I am a bird in a cage. My wing is broken and my feathers are ruffled. A sheet covers over my cage so I can’t see out. I am so afraid. What am I doing in here? What is my purpose? All I can see is myself, and I don’t like what I see. I cry out for help. Is anyone even there? What am I doing in here? What is my purpose? All I can see is myself, and I don’t like what I see. Someone comes to me and takes the sheet off my cage. I can see out for the first time. Wow, the colors are so beautiful. They feed me and I begin to…Continue Reading
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The command from Jesus to go out and make disciples is heavy on my heart right now. There are many people in this world that don’t know who their Father is. They don’t know the depths of his love for them and how he wants to mend their relationship with Him. We constantly asked God to break our hearts for what breaks His heart, in order to feel what he feels. I realize even more now that this prayer comes with a cost because he answers us. When I traveled to the river communities in the Amazon region of Brazil, I didn’t expect the amount of kids we got to hang out with. They loved us and we were able to show love to them. Some have never been hugged. Some come from abusive families. Some were shy and it took a few days to open up. Some were the craziest…Continue Reading