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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Embracing The Freedom You Already Have

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Holley Gerth wrote an amazing book called You're Loved No Matter What.
(You can check out her website here)
I confess I haven't read the whole thing yet but so far it is really good.
Today I read chapter three about embracing the freedom you already have.
These are some of the things I learned:
1. Get brave and ask.

2. Take a chance.

3. Don't hesitate.

4. Don't not do something because you're 
afraid you'll make a mistake, we all make mistakes.

5.Your human, stop trying to be perfect.

6. The more you get out and ask the easier it gets.

7. Use the freedom for God's glory.

8. Sometimes you have to just say "No."

9. Be yourself.

I'd recommend checking out her other books too.

Monday, July 31, 2017

The Door Is Open


Can you do me a favor?
Think of sin as a jail cell. 
Everyone says that they don't like jail, right?
And when a person thinks of jail they picture a dirty place filled with rats.
But this jail has pillows, curtains, blankets, 
everything that gives a human pleasure.
Who could resist that?
And Satan will leave that door wide open for us to leave,
but he knows that because this is a sinful world,
not very many people are going to want to leave.

Okay, now think about it like this.
God set us free. 
He opened that cell door and said, "Come be apart of my family."
And He gave us a choice to stay in that comfortable cell,
or to live for Him and live forever, no matter the cost.

And if you stay in that cell...
one day while you are resting on your comfortable bed, 
that door is going to slam in you face, 
and all that pleasure is going to become your worst nightmare.

Live for God, He deserves it for never giving up on you, 
for loving you the way He does.
Don't pretend to be happy,
don't pretend to enjoy your life with Christ.
LET IT BE REAL!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Dry Bones


Did you ever notice how Ezekiel 37
is similar to some missionaries situations?

The bones were dry, old and broken.
The people in this world are dry, old and broken without God.

Ezekiel 37:6
"I will put flesh and muscles on you and cover you with skin.
I will put breath into you, and you will come to life.
Then you will know that I am the LORD."



Ezekiel, like many missionaries, spoke;
Ezekiel spoke to the lost and the broken.
He told the dry, old bones what the Lord had commanded him to say.
And God brought them back to life.

Ezekiel 37:12
"Therefore, prophesy to them and say,
‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says:
O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again.
Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel."

Isn't it cool?

Revelations 7:9
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude 
that no one could count, 
from every nation, tribe, people and language, 
standing before the throne and before the Lamb. 
They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.

They say that there are currently 7097 languages total today.

There are over 1000 First Nations groups that need the Bible in their own languages.

They aren't going to translate themselves.

Be like Ezekiel, speak to the lost, dry, broken bones (Or people).
Teach them, encourage them, train them, care about them, 
help them with a servant's heart.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Honor Your Parents

“Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Deuteronomy 5:16 (NIV)

Honoring and respecting your parents is very important. Without honor and respect, there is dishonor and disrespect; without parents, children would not have proper discipline. Can you imagine not having parents?

If children do not receive proper discipline, they would be spoiled, bratty, and even disobedient to their parents. And I don’t know about you, but I sure wouldn’t want to spend time with them either.

I am blessed to have parents that love me enough to discipline me.

Parents, take time to invest in your children. It is worth it. And not only your children will thank you, but others will too.

Children, obey your parents as the Lord commands. Respect them, and be very thankful for them. Why? Because without them, you wouldn’t even exist. Be thankful that God gave you parents to honor.

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and your mother’ which is the first commandment with a promise ‘that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.’” Ephesians 6:1-3(NIV)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Vineyard(Part 2)

This is a continue of The Vineyard(Part 1) where we were talking about Isaiah 5 verses 1-7. In our last post we talked about verses 1-4, and will be talking about Isaiah 5:5-7 in this post.

Through verses 5 and 6, God talks about what he will do with his vineyard. In verse 5 he says, "I will take away its hedge, and it will be destroyed; I will break down its wall, and it will be trampled." What I believe it means is that he will lift his protection on Israel for their disobedience.

In verse 6 he also says, "I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and the briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it." Wasteland as in exile them out of the Promise Land. He will empty the land with nothing but "briers and thorns", and will "command the clouds not to rain in it." That would be a wasteland all right.

And last but not least, verse 7. Where He explains who the vineyard is, and also talks about what the vineyard has become. He says that "The vineyard of the LORD Almighty is the house of Israel, and the man of Judah are the garden of his delight. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress." It is indeed sad to hear that God saw nothing but bloodshed and heard nothing but "cries of distress."

Well, here is were it ends. To learn more about it read Isaiah 5:1-7.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Benham Brothers


Whatever The Cost And Living Among Lions

Both of these books are amazing.
I hope you enjoy them.


Here is a video where they talk a little about themselves. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Vineyard(Part 1)

This is going to be about Isaiah 5:1-7, the song of the vineyard, an example of obedience and disobedience to God.

Through verse 1 and 2, Isaiah is talking about God clearing a field of stones and planted a vineyard to yield good grapes, built a tower to defend the vineyard and a winepress to turn the grapes into wine. When it was the time of harvest, he looked for crops of good grapes; but he learned that it only yielded bad grapes.

The field is the Promise Land, the stones are the Canaanites, whom the Lord wiped out, the vineyard is Israel, the tower is God's protection on Israel, the good grapes are people who want to obey God, and the bad grapes are people who ignored and disobeyed God.

Through verses 3 and 4, God said, "Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it? When I look for good grapes, why did it yield only bad?"

At that time, Israel was becoming a very evil nation like it's neighboring nations. And God wasn't happy with them at all. So God sent Isaiah to warn them of what was to come if they continued their wickedness. Thankfully, because of the faith of King Hezekiah, they listened to the warnings. And because of their obedience, God didn't bring destruction to them during King Hezekiah's reign.

In my next post, I will finish talking about verses 5-7. To understand more about it, read Isaiah 5:1-7.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Hostage


About three American missionaries serving in Panama 
that get held captive.

A sad, but incredible and true story. (And one of my favorites)

This Changes Everything


This Changes Everything is a great new Christian book for teenagers.

Quote from This Changes Everything:


“We're not like the other teenagers around us. We don't conform to stereotypes. We've actually become weird in the the eyes of our culture. Teen magazines were not written for us. Modern pop music is not composed for us. The latest TV lineup is not scripted for us. We're not your average teenagers anymore.What are we? We are free. Following Jesus means we don't have to live the way our culture tells us to.” ― Jaquelle Crowe

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Missionaries To Paraguay

Robert and Helen Goddard

Robert and Helen Goddard moved to Paraguay, South America, on May 3, 1955.
During their lives they encountered many test and trials, but they remained faithful to God.
When they came to Paraguay they brought seven kids with them.
Robert and Helen worked with six First Nation tribes in Paraguay.
They didn't know any of the languages.


They lived in the Northern part of Paraguay, 
called the Chaco or "Green Hell" because of the thorn jungle and heat.
They also worked with a hostile tribe called the Ayore.
The Ayore, and many other First Nations now have churches, 
thanks to the missionaries that risked everything for God.
At times it comes at a price, but it is worth it.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Story of The Missionaries of Ecuador





The End of The Spear by Steve Saint and Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot are stories about missionaries to the First Nations people of Ecuador. 

Steve Saint was born in Quito, Ecuador and is son of Nate Saint, one of the five missionaries that was martyred by a First Nations people called the Waodani. 


Elisabeth Elliot is the wife of Jim Elliot, who was one of the martyred missionaries.


On January 8th, 1956, five American missionaries to Ecuador were martyred by Waodani warriors at the banks of the Curaray river. Once the missionaries learned that the Waodani were coming, they thought that the Waodani came in peace, but that was not the case. The warriors threw their spears at the missionaries, and none of the missionary men survived. Once Elisabeth Elliot and Rachel Saint (the aunt of Steve Saint) learned that the missionaries were killed, they did not allow that to stop them from reaching the Waodani with the Gospel. Later, they went back to the tribe and made peace. 


To this day, Steve Saint and many others are working with the Waodani, and many of them are Christians making an impact in their country.

 Check out Steve Saint's organization called I-TEC

Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Leader's Edge



I just want to share a tool for people who want to be leaders, leaders that want to obey God by reaching others through leadership. This tool is called The Leader's Edge by Rick Green, Republican, former representative of Texas. I highly recommend this tool to leadership, and here are some things that it taught me:

1. How to effectively communicate.
2. How to speak in front of crowds without having problems.
3. Prevent stuff like: padding, getting stuck, and freezing.

To find more information on The Leader's Edge: click here

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

It's Been a while.

It's been four months since I created and wrote on my blog. I'm back because I found a comment on The Rebelution by me that said this:
My name is Michael and I'm 14 and one of my goals is starting a blog to inspire other teens to follow God and reach the world. I want to see teens and young people change the world. I want to see teens and young people to be Warriors on their knees. I want to see teens and young people know that their God is always with them and is One Step Away. Praise be to God the Highest!
1 Timothy 4:12 "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 
Obey God, Reach Others
Michael
This was also four months ago. And I literally forgot that I was going to write a blog. I first called it "Obey God, Reach Others" but then my first article didn't sound like it was about "obeying God and reaching others" so I decided to changed it to "Michael Goddard II" so that would fit what I write. But now I would want to change it back to "Obey God, Reach Others" because I think the Michael four months ago wanted to call it "Obey God, Reach Others" hope I can continue to write on this blog.

I'm going to try to write at least once a week.

Obey God, Reach Others
Michael

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Do Hard Things



In 2016, I was at my cousin's house. At that time, a red book on the shelf caught my attention with the words, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris. I was curious about it, and I asked my cousin what the book was about. He explained some things that he had learned from reading the book and how it was about a rebellion against low expectation.

Then he asked me if I would like to borrow it to read.

I said, "Yes."

When I returned home, I began reading Do Hard ThingsThis book changed my life forever.

Here are 3 things that stood out about teens:

  1. Teens are not expected to Do Hard Things because adults and teens alike often think that the teen years are days that they can party, play video games, etc.
  2. Teens are expected by adults to get serious about going to college, getting a job, etc.
  3. Teens are not expected to do stuff that is "only adult business". 
I am reminded every day that us teens have a responsibility to be an example to the world.

These are two of my favorite quotes from the book:

"The teen years are not a vacation from responsibility,” we had told the columnist. “They are the training ground of future leaders who dare to be responsible."  ― Alex HarrisDo Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations 

“Courage is not the absence of fear. It is rather not letting your fear control your actions.” ― Brett HarrisDo Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations


For more information about this book, go to The Rebelution