Are You A Moralist?

Posted on August 30, 2013 by Pastor Derick in Spiritual, Written By Students

By: Shelby Reid Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These […]

By: Shelby Reid

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Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17

Recently I read an article in the newspaper titled “The world according to Ashton Kutcher”. It talked about how Ashton was a sort of “light in the darkness” at the Teen Choice Awards 2 weeks ago. He isn’t generally known for being the family values type, but he did give a rather inspirational speech upon getting up at the awards ceremony. He talked about how you need to build your own life and make something of yourself; how in order to be happy you need to have real morals. Being a good person makes for a far better experience on this earth. And of course, he’s right.

The article went on to ask the question, “Why aren’t important qualities like good work ethic, thoughtfulness and generosity taught in schools anymore?”. The writer answered with the well-known concept that if we tell people what to do, they’ll get offended.

The United States has become an ever so apathetic people, when it comes to what’s right. “Why am I even being this ‘good person’ to begin with?” Why blame them for wondering? When you don’t ‘build your life’, as Kutcher said, on something structurally sound there really isn’t a point! This brings me to the question: are you a moralist, or are you a Christian? Do you know the difference? A moralist, as defined by google is, “A person who teaches or promotes morality.” Morality, being the principles of distinguishing right from wrong. In short, a moralist is someone who practices good behavior.

Now, most people will say that they are a christian. They believe in God; that there is a deity, or a higher power. But take a look at their lives. Are they portraying who Jesus is? Would you be able to pick them out of a crowd and say, “They must be following Jesus”. Many times I don’t think I could even say that about myself, let alone someone else! Sure, I could say they’re a good person, but in the end the term ‘moralist’ is far more accurate.

See, Christian, to me, means that you whole-heartedly worship the King of the universe, giving Him all the glory and putting full trust in His divine plans. If you’re doing that, people will see that you’re different.

I mean, why did God give the Jews so many laws to abide by back in the Old testament? Some of those seemingly ridiculous laws to the eyes of our current society, were actually a way of telling God’s people apart from others. God wanted people to be able to tell that the Jews were His- and His alone.

That being said, you should know now that being a Christian is a lifestyle choice. Not only is it profession of faith, but it is an action of that faith. “Jesus died for you in public, don’t live for Him in private” is a quote I hear all the time. Why not make that truth evident in your life? Don’t just be a good person, know that you have been chosen and called to walk just as Jesus did.

Journey Camp 2013 – Fun Videos

Posted on August 14, 2013 by Pastor Derick in Uncategorized

Preaching Media – Team 1 ▶ Dakota Camp- Preaching Media – Team #1 (hq) from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.   Preaching Media – Team 2 ▶ Dakota Camp- Preaching Media – Team #2 (hq) from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.   Evangelism Workshop – How NOT to evangelize. How not to evangilize from Elevate […]

Preaching Media – Team 1

▶ Dakota Camp- Preaching Media – Team #1 (hq) from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.

 

Preaching Media – Team 2

▶ Dakota Camp- Preaching Media – Team #2 (hq) from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.

 

Evangelism Workshop – How NOT to evangelize.

How not to evangilize from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.

 

Prank Wars

Prank Wars 3 from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.

 

Journey Camp 2013 Rules Video

Journey Camp 2013 Rules Video from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.

How Can God Strengthen Me?

Posted on August 14, 2013 by Pastor Derick in Uncategorized

By: Megan Alyea   Sometimes when life gets difficult, I wonder where God could be in all of the stress, pain, and craziness. Because there’s no way He would just let me be thrown in this overwhelming rushing water without a raft, or maybe even some floaties. Would He? When my life gets crazy, I […]

By: Megan Alyea

 

Sometimes when life gets difficult, I wonder where God could be in all of the stress, pain, and craziness. Because there’s no way He would just let me be thrown in this overwhelming rushing water without a raft, or maybe even some floaties.

Would He?

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When my life gets crazy, I just have to ask “How can God strengthen me” not “Where is God in my struggle”. Because He is always with us, never leaves us to suffer alone. In Joshua 1:9, it says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”. When we go through hurt, and hardship. It’s a challenge. Are we going to accept it? Or focus on what we’re unable to fix. Take the opportunity to become stronger because of your circumstances, and be thankful that we have a God that has such a passion for you, he would never leave you in the raging waters without his life raft of hope, strength, and incomparable love.

So next time when life feels uncontrollable, take a moment and look for how he’s able help give you courage and strength!

Journey Camp 2013 – Daily Videos

Posted on August 7, 2013 by Pastor Derick in Uncategorized

Video of the day – Monday and Tuesday Dakota Camp VOTD Monday and Teusday from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo. Video of the day – Wednesday Dakota Camp Wednesday Video from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo. Video of the day – Final Dakota Camp Youth Final Video from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.

Video of the day – Monday and Tuesday

Dakota Camp VOTD Monday and Teusday from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.

Video of the day – Wednesday

Dakota Camp Wednesday Video from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.

Video of the day – Final

Dakota Camp Youth Final Video from Elevate Student Ministries on Vimeo.