Jars and Burgers

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water;” so they filled them to the brim. Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. (John 2:7-9)

The first miracle of Jesus was turning water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. The master of the banquet and the guests were impressed with the tasty, good wine, but the servants? The servants witnessed a jar of water that they had poured themselves turn into wine. They must have been astounded!

There is a big difference in the way the lives of the guests in this story and the lives of the servants would have been affected after the wedding in Cana of Galilee. The guests benefitted from the wine, and perhaps even commented on it on their way home. The servants, having personally witnessed that miracle, would have never forgotten that night.

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Greatest Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:3-7

As I was reading the first chapter of 1 Peter, my heart just overflowed with so many emotions including: thankfulness, love, reassurance, hope, and joy. I really think the chapter speaks for itself. If you are a Christian, you have so much to be thankful for! This post isn’t about anything novel, but it is a vital reminder to remember and to cling to God’s promises especially during the trials we endure in life. Continue reading

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A Lesson on Lust: Part 2

Guest Author: Ben Puthukeril

“I have spread my couch with coverings, With colored linens of Egypt. “I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamon. “Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with caresses. “For my husband is not at home, He has gone on a long journey; He has taken a bag of money with him, At the full moon he will come home.” With her many persuasions she entices him; With her flattering lips she seduces him. Suddenly he follows her As an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, Until an arrow pierces through his liver; As a bird hastens to the snare, So he does not know that it will cost him his life. Now therefore, my sons, listen to me, And pay attention to the words of my mouth. Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths. For many are the victims she has cast down, And numerous are all her slain. Her house is the way to Sheol, Descending to the chambers of death.

Proverbs 7:16-27

Last time we took a look at the first half of Proverbs 7 and the advice Solomon had to share with us concerning lust. The first four points were: it’s the second look that kills, an idle mind is the devil’s workshop, stay hydrated in God’s word, and don’t justify it when temptation comes along. Now, we will be going through the second half of Proverbs 7 to see what other points we can pull from the chapter to help in our constant struggle with lust. Continue reading

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A Lesson on Lust: Part 1

Guest Author: Ben Puthukeril

My son, keep my words And treasure my commandments within you. Keep my commandments and live, And my teaching as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your intimate friend; That they may keep you from an adulteress, From the foreigner who flatters with her words. For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice, And I saw among the naive, And discerned among the youths A young man lacking sense, Passing through the street near her corner; And he takes the way to her house, In the twilight, in the evening, In the middle of the night and in the darkness. And behold, a woman comes to meet him, Dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart. She is boisterous and rebellious, Her feet do not remain at home; She is now in the streets, now in the squares, And lurks by every corner. So she seizes him and kisses him And with a brazen face she says to him: “I was due to offer peace offerings; Today I have paid my vows. “Therefore I have come out to meet you, To seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.

Proverbs 7:1-15

Solomon, who was counted as the wisest man to have ever lived, wrote Proverbs 7 as a word of advice to young people to beware the adulterous men/women who can entice you and lead you astray. The irony behind this is that Solomon himself had over 700 wives and 300 concubines who were at his disposal, with whom he had the authority to do as he pleased. Though he knew what was right and wrong, he didn’t take his own advice. He faced the consequences and realized his mistakes only by the end of his life. He actually became subject to many of his wives’ wishes by building them temples for their gods and worshipping their idols. Regardless of this, we can still apply the advice that he gives to our personal lives. If we read Proverbs 7 closely we can see more and more how it relates to us. We may not have a firsthand problem with adultery as Solomon did, but we do struggle as youth with the lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh.

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Are You Addicted to Social Media?

Social media has taken over our lives. Any second we have that doesn’t require our undivided attention is usually spent scrolling through news-feeds, catching up on the latest life-changing events of all of our high school friends who we don’t keep in touch with, posting pictures of the amazing food we just ate and commenting on our frenemies statuses to share our opinion. And even beyond the constant need for our minds to be stimulated by another world, think about how much time we waste scrolling and liking our lives away. We spend a countless number of minutes on social media. This is what our lives have come to. We don’t just live on earth. We live on cyber-earth. How can we regain control and come back down to earth? How can we learn to use social media soberly? Here are 7 steps to help you recover from social media abuse.

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