Saved by the blood of Christ. Go follow @itslemonmade !!
Bryan is how I feel when talking to people normally. Make sure you check out team edges video later today
We put a rock climbing gym in my house on Lemonade! Go watch it! Link in bio! @itslemonmade
Ever pray for less fear when sharing the Gospel? I have! Sharing the Gospel can be hard and at times a bit scary but it's something we're called to do by Jesus himself (Matthew 28:19 ). I know there's been many times where, out of fear, I have chosen not to share the Gospel with others. When you really think about it though, the root of the problem is not fear. Think about this: Most people wouldn't voluntarily run into a burning building because of their fear of pain or death but at the same time most people wouldn't think twice about running into that building if a loved one was in there that needed our help. So the root of the problem is not fear, but rather a lack of love. It is only through loving people greatly and desperately wanting to see souls saved that we can lose that fear. So don't pray for less fear but instead pray for more love!
- From @desiringgod This mornings verse: “I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.” Psalms 7:17
How about a little parenting advice? I'm probably the least qualified person to offer parenting advice so let's learn it from God instead, the best father to have ever existed! Kind of a random thing to talk about but it's something that's been sticking out to me in scripture lately so I thought I'd share! All throughout scripture God demands that we praise him. Why is that? Is it to shore up his ego? Does he need our worship to feel good about himself? No! It's simply because he loves us. Hear me out! Here's how I see it: God is the greatest thing in all of existence. He knows the consummation of our joy is found in praising what we value most. Therefore it is the ultimately loving act for him to demand our praise. God wants to give us fullness of joy. Fullness of joy is found in praising God. He knows our ultimate joy is found in praising him, however, left to our own devices we are too weak and sinful. We are too easily distracted, too easily pleased, complacent with pursuing lesser joys and unable to see the work he's done and love he has for us. It is God alone who works in the hearts of men to pull us from our folly and to give us the strength to pursue real joy, joy found in him. So how does this relate to parenting? First of all, apart from God the greatest thing a father can give to his children (analogous to God ) is himself. Meaning again, the greatest thing you can do for your child to show them love is to demand their praise. Praise is an expression of gratitude, love, and admiration. It is through teaching your children to praise you that they can learn to appreciate you and all you've done for them. It gives them a right view of the sacrifices you've made for them and will deepen their understanding and feeling of respect for you that you are due. It will make them love you! So next time you tell your kid to appreciate you, or thank you, or exalt you do not consider it a selfish act. Consider it a loving act!
Times of adversity and hardship are the times that really define our faith. How you react when the trials hit is the true test. When things aren't going right in your life are you going to curse God and act in sinful ways? When depression hits will you turn to drinking to comfort you in your sorrows or will you turn to God, the perfecter of our faith, our one true refuge? When someone makes you angry will you use it as an excuse for fits of anger and allow your emotions and words to get the best of you or will you show a deep steadfast faith in your God by being in control of your emotions, and your tongue? How about singleness with no end in sight? Will you settle for someone that doesn't love the Lord or will you wait for his plan to unfold with a deep and patient trust? Reacting sinfully in times of tribulation is a sign of weak faith, sometimes no faith at all. See, faith is not defined by our feelings. Read Hebrews 11, commonly known as "The Hall of Faith". Not once does it speak about feelings. Instead, it talks about how people reacted with their actions in times of hardship and distress. How they followed God's commands when their situations looked bleak and they didn't necessarily feel the way they were supposed to. Feelings are important in the Christian faith, but as believers we cannot rest on the fact that we attend church once a month and get pumped up from the sermon and have an overwhelming reaction to a worship song. We show our faith in God by steadfast obedience to his commands. In the good times and the bad. This is how we show our love for God. Don't be fair weather Christians and don't be bad weather Christians. Be all weather Christians! As always these posts are meant to build up and encourage, not discourage. If you feel offended by my reference to weak faith then maybe you need this message most! Proverbs 27:6 says "Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy". It's better to be willing to hurt someones ego for their ultimate good than it is to encourage them with lies. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Show God where your heart lies by honoring him with your words and actions.
Thankful that God has entrusted a broken sinner like me with the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
Excerpt from "Humility: True Greatness" by CJ Mahaney
I'm so stoked to say that tomorrow Team Edge (Bryan, Bobby, and I ) will be given the once in a lifetime opportunity to throw the honorary first pitch at game 4 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium! Insane! I want to take this opportunity to thank our Team(family ) and say we wouldn't have been able to do this without each and every one of you! (Bryan, Bobby, Whitney, Matthias, Natalie, Billy, Marvin, Corey, DK, Daniel, Rich, Kevin, Connor, Gunner, Heather, Gibson, Chris, Kyle, Eric, Emmy, Scott,+ the new interns😜, and anybody else I forgot😅. We love you guys and are so thankful to have you on our team. Thanks for giving us this opportunity! -(btw I can't promise it'll be televised🤷♂️ )
My pumpkin carving's on another level
So simple yet so freeing. Give your life to him and you will be set free. This message could be to you. If you live your life in Christ, believing he is the son of God, following his commands, accepting that he died to save you, you will spend eternity with him. There is no greater message, no greater truth.
Doin' a thing. #notmyhand
What if I told you, people like Joel Osteen and Tony Robbins are right about something?🤭 It's this: You have the power for greatness. Isn't that awesome?! But hold on! Not so fast...There's one small thing we gotta fix first. Their definition of greatness. We have to change their definition from the world's view of greatness to the true definition of greatness. Gods definition. Here's how the world defines greatness: Riches, fame, and power. A life lived in pursuit of those things is a surefire recipe for deep sadness, pain, and discontentment. I promise you that. No matter how often motivational speakers, teachers, actors, parents etc. tell you that you can be great according to the world's standards and that you can achieve anything you desire, the reality of the matter is, not everyone can. The 5'5 white guy is probably not going to make it to the NBA. The girl with Down Syndrome will probably never be a mathematician. The African American teenager who has to raise his brother and sister while his mother works three jobs may never make it out of the projects. That's the cold hard reality of life. It's tough to hear. But here's another powerful truth. We ALL have the potential for greatness in the eyes of God. A greatness that is sure to bring deep and lasting joy. Here's how Jesus defines greatness: “Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10:43-45 The potential for greatness in the eyes of God has no barriers. No matter what race, socioeconomic class, gender, disability, etc. you can be great. That guy that wanted to be in the NBA? He can live his life for Jesus, building people up in the faith, giving to those in need in whatever way he's able. The kid from the projects can serve his community, bring about change and bring many people to Christ. The girl with down Syndrome can keep on exuding that radiant joy she has since birth. This is the only greatness that can be attained by all. Pursue this greatness and you'll find purpose and lasting joy.
Salvation is a free gift from God to those who believe in Jesus. Just like any earthly gift, it takes not only a gift giver but someone to receive as well. So yes, we do have to do our part to receive it. Does that mean we earned it? By no means. So, how does one receive the gift of eternal life and communion with God? By being a good person? No. God says there is no one righteous, not even one. We have all sinned and fallen short of Gods perfect glory and righteousness. Good news is, God did something so that guilty sinners like us don't have to spend eternity in hell. 2000 years ago God came down to earth as a man, lived a perfect sinless life, and paid the penalty that our sins have incurred. He then rose from the grave, breaking the power of sin and proving his deity. He died so that we could experience eternity with God. "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends."-John 15:13. So again, how do we receive it? “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”-Deuteronomy 6:5. Great! So does that mean if I just have warm feelings for God and cry during worship songs I'll be saved? Haha No. Jesus said "If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”-John 14:15 If you truly love Jesus and he is Lord of your life you'll do everything you can to follow his teachings. If we are living lives openly sinful against God without a repentant heart we are not saved. It is only when we live a repentant life of obedience to Christ, looking to kill sin in every way, abiding by the word, pursuing him in every way that one can receive the gift of salvation. Pursue the Lord with all your heart and you will be saved.
Once you've hit this high, it's all downhill from there. Which one's Cali? 📸 @holly_valdivia
Guys! Did you know I have another Instagram where I post verses, Christian quotes, and just talk about Jesus and things of that nature? You should go follow it! @jwalkingwithchrist
We had a little competition to see who's the dumbest person on Team Edge. I'm surprised nobody wanted to win🤔
My niece😂😂 via 📸 @thecraziecrew
I like to put mercy into practice with a little game I call catch and release
So stoked to be able to say @itsteamedge is moving! Can't wait to show you guys the new EDGE Space when it's all decked out. Unfortunately, I'm in Idaho right now so I haven't seen it all set up yet😬
“And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you.” Deuteronomy 8:2-5. This is God's universal role for suffering in any area of life. To humble you, to test your heart, and to draw you closer with a desperate reliance on him. You no longer have to suffer in vain. This is the hope we have in Christ.
This book, written by a close friend of mine, is awesome! Valuable for new believers and seasoned believers alike, it's aim is in clearly defining scriptures expectations for disciples of Jesus. It so simply lays out the foundations of discipleship to Jesus but yet delves deeper into the objective meaning behind what we're called to do and why. I learned a lot from this book and it could be a powerful tool in any believers arsenal. Highly recommend! If you're interested you can get it on Amazon! #sticktothefundamentalsofthegospel
Sometimes these sleepless nights are a gift. When you can't fall asleep and your mind wanders, pondering the riches found in Jesus. The moments when you have no plan, no structure, no direction, but your mind naturally gravitates toward thinking about the things you love. What did I do to deserve Him? How can such a good and perfect being love a broken and sinful person like me? I fail on a daily basis, yet his grace abounds. I love him so much, and it's so real. I want you to have that. To not only have the joy I've found in him, but to exceed it. He's my King and my Savior. My life, previously aimless and dull, has been given meaning and purpose. I have hope and His name is Christ. Hope in everything I face. He's the rock I cling to. Seek him and you will find him. Knock and the door will be answered.
Having a blast with the fam in Kauai!
How oblivious could I possibly be... prankcred: @nick_stumpalumpagus
Went from LA to Boston to Rhode Island to Connecticut and back in the past couple days to do some work with @lego for some upcoming vids we're collabing on. Love my work fam! Always a blast traveling with them.
Dude... Team Edge just hit 1 billion views! Can't wrap my mind around that! So thankful for all of you who constantly tune in and support us! In case you're wondering.. that's 6.2 bill minutes watched, 103.3 million hours, 11.7 thousand years, and 117 centuries🤯
What is a word? A word is an expression of an inner thought, and a means with which to communicate that thought to others. Jesus was and is the Word in that He is an expression of the Father's attributes and divine intentions and God's way of communicating those to the world. All throughout the Old Testament God tells us of His attributes, His love, His mercy, His wrath, His power and grace etc. He also tells us of His divine plan to reunite heaven and Earth, to reconcile Himself with His people, and to conquer evil once and for all here on Earth. Jesus communicated God's attributes by being them. He showed God's love and grace and did it perfectly. He communicated the Father's plan for us by being the one to execute and fulfill it. There's no better way to understand God's love and grace than to be a direct recipient of it!
Got a chance to speak to some kids about Jesus this morning!
This past couple weeks I've been in the moving process, so naturally I've been incredibly distracted. I've been failing to stay in the word, all caught up in buying things for my place, and my mind has not been focused on Jesus. While I haven't struggled with purity in the usual sense (you know what I'm talkin' bout😜 ) I have struggled with keeping my mind on the Lord. My experience, is that when I'm out of the word I just have a sense of dryness. I get all caught up in stupid worldly things and am left incredibly unsatisfied. I'm not giving myself that constant reminder of what this is all about and I'm not driving it into my brain to stop living for myself. The more I am out of Scripture the more I become selfish, insecure, egotistical, materialistic, irritable, vein, prideful, greedy, and the list goes ooonnn. So, how can I fight against this and keep my way pure? By reading Scripture, and living it out. All I can do is gladly accept God's forgiveness and look forward, forward to growth, and the Kingdom to come.