Biblical Beauties: About A Gentle and Quiet Spirit

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A Quiet, Gentle Spirit
by Jen Smidt on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 5:15 am
Mars Hill Ballard Campus

Let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. 1 Peter 3:4

I am not naturally a quiet or gentle spirit. I was raised in a household with six children, four of them boys. Being tough and loud were the best survival techniques I knew. I have often struggled with what this verse could possibly look like in the face of an opin-ionated and talkative woman. I have even felt shame for my personality and hoped for a more “acceptable” version of me, believing that a silent, always agreeable shadow of a woman certainly would be more pleasing to God. Continue reading

CBSM on Suicide: Student’s Testimony

After getting tons of feedback from many adults, college students, and teens…here is one of the most impacting stories I received from a student outside of our student ministry. You will love this!

Student testimony I received
“I was raised in the church all my life and was considered a leader among the senior high of my youth group. Up until my senior year, everything seemed like smooth sailing; good grades, active in sports, large body of friends. I was even considering attending Boyce to become a youth pastor. Then my world was rocked by an event I cannot forget. My life has not been the same. One night, which was the last day of Disciple Now of my senior year, I was laying awake in the basement of one of the pastor’s houses late into the night. Caused by no other impetus but Satan’s murderous intentions, I could not stop thinking about leaving the house, hopping the fence, and running out in front of a truck on the nearby highway.

The thoughts were not assiduous, however, they seemed to be recurrent for no particular reason. After my first fall semester at college, I hit a wall of depression and anxiety… needless to say, I was so confused. I once had everything, but now my life fell apart. I could not go to Boyce because of finances, my friends all went away to school, I could not concentrate, remember, or think cognitively anymore. On top of it all, I quit following Jesus; in retrospect I never did truly follow Him. I sought professional counseling and was prescribed medication by my physician. Yet, nothing could assuage Satan’s hold on my heart. I bought his lies. The climax was me taking over 30 combined pills of ambien(sleep medication) and zoloft (antidepressant). My mom found me unconscious on the floor of the bathroom and rushed me to the ER. I was rejuvenated and then taken to a behavioral hospital where I spent 5 days. Even after my discharge from the hospital I continued to run from God. I made a whole hoopla of poor decisions, but everywhere I turned for joy there was inevitably closed doors. After a failed attempt to meet up with a local girl for implied purposes, I fell before God with heart racing and tears streaming. It was 12:01 AM June 6 2009. I could not run anymore. I gave my life to God and bowed before Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Pharisees once thought they had everything… for many years of my life, so did I. By God’s exercise of his sovereignty in the precious overflowing of enduring grace, I have learned that now I have everything. I once tried to take my life in despair, but now I cleave to my Heavenly Father and fix my eyes on King Jesus. He is my worth, my rock, and my hope.

Teens need this message of crazy, radical, divine God love in Jesus Christ. I will be praying for you.

CBSM Q&A Clip: Is Homosexuality Really Wrong?

Question: If Christians claim their God is an all-loving God, then why do they frown so strongly on homosexuality?

Released: Avatar and this culture’s cry for Christ

Avatar.  One of the most epic movies of all time.  Some Christians absolutely love it.  Others despise it.  There are theological and entertainment reasons on both sides.  The plot, the graphics, the colors, the dimensions, the fantasy, the storyline…it all just flat-out epic…and controversial.  So, how should a Christian think through these movies?  Enjoy them?  Criticize them?  Fast-forward at the “bad” parts?

One thing is for sure, we don’t have to worry about the world ever completely becoming atheistic.  A great missionary friend of mine showed me how America is becoming more like Asian animistic cultures and less than European atheistic cultures.  “Just look at the movies the media is producing because its what the audiences wants to see.”  So with box office blockbusters like Avatar and Twilight, our culture is becoming far more spiritual, far less atheistic, as well as far less Christ-centered.

I’ve heard many Christians get caught up in the rawr over Avatar because of its absolute, complete paganism…which I totally agree it is.  Its panentheistic with the fact that the “God” is simply everything.  It equates the animal kingdom with the human race.  It promotes creation worship, and it doesn’t even conceive of monotheism whatsoever.  So all of this paganism is absolutely terrible enough for all Christians to stay away from it….right?

Well, there is a completely other side to Avatar.  My pastor and I had a conversation that enlightened me greatly.  In Avatar you have a storyline of a man in one “superior” world going to an “inferior” world as a mediator and actually “taking on the flesh” of the creatures of that world.  This man’s mission is to save the planet’s population by coming in with a warning and good news.  The people of Pandora see their life connected to a tree which is central in their world.  This mediator ends up dying and returning to life.   Continue reading