Prayer by Rick Warren

Yesterday I was watching the inauguration and I was very impressed and moved by Rick Warren’s prayer. First, I though it was encouraging to see someone like Rick Warren, pray at the inauguration of a president who is so different in all his views and beliefs. Some might down Rick Warren for praying at the inauguration because of all that Obama stands for and doesn’t stand on Christian values or the Word of God. I think Rick Warren did the right thing by taking this opportunity and shinning the light of God Almighty by praying at this inaguration. This post is not about the fact that Rick Warren prayed at Obama’s inauguration, but is about what Rick Warren said in his prayer that really moved me and encouraged me spiritually. During his prayer he said this: “in the name of the one who changed my life…….Jesus” Wow, what a way to address our Saviour Jesus Christ! I think this is what we as Christians miss so much, that because of Jesus Christ we have been changed or in better terms “born again!” We have been born again and been changed because of Jesus Christ!

2 Corinthians 5:17 (NASB) “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

The Word of God makes it very clear that when we are “born again” we are changed, the old has passed away, but we have become new! The sad thing is, the church is full of people who say they are “Christians” but have not been truly “born again” because there has been no change. When we get saved, the Bible makes it clear, we will be changed! If someone can get “saved” and not be changed and still live like the did before they got “saved” than their salvation is in question. Jesus, the one who has changed my life, did just that! I accepted Him and asked Him to come into my heart and I was changed! Have you been changed by Jesus?

Light Their Fire

41feqjfi1xl__sl160_sl120_1With all the reading I have to do this semester, I wanted to go on and get a jump on it early! For my Church Education class I had to read a book called “Light Their Fire” by Leonard Allred, which was a professor at my school Piedmont Baptist College! In this book, Allread gives twenty-nine “matches” that one can use in a class to light a fire in adults through teaching them! All of Allread’s suggestions or “matches” in this book are very good. With his education background and many years of teaching adults, the suggestions in this book are trustworthy and a “must use” in any teaching situation! Though I am majoring in youth ministry with hopes of being a youth pastor, the “matches” in this book are useful also for me because these “matches” can also be used in teaching teens and young adults! If you are a teacher of adults or even teens, this book is a must read! It is an easy read and a good book to get you excited about teaching and lighting a fire for God to whomever you are teaching!