Fire & Brimstone

I have noticed something about Christians that has only recently startled me. In fact, I fell victim to the exact same trend.  When a Christian first gets reinvested into the church they either get all of their spiritual food on Sunday, or they become the most passionate preachers you will ever meet. Now there is nothing wrong with passion, in fact passion is what drives us closer to Christ. The problem with passionate preachers though, is that they would rather rant and rave instead of lace up their shoes and do some foot work. Now this is not true for everyone, this was just true for me and others that I have seen. At this point in our lives we will complain about how people live their lives and then go home and turn on the television. It’s actually sad that we lose the grace that got us to this point in the first place. I remember when I was at this point in my life, leading FCA and being a voice unto my generation. When I lead a lesson I would preach with a fire and brimstone intensity. Every sentence that left my mouth was true and to the point, but it lacked a certain grace like quality. It was as if I beat them with a hammer of truth, and then handed them only one bandaid of grace. Needless to say they needed more grace and less hammering. As I matured and invested more time in bible studies and scripture [and I mean a lot more] I realized something.

2 Corinthians 4:4 says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Scripture tells us that idol worship has led to blindness towards the light and the law of God. When I talk to people at church I used to always assume they were Christian. After all, they directly told me that they were Christians. However, narrow is the path to righteousness, and many will assume they're saved but Christ will say that He does not know them. This is a hard rock to chew on.

1 Corinthians 2:10 says, “these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” If the people that we are witnessing to are blind to the light of Christ, then they will not have the spirit of God. Without the spirit of God they can’t know what Christ’s intentions are in their life. So when we preach the gospel AT them and start swinging the hammer of truth it will fall on a hard heart. I needed to realize that I should preach TO them with more grace like bandaids, and a little less intensity. If you’re like me then I hope this has led you down a path that took me too long to find. God bless, and have a great Sabbath.

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BS, MS - exercise Physiology
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The impact of three different forms of warm up on performance

The Effects of Glucose Supplementation on Barbell Velocity and Fatiguability in Weightlifting - A pilot study"

The Accute Effects Of Different Squat Intensities on Vertical Jump Performances
The Accute Effects of Different Squat Intensities On Jump Performance

Graduate from Midwestern State University, founder of Endunamoo Barbell Club, and Endunamoo Strength and Conditioning. Working to help athletes physically reach their goals and achieve scholarships while spiritually pouring into as many people as possible on all platforms.