2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
I heard about the decision to continue to allow abortions to happen, despite the fact that there's a national stay at home order, and that all other elective surgical procedures are not allowed. So instead of ranting online and getting into senseless arguments with people who will never change their minds, I prayed about it. God asked me to write Him a letter. So I did. Here it is.
A video marking the 5 year mark since I tried to kill myself. I describe what that was like, what led me there, and how God's sovereign and loving hand saved me. I share a poem the Lord gave me and a word for the body of Christ.
We've been given so much. When you actually take some time to think about all the gifts that God has given us, it's overwhelming. However, it's really important that we think about these gifts, and say thank you to Him for every one. This 31-day devotional looks at some of the amazing gifts that God has given us as believers.
Recently I was hosted again on the Transformation Podcast and shared some stories of how I've seen God work through my life while I've followed His callings to go to Mazatlan, Boston, and Macedonia.
I awoke this morning and the Lord put this poem on my heart, and asked me to share it. I hope you enjoy it. God bless you, and your family!
The most dangerous mindset for Christians to have these days is the Laodicean mindset, which Jesus talks about in Revelations 3. In this short essay inspired by the Holy Spirit, I write about what this mindset is, how believers slip into it, and why it's so dangerous.
When reflecting on my first year walking with the Lord, I realized that He had shown me so many things that may be helpful for new believers to know. So, I decided to reflect, ponder, and wrestle with the top 12 things I learned during my first year. These things are really important, and I did my best to explain why I chose them.
Obviously, the Lord's three commandments are paramount to our walk: 1) Love the Lord your God with all your mind, heart, strength, and spirit, 2) Love your neighbor as yourself, and 3) the Great Commission to take the gospel to all nations, tribes, and tongues.
Here's an Epistle for Today
While I was in Macedonia on an 81 day mission trip, one day I woke up totally in the Spirit and the Lord put an epistle on my heart. The theme of this is the need, in fact the imperative, for unity in the body. So I typed it up and am sharing it with you to inspire, equip, and motivate you to look for opportunities for unity. God bless you!
What Reality Are We Walking In?
A poem by Derrick Rhayn
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
March 11, 2020
Today is a new day. Wake up!
The powers that be tell us to stay inside
Wash our hands
Enjoy a day off
But we stand in opposition,
Knowing there’s more to the story
Than some silly flu bug whose kill rate is less
Rather we stand in awe
At the sheer gullibility of humanity
As fear descends
To you I say this:
Enjoy the day
A summer like breeze
Like never before
Like you actually appreciate life
For the gift of God that it is
Experience life anew
Freshly sprouting leaves sing praises
And flowers call Him by name Jesus
He stands atop of the mountain
Awaiting His Father’s direction
Awaiting the command
To set the captive free
Which technically He’s already done
Which technically you didn’t deserve
None of us did,
That’s just God’s love
Found seeping in John 3:16
Found waiting at the door
Inviting you deeper into who you were created to be,
Loved and adored.
Yes, I say to you this day
Awake and celebrate
As the fall leaf falling gently to the ground causes the seed of sorrow to turn in your heart
So thus the spring leaf brings forth new life.
The invitation to go from death to life
Beckons us all
I say celebrate
For our Father is near
And His glory guards our rear
For when we see this day for what it is
We see it for what it’s not:
A day to recede.
But rather a day to celebrate
For God is nearing us
Drawing us out of the darkness
And gently calling us into the Light
But now if you forget these things
And draw yourself indeed back to the new reality TV show
The search for the last roll
That’s your choice
And fear will rule you
But those who have woke to the devil and his scheme
We say no!
We have not been given a spirit of fear
But of power and love and a sound mind
And this time we known we’re one
Because it is written for us to stand strong in that day
That we shall not fall
Because we have victory.
Awake and ascend
And let your yes be yes
And your no be no
For in the valley of the shadow of darkness
Is One who knows
Who’s in control
Who knows how and why and when
You will stand up and sing
“I celebrate today!”
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.