this really touched my heart tonight | O Church Arise

O church, arise and put your armor on;Hear the call of Christ our captain;For now the weak can say that they are strongIn the strength that God has given.With shield of faith and belt of truthWe’ll stand against the devil’s lies;An army bold whose battle cry is “Love!”Reaching out to those in darkness. Our call to war, to love the captive soul,But to rage against the captor;And with the sword that makes the wounded wholeWe will fight with faith and valor.When faced with trials on ev’ry side,We know the outcome is secure,And Christ will have the prize for which He … Continue reading this really touched my heart tonight | O Church Arise

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Do you love your neighbor? (Or, is your friend living a lie?)

What do Christian Teens Actually Believe About Jesus?

(from Biola Magazine)

How can I personally reach people in Gen Y?

The Bible asks a similar question:

    How can a young man keep his way pure?
        By guarding it according to your word.
(Psalm 119:9 ESV)

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Bonus Blog Friday | nothing beats going there

Back by popular demand is another round of photo safari goodness! *hooray!* I had 4 major goals for this evening: spend “be still” time with the Lord run eat at Stubb’s BBQ fulfill a sweet tooth fantasy at Amy’s Ice Cream I’m happy to say I accomplished ALL of my goals…and even walked away with a bonus feature – a vintage treasure, if you will. (Comment for a hint. Yes, I’m going to be vague again. If you read these side musings of mine and actually comment, then I must know you and love you dearly. I see so many … Continue reading Bonus Blog Friday | nothing beats going there

intentional forgetfulness

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith – that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and … Continue reading intentional forgetfulness

1k | one glorious journey

I passed THE mile marker recently. ONE THOUSAND Instagram posts!!! 😀 (Shameless plug – follow me on Instagram: @jmhansen) Here is my very first IG post (according to Statigram). I’d say the timing is basically perfect because I’m about to make a trip to Austin. Of course, this means I shall be making a very necessary stop in Waco at my favorite coffee house on the planet – Common Grounds!!! As I scroll through the now 1,000+ IG posts I’ve made over the last year or so, I am amazed to see where the Lord has taken me. So many … Continue reading 1k | one glorious journey

this is love

The Bible is full of examples of Christ’s love. It is sacrificial and selfless. Look at what He did for us on the cross. Look at how the Bible describes Christ as the groom and the Church as His bride. 1 Corinthians 13; John 3:16; Ephesians 5; 1 John 4:7-12 (And yes, you will need a tissue to make it through this one.) (original post: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/06/07/the-offense-of-selfless-love/) Continue reading this is love