Monday, June 29, 2009

The Good Test

What would you say if I asked you if you thought you were going to heaven? You'd probably say "Yes". What would you say if I asked why? Your answer would probably sound something like this, "Because I'm a good person". You might say, "I've never killed anyone or robbed a bank. I've basically been good." Oh really? Let's take the "Good Test" and see how we measure up.

Q: Have you ever told a lie?
A: Yes.

So that would make you a liar.

Q: Have you ever taken something that wasn't yours?
A: Yes.

So that would make you a lying thief.

Q: Have you ever said God or Jesus in a curse word?
A: Yes.

So that would make you a lying, thieving blasphemer.

Q: Have you ever wanted something someone else had?
A: Yes.

So that would make you a lying, thieving, blaspheming coveter.

Q: Have you ever had impure thoughts about a man or woman?
A: Yes.

So that would make you a lying, thieving, blaspheming, coveting adulterer.

I can continue, but I think you get the point. We are all sinners...all of us. The only person to ever NOT sin was Jesus. Thankfully, there is hope. Romans 3:23-25 says For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement... Jesus paid the price, so we can live with Him for eternity...all you have to do is BELIEVE! Really believe with all your heart and you will be transformed...I was.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

I just bought some cool digital images on etsy and have worked them into my new "In the Beginning Collection". I should have them in my shop in a few days.

Ichthus 2009

On June 11, 2009, my husband, Butch, and I made our first trip to the Ichthus Music Festival in Wilmore, KY. Ichthus was started in 1969, as a Christian alternative to Woodstock, so this year was the 40 anniversary of the festival. We went with our church youth leaders and 8 high school kids. I was very nervous, because I had never camped before...I'm a country girl and love the outdoors, but I also love air conditioning and a clean bed! I had been warned by past attendees that Ichthus is famous for rain, mud and even tornadoes, so I was getting worried when I woke up Thursay morning and it was raining at my house. As it turns out, it was raining in Wilmore too! Our mini van got stuck in the mud trying to get to our campsite and the rain continued to come down. By Thursday night, though, the rain cleared out and it turned out to be a great weekend! It was an awesome experience to hear moving speakers and rockin' Christian music. During the Saturday evening worship, 10,000 people took the Lord's Supper...imagine that...10,000 people! That same night almost 1000 people, mostly teenagers, gave their lives to Christ!
It was so fun (except for the Porto-potties)...I can't wait to go next year!
Here are some of the artists we saw...they put on awesome shows!
Skillet -
Kutless -
Family Force 5 -
Fireflight -