My Top 5 this week

Top 1// Deine Nähe

“Deine Gegenwart ist das Kostbarste, was ich hab.”

-Amelie Himmelreich ft. Ben Höfig-

Top 2//I’m listening-

“I don’t wanna miss one word you speak. Cause everything you say is life to me.”

-Chris McClarney-

Top 3//Dann auch ich

“Ich entdeck dein Herz in allem, was du tust. Dieses Kunstwerk namens Liebe, das du schufst.”

-Alive Worship-

Top 4// Tremble

“Jesus, Jesus, you make the darkness tremble. Jesus, Jesus, you silence fear.”

-Mosaic MSC-

Top 5// Lean back

“I will lean back in the loving arms of a beautiful Father. Breathe deep and know that HE is good.”

-Capital City Music ft. Dion Davis-

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Lecrae

Lecrae is an US-American gospel rapper. His story is impressive. He went through kind of everything a person can go through. He struggled harder than many can probably imagine. But he still found Jesus. Or rather Jesus found him. Here’s his story.

It’s a story for those who are struggling. Who are facing fatherlessness, brokenness, addiction or pain. It is for those who are facing life. And it’s a story telling how beauty comes out of ashes.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. HE has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim FREEDOM for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.

To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.” –Jesus- (Isaiah 61:1-3)

Fact is: JESUS came for the lost, the broken, the captives, the slaves, for those who don’t have it all together. For people like you and me, for people like Lecrae.

GROWING UP

When Lecrae was born, his mother had just been 23 years old and had already broken up with his father, who was addicted to drugs and alcohol and displayed a very aggressive behavior. So Lecrae grew up as a fatherless child, living in the hood, moving with his mother from city to city.

Already from the beginning of his life Lecrae faced feelings of insignificance. He always felt “less than”, wrestled with self-esteem and a lack of identity. He believed that his problems and his pain were not important and didn’t matter to anyone.

Due to his emptiness he used to act out. There was a hole in his life and his heart left by his father’s absence. But what probably hurt the most was that his father decided to stay away and never even bothered about his son. “Every child wants and needs a father, and mine didn’t want anything to do with me.

So he struggled with confusion, frustration, woes. He constantly wrestled with his self-worth and craved the approval of others, wondering if he was even worthy of love. And because he lacked a consistent male role model in his life, he had no idea what it meant to be a man.

Lecrae was longing for real role models who understood him and never left his side. Role models that he could relate to. Role models that told him the truth about life. And this is the point where hip-hop crushed in and filled the cracks left by his father’s absence. For Lecrae music became his everything but it could never solve all things.

NOWHERE TO RUN

After the boyfriend of Lecrae’s mother snapped his nose bloody and also other family members started to smack him whenever he did something wrong, Lecrae began running away from home a lot. But where do you go when you have nowhere to run? “Home is the place where kids can go when they are hurting and afraid and confused. But I had nowhere.”

At that time Lecrae also didn’t bother about God. In a world like his- full of traumas and brokenness- God was an afterthought. He didn’t believe that God existed or even cared about people like him.

“I wish I knew that I was still valuable and loveable. I wish I knew that my dignity was not determined by my circumstances but burned into me before birth. The events that happened to me violated my dignity, but they didn’t remove it.”

OUTSIDER 

Lecrae’s artistic side and his talent for music and rapping was already detected in elementary and also in Junior High School but he always wanted to fit in so he gave up his artistic side. He used to go to an artistic Junior High School where he would be supported in using his talents. But because he didn’t seem to fit in there and wanted to go to a normal school together with his friends, he convinced his mother to sign him in at another school. From then on Lecrae spent a lot of time at the streets, doing vandalism, trespassing and other stupid things. At this time he didn’t know who he was. The only thing he knew was: He didn’t fit in anywhere.

When he moved with his mother to Dallas no black people could be found around him. His isolation, depression and despair grew worse. He tried even harder to fit in and felt even more alone.

Trying to flush his loneliness away, Lecrae started to smoke weed, drinking more alcohol and dating a lot of girls, trying to find fulfillment in relationships and sex.

GONNA BE WEAK TODAY

Then he started to find answers in different religions. First, Islam seemed to make sense to him. But after one month he gave it up. “In Islam, my standing with God depended on my efforts to be righteous, and I was sure I couldn’t live up to that standard.”

Lecrae grew even more desperate. One day he climbed on the roof of his house, taking a shard of glass with him and wanted to kill himself. “I thought, if this is weak, I’m going to be weak today. I’ve punched holes in doors, and I’ve punched people’s faces. What else can I do to get rid of my frustration? I felt like every breath I took was a waste and I didn’t want to take any more.”

But with the glass pressed against his wrist, something held him back: Hope, very faint hope. Somehow he hoped that someday someone would save him out of this. That someday everything would change.

While Lecrae was there on the roof, almost about to kill himself, his mother called the police which could eventually convince him to come down. After the police were gone, his mother said to him: “Nothing I’m doing is working. Nothing is helping you. Right now, only God can help you.” And she gave him a bible. But Lecrae tore the pages out of the bible. He tried to destroy the only thing that could rescue him.

WHERE ARE YOU HEADING?

One day, when Lecrae was 16 years old, he came home drunk once again, when he ran into his step-dad. In the middle of the night his step-dad talked to him and told him that he was heading nowhere if he continued to live like this. This got Lecrae thinking and from this day on he started to change his life: He signed in for college.

Then one weekend, Lecrae went on a Christian conference together with some other college students. There he experienced the love God had for him and he entrusted his life to Jesus. “I didn’t need to keep trying to fill the hole left by my absent dad; I had gained a heavenly Father. For the first time in my life, I felt a sense of purpose and identity.”

OLD HABITS DIE HARD

However, after he had given his life to Jesus, it didn’t all go well. “Old habits die hard, and if you’re not careful, the person you used to be can overtake the person you’re trying to become.”

“A person can be removed from slavery in an instant, but it takes a lifetime for slavery to be removed from a person.”

Lecrae started to live a lifestyle in which he was trying to earn rightousness. When he did a lot of Christian stuff he felt good but when he missed for example his daily quiet time he felt bad. He stopped going to any party and broke up contact to all his non-Christian friends. After being on a spiritual high for several months, Lecrae attended a party once again and from then on he started living a double life. The harder he partied, the more he ran from God and the more empty his life felt.

Eventually, he quit college and got into more troubles than ever before. However, God was trying to get his attention. “I was making a mountain of mistakes, but I was not alone. God had seen my many failures, but He hadn’t left me as a result. And yet I was still unwilling to surrender. To let go. To give up control. I still wanted to run the show and carve my own path and make my own way. I wanted God in my life, but only in the background. I wasn’t giving up the starring role. Somehow I ignored the fact that whenever I took the lead, I always messed things up.” Lecrae had no idea that he was about to mess up his life more than ever before by making the greatest mistake of his life.

REHAB

One day Lecrae got the shocking message: His girlfriend was pregnant. When he heard this he immediately tried to persuade her to abort the baby which she finally did even though she actually didn’t want it. But as he was some years older, he had the manipulating power to push through the only- he thought – “solution” to this problem. Then, some time later he broke up with his girlfriend, leaving her alone with the pain of having had an abortion.

After that Lecrae tried to kill himself by swallowing pills- however unsuccessfully. He woke up again and was brought into a rehabilitation facility.

In rehab, Lecrae started to read the bible and couldn’t stop. Finally he understood what it was all about. Finally he got the truth about who God is. And his life started to change.

Falling isn’t the end of the world as long as you get back up and keep walking.

Lecrae realized that being a Christian doesn’t mean life is easy. “You’ll actually experience more temptation, not less, after you become a Christian. Following Jesus doesn’t mean you’ll start living perfectly overnight. It certainly doesn’t mean that your problems will disappear. Rather than ridding you of problems or temptations, following Jesus just means that you have a place- no, a person- to run to when they come. And the power to overcome them.”

UNASHAMED

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.”-Romans 1:16-

Lecrae learned to be unashamed. Unashamed to be broken, needy, helpless, to be stumbling more than he was stepping. Unashamed to admit that he was not brave enough, tough enough, strong enough.

“I can’t save myself through my own strength, through pretending. By working harder or pulling myself up by my boot straps. There’s no woman that can save me. No drug that can save me. No program or clinic that can save me. I no longer thought I was a Christian because I was strong and had it all together; I now knew I was a Christian because I’m weak and admitted I need a Savior. There was no other power that could save me outside of the power of God.”

∼quotes and source: Lecrae’s biography “Unashamed”∼

Walking through fire

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“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;

I have called you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.”

– God-

(Isaiah 43:1-2)

A new definition of hope

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Hope.

What is hope?

Optimism?

Naivety?

Some nice words aiming at making you feel better?

An illusion so that we don’t feel  pain anymore?

Good ideas about how life could be but never will?

A fashionable word nowadays?

A dream that will never become reality?

Just a feeling that gives you power?

Some months ago I was at this point of my life:

“I need a new definition of hope. Hope is nothing that is in my heart just like this. Right now, there’s nothing left but discouragement. Emptiness. Senselessness. A million questions.

Hope is not a constant component in my heart. When I hear the word hope I could sometimes freak out.  Where is this hope??

I need a new definition of hope. Hope is nothing inside of me. For me hope is a quiet voice telling me: “Don’t give up.” People always say, “You gotta see the chance, the potential in this.” What chance? What potential? No, I can’t just always look on the bright side of life. I first gotta face this reality, this pain, this hurt, this emptiness, this hopelessness, this desperation. I first gotta realize this all before I say the word “Hope” again. I first need to find myself fallen into the loving arms of my savior before I ask: “What can I do?” I first gotta get real. Gotta run to my father. Gotta heal. I first gotta hear this voice again.

I need a new definition of hope.

All of what I ever believed in suddenly does not work like this anymore. It’s not just that easy anymore. Some things I just don’t understand. Some things are just too hard to accept. Some things seem impossible to deal with. Some pain cuts too deep to take it. Some things cause too many tears.  That’s why: I NEED A NEW DEFINITION OF HOPE: A definition of hope that surpasses all my pain and all the tears. A definition of hope that also applies in poverty and tragedy. A definition of hope that goes beyond my feelings of emptiness and loneliness, of frustration and desperation, of hopelessness and resignation.”

Then God himself promised me to give me a new definition of hope. But, that time, I didn’t have it yet. I didn’t know how to deal with so much pain, hurt and brokenness. How to get along with emptiness and desperation. How to face such poverty and so many tears. But I urgently needed it: This new definition of hope.

The only thing I knew or found out that time is: When you have no hope, there’s NOTHING you’ve got left. HOPE is fundamental for any life. The basis of it all. Nothing works without hope. You can’t do anything without hope. I guess the only thing that kept me going that time, in the midst of so much hurt and brokenness, so much poverty and desperation was THE POWER OF GOD’S GRACE. It couldn’t be anything else…

But then, after several months of searching and waiting I finally found my NEW DEFINITION OF HOPE. God had kept his promise and he showed me some very powerful words that taught me what hope actually is:

“TAKE COURAGE MY HEART. STAY STEADFAST MY SOUL. HE’S IN THE WAITING, HE’S IN THE WAITING. HOLD ON TO YOUR HOPE, WATCH YOUR TRIUMPH UNFOLD. HE’S NEVER FAILING, HE’S NEVER FAILING.”- Take courage. Bethel music.-

Searching for a new definition of hope I was always looking for answers. But hope doesn’t mean to get all the answers I seek; it doesn’t mean that all these tricky questions have suddenly dissolved. Moreover, hope doesn’t mean that the pain I feel is gone now, that times of struggles, pain and challenges are over now.

HOPE rather means to ENDURE, to HOLD ON in the midst of my pain, my hurt, my challenges, struggles, disasters, difficulties- in the midst of all the things that are breaking me down, throwing me to the ground , leaving me there- surrounded by a million broken pieces.

HOPE is knowing that God is never failing in the midst of our struggles. It means to wait and to not give up because we know that God is there and God is moving while we’re waiting. And that one day we will watch our triumph unfold. One day we will have victory.

HOPE is what keeps us going. HOPE motivates us. HOPE empowers us. It enables us to think higher, dream bigger, reach further. HOPE gives us vision to see things like God sees. It makes us wait on a miracle. HOPE makes us to believe in the sun even if it isn’t shining, to believe in love even when we’re alone, to believe in God even when HE is silent.

I am sensing a new dimension of life. I am sensing a new definition of hope. A hope that is independent from circumstances. HOPE no matter what. HOPE because I believe that God is who HE says HE is. And I will search for this hope over and over again. The future looks bright, I see the lights on.


EINE NEUE DEFINITION DER HOFFNUNG

Hoffnung.

Was ist Hoffnung?

Optimismus?

Naivität?

Einfach ein paar schöne Worte,

die dir helfen sollen dich besser zu fühlen?

Eine Illusion, damit wir den Schmerz nicht mehr fühlen?

Gute Ideen, wie das Leben sein könnte,

aber doch niemals sein wird?

Ein Wort das „in“ ist?

Ein Traum, der niemals Realität sein wird?

Einfach ein Gefühl, das dir Kraft gibt?

 

Vor einigen Monaten war ich an diesem Punkt meines Lebens:

„Ich brauche eine neue Definition der Hoffnung. Hoffnung ist nichts, das einfach so in meinem Herzen ist. Gerade jetzt ist nichts als Entmutigung übrig. Leere. Sinnlosigkeit. Eine Millionen Fragen.

Hoffnung ist kein fester Bestandteil in meinem Herzen. Wenn ich das Wort Hoffnung höre, würde ich manchmal am liebsten austicken. Wo ist diese Hoffnung?

Ich brauche eine neue Definition der Hoffnung. Hoffnung ist nicht irgendetwas in mir drinnen. Für mich ist Hoffnung eine leise Stimme die mir sagt: „Gib nicht auf.“ Manche Menschen sagen immer, „Du musst die Chance, das Potential darin sehen.“ Welche Chance? Welches Potential? Nein, ich kann nicht einfach immer auf die schöne Seite des Lebens schauen. Ich muss mich zuerst dieser Realität stellen, diesem Schmerz, dieser Leere, dieser Hoffnungslosigkeit, dieser Verzweiflung. Ich muss das erst alles realisieren bevor ich das Wort „Hoffnung“ wieder benutze. Ich muss mich zuerst in die liebenden Arme meines Retters fallen lassen, bevor ich frage: „Was kann ich tun?“ Ich zuerst echt werden, ehrlich sein. Zu meinem Vater rennen. Heilen. Ich muss zuerst diese Stimme wieder hören.

Ich brauche eine neue Definition der Hoffnung.

Alles woran ich immer geglaubt habe, funktioniert auf einmal nicht mehr einfach so. Es nicht mehr so einfach. Manche Dinge kann ich einfach nicht verstehen. Manche Dinge sind zu schwer zu akzeptieren. Manche Dinge scheinen zu hart, um damit klarkommen zu können. Mancher Schmerz schneidet so tief.  Manche Dinge lösen viel zu viele Tränen aus. Deshalb brauche ich EINE NEUE DEFINITION DER HOFFNUNG: Eine Definition der Hoffnung die über all meinen Schmerz und meine Tränen hinausgeht. Eine Definition der Hoffnung die auch in Armut und Tragödien gilt. Eine Definition der Hoffnung die weiter reicht als meine Gefühle der Leere und Einsamkeit, der Frustration und Verzweiflung, der Hoffnungslosigkeit und Resignation.“

Gott selbst hat mir versprochen, mir eine neue Definition der Hoffnung zu geben. Aber zu dieser Zeit hatte ich sie noch nicht. Ich wusste nicht, wie ich mit so viel Leid, Schmerz und Zerbrochenheit umgehen sollte. Wie ich mit Leere und Verzweiflung klarkommen sollte. Wie ich mit so viel Armut und so vielen Tränen klarkommen sollte. Aber ich habe sie dringend gebraucht: Diese neue Definition der Hoffnung.

Das einzige, dass ich wusste oder herausfand in dieser Zeit war: Wenn du keine Hoffnung mehr hast, dann hast du einfach gar NICHTS mehr. HOFFNUNG ist fundamental für jedes Leben. Die Basis von allem. Nichts funktioniert ohne Hoffnung. Ich glaube, das einzige, dass mich in dieser Zeit hat weitermachen lassen, war DIE KRAFT DER GNADE GOTTES. Es kann nichts anderes sein…

Doch dann, nach mehreren Monaten des Suchens und des Wartens habe ich endlich meine NEUE DEFINITION DER HOFFNUNG GEFUNDEN. Gott hatte sein Versprechen gehalten und mir ein paar sehr kraftvolle Worte gezeigt, die mir beigebracht haben, was Hoffnung überhaupt bedeutet:

“TAKE COURAGE MY HEART. STAY STEADFAST MY SOUL. HE’S IN THE WAITING, HE’S IN THE WAITING. HOLD ON TO YOUR HOPE, WATCH YOUR TRIUMPH UNFOLD. HE’S NEVER FAILING, HE’S NEVER FAILING.” – Take courage. Bethel music.-

Als ich nach einer neuen Definition der Hoffnung gesucht habe, habe ich immer nach Antworten geschaut. Aber Hoffnung bedeutet nicht, dass ich all die Antworten bekomme, die ich suche; es bedeutet nicht, dass sich all diese schwierigen Fragen auf einmal in Luft aufgelöst haben. Auch bedeutet es nicht, dass der Schmerz, den ich fühle jetzt verschwunden ist, dass die Zeiten der Schwierigkeiten, des Schmerzes und der Herausforderungen nun um sind.

HOFFNUNG bedeutet vielmehr DURCHZUHALTEN, DRANZUBLEIBEN in mitten meines Leids, meinem Schmerz, meinen Herausforderungen, Schwierigkeiten, Katastrophen, Problemen- in mitten von all den Dingen, die mich zerbrechen, mich zu Boden werfen und mich dort umgeben von Millionen zerbrochenen Teilchen liegen lassen.

HOFFNUNG bedeutet zu wissen, dass Gott niemals versagt in unseren Schwierigkeiten. Es bedeutet zu warten und nicht aufzugeben, weil wir wissen, dass Gott da ist und dass Gott wirkt während wir warten. Und dass wir dann eines Tages zuschauen, wie unser Triumph durchbricht. Eines Tages werden wir den Sieg haben.

HOFFNUNG ist das, was uns weitermachen lässt. HOFFNUNG motiviert uns. HOFFNUNG gibt uns Kraft. Sie befähigt uns, höher zu denken, größer zu träumen, weiter zu greifen. HOFFNUNG gibt uns Vision, die Dinge so zu sehen, wie Gott sie sieht. Sie lässt uns auf ein Wunder warten. HOFFNUNG hilft uns an die Sonne zu glauben, auch wenn sie nicht scheint, an Liebe zu glauben, auch wenn wir alleine sind, an Gott zu glauben, auch wenn ER nichts sagt.

Ich spüre eine neue Dimension des Lebens. Ich fühle eine neue Definition der Hoffnung. Eine Hoffnung die unabhängig ist von den Umständen. HOFFNUNG, egal was ist. HOFFNUNG, weil ich glaube, dass Gott ist, wer er sagt, dass er ist. Und ich werde nach dieser HOFFNUNG suchen, immer und immer wieder.

25×25

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Christ for Asia International is an organization that works for street children in the Philippines. Only in Cebu City there are about 15.000 children living at the streets. Their lives are marked by hopelessness, brokenness, perspectivelessness. They are being robbed of their dignity daily, their rights are being violated and their value is being taken away.

But much worse than having a broken heart, much worse than facing so much pain and hurt, much worse than being at the streets and having no place to sleep, is the feeling that just no one cares. 

However, bible tells us that GOD CARES- do you?

But what can we do? Facing such pain and poverty, everything we do seems to be a trop in the bucket. But every trop makes a difference. Cause for one child it means to get full, it means hope, it means future, it means love, it means life, it means the world.

Did you ever watch the huge circles one little stone makes when it is thrown into the water? Incredible yeah, but this is reality. That’s exactly how God’s kingdom works and operates. When God uses you to transform one life, he uses this person to transform another life. And this chain goes on and on and on. This is exactly God’s “mission strategy”. Transformed hearts are becoming transformers. It’s your story too. And this story never ends.

Take one step. And then the next step. And then one step after another. Don’t you ever believe God couldn’t use you!

In Cebu City Christ for Asia runs two children homes where street children find a HOME and a FAMILY,  a own school to enable children from the slums to get out of the poverty circle through education, and makes feedings for street children to not only fill their physical hunger but also to at least partly fill their hunger for love and acceptance.

Since 25 years now CFAI does this incredible work. And you can be part of it. Just check out this link and join the 25×25 fundraising campaign. I’m looking for 25 friends who donate 25€ to CFAI.

Just as this stone that is thrown into the water and makes wide circles, God maybe wants to use YOU today to give a small part for something big!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.


Christ for Asia International ist eine Organisation die sich für Straßenkinder auf den Philippinen einsetzt. Allein in Cebu City leben ca. 15.000 Kinder auf der Straße. Ihr Leben ist geprägt von Hoffnungslosigkeit, Zerbrochenheit, Perspektivlosigkeit. Ihre Würde wird ihnen täglich geraubt, ihr Recht verletzt und ihr Wert genommen.

Aber noch viel schlimmer, als ein zerbrochenes Herz zu haben, noch viel schlimmer als so viel Leid und Schmerz durchzumachen, noch viel schlimmer als auf der Straße zu leben und keinen Platz zum Schlafen zu haben ist das Gefühl, dass es einfach niemanden kümmert.  

Doch die Bibel sagt uns ganz klar, dass es Gott nicht egal ist- was ist mit dir?

Aber was können wir tun? Im Angesicht von so viel Leid und Armut kommt uns alles, was wir tun wie ein Tropfen auf den heißen Stein vor. Aber jeder Tropfen macht einen Unterschied. Denn für ein Kind bedeutet es satt zu werden, bedeutet es Hoffnung, bedeutet es Zukunft, bedeutet es Liebe, bedeutet es Leben, bedeutet es die Welt.

Hast du schon einmal beobachtet, wie ein  kleiner Stein der ins Wasser geworfen wird weite Kreise zieht? Unglaublich, aber das ist Realität. Das ist wie Gottes Reich funktioniert. Denn wenn Gott dich gebraucht, ein Leben zu verändern, gebraucht er diese Person um das Leben von jemand anderem zu verändern. Und diese Kette geht immer und immer weiter. Genau das ist Gottes “Missionstrategie”. Veränderte Herzen werden zu Veränderern. Das ist auch deine Geschichte und diese Geschichte hört nie auf. 

Mach einen Schritt. Und dann noch einen. Und dann einen Schritt nach dem anderen. Glaube niemals, dass Gott dich nicht gebrauchen könnte.

Christ for Asia hat in Cebu City unter anderem 2 Kinderheime, in denen Straßenkinder ein ZUHAUSE und eine FAMILIE finden, eine eigene Schule um Kindern aus dem Slum durch Bildung zu ermöglichen, aus dem Armutskreislauf auszubrechen, und macht Essensausgaben an Straßenkinder, nicht nur um den physischen Hunger zu stillen, sondern auch zumindest zum Teil ihr Hunger nach Liebe und Anerkennung zu stillen.

Seit 25 Jahren macht CFAI nun so eine wertvolle Arbeit. Und du kannst Teil davon sein. Wenn du Interesse hast, klicke einfach auf diesen Link und mach mit bei der 25×25 Spendenaktion. Ich suche 25 Freunde, die 25€ für CFAI spenden. 

Genau wie dieser Stein der ins Wasser geworfen wird und weite Kreise zieht, will Gott vielleicht DICH gebrauchen um einen kleinen Teil zu etwas Großem beizutragen?!

 

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Unashamed

 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our LORD.” -2.Timothy 1:7-8-

The Holy Spirit makes us unashamed. HE gives us the courage to follow Jesus, no matter what. To keep going, whatever it takes. To share God’s love and truth without regard what others may think. To be who God calls us to be.

God doesn’t want us to live in fear but to be bold, to step out of our comfort zones, to move forward.

You and I are called to be unashamed. Unashamed of our faith and unashamed of the gospel. Unashamed of God’s truth. Unashamed of who we are and how God created us to be.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes.” –Romans 1:16-

“That I was unashamed of Jesus, yes. But I am also unashamed to admit my weaknesses. Unashamed to admit my brokenness. Unashamed to admit that I fail constantly and need help.” –Lecrae-

Being unashamed also means to not be afraid to show your vulnerabilities. It’s being REAL-not perfect. It’s being unashamed of who you are.

Keep being who you are- unashamed. The world is trying to tell you lies about yourself every day- that you’re not worthy, not good enough, not qualified, etc. Don’t listen to these voices but be who God created you to be- unashamed.

How would you live if you were unashamed?

“If you live for people’s acceptance, you’ll die from their rejection. This belief has made it possible to keep doing what I do and keep being who I am, unashamed.” –Lecrae-

FORGIVEN&FREE

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„Gott hat unsere Freiheit mit seinem Blut teuer erkauft und uns alle unsere Schuld vergeben.“ –Kolosser 1:14

Einer- der DICH unendlich liebt- hat einen sehr hohen Preis dafür bezahlt, damit deine Fehler vergeben werden und du in FREIHEIT leben kannst.

  • Was bedeutet VERGEBUNG für dich?

Für Gott bedeutet es das: „So fern der Osten vom Westen ist, hat ER unsere Verfehlungen von uns entfernt.“ (Psalm 103:12) ER versenkt unsere Schuld im tiefsten Meer (Micha 7:19). Unsere Fehler. Ausgelöscht. Für immer vergessen. So, als ob wir sie nie getan hätten.

Durch SEINE Vergebung ermöglicht Gott uns einen Neuanfang.

  • Was bedeutet FREIHEIT für dich?

„Ihr werdet die Wahrheit erkennen und die Wahrheit wird euch frei machen.“ (Johannes 8:32) Hat die Wahrheit die du glaubst dich frei gemacht? Wenn nein, ist das, was du für wahr hältst wirklich die Wahrheit?

Ich glaube an die Wahrheit von Ostern- dass Jesus Christus, weil er mich so sehr liebt, am Kreuz für meine Fehler starb, damit ich zu Gott kommen kann und für immer mit ihm leben kann. Und diese Wahrheit hat mich frei gemacht und sie macht mich immer wieder frei.

Frei von Verdammnis. Frei von Selbstzweifel. Frei von Hass. Frei von Angst. Frei von Sorgen. Frei davon, mein Glück und meine Erfüllung in Geld, Luxus, Reichtum oder Erfolg zu suchen. Frei für ein Leben mit Gott. Frei für ein Leben in meiner Bestimmung. Frei, das Leben zu führen, das Gott für mich gedacht hat.

Gott hat auch einen unglaublichen Plan für DEIN Leben und lädt dich ein in dieser Freiheit zu leben. Alles was du tun musst, ist Jesus dein Leben anzuvertrauen.

Jesus. Sie schlugen ihm ins Gesicht. Sie beschuldigten ihn, ein Krimineller zu sein. Sie verhörten ihn. Sie nahmen ihn fest. Sie verletzten ihn. Sie peitschten ihn aus. Sie beleidigten ihn. Sie setzten ihm eine Krone aus Dornen auf.  Sie verhöhnten und verspotteten ihn. Sie zwangen ihn sein eigenes Kreuz auf den Hügel zu tragen, auf dem er sterben sollte. Sie kreuzigten ihn.

Alles für dich und für mich. Jesus tat dies alles, damit du und ich leben können. ER ertrug da alles wegen einem einzigen Grund: unglaubliche, unbeschreibliche, unfassbare LIEBE für dich und mich. Überleg dir das mal: ER starb lieber als ohne dich zu sein.

Aber Jesus ist nicht nur gestorben sondern auch wieder auferstanden. Nach drei Tagen lebte dieser Jesus, der am Kreuz gestorben ist, wieder. ER besiegte den Tod und damit alles andere. Jeder Schmerz, jede Angst, jede Sünde, jede Schande… für immer besiegt.

Und weil JESUS für unser Versagen und unsere Fehler am Kreuz gestorben ist, können du und ich ewiges Leben haben. FORGIVEN& FREE. Wegen dem Tod und der Auferstehung von Jesus können wir zu Gott, dem Vater kommen und für immer mit ihm leben. Jesus ist der Weg zu Gott. Und Wegen Jesus wird uns vergeben. Wegen Jesus können wir frei sein. FORGIVEN&FREE.


“The Son paid the price to make us free. In him we have forgiveness of our sins.” –Colossians 1:14-

One- who infinitely loves you- paid a very high price so that your mistakes can be forgiven and you can live in freedom.

  • What means FORGIVENESS to you?

For God it means the following: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has HE removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12 ) He casts our sins down to the bottom of the sea. (Micah 7:19). Our mistakes. Erased.  Forever forgotten. As if we never did it. By HIS forgiveness God gives us the chance of a new beginning.

  • What means FREEDOM to you?

“Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32).
Did the truth you believe set you free. If not, is it really the truth?

I believe in the truth of Easter- that Jesus Christ, because HE loved me so much, died at the cross for my failures, so that I can come to God and live with him forever. And this truth set me free and sets me free over and over again. Free from condemnation. Free from self-doubt. Free from hate. Free from fear. Free from sorrows. Free from seeking my luck and my fulfilment in money, luxury, wealth and success. Free for a life with God. Free for a life in my calling. Free to live the life God planned for me.

God has an amazing plan for your life as well and invites you to live in this freedom. Everything you need to do is to entrust your life to Jesus.

Jesus. They slapped him in the face. They accused him of being a criminal. They questioned him. They arrested him. They hurt him. They flogged him. They insulted him. They put a crown of thorns on his head. They ridiculed and mocked him. They made him carry his own cross up to the hill  where he should die. They crucified him.

All for you and me. Jesus did this all so that you and I may live. HE endured all of this because of one reason: incredible, indescribable, uncontainable LOVE for you and me.

Get that: HE rather died than being without you.

But Jesus not only died. HE also rose from death. After three days this Jesus who died at the cross, lived again. HE defeated death forever- and with it everything else. Every pain, every fear, every sin, every shame…forever defeated.

And because JESUS died at the cross for our failures and mistakes you and I can have eternal life. We can be FORGIVEN&FREE.

The death and resurrection of Jesus allows us to come to God, the Father and to be with him forever. Jesus is the way to God and because of Jesus we are FORGIVEN&FREE.