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Let me know if you have any questions about what I'm doing on what God is teaching me! I am more than excited to talk about His grace here. Yesterday, for example, we did evangelism at the beach. A group of us are musicians so we sang, but we didn't sing to the crowd per se, we sang worship music to Jesus...I mean we literally worshipped God on the promenade and the Holy Spirit fell on His people! We were giving it all and then a few in the group felt God asking us to speak to certain people. There was a man about 29 and a woman about 45, they were sitting all of 5 feet apart, but 2 different groups went to talk to each of them. The guy said that when we started singing he felt something that he could not explain. Juan got to tell him about Jesus and His power. Simultaneously the girls were talking with this woman and they told her about the school here and what God was doing and they asked if they could pray for her, she began to cry and said yes, they asked why she was crying and she said that her son had died 5 months ago and that the love of God was everywhere, she didn't want us to stop bringing praise to a most High God. Then last night one of the staffers felt God saying we needed to have a night of worship, dance, prayer, whatever but we needed to dedicate some time outside the classroom to Him. So we were praying and singing and God was moving and one of the students told a story of walking Dan's dog, Dan leads the DTS (Discipleship Training School), and the puppy ran up to this homeless man and began to lick him. Anyone else she bites when she sees them, but she licked him! So they began to talk to him, he was a homeless man from Europe who has lived in France for 15 years, and they were the first people to talk to him in two weeks. They got to share the gospel. And on Thursday afternoon, I'm meeting a girl that we played, "How He Loves Us" for, and I'm going to share God's love for her. How beautiful a creation she is to Him.

So when I say that God is working, I mean He is taking back His city! 

lukewarm love.

What do your extracurricular activities look 
like? A life set on God will yield fruit. 
Study of the Bible, yielding to His will, and 
serving as He commands. A life that is 
serving as He commands. A life that is
inward focused looks as self serving
activities: putting things you want first!
Whether your addiction is working out,
partying, or Facebook; whether your idols
are your friends, your things, or celebrities--
you are not focused on God. I am either
your everything or I am your nothing at all.
God doesn't want half of your heart, half of your
life, because He gave Jesus as your whole atonement
1 Corinthians 3:2 says by now we should
be eating solid food, but we are still drinking
milk; In Revelation 3:16, God says that 
if you are lukewarm he will spit you out of
His mouth, that he prefers you to be either for
Him or against Him. God is merciful, full
of grace, but He is just and there is a season
in your life where you have to grow up.

This morning's lecture basically wrecked my heart for Jesus, yet again. I've got to hate not just the things that are easy to hate, but also the things that are hard to hate and are accepted in our culture. Gossip, abortion, tattoos, piercings, jewelry.
**But, more than that I need to not confuse hate for sin as hatred of sinners.**

Keep your friendships, but hate sin.
Find a different environment to be around.

Call me if you want to watch football, call if you want to go to dinner, even to see a movie, but don't call me to come out and party because I will say no. Call me if you're drunk at 3 AM and need a ride, but don't call me to party, because I don't live that life anymore.

If you can be around it, then you don't hate it!
I hate clowns so you aren't going to find me around them, I hate Raclette cheese so you aren't going to find me eating it. You don't willingly decide to be around the things that you hate.

master. mission. mate.
1 john 2:15
"Do not love the world or anything in the world."

I know that my master is God. "...I chose you..." [John 15:16]
I know that my mission is to "suffer according to God's will..commit [myself] to the faithful Creator and continue to do good." [1 Peter 4:12-19]
And as far as the mate, it is clear that my heart does not desire that. [Matthew 19:9-12]

Jesus warns about it, God warns about it, the disciples warn about it, and now I am warning you about it. Do not be complacent and do not accept the watered down Gospel, because at judgement He will not be a watered down God. You are responsible for the truth that you know.

live it out.