“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.” (Proverbs 19:21, RSVCE)
About two years ago I was starting what I thought would be my final semester at the University of Florida, where I would then graduate and enter the professional workforce. I knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to work. I had my future figured out and was determined to pursue it.
However, despite my plans, God had other plans. Around mid-March 2013, during spring break, I felt that something was out of the ordinary. The feeling was physical. It was on my neck. It was a slightly enlarged bump. It was a Continue reading
“I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Luke 12:49)
Early in November, I attended the National Leaders’ & Ministries Conference (sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal National Service Committee) with four others from the ChristLife Young Adults. The theme of the event was “IGNITE,” and the weekend included inspiring and insightful talks from a variety of speakers with plenty of praise and worship to fill the time in between. I wish I could point to one salient speaker, topic, or nugget of wisdom that impacted me more powerfully than others to make writing a testimony easier. Instead, the overall atmosphere from the congregation of people and prayer precipitated a subtle and deep transformation within me, and I understood this spiritual fruit in the week following the conference.
The members of Christ Life Young Adults, during the Fall of 2014, were given the opportunity to participate in 1 of 3 Evangelical Missions in the surrounding community. The three choices were: Discovering Christ (DC) at UMBC, assisting in forming a Young Adult group in Dundalk MD or Teen Discovering Christ (TDC) at St. Louis Parish in Clarksville MD.
John 15:13 No one has greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
There are many ways to lay down your life for others. Two weeks ago when we were finally able to visit MCI-J, our first prison for prison ministry, again after being locked out for almost two months, we learned the story of an inmate who put himself in harm’s way for our sake and the sake of a respectful environment. Continue reading
“Mike! How about her?” I point to a middle-aged woman sitting by herself on a grassy area in Baltimore’s inner harbor. “More than anything she looks distracted.” Mike replies as we notice how busy she was re-doing her makeup.
It is a Sunday afternoon and we are in the middle of street evangelization, approaching people to share how God has worked in our lives, to pray for them and to share the good news of God’s love. I stop and sense the Holy Spirit calling me to her and I turn to Mike “Ok, let us at least tell her she is beautiful.” I walk without fear into what would be the last and deepest evangelization experience of the day, one that would end with a kiss.
This past Saturday, I attended the Signs and Wonders Conference for the first time. Honestly, I am still trying to comprehend all that happened that day but I suppose some things are meant to remain a mystery. As some of you might know, I recently went on a mission’s trip to Kolkata, India. It was an incredible experience and I returned feeling very rejuvenated in my prayer life. After about a week of feeling very close to the Lord, I went into a period of spiritual dryness. I felt very isolated from the Lord and many of my past insecurities and fears were constantly haunting me. As silly as it may sound, I felt as if the Lord wasn’t hearing my prayers. Unfortunately, instead of praying more frequently and more fervently, I lost all motivation to pray and started going whole days without conversing with the Lord. My prayer became a plea that I would want to be holy and choose Him over the world and myself, but I felt like I wasn’t being honest in my prayer because I wasn’t making any concrete efforts to change.
Thank you God for this conference!
“Preach the gospel, and if necessary use words.”
I’m sorry to break your bubble, but St. Francis of Assisi never said this. You can look it up and will probably find that the earliest instances of this circulating quote showed up in the 1980’s, many centuries after St. Francis’ death.
This past weekend, 7 of us went to Fells point at 10pm to share the gospel, to make God present in the lives of those around us. It is unconventional action on our part, fueled by our desire to obey a direct (not optional) command by Jesus, the one that is called the Great Commission.