The Denial of a Christian

By: Zach Collins

If we turn our bibles to Mark 14, we read of various things. We read of the burial anointment of Jesus by Mary (Mark 14:3-9). We read of the last supper that Jesus shared with His disciples (Mark 14:12-16). We read of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas (Mark 14:43-45). We read of the arrest and trial of Jesus (Mark 14:43-65). This chapter of scriptrue is chalked full of influential accounts within scripture. Accounts which occur in the span of one week. But, we also read of something else; the denial of Peter (Mark 14:66-72). We read of this account by Mark, (Mark 14: 66-72), and also within the account of Matthew (Matt. 26:69-75). We all know the story: Peter, a disciple of Christ, denies Jesus three times before the rooster crowed twice, just as Jesus had prophesied earlier in Mark 14. But, do we overlook the magnitude of that denial? Continue reading “The Denial of a Christian”

Aim High!

By: Keith Olbricht

There is a story that was supposed to be the introduction to this, but I decided to not bore you with it and skip it to get right to the point: we are going through life with our expectations too high. From careers, to cars, to peers, to looks, and to material stuff in general, the bar of expectation has been set so high that we are impossible to satisfy. Part of this is the natural byproduct of really good things. “Aim high,” we are told in school, and certainly we should. We can and should aim higher than we think we can obtain, but if we are aiming for the wrong things, all we amount to is a puff of smoke and a boom echoing around us. Continue reading “Aim High!”

The Cinderella Christian

By: Zach Collins

It’s that time of year again; March Madness! The time of year where we put hours into filling out tournament brackets, researching statistics that we do not even understand, only to have those brackets busted the first game of the first day. The time of year that can bring a grown man to tears with one follow through of a jump shot. The time of year where our favorite team loses to the ‘Cinderella’ team, usually an eleven or twelve seed from a University we didn’t even know existed. The time of year that we can see all the hopes and ambitions for our favorite team altered forever with one shot. But, if you are a sports fan, especially a basketball fan, it is probably your favorite time of year. Why? The presence of the “Cinderella” team in the tournament. Continue reading “The Cinderella Christian”

The Existence of Fear

By: Zach Collins

If you were to poll one hundred Christians and ask them the question:

What one factor holds you back spiritually?

How do you believe those Christians would answer? Peer pressure, maybe. Anxiety, possibly. In my mind, I believe that fear would be the most common answer. I’m not talking about the fear of heights, I’m not talking about the fear of clowns, I’m not talking about weird phobias. I’m talking about fears within our spiritual life. We all have them. Just to list a few: Continue reading “The Existence of Fear”

I Don’t Know Much…

By: Zach Collins

I don’t know a lot about a lot of things. I was only given so much knowledge and understanding. I don’t know much about the universe, but I can tell you who created the universe, (Gen. 1:1). I don’t know much about gardening, but I can tell you about the seed of God, (Luke 8). I don’t know much about life, but I can tell you about the One for which I live my life, (Deut. 6:5). I haven’t read extensively, but I can tell you about the one book I have read, (Joshua 1:8). I can’t tell you a lot about love, but I can tell you whose love flows abundantly, (Rom. 5:8). My mind can’t grasp the idea of eternity, but I can tell you about the One who offers eternity, (John 3:16). I don’t know much about saving lives, but I can tell you how to save your soul, (Jam. 1:21). I don’t know much about the future, but I know who holds my future, (Jerm. 29:11). I don’t know much about a lot of things. I was only given so much knowledge and understanding. But, I know one thing that is simple; God’s message is simple. What’s His message? I love you, let me know you, let me save you. He sent His only son to seek and save the loss (Luke 19:10), to die on a wooden cross for OUR sins, so that we could spend eternity with Him. That’s love. That’s simple. You don’t have to be smart to search for His message. You don’t have to be all-knowing to understand His message. You don’t have to be perfect to obey His message. You just have to be willing to accept His message.

Are you willing?

Hey, are you a Christian?

By: Zach Collins

Let’s start with a question, can others identify you as a Christian? This was the main question addressed at CYC 2018, in Pigeon Forge. Each speaker addressed the concept of identity and the effect that identity has on each person’s Christianity. These speakers were not referring to unique identification attributes of each person. We are not talking about fingerprints, big ears, a crooked nose, or green eyes. We are not talking about names, social security numbers, or driver’s licenses. These things are not material and could not be identified by a forensic scientist or detective. We are talking about an identity that we inherit through one simple act, becoming a Christian. But, do others know we are a Christian? It is one thing to complete the act of becoming a Christian, by hearing, believing, repenting, and being reborn through baptism (Rom. 6:4). However, it is something else to live our life as a faithful Christian, and to have that act become our identity.  It is something else for the characteristics of a servant of God to be an identifying factor for a Christian.  Continue reading “Hey, are you a Christian?”

The Power of Seed Principle

By: Zach Collins

I don’t know much about gardening, but I do understand seed principle. Seed principle is simple. Whatever seed the sower sows, that is the seed that will grow. Right?

In Luke 8, Jesus tells the parable of the sower. Sometimes, this parable is referred to as the ‘parable of the soils’. A parable is a story with two meanings. Jesus used this method, throughout the Bible, to get His message across. On the surface, it is like any other story. Yet, the symbols within the stories have deeper meanings. These deeper meanings often apply to our Christianity, or our Faith, in some form or fashion. In this parable, Jesus tells of the various ways that hearts will receive his Word. Starting in verse 5, Jesus begins by saying, “A sower went out to sow.” This sower did not go and sow individual seeds, in perfect little rows, as we do in our gardens. These sowers sowed their seed with a method that was akin to throwing. They would take large amounts of seed and scatter it across the designated area. This method was more productive to the needs of the sower. But, no matter where the seed was, the seed would still attempt to grow within the soil. Seed principle is simple. Whatever seed the sower sows, that is the seed that will grow. Right? Continue reading “The Power of Seed Principle”

Are You a Consistent Christian?

By: Zach Collins

One of the things that you will hear every basketball coach preach is, consistency. Consistency is defined as, “the achievement of a level of performance that does not vary greatly in quality over time.” Consistency is a key athletic component for any athlete in any sport. As an athlete, you are nothing if you are not consistent. Sure, you can put up 30 points one night and push your team to a win. But, if you falter the next night, and your team loses, what have you accomplished? The answer: Nothing. Consistency is the unteachable component that every great athlete has or will possess. Continue reading “Are You a Consistent Christian?”

Earn Your Blessings

Earn Your Blessings

By: Zach Collins

James 1:17:

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Let’s talk about earning a blessing. My freshman year of college, I had come home on a Thursday in order to have a outpatient medical operation completed. That next morning, I had a test bright and early at nine o’clock. I was a little late getting out of bed, which caused me to run behind. So, I decided to take the “fastest” route to Morehead. That same route was also the most dangerous route. There was a slight drizzle that morning but, at the time, I didn’t think anything of it. So, I wasn’t as cautious as I should have been while driving. I started to ascend up this hill and my car slid. At the time, I just figured I hit some oil in the road and, because it was slick, I slid. Then, I get on up the road, and came into this sharp curve. As soon as I started turning my steering wheel, I could tell something was wrong. My car started to fish-tail and I lost control of the vehicle. Continue reading “Earn Your Blessings”

Do You Have Time to Read this Article?

Do You Have Time to Read This Article?

By: Zach Collins

William Penn once wrote, “Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.” Time. Time is defined as, “the indefinite continued progress of existence and events in the past, present, and future regarded as a whole.” In the great words of my Co-Host, Keith Olbricht, “No matter who you are, no matter how tall or short you are, no matter where you live, no matter what you are experiencing, one thing remains constant, time.” Every day, and every week, everyone experiences the same amount of time, twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week. For some, that time is too short. For others, that time feels like time without end. However, what is the constant in life that we spend the least amount of time contemplating but the most time consuming? Time. Usually, we do not contemplate our time, especially the use of our time. We just complain when we run out of time. But, that’s just it that time is our time. It is only relevant or pertinent to our lives. It is at our disposal and we can consume it as we see fit.

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