Project Israel: part one


In this—I stumble.

Through this—I wander.

Across this—I fall.


A clouded conscience,

Bound to blindness,

Dense with doubt,

And misty mistakes,

With lowly lies,

Thick of trespasses,

Heaving hefty hatred.


You pierce the grey,

Clear as day,

My eyes bear the image,

You pierced for me?

O’ Jesus you pierce my heart!

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To Everyone Who Hasn't Had Sex Yet, Wait For Marriage, It's The Right Move

If you have not had sex yet, wait.


Premarital sex is not a new concept, no matter how much people like to pretend it is. You can trace scripture and historical texts back thousands of year to see that lust and fornication have been a problem since… well, since we humans have been problems.

They tell you in sex ed that sex causes you to form a bond with someone. They throw some big chemical names at you that are apparently in your body and cause that emotional attachment to happen, then you move on (or back to) how important condoms are and why STDs are so scary.

As a middle schooler or teenager, you can't understand what it means to become permanently connected to someone as a result of a quick, physical act.

If you haven't even had your first kiss, you really can't imagine what it's like to develop such a complex and intimate connection with someone because you have yet to feel the butterflies in your stomach from a kiss. So you really don't know what it's like to have a whole different type of feeling in your stomach.

You never forget your first love. It's one of the most cliche things you consistently hear, but it's true. Ask anyone. I guarantee your parents can still spurt out their first love's name in a few seconds. And most people never forget their first time. I know all my friends can recount that often awkward and slightly terrifying moment as if it happened an hour ago. When you mix those two, especially if you are in your teens, oh boy.

You never forget that. No matter how hard you try.

Everything you hear about sex is true: it's amazing, fantastic, life-changing, etc. There's a reason people have done it as frequently as they do, for as long as they have. But every time you sleep with someone, you leave a piece of yourself with them. Every time you choose to take that final physical step with someone, you cannot go back and collect that piece of your dignity and soul that you left with someone.

So, imagine what happens when you break up with someone you've slept with. Or that you just hooked up with. You have given someone a little slice of yourself forever. And you can never get it back. And imagine what happens when you do that multiple times. You give a piece of yourself to five, 10, 15, 20 or more people. Then you meet the person that you want to spend forever with. And you no longer have that whole part of you. You've given pieces away, and you can no longer give those to the love of your life.

So, save those pieces for your future spouse.

If you have not had sex yet, wait. If you have, consider not giving more pieces of yourself away to people who are not your spouse. Sex was created to be between two spouses, nobody else. So we need to try to maintain its integrity.

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You’ve Made Your Christmas List, But Have You Checked It Twice For The Reason Why?

Stop treating Christmas like a checklist.


Lights strung, ornaments hung and carols are sung? Check. Food prepared, cheapest airfare and stockings hung with care? Check. Presents bought, the fire's hot and you've checked everything off your list without a second thought. You make your list and check it twice to ensure that the holidays will be nice.

But are you checking your list twice for the reason why?

You'll go to the Christmas Eve service, listen to the story of how Jesus was born. Maybe you'll go because your family has always gone. Or maybe you'll go because it's what a "good person" does for Christmas.

You might get out the nativity scene that you packed away last year, unwrap all the figurines and set them up on the mantel or a shelf. The shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.

This is probably the closest encounter many will have with Jesus.

I know that's a bold statement, but it's unfortunately true. Unwrapping baby Jesus from the old newspaper and setting Him in the manger each year is all some people know about Jesus. OK, maybe it's not all they know, but it's close.

If you ask about anyone why we celebrate Christmas, you'll probably hear "Jesus is the reason for the season" or "It's when Jesus was born." Jesus is the reason for the season, but there's more to it than that.

We focus so heavily on the birth of Jesus during Christmas that we forget about the reason why His birth is important.

We celebrate His birth annually, but we just focus on the baby Jesus. We don't stop to think about the rest of His life. Or worse yet, we just focus on checking off the items on our to-do lists.

We get so wrapped up in how we've always celebrated Christmas or how we think Christmas ought to be celebrated. Making Christmas "merry and bright" or "picture perfect" is what we inevitably do and don't even realize it.

Why not start a new tradition and add something new to your Christmas to-do list?

I know, you've already got a lot to do during the holiday season. The checklist gets overwhelming, stressful and often expensive. But I promise you that it won't take much time and it's free.

Just take a moment to reflect upon why Jesus is the reason for the season. Find the reason why His birth is so important instead of blindly saying "Happy Birthday, Jesus" each year. He was born years ago, so He's not a baby anymore.

Without His birth, we wouldn't have the resurrection.

Pretty obvious, but I bet you never thought of it before. Without the birth of Jesus, we wouldn't have redemption for our sins. We wouldn't know what perfect love is. We would be lost without a connection to that perfect love.

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." — John 14:6

I'll be blunt — you have no excuse this year. If you have the time to read this article, you have the time and resources to learn about the life of our savior. Want to try and find an excuse? You don't have the time, you already know about Jesus's life or you don't know where to start.

Stop. You have to make the time, you can't possibly know everything about another person's life and I'll give you a hint of how to get started — pray. It's as simple as that.

"But I've never prayed before, it's been a long time since I've prayed or I don't know what to say."

Guess what — God doesn't care. God understands your prayers even when you don't have the words to say, He hears your silent prayers and He answers every question. Granted, it may not be the answer we want, but I can promise you that He will give you the answers you need.

Go ahead and make your Christmas list this year, but check it twice for the reason why.

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