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Carson neighbors are talking

Hi,

Your neighbor, Alishan Merjanian, is reminding you to join Carson’s private neighborhood website.

Just a reminder that Alishan Merjanian invited you to join Nextdoor, a private website that helps neighbors connect with each other to build a stronger neighborhood.

To join Nextdoor, follow the link below:

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I think you should join Carson's private website

Hello,

Alishan Merjanian invites you to join
216 of your Carson neighbors on Nextdoor.
Nextdoor is a free and private social network that your neighbors are
using.

Alishan wrote:

"My neighborhood is using a private online network called Nextdoor
Carson. On our Nextdoor site, neighbors share community events,
recommendations, items for sale, crime reports, ideas about how to
improve our neighborhood and more. I think you and your neighborhood
could benefit too.”

Accept Alishan’s invitation:


It’s free and only takes a minute.

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"A burden I have so often felt in prayer, that I need to say, feel or know just the right things in order to make my prayer effective. But I had never fully understood the Spirit’s role in prayer, that He intercedes in every prayer, taking my limited, far-too-human perspective, and presenting to the Father a prayer that is beyond time and space - a prayer that is formed through the Spirit’s omniscience. No wonder, then, that God can and will answer prayer! I know now that my role is not to feel the need to pray great prayers, but it is to continue to grow in godliness - for even the simplest prayers can be pure and sweet to the Father - that I may more and more resemble the Son to whom I am united."

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Tim Challies (via dlchen)

I really like this. This burden I have also so often felt. But now grace upon grace overwhelms me, even in my weakest times, in my deepest sins. My effectiveness does not depend on me! And so I have been enjoying prayer a lot more lately.

I am thankful for the Convergence House of Prayer. (ichop.org) Come visit!

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"Let the freedom to fail give you hope to fight."

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Unka Glen: You are wrong about habitual sin

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Let’s talk about habitual sin, shall we? Oh my, how much doubt has come into the world through habitual sin? How can I be saved if I go on sinning? We ask again and again… as if our behavior had anything at all whatsoever to do with our salvation.

Let me give you a simple test to help you…

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Unka Glen: Pushing isn't the same thing as leading

unkaglen:

Pushing isn’t the same thing as leading. Some people wrongly sense that ministry is about pushing people. So they pick subjects that seem to always be push-able.

“You should be more committed”, for example. It’s true, no matter how committed I am, I could be more committed, and if I could, then…

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Over the years I have tried to wave this banner: To be a Christian is to move toward need, not comfort. Christian life means to get up in the morning and go to bed at night dreaming not about how to advance my comforts but how to advance some great God-centered cause. When we speak of multiplying and growing, we mean raising up a people who don’t spend themselves day and night pursuing self- preservation and self-exaltation and self-recreation, but who pursue something bigger and greater than themselves or their family or their church.

What is the greater Cause you are living for?

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- John Piper, Bloodlines (via thekevinkim)
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There is so much porn on Tumblr!

Earlier today this blog shared porn. That was not me, and I honestly don’t know how it happened. I don’t “like” porn, I think it is inherently harmful to producer and and consumer, and I would never share it intentionally.

But I don’t want any of you to think I am some kind of innocent cherub. “Alishan is so Christian, so holy! He’s like the male version of the virgin Mary!” No. I am a normal human being. I like sex. As a child approaching puberty, when these God-implanted desires were awakened in me, I intentionally sought to satiate my sex drive in secret settings. (yay! alliteration!) I used very little self-control in pursuing my curiosity about the forbidden. I was mastered by massive masturbation, polluted by perverse pornography. (yay! more alliteration!) 

As I’ve gotten older, my self-control has increased somewhat. And more importantly, I’ve experienced the taste of “living water” from God that truly satisfies, unlike the toilet water of porn. I trust Jesus. I believe he is the Only Son of God who came from God and returned to God, and I trust that his design for sextremely sexy sex in monogamous marriage, as seen in the Song of Solomon, is superiorly satisfying. (yay! excessive alliteration?)

But again, I am not yet close to perfect. It is not as if I met Jesus and all my sin disappeared. It is a daily battle, to seek the best instead of the easy. Many days, I have won great victories with the help of the Holy Spirit of God that lives in me! But on many lazy and lonely moments, I have chosen to completely give in and give up my dignity. If perfection is a requirement for leadership, I am definitely not qualified.

I celebrate the small victories. With God’s help, I have made great progress spiritually, emotionally, mentally. I am more mature than I have ever been. I see more of the fruit of the Spirit in my life. (which are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. see Galatians 5:22.)

And this is the foundation of my peace: God does not love me because I am already perfect (I’m not), or because I am unwaveringly pure hearted in seeking him (nope!); rather, He loves me because He is my Father. He loves me so much that he adopted me, and the price was his own Son’s blood! And he loves to watch me and help me grow into perfection. That is why I want to be with him, because he wants me, despite my failings.

He wants you too! Don’t be afraid, come to him. Start with the Gospel of John and see for yourself! But be ready to be changed. It’s impossible to meet him and stay the same. 

Someday, in the coming kingdom of God, I will be mature and complete. My desires will be all in the right order. I will want that which is best at all times. God will supply all our needs, and as we see his glory, will have pleasures forever that will be even more supremely satisfying than the best sex here. It will be amazing. Hope to see you there!

Also someday I will have a wife. And her spine will tingle and her toes will curl. And God will be praised.

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Unka Glen: If you want to take it to the extreme...

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For years the church has looked for the right thing to take to the extreme. Something that would unlock a deeper, more transcendent walk with God. They’ve tried monasticism, graduate level academics, legalism, end times focus, faith healing, prosperity preaching, hours of continuous prayer, and…

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