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A New Vision

Posted by Eddie Jones on May 20, 2011 in iBegat the Begotten, iBegat U |

They may not actually have mouths that speak, but we can still hear their voice. They may not say audible words, but they shout a message loud and clear. Everywhere we look, we are surrounded by advertisements, televisions, billboards, songs, and magazines that announce their message saying, “You have to look a certain way, dress a certain way, act a certain way.

These messages are loud, but their not true. Our culture shouts lies that cloud our view of ourselves and God. Because of this, we look in the mirror with blurry, unfocused vision. My skin is too pale. My hair is too flat. My waist is too big. My face is too plain.

No matter how loudly these voices speak, God’s voice is more powerful. No matter how blurry our vision may be when we look at ourselves in the mirror, the Lord is able to restore our sight.  All we need is a new pair of lenses, which are the words of truth from the Bible.

The Lord your God is with you. He is mighty to save. He takes great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17 NIV1984 )

God delights in you! He rejoices over who He made you to be. When you look in the mirror, see yourself the way God sees you: beautiful, valued, treasured, and full of purpose. God is ready to give you a new vision, a vision not skewed by our culture. With this clear vision, you will be able to see how precious you really are.

Thought for the day: As you notice the messages around you that our culture shouts, remember God’s voice is true and He says that you are fearfully and wonderfully made.


Ashli Roussel

ASHLI ROUSSEL

Ashli Roussel, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Harding University, is passionate about sharing the truth and love of the Lord through writing. She loves camping, running, playing the piano, and participating in missions. Most of all, she is passionate about knowing, following, and serving her Lord and Savior. Without Him, her stories would mean nothing.

Ashli has battled and overcome an eating disorder, which God used to teach her great truths about who He is and how He is involved in our struggles. Now she desires to comfort others with the comfort that she has received from God. Keep an eye out for Ashli’s regular articles on iBegat.com! (read more…)

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A Different Kind of Beautiful

Posted by Eddie Jones on October 22, 2010 in iBegat U |

Like a draped curtain with ripples in the fabric, lush hills roll smoothly over the landscape. Tropical fruit trees bloom and dot the countryside with bright orange flowers. No matter which way I turned, I was surrounded by the beauty of God’s creation. Though this Nicaraguan landscape is beautiful, it is also filled with poverty.

At the base of the gorgeous mountains are dirt roads lined with garbage, waste, and homeless people. Beneath the bright blue sky is a country torn by poverty and needs. I looked, and next to a bright orange tropical tree sat a shack made of rotten wood with a tarp roof. In the doorway stood a four-year-old girl with matted hair and bare feet.

Just like poverty and beauty exist side by side in the landscape, so it exists among the people. They may not have cars, clean water, or shoes, but they have something much greater—they are rich with love. When they have nothing else, they know what it means to love others. When you look at the people, you can see past the dirty clothes to a different kind of beauty; a beauty of the spirit. It is a beauty that comes from love.

When I went to Nicaragua this summer for an internship, I wanted to help the people live better lives. At first, I thought that meant that I would give them material things so in some way, they could live as I do. But after I got to know the people and experience their richness of Spirit because of the love of Christ, I had a change of heart. These people are not poor; they are rich. I don’t want to give them what I have, but I want to be given what they have. My heart longs for the richness of Spirit that they have in their poverty.

Wealth and riches no longer matter when it comes to the body of Christ. The best gift we have to offer is the love of Christ. When you have that love dwelling in your heart, you hold the greatest treasure of all. May the love of Christ make your heart rich today, and may you share that wealth with others.

Still, the grip of poverty is a major problem in many parts of the world. It is a problem that God has given us the resources to fix. To find out how you can help meet physical and spiritual needs with the love of Christ, visit http://www.worldvision.org.

Ashli Roussel

ASHLI ROUSSEL

Ashli Roussel, a nineteen-year-old sophomore at Harding University, is passionate about sharing the truth and love of the Lord through writing. She loves camping, running, playing the piano, and participating in missions. Most of all, she is passionate about knowing, following, and serving her Lord and Savior. Without Him, her stories would mean nothing.

Ashli has battled and overcome an eating disorder, which God used to teach her great truths about who He is and how He is involved in our struggles. Now she desires to comfort others with the comfort that she has received from God. Keep an eye out for Ashli’s regular articles on iBegat.com! (read more…)

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Beauty and the Beast Theology

Posted by Eddie Jones on October 19, 2010 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten |

Truly I say to you, unless you turn around and become as young children, you will by no means enter into the kingdom of the heavens.” (Matthew 18:3 NWT)

None of us, when we were five years old watching the opening of Beauty and the Beast as Belle danced through the town, stopped to ask what on earth ‘provincial’ meant. Nope, we kept watching. We went with it. Because even though we didn’t technically understand, we got it; the fact that Belle was a dreamer and wanted more than life had given her.

As teens, we question everything. Is the death penalty Biblical? Why aren’t there piranhas in the Amazon? Why was my friend killed by a drunk driver if God is just? Are the hot dogs in the cafeteria really made of plastic and road-kill? Why did my parents divorce?

And while questions are essentially good—they more often than not become a distraction from the main message God has for us. Some of the greatest theological minds in the world know everything there is to mortally comprehend but at the end of the day, they still miss the mark. They’re too distracted by the obstacles they’ve put up for themselves.

That’s why God calls us to look at this world through the eyes of children. Kids don’t always understand the mechanics of how things work but that doesn’t stop them from enjoying the moment.

So stop looking at the technicalities life throws at you and look into the heart of God once again.

CHRISTINE WESSELIUS

Christine grew up in the windowless basement of her grandparent’s house and has thus been fondly nicknamed “The vampire in a box” by her friends. She has a strong affinity for sarcasm, shiny purple things, and random, useless information that “normal people probably wouldn’t care about.” She likes to sing, act, draw, write, read, and make fun of Prince Charming in her spare time. Some of her epic skills include: surviving a piano being dropped on her, carrying on a five hour conversation with a wall, and making a grilled cheese sandwich spontaneously explode. (read more…)
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Bad Hair Day?

Posted by Eddie Jones on September 3, 2010 in iBeGat Health, iBegat the Begotten, IBegat Trouble |

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31 NIV)

“Come on Hanna, Jeff is waiting. We’ll miss our ride.” Sam was tired of bugging her to get done.

“Just a little bit more spray and I’ll be ready. I’m not going out in public with my hair a mess.” Hanna pulled and tugged as she froze a tuft of hair in place.

The girls got into Jeff’s car and he took off in a hurry. “What was the holdup?”

“Oh just miss prissy and her ‘not-a-hair-out-of-place’ obsession.” Sam was totally disgusted.

Hanna defended herself. “Look, I have a standard to uphold and Lisa Tillerman will not beat me out of homecoming queen this year. All she does is worry about her perfect hair and her perfect body and her perfect wardrobe. Must be nice.”

Everyone met at the mall and car-pooled to Barb’s house for her birthday party. After a while, Hanna and Sam noticed that Lisa wasn’t there.

“Where’s Lisa?” Hanna asked Barb. “It’s not like Lisa to miss a chance for a public appearance.”

Later that night when Hanna got home, her mom was waiting up to talk to her. They sat in the kitchen and Hanna listened to the news. It just didn’t seem real. Her mom told her that Lisa had collapsed earlier in the day and been taken to the hospital. The doctors discovered that she had Leukemia.

After weeks of treatment, Hanna went to visit Lisa. Jeff arrived to pick her up and she was on time for once. When Hanna walked in the room, Lisa let out a cry and turned her head away. A turban was wrapped around her head. She had lost all her beautifully kept hair.

Hanna’s first instinct was to run out of the room, but with tears running down her cheeks, she leaned over and grabbed Lisa. The two hugged and cried. Hanna looked at Lisa and wiped her tears. “You’re still beautiful Lis’. And you know, Kelly shared a scripture from 1 Samuel 16:7 at youth group last week, ‘The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’ (NIV) I can’t think of anyone with a more beautiful heart and as much courage as you.”

Hanna placed a flower in Lisa’s turban. “Besides, God won’t have to worry about knowing every hair on your head for a while so He’ll be able to concentrate on getting you well!” Lisa smiled through her tears.

As they left the hospital, Hanna turned to Jeff. “I don’t feel like running for homecoming queen anymore. The real beauty is Lisa and I don’t think I could compete.”

When you just can’t seem to get it right, look at each strand of hair and remember that the Lord has numbered every one. Then try to figure where the importance really is.

Cindy Scinto

Cindy Scinto, Editor, iBeGat.com

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Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Posted by Eddie Jones on July 31, 2010 in iBegat Trends |

Why can’t I look like her? I’m nothing special. Guys don’t notice me, girls look down at me, and all the adults think I’m “so adorable” (blech).

Hold it girly! I don’t like where that train of thought is headed! Let’s back up a bit.

In this day and age “pretty” is a very dangerous term. Yes, I said dangerous. The truth is many people see beauty as the girls on the magazine covers or the movie screen. What we need to realize is that they have a make-up crew, costume crew, personal hairstylist, and a person trainer. Plus, many magazine covers show the girl after editing to make her look skinnier.

I know what you’re thinking: So, that still doesn’t change that I’m nothing special. Wrong, you are special! “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God is VERY special, don’t you agree? Well, God made us in His own image. Saying that we aren’t anything special is like saying God isn’t anything special. It shouldn’t be said because it’s just a lie.

Still refusing to believe me? Try this one:  “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; you works are all wonderful, I know that full well.” What King David is trying to say here is that all of God’s works are wonderful. You can agree on that one, can’t you? Well, we are God’s works too. That means we are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Don’t argue, it’s in the Bible!)

HALEY FAYE SNYDER

I’m Haley Faye Snyder. I’ve lived in the same Christian home in Kentucky since I was born. I have one little brother and two loving parents. I go to Westport Baptist church and have my whole life. I accepted Christ into my heart when I was six and then re-committed my life to Him when I was 11 at Boones Creek Baptist Camp. (read more…)

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