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Music Review: Colton Dixon – A Messenger

Posted by Cyle Young on April 1, 2013 in Alexa Clark, iBegat HOME, iBegat Music |

Colton Dixon rise in the music industry over the past year, began with his American idol Season 10 audition. He showered the nation with his voice and left impressions on every listener throughout his journey. He continues to make more impressions with his label, Sparrow Records. Colton’s first album, “A Messenger” contains uplifting, encouraging, and positive Christian music. It includes his hit song, “You Are,” which has been running through everything from radio stations’ set lists, to teens’ earphones.

The lyrics to Colton’s songs deliver a positive message to people of all ages, and share the message of Christ in a wave of love. In the song, “You Are,” Colton encourages people to know God as a healer and the light in dark situations. He shares in “Never Gone,” that God is always there and never leaves you alone.

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Not only does Colton Dixon make musical impressions with his voice, but he makes a great role model for all. He follows Christ with all of his heart and boldly stands for him in our polluted world. He sings his passion for Christ powerfully. Colton lives to be a messenger and example through singing of God’s marvelousness. There is no doubt fans will continues to follow Colton Dixon throughout his musical journey. 

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More Than Conquerors

Posted by Cyle Young on December 21, 2012 in Danielle Dodge, iBegat HOME, iBegat the Begotten |

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us (Romans 8:37).

Once there was a king. This king was going into battle with his army. They would be fighting a much bigger, stronger, fiercer army, and the king’s men were afraid. Before the battle, the king went out to his men and held up a coin. He told them that one side of the coin had a bear stamped on it and the other side had an eagle. He would flip the coin, and if it landed eagle-side up, the king and his army would win. The soldiers held their breath as the king flipped the coin. To their great joy and amazement, it landed eagle side up. The king and his army marched into battle and won a great victory. Afterward, it was revealed that both sides of the coin had eagles stamped on it.

Do you ever feel like you’re fighting a losing battle? Every day has bad things that happen in it, and sometimes it feels like every single one of those bad things happens to you. I know we all must get to a point where we wonder, “If God is all-powerful, then why do I feel like I’m losing?” Did you know that God has already won the victory? Yep, that’s right! God won the ultimate victory through Jesus’ death on the cross. And by reading the Bible, we can know that in the end, God wins the battle against Satan too.

So continue to fight the good fight! We can know that no matter what we go through day to day, God has already won the victory. He is already the conqueror over sin, death, and Satan.

And that’s something to cheer about as we march in God’s army.

 

My name’s Danielle Dodge.  I’ve found it’s a hard job to summarize fourteen years of life into a small paragraph so I’ll just mention a few things.  I’m an avid writer and reader.  I love to write young adult fiction/fantasy novels and devotionals.  I’m a ballerina, a violinist, an amateur photographer and an amateur horseback rider.  I like BIG words, bright colors, cats, and of course, chocolate.  And if you didn’t guess already, I’m a born again Christian, follower of Jesus Christ.

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The difference a “U” makes.

Posted by Cyle Young on November 12, 2012 in Danielle Dodge, iBegat HOME, iBegat the Begotten |

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (John 3:16 NIV)

Lee Bramlett is a missionary that works with the Hdi culture, translating the Bible into their language.

One night in a dream, God urged Lee to look up the word “love” in Hdi.  In his study of the language, Lee had found that verbs in Hdi always end in “A”, “I”, or “U”.  He looked for the word “love” and found forms of it ending in “A” and “I”.  Why no “U”?  In search of an answer, he asked the Hdi translation committee.

Lee asked, “Could you ‘dvi’ your wife?”

The translators replied, “Yes.  That would mean you used to love your wife.  Now the love is gone.”

Then Lee asked, “Could you ‘dva’ your wife?”

“You could,” answered the leaders.  “It would be love based off your wife’s actions.  You would love her as long as she cleaned the house, cooked the meals, and remained loyal to you.”

Finally Lee asked, “Could you ‘dvu’ your wife?”

The leaders laughed.  “Of course not!  If you said that, you would have to continue loving your wife no matter what she did, even if she never got you water, never made you meals. Even if she committed adultery, you would be compelled to just keep on loving her. No, we would never say ‘dvu.’ It just doesn’t exist.”

Lee thought quietly for a minute and then he said, “Could God ‘dvu’ people?”

Now it was the leaders turn to be silent for several minutes.  Then tears started to trickle down their faces.  “Do you know what this would mean?  This would mean that God continued loving us over and over, millennia after millennia, while all that time we rejected His great love. He is compelled to love us, even though we have sinned more than any people.”

One simple vowel, and the meaning was changed from “I love you based on what you do,” to “I love you based on who I am and who I created you to be.”

I think sometimes we forget how much God loves us and how much He sacrifices for us.  We live life as if we don’t owe God our entire existence.  Other times, we think He loves us because of what we do and how much we accomplish.  We try to do enough good actions to counteract our wrong actions, to make us worthy of God’s love.  But it’s not possible to right our wrong with our good.  Neither is it possible to make God love us anymore since He already loves us to the max!  God loves us for who He created us to be no matter what we’ve done.

Instead of trying to earn His love or living like His love doesn’t matter, we need to accept God’s love and let His light shine through us, making us more like Him everyday.

 

 

My name’s Danielle Dodge.  I’ve found it’s a hard job to summarize fourteen years of life into a small paragraph so I’ll just mention a few things.  I’m an avid writer and reader.  I love to write young adult fiction/fantasy novels and devotionals.  I’m a ballerina, a violinist, an amateur photographer and an amateur horseback rider.  I like BIG words, bright colors, cats, and of course, chocolate.  And if you didn’t guess already, I’m a born again Christian, follower of Jesus Christ.

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Never Forsaken

Posted by Cyle Young on September 30, 2012 in Danielle Dodge, iBegat HOME, iBegat the Begotten |

God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b NIV)

Every January, my family watches the video.  Every January, we watch Dad filming Mom and my sister as the three wait with their adoption group in the Chinese hotel.  Then, out of a doorway steps a man carrying a round bundle of . . . clothes.  Inside the ball of yellow and red is a nineteen-month-old baby girl.

The man walks over to my parents and hands the baby to Mom.  The moment the little girl changes hands, her face crumples up and she bursts into tears.

I don’t remember that moment, but it’s easy to understand why I started crying.  I had been living with a foster family for a while, and I must have thought they were my family.  Then, I was handed off to three strangers and taken away to their hotel room.  My nineteen-month-old brain must have been thinking, Who are these people?  Where are they taking me?  I want to go back to my other mommy!

Needless to say, I adapted to my new family.  Now as a fourteen-year-old, I can’t imagine having any others parents.  But it’s not just adopted babies who feel confused, scared, and alone.  I think everyone gets to a point sometime in their life where they are hurting inside and feel alone.  In those moments, people need to turn to God’s promise in Hebrews 13:5 that says He will never forsake or leave us.  If people don’t turn to God for comfort, then they’ll turn to worldly things for that satisfaction of being loved.  Worldly things promise fulfillment but they never come through on their promises.

Unlike God.  God always comes through on His promises, especially the one that says He will never leave us.  He is always with us through every trial, storm, or hurt.

Whenever you feel alone, turn to God as your source of comfort and love.  Open up the Bible and let His word encourage you.  You could also go to a close Christian friend, tell them how you’re feeling, and have them pray with you.

Whatever makes you hurt or feel alone, know that God sees you and He loves you.  He will never leave you or forsake you.

Danielle Dodge

Danielle Dodge is a fourteen-year-old girl who lives in Missoula, Montana. She’s in love with writing and reading. She also enjoys playing the violin, dancing, and horseback riding.

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The God Who Bears Our Burdens

Posted by Eddie Jones on May 16, 2011 in iBegat the Begotten, IBegat Trouble, iBegat U |

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation.” (Psalm 68:19 NIV1984)

A skit was performed at my grandmother’s church on Good Friday that deeply impacted me.

After the pastor’s message, two well known ladies In the church seated themselves next to the pulpit, at a small table with coffee mugs in their hands, and packs on their backs.

Their talk went something like this:

“Oh, I was so hoping that my husband and I would be able to go up to Canada for our vacation this year, but with the economy the way it is, I just don’t think it’s possible.”

“That’s too bad.”

“Yeah, and I really need it this year. Everything is just so stressful.”

“Yeah, I mean, look at the world, it’s so unbelievably messed up! There’s so much wrong with our world!”

As the ladies continued their conversation, a large rock was being added to the packs on their backs every time they worried about the stuff in their lives. When they tried to stand up, they couldn’t because they were being weighed down.

Toss Your Burdens Aside

They had to do something, so they prayed. Lo and behold, as they prayed, their burdens were removed and they once more felt alive, light and refreshed.

As I watched, I felt like a bullet had just hit me between the eyes. I had what could be described as an epiphany. I felt like I finally got it.

God doesn’t promise that our lives will be easy or painless, however, they will be easier and less painful if we allow him to take our burdens.

And when we do so, we will feel lighter and be better equipped to follow Him, unburdened by the unnecessary things of this world.


SHANNON MEIERS

Shannon Meiers is a 16 year old home-schooled sophomore in high-school. Shes an aspiring writer, and is currently working with the special needs ministries at her church. Shannon, or Shan as her friends know her, is constantly learning… (read more…)

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Forgotten

Posted by Eddie Jones on January 11, 2011 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten, IBegat Trouble, iBegat U |

I’ve screamed so long my lungs are hoarse, my fists have slammed against the wall so many times the skin is broken and bleeding streaks of red down my bedroom wall. No one’s home right now. And even worse—I can swear no one is listening. Even if someone was, they must not care about me because nothing is changing. No matter how many tears I weep in the night, no matter how low and broken I’ve become, all I hear is silence. All I feel is the emptiness from the world.

God has forgotten me.

Have you ever felt this way? Frustrated and desperate for some kind of sign; some kind of proof that He’s there: that things will get better? That He hears you?

Let me assure you, He is. And He always will be.

Even more than that—God weeps with you! Jeremiah 8:21 says, “Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn and horror grips me.” (NIV) You are not in this alone! Hebrews 13:5b states, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” It is impossible for you to be forgotten! And most importantly, God cherishes you and nothing can change that!

Romans 8:39 “…(nothing) shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NASB)

God hears you. God passionately loves you.

Remember, “Do your best, prepare for the worst; then trust God for the victory.” (Proverbs 21:31 MSG)

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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Pizza on Earth?

Posted by Eddie Jones on December 7, 2010 in iBegat the Begotten, iBegat U |

O Little Town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie …

O morning stars together proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King and peace to men on earth

Tis’ the season to be peaceful? Glaring lights, tinseled ornaments, merchants, advertisers, and profiteering corner salesmen lure the throngs of people to their bargain tables. Driving by a local pizza shop, I sneered at the creative string of blinking of lights above the entrance; PIZZA ON EARTH

Where did this concept of peace during the Christmas season come from? Better yet, where has it gone? The peace the world seeks during Christmas is rooted in tradition, foods, smells, and sights—all temporary fixes. Yet the premise this holiday is based on—the birth of Jesus, historically presumes to bring peace to men on earth.

Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34 NIV)

What did Jesus mean by this? Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest reveals the foundation of true peace:

Thousands of people are happy without God in this world. If I was happy and moral till Jesus came, why did He come? Because that kind of happiness and peace is on a wrong level; Jesus Christ came to send a sword through every peace that is not based on a personal relationship to Himself.

My Utmost for His Highest, December 19

You can have peace during this time. But the discipline of finding it has to gain its momentum from knowing Jesus.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

Are you resting in Jesus? If he is your peace, he must be the root of all your festivities. Then, letting go of guilt and generational mandates for the holidays can be the ingredients you add to find true peace.

Pizza on Earth is only for a season. Peace through Jesus is everlasting.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6 NIV)

Cindy Scinto

Cindy Scinto, Editor, iBeGat.com

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Excuses, Excuses!

Posted by Eddie Jones on December 3, 2010 in iBegat HOME, iBegat the Begotten, iBegat U |

So the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! Listen: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.’” (Luke 1:30-31 NET)

So Mary said, ‘Yes, I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:38 NET)

Christmas is getting closer and I’ve started thinking about the Christmas story. We’ve all heard it: the virgin, Mary, gives birth to Jesus, God’s son, in a stable while traveling with her newly wedded husband, Joseph.

Seems simple, but amazing, right?

Everything in the Bible can be taken to a deeper level, though, because it is God’s word that we need to apply to our lives. As I was going deeper into these verses, some thoughts came to me.

In “Bible Times” girls would marry at very young ages. Mary, Jesus’ earthly mother, was merely 13 years old. This seems crazy to us now, but that’s how it was back then. Another thing, she was engaged to Joseph. How would you feel if you were 13, engaged, and God told you that you were pregnant with his son (pregnant, but not married)? I don’t know how I would feel, but I know I would be rolling out excuses by the bucket load: I am too young. I am not wise enough. They could stone me for being pregnant, but not married. Joseph could not marry me because it isn’t his baby. If Joseph doesn’t marry me, no one else ever will.

This was God’s call to Mary, and she could have used all of the legitimate excuses I just listed. Instead, she freely stated, “I am a servant of the Lord; let this happen to me according to your word.” Did you catch that? No “There’s someone better for the job” or “Everyone will make fun of me,” just “I am a servant of the Lord.”

Now, let’s apply this to our lives. Like I said before, this was God’s call to Mary. We all get “calls” from God, but we don’t always respond as well as Mary. I can think of many times in my life that I have felt a call to just talk to someone about Christ, but have made up excuses like “They’ll just laugh at me” or “They won’t listen, what’s the point of even saying something.”

Sound familiar to anyone?

Here’s the kicker: most of us, in our lives, will never be called to do things that could end in us getting stoned, disowned, and/or raise God’s son. Mary was called, however, and while we make excuses for the littlest things; she walked into this with an open heart. If she can do that, why can’t we just do what God wants without complaint or argument?

My challenge for you is to not make up excuses the next time you feel called to something. Just do whatever it is you feel God wants you to do, and let Him be in control. I promise you won’t be sorry.

God’s plan for us is always better than our own.

HALEY FAYE SNYDER

I’m Haley Faye Snyder. I’m 13 years old and in eighth grade. 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. (read more…)

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Proclamation Establishing Thanksgiving Day

Posted by Eddie Jones on November 23, 2010 in iBegat HOME |

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies.  To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God.  In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.  Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore.  Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years, with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things.  They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American people.  I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.   And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.

In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington, this third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the independence of the United States the eighty-eighth.

A. Lincoln

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