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Insatiable

Posted by Eddie Jones on May 4, 2011 in Christine Wessilius, iBegat the Begotten |

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6 NIV)

I swear there isn’t enough food in this house to sustain my teenage brother. When I went to bed we had Pizza Pockets, soup, Captain Crunch, chips, boxed macaroni and cheese, Top Ramen, and a brand new gallon of 2% milk. However, by the next morning, the only trace of these items’s existence was the suspicious crumb trail leading all the way from our kitchen, up the stairs, and under the door to his bedroom.

Sometimes I think my brother could make a living at the circus as “The Amazing Bottomless Hole.” Despite incriminating evidence against him, his constant alibi is that he is still hungry. And he’ll prove it happily by eating six eggs, five pancakes, and innumerable pieces of bacon without blinking an eye. It’s unreal.

While we refer to ourselves as followers of God, we often end up following Americas Next Top Model or the newest episode of Glee much more religiously. Our relationship with God should be insatiable; but the world around us pushes other things into our path to distract us and steal our focus.
Press into what God has for you! Set your daily TV or computer routine aside and make God your routine! Unlike like my brother’s ravenous appetite, God guarantees that you won’t come away still hungering for something more, but instead that you will be filled.

Things of this world last only for a moment, but God’s kingdom is eternal. You choose.


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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A Light on a Hill

Posted by Eddie Jones on December 29, 2010 in iBegat the Begotten, iBegat Trends, IBegat Trouble, iBegat U |

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14, 16 NKJV)

Stormie is a beautiful young lady with a smile that lights up a room. She’s friends with everyone because she’s the kind of person you enjoy hanging out with. Stormie has aspirations to be a model and loves country music. At the age of 14, her Christian strength and character allows her to be a strong witness to anyone no matter what the circumstances.

Recently, Stormie shared with me about the pressure she and other girls were getting from guys at her high school for sexting. She said there was a particular sophomore who relentlessly pursued her under the guise of wanting to be her friend. What he really wanted was a nude photo of her for his phone.

Stormie told him repeatedly she would be glad to be his friend, but he would never get a picture of her without her clothes. His motives became very clear—he dumped her.

Many young people have yielded to different pressures and exposed themselves to sexting. They live with regret and shame everyday because of their decision. Stormie wants her fellow comrades to know with God’s great love you can start over. No matter what you’ve done the screen can be erased and you can be free from the quilt.

In a world where everything can be really confusing and full of pressure, here are some of the principles that Stormie uses to keep her light shining on a hill for Christ.

  • Surround yourself with Christian friends that share the same standards as you
  • Get involved with your church youth group and attend church regularly
  • Talk to your parents about everything in your life

CRYSTAL Y. HATHCOCK

Crystal Y. Hathcock and her husband Tony, live in Liberty, South Carolina and have been married for thirty-two years. They have two puppies, Hankie and Calvin. Crystal is a freelance writer; a student with the Christian Writer’s Guild and writes religious articles for the area’s local newspaper. She enjoys cooking for family and friends, couponing, jewelry making and singing. (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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The Amazing World of Water….slow mo…style

Posted by Eddie Jones on September 14, 2010 in iBegat HOME |

“And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas.’ And God saw that it was good.” (Genesis 1:9-10 NIV)

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Disney Dreams

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

DID YOU KNOW…

That Disney offers a paid college internship program? Who doesn’t love the “Wonderful World of Disney?” Well, Disney offers students the opportunity to spend five months with them working, learning and getting a taste of where dreams come true. There are guidelines…(rats!) Like you have to have completed one full semester of college but what a goal to work toward.

Do you love to write, to sing, dance, movies…fun? Check out a summer GOAL as an intern with Disney. “Dream it. Do it. Disney.”

https://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com/sap/its/mimes/zh_wdwcp/index.html

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