"Instead of introducing people to God, many Christians make the mistake of trying too hard to impress people themselves- as if their wonderful actions and lifestyle will convince people to convert to Christianity. Promoting ourselves will always lead to failure- it’s time to start trusting in the profound reality of Jesus."
"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, You will not despise."
- Psalm 51:17
"God’s providence is His constant care for and His absolute rule over all His creation for His own glory and the good of His people. His glory and our good are always in harmony with each other. God never pursues His glory at the expense of the good of His people, nor does He ever seek our good at the expense of His glory. He has designed His eternal purpose so that His glory and our good are inextricably bound together."
- Jerry Bridges, Trusting God
asked: It's funny that anon was asking about Being As An Ocean.I saw them in concert this past Saturday with a couple other Christian hardcore bands: Gideon, Fit for A King, & Wolves at the Gate. The guitarist from Wolves at the Gate actually stopped in the middle of the set and started telling people about salvation. Later in the night, Joel (B.A.A.O. singer) commented on it in agreement. Idk anything about them personally or their history but he was a genuine guy & prayed during the set (quietly).
That’s awesome! :)
And I am get to see that same line-up this Thursday. Thanks for sharing that, it’s really encouraging.
"Jesus, be mine for ever, my God, my heaven, my all."
- Spurgeon (via menofthebook)
Anonymous asked: I've really started to getting into Being As An Ocean and as a diciple of Christ I've really connected with their lyrics. To me it was downright obvious that they are a christian band but I watched a interview with them and someone commented that they are not christian rather theyeach believe in their own personal god. I'm still going to listen to them nonetheless but I'm very curious. What is your opinion on the subject?
From what I understand, Joel at least began as a “Christian” but theologically seemed to lean toward be a universalist (which you may have picked up on listening to "If They’re Not Counted, Count Me Out" on the first album, Dear G-d). They do write about God a lot and the first album is fairly solid theologically exempting that track. I still love and respect their music and connect so much to the lyrics they’ve written as well.
I agree; I don’t throw a band I listen to out just because of their personal beliefs, but I do pay attention to what their message is and if it’s true.
When it comes to them as individuals, accept them where they’re at, love them, pray for them to always find deeper truth, and for sure keep listening to good music.
Being As An Ocean is one of my favorite bands and has impacted my life more than I can even begin to say. Their music has spoke to me and been with me in some of the most painful, dark and depressing times of my life. I’m so thankful they exist and create music. I get to see them this Thursday for the firs time live and it will probably be one of the most meaningful shows I’ll ever go to. They may not personally be disciples of Christ, but God uses their music to touch hearts and lives.
She always asks to read my Bible. ❤
"She knows heartache and she knows confusion. She knows chaos and she knows loneliness. She knows the pain of losing someone so close to her heart in the blink of an eye. But, she also knows what it feels like to have The Lord start to rebuild her before she knew the sting of any of that. She knows that He is faithful, loving, powerful, wonderful, merciful, full of grace and compassion.
She knows that she never really lost anything, because all she had was Jesus to start with, anyway. She knows that He’s all she has.
She knows with Him, what she felt before has all gone away. And she knows with Him, she can always make it."
- j.p. (via rootedandestablished)