Culture Shakers

Salt Shaker.pngSo last night I was worshiping and God kept speaking to me thru worship. He started showing me the community I live in, the culture that surrounds them and us and showing me this nation.

Thru all that He said to me that He needs his Culture Shakers to get ready and shake this Culture for Christ.

Now it may sound weird talking about culture shaker and what not but I’m going to go into detail about it cause its been running in my head all day and I believe I am suppose to share it.

Now I’m pretty sure I don’t have to explain the meaning of culture cause everyone knows what it is and we all are living in this culture.

Now our culture to sum it up is generally about self,sex,media,money,toys. Now Those can branch off into a lot of things but they all narrow down to those.

But that’s the worlds culture. What is our culture as Christians look like? Well its the polar opposite the culture Christians are in or should be in is about Others,waiting for the one,Prayer,Serving God and many others. If you look at our culture and then look at the culture of the world your going to see the opposites. But God said in the last days everyone will have the chance to know him.

Now how is that suppose to happen? Well in Joel chapter two God speaks and says “I will pour out my Spirit on all kinds of people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions”. Then you go down a ways to verse 30 and he says “I will show miracles in the sky and on earth: Blood, fire and think smoke”. Now I believe all this is prophetic to when Jesus was coming and to the days we now live in. All around America you are starting to hear stories of people getting healed, people giving there lives to Christ, People stepping out of the comfort zones to share the love that God has shown them with others. All this has to do with people seeking after God and doing what He wants.

The church has started running after God in a way they never have before. They are searching after Him and things are happening. Churches are stepping out into their communities and changes are happening in whole cities. The closest church that I know of that is doing all this and more right now is Bethel Church in Redding, California. That church has stepped out from church and into their culture and is making a change. That is culture shaking.

I believe it is time for all of us to submit ourselves to God so we can shake this Culture. It’s time we step out of our comfort zones and show people all that God has done for us and the love He has for us.

If we are to change this culture we can’t just sit back. It’s time to roll.

I’m going to make a pact right now in my life and I hope others do to be a Culture Shaker. I’m ready to press into God and I’m ready to get out of my comfort to listen to God and do his will. I’m ready to shake this Culture and my community and I hope you are to.

Much Love ~ Jeremy Newton

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Weekly Web Feb,10,08

Well I decided to add a little spice to Jesus Encounter and do a weekly web of 5 things I have to share from the web this week. I’m going to share websites or videos you may never know, but it will always be something that I’ve been using during the week.

Blog Communities

The Blog Experiment

The blog experiment is a site that has a great forum with great people on it. You can get your blog reviewed by the community and just drop in and talk blogging. When you get a certain amount of posts in the forum they offer you free wordpress blog themes for your self hosted wordpress.

Blog Rating

Xinureturns

Xinureturns is a great place to check your overall blog statistics. You can check your page ranks, how many links you have on the internet, how you rank in search engines and stuff its great to help you learn more about your blog.

The Blogs

Rend The Heavens

Rend The Heavens is an awesome blog written by a man named Chris. He has gotten my head thinking a couple of times and he is always ready to share what God has been doing in him and his church. It’s a great blog if you want to see what God is doing outside of your community or you just want to think a bit. Check it out.

Awesome Purpose

Awesome purpose is written by a young man that last year God changed his life dramatically. God grabbed him and turned his life completely around. I’m not going to tell you what happened you will have to read his testimony on his blog which I highly suggest you do cause it’s amazing.

Space Of Reality

I’m a regular reader of Space Of Reality and today I was mentioned on the blog for some blog awards. It was really cool to be mentioned on someone else’s blog and even cooler to be given an award. So check it out and see what I received =)

A Challenge

Well I posted my testimony last night and it got me thinking of some stuff that I had gone thru and I decided to come up with a challenge.

Why is it that your a Christian? Is it because you were raised in church? Is it cause you were made to go to church? Is it because your friends are?

I know for me for the longest time I was serving God because he was my parents God not mine. I was raised in church so I just believed what my parents and everyone else did.

But I challenge you to pray about it and ask God who he is to you. I finally had to come to the place were I dropped God as my parents God and took Him as my own.

I believe if we are ever going to do amazing things for God its requires us knowing who he is to us. Yes we need to know him and know who we are in Him but it also requires knowing why we believe in Him and for what reasons.

So take the time and ask God to reveal Himself to you and to help you grow closer to Him.

If you have accepted the challenge and want to post who God is to you feel free to leave a comment and I plan on after getting some submissions posting another post on who God is to other people. I will take what you guys have given me so people can see who He is to others.

Feel free to contact me via email if you would rather email me your submission than post it in a comment.

Good luck and God bless ~ Jeremy Newton