Welcome to the first issue of Revelation, the magazine from DWJW â€“ Jesus Freak Oasis. We are so happy to have this magazine up and running! Our magazine is small this time, because we only had two writers. So, if you're interested, please see the last page for information on how to get involved! But anyway, we've written a few articles to get this magazine started. Hopefully next issue we will have a bigger and better issue. Please enjoy the articles and sign up to help us out today! So, thanks for reading, and we hope you enjoy this issue of Revelation! God Bless You, Phil Gathany
Steve was walking through the park to get home after his youth group had ended. The park was very quiet around this time of night, usually just a few teenagers hanging out. But tonight, Steve didn't see a single person. It's cold tonight, Steve thought, maybe that's why it's empty. Later on, Steve saw some teenagers with spray paint. They were hanging around one of the old abandoned buildings. Steve watched as the teenagers left, revealing the graffiti they had painted: Jesus is for Losers. He walked up to the wall and stared at the graffiti for a minute. Shaking his head, he started to walk away. All of a sudden, he stopped and bent down to pick something up. A white spray paint bottle. Steve shook it to make sure there was still paint in it, and there was. He turned around, walked over to the wall, and started painting over the graffiti. It took him about ten minutes to cover the entire sentence, but it was well worth it. The graffiti was gone. Steve's paint job wouldn't win any awards, but he was satisfied. He turned around and ran into someone. He looked at the man and realized he had just bumped into a police officer. He sighed. “So, you're into graffiti, eh?” The officer asked. “No,” Steve replied, “You see, I was just painting over something that-” The officer interrupted him, “Look kid, I don't want to hear you explain it right now. You can tell an officer at the station.” “Wait, you're arresting me?” Steve asked. “I guess that would be the proper term, yes.” The officer replied, “This way.” He pointed his finger toward his car. Steve walked over to the car and as he got in, he wondered, Why God, why?
I am sure many of us have grown up hearing the words 'Love your enemies' over and over. Sometimes I don't think we really think about how important loving ours enemies really is. When Jesus came to Earth, he spent much of his time with people that certainly were not holy people. He loved those who persecuted him. In Matthew 5:43-47, Jesus tells the crowd; “You have heard that it is said , “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of you Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?” This Scripture really made me think, and it is so true! How are we, as Christians any different than atheists if we love no more than they do? If we love just our friends or just our family or just those who we get along with, how are we loving like Christ? How are we showing others how great God's love is for them? Life really is not about what makes us happy now, but would it not make you happy if, through your unconditional love towards even your enemies, you brought someone to know God's perfect love? Wouldn't that be awesome? So if we want to live like God, the most important thing you can do is love like God, and- seeing as God loved everyone, even his enemies- it seems only correct that we would do so as well. Take this into careful consideration, because if you love without an end; the way God does, people will notice, and trust me, they will be amazed. -Megan E. Gathany
1 Timothy 4:12 â€œDo not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.â€? (NIV) I love this verse, because it does apply to a lot of our young people today. When Timothy wrote this verse, he was probably in his early thirties. Even though he was very high in power, some people doubted his leadership at times, because he was young. So he wrote this verse to remind us that we shouldn't let people who are older look down on us, but that we should set examples for the other believers.
iWorship Worship is one of the many ways we can glorify God. 1 Chronicles 16:9 says, “Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts.” That verse is a great verse, because it tells us that we need to praise God and tell everyone about the great things he's done. So when you think of worship, what do you think of? Do you think of music? I think that's what comes to most people's minds when they hear the word worship. But worship is more than just standing there and singing. Worship is when we take time to honor God and to praise Him. You don't need to be singing at a church service to worship Him. We can worship whenever we want. You can be in your room and honoring Jesus by thanking Him for everything he has done for you. You don't even need to be musically talented to worship. Like I said in the last paragraph, worship is more than just music. Worship is a time that we devote to honoring our Heavenly Father. God doesn't care if your singing is out of tune. He doesn't care if you can't play any instruments. He just wants to hear us honoring him with praises. Music is a good way to worship Him, though. Many people do have musical talents, so they are able to use those talents for Jesus Christ. They are able to honor Him with those talents. iServe Another way we can glorify God is by serving. There are many, many ways that you can serve Him. Ephesians 6:7 says, “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.” Now, you may think there is nothing you can do for the church. But there is always something to be done. For example, your church may have coffee sitting out every Sunday for everyone's pleasure. The people making the coffee may need help making it, because they're short on help. Maybe the ushers in the church service could use some help. At my church, the ushers could use some extra help anytime. Maybe the Sunday School teachers need an assistant. Believe me, some of the teachers need a lot of help to handle some Sunday School classes. Most churches have a prayer ministry that will take prayer requests and pray for them. You could be taking prayer requests or getting on a mailing list that will send out the prayer requests so others can pray for the requests. But serving is not limited to Sunday mornings. There are probably some mission groups or missionaries in your church. Missionaries are people that are going out and preaching the gospel to the world. I know my church goes down to Mexico every now and then. I've never gone, but I would like to go on something similar. These missions are great, because you get to visit other countries and teach people about the Word of God. There are two other ministries that are similar to mission trips: music teams and puppet teams. While they don't usually travel as far (sometimes they do), they are still able to tell people about God's great love. iPray Prayer is the third thing that we, as Christians can do to glorify God. 1 Timothy 2:8 says, “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”
Prayer is our time to talk with God. It's our “hang-out” time with Him. He wants to hear about how life is going and what we need help with. It shouldn't be something that we don't want to do. We should look at it like we look at chatting with our friends. God wants to be our greatest friend and if we don't pray, that's not going to happen. If we never talk to our best friend, do you think they'll still want to be best friends? I mean, what's the point of having a friend if you never “hang” with them? Like I said earlier, prayer is also a time to ask God for his help. As you may have seen, things go better if you ask God for help with them. And we ask him for help through prayer. Just remember, “With God, all things are possible.” So, prayer is definitely something we can to do glorify God. iRead The final thing we can do to glorify God is to read our Bible. Psalm 1:2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.” So, why read the Bible? Well, to start, it's one way God can show us what he needs to. When we read the Bible, God can bring a passage to our attention when we need some encouragement. He can use the Bible to lead us down the right path when we need help with a decision or when we're not headed in the right direction. The Bible has so much wisdom in it that you will always be able to find a verse that relates to your situation somehow. The Bible also has a ton of stories and parables on a wide variety of topics. The stories always have some sort of lesson in them. For example, the story of Abraham and Sarah tells us that we need to trust God no matter what, because God can do anything. Abraham and Sarah had to have a lot of faith in God to believe that Sarah, who was around ninety years old, was going to have her first baby. So the lesson there is to have faith in God, and to never doubt him. There are a lot of stories in the Bible that have lessons like that. -Phil Gathany
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