Posted by: Shaston | April 11, 2014

BE CHRIST LIKE, BE A FRIEND

Matthew 9:9 (NLT), “As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man name Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth.  “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him.  So Matthew got up and followed him.

Proverbs 17:9 (NLT), “Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”

People attend 4 years or more of Bible college to learn how to study the Bible and minister to believers and unbelievers.  The word evangelize means to bring the good news.  That’s what Jesus told his disciples before he ascended into heaven.  Bible scholars can say what they want about evangelism, but the best way to bring people to Christ, is by being their friend.  Look at what Jesus did.  He told Matthew, a tax collector, to follow him.  Soon after, He sat down to eat with Matthew and other sinners.  What does that tell you about Jesus and evangelism?  Jesus loves people, and so should we.  If you want to bring people to Christ, be their brother or sister.  Be there for them!  You don’t need a Bible degree to bring people to Christ.  You need a heart after Jesus.  Keep digging in God’s Word.  Keep walking by the Spirit and Faith.  Keep praying.  Have a blessed and favored day!

 

 

Posted by: Shaston | April 11, 2014

GOD’S LOVE

Ephesians 2:4-6(NLT), “But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.”

 

No other love on Earth compares to the love of God.  Some people don’t realize this.  They think that they’ve messed up too much in their life for God to care about them.  If you think that, you’re wrong.  God loves us despite our sin.  

 

God created us to glorify Him.  He created Adam and Eve first.  Look at what God gave them.  The Garden of Eden was Heaven on Earth.  Everything they needed was provided.  Then Adam dropped the ball.  More so than Eve.  Adam let Eve be deceived by satan.   Because they messed up, we are born with a sinful nature.  To govern that nature God created the Ten commandments and the law.  That seemed to make things worse.  All the law did was cover our sin.  Then God sent His only begotten son Jesus Christ , the second Adam, to die on the Cross to be the blameless and Holy lamb that we so dearly needed for our sins.  Our sins were paid for at the cross.  The curse of the law and sin were also paid for; erased!  Because of Jesus, we can have a real relationship with God.  Not Religion or tradition, a RELATIONSHIP!  God wants us to follow Him.  He created us!  He knows the amount of hairs on our heads.  God has a purpose and plan for our lives.  Take up His free gift of Grace and let it empower you everyday!  His love changed my heart.  He can do the same for you.

 

Posted by: Shaston | July 4, 2011

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY: the American way!

Be Politically Incorrect today and say these two phrases! HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY AND GOD BLESS AMERICA! Never forget what our founding fathers did, with GOD by their side! Fourth of July is another day on the calendar, but Independence Day marks something we should hold proudly in our hearts as Americans!

I grew up with patriotism in my heart, so for God to bless me with opportunity to serve my country is an honor!  Do your part by telling people what America is all about!  I serve my country with God first!  Because without God I am nothing.  Without God America is nothing!

Whether Liberals want to believe it or not America was founded on Biblical principles!  I refuse to keep quiet when educated idiots aka Liberals try to hide our true American roots.  Don’t be politically correct, be an American!  First, Pray for our country, our troops and leadership.  Second, continue being a Patriot!

Thanks goes out to brothers and sisters in arms and all the veterans before us!

GOD BLESS,

Shaston

Posted by: Shaston | June 26, 2011

DANIEL THE FAITHFUL HERO

What would you do if someone threatened you with a petty punishment or harsh, like death, because of your faith?  At 19 years old Im here to tell you, I would die for my faith in Christ Almighty!  Because of stories like Daniel’s, God can take our faith of a mustered seed and turn it into a 100 year old Oak tree, like the one’s outside the Houston Zoo.  An old oak is strong, tough and experienced.

Daniel was a young man, but his faith was certainly not inexperienced.  His friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah shared the same faith.  Kind of reminds you of Proverb 27:17 huh?  When his iron sharpened friends refused to worship the king they were thrown into a furnace so hot that it killed the soldiers who threw them in.  Because they showed enduring faith, they felt nothing of the fire and were seen walking around with Christ himself.  Later when Daniel continued to worship God by praying three times a day after being told otherwise, he was thrown into the Lion’s Den.  Again God protected one of His own. God got all the glory when King Darius issued a decree enjoining reverence for, “The God of Daniel.”

My Junior year of high school God blessed me with the position of Sports Editor on the school newspaper and I had my own sports column.   The same year when the Arizona Cardinals won the NFC conference championship, quarterback Kurt Warner rose up and gave glory to God for his team’s victory.  On live TV Warner could of ignored that his talents come from God alone, but he  gave credit where credit was due.  Warner’s speech inspired me to write a column about Christian athletes.  I wrote an awesome column, but the final editor, the assistant principal said the story couldn’t be published because it didn’t reference any other religion and it would be offensive to people of other faiths.  I was highly upset and even threatened the principal to get my parents involved, but things went from bad to worse.  Even in the midst of my anxiety God showed that He was in control.  Soon after that I was able to publish the same article in a local paper called the Spring Observer.

Through Daniel’s story and mine God shows us that when we are faithful to him, He comes back with 10 times as much favor and faith toward us.

 

Posted by: Shaston | May 20, 2011

Dream of ChristFanatic Ministries!

Top Goal in Life (career wise):  God told me to start a Christian ministry that ministers in the sports ministry, ChristFanatic Ministries.  The purpose is to unite Houston sports fans/christians.  Just like you might have passion for your favorite team, God wants to have the same passion for Him!!!  He first gave me the idea a few months back and has slowly filled in the puzzles since then.  God’s wisdom through the Holy Spirit is AWESOME!!!!

Feel free to tell me what you think.  Ideas are welcomed!

Posted by: Shaston | May 19, 2011

OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY INTRO

Hey ya’ll I started online course, Old Testament Survey this monday and one of the assignments was to post an introduction on a thread for the professor and other students to read!  I figured I’d post it on here too.  Im really enjoying the class and am learning a lot about our heavenly father!

God Bless:)

Hello,

I’m Shaston McNaspy.  I am 19 years old and I am currently serving a contract of 3 years and 25 weeks with the active Army as a wheeled vehicle mechanic. Both my twin brother and I shipped out June 8, 2010, for basic training. I’m currently stationed at FT Hood, TX and have been here since November 2010.  I am loving the convenient 3 hour drive to Spring, TX (Northwest Houston), where I spent 18 years of my life.

Even though my parents are divorced I am very close to both sides of the family.  My hobbies include: spending time with God, family and friends.  I also enjoy writing, which is why I started my own blog at thechristthreshold.wordpress.com.  I love sports like a brother but I am in love with  sport of football.  I’m not a fan of the Houston Texans but a FANATIC! When I’m on vacation, all I need is my 1996 GMC Sierra, shorts, t-shirt and flip-flops with family and friends (this includes the dog) with a sun brightened river or beach and I’m good to go.  On July 15th I’m taking 24 days of leave, and will be spending four days with the family at the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, TX.

I’m anxious and ready to learn more about our awesome God in this course. Old testament Survey is my first course of many while earning my BA in Religion. Through my relationship with Christ and my education I hope to serve in the ministry and start a sports ministry one day.

God Bless

Posted by: Shaston | May 9, 2011

NEW DEVOTIONAL

Hey ya’ll I am taking a break from the Psalm devotional to study the old testament.  I will continue the articles however.  Thank for your support!

God Bless

Shaston

Posted by: Shaston | May 5, 2011

PSALM 57

 1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
      I look to you for protection.
   I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
      until the danger passes by.
 2 I cry out to God Most High,[a]
      to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
 3 He will send help from heaven to rescue me,
      disgracing those who hound me.
                         Interlude

   My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.

 4 I am surrounded by fierce lions
      who greedily devour human prey—
   whose teeth pierce like spears and arrows,
      and whose tongues cut like swords.

 5 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!
      May your glory shine over all the earth.

 6 My enemies have set a trap for me.
      I am weary from distress.
   They have dug a deep pit in my path,
      but they themselves have fallen into it.
                         Interlude

 7 My heart is confident in you, O God;
      my heart is confident.
      No wonder I can sing your praises!
 8 Wake up, my heart!
      Wake up, O lyre and harp!
      I will wake the dawn with my song.
 9 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
      I will sing your praises among the nations.
 10 For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
      Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

 11 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
      May your glory shine over all the earth

Sometimes I feel like I’m not able to praise God’s name enough.  I think if I could only have the day off, I could praise His name all day!  That is why its important to set aside time in our busy schedules to spend quality time with God!  If you want a good example of worshiping God, look up the “O Praise HIm” by David Crowder Band on YouTube.  He is worthy of our praise!

God Bless

Shaston

Posted by: Shaston | May 5, 2011

PSALM 56

1 O God, have mercy on me,
      for people are hounding me.
      My foes attack me all day long.
 2 I am constantly hounded by those who slander me,
      and many are boldly attacking me.
 3 But when I am afraid,
      I will put my trust in you.
 4 I praise God for what he has promised.
      I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
      What can mere mortals do to me?

 5 They are always twisting what I say;
      they spend their days plotting to harm me.
 6 They come together to spy on me—
      watching my every step, eager to kill me.
 7 Don’t let them get away with their wickedness;
      in your anger, O God, bring them down.

 8 You keep track of all my sorrows.[a]
      You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
      You have recorded each one in your book.

 9 My enemies will retreat when I call to you for help.
      This I know: God is on my side!
 10 I praise God for what he has promised;
      Yes, I praise the Lord for what he has promised.
 11 I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
      What can mere mortals do to me?

 12 I will fulfill my vows to you, O God,
      and will offer a sacrifice of thanks for your help.
 13 For you have rescued me from death;
      you have kept my feet from slipping.
   So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
      in your life-giving light.

Posted by: Shaston | May 4, 2011

PASSION FOR CHRIST

1 Corinthians 10:31

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Revelations 3:16

So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

An old man once told me that I should be a lawyer when I grew up because I loved to argue.

I really don’t have respectable answer for that suggestion, other than being a lawyer has not been laid on my heart by God,but my love for arguing does benefit me in other ways.  Arguing can be healthy and I take advantage of that fact.  When I say argue, I don’t mean being negative to one another. As Christians it’s are duty to tell people about Christ.  When nonbelievers ask us tough questions, we need to be prepared with God’s wisdom.    Let your passion for Christ speak through your words.  Don’t be afraid to debate for God.

I often catch myself correcting people about religion.  In today’s society people think faith in God has to do with religion.  For an example: If I Invite someone to a Christian church they’ll then say, “ I am not Christian Im catholic.”  Our faith shouldn’t be attached to a religion but to the word of God.  So when people make that statement Ill tell them thats its not about religion but a relationship with Christ.  Religion is man made.  No where in the Bible does it say to go through man’s rules to worship God.  It says to go through the son in order to get to the Father.

I grew up playing and loving sports to death so I am very passionate about them.  I was saved at Ten years old and became passionate about Christ but when I was 18 years old in the Army basic training through God’s word my passion for Christ went through the roof.  God’s word changed my life and I will never be the same.

God is using my passionate personality for His glory!  The only way to live for Christ is to have a passionate relationship with Him.  God doesn’t want us to have mediocre lives.  He wants us to live life to the fullest, through Him.  God’s grace and love for us should be like a lightning bolt that motivates us each and everyday.  If you wake up and think the day is going to be a bad day, then its probably going to be a bad day.  Wake up each morning with praise for God. Thank the Lord for each day.

God used the Army to change my life, so I am very proud to serve America. But something that I will not mistake is that God comes first in our lives, even before the Army.  God, family,Army, and education are my priorities in life right now, in that order.  Sometimes people put other things like the Army before God.  While I am under contract with the Army it does not have complete control over my life.  God is in absolute control!  Without hesitation God outranks everything and everybody!  Motivation is very important in the military.  The motivation I get every day from constantly moving, comes from God.  God gives my strength and energy every morning when I have to wake up at 0520 to exercise.  It makes no sense to lolly gag early in the morning.  God expects 100% out of us.  God will help you stay motivated as long as you put forth the effort.

In order for God to work in our lives we have to be motivated and passionate for Him.  This means reading his word, going to church and worship.  Most important out of those three is reading His word.  If we aren’t doing these things to stay in fellowship with God, it is very easy to lose motivation in life.  Without fellowship with our creator, we get lost in the world.  Without God life has no meaning or purpose.  The best way to live life is with passion.  The best way to keep that passion and motivation is to live passionately for Christ!

God Bless

Shaston

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