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6th May 2009

inhalexwater5:32am: Feed The Beattt :)
Not too sure how many Thousand Foot Krutch or Fireflight fans we have in this community but I wanted to let you know about Taco Bell's Feed The Beat program and that they're apart of it. Basically, it's a program that helps put bands like them out on the road. To find out more about Feed The Beat, check out the little widget below. Thanks for your time :).

28th April 2009

movehalfaninch4:09am: is this bad music for my christian cousin?
my 16 year old cousin asked me to give her some music that i like because she's interested into getting into new thing. however, while my cousin is christian, i am not. but, i don't wish to upset or disrupt her life in any way and so i would like the help of some of her peers.

there's this group called Meg & Dia that i really love. i want to give her their CD but there's this song on it and i'm not sure if it's an anti-christian message or not. your help would be amazing. thank you!!:



Their album, Here, Here, and Here is out now and available here on iTunes incase you want to decide from the other songs. thank you!

13th April 2009

silent_musicbox12:01am: Noob Alert! ^__^
hey, i'm new (obviously) and i'm actually 19. but i'm turning 20 in january! hope that's okay. is there a rule against that? i didn't check sorry. i wanted to join in a community that can help keep the fire going. not that i'm looking for a scapegoat to all my problems, but i just miss being involved in the christian community. hope you don't mind.

22nd May 2006

sing2theking4:02pm: Hey everyone! I'm Crystal! I'm a Christian and I'm 22. I thought this group looked pretty cool so I thought I'd join! Look foward to getting to know you all!

25th September 2005

hymn7:14pm: A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.

About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

He said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art." The young man held out this package. "I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this."

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. "Oh, no sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift."

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. "We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?"

There was silence.

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, "We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one."

But the auctioneer persisted. "Will somebody bid for this painting. Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?"

Another voice angrily. "We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!"

But still the auctioneer continued. "The son! The son! Who'll take the son?"

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long time gardener of the man and his son. "I'll give $10 for the painting." Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

"We have $10, who will bid $20?"

"Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters."

"$10 is the bid, won't someone bid $20?"

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son.

They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!"

A man sitting on the second row shouted, "Now let's get on with the collection!"

The auctioneer laid down his gavel. "I'm sorry, the auction is over."

"What about the paintings?"

"I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the son gets everything!"


God gave His son 2,000 years ago to die on the cross. Much like the auctioneer, His message today is: "The son, the son, who'll take the son?"

Because, you see, whoever takes the Son gets everything.

FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, WHO SO EVER BELIEVETH, SHALL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE...THAT'S LOVE

Please send this to ten people and back to the one who sent it to you.

Do whatever you like, but remember that maybe "one" of the people you might have taken the time to send this to, may be just the person who needs to hear this message. You have a choice to make.

God Bless.

18th September 2005

codno7:42pm: Been a While
Sorry it been a while since Ive written last in here. Life has yet been live you know very busy. Work is keeping me tired and the police department fills in the empty moments and trying to be with my family as much as possible still, its all hard. This weekend I spent cleaning out a rental house of my mother-in-law. WOW lots-o-stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ask if you could pray for me to get a peaceful balance in my life between getting enough sleep and being a husband and father and doing personal stuff.


GOD BLESS.
Current Mood: Busy But Good

16th September 2005

acodno10:17am: The Power Of Being A WOMAN!
There is a book out there that I think every woman needs to read, it's called "The Power of Being A Woman", by Michelle Mckinney Hammond. I believe this book is the answer to what is the matter between men and women. Since the beginning of time there has been conflicts, and for some reason even though God created us and meant for us to be together, there is still so many conflicts (womens rights extremist, and the opposite, divorce, debates over the word submit, etc). I really think this woman has found the key. Check it out "The Power of Being a Woman" Michelle Mckinney Hammond

If you read it or have read it please let me know what you think!
Current Mood: mellow

7th September 2005

acodno1:18pm: The Enemy Inside
The Enemy Inside

There's an enemy out to get you--
He'll destroy you if he can.
His name is LACK OF CONFIDENCE
And he's lurking in every man.

Whenever you face a challenge,
He will whisper in your ear
And tell you all the risks involved,
And the things that you should fear.

But there's one sure way to defeat him:
It's to constantly say, "I CAN",
To know in your heart from the very start
You're equal to any man.

Then you venture when others are timid,
See hope when others despair.
You rely on yourself; you don't give up.
You fight hard and long and fair.

You don't spend your time complaining
About luck (how it passed you by).
And you don't make any excuses
For the times that you just didn't try

This positive way of thinking
gives a key that will set you free:
While the mass of men stand idly by
Your dreams are realities.

Author unknown

I don't know if the person that wrote this was a Christian or not. I think we should think of "LACK OF CONFIDENCE" as the devil. We should also change "I CAN" to "I CAN with Jesus" and "rely on yourself" to "rely on God". If we do that, than I think this would be a very positive way of thinking ,and it will set us free!

I liked this poem because it reminded me of those times when I really feel God is telling me to do something, and all I can think about is the dangers or what people might think of me. Like Jonah.
Current Mood: chipper

1st September 2005

codno12:25am: My First Time as a Cop
The other day of Tuesday (8/30) I worked for the first time as a uniformed reserve police officer. It was a great experience. I worked with a great officer who I got along with well and worked well with also. We did not take anyone to jail but we cited and released one for driving through a railroad gate as it was going down.
Current Mood: excited

31st August 2005

acodno9:43am: I'm a Scardy Cat :)
I have never had anything like that happen to me exactly, other than thinking I saw things when I was a kid out of the corner of my eye. I have heard many stories, and as a result have always been very easily frightened. This is probably also due to movies I shouldn't have watched in the past, luckily I learned my lesson & don't watch them anymore. Anyways it's really horrible because I hate being alone, hate the dark (even walking by windows when it's night time), and I always get the hebegebes over the silliest things. I really feel like it's satan's way of getting at me, because it makes me feel like less of a Christian. I think that's because I feel if I was closer to God it would be harder for satan, or if I were closer to God I just wouldn't be as scared. A lot of that is probably true, and I am working on my relationship with God, but it takes time. So many people are like, God is with you nothing can hurt you. The problem is that I know things can't hurt me, but it doesn't change me being creeped (I know that's not a technical word) out in the moment. It's hard to explain, but if I'm walking outside and it's pitch black, and something in my head clicks that makes me creeped out, I can't not be creeped out. I know God will keep me safe, but I'm more scared of the feeling than I am of something happening. I always pray or sing to God, and it does comfort me and help me through it. I don't know why I went on like that, anyways I guess I'm hoping I'm not the only adult with the fears of a 5 year old (but I probably am). If there does happen to be someone else, please share your coping strategies.
Current Mood: Creeped out
hymn2:36am: about demons:
story:

i was in georgia, it was after a very bad thing had happened to my family and we had to go to georgia for a while. anyway im laying in my parents bed, its about 9-10 at night and i'm facing their closet. it's very dark in the room. all of a sudden i see a figure in the closet. it was blacker then the closet obviously. very square shoulders, wearing an overcoat and a top hat. i obviously knew it wasnt a person but it still frightened me very much (i was around 12-13?). it started to move but it never left the closet. it moved left to right, back to front. i stared at it for a long time afraid to move before i finally ran out of the room to tell my father. before i got the words out of my mouth fully he said "i know. i see it too." now the weird thing about it is that he used to see it as a kid (it would actually hold him down-- but he was the only one it would hold down), as well as my whole family. all of my aunts used to and even at that time were still seeing it-- well all except one as far as i know. and now i was seeing it. anyway after he told me he's seen it too and he knows he comes with me into the closet (after turning on ALL of the lights) and takes out his Bible and reads a scripture, prays and leaves the Bible opened to Revelations, giving the demon a warning: "this is what's going to happen to you when the time comes."


wanna know what? never saw the demon again in the closet or ever.

30th August 2005

acodno11:11am: Spouses with dangerous jobs
I don't know how many in this community are married, or in serious relationships. If you are, do you have spouses that work in a dangerous field? Aaron is a security guard at a hospital, and I have gotten used to it, although I do still worry about him. However, now he is a reserve police officer, and I haven't had a lot of time to get used to it because it's fairly recent. I have known since the day we meet that this was the career he was seeking and has wanted since he was a child. I have always been supportive. I guess because he wasn't there yet I didn't worry, but now that it is becoming reality I'm starting to feel the stress that goes along with it. So that's why I'm curious if anyone else has a spouse in a dangerous field, it would be nice to find someone going through the same things I am. I would like to add that I am very proud of him, he has worked very hard to get where he is today, and I would never let my feelings stand in the way of his dreams. Especially a dream that he is obviously meant to fulfill, because he is so wonderful at it. I am proud to be his wife, just a little worried :)
Current Mood: Worried Cuz I love my hubby!

29th August 2005

codno6:33pm: Do you find it hard to be a Christian at work?
I am just sitting here at work, bored, and tired. I was thinking about different thing. The biggest thing is being a Christian at work. For me working at a hospital where there are people from all different backgrounds and beliefs, it can be hard to be a Christian. Working with people who dont believe in God or dont believe there is an afterlife or people who just dont care either way. What do you find to be the most difficult thing to over come? How do you do it? Or do you not even agree with me?
Current Mood: bored

28th August 2005

acodno9:56pm: That is what this community is about!
This is exactly the reason I wanted to start this community. I wanted people to be able to find those that have had or are in similar situations. I also think that people who are in different situation can help each other as well. Mostly it's just nice to have fellowship with other christians our age. My husband and I had our son Gabriel before we we're married, and after he was born we lived together for 5 months before we got married. We made mistakes on our path to marriage, but that is our own stuff to deal with (between us and God). Everyone makes mistakes in their life and it is no ones to judge but God. This community is here for fellowship and support, etc. If anyone judges someone else, or treats them with any disrespect then they won't be apart of it anymore. You can give advice and opinions without it. Having said that I hope everyone feels free to talk about whatever is on their heart. Don't be afraid to talk about something if it seems to personal or you don't think people will want to hear, if they don't than they can ignore it. I want us to be able to talk about the unspeakables, because I believe that people hold too much in. So many people think that they are the only ones having issues, when in reality there are many with the same problems (they just don't think they should bring it up). Anyways, I just want everyone to be able to get help if they have a problem or comfort when they feel alone. I am so glad that people are already beginning to share what they didn't feel they could share in other communities. Thank you for being bold.
Current Mood: happy

29th August 2005

buggalugs1:24pm: Hi Everyone, Im Debbie, im 20 years old, and i've been a christian for almost three years. i got saved through my ex boyfriend, and though my walk with God hasn't been constant, im working really hard on becoming stable and gaining a really intimate relationship with him.

I hope that this community will help me with that, and that i will help others.

God Bless
Current Mood: happy

28th August 2005

chicagal015:15pm: Just putting this all out there...
Hi All!
Hmm where to start..where...to...start. I found this community whilst scanning through the christianwomen community, and I became intrigued. I am a recent graduate of Bethel College (University now) in St. Paul, Minnesota. I grew up in a fairly conservative Christian home, but with age have become more and more liberal. I am not sure if I should be frightened of it or not! After graduating I promptly moved out to Las Vegas with my boyfriend at the time as he was accepting a position at a company out here, and we were planning on getting married. I know that to some the whole living with a member of the opposite sex is very unorthodox, but it was my decision and I have dealt with the ramifications of that decision. My family and I do not get along all that well....in fact I do not speak with my mom, dad or oldest sister much anymore. While growing up under the watchful eye of my conservative parents, I was also abused physically and emotionally and have spent the better part of the past three years transitioning out of those toxic relationships and into more up lifting ones. I still love them dearly, I just know that I can't be around them at this point in time.

Kris and I recently just got married (out in Vegas), and we are starting our lives together and at times that is very scary. We do have the support of many friends and family, which is helpful when times get tough. Our main concern now is church, we are having the hardest time finding a church that really speaks to us. I am a little more conservative that Kristopher, so I can handle Baptist churches and such, but he takes some issue with them. I am not trying to cause drama here at all, I am mainly hoping to find a community of women that are my age (23) that might be able to identify with some of the things we are going through as newly weds etc. I have been afraid up until now to really say anything in the Christian women forums as I don't want to cause drama, and I know that there are many out there that disagree with my decisions. All I know is that I had my own motives for the decisions I made, and while Kris and I messed up early on in our relationship we are trying our best to rectify bad situations in our lives, by way of cutting out toxic relationships etc. I know that God is a compassionate God, but at times I feel so far from him. I just wish I knew how to communicate with him deeper at times. I have always been under the belief that God will speak to you through others, and provide you with the love and support you need etc through those around you...but when you are in a new place with little to no friends its hard to hold on to that belief.
Current Mood: hopeful
hymn5:25pm: I've forgotten how to pray.
I don't know how to pray anymore. I'm not sure if I ever really did, given I was young when I used to, the last time really being at fourteenish except until now. And I know back then I prayed ALOT better then I do now. But here is a question; is there a certain way to pray? I often stumble on my words, back track, just acknowledge that God knows what I'm talking about in my heart, etc-- but I wouldn't be a very good public prayer. Lol. I think I truly forgotten how to pray a graceful, nice way. If my way is even the RIGHT way.

Also I told a friend that you can just talk to the Lord: as in if you're waiting on line for something, or if you're in the shower-- it wouldn't be a formal prayer, but you could close it with "In Jesus' name" "In your Heavenly name" etc "Amen." What I meant by talking to him is it could be something as stupid as "Lord, thank you for this soap" (that's just an example, I don't think I've ever thanked God for soap), or "Lord, I'm worried today" or ANYTHING. But it wouldn't be a "real" prayer, it'd just be talking or venting? Is that acceptable? I've heard we need to make a close and personal relationship with the Lord so I figured what's closer and more personal then talking to him like I'd talk to someone actually close and personal to me?

x-posted to christianwomen.

27th August 2005

hymn6:41pm: The Bible Code; True or not?
The Bible Code; True or not? http://www.bible-codes.org/

I used to be very skeptical, especially since one man showed numerous predictions of assasinations in Moby Dick before they happened in the time it was written-- but I came across this, and it's very interesting: http://www.bible-codes.org/mene-world-trade-center-bible-code.htm

You need to listen to the audio. Personally I skipped around a little; but he said that this code was talking about Jesus (in the book of Daniel) and he said that it also said "Who they are, is who they are. That is the Lord." (The Trinity!!)

Anyway tell me what you guys think?

x-posted to christianwomen & hymn.
acodno10:18am: Adulthood
Hello everyone! I thought I would take some time to share a little about myself, and my life as a young adult. I am 22, married, and have a 2 year old son. Most of the time I am a wife and mother, but I am trying to go to school as much as possible (I average somewhere between a half and full time student). I have had a lot of ups and downs in my life to get where I am at today. Having a child really challenged me as a person, and bent me out of shape a little. This was not necessarily a bad thing. My life changed dramatically in a short period of time, and it just took some getting used too. My husband and I just bought our first house 6 months ago, and that has been a real blessing. Projects around the house keep us busy, but its nice to finally have a place of our own. We are finally at a place where people are starting to respect us as adults, and not just dumb kids with a baby (that is how I felt not necessarily how people meant to treat us). We found a church that we really love, and have been attending regularly for over a year now. We are members and it has really helped to straighten out our lives. Anyways that is pretty much where I am at in life. I hope yall didnt mind my rambling. Here is link to our webspace if you want to see pictures http://spaces.msn.com/members/acodino/
On a side note I want to welcome all the new people who joined, thanks for helpin make this an actual community :) Feel free to share about your own journey of adulthood!
Current Mood: pleased

26th August 2005

hymn10:58pm: Hi, I'm new. I understand I'm one of the first to join? It's an honor to be invited here though, so thank you acodno and her husband! My name is Concetta (pronounced Conchetta) but everyone online and LJ calls me Cetta (pronounced Settuh).

I have nothing really to say as of yet. I was raised with knowing and loving to the Lord, but certain things made me stray from him, rebel against him and even, God forgive me, hate him for a while, I guess..

But I realize he's the only salvation and the only way to safety, aside from being all knowing and all seeing and merciful. I think he does everything for our best interest, just like that poem "Sometimes" states. "God knew the best!" He does.


Well that's all I have to say for now. Thank you for inviting me to join once again!

-Cetta.
acodno7:46pm: This is a bit of writing from an anonymous person, that I wanted to share because there is someone I think it will lift up in these communities. I hope it is enjoyed by others, I have treasured it since the first time I read it.

Sometimes

Sometimes, when all life's lessons have been learned, and sun and stars forevermore have set, the things which our weak judgments here have spurned, the things o'er which we grieved with lashes wet, will flash before us out of life's dark night, as stars shine most in deeper tints of blue; and we shall see how all God's plans are right, and how what seemed reproof was love most true. Then be content poor heart; God's plans, like lilies pure and white, unfold; we must not tear the close-shut leaves apart, time will reveal the chalices of gold. and if, through patient toil, we reach the land where tired feet, with sandals loosed, may rest, when we shall clearly see and understand, I think that we will say, "God knew the best!"
-Author unknown-

This was one of the most beautiful things I had ever read, and I wanted to share it with someone that would need it as much as I do. If you are that person I encourage you to read this to yourself over and over often. I have this posted in my house and it is a daily breath of fresh air. I hope you enjoy it!
Current Mood: peaceful

25th August 2005

acodno4:30pm: What really matters in life!
"But whatever was to my profit
I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
What is more, I consider everything a loss
compared to the surpassing greatness
of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,
for whose sake I have lost all things.
I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ"
Philippians 3: 7-8 NIV

I love these verses, because I believe
it is how we as Christians should look at life.
Paul had the right attitude,
and we should strive to think like him.

"ALL that really matters in this life, or the next, is knowing God."
Pastor David Woodruff
Current Mood: refreshed

26th August 2005

codno10:23am: Here for you.
As my wife said in an earlier posting, this Journal is here for you. Whatever you Christians in your 20's or so need or want to talk about. I am excited to see how we can all help and encourage each other. I think it will be nice just to have fellowship. God Bless.
Current Mood: grateful

22nd August 2005

acodno9:31pm: A Place for Young Christian Adults to Share!
My husband and I started this community so that young christian adults would have a place to share what we do and don't have in common. Feel free to share about your life's ups and downs. I want everyone to feel comfortable, so please keep it clean, and make sure your comments are not judgmental. If you have a good idea for a theme please post it so we can have a good time with this community. Everyone have fun!!
Current Mood: excited
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