Saturday, December 16, 2006

A Testimony of God's Grace

My name is Timothy Munther and I am 21 years old. My bboy name is Veritaz (derived from the latin word “veritas,” which means truth). I like to break dance, rock climb, do flips off stuff, snow board, surf, etc. But more importantly, I am a Christian, a believer in Jesus Christ, and thus one who has a personal relationship with God; and I have to share about the reality of truth that I have come to know and experience via the Bible. I have to share it because if I did not that would be a direct contradiction of my faith and devotion to love God and to love others in a real and meaningful way.

Death is a scary aspect of life, yet we all have to face it some day. What is even more frightening is what may happen after death. When I was confronted with the truth of my eternal destiny in light of what the Bible said, I was frightened. I recognized that I had sinned before a good and just God and that the wages of my sin were death as it says in Romans 6:23. To be totally honest I raised Cain through out my elementary school years. Although I did not get into the party scene when I was a teenager (mainly because I became a Christian when I just turned 14), I was a rebellious, thieving, lying vandal who would make most kids look like angels around my young age.

When I was about 13 years old, I knew that (just like everybody else in this world, I had) fallen short of God’s perfect standard. I came face to face with God’s moral law, His Ten Commandments found in Exodus 20:3-17. I knew that I had violated all of them in one way or another. I did not always acknowledge God as God and the reverence and devotion that was due to Him. I fashioned (in my mind) a false image of God and committed idolatry. I took His holy and precious name in vain. I dishonored my parents time and time again. Even though I have never murdered anyone, I recognized that the hatred in my heart towards some people has the same origins of the hatred that accompanies murder. Again, even though I have never committed adultery, I knew that I was guilty of transgressing this commandment when I read that Christ said that he whoever looks at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart. I stole things, I lied, and I coveted things that did not belong to me.

In other words, I was a sinner. When I died I knew that I had to face God on judgment day, and I already knew the verdict of whether or not I was guilty or innocent. I knew I had true moral guilt and there was no way to rationalize it; I felt it deep within me. I knew of the penalty that if I were to die in my current state I would suffer the eternal consequences of my sin and go to hell, eternally separated from God and eternally separated from all that is good and lovely. I knew that God was angry with me as He is with all humans because we have rebelled against His moral code. As a result, we will be punished for our rebellion, selfishness, sin, trespasses, iniquity, etc. on an individual basis. (What I mean by individual is that everyone is accountable for their own life before God.) Romans 2:5 says, “But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God.” This is where the law of God left me – in a position where God is furious with me and I will pay the penalty of suffering in hell for eternity. Romans 3:19-20 “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Also, Romans 7:7 - “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, ‘You shall not covet.’.”

When I was confronted with this truth, I feared God, knowing that I was at His mercy if there would be any remedy for my condition. But, I eternally thank God because He is rich in mercy and grace. God’s amazing love was manifested through Jesus. God came to earth as the man Jesus Christ, fulfilled the law by living a perfect life, gave his life as a sacrifice for my sins by being crucified, and then conquered death by resurrecting three days later. As a sinner, I was obligated to pay my fine in full by suffering in hell for eternity, but Christ paid that fine for me and suffered the penalty that I rightfully deserved. The Bible says that to be forgiven and have the hope of eternal life with God, one must repent (turn away from sin and towards God) and place their sincere faith and trust in Jesus – that His sacrifice paid their penalty. I repented from my sin and put my faith and trust in Jesus, and I no longer have to fear death because I have the hope of eternal life. I no longer am guilty before God, but stand forgiven based on the work that He has done through Jesus’ death.

I do not know where you stand before God. Only you know where you stand. Please carefully consider the thoughts I have shared with you. I do not tell others about this truth from any conceited position, but with humility and a genuine concern. How do you see yourself in light of the Ten Commandments and whether or not you will be guilty or innocent on Judgment Day? I knew that I had fallen way short of that perfect law. One aspect regarding God’s law is that it does not help you, its leaves you helpless. The law does not justify you; it leaves you guilty before Almighty God. Therefore, the worst possible thing you could do would be to try to keep God’s law in order to appease Him. God does not want people to appease Him. He wants them to humbly bow before Him and come to the understanding that there is nothing that they can do to attain favor with Him except put their faith in the forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Because God is a good and just God, He cannot simply overlook our sins – someone needs to pay the penalty, and that is what Christ did. God knows our condition and because He loves us and does not want us to go to hell, but rather wants us to enjoy a relationship with Him on earth and then finally in Heaven, He has this amazing plan by which we can be saved from this impending judgment.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Josh's Story " I Boast in nothing but the Cross!"

Hello, my name is Josh Sazdanoff, I currently am 22 years old and I also go by "beebop". Your probably wondering how I got the nickname beebop as a breakdancer. Well Landon, who is also known as 'L', used to have the name Rock Steady and if you used to be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle fan, you would remember that the two bad guys who helped shredder were called beebop and rocksteady. Anywho, my testatmony goes like this:

I was born in Phoenix Arizona on November 24th, 1984 (when breakn' really started to get huge!). Both of my parents were and still are, God fearing Christians. I grew up having scripture read to me andwent to church with my two older brothers (Alex and Jeremiah) and younger sister(Tarah). As I got older I started to understand more and more who Jesus Christ was and that he died on a cross for the forgiveness of my sins. I still was not a Christian though. Just because I was born into a Christian home didn't mean that I was a Christian. I was still rebellious, selfish, and dead in my sins. When I was 9 years old I had a child like faith of Jesus, and so I asked Christ to come into my heart. Well, time went on and I wasn't really producing fruit in my life. So as I went to a church camp in Pennsylvania at the age of 13 I had deeper understanding of sin and the cross. I was convicted and rededicated my life to Christ; repenting of sin and trusting in the savior! I realized that I broke Gods law (the ten commandments). I realized that I had lied, stolen, looked on women with lust, had anger in my heart towards others (which is the same as murder in God's eye's). I also understood that if I died, I would have to face God as judge and He would have to administer justice to me. I would have been guilty and ended up in hell. Those are just a few of the sins that condemned me to hell but Jesus Christ saved me! Jesus paid it all on the cross, he took upon my punishment! I understood that I couldn't earn my way into heaven by being a good person but I only needed to turn my back on sin and trust in Christ. "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.'' -Romans 6:23 So sin has a real penalty and I had broke the law and Jesus paid my fine. A fine that I could never pay. I had to recieve ask Christ to come into my heart and change me. And I turned into a new person. God gave me a new heart and new desires. I started to look how I could reach out to the lost sinners and share the good news of Jesus with them. I was then baptized at the age of 15, proclaiming to the world that I have died to my old self and have risen as a new person through the power of Christ's resurrection. Christ not only died but he rose from the dead! I serve a living God and if you have question's about life, purpose, or you feel lost, or whatever, send me a comment and I would love to help. If you dont know Christ, dont wait another minute because life is short, dont gamble with it. Its a matter of heaven and hell and there is nothing more important than your eternal salvation! "I boast in nothing but the Cross of Jesus Christ"-Galatians 6:14

Some of my hobbies are hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing, cliff jumping, tree downing(just ask if you want to know), basketball, and you name it, I probably enjoy it. I have been breakdancing seriously for about 3 years . I bought a how to breakdance video by Mike "breaker" Garcia in high-school and started teaching myself. It took me a longtime to learn the windmill. But Tim "veritaz" learned it first, so he inspired me to practice hard and persevere. Those of you who are wanting to learn or have just started out, practice, practice, practice. Dont give up. It takes a long time to learn moves but it is awesome when you get it!

I thoroughly enjoy, going to outdoor malls and doing surveys with people, which allows me to evangelize and share the gospel. You may see me at desert ridge doing surveys with people on early Saturday afternoons. I just really have a fire to want to share with the lost on a regular basis ( if you ever want to do this, just let me know). I currently go to Whitton Ave Bible Church. and really enjoy teaching High school Bible class, lead Feed the need, and teach in the highschool/college group on Saturday nights. God is so good and it is only by his grace that I am able to do all these things! Acts 1:8- "And you will recieve power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth." Go out there and fufill the great comission, let compassion for the lost, swallow your fears!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

How to "Break" the Ice in Evangelism

Matthew 4:19 says "Go and make fishers of men". Essentially as Christians we are fishing for people to try and catch them and win them to Christ. I believe our culture really admires breakdancing and the skill it takes to be able to perform the various moves. It is eyecathcing and people are drawn to it. It is a creative way to break the ice with people, build quick relationships, and plant the seeds of Gods word in the hearts of lost sinners. So we here at breakfree ministry encourage you to be creative in sharing your faith. Use your gifts whatever they may be to open up a door to share the gospel. Paul said that he became everything to everyone that he might win some. There is nothing more important than the soul salvation of people. Who do you know that is not saved? Your parents or siblings? Co worker or fellow class mate? A neighbor? What are some ways that you are reaching out to them?

Friday, November 10, 2006

Break Free Ministry

Break Free ministry is a group of breakdancers (bboys) from across America that break for the glory of God and love to have a great time. Honoring Jesus Christ is what breakfree is all about! Jesus said in Luke 10:2 "The harvest is plentiful and the workers are few...". That means that there are so many people that are lost and heading towards hell, and its our greatest passion to seek and to save the lost through the power of the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 9:16 " Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel". Christ's great love shown to us sinners, is what compells us to love others. Our breakdancing is merely a fishing tool to draw people in and to share the gospel with non believers. "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us."