Can they see You in me? (Lindsay)

My older brother just produced his second album and I’m a big fan (I receive no funding for saying any of this!). His latest album has a track called “Like You,” and after hearing it for the first time, it instantly became my favorite. I think the song stood out to me because the lyrics resonated with what I long to be true of me, but where I often feel so not up-to-par: being like Jesus to the world around me. The chorus struck me because it could easily be a prayer, my prayer – a simple, yet transformational one, much like the one Bill Bright prayed (the prayer can be found by scrolling down on the prayer & mission page).

 Your heart, beating,in my chest, All I wantis to be like youYour mind, thinking, in my head, all i wanna see me like you. your will, walked out,in my steps,all i wanna see me like you,Jesus.


Then there’s the bridge, oh the bridge of this song is the best! You should really hear it to get the full effect, but suffice it to say that the whole sound changes (thanks to some skillful work in the studio), breaking it down to emphasize these few lines:

 No one has ever seen God
but they can see me, let them see You in me.

Those words ring in my head and heart each time I listen to them. I am reminded yet again of the beauty of the Christian life, friends. We don’t have to be super-humans, or extraordinary Christians, or try to be perfect witnesses to those around us. There is actually no “have to” in the equation at all. The very essence of a true Christian is one who has a changed heart and has the Holy Spirit living in them. As the song says, we get to have Jesus’ heart, a new heart, we get to have the mind of Christ, and we get to be a part of God’s will. The spirit of our Savior King is living in and through us. It is true that no one has ever seen God, but wow, what an honor that He would choose people like you and me to show Himself to the world! 

As Cru staff, we desire that both we ourselves and our students would be so in love with Jesus that His life would continue to be lived out through us. I want my neighbors, my family, the Target cashier, students on campus, the homeless guy at the end of my street, and others to see God in me. I want your friends, classmates, roommates, coworkers, and others to see an imperfect person with God inside of them. If you are a follower of Jesus, you have the highest honor of being Jesus’ Ambassador, God’s representative to the world. So, stop trying so hard to do it all right, and start praying for Jesus to make you like Him. Part of being Jesus to those around us must include (but is by no means limited to) us opening our mouths, fearfully or not, and letting His name and His words come out before others. People are going to encounter the living God when they interact with you.

Shameless plug: If you’re interested in adding a new (and awesome!) album to your playlist, then go to iTunes and look up Erik Brown, Give It All (or click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/give-it-all/id826866222)! You won’t regret it. 🙂 

{You Loved My Heart to Death} (Heather)

I just wanted to share a song with you all that I’ve loved recently. It’s called “You Loved My Heart to Death” by Shane & Shane. You can listen to it using the link below as well as see some of my favorite lyrics.

Check it out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C3QayenfII

I drank the cup of death
It’s running through my veins
I chose my pride instead
Of the glory of Your name
[All the wrath of God that 
I deserve with every breath]
Fell upon Him
And He loved my heart to death


It’s easy to say we believe that Jesus really loves us this much (especially when you’ve walked with God for a long time and we know it’s what we are supposed to believe), but I hope you spend some time really reflecting on that truth tonight.

He loves you–deeply, personally, and sacrificially.

The Battle for Prayer (Laura)

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
Colossians 4:2
Pray without ceasing
1 Thessalonians 5:17
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
1 Chronicles 16:11
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Philippians 4:6
When I read verses about prayer, I find the Spirit living in me leap for joy to talk with God. I get excited at the idea of the power of prayer but when it comes to actually praying, it seems much more complicated and difficult to protect time to pray. I may get in a rhythm for a day or two but then wake up on the third day and get distracted by my dishes or a to-do list.  Other times I feel at a loss for words or simply find myself not believing prayer is worth it. I could easily make a long list of all the different ways I become distracted trying to pray but it all comes down to one thing—it is a constant battle to pray.  And I would guess it is similar for many of you.
However, Jesus gave His life so that we may communicate with God.  In Old Testament times, there was a literal curtain that divided the people from the Lord’s presence. Only the priests were allowed to go directly into God’s presence and communicate to Him.  After Jesus died, it says “The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.” (Mark 15:38). Now we each may enter into His presence and communicate personally with our God. What a precious gift!
The staff women and I who write on this blog recognize the difficulty it is to protect the time to pray or to know how or what to pray. Our hope is that the prayer & mission page can help give you suggestions on how to pray this coming week if you are stumped. Also,  we meet every Tuesday and spend time praying together. It is time we have protected and value and we would love to spend it praying for you. Please, feel free to submit a prayer request any time with the link on the right of this page. There is nothing too small or too large.{Your requests will be kept confidential}
Let’s continue to pray that nothing will keep us from communicating with God–especially since Jesus gave His life for us to experience this!