Archive for November, 2011

My Black Friday Awakening.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 27, 2011 by Eric Lapata

I’ll admit it: I wasn’t brave enough to join the crowds late Thursday night as people eagerly waited for deals that retailers had to offer. However, I did drive around with my wife and nephews to check out the madness and later ventured out the next day to see if we could snag anything for cheap (For the record, my wife bought a few things, but nothing to really brag about!)

As I walked through Wal-Mart on the morning of Black Friday, I overheard people talking about the chaos that took place the previous night. One person said that he knew of at least six arrests within the first 30 minutes of Wal-Mart opening its doors. Those arrests had to do with people literally fighting over a TV, video games, or whatever they had to get to make their shopping trip a “success.” They saw worth in what they were fighting for and no one was going to get in the way of taking it from them.

Later that evening, I was driving and reflecting on the people who dedicated themselves to shopping on Black Friday. I could not shake the fact that thousands of people were lined up for hours, even days, to save money on a new XBOX 360 and Kinect . Or that people would risk being arrested to make sure they were going to watch football on their new 52 inch LED TV. As I thought about all of this, I began to become extremely bothered- not at Black Friday participants, but at myself.

You see, Black Friday shoppers showed that they would do ANYTHING in order to get their valued treasure. They showed that they would go through EXTREME measures to show the worth of their treasure. Yet, when it came to my life, I had the most AMAZING TREASURE of them all in Jesus Christ and my dedication and determination to Him didn’t even scratch the service of someone who would stay in line for hours for a new toy.

When that thought hit my mind and traveled down to my heart, something inside of me woke up. The thought of a shopper having more dedication for an electronic than my dedication for my Savior repulsed me. My soul began to scream this truth: The treasure and worth of Christ in my life needs and deserves complete and total surrender of my life. This is something I’d always known, but it took Black Friday shoppers to reveal it to me.

Here is my challenge to those who know Christ and desire to follow Him with their lives: Hold nothing back…put it all on the line…no matter what anyone says…Because He is WORTH it. 

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Satan’s Truth.

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2011 by Eric Lapata

If you’ve ever heard Satan whisper to you that you’re not good enough for God, The Enemy is right. Alone we are not good enough for God. We have fallen short of God’s perfection. HOWEVER, that is not the end of the story. It is only the beginning.

That is why I am truly thankful for Jesus. Even though Satan may tell me I am not good enough, I can be reassured that Jesus IS good enough and through Him, God accepts me. Unconditionally. Without Exception. For Now and for Eternity.

One of my favorite songs of all time, Embracing Accusations by Shane and Shane, captures this notion that Satan may whisper his truth over us, but in reality, Satan is only pointing us to the Ultimate Truth, Jesus.

Sit back and relax in God’s arms. You’re approved in Christ.
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” -Romans 8:1