Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

What a Beautiful Name February 11, 2017

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By Joe Jansen

By Joe Jansen

I’m loving this song right now. Just a great reminder of the power in the name of Jesus. Hope you enjoy it.

Click here to listen.

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Heavenly Storehouses December 30, 2016

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 By Arto Marttinen

By Arto Marttinen

“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail?” Job 38:22 NIV

I’m currently reading through a daily devotional (which I will be reviewing soon) that talked about the verse above. The author said she believed not only are there storehouses of snow and hail but also good things, like love and grace.

I entered into a time of prayer after reading that and had a beautiful encounter with Jesus.  Below is what I saw and wrote down after the encounter:

Papa has storehouses, massive warehouses for each and every person!! They are labeled: LOVE, GRACE, MERCY, HOPE, FAITH, BLESSINGS, GIFTS. 

At first I thought the storehouses He showed me were to be shared with the world but He said every person has their own set of storehouses. (How cool is that???) He said mine have barely been touched, as is the case with most people. 

So, my question is what is keeping us from allowing those storehouses to fall on us? I think we get too busy, or we don’t think we are worthy so when we see them starting to open up we dodge them. Why? I have no idea, we are a messy bunch down here on earth.

I don’t know about you but I want those storehouses to fall down on me daily. I don’t want to get to Heaven someday and see my storehouses loaded up and I never got to enjoy those things that I could only have here on earth.

In 2017 I challenge each and ever one of us to open our hearts and minds and eyes to receive from Heaven. Let the storehouses open and fall on you.

Who’s with me?

 

 

Is This Legal?? November 4, 2016

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By Stefan Kunze

By Stefan Kunze

I apologize in advance, this is a long one 🙂

“Is this legal?”

I was asked that question in my classroom as I introduced my students to a new “winter” song for their concert. It’s a song that uses “Go Tell It On the Mountain” in it.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time a student asked me if it was legal to sing a Christian song. I also had a student say they were worried people might be offended because we are singing a Christian song.

Now, let me tell you that before this concert we did a Halloween concert were we sang a medley of songs from the musical Sweeney Todd. If you’re familiar with this musical you will know how dark and gruesome it is. We sang songs about murder. And NO ONE, not one student, voiced a concern that someone might be offended by that.

Hmmm, interesting don’t you think? I mean if anything would be illegal it should be singing about a murderer not someone who was murdered. But no one questioned it.

You might be wondering why I would even teach that music. Well, the answer is the same for why I can teach Christian music.

I didn’t show my students the movie, I didn’t talk about what Sweeney Todd actually did, I didn’t lecture them on his justification for killing people. I simply taught the music because it is challenging and stretches my students to try new things. It is complex music, it gave the kids a chance to sing in many different arrangements. But I don’t embrace the message of those songs.

The same is true with any song with a faith message. I don’t preach the message, I’m not telling the students that this is what I believe (unless they ask). I’m not showing them a movie about the song and proclaiming the message. I’m not looking up the scripture the song references. I am teaching the music because it is going to be challenging for my students, it has some great rhythmic play and vocal back and forth between parts. It is in a gospel style that we don’t sing too much and it’s acapella.

So, is it legal to sing a song about Jesus in public school? It is legal to sing a song about a murderer in public school?

The answer to both is yes, as long as there is musical reasons for teaching it and I’m not promoting the story behind either.

But why is the Christian song the only one questioned?

Because the enemy is getting a hold of our children and we aren’t teaching them any different. He is lying to them and as parents we need to teach our children the truth. It is okay for a music teacher to teach songs with a Christian message as long as it is balanced with other music that isn’t Christian and the teacher isn’t inserting his or her own beliefs.

Since one out of five songs I am teaching is Christian I don’t think I’m inserting my beliefs.

If we eliminated all faith based songs we would be loosing a rich history of music. Most songs sung by slaves have a faith base. Isn’t that part of our history?

It is becoming so evident that darkness is trying to push out any light at all. We need to be teaching our kids so when they go into school they can stand for what is right and they can be light.

If it ever becomes illegal to teach some great music that also happens to be Christian then I guess that’s when it’s time for me to stop teaching.

 

 

Obedience=Faith October 28, 2016

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 By Ben White

By Ben White

I know my Friday posts have not really existed for quite awhile and I can’t even promise you now that I can be consistent. Friday sneaks up on me and I don’t want to write something just to say I did. I want my post to have meaning and depth for you.

So, I will share with you what I feel God has been trying to get me to see over the last couple of months.

I have learned: Be obedient even in the spiritually dry times. 

That’s where I have been for about two months now. I am struggling to get up early in the morning to be with Jesus. I have even skipped a couple of mornings because I chose sleep. I feel this way because I don’t feel like anything is moving in me. I feel like I am going through the motions of what I’m “supposed” to do and I hate it.

Now, there have been a few times when I felt God stirring in me but for the most part I’m going through the motions.

But what God is showing me through my continued obedience is that my faith is stronger then my flesh. I keep waking up and getting in the word  and trying to pray because I have faith that God will move in me. That something is going on that I’m not seeing. A greater purpose is growing in me.

I  have no idea what that is. But I believe it is something.

Why do I share this?

I have to believe I’m not the only one who feels spiritually dry. Maybe you feel like you are going through the motions of your faith. I’m here to tell you to keep being obedient. If Jesus has called you to do something keep doing it even if it doesn’t feel like He is meeting you.

He is. He is meeting you there. And He will keep meeting you there.

A shift is coming. I sense it. A shift is coming for me and it is coming for you too.

This is a time to show your faith. Remain faithful, don’t give up. Keep pressing in and eventually His spirit will overwhelm you.

I’m believing it for me and I’m believing it for you.

Stay obedient.

 

 

What’s Your Genesis 5020? March 13, 2015

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I haven’t asked in a while so I thought I would put it out there again. I am always looking for people to share their stories on this blog. That’s why I started this blog in the first place. I wanted this to be a place for people to come forward and share their stories about how God used something that could have destroyed their lives for good.

So, what’s your story?

You have no idea how when you share you heal and bring healing into other people’s lives. Someone, somewhere needs to hear YOUR story. Will you give God the glory and come forward and share with others?

Some people won’t believe in Jesus until they see our scars…Thomas didn’t.

Email your stories at: 5020genesisstories (at) gmail (dot) com

 

Gold Diggers July 25, 2014

goldI was praying about an individual in my life the other day and God gave me a visual about finding the treasure, the gold,  in that person. I want to share it with you because maybe there is someone in your life who you’re struggling to find the gold in, that you are about ready give up on. Hope this blesses you.

Like panning for gold you have to shift through the muck and mire to find the treasure. It takes a keen eye and a lot of time, it will be back-breaking work, you will get tired, you will want to give up. Don’t. It is there we just need to keep looking. It will be found. 

You have to go lower to find the gold, you have to dig under pieces of broken rock, dirt, mud. Gold isn’t easily found, it must be sought after, it must be specifically looked for, you will not accidentally find it. You have to look for the gold only, look past the dirt and look for the stuff that sparkles. When it catches the light of the sun (Son) you will know you have found the treasure.

I also heard this amazing song and wanted to share it with you. Take a minute to worship the One that hears your prayers and is moving even if you can’t see it right now, He hears your heart and loves you too much not to listen to you and do what is best for you. Click here.

 

 

 

What’s Your Genesis 5020? March 7, 2014

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unsplash_525b54bcc32ba_1I didn’t have anything prepared for today so I think it might time to put out another call for Genesis 5020 stories. People love hearing about how God has worked in your life. What has He done? What is He doing?

What’s your Genesis 5020? I have asked before and I will ask again. If you feel God pressing on you to share your story why not now? It could change someone’s life….it changed yours 🙂

Go to my blog and click on Share your Genesis 5020 and I will be in touch with you.

Thanks for prayerfully considering this, someone needs to hear your story.