Archive for May, 2010
I am on the brink of graduation. And although I will be an adult by default, I do not feel in the least bit like a man.
I realize that this may be simply because I know so little about what it means to be a man. But I cannot help but feel as though I have fallen behind in where I am supposed to be. There is so much that I never considered about “growing up.” Responsibility has a lot more to it than “do and don’t do”, or feeding Spot the family dog.
I am overwhelmed by who I am, where I am going and who I should be. I wish there was a big red “surrender” button that I could press and give God absolute control over my every thought, action and motive. In this way would I know what to do. But God has left it up to us, and this scares the living daylights out of me.
There is no “do over,” no spell check, no second chances. I have but one life, and the weight of its value is something I cannot comprehend.
Good thing there’s a manual God gave us.
Well, here’s a video that is supposed to be about dating. But my Youth group has been going through it and it appears to be more about manhood.
God bless you,
Before I say anything, I want you to realize that this is the very first time my name has found its way into the title. Weird.
Anyways. I am very sorry for not writing on here for so long. It’s not that I don’t want to, or am unable to, but because my laptop is getting a tune up and I don’t know when I will get it back.
Oh, and while we are on that subject, don’t EVER interrupt a Windows update. Even if you have multiple programs running at the same time and your dad wants to use your laptop to write a sermon.
*cough*Good thing I didn’t do that. *cough*
I can’t wait to start writing again. Many good ideas.
Thanks for reading and putting up with a procrastinator like myself.
Some of you big-shot bloggers out there are probably laughing at that number. But I leap for joy, with a hearty laugh to go along with it.
I had no idea there were so many, I just got on to clean up some of the robot spam members, and then realized just how many people have signed up in the last few months.
I need to think of something to do in celebration with you guys. A virtual cake? Nah. But let me know if you think of anything.
P.S – Want to be #126?
Here is a fantastic video depicting the inconsistent laws in place to protect animals and even flowers from being killed, all the while leaving our children vulnerable to abortion.
It covers a great many other points, all of which I agree with.
I still plan on writing my own remarks concerning abortion, but this will do for now.
I was given the privilege of speaking at a Revival in Indiana. The pastor is the man who got my dad interested in the Church of God, Indiana.
The meetings all went great, and the Spirit of God was undeniable. But I walked away with a new perspective on church, and realized just how many traditions I have come to accept without even realizing it. I just wrote a post a little while ago rebuking many traditions in the Catholic church, all the while being a hypocrite.
So here is a list of un-biblical things that our country knowingly or unknowingly accepts in the Church.
#1 – The Building
Is there something wrong with the body of Christ owning a building designated for worship? Nope. This isn’t about wrong or counter-biblical traditions, but simply UN-biblical traditions. Things we have that was never expected, mentioned or needed in the New Testament.
The Church used to be based in the homes of the congregation. Normally changing in location week to week. The Amish have kept this aspect of the early Church going to this day.
I don’t think it’d be a bad idea to go without a gym or fancy equipment that can distract. The idea of a home-based Church is almost attractive to me. But the impact and ministry of these things are phenomenal.
#2 – Pastors
But the Church of the early days did not have a designated leader per congregation. Each had a table of “elders” who would share the burden and take turns speaking and sharing.
Of course, we have a variety of boards and such today in the Church, but I think it is very easy to have too many people in leadership. Any pastor can attest to this, I am sure.
#3 – Multitudes
Jesus had only 12 in his “congregation” if you don’t mind me calling it that. And most of the spiritual meetings in the NT were only a dozen or so. Since then we have grown accustomed to hundreds if not thousands of members in our Churches.
Of course, it is POSSIBLE for those congregations to have peace and love amongst them, but it is no doubt much more difficult. Keeping a close relationship with a thousand other people every week doesn’t sound like a day of rest to me, personally.
#4 – Schedule
Step #1 – Have worship
Step #2 – Have offering
Step #3 – Listen to sermon
Step #4 – Worship more
Step #5 – Leave
Although structure is not a bad thing at all, and it is obvious that our God is a God of order, this wasn’t what the early Church did. They would meet with great enthusiasm as nobody knew what the Holy Spirit would do next.
#5 – Denominations
This is an obvious one.
Although I don’t give a wooden nickle about whether your are Church of God, Methodist, Baptist or any of that, a great many people do. I have heard stories about people “shunning” others simply because their label.
Something my dad often quotes (I don’t know the source) is:
“Labels either fall off on the way to Heaven or burn off on the way to Hell.”