Archive for September, 2010
Worship in its purest form does not always require extra time from your schedule. It is so permeated into everything that you cannot do anything without worship.
America is very good at worship. Too bad we worship sex.
I just finished watching a movie, Iron Man 2, with a bunch of my buddies. During the movie I was deeply moved by a realization of how things have changed in the very short time that I’ve been alive. People no longer hope for sex or lustful scenes in a film: they expect it.
Iron Man 2 proved to be an altar upon which to worship sex. Not by devoting a specific scene or lengthy amount of time to it, but by allowing it to permeate everything.
Look at the magazines next time your going through checkout. Before you turn them over (I hope) take note of how many promote sex. Or better yet, find one that doesn’t.
Don’t get me wrong. Sex is a good thing. I often get accusations from atheists concerning the Songs of Solomon. That book, along with Proverbs and a few others, are very explicit in their sexual content. Not because they were trying to sell to the general public, but because God said that it is good, and must be kept good.
The devil is incapable of creating pleasure. So He must take something that God has created for us, and find a way to make it sinful. They say that prostitution is the oldest occupation. That’s because The Enemy was quick to learn that sex is both very pleasurable, and very easy to pollute. Sex is like a mousetrap, with many intricate pieces necessary for it to work properly. Let us look at Gods formula:
One Man, One Woman.
What happens when you alter these elements?
One Man, Many Woman.
This is the most popular alteration in America. Sexual “freedom”. Having a sexual partner without any commitment.
Homosexuality. Built upon emotion and fed by Hollywood’s idea of “love”.
Lust can consume like a fire fed with gasoline. It has gotten to the point that you no longer need a partner to take advantage of the sex drive. I heard a statistic that %60 of internet usage is for pornography. I really, really want to write about that soon.
Our weapon of defense: 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
“For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”
Examine your thoughts, your motives, your desires.
My Father and Mother purchased me a couple of books for my eighteenth birthday. One of which was “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis.
I have heard a little bit about it from people in my church, so I had expectations when I first opened it up. At first I didn’t care for it very much. Not because the material was bad, but the way it was presented was so new to me. Lewis calls it “Diabolical Ventriloquism.”
He writes in the place of Screwtape, a senior demon who was promoted from tempting to administration in Hell after a successful campaign on Earth against God through human beings. He writes to His novice nephew, Wormwood, and offers advice for waging spiritual warfare.
It is difficult at first to position yourself to be comfortable when Screwtape talks. His good is our bad, and His bad is our Good. But once it naturally flows past you, you begin to see the genius of Lewis’ writing.
I have never before been so challenged by a book. It has forced me to look at myself through both the eyes of God and Satan. Wanting to please my Lord, while at the same time evading the temptations and tactics of Demons. Everything temporal in my life came into view.
After reading it, I have learned much about prayer, faith, love, joy, hobbies, habits, sin, and countless other things.
If you are looking for a book, I recommend this one. You will not regret it.
Thanks for reading!
During one of Obama’s speeches, He left something very important out.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, endowed with certain inalienable rights:
life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Did you catch it? The declaration of independence says “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights.”
Almost, Mr. President. Almost.
He goes on to say “That’s what makes us unique. That’s what makes us strong.”
No, Mr. President. What makes us strong is He who you refuse to even speak of.
My father and Woody C have both been encouraging me to read the Bible front to back in recent months. So, a couple weeks ago during my early readings in Genesis I was reminded of a supposed contradiction in the Creation account. Here it is:
24 - And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 - And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
26 - And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth
This is the Sixth day. Man is created after the Earth, trees, birds, and animals. But many claim the Genesis contradicts itself when it lists things in a totally different order.
1 – Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
5 - And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground.
7 - And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8 - And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 - And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Here we have Man created followed by the beast and the trees. But if you look at verses 1 and 5 you’ll notice that everything is done. Chapter 2 is an overview of what happened on day 6!
God created the entire Earth, including trees, fish, and birds, and then He devoted an entire chapter to what He did on day six. He created Man, then a garden, and then the animals and trees to fill the garden.
Just because I’m late doesn’t mean we can’t cut the virtual cake!
I am an official adult now. 18 years old. It is an odd thing having watched my Brother and Sister go through this before me.
Anyways, Happy birthday everyone!
Thanks for reading!
-Cullen Webb (The adult one)