Archive for January, 2011
My father is writing a blog now!
He asked me to build him one as a Christmas gift, and just now decided on the name.
Run over and check it out: http://www.RevivalsHeartbeat.com
We haven’t ironed out all the details yet, but the posts are on the way. Let us know what you think.
My family has been upgrading their phones recently. I’m a huge fan of Google, so when they asked me to help pick a few out, I pointed towards Android devices. Mine hasn’t come in the mail yet, but I’ve been able to geek out on my parents phones.
I’ve been spending this time in awe of how such a small device can be so efficient and connected with things around it. I’m not that old, but I remember when you could hurt your arm trying to pull the antenna out on the older generation phones.
I’ve been thinking about how clever we are to have harnessed the power of the sun, wind, and water. We have cars that can travel miles in minutes, buildings scraping the sky, and medicine to cure illness.
And then I looked in the mirror and caught a glimpse of my eye. I watched as it instantly reacted to different levels of light. How it seamlessly, and without my command, adapted to give me vision.
We don’t even come close. As Thomas Edison said, “We don’t know a millionth of one percent about anything.”
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.”
I don’t know a whole lot about Gov. Robert Bentley. In fact, I just heard about him today. I don’t know what his political and spiritual views are, but this is less about him than it is about how people have responded to his faith.
Almost immediately after his inauguration he made this statement: “Anybody here today who has not accepted Jesus Christ as their savior, I’m telling you, you’re not my brother and you’re not my sister, and I want to be your brother,”
Is it a little harsh? Yeah, I guess. But people are missing the point when they accuse him of being biased towards Christians. When two Christians meet they have an immediate friendship and ‘brotherhood’ because their Lord and Savior are the same person.
It’s not that non-Christians have less value or are unimportant. It’s about the family of the church. We may disagree about doctrinal beliefs, but what family can you name that doesn’t have it’s own quarrels?
This statement by Bentley wasn’t a political one. He was reaching out with his faith. If he truly hated the non-Christians, he wouldn’t have said anything about Jesus at all.
This is a very moving video created by The David Crowder Band. I don’t know how familiar you are with their music, but I have to tell you that his work is always something special. When our youth group isn’t singing his songs for worship, we’re listening to them at home.
I don’t mean to glorify man. But the words and music of his songs are so focused upon the important aspects of God that it creates an immediate atmosphere of praise. Some artists smell of pride or greed. There’s none of that with David.
He and his band came together and created a music video for his latest song “(SMS) Shine.” Using over 700,000 pegs from a Lite Brite toy and without the assistance of computer animation they were able to create this 3 minute video.
His full explanation of the song and video can be found here. Please read what he has to say, as it’s a lot more interesting than what I just wrote myself.
Over the past couple days I have been evaluating the immorality of both the Nation and individual lives. Pondering where it comes from, and why it is so rampant in our country today in comparison with previous decades. I’m no theologian but I came up with an answer that has satisfied me.
Our country does not have a lust problem. Our country doesn’t have a racism problem. Our problem isn’t hate, anger, greed, politicians, divorce, adultery, hypocrisy, or false prophets. Our evil outward appearance is only the result of an inward problem: Jesus Christ deficiency.
Anytime that Jesus Christ ceases to be the cornerstone of society our natural tendencies to sin will corrupt what the devil doesn’t.
Put that into a personal perspective: you do not lack self control so much as you lack Jesus Christ. You are not angry so much as you are ignorant to the ways of God. Do not waste your time chasing the vices of your life when you can simply and efficiently cut them down at the source. You are a prayer away from complete and total submission. No fancy tricks, no super Christian powers required, no televangelist needed to direct you.
How are we kept from our knees? If God has provided a way out, and made it so simple to escape, then why have we not tapped this resource? I’m not sure. I imagine that it’s a mix of both the devil’s wise manipulation and our own lack of desire for holiness.
The point is summed up perfectly in my favorite verse:
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
No submission, no resistance.