I haven’t forgotten about this blog. There are, however, things going on right now that have been consuming most of my time. I am desperate to get back to writing often, as I enjoy and benefit from it very much.
It’s easy to write about yourself (you don’t have to research), so I want to simply post about the past month or so of my life.
What have you been doing?
In no particular order:
- Preparing for and taking the GED
- Developing mobile applications
- Helping my brother renovate his home
- Ebay (’nuff said)
- Reading books:
a. Teaching to change lives
b. Mere Christianity
d. Dracula (I actually enjoyed it)
e. A few others that slip my mind
- In addition the the books above, I’m writing a review of “Love Wins” by Rob Bell
- David Wilkerson’s memorial service in New York
- A few more things that also slip my mind.
What do you plan on doing?
- College – Calvary Chapel – Read their Doctrinal Statements. It’s like a sermon.
- Work – God willing, a church or ministry. Although I’m too young to be closing any doors.
- Maintain certain hobbies – This blog, video editing, etc…
- Becoming a righteous and godly man, raising a godly family, doing godly things :)
I don’t think I’ve ever used a smiley before in a post…
Anyway. I want to state that this blog has been a huge source of my growth in recent years. It has enabled me to express myself, research various topics, and train my typing fingers to write clearly. Things that are going to be essential.
If you have made it this far you probably know more about me than I do. Thanks for being a reader.
Did you brush your teeth this morning? Probably without thinking. When you woke up did you have to ask your stomach if it was time for food? I doubt it.
We are creatures of habit. Things become natural for us after a short while, and we often do them without thinking. This can be a good thing: routinely cleaning your body is essential. But it can also be a bad thing. We must never stop asking ourselves this simple question when in regards to our obedience to Christ: why?
When you read your bible in the morning, stop and ask yourself “Why?” When you attend church on Sunday, when you sing hymns and worship songs, when you kneel at the alter, and when you pray ask yourself “why?”
Don’t let your worship become a monotonous activity. Worship Him because He is worthy, and has plucked you out of the fire.
Don’t read the Word because you are required, or to fill a daily quota. Read the Word because you are hungry for Bread.
Don’t attend a church because “it’s the right thing to do”. Go because you are strengthened through fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.
Never stop examining yourself. Begin with the question “why?”
1 Corinthians 11:28
“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”
That’s a great article title. But it’s actually the title of this video created by Franklyn Schaefer.
This will be added to the list of “Top Christian Video’s on Youtube.”
Thanks for watching!
I’ve been in many different types of churches, and many different denominations. Most of them have rules for worship: what instruments they can use, what hymnals they sing from, whether or not you’re allowed to clap, how you may dress to attend worship, and the list goes on.
Are we God that we may decide how worship is to be conducted? Having a musical preference is only natural; I would even say it’s required to have any personality at all. However, when somebody creates a rule book because anything other than their preference is apparently “evil”.
I’m not an emergent, a seeker friendly, or lightweight Christian. I believe that God has required much of us, and will hold us accountable for everything we do or say. But you’ve gone too far to preserve a useless tradition within your church if you consider drums evil.
Don’t just take my word for it. Read what King David had to say:
“Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”
That isn’t worship because it’s a song written a long time ago, because it’s found in hymnals, or because of the instruments used. It’s worship because the lyrics are lifting God up and putting ourselves in our rightful place at His feet. It’s worship because it coincides with the Psalm we just read.
Now, let me introduce you to some more worship. Watch this video:
Why is that any different? Our Pastors say the same thing but slower. In fact, he made good use of the cymbals, and remember that’s the only instrument mentioned twice.
There are more arguments against contemporary music, but I don’t care about them. I’ve read through them and they don’t have a sentence of un-contorted scripture to back them up. Some believe it’s wrong simply because of the beat. How silly.
Worship Him constantly. And when necessary, sing too.
Have you considered that the thing which we pray to be delivered from is, in some cases, sent by God?
“When Jesus heard [that], he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.”
There are several reasons that sickness, grief, pain, and tragedy in general befall our lives. First and foremost: we are cursed. There’s no away around the fact that we are a dying people because we broke a simple and straightforward command. We get sick. Be break. We die. Nothing can change that.
But today I am writing about one reason in particular that we experience tragedy: growth.
My Grandmother has spent several days in the hospital recently due to a broken hip. While she was there she told me an analogy (on accident) about apple trees.
Apparently if you had an apple tree that had stopped producing fruit, you took an axe to it. Not to chop it down, just to take a hunk out of the side. This forced the tree into a state of emergency to repair itself, while at the same time producing fruit again.
Tragedy can pull us out of contentment and place us into a state of emergency and reliance upon God. Then we produce fruit.
Examine yourself before the next time you pray for deliverance. God may be trying to tell you something.
I was greatly convicted by this sermon of Paul Washer’s. It motivated me to change things in my life that are “trifle” and a waste of time.
It has some strong words for men and Christians.
May God bless and challenge,
It’s odd that, despite all the technical things of Christianity that I am comfortable writing about, I find it difficult to write about grace. It’s the most fundamental and foundational aspect of my belief system, yet I don’t know very much about it at all. Perhaps it is because grace is so unnatural; so contradictory with human nature.
I have been convicted lately due to the amount of emphasis I have placed upon my own works. Somehow I transitioned to a place where I was a Christian based upon what I did and didn’t do, and how often I failed or succeeded. I know, based upon scripture, that this is not true Christianity.
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;”
It’s hard for me to grasp the fact that God doesn’t need me to do good things to grant forgiveness. This is totally incompatible with our social structure. Imagine what would happen if nobody had to show up for work to receive their pay checks?
Grace works though. It doesn’t result in thousands of sinning and apathetic “saints”. Why? Because anyone who is truly saved and redeemed will become a new creation, and live to please God. It’s like getting a check in the mail, then going to work to see what the Boss wants you to do that day; because He deserves it, without demanding it.
I see many people abusing this precious gift, though. Claiming redemption when their lover is the World, and feeling justified because they prayed a little prayer and cried a little tear. That’s getting a check in the mail and, without showing up to work, seeking employment elsewhere to get a bonus.
This is where works comes in.
“Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”
Repentance leads to salvation. Salvation leads to a new creation. The new creation, by it’s new found nature, will do good works. Not because we have to, or to fill a quota, but because the desire of our heart has been changed.
This isn’t to say that you will be without sin. No, the war is far from over. The Devil is still upset about losing you.
Christ has purchased me. He knew I was a sinner. He knew I deserved the deepest, darkest, flames of Hell. Yet He came, and payed a price I could never dream of paying myself.
Humbled by Jesus,
Has anyone heard of these before? This is my first time. When I watched this video the light bulb in my head didn’t just turn on, it blew up.
I love reading books and watching videos about the genius of creation. This is a wonderful example of the creativity of God.
Here it is:
Cool, eh? Here’s another one that portrays the pattern in nature a little better:
Thanks for reading,
Sex. Alcohol. Nudity. More sex and alcohol.
The super bowl ads were full of all that garbage. Thankfully the host of the party had DVR so we could pause and fast forward all the crap.
What makes things worse is that the following ad was denied because it was too religious and offensive:
It leaves me speechless. They allowed the ad to be viewed in 2-3 states, but the content wasn’t appropriate for a national audience. I would go on about how this angers me, why this is wrong, and how it’s inconsistent, but I’m sure the gears in your head are turning too.
I’m thinking about what I want to do next year. I’m offended by the secular ads, so maybe I wont watch the game. Maybe I’ll write a few letters about how I cannot watch ads that worship sex.
Imagine a day when the ads were clean again. It’s possible. We just need to pray about it.
P.S. If even the mention of John 3:16 offends the world, then why am I, a Christian representing the Messiah, not offending the world?
This wasn’t meant to be a serious post. I just saw a very funny video by Julian Smith that I wanted to post with a few scripture verses.
“For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.”
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”
I have been struck by the incredible amount of knowledge available today. You would think we’d be a very smart people because of it. But for some reason we haven’t tapped even a fraction of the information available to us. I believe that if you gave a determined person access to Google or Wikipedia they could obtain the equivalent to a college degree in a very short time.
80% of the world’s total knowledge has been brought forth in the last decade and 90% of all the scientists who have ever lived are alive today.
It’s all at our fingertips now.