>I have marveled at some of the stuff that Christians do. This one is by far one of the most original things I have seen. They actually release the Holy Spirit’s anointing by dancing the hokey pokey. Watch the whole video. The testimonies are incredible….I am just glad that Jesus loves us anyway.
>I have to admit, I have been one of those people that make fun of other Christians. I have even been one of those Christians that have apologized for what we (the church) have done to others in the name of Christ. On one hand this needs to be done. Christians continue to hurt others every day. But how far does it have to go? When do we stop apologizing? When do we just live our lives as we should, as the bible shows us? I for one, am tired of minimalizing my relationship with Christ. It defines me, it makes who I am for better or worse.
I know I have screwed up in judging. I am sorry. I know that I have been your typical American Christian. I am sorry. But, I don’t apologize for being a Christian. I am not ashamed of calling myself a Christian. I am not ashamed to admit to people that Faith is a narrow road. I am not ashamed to tell people that there is a savior who died for their sins. I am not ashamed to tell people there is only one way to the Father.
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
What do you think? Should we feel bad that we are Christians? Should we constantly apologize. Should we rethink the narrow road? I would love to hear your feedback.
- The devil has been defeated and does not control any holiday….ever. He is not in control. He does not go around trick-or-treating.
- Almost all holidays have roots in paganism. Christmas and Easter are just as pagan, if not more so, as Halloween.
- Harvest, Halloween, Fall festival…its all semantics….It’s like drinking a mock cocktail at a fake speakeasy(inside joke). Or Christian swear words-we all know what you really mean so why don’t you just say it.
- Do we have to spiritualize everything? Why not just invite the community over and have some fun. Meet some people. Start some relationships. If you want to dress up as a ninja, great! It doesn’t even have to be a Christian ninja.
- All my tracks I hand out end up in the garbage first thing. So why not just give them candy and say a silent prayer for them instead. This not only gives me a chance to meet people in my neighborhood, it also keeps my house from getting toilet papered…
I like Halloween. I like to dress up. I like the pumpkins, candy and yes the skeletons and ghouls. I will not burn in hell for it. I am not opening myself up to “spiritual attack”. My Jesus has freed me from this kind of frivolous nonsense. Now if you’ll excuse me, I am going to get my costume on and have some fun this Halloween night.
>Have you ever had a day when you would like to have a logical thought process but can’t? Or, one of those days when it would be nice to put coherent thoughts on paper (or on a blog) that make sense and might even be something that others would like to read?
Today is one of those days….
I have so many thoughts rolling around in my mind, I cannot make any linear sense out of them. I have thoughts of love, fear, depression, anxiety, just to name a few. I cannot seem to find peace in the midst of the storm today. Does that mean that I am not saved? Does that mean that I do not trust in God enough? That I haven’t let the Holy Spirit move in me today? Some people would have me believe that. But is faith really that cut and dry; black and white?
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. God knows, my thoughts are too jumbled together to make any sense.
This is an interesting piece of scripture that deals with divorce and remarrying. Now it is pretty obvious from this passage that God’s heart breaks every time there is a family that is ripped apart from divorce. And, just looking at our own culture, it is evident that nothing good comes from divorce.
One of interesting aspects of this passage is Jesus’ insistence that if a person is divorced and remarries, they commit adultery. He says this to the Pharisees as well as disciples who push him on the issue later. Jesus is always concerned about the heart of the matter. Even on this touchy subject there are heart issues that need to be dealt with. Perhaps Jesus was trying to point to the heart of the religious community of his day that thought they were better than everyone else because of their “holy” lives. Most of them has accepted the letter of the law but not spirit of God.
How do people become like children? How do we trust unconditionally? We have faith like a child who has not lived long enough to doubt the things they have been told. They have not lived long enough to exercise their “ya..but”. Lord take my life and change me so I am not constantly trying to find ways to prove you wrong.
The ultimate passage to contradict the prosperity doctrine that is so prevalent within the church these days. It is wrong to have money, it’s just that money can so easily control you. God wants great things for us, but how did we ever get the idea that He was talking about material and monetary gains? Of course he wants great things for us-eternal life. Of course he wants to give us live more abundantly-life in Jesus.
This is a great story. Here we have James and John walking up to Jesus and saying “Hey Mr. Jesus we want to be princes in your kingdom. We want to be important.” Jesus looks at them and says, “Do you know what you are asking? Do you realize that the Prince of Peace, the creator of the universe is going to suffer on a cross and die for the sins of the whole world? Do you really want to share in that glory? Do you realize that the King of the Universe will become the ultimate servant? And if you want to attain glory, you will have to do the same thing? Do you really want this?”
I don’t think James and John really understood what they were asking for. And they obviously caused a little consternation among the other disciples. What I find interesting is John is still considered the apostle that Jesus loved (at least self proclaimed). But I really do think he go the message of love. All you have to do is read his letters and find that out.
>Recently the country has been captivated with the story of a young girl who was kidnapped back in 1991. She recently was reunited with her parents at the age of 29. Her story is one of horrific tragedy that we, looking from the outside, can never truly understand or comprehend.
The human side of me thinks this man should be put through every single torture device that the human mind has ever invented. There is nothing that could be done to this individual that would ever be enough to make up for the evil things that he did to this child and the emotional trauma that she suffered over the years and, consequently, will have to wrestle with for the rest of her life.
Now, I believe that this country is founded on a sense of justice. And because of this, we have laws in place to at least administer some sort of justice. Our system may not be perfect, but it’s the best we have and it is as fair as any system in the world.
What concerns me is our response as Christians to this story. I have heard many comments that disturb me deeply. We place ourselves in the shoes of the victims which we should rightly do. But, then we completely dehumanize the criminal. We act as judge jury and executioner. We make comments about how this person does not deserve fairness, mercy, grace, love etc.
The message of the Gospel is that love transcends all evil. It lifts us out of the muck and the mire that we swim and relish in. For us to begin to put weight on different kinds of sin is a dangerous slippery slope. What this man did to this poor innocent little girl is no different than Hitler’s murdering of millions of Jews and others. What both of these man have done is no different than my sin. When it is boiled down to brass tacks, we are all sinners and we are all separated from the love of God. I deserve death as much as Hitler or this pathetic man. The only difference between me and these other men is I have trusted in the one who gives grace and gives it abundantly. Because of which I should be more willing than others to extend that same grace and mercy to people such as this.
If we think that this man does not deserve mercy. If we think he does not deserve a voice, then lets look at some of the people in the bible that we look up to so fervently.
King David-Adulterer, Murderer, Polygamist, liar
Abraham-War Monger, Liar
This, of course, is just a short list of the people we look up to and the awful things they did. In fact if we were to judge everyone who wrote the scriptures we so dearly love, all we would be left with would be the red letters. When all is said and done, maybe that’s enough. Because the message would still stand; love unconditionally, love God, love your neighbor.
>I find it interesting that there are two camps in the Jesus/theology department right now. One takes an extreme as far as making it almost impossible to get into heaven. The other takes the other extreme with an “inclusive” gospel. Jesus himself, would seem to contradict both sides depending on what scripture is read.
I don’t have it all figured out. There are many things that I will never figure out. But, I do believe there are things in the bible that make it perfectly clear what is needed to follow Jesus and be on the “narrow road”. But are we too afraid to find out? Are we too afraid to look at the scriptures and read them? Are we too afraid that they have been mistranslated over the years?
It is clear to me that Jesus wasn’t afraid of the scriptures. Every time some argument was presented to him, he used (when necessary) scripture to combat his attackers. Perhaps we could take a lesson from Jesus and not be so afraid that we don’t know what the bible is talking about and give a little study now and then.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not advocating “bible worship” above “Jesus worship”. But I am advocating a healthy dose of knowing what the bible says and living out our love of Jesus on a day to day basis. I really don’t believe one is possible without the other.
He goes on to present a rather solid case that we as humans, whether female or male, are not living up to our true calling as either gender. Men especially are hiding behind their masks or security features such as sports, work, or other more darker things.
The chapter spoke true to me in many ways. I have spent my life running from things. If they get to hard, or if they get too deep; I bail. I have started and quit college 4 different times. I have had more jobs than I can count on two hands (and probably both feet). Even within my jobs, I have avoided the hard things just so I didn’t have to deal with the conflict that was sure to follow.
Eldredge spoke of a reoccurring dream that haunted him consistently. He was involved in drama for years and would dream that he was in the biggest play of his life and didn’t even know what his lines were although his part was crucial to the entire play. I have had my own “what if they find me out” dream as well. Mine is usually based around showing up for a class only to find out that the class had been going on for at least three months and I hadn’t attended a single class. And now it was time for the final!
Our world is screwed up. It is not as God intended. We don’t know how to be who we are, we don’t know how to have fellowship. We don’t even know how to have church! My desire is to figure these things out before its too late. I don’t want to feel as if I am just filling space. I want to be involved with my children, my wife, and even humanity as a whole. But I need Jesus to show me how this is done effectively.