Life, God, Techonology, and Randomness

Technology in the Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God is huge. I’m gonna give you a few lines to think about that….seriously.…

It’s everywhere, like a preposition and the object of the preposition all in one. I gave some thought to technology in the Church today thanks to one of the Pastors at my church (thanks Dale). Honestly I hadn’t given it much thought at all until today but it definitely bears some; let’s discuss. Read the rest of this entry »


You’re just not good enough…Seriously

I have found opportunities quite often lately to speak to people I interact with daily about my faith. I don’t know if it’s me being more bold or them being more curious or something in-between but I welcome it. It has made me study more and try to gain knowledge. There has been one common thread/thought though in the people that I have spoke with. A misconception I think really but one that bears addressing. It usually goes something like this

Overall, I’ve been a moral person, so I should be good with eternity.

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Were there Christians before Christ?

Recently I’ve been studying Abraham and his life throughout the Bible (mostly Old Testament) and I’ve been learning very much. There is so much to learn about God and how we should approach him, most importantly I think about faith.

Promises were made to Abraham and his wife that were pretty hard for anyone other than God to fulfill. Promises I wouldn’t

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Ever feel like …

Ever feel like our great Savior beats you with the “understand” stick. I find lately that I have. I have a problem with pride and forget that it’s not me really that’s able to complete anything.

Recently I have been listening to some old sermons from a few different churches. These sermons are literally at least 1 year apart and from different parts of the Bible, but they both hit Read the rest of this entry »

We believe

We believe in one God, the Father Almighty; Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, Begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father; By whom all things were made; Who, for us men and for our salvation, Came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man; And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; And the third day he rose again, According to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father; And he shall come again, with glory, To judge both the quick and the dead; Whose kingdom shall have no end.

And we believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of life; Who proceedeth from the Father [and the Son]; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; Who spoke by the prophets. And we believe in one holy catholic [i.e. universal] and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins [i.e. baptism is a sign and seal of God’s promise to forgive the sins of those who trust in Christ]; And we look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

– The Nicean Creed

The Christian Manifesto (and all God’s People)

We believe in the one true God We believe in Father Spirit Son We believe that good has won

And all of the people of God sang along

Amen Amen Amen Amen

We are free He died and lives again We will be a people

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The KISS method of Christianity

I hope that you are familiar with text KISS acronym for it would be a horrible assault on mankind if you weren’t. Just to fill in the gaps though it stands for Keep It Simple Stupid.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not calling you stupid at all. I didn’t make the saying so it’s not my call. Some motivational speaker probably made it up, but I digress.

As Christians we get hung up on too much “stuff” these days. Stuff like Calvinism, Gifts of the Spirit, predestination, blah, blah, blah You hear things like: “Oh you’re not a 5 pointer? Not Christian!”, “Your not Baptist? I’ll pray for you.”, and the like. We add things to the top of the gospel and on top of Christ, we start making Christianity harder than it really is.

Recently we had some snow here where I live and my son had a great time in it. Later that week I was driving my son to daycare and he asked me a quick question and the whole series went like this:

Him – Dad, who makes it snow?
Me – The clouds.
Him – Nope, God does.

He set me up and I walked right into it. Punk. It’s amazing what children understand.  In this world it really is all about God (and if you ask him he’ll tell you God is Jesus and Jesus is God) and we as adults tend to pile things on top of that. We forget that it really is simple just follow and trust in Jesus. Nothing extra is required. No Calvinism, no denominational spats, no dogma what-so-ever. Just a simple and enduring faith and taking Jesus/God at his word, just an understanding that the whole Bible is about Jesus and that all answers to all questions (even about snow) should point back to Him.

When it comes to Jesus we all need to learn to keep it simple.

I have been so blessed to be given a child and oddly enough I learn so much from him and from his innocence.

Is Jeremy Lin the NBA’s Tim Tebow

This cycle of sports this last 12 months has been a roller coaster. Massive deals, huge contracts, underdog stories and unexpected heroes.

Now that the NFL season is over people will soon forget parts of the season but will not, more than likely, forget

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Learning to be a Husband and Father

Things just sometimes have a way of hitting your right in the face right out of the blue. It was a few weeks ago for me. My wife and I were watching the movie, Courageous, and it really challenged me. I knew what the overall movie was about, to be certain, but it still hit me. It was really a nagging question: Am I a good father?

It was an inescapable thought. To doubt something like that was, for me at least, horrible. I lose patience sometimes yes but I think I’m loving. However the words from the end of the movie keep repeating in my head, over and over, like a gong. I’ll lay them out for you here (side note: the following words are not mine and in no way, shape or form. They are the property of the company and writers of the movie).

There are some men who, regardless of the mistakes we’ve made in the past, regardless of what our fathers did not do for us, will give the strength of our arms and the rest of our days to loving God with all that we are and to teach our children to do the same—and whenever possible, to love and mentor others who have no father in their lives but who desperately need help and direction. And we are inviting any man whose heart is willing and courageous to join us in this resolution. God’s Word shows us that God desires for every father to courageous step up and do whatever it takes to be involved in the lives of his children. More than just being there for them or providing for them, he is to walk with them through their young lives and be a visual representation of the character of God, their Father in heaven. The father should love his children and seek to win their hearts. He should protect them, discipline them, and teach them about God. He should model how to walk with integrity and treat others with respect and humility.  Who will accept the responsibility of providing and protecting my family? Who will ask God to break the chain of destructive patterns in my family? Who will pray for, and bless my children to boldly pursue whatever God calls them to do?

Those are some powerful words and we would all be wise as men to listen.

If that wasn’t enough the hits just keep on coming. I have been listening to many podcasts from various churches across the nation and there was a sermon that hit me a few messages ago from a church that I won’t name. It spoke of being a leader and of homes and churches desolate because men wouldn’t lead. They wouldn’t lead in the church or the home and by doing so were horrible witnesses to God and a horrible testament of a husband loving his wife as Christ loves the church. The example used was back in Genesis 3. Eve sins first, yes…yes she does. Who does God hold accountable? Let’s see.

Genesis 3:8-9

And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool  of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God call to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

Wow…just wow. So no matter who screws up I’m accountable. My son smashes through some kids face in ten years..I’m accountable. My wife has some issue here or there..I’m accountable. My family past present and future…I’m accountable. Talk about a yoke of weight. It presses down upon me so hard. But there is hope for the burden. Christ’s yoke is light and he will help me as well as the Holy Spirit will guide; provided I let them and just be led.

We are accountable to God for the responsiblity given to us, and it is a large responsiblity indeed. Stand up with me men…stand up.

I’m a Chord Cutter Now What? Part 2

Some people kiss dating goodbye, other chocolate, me..cable. Awhile back I did the unthinkable in todays culture and society; I cut the chord. Yes indeed…Comcast (for the most part) was kissed goodbye. I thought I would be remiss to go through the process and the reasoning of it and not follow-up at a later date to share how it has ultimately turned out.
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