Archive for August 2008

Who do these beliefs belong to?

August 28, 2008

Here’s the deal,.. I have a church’s statement of faith (doctrinal statement), and you get to guess which church it belongs to. (For the record, this is not my church’s statement of faith)

What We Believe

We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.

We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.

We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.

We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.

We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptised in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues.

We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.

We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives in order to help others more effectively.

We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

And the answer is……………..

HILLSONG!

I would have never guessed either… interesting. I love their music, and really wish that I could have seen them in Greenwood. 😦

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liars, cheaters, and thiefs.

August 25, 2008

My dad used to always tell me when I was growning up, “Ya know son, there’s three things in this life that I can’t stand–liars, cheaters, and thiefs.”

I can’t agree more.

Ugh.. I wish I could say what I felt, but I’ll leave with some Jon Mclaughlin lyrics from his new song ‘Things that you say’

I’m not a fool
I know all the rules
You can’t trick me, get one by me
There’s nothing
I haven’t seen before
How can you be sure
You’re the only one
Who’s working an angle tonight

Now if we’re go’in play this game
Look me in the eye and…

Tell me you’re in love
I’m the only one
Go on and lie to me
All the things that you say
It’s alright just give me a night
Go on and lie to me
I don’t believe the things that you say

Life is Good

August 16, 2008

Wow,.. I have so much to be thankful for. God has truly been good to me.

I look at my life, and there are sooo many things that I could complain about, but it just isn’t worth it. Sure, some things haven’t exactly gone my way, and times have been sort of tough lately. But if I look at the big picture… there’s no place that I would rather be.

I live in a nice house.. and have my own room. I never have to worry about food, and sometimes I forget to eat and don’t even realize it. Fresh water is just a lift of the faucet away. I can say whatever I want to say and have absolutely no fear of the government persecuting me. Serving the most amazing God is a freedom that I cherish, and I can express my love for Him how ever I please. I can jog outside and not worry about pollutants inhibiting my ability to breathe. The world is at my fingertips with the invention of the internet.. and my education will inevitably afford me amazing opportunities. There are many other things I could list,.. but I think that the point has been made.

My thankfulness shouldn’t be mistaken as an absence of ambition,… quite the contrary is true. There’s so much that I want to do, and so many places that I want to go. I don’t want to rush it though. I’ll take it with time and enjoy every step of the journey.

Give me the World..

August 14, 2008

So,.. I happened to be flipping through the channels while the Olympics were on a commercial break the other day, and if you’re in the central Indiana region, you’re aware of the fact that TBN is just above NBC. In case you’re not sure what TBN is, it is the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

I usually don’t belittle people who are genuinely doing a work for God.. and I won’t in this case either. However, I must admit that I am not usually a “fan” of what TBN does. What I saw did not change my initial feelings.

A man stood and preached a message of prosperity to God’s people, which is fine and dandy (although I’m not one to subscribe to a “bed-of-roses for all Christians” type of theology). Along his way of misinterpreting several scriptures, he made a statement that I feel captures the feelings of a lot of people in this world today. He said, “I’m here to represent Jesus Christ; and more importantly, I’m here to represent what He can do for you.”

For some reason this disgusted me.

Is that what it is all about?? What can God do for me? Forget about who He is; what can I get out of God?

Let’s also toss aside the fact that we’re supposed to live like Jesus.. you know, serving one another, giving, caring, loving, etc. Let’s just take take take take.. what’s in it for me theology. Woo hoo!

I’m so sick of selfish people (and please don’t think that I want you to believe that I’m not somewhat guilty too).

It’s weird how selfishness bleeds into every area of a person’s life. Consider, for instance, faith. Selfish people have a hard time being told no. They don’t want to give up some of the things that this world has to offer for God. Nope,.. they would rather just live their lives the way that they want to live them, doing what they want to do, saying what they want to say, treating people how they want to treat people. NO one can tell me no.. just God (who I rarely talk to or read about, which means that I have a great grasp of what He wants for my life and what He would have me to do).

Can you blame these people though? I mean their line of thinking is completely congruent with the Bible.

Passages like Romans 12:2 really seem to promulgate the theme of “do-as-you-please theology” when it uses language like, “Be not conformed to this world.. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” 1 John 2:17 ups the ante with words like, “Love not the world, neither the things of the world.” These are just a few of the many that highlight personal ambition over spiritual sacrifice.

Can’t you see it? It’s totally fine to do whatever you want; there shouldn’t be any sacrifice whatsoever. I mean,.. it isn’t like Jesus made a sacrifice for you, right??

Selfish people are never content either. They run to and fro, looking for something to occupy them to the point of satiation, and when that is reached, it’s time to discard and find something else. Apparently most if not all of their, jobs, cities, schools, churches, activities, cars, houses, etc, suck, and there’s ALWAYS something better. Sure, there will always be something better, but can’t you be grateful for ONE SECOND for what you have. I’m sure the kid starving in Africa would hate to live in your town, drive your car, go to your school, worship freely at your church, play music with your band, live under your roof… I bet he would be screaming to go back to the arid wasteland he came from.

Selfish people find relationships as means instead of ends. The proverbial give-and-take is replaced with set of scales that measure the true worth of the relationship by what the selfish person can receive. In light of the “what’s in it for me mentality,” feelings are ultimately disregarded.

It’s gross.

The refrain of the old hymn states: “Take this whole world and give me Jesus / Take this whole world and give me Jesus / Take this whole world and give me Jesus / I won’t turn back / I won’t turn back”

The updated version: “Give me the World..”

OK,.. I’m done,.

Sorry for ranting.


Blogging Break..

August 8, 2008

The time has come, and I must take a break.

At this point in my life I have so much that I want to really write about, but spewing those thoughts onto an endless canvas such as the internet is not acceptable. The levels of emotion are running extremely high and as we all know, emotions can remove the filter between what you think and what you say. As much as I would enjoy telling people how I really felt, I realize that it would be selfish and immature. Therefore, I will take the high road and be back in a weed or so.

Matchbox Twenty

August 4, 2008

Hmm.. I am somewhat surprised that this group has eluded me for so long.

I was privileged enough to see them record live at Abbey Road. Needless to say, I was impressed. I would have never guessed that their musicianship was so good (which really isn’t showcased in the video below, but trust me).

For some reason this song stuck out to me..