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08/06/2013 / Faith
08/05/2013 / Faith

There are several verses in the Bible that pierce straight to the heart in regards to who we hang out with. In John 17:15 Jesus said, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” The verses below aren’t suggesting that we don’t socialize with unbelievers who could potentially “lead us astray”. Jesus lived among and served some of the furthest people from God. We need to reach people right where they are and remember that WE TOO WERE ONCE THEM and that it was only by the grace of God that we can minister to them. Yes, that’s dangerous and takes a solid faith and a pure heart. It means praying that you remain faithful and strong in the midst of what temptations the world may throw at you just like Paul did in 1 Thessalonians 5:23 when he exhorted the Thessalonians in his letter saying, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” A few months back I wrote a short post on relationships and what we are communicating about our faith in how we live and talk that I think is relevant to this post.

07/31/2013 / Faith

I was having dinner with a good friend tonight – talking life – talking God. At some point the conversation went to the holiness and gloriousness of God. You know, as dinner conversations usually go.

It’s funny, because at a new guys Bible study at my church we’re going through a book called Glory Veiled and Unveiled: A Heart-Searching Look at Christ’s Parables. As you can imagine, it walks through some of the most well known parables in the Bible. (“In this spiritually rewarding Bible study, the author shows students of Scripture how to read the parables in a way that takes into account the truth that Scripture searches us as we subject ourselves to it…”) At the end of each chapter, there are questions that initiate discussion in the group. The other week, one question in particular stood out to me.

“What happens when churches and people treat the Bible in a way in which they don’t see its glory?”

It’s a question that has been on my heart, both directly with relation to churches, but, particularly my view of God and His Word…

06/18/2013 / Faith

In my young(er) days I dabbled in BMXing – where you use those little 20” bikes to jump ramps and objects while putting your parents in a constant state of worry. It takes skill, balance, strength, and control to be able to fly through the air, while on a bicycle, and properly land without breaking your neck. However, there is a surefire way to ensure you don’t land the jump right-side-up with 2 wheels on the ground…

Take a look at the heads of each one of these bmx riders. What do you notice?

06/18/2013 / Tidbits

Here’s an excerpt from a sermon by Matt Chandler (The Village Church) called “The Initiating Love of God

Listen to people talk all the time. They fell out of love. “I just don’t love him anymore.” In fact, the thing that’s probably most frowned upon in predominant culture when it comes to love is someone who loves by will, what the Hebrews called ahava. It was a love of the will. It was “I’m not going anywhere.” Don’t romanticize that. That’s not rose petals and violin

06/03/2013 / Music

I’ve, generally, always listened to music by albums. Meaning, I’d queue up an album by a certain artist/band and I’d listen to it all the way through and then I’d move on to the next album by another artist. Within the past year or two, I’ve started using playlists – thanks to Spotify. So I don’t often listen to albums all the way through – unless they are brand new or new to me. Here are my current “go to” songs that span a couple different “playlists” on my Spotify account.

05/06/2013 / Tidbits

“WHATEVER you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23 It’s interesting how Paul chose, “whatever”, as if maybe pursing God’s will for our life isn’t necessarily as much about the “what” as it is the “why”, the attitude of…

03/30/2013 / Faith

Many hours are spent with men, how many with your Maker? – Spurgeon

Oh Life

Remember the days of being a kid, getting home from school, and going to play with your friends outside. For a lot of people, your biggest worry was probably if you were going to grab your bike or your skateboard. It was tough managing your bike riding time with your math homework time. Then you got a little older and you had to balance more important schoolwork with after school activities or athletics and maybe even college applications. Then you got to college and you discovered this new freedom – you get to make your own schedule – you controlled your time. But between classes, “social outings”, and all those research papers there just wasn’t enough time in the day – in fact, your days usually blended late into the nights – maybe you even pulled a few all-nighters. Then you graduated and became an adult and, if you moved out of your parents’ house, you started to experience “real life” – well as real as you’ve experienced so far. Life seems to just get busier and busier. You have real responsibilities during the day at your job. You come home exhausted – just wanting to relax.

03/29/2013 / Tidbits

“Slow are the steps of repentance, but swift are the feet of forgiveness. God can run where we scarcely limp, and if we are limping towards Him, He will run towards us.” -from Spurgeon’s sermon on the parable of the Prodigal Son. We are all the Prodigal Son. Just as…

03/12/2013 / Faith