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Christian and Culture Christianity Theology

Looking ahead to the New Year

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Almost three years ago I made a new year’s resolution to read the Bible cover to cover I assumed it would take me an entire year, because that is what all the plans I found online say, but it only took me nine months. The following year I asked Dale to Join me and we created the Bible forum, which is now defunct, and we read through the Bible with several of our friends it was great because I got to hear several different views on things that I may not have thought about personally.

This year I plan to read through the Bible again and I ask you to join me. I am still deciding on the details but it will be a one year plan, perhaps cover to cover, perhaps chronologically, perhaps a mix of old and new testament. But if you are a Christian I implore you to read God’s word and make it a focus of your life in the coming year. Here is a past post from Dale Sackrider on reading the Bible that may help you understand where I am coming from.

http://www.blog.godfidence.org/2007/07/02/what-does-it-mean-to-read-the-bible/

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Christianity Church Theology

Idolatry in our lives

Romans 1:25 – They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen

Someone once said “The opposite of Christianity is not atheism but idolatry” and Mark Driscoll has made the point that because we are created to worship we will worship something but what we worship determines if we are Christians or not.

Those things we make priority, those things we give our money to, those things we spend our time doing are our idols and it seems to me that it has become far to easy to put things in front of and in place of God in our lives.

Talking to people I have been told that my attraction to theology and my desire to read the Bible are a result of my calling as a pastor or my training in Bible College but I have been thinking a great deal about it recently and I do not think that is the case. It seems to me that we have lowered the bar of what it means to be a disciple of Christ from the biblical definition. Biblically it meant to give up everything family, business, hopes, dreams when necessary and to make Christ and his Gospel the center of your life.

In our new Christian culture however it is far too easy to become a Christian; we only speak of “taking up our cross” later in the process as if we are using some sort of spiritual bait and switch. We speak of all the good things that come from Christ without bothering to mention those things which we would consider negative such as discipline and sacrifice, albeit trivial in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps it is due to the fact that we don’t face persecution in our western culture but that exclude us from our responsibility to make Christ the centrality of our lives.

By lowering this discipleship bar, I believe it is possible we have abandoned our great commission which is to create disciples, a word that has the same root as discipline, but what discipline is required outside of getting up on Sunday morning and attending a meeting where you are required to do nothing but listen.

My hope with this thought process is not simply to bash the institutions that exist because I believe they do a great deal of good, but as I do believe good to be the enemy of great, my hope it do perhaps point out some places where idolatry may exist as I have recently realized it exists in my own life.

Consider the idea “I didn’t have time to pray, or read the Bible today,” this inherently means that everything you did that day took priority over God in your life and hence became and idol, this can be TV, games, even your family. If these are the things you serve and spend your time and money on you are effectively worshiping them over the God of the universe even if you are not bowing down to a candle lit alter around your TV.

Muslims stop what they are doing several times a day to pray and we may write them off because they are just “being religious” and we have relationship but what kind of relationship do you have if you aren’t spending any time with one another, perhaps we need to be a little more “religious” without dedication to God until a relationship has the change to flourish, I know I need to do something.

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Christianity Family Life

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Today is a day we have traditionally set aside as a day to say thanks to our creator for all the blessing in our lives so here it goes.

  • I am thankful for all the friends I have been given in my life.
  • I am thankful for a job that provides for my family and doesn’t drive me to insanity
  • I am thankful for my family especially for my wife and my daughters (That is right,  we are expecting another addition to our family, which I can talk about now that everyone knows.)
  • I am thankful for all that has happened that has made me who I am
  • Mostly I am thankful for my savior who gave himself as a sacrifice for me so that I may spend eternity in heaven with God the Father.
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Entertainment

The Big Bang Theory

No this isn’t a discussion of string theory or anything by Stephen Hawking, since I am assuming the holiday will slow down traffic here I have decided to write about things that are a little lighter. So, this is a request for everyone to watch what I believe to be the funniest show out this season, “The Big Bang Theory”

I normally don’t watch shows their first season because I am afraid of the heart break they will bring in the event they are canceled but this one caught my attention and I had to try it. It is a show filled with clever and intelligent humor much in the vein of “Frasier” but with a little more geek thrown in for flavor. Check out the youtube page for more clips but you must try this show Mondays on CBS…

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Misc

Change in Schedule

I have been having trouble posting on my Monday, Friday schedule for various reasons and I still would like to do two posts a week, so I am moving to a Tuesday, Thursday Schedule.  This way I will have some time coming off of the weekend to gather my thoughts, although I would really like to get ahead of the game and have things ready to go in advance, but what are you going to do?

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Random

Randomality

  • I am tired of trying to explain it to people. If you don’t have sweet tea telling me “You can add sugar to it” only exposes your ignorance to the fact that there are two types of cold tea in the world: Sweetea (yes it is one word) and tea that isn’t done yet.
  • It is just something I am looking into but some experts are predicting that the production of energy or lack thereof will cause our great centralized system to revert to a more decentralized version. I.E. it won’t do us much good to have huge corporations running everything if it is to expensive to build the big building, move the product all across the country, and across the ocean for that matter. So, there will probably be a move to smaller more localized economies, could this include churches as well? I have read that it can take up to 250,000 to plant a church in a traditional way, our house church was planted with only the money Heather and I would have given anyway.

Is it possible that the ‘Revolution’ Barna speaks of in his book and the growing house church movement in the world is God’s way of preparing his church for this type of thing?

  • Is it to late to pick up something like drumming? I started to play around when I could go to the church and fool around on a set but I don’t have a place to practice now. But I would really love to play around again.
  • Why are all the restaurants I go to freezing cold? I could understand that they don’t want people there for hours but really I just want to eat without shivering. Maybe it is because I eat at unusual times when there are not a lot of people so maybe there isn’t enough heat being generated to counter the AC I don’t know but I am cold.
  • While trying to decide how to keep my life focused on God I immediately thought of ‘spiritual disciplines’, prayer, fasting, and some others, but then my immediate thought was how to keep these things from becoming empty religious exercises that God seems to have so little love for.
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Christianity Church Family Life

I Am Out of Focus…

I have often said that at times “Christians know how to be friendly, but know little about being friends,” and I believe this to be true especially in my own life.  I believe I have found the answer to why, and it is a matter of focus.

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Politics

Remember, remember the Fifth of November

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!

It is an old poem made famous by the movie ‘V for Vendetta’ but this website make a good argument for a new 5th of November.

http://www.thisnovember5th.com/

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Family Life Misc

Wish List

Just in case you want to buy me anything I thought I would include my wish list

My Amazon.com Wish List

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Misc

New Look

I would like to get some input on the new look. I have been wanting to change it up a bit for a while but I haven’t had the time to make it look the way I wanted to. So, please let me know what you think of things…