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Christmas Family Life

Back Home again…

Well we are finally back at home from our LONG Christmas break. We spent a few days in WV and a few in PA and what seemed like a few on the road, although it was only half a day (13 hours). We got a chance to start a few traditions for our families Christmas, I read the nativity story for Alora and Corbin and then we had a birthday cake for Jesus. Heather and I agreed to try to keep Jesus as the focus as the holiday so that is something we plan on doing for the years to come.

It was great to see everyone and I hope we can keep in contact.

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Christianity Family Life

Merry Christmas (Spoilers Enclosed)

Heather and I have been thinking and talking a lot about how we will be handling Christmas in our house.  We both grew up hearing and knowing about Santa Clause and my family didn’t focus much on the Christian nature but Heather’s focused a little more about on it.  Alora will probably be hearing about Santa a little this year but not from us, just from TV and other family members. 

I believe we have decided to just not talk about Santa, I know I was terribly upset when I discovered that Santa wasn’t real.  I felt lied to, cheated and betrayed; was I being dramatic?  Maybe but that is how I felt and I don’t know that I have ever gotten over it.  I don’t like Santa, the deChristing, or the commercialization of Christmas.  This is odd considering I work with the marketing department of a giant retailer.  So this year, we will get a birthday cake for Jesus on Christmas Eve, and I will read the Christmas story to Alora before she goes to bed.  We hope to continue this tradition to maintain our focus on Christ though the holiday season. 

I suppose my point is this; I will not hold gifts over my children’s head to motivate their behavior because God didn’t withhold his greatest gift from us based on our behavior.  The Bible tells us that God showed his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.  My children don’t get gifts because they are ‘good’ but because we celebrate the gift of God’s Son and we do so by giving to one another. 

Let us not forget that Christmas is about Christ, not about gifts.  I would rather spend good time with my family than get a lot of gifts while we watch TV. 

Merry Christmas to all

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Politics

Thank You Mr. President

Today President Bush signed a bill into law that does several things, but in the end accomplishes more harm than good.

First it will begin a phase out of the incandescent light bulb (the ones you are used to) in favor of Compact Fluorescent light bulbs which uses less energy to light a home, however I have seen no research personally on how much energy it takes to create it over it’s counter parts.  Although based on the price charges for a CFL (up to three dollars per bulb) I would imagine the costs are steeper.  I have heard that they do take much more energy to create but haven’t been able to track down those sources yet.

Additionally as I have pointed out in an earlier post the mercury contained in a single broken bulb can cause a $2000 environmental clean up bill.   If these bulbs are not recycled properly they can lead to up to 30000 pounds of mercury each year in our landfills and in our water supplies.

The bill, additionally, will somehow magically create new technology that will get not only cars but light trucks to a 35 MPG standard.  The most efficient cars of 2007 barely reach this mark, let alone trucks. It is ludacris for Washington to legislate this type of thing, if it was already possible perhaps but for the feds to declare that new technology must be created it just a sign that they have lost track of reality.  How about a bill that demands time travel by 2015.

Finally the bill speaks to the savior of our energy guzzling economy, ethanol.  Of course the demand that we produce more doesn’t take into consideration that we must design and build an entirely new infrastructure to transport it, because it will corrode our current pipelines.  Oh, and it takes two units of energy to create one unit of energy in the form of ethanol which means this is a losing proposition from the beginning.  It is great for the corn farmers, bad for the Mexicans that can’t afford tortillas anymore but it isn’t good for our energy crisis.

Of course, there was no mention of becoming independent by drilling our on reserves that has been successful in the past so why try it again.   AGHHHHHHH!!!

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Christianity Family Life

Reading The Bible

I have talked about it a little but this is the official post and invitation.  I would like everyone I know to read the Bible with me this year.  I am slowing down to three chapters a day so I can absorb more and take some time for study.  I have added a page (you can see it at the top “Bible Schedule 2008” and you can just come here click on that link find the date, click on the passages, and Biblegateway.com will give you the passage you need to read, in the Contemporary English Version of the bible, which I find very readable and easy to understand.  I am going to change my posting schedule again in the new year and will be posting regularly about what I am reading.  I would like to have those of you following along let me know by commenting here and on the following post about what we are reading.  It isn’t hard only takes a second and will encourage me in the process.  I will also be posting updates on WeReadtheBible.com so you can not only follow me but others who are taking up the challenge.  If you blog yourself you can join us and post here or at WeReadtheBible.com.  Just ask me how 🙂

Some time ago I  was challenged on what I really believe and I decided that  “I don’t really believe the Bible is the Word of God” which challenged me to act as if I really believed that is was the Word of God.  Which means I am going to read it like my life depends on it.

So, who is with us?

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Christianity Theology

Text and Context

This is actually an add for a conference that is upcoming sponsored by theresurgence.com. I wish I could go but normally they post the highlights on their podcast so at least I will get to listen to them. But if someone wants to send me to the conference I would gladly accept 🙂

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Random

Randomality December

  • If fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom but only the beginning is it analogous to how my relationship with my daughter works, we do operate on fear at some level she obeys because she fears punishment but eventually she will learn what love is and understand that I want what is best for her.
  • This woman had an abortion to ‘save the planet’ and has since had herself sterilized to reduce her carbon footprint. If you don’t believe radical environmentalism is a religion you should take a look at what people are sacrificing at its altar.
  • Speaking of Environmentalism, isn’t it a little hypocritical for environmental groups and environment conscious consumers to push Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s) when a single broken bulb can create a toxic mercury level in the room six times the “safe” level for some states? As well as cost upwards of $2000 to clean up? What happens when these bulbs to start to die, will most people know that they require special disposal or will they simply throw them in the trash to seep their mercury into the ground water?
  • With the New Year approaching I am trying to get my goals together for the year, they need to be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Bound)
  • I have an addiction, I have heard from movies and TV that cocaine users have a longer pinky nail, although I still don’t know why. My nails give away my addiction as well. The index finger on my right hand is yellowed from the 3-4 Clementines a day habit I have.

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Christianity

The Bible is about who?

Much of what we understand about God and Christianity is based on what we believe about the Bible.   Most of us have been taught that it is our Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth, or that the Bible is about us.  But, it seems more accurate to believe that Jesus is the focus of the Bible and Jesus and his gospel is what the Bible is all about although we can learn how to live from its words we learn how to live by understanding the what the Gospel is all about.

Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed to us.

Jesus is the true and better Abel who, though innocently slain, has blood now that cries out, not for our condemnation, but for acquittal.

Jesus is the true and better Abraham who answered the call of God to leave all the comfortable and familiar and go out into the void not knowing wither he went to create a new people of God.

Jesus is the true and better Isaac who was not just offered up by his father on the mount but was truly sacrificed for us. And when God said to Abraham, “Now I know you love me because you did not withhold your son, your only son whom you love from me,” now we can look at God taking his son up the mountain and sacrificing him and say, “Now we know that you love us because you did not withhold your son, your only son, whom you love from us.”

Jesus is the true and better Jacob who wrestled and took the blow of justice we deserved, so we, like Jacob, only receive the wounds of grace to wake us up and discipline us.

Jesus is the true and better Joseph who, at the right hand of the king, forgives those who betrayed and sold him and uses his new power to save them.

Jesus is the true and better Moses who stands in the gap between the people and the Lord and who mediates a new covenant.

Jesus is the true and better Rock of Moses who, struck with the rod of God’s justice, now gives us water in the desert.

Jesus is the true and better Job, the truly innocent sufferer, who then intercedes for and saves his stupid friends.

Jesus is the true and better David whose victory becomes his people’s victory, though they never lifted a stone to accomplish it themselves.

Jesus is the true and better Esther who didn’t just risk leaving an earthly palace but lost the ultimate and heavenly one, who didn’t just risk his life, but gave his life to save his people.

Jesus is the true and better Jonah who was cast out into the storm so that we could be brought in.

Jesus is the real Rock of Moses, the real Passover Lamb, innocent, perfect, helpless, slain so the angel of death will pass over us. He’s the true temple, the true prophet, the true priest, the true king, the true sacrifice, the true lamb, the true light, the true bread.

The Bible’s really not about you — it’s about him.

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Christian and Culture Family Life

Why do I watch?

I took the chance to watch ‘Shrek the Halls’ last week and while it was terribly entertaining I can’t help but be upset every time I watch a TV Christmas special and they insist that the “real reason for Christmas” is anything but Christ.

Shrek even went as far to say that “Twas the night before Christmas” is the best Christmas story.  I watch the story of the British teacher being put in jail for allowing the children in her class to name a teddy bear ‘Muhammad’ I think they are extreme but at least they take their God and their religion seriously.  I suppose it just bothers me and there is very little I can do about it but make sure my family honor Jesus above all but I hate to watch Jesus be systematically removed from CHRISTmas and replaced by the spirit of commercialism.

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Christianity Entertainment Family Life

Redeeming Time

Many of us have time that is wasted, like the drive to work sitting and waiting for something. I have done my best to redeem this time by always having a book with me to read (while waiting not driving) and now I have really grabbed onto the idea of podcasts to help me out. I listed to several on a regular basis, while I work, while I drive, before I sleep, while I do chores around the house.

If you don’t know what a podcast is you can read about it here on Wikipedia. But the short of it is a Podcast is a series of audio files that you can subscribe with the right software, which will be automatically loaded to you listening device ie iPod. Heather and I got an iPod video for our family for Christmas last year and I think it is the best investment we have ever made. Here are a list of good podcasts I have found maybe you will find them helpful as well:

  • http://theresurgence.com/podcast/feed — TheResurgence.com is a Missional Theology Cooperative. This podcast is funded and lead by Mars Hill Seattle, if you are interested in theology or Christianity then this is a great place to visit and an essential podcast to have.
  • http://rss.marshillchurch.org/mhcsermonaudio — Mars Hill is a great church in Seattle it is cutting edge without compromising the gospel of Jesus Christ. Their teaching Pastor is a little rough around the edges (many people find him offensive) but he is a great teacher.
  • http://www.bibleonradio.com/podcast.xml — This is the bible in a year every day on your iPod. What else do I need to say?
  • http://feartheboot.libsyn.com/rss — This one is strictly for gamers but if you are a gamer you have to hear this.
  • Podiobooks — While not a single podcast this site supports authors in their effort to get their work out, you can download serialized books a chapter at a time or all at once if the book is finished. I have found some to good and some to be bad.