//Godfidence Tweets 2010-03-28

  • The spirit doesnt take you past the cross but ever more deeply into it @veritascolumbus #
  • RT @TheHussman: Anyone who writes… well anyone who likes clever should watch this now — Really well done. #
  • The Resurgence: Prosperity Theology/Dirty Little Secret – #
  • is it rude to ask a CSR to stop breathing into their mic? #
  • HEY @sprint CSR don't just transfer me into a phone maze when trying to get me to another dept. #
  • Hey #0 987456321 apparently gets you to a real person or at least on hold for a real person. #
  • It is always nice when you have a bad customer service experience and they send you an automated email asking how things were. :-> #
  • kudos to @BSnyd for taking care of @veritascolumbus while @nicknye and @joe_byler party in Florida 🙂 #
  • Win an iPad to use w/ free @Logos Bible Software app for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad! Details: #
  • I may have already broken up with a phone I don't have; Nexus one or wait for the EVO? #
  • Only one Mt Dew a day, I don't know if I can dew it. #
  • I dont want more kids but I do want to keep my kids this age for a while. #
  • Filling out the census, filling out the census… #
  • Seriously someone had to do data entry for this thing, why is the census not online? #
  • long night and early morning I am not sure I can dew only one Dew today. #
  • Should I Get the Nexus one or wait for the EVO? I wish I had dates for either one of them, @sprint #
  • RT @dmichaelclary: New blog post: Healthcare Reform and the Gospel //Well said sir… #
  • Movie Quote of the Day: Make no mistake, it's not revenge he's after. It's a reckonin'. #
  • ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #

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When words are many…

Have you ever just been hit with a scripture that just knocked you out?

Last week The Resurgence sent out scripture verse as they often do but this one gave me more reason to pause and reflect than most. Because it struck a nerve.

When words are many transgressions are not lacking, but whomever retrains his lips is prudent. — Prov 10:19

It is no secret to anyone who knows me that I have a big mouth. I love to talk, one of my favorite activities is to sit around and have a good conversation.  Most of my friends are story telling, entertaining personalities we are an outgoing group the often lets our mouths go for the sake of a good time.  Often I have gotten to the end of the night and thought “that went to far”

Recently, I have found my mouth getting me into trouble the more I talk. Honestly at time I think it is my pride and ego the causes me to talk because I want to be though of more highly than I deserve. In reality I should more often keep my mouth shut.

Through The Bible

Deut 11 – Insert Clever Title here

When I read these passages of scripture there is one thing I can’t help but bring up. I will only ask one question. Why is it that of all the tithe sermons and sermonettes I have heard in my ears in a health and wealth church, I never heard anyone mention Deut. 14? Where the Israelites are commanded to eat their tithe in the presence of the Lord?

I did love reading of the feasts of Israel and thinking of how Jesus was the fulfillment of them. I wish I still had the paper I had to write in college on that topic. It really gave great coherence to the Old Testament when I realized that Jesus had fulfilled all of those feasts.

Maybe someday I will restudy it out for my own benefit. I don’t even know if I remember how most of them fit together now, which is a shame.


//Godfidence Tweets 2010-03-21

  • 6 hour road trip unpacked and @veritascolumbus. It is good to be home. #
  • I loved being back with family but it is nice to be back to my 'normal' life. #
  • Google maps is adding bike routing!! Sweet! #
  • Ever just not want to get up from your computer and get on with life? #
  • RT @nicknye: @veritascolumbus received free chairs, kids equipment, tables and more from a kingdom minded church. –SWEET #
  • Got the bikes out and covered the first 8 miles of the year. #
  • Has anyone ever seen the WP loop call pages instead of posts? I have it happening now. #
  • FINALLY @sprint gets the Nexus one. — I can't wait for this phone. #
  • RT @theResurgence: Talkers Bring Transgression — Wow do I need to remember this. #
  • Favorite food you can't get anymore for what ever reason(don't make it any more, regional etc) go!! #lostfood #
  • Good conversation happening here. What food do you miss, either isn't made any more or you don't live there any more? #

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This too shall Pass

Due to a family emergency I have been out of town and have fallen behind in my blogging.  I am still on task with my bible reading but haven’t had time to write.
So here is something cool I just found that I thought was aptly named.  “This Too shall Pass”

Hopefully I will be back on task next week.


Assuming the Gospel

Matt Chandler continues to be one of my heroes.  Because he is preaching in the “Evangellical capital of the world.”  He speaks to a lot of things that i see in myself.

There are so many reasons why people walk away from the church and Christ but I have come to believe more than ever it is because we are assuming the Gospel and preaching sanctification.  This message sums it up much better than I ever could.

Matt Chandler – 20/20 2010 Session 1 from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.


//Godfidence Tweets 2010-03-07

  • Has anyone actually found Google Buzz useful? #
  • Freaking awesome. Matt Chandler is freaking awesome, I wish I would have heard this years ago. #
  • Spinach, bananas, blueberries and almond milk, yummy smoothie. #
  • 1 week from now I will be sitting at Fear The Con, I can't wait. #

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moralistic therapeutic deism

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism has become a bit of a catch phrase in certain circles it comes from, Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers, a book by Christian Smith.  I read it when I was in youth ministry and it shocked me.  Most of our teens (and adults for that matter) don’t have a good view of what the Gospel really is.

This is a great video from the Resurgence.  As someone who has worked in youth ministry I found the book Soul Searching that Dr. Horton refers to to be a shock.  It is well worth the look.

Through The Bible

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers

In the past when I have read numbers I wondered if they census taker was rounding numbers off.  How could it be that every tribe just happens to have numbers that round off to the hundreds?

The census here servers two purposes according to my study bible to show that the promise to Abraham was fulfilled in the number of his decedents and to show the fighting force of Israel, both should give confidence to the people as they enter the promise land.

Any way back to the numbers, they must have been exact counts because when the count is given for the Levites the number is 22,273; it would make little sense to round of all the other numbers.  Anyway this is the first time I really noticed this although I have asked this question every time I have read this before.

It donned on me that I have done very little in the way of trying to see Christ in all the scriptures like I said I wanted to and this section of scripture didn’t do much more for me…

Num 6

24The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

This is one of my favorite passages in scripture, it was the closing of almost all of my Lutheran services, our regular benediction.  One thing I loved about those services is that most of them were the same.  I can still repeat the liturgy almost all of the way through.  ( I may write more about this another time)

At any rate, I have taken to repeating this blessing as a prayer every night over both of my daughters when I lay them down to sleep.  I now some people don’t care much for prayers that aren’t improvised but my daughters are memorizing scripture every night and it will help to tie them to the word and tradition that Christians have enjoyed for generations.