Thursday, April 23, 2009

Worth a Smile

This video of two guys ordering at Taco Bell via folk song made me smile. The best part is that the guy on the other end actually got the order correct. AMAZING. I hope you enjoy this.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pilgrim's Map of the Day

It's been a while since I have gotten to post a map to share with you guys. I have not found time to check my favorite blogs/sites for some time and to be honest, have felt kinda lost without doing so. As these help to keep me on track, I hope that you will follow these links and hopefully find something that will make your life better today.

* For starters, Ray Comfort has posted a tremendous response to a question regarding our nature to sin from an atheist. Reading this will make you more sound in your understanding of God's grace. Find that response here on his blog Atheist Central.

* The video you are about to watch took place in a "church,"... on Easter Sunday morning.... I present, New Spring "Church" praise band honoring God in worship by playing a cover of AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

* Trey Morgan has a great blog. He apparently has a wonderful wife as well. I was encouraged as I read her guest-post on Trey's blog as I realized that I myself am married to a real woman. Click here to read this wonderful post.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Full & Robust Wisdom by J. Randal Matheny

One of my favorite moments of almost each day is when my copy of that days writing from Forthright Magazine comes. It is an assembly of a group of Christians who love scripture and the trust found therein and unabashedly proclaim the scripture. I was very uplifted by the writing contained within it today by J. Randal Matheny. I normally just link to things I find pleasing online but I often wonder how many people follow those links and actually read what is posted. Therefore, I feel that this writing deserves to be posted in its entirety on my site and the link to it can be found within the title below. Please read, process, and enjoy.

"It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God--that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption." 1 Corinthians 1:30 NIV

Keeping all your options open means losing the one that offers it all. And choosing any other option besides Christ means giving up all that matters.

The minute you claim to be a Paulite or a Peterite or a Selfite, you squeeze Christ out of your faith. No way can you pledge allegiance to a person, system or line of thinking in religion and still be one of Christ's.

Power and eloquence, strength and wisdom, force and knowledge are the twin suns of human ambition. Jews sought a powerful sign, the Greeks panted after a word to make their leg tingle.

Even for today's atomized, individualized buffet of religious preferences, Paul still has much to say in 1 Corinthians. The Way is no pick-and-choose menu. Christ is all there is.

The paradox of such limitation to One means that we get access to all he is. And in him God has packed everything.

God's wisdom is not merely a glib tongue. It fixes all the world's ills and bills.

His wisdom is righteousness: Christ settles up our account.

Our debts with God run beyond trillions. No amount of juggling figures can make the books balance. No human stimulus bill, nor a dozen repeats, can put things on solid footing again. Not even Superman could keep this disaster from happening. Divine intervention became necessary.

His wisdom is holiness: Christ cleans up our mess.

The environmentalists, if they could pluck their heads from the rising oceans and grasp the spiritual, would faint over this pollution. Mankind needs more than a takeover of the automakers to cut the smoky emissions from our sin-producing engines. Human efforts accomplish less to erase our transgression than the symbolic black-out to protest the eco-nuts' latest alleged disaster. With a single swipe, God cleansed the human race.

His wisdom is redemption: Christ releases us from our entanglements.

God's plan of salvation is the biggest buy-back offer ever made. Still going after millenia. Still plenty of funds for more purchases of enslaved humans. His aggressive campaign has not lagged and will go full-steam until the end.

All this available globally, if you believe, are willing to change your life habits and will commit fully by plunging into water to find spiritual cleansing.

With a complete package in this Christ-wisdom, we've no need to go anywhere else. God has put it all in Christ.

Now that's smart!

Friday, April 03, 2009

September 1, 1939

W.H. Auden was a fantastic poet. His works span the early 20th century and explore many of the themes that puzzled the thought of the international world during a time which was plagued by war. As Auden became a man, his mindset changed from one that believed in socialism to one that believed in Jesus Christ and His teachings about the nature of mankind.
In none of his poems is his struggle and eventual breaking free from secular thought more evident than in his work entitled September 1, 1939. In this poem, Auden, a man in his early thirties and having recently moved to the United States, reveals the thoughts that he experienced as he learned that Adolf Hitler's armies had invaded Poland, triggering what would become known as World War II.
I have always enjoyed reading the words of Auden as one can watch him literally climb over the fence from secular thought to Christian. Please read and enjoy this poem.

I sit in one of the dives
On Fifty-second Street
Uncertain and afraid
As the clever hopes expire
Of a low dishonest decade:
Waves of anger & fear
Circulate over the bright
And darkened lands of the earth,
Obsessing our private lives;
The unmentionable odour of death
Offends the September night.

Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement & grief:
We must suffer them all again.

Into this neutral air
Where blind skyscrapers use
Their full height to proclaim
The strength of Collective Man,
Each language pours its vain
Competitive excuse:
But who can live for long
In an euphoric dream;
Out of the mirror they stare,
Imperialism's face
And the international wrong.

Faces along the bar
Cling to their average day:
The lights must never go out,
The music must always play,
All the conventions conspire
To make this fort assume
The furniture of home;
Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.

The windiest militant trash
Important Persons shout
Is not so crude as our wish:
What mad Nijinsky wrote
About Diaghilev
Is true of the normal heart;
For the error bred in the bone
Of each woman & each man
Craves what it cannot have,
Not universal love
But to be loved alone.

From the consertative dark
Into the ethical life
The dense commuters come,
Repeating their morning vow;
'I will be true to the wife,
I will concentrate more on my work,'
And helpless governors wake
To resume their compulsory game:
Who can release them now,
Who can reach the dead,
Who can speak for the dumb?

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie,
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of Authority
Whose buildings grope the sky:
There is no such thing as the State
And no one exists alone;
Hunger allows no choice
To the citizen or the police;
We must love one another or die.

Defenseless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros & of dust,
Beleaguerd by the same
Negation & despair,
Show an affirming flame.

-- Post From My iPhone

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Am I Missing Something?

My wife Joy recently read to me a very brutal and judgmental discussion regarding parents, Christian or otherwise, who choose to send their children to public school. I will take the high road here and avoid any discussion about how disgustingly hypocritical it is for anyone who is a Christian to write such judgmental things about people (one of the comparisons was calling parents, that includes my mom, my wife, me, and just about all of the people I attend church with and the elders and their wives therein, more guilty than Herod). What my wife read to me was militant and oozed with self-righteousness. I could not possibly imagine God looking down on the person who penned this writing in pleasure nor did I hear one word in the writing that could advance the kingdom of God TODAY, when we as adults are called to action.
Wondering if I should feel convicted by what I was read, I went to the only two places I know for trustworthy and Godly answers; scripture and my churches elders. Thank God for those gifts. The answer that has been shared with me was one that has led me to lean even more on the grace of Christ.
One of the verses I often hear when being condemned for having our children in public school is " raise your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.". Other translations of this verse replace discipline and instruction with the words nurture and admonition. This verse is found in Ephesians 6:4. However, upon just a closer look one finds that this verse is actually quite the dud for someone looking to condemn mothers who choose to have their children publicly schooled.
Why is that? Because the verse is addressed to who? Fathers. The verse reads "Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord." And yet I never find a verse in scripture that gives me permission as a father to shun that duty or pass it off on my wife, public school, or a tutor. Is it time for me to panic, quit my job, and start spending each day teaching my children phonics? Yikes, but what about the verses that command me as a father to provide for my family? Plus, if I do all this alone, what is the need for a wife?
Then I remembered something that I was missing in my thinking. I remembered Jesus. I remembered the fact that law was nailed to the cross with Christ. I remembered verses that promise that if my wife and I simply believe in Christ and trust God that God qualified my children as holy. I remembered that Christ is the one in control and that the only commandment that Christ left is to preach the word so that others may find Christ.
My prayer is that all across the Christian landscape that we can stop judging one another. We must stop condemning the world. Do what Christ leads you to do and gladly accept the fact that your life is pleasing to God so long as you are trusting in Him. Rejoice in one another's diversity and work together to spread God's word in a way that Christ could smile on. Let's stop patting ourselves on the back, dig for Biblical truth, and preach the word.

-- Post From My iPhone