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What A Friend We Have (On Facebook)

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I was on Facebook today and it asked me if I wanted to become a fan of Jesus Christ.  I couldn’t stop laughing.  Is this the new equivelent of saying the sinner’s prayer.  Is this the new evangelism tactic of the 21st Century: Add Jesus as your friend on Facebook. The next time I ask someone what they think about Jesus I am going to have to laugh if they say “I’m a fan” or “He’s my friend on Facebook”.  HAHAHA

That might bring a whole new meaning to the song “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” huh?


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August 24, 2009 at 4:57 am

Jumping The Track

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Keith Brenton has written an excellent piece on his blog.  Check it out

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August 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm

Stockholm Syndrome

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Some of you may have noticed the link to a Derek Webb fan site on my blogroll but I have never really mentioned him on my blog.  I have been a fan of his music since his days with Caedmon’s Call but really prefer his solo music.  His music really makes you think about issues of religion, politics, spirituality, and many other things (some of which I have discussed on this blog and others that I hope to discuss soon).  His newest album is called “Stockholm Syndrome” and will be released on September 1st.  It is available already at his website and shows a completely different direction for him musically while keeping the lyrical strength of his previous albums.  If you haven’t heard him, check him out.

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August 21, 2009 at 9:05 am

Genesis: Everything Is Spiritual

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This is a 8 part series done by Rob Bell called “Everything Is Spiritual” and it really ties in to the Genesis series and some of my overall ideas.  I know many people don’t like Bell, but I really think that is because half of them misunderstand him and the other half misunderstand Scripture.  This gets very scientific and intellectual but it is worth making it to the end.  I’m learning that everything truly is spiritual.

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August 16, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Prayer: Finding The Heart’s True Home

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I can’t believe I had never read this book before but I must recommend people read Richard Foster’s “Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home”.  This is an older book (with many editions) so it should be easy and inexpensive to find.  This book looks at different kinds of Christian prayer and how the Christian uses them.  I like this book because it shows a very broad view of prayer.  I think that many Christians have a hard time praying because they don’t really know how wide a subject they are dealing with.  Many Christians never get past thanking God for blessings and then asking for more blessings.  These are both types of prayer, but there is so much more.

This really ties in to the definition of prayer that I have held for many years: fellowship with God.  Prayer is not just talking with God, it is being with God.  Foster’s book is full of very practical ideas about the fullness of prayer.

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August 14, 2009 at 5:39 am

Genesis: Sister

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Abraham and Issac both did something in Scripture that has received criticism from many commentators.  They both claimed that their wives were their sisters to save their own lives.  Countless times I have read authors that criticized them for this deception stating that they both were liars and should have told the truth.  The Scriptures don’t look at it this way though.  Genesis never condemns Abraham or Issac for doing this and seems to show it as an example of the craftiness of the two men.  The Bible seems to praise the men for this move, not condemn them.

This is because it is not meant as a lie (in Abraham’s case, Sarah really was his sister).  The two men were not trying to bring God’s wrath upon their enemies in this move, they were trying to ensure that they would gain safe passage through the land.  They also had their wives in on the plot and they were both ok with it (or so it would seem).  These examples are given of how smart thinking can lead to safety.

When you read about this “lie” in Genesis, realize that the Bible praises this instead of condemns it.

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August 11, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Looking Deep Inside

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Last night I got an experience that I haven’t really had before.  Let’s just say that writing on this blog about my own experiences is very easy because I tend to be a pretty self-centered person (its a flaw, but I’m working on it).

Last night I looked into someone else’s soul and was able to feel it more than ever before.  I felt like I got a small taste of what God feels for that person.  I really don’t get along well with this person but then, suddenly, I felt a grief inside that was like I had just lost a loved one (I was grieving for the fact that the sin in this persons life is hurting them) and then I felt real pain (emotional) and then pure love.  Love that I haven’t felt in a long time.  I realized that I was seeing just a glimpse of what God sees when He looks at this person.

After this, I see more clearly why Jesus treated people the way that He did.  When I felt this, I had no desire to see any harm or misfortune come to this person and only wanted to help them overcome the things that caused them pain.  In an instant, an enemy became a friend and this person didn’t even know anything had changed.

Many hours later, I still feel the same way about that person.  I have a deep care for this person now that I didn’t have before.  I may go so far as to say that this is love (agape).  In the last few hours, I have gone through a number of other people and have tried to look deeper into them to see if I can find this love for them too.  So far, I can.  If I could look at everybody I come across in this way, I would certainly be closer to walking in the way of Jesus.

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August 10, 2009 at 1:30 pm