July 26, 2005
As I struggle in my “walk,” I’ve come to find the thing that we as humans have in common, whether we are a Christ Follower or a non-believer, are our insecurities: we all have them. Here’s the definition of insecurity (from American Heritage): Not sure or certain; doubtful; Lacking stability; troubled; Lacking self-confidence; plagued by anxiety. We are insecure because we doubt; and when we doubt we are plunged into a desolate pit, a pit from which we see no escape. We are insecure in our relationship with God because we doubt. We are insecure in our relationships with other human beings because we doubt. We are insecure at just living because we doubt. And what do we doubt? Usually ourselves. We have insecurities because we doubt whether we are “worthy” or “capable.” We aren’t worthy of love, worthy of respect, worthy of being saved, worthy of even life. We aren’t capable of living the life God intended, or wants for us. We aren’t capable of giving love. We aren’t capable of having that abundant life that Jesus promised.
And what happens to us when we continue to feel this unworthiness, to dwell on our doubts? The Psalmist said it well when he said of God: “He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay…” Have you ever walked through muddy clay? It grabs hold of your shoes, sometimes sucking them right off your feet. It is extremely difficult to move forward, much less backward, when you are stuck in muddy clay – as a matter of fact, it’s difficult to move anywhere without help. And that’s what our insecurities are – muddy clay. They suck us down and make it hard to move forward, to get anywhere. But God will lift me out of the desolate pit, the muddy clay, “and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.”
And Paul tells us, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” It’s all in what we tell ourselves. Dwell on those things which are true, and honorable, and pure…and of excellence. YOU ARE A CHILD OF THE KING!
His peace be on you all.
July 20, 2005
For those of you following Layla and her experience with Angel – click here.
Update on the Bohlenders. Or you can click on the link on the right and go directly to Randy’s site: Resolution at last.
July 16, 2005
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not sad because I got a new Bible, I’m sad because of WHY I got a new Bible.
This new Bible is nice. There are some things I was wanting in a new Bible, and this one has most of those things. It’s tabbed, which helps since I sucked at Bible drill. Jesus’ words are in red, it’s referenced, and a solid translation (Holman Christian Standard Bible which I’ve been reading on Crosswalk.com and have enjoyed). But the biggest problem I have with the Bible, and the real reason I bought it, is that it’s a LARGE PRINT EDITION. And that makes me sad.
And I already miss my old Bible. Oh, it’s still around. But it’s time to forget what lies behind and press on. My old Bible was worn, and comfortable, and marked up. I loved the way it fit in my hand, and how my life was written in the margins. It’s taken me through a lot. I thought about transferring the underlines and notes into my new one. But after talking to my wife about it I decided I wouldn’t. The old Bible represented my life up to this point, and all that God had been teaching me. This new Bible is about the future, and what God has left to teach me, which is considerable. I’m looking forward to seeing my life unfold within these new pages, all clean and waiting for God to reveal things in my life. Even if it means I have to have LARGER PRINT to see it.
His peace be on you all.
July 13, 2005
According to a Pew Internet Study, 50 million Internet users read blogs regularly.
There are about 12,000 blogs created every day and about 10,800 blog updates per hour.
So, for the few of you that stop by from time to time, considering all the choices you have, let me just say as Paul said, “I always thank my God for you because of God’s grace given to you in Christ Jesus, that by Him you were made rich in everything–in all speaking and all knowledge– as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you.” (1 Corinthians 1:4 – 6)
Again, thank you, and His peace be on you all.
July 12, 2005
Here is an excerpt from Bono in Conversation, the new book of interviews with U2’s front man by Michka Assayas as quoted by Jeffrey Overstreet – on his blog.
Assayas: That’s a great idea, no denying it. (In response to Bono making the assertion that our own good works won’t get us into heaven, but through Grace alone.) Such great hope is wonderful, even though it’s close to lunacy, in my view. Christ has his rank among the world’s great thinkers. But Son of God, isn’t that farfetched?
Bono: No, it’s not farfetched to me. Look, the secular response to the Christ story always goes like this: he was a great prophet, obviously a very interesting guy, had a lot to say along the lines of other great prophets, be they Elijah, Muhammad, Buddha, or Confucius. But actually Christ doesn’t allow you that. He doesn’t let you off that hook. Christ says, No. I’m not saying I’m a teacher, don’t call me teacher. I’m not saying I’m a prophet. I’m saying: “I’m the Messiah.” I’m saying: “I am God incarnate.” And people say: No, no, please, just be a prophet. A prophet we can take. You’re a bit eccentric. We’ve had John the Baptist eating locusts and wild honey, we can handle that. But don’t mention the “M” word! Because, you know, we’re gonna have to crucify you. And he goes: No, no, I know you’re expecting me to come back with an army and set you free from these creeps, but actually I am the Messiah. At this point, everyone starts staring at their shoes, and says: Oh, my God, he’s gonna keep saying this. So what you’re left with is either Christ was who He said He was – the Messiah – or a complete nutcase. I mean, we’re talking nutcase on the level of Charles Manson. This man was like some of the people we’ve been talking about earlier. This man was strapping himself to a bomb, and had “King of the Jews” on his head, and as they were putting him up on the Cross, was going: “OK, martyrdom, here we go. Bring on the pain! I can take it.” I’m not joking here. The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me that’s farfetched…
I don’t even listen to U2 (I know, gasp!), and I know very little about Bono, but this little comment reminded me of something C. S. Lewis said, and I’m a big fan of him.
July 12, 2005
I’ve really been busy and haven’t had a chance to post anything. Actually that’s not correct. I haven’t had time to write anything. I don’t want to post something just so you can see how my day’s been going. I’m not that funny nor is my life all that entertaining. I’ve got friends that can post about everyday occurances and make it sound interesting. Not me. I’m making this post because of something I read on Randy Bohlender’s site. It was, for me, thought provoking.
“If you’re going to have a God, you really need to have room in your theology for Him to do something difficult to understand. Or maybe you should just get a dog.”
Something simple, yet profound about that, eh?
His peace be on you.
July 2, 2005
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This is wrong on so many different levels.