Thursday, February 22, 2007

Happy Birthday!!!

To ME!!!!

28. 2 more and I'll be old like Jason!!! Man...

Unfortunately I don't feel any wiser, maybe a few more aches (probably because I ran yesterday) but not much wiser. Why? Probably because I haven't placed a huge emphasis on pursuing wisdom as the Proverb says "Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding"

But is gaining wisdom really worth costing all that I have?

I think that this verse answers that question...

"Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold, for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her. "

So wisdom demands that it be sought no matter what the cost because the value of it is worth far more than what it cost to get it. How do you get it?

"If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind."

Sure we can ask God and I think people only quote the first verse and leave out the qualifying verse about asking for wisdom - one must not doubt, one must believe.

What does it mean "must believe and not doubt..."?

Must believe in God? Must believe God will answer the request? Any ideas?

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Just sit down and think about it...

We read the following passage all the time and (at least for me) only apply it to just being a Christian rather than realizing just how far reaching these qualities need to be. Have you, either as the father or as the mother, really just looked at these as being qualities that you, the father, need to have, and you, the mother, need to see exemplified in your spouse's life.

"fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."

Have you ever really read this verse from Galatians with the perspective of having all of these qualities as a father?

Sure some of these come easily...Love, of course we love our family - do they see us love live out this love?

Peace? Maybe not so easy. How about patience? Got this one down pat! Yeah right.

We might live these out in day-to-day activities with those we have little contact with but do we live them around our families?

How about another list of qualities we should have as a man of God...

"Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect."

Sure this list is from Paul's letter to Timothy concerning the qualities that leaders in the church should have, but this is another list we skim over because it is prefaced with "Now the overseer..." Overseer. I am not an Overseer - of a church, but I am called by God to be the leader of my home. To do that in (warning: standard C of C phrase coming) a manner pleasing to God then I cannot simply 'skim' these qualities and write them off as only pertaining to being an overseer or elder.

These two lists are not all that different from one another - in fact one cannot have the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit and not have the other. But can on have the qualities of the overseer and not the bear the fruits of the Spirit? I think so.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Signs that I am a REDNECK

Happy Valentine's Day to ME!!!

What I got for Valentine's Day...

Monday, February 12, 2007

Biblical Command or Societal Acceptance?

"For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh." - Genesis 2:24

The question arose in bible class yesterday about what exactly determines marriage in differnt cultures. At one of the churches in Baja, the minister is encountering the issue of couples being 'legally' married. Many of the members of the church are 'living' together but have not been officially married by the government. Some have been together a short time, others have been together for 10, 15, even 20 years. They have lived their lives devoted to one another and been faithful to each other. The issue is whether or not they are livng in sin by not being offically married by the government. Many are not married because of the money (which they don't have) required to pay for all the tests and forms to record them as the question in class came about as how to address this.

Even here in America a couple can have a 'common law' marriage and be recognized as having been offically married for all legal intents and purposes. This got me thinking about what we as the church determine as being married. When do you become married in the eyes of the church? Is there a biblical command that it must be done before a state recognized authority and have witnesses? If there isn't then when do people determine that they are married? When is premarital sex committed?

If indeed we are governed by the laws of the land and it states that you must be married in front of a state approved authority or that you are considered married after "X" amount of time, then what do you tell these couples? You are living in sin because the church in America has adopted the 'theology' that if you aren't 'legally' (keep in mind common law marriages) then you are living in sin.

Can these people be convicted after reading the word that they aren't married and are living in sin and need to get married? If they are, then are they convicted that it must be legal, even thought there is no scripture (that I have found) that commands this? Our are they living in sin because they have not followed the laws of the land? I am interested if this is a new topic or I am just late in getting around to it? Thoughts?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

A new path...

Thanks to a good friend for pointing out inconsistencies in the subject matter of the posts on my blog. I have gone back and forth on whether or not to delete the posts that are obviously contridictory to the theme of the blog, I have decided to leave them only to serve as a reminder to myself that this blog needs to have the content that is "only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Hence the new name and different template.

What you will now be able to find on this blog is a repository of my thoughts on scriptures and themes from the Bible and how they affect my life. You will find what I struggle with in the scriptures as I try to discern what it means to be a "Man of God" and what exactly it means to be "spiritually mature". Can these be obtained? How does one obtain them? Not every post will be of a spiritual nature but most will have some thoughts that are provoked from a passage that either I have recently read or one that has come back to the front of my mind as I try to live out my faith daily. I will also continue to bring to the forefront the good work that is carried on at the Inner City Church of Christ as I continue to develop my love for this ministry.

So as the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth about the transformation that takes place when one becomes a "new creation" in Christ so this blog has taken on a new form as I seek to express my thoughts as I go through this life. May you be blessed as you read this as much I am blessed by writing this.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Prayer Request

Stacy got a call last night that her cousin, Kristi, was in a serious car accident with her 1 1/2 year old son, Logan. They had to be med-flighted 2 1/2 hours to Memphis. Logan, fortunately, seems to only have cuts, bruises, and a swollen black eye. Kristi, however, is in quite serious condition. She is in ICU on a ventilator and listed as critical. They are still assessing her for her injuries, but so far know she has a broken back, a broken collar bone, a lacerated liver, and severe cuts on the left side of her face and body. This is the second time a car accident has caused her to have a broken back. 4-5 years ago she was involved in another wreck so her health and body condition were already compromised. Logan & Kristi are in different hospitals right now. She is a single mom just about to finish her nursing degree this year. Please pray for Logan's continued good prognosis and for Kristi's status to improve so she can continue to be a mom for her little boy.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

I'll take that wager!

If they are going to keep this up then we should let the illegals stay and send the tree-hugging hippie homos over to the Middle East.

The homos have a proposal that if a heterosexual couple gets married they have to have kids in 3 years or have their marriage annuled. We'll queer eye I'll take that wager - on one condition - you have to prove the same thing!! My guess is that it will not work - EXIT ONLY!!!