Sunday, November 8, 2009

Progressive Sin

Simple statements often lead me to deeper thoughts than those that require deep thought to begin with.

Sin is always progressive in nature. If you give it an inch, it soon seeks to take a mile. Sin is never content, but always seeks and desires more.

-Tim Challies

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Why I Love Study Bibles - Tiny Nuggets of Gold

In reading Jeremiah the following quote is from the study note for verse 2:34:

"Covenant infidelity always leads to ethical infidelity."

We're Back

So lets try and pick this blog back up....

Its been an eventful chapter in this book of life that we are living and writing: Multiple weddings, house buying, Job searching, pain & happiness, and so on. But God has been there through it all. At times it was hard to see Him, and there have been times when we may not have wanted to see Him. But He is gracious and full of mercy, to love us no matter what and to have His un-wavering arms open and ready for us to step into that embrace. The taste of a working relationship with God, one that involves pray, reading the Bible, community with believers, tastes sweet. Its is undeniable that we are most satisfied when we are in that working relationship with Him. So as Paul writes:

"Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:56-58

Friday, July 17, 2009

Venture into Fiction..... so far I'm pleased

"When people are kids their parents teach them all sorts of stuff, some of it true and useful, some of it absurd hogwash (example of the former: don't crap your pants; example of the latter: Columbus discovered America) This is why puberty happens. The purpose of puberty is to shoot an innocent and gullible child full of nasty glandular secretions that manifest in the mind as confusion, in the innards as horniness, upon the skin as pimples, and on the tongue as cocksure venomous disbelief in every piece of information, true or false, gleaned from one's parents since infancy. The net result is in a few years of familial hell culminating in the child's exodus from the parental nest, sooner or later followed by a peace treaty and the emergence of the post pubescent as an autonomous, free-thinking human being who knows that Columbus only trespassed on an island inhabited by our lost and distant Indian relatives, but who also knows not to crap his pants."

- Excerpt from "The River Why" by David James Duncan

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

To You Be the Glory

Listening to the new Glory Revealed 2 cd. I have to say that the album ends with an beautifully simple song by Matt Maher and Kari Jobe singing the truth of Romans 11:33-36. The Glory Revealed project is absolutely God glorifying worship... sweet fragrances to the Lord. They simply sing scripture. I apprecatice this being the book-end to the album rejoicing in the fact that all things are from Him, through Him, and to Him be glory forever. I Amen that.

Romans 11:33-36 (English Standard Version)

33Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34"For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?"35"Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?" 36For from him and through him and to him are all things To him be glory forever. Amen.

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Think about it

I want to be one free of expectations. I don't know if it is a safety mechanism I have installed but I try my best to not set expectations. They seem to only create pain when they are not meet. Instead I live in the present, accepting what comes and being grateful for what I have. Maybe it's one of the walls that I have built to protect me, but generally I think it works. When we live a life that is absent of these expectations it frees us to simply enjoy life as it comes. Just ask yourself how many times you have been let down b/c you set some expectation (whether it was just or not) and it didn't come through? Think of it this way too….. when is a gift more appreciated…. When it's expected or when it is given just b/c someone thought of you? Maybe this lifestyle isn't for everyone, but it's what I do.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Marriage Mania

Marriage Mania

So with all the weddings coming up (including my own) Calvin & Blogging have been put on hold.