Monthly Archives: January 2009

Stop Not Leaning

Proverbs 3:5-7 says, Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

I have been introduced to a study by CJ Mahaney on time, fruitfulness, and business; and today I re-read something that is causing me to stop and pray…AND most importantly to repent. The words of Charles Bridges in his commentary have paralyzed me as I look at Proverbs 3:5-7 for the first time again. Read those verses again then these words from Pastor Bridges.

Let our confidence be uniform. In all thy ways acknowledge him (Proverbs 3:6). Take one step at a time, every step under divine warrant and direction. Ever plan for yourself in simple dependence on God. It is nothing less than self idolatry to conceive that we can carry on even the ordinary matters of the day without his counsel.

He loves to be consulted. Therefore take all thy difficulties to be resolved by him. Be in the habit of going to him in the first place-before self-will, self-pleasing, self-wisdom, human friends, convenience, expediency. Before any of these have been consulted go to God at once. Consider no circumstances too clear to need his direction. (Emphasis mine)

In all thy ways, small as well as great; in all thy concerns, personal or relative, temporal or eternal, let him be supreme.

-Charles Bridges (1794-1869), from A Commentary on Proverbs (Banner of Truth, 1846/1968)  pp. 24-25.

Lord, let my pride fall down. Let my words be Your words. Grant me repentance for leaning on my understanding. Grant me the acknowledgment of You. Let my paths be made straight. Let me not be wise. Let me turn away from evil.

Let me know what you thought. I’d love to hear how these verses change how you live your daily life in devotion to God.

-Cheers

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Book Review

Been thinking a lot lately about alcohol. Some people do, some people don’t.

It all started with the book Drinking With Calvin and Luther! and what it had to say. It was a good history of alcohol in the church but it wasn’t much more than that. The title was exactly what it was. Which is actuallyrefreshing to see something was what it was advertised as. It was a bunch of quotes and stories from back in the day about good christian folk used to drink up regularly…to the point of saying it wasalmost a sin not to. What followed was a trip down the other side of the coin by reading Should Christians Drink?: The Case for Total Abstinence. I was, and still am, so disappointed.

The introduction starts with the author claiming that his argument is beyond dispute and doubt. At that point I was trying not to throw the book away. I understand that you are writing a book based on your opinion in the first place, however, let the argument speak for itself. If it is truly beyond dispute and doubt then you don’t need to state that in your opening statement.

Chapter One gets right into it by comparing drinking to…get this…war, slavery, and dancing. Seriously? At that point I finished the book for the sole reason that I have a problem with starting a book and not finishing it. Wow, quite a read.

So, if you want a good explanation of the abstinence view, check out John Piper’s view on alcohol.

Otherwise…have a great day. And do NOT pick up that book. Too many trees have died already for it.

-Cheers

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And You’re Point Is…

Why am I doing this? I yap about this and that, put it out there for people to see, and think of what I am going to say/quote next. Recently I have been thinking about how much my theology is getting blown up as I read more and ore Scripture. I think this has been somewhat of an outlet for me to write what I am getting hit with. My posts are more cathartic than anything as I don’t seem to raise a point…speak of it…then conclude my point. My blog seems to be more of a bucket for brain vomit. Even that line just kinda fell out of me just now.

Ok so, is that where I am headed? A simple bucket blog where I can let people into my life/mind. Is this going to me my creative ministry for a season…or forever? I want to be intentional in what I do, especially in this time in my life. There are many things that can crowd out my time from God and if you know me lately, the last thing I need is another time sucker in my life taking time away from God. We are stewards of time just as much as we are stewards of money. This blog needs to be intentional and meaningful no matter what the point is. I guess that IS my point. If this becomes nothing more than a place to use time…I pray that Jesus would lead me to repentance of that. So I pray.

I pray that my vision for what my life is honoring to the One who gave me life. A while ago Mr. Josh Otte was kind enough to be led by the Spirit and post THISteaching from CJ Mahaney about the use of our time. I screamed through it when I first read the post and both my wife and I were inspired…then I got busy. Huh…

After speaking to a good friend today about his recent organization of his intentionality. (That sounded more impressive than I was expecting). This good friend, who happens to be Josh the author of the linked blog, was able to stir in me a desire to do the same. Last year I wrote out many things that I wanted to accomplish but they all ended up being so specific that nothingwas accomplished as my life morphed. I look forward to the opportunity to do this in my life. To put intentionality in my life. When that happens…I will figure out what this blog thing will be.

Until then…bucket o vomit it is.

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Top 60

Definitely read my last post as it was heart felt and I hope that you enjoy the gifts God has given to me. THIS however is a ranking of the most influential blogs out there right now. Influential is defined specifically in this article so make sure you read the whole thing. You will notice that my top award winner for 2008 was number 3 on this list! Sweet. Enjoy reading about what’s happening on the intertron!

-Cheers

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Take a Break

No More PleaseI just love this picture. It makes me laugh EVERY time I see it. We had just given her medicine and she was not happy with us. I decided to ease up today and just chat. I don’t want to make it sound unimportant however since I am God’s child and He wants to give me good gifts. So, even when I do not speak of what I am reading or what I am thinking, I am experiencing His gifts. Children, technology, beer, wait sorry…soda. Today I want to share some pictures of gifts that God has given me. True I am looking for work, but I am still better off than 97% of the world as I sit here. So, here are just some of my gifts.

I seem to be having a problem with this so I will just make a gallery…check out the page titled Gifts.

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Death By Love

I’ve been reading Driscoll and Breshears’ book Death By Love for a little while now and I must say that it is great. It is a departure from Driscoll’s other books and even from Vintage Jesus which is also a collaboration between the two. It is an interesting book, and one that is doing for me something that no class at college ever did but wished that they had. This is a summary of what Jesus did on the cross. Semesters could be devoted to this specific aspect of Jesus’ life but I was unable to take this class. This I can only assume is an issue for Christians all over that have an understanding of how they can be saved; but do not have an understanding of why or how it was made available. This is the theology behind our salvation and the various things that Jesus accomplished on the cross. This needs to be preached in churches. Not this book mind you, but the theological points made in every chapter. Every one of these has been so thought provoking that I have had to stop and pray for a few days in between every chapter. Between this book and For the Love of God by D.A. Carson I am not going to ever read the Bible the same way again.

Now I realize that this has been said about many books over the course of life and I am but a lone moron with enough technological fortitude to open up a wordpress account…but I am going to say it anyway. This has changed my thinking much like, Knowing God by Packer and The Great Divorce by Lewis. Now don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t use this book as a textbook on the cross since it is not written in a form that would lend itself to a classroom setting. I would, however, make the chapter divisions the outline for the semester. It is interesting that I am not necessarily learning things that I never learned before; it is that I am putting what I have learned into life application through the use of the letters that Driscoll writes.

I encourage you all to study the cross in a new way and I would suggest this book at the conduit for that study.

-Cheers

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MLK

Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday. Years ago his “I have a dream” speech sent chills through the spines of millions of people and continues to do so today. His vision is with us all and we continue to fight for that ultimate brotherhood of man. We got the house and the senate to put it on paper but are we any closer to what he dreamed today than we were those many years ago? One of my good friends is always saying that we need to change lives not laws. I couldn’t agree more. This plays itself out every day of our lives when we are faced with discontented, angry, and hopeless people. We scream about abortion laws, marriage laws, tax laws…but we never even whisper about Jesus.

Rhetoric does not satisfy the soul. New laws will not feed people who are starving for purpose. Only Jesus does. Two thousand years ago He proclaimed that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. (Matt: 4:4). Are you hungry? broken? dispossessed? searching for meaning? purpose?…Do you thirst for truth? God wants to speak to you straight from His heart. After hope and reason have failed, faith conquers.       -Wellington Boone-

As much as I admire MLKJ for what he said AND for what he did to back up his words; I can’t help thinking that he would be saddened to see where we are…yeah sure we’re about to place a black man in the white house. I understand the historical nature of that, not as much as others, but I understand. I can’t, however, help but think that he would say that we still have it all wrong when we focus so much on the color of the skin and not the color of their heart. People need Jesus. Whether Obama is black or white does not change the fact that people need Jesus. (Note: do NOT cue People Need The Lord by Steve Green)

Maybe I’m all washed up…forgive me if I am. I dunno, I guess if we want to honor him we should use this coming Monday to introduce people to the One who can give them a better dream…wow that sounded much better in my head. That was horribly cheezy. Ugh.

-Cheers

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