Saturday, May 30, 2009

Part Two Of the Party Of the Second Part

Now we flip the coin. Having asked for positive Christian attributes, it's only fair that I ask:
What is it about Christians in particular that frosts your bacon? How do we tick you off? Let us count the ways.
What bothers you about Christ and the Gospel message as you know it? How could Christians better reach a place of understanding with you?
Go nuts, pagans. And this post can be used as an entry.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Will The Real Christians Please Stand Up?

One of the problems non-Christians run up against as they try to define "Christians" is: no good examples. They only recognize "Bad Christian" flaws. That would be like defining a rose only by it's thorns. When they see (or pretend to see) only the bad side of Christians, they can't help but fall in to the trap of caricature.
"Hateful religious bigots going around judging everybody else as if their sin don't smell just offal!" (Forgive the pun-I'm in one of those moods again)
Announcing Doug's first semi bi annual FDW Christian Character Contest: Whichever un-Christian can post the highest number of Positive Christian attributes without mentioning the Salvation Army wins a prize to be determined by the sincerity of the contestants. And this post can't be used as an entry.
Scratch your heads, people! Christians MUST be good for something; we can't all be good for nothings!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

True Worship

"10So David blessed the LORD in the sight of all the assembly; and David said, “Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever. 11“Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. 12“Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. 13“Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name." 1 Chronicles 29:10-13

9“Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 ‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 ‘Give us this day our daily bread.
12 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 ‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’ Matthew 6:9-13

David blessed the LORD, The Lord blessed the Father. That is true worship, honoring God as He should be honored. I think that in our weakened, temporally challenged existence we are often unsure that God indeed holds sway over His Creation. We mentally add an extra 'will' to the Lord's Prayer, making it read:
"Your will will be done", as if it isn't yet happening in every present second of eternity.
Call it the perfect present tense-'Your will be done' means 'Your will is done' on earth as it is in heaven. Let's join David in thanking God, and praising His glorious name.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Spirit Is Weak But The Flesh Is Willing

Another busy weekend, lots of stuff going on. I nearly almost just about sorta kinda decided that I would skip church tonight, as I was tired...but I'm glad that I went; it was a wonderful time of fellowship, and a reminder to me that I live by faith, not circumstance. I would have been just as tired if I had given into circumstance/feeeeeeeelings (whoa-oah) and stayed home, but it was better to be in fellowship. Now, with as near to a clear conscience as I can muster, bed to off am I.
Wait-it's part of my Blog duties to natter on about President Obama speaking at Notre Dame, receiving an honorary degree for keeping Abortion legal or something-I've been too busy to hear/read/follow the news. Tell you what-if Obama sets up an image of himself in the as yet unbuilt Jewish Temple to be worshipped as me.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

She Found Out

“My troubles are many, they're as deep as a well.
I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell.”
Laura Nyro~ "And When I Die"

If you’re old (like me) you probably know the Blood, Sweat and Tears rendition of the song. But Laura wrote it, and sang it first; I mention it here as an example of what I think could be called the “Hopeless If”.
The ‘Hopeless If’ simply means that people bet their lives that Christians are wrong (swear there ain’t no heaven) while admitting to themselves that if Christians ARE right...they are in trouble (pray there ain’t no hell).
This is betting against the house, against a sure thing, putting all your hopes in a strawman’s basket. Have you wondered why so much effort is put into proving Christians wrong, discrediting the Bible?
That If is hopeless. Trusting in God is well founded Hope. May God grant you the Grace to believe.

Monday, May 11, 2009

I'm Righteous And You're Glue

Here's a funny. There are some people out there (and around here) who want to be godly without God, who wish to be known as righteous without bowing down to the only One who is.
These people often have unkind words for hypocritical Christians; their condemnation of hypocrisy is (to them) evidence of their superior morality.


They aren't righteous.
They aren't superior.
They aren't even moral.
They are worse than hypocrites, caught up in the fantasy that their reliance on their own righteousness is good enough, close enough to godly for them.
It won't even get your shoes shined, friends.
I am one of the Christians who doesn't always act or appear Christian. I am one of the 100% of Christians who fall into this category as easily as we fall into sin. But here's the kicker:
None of us is trusting in our own Righteousness, and most of us know better than to try.
We are not righteous apart from the righteousness imputed to us, put into our account, so to speak, by God.
So when you see us caught in some sin, know that it grieves us, as we know it grieves our Heavenly Father. When we slip and fall, we cry out to God, asking for mercy.
What do you do?

Friday, May 08, 2009

That's What I'm Talking About

In the comments section I will link to the Hot Air post that this graphic came from-it's quite simple: Right now is NOT the time to be going further into debt as a nation,especially epic nation-destroying debt. It is the wrong path.
In quiet, solid, boring economic times Socialism can't gain a foothold, as Capitalism benefits everyone. What we are witnessing is the purposeful demonization of Capitalism. This is insanity.
Don't believe Socialist lies. You grew up in a Capitalist society, where anyone can make something of himself, can earn his own living, stand on his own feet. You know better.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Two Realities Walk Into A Bard

I've been thinking lately instead of writing. It couldn't hurt, to try something new.
Here's what I have so far: some people seem to operate on the assumption that they themselves are the arbiters of Reality, that they can shape, cut, fit or retrofit Reality to suit themselves.
Nope nope nope.
We live in God's Creation; He is the arbiter, the One who speaks things into being. Before the Creation He already had a plan in place which affects everything you can know, see touch or feel. You were known to your tiniest molecule, as was I; who would have Grace extended to them was decided, and who wouldn't.
Those hung up on Predestination always try to argue against God in human terms-that's part of the plan, also.
For the record: I have no problem with God; He's the one entity Who must know what is "Pre-destined", or else He wouldn't be God.
I see a stage managed false reality being attempted in this country by our alleged leaders. Fanciful human ideas about how to govern always...always run afoul of God and His Governance.
Every Napoleon has his Waterloo, every Hitler his bunker. The Grand Dreams always fail, as they come from the hearts of frustrated wannabe gods/emperors. If this weren't so, we'd now be living under the rule of the Roman Empire or, going back farther, Pharaoh.
Just for fun, lets go back to the first human sandcastle empire which God kicked to pieces: Babel. If God hadn't taken action (as He had known He would-remember Predestination) Nimrod the first's great great cubed and squared grandson would be running the world today.
God saved us from Nimrod, from Hitler, from the Caesars...all the while choosing some as sons and daughters in each generation of history. It's all part of the plan.
If you have read this far, the good news is that there is still life in you, a heart in you which can long for God, for Peace with God. May God richly Bless you today.

Monday, May 04, 2009


As in 'status quo', as in the state in which we are. Call it keeping our balance, or attempting to, when the world is spinning us like champion log rollers at Lumberjack Days. Call it adjusting to what is happening right now while processing what just happened and wondering what is coming next. The dance where the music never ends.
My status has been quite busy lately, and I'm looking forward to work today so I can catch my breath.
The picture above is a reminder for me, of a time when my status quo was quite different. I was working in a different industry, living elsewhere, had a different set of friends and life then was as good as life today, but different. We adjust, and move forward. May God Bless your status quo.