"God is something like a combination Diving Butler and Cosmic Therapist: he is always on call, takes care of any problems when they arise, professionally helps his people to feel better about themselves, and does not become too personally involved in the process"
According to Melinda Lundquist Denton this is how most people see God today. We, people who believe in God, don’t live as if he exist. We will say he does and even attend Church on occasion. But, when it comes to living differently or being a disciple we don’t seem to understand it. When our desires are for this world, we aren’t living for God. If you look at what you want right now if it is not to Glorify God and become more like Him, which both happens in thousands of different ways, you should look at what it means to be a Christian. Jesus calls us to do absolutely crazy things. He calls us to look at his Word and do it. It’s not like once you become a Christian you just know what God wants you do to. No, he wrote you a love letter so you can understand what he wants. It is just like a marriage. Anyone can do awesome things as a husband, but if he isn’t doing what his wife wants him to do he isn’t doing it right. To figure out what she wants, he would have to talk to her. Talk to God and read his love letter to you and change your life with help from the Holy Spirit.
As I look at the book of Acts, I never once see the church going out into the community asking people to come to their Church. Yes, we have them preaching in public, but they are not preaching, “COME TO MY CHURCH!” They are talking about the great news that is Jesus Christ. They are doing so much more than inviting people, they are leading lives that people are jealous of. The neighborhood sees the Christians and they are saying to themselves, “What’s going on over there? They are all so connected and real.” Because the Early Church was filled with the Holy Spirit. Because they were fully plugged into Christ, the people around them saw that they were different. These people truly cared for one another and had real relationships. The locals wanted a life like that. The Christians led an attractive life style. It was something that the people wanted. People who aren’t Christians will not want to become a Christian if the only thing they see Christians doing is trying to make everyone else a Christian. We need to put ourselves in the Word and be filled with the Spirit. Life is an act of worship. Allow the Love Letter God sent you, change you.
Think of Christians you know today. I feel like we look at the world we live in and talk about how sick and sin filled it is. Which it most certainly is, but Paul lived in a very similar world. He had sin all around him. It was so bad that when he preached the Gospel the people were so filled with sin they stoned him for it. In some parts of the world it is still like that. But yet, there are some of us who get all distraught about the evils of the world and are just wondering when the Christians are going to rise up.
Have you ever wondered when us Christians were going to get up and off of facebook and tumblr and actually do those things Christ sent us to do? I have. I really didn’t think much was going on in the Christian realm, but then I realized I was a part of the world. When we are part of the world we don’t see the goodness. Now this is when I was a Christian. I was a Christian, but I didn’t join the Godly community called the Church. Once we surround ourselves with what is actually going on we see all the goodness!
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All around us great things are happening. We can’t say this world is going downhill when you are involved in the Church’s work. It’s incredible to see all the good in the world. Christians are doing a lot! Lukewarm Christians are not.
Rise up and do more than you could ever have imagined. If you are a Christian you then are filled with the Spirit and are NEW. You are no longer in the world, you are partaking in the Kingdom!
Any liquid water resevoirs that exist under Mars surface are expected to be very high in salts. This makes the possible findings that “Curiosity’s” team are going to announce soon seem even more intreguing. I wonder if they have evidence of something similar going on there.
REPLY: Greg B
Does anyone really believe that life will just arise spontaneously wherever conditions are ‘right’? How ignorant of biochemistry does one have to be to swallow such drivel? Ever hear of science? How about acknowledging biological and chemical laws instead of wildly speculating that living cells will just self-assemble in favorable conditions? It seems that our institutions of ‘higher learning’ are culpable in the systemic neglect of critical thinking skills as well as those fundamental concepts of life science that are required for productive research.
Both comments above are interesting. NowWhat, I would say, is an accurate representation of most people in the country, including scientist, think. Finding life outside our own, showing evolution is true, and even the concept that men and women are exactly the same in all ways of life are so deeply rooted in our culture today that even Christians are for them. Now I don’t want to argue whether or not any of these things are true or not, but I do want to argue that we want them to be true.
I’m convinced that if you give a group of opinionless droids every document there is about Evolution, another group Creation, and another group Intelligent Design and then send these groups out into the field they will all find evidence for their respective field. We all do it. We need to learn how to open our minds. Science isn’t outside this realm of bias either. If science wasn’t bias we wouldn’t have so many theories. It’s not just the radical Christians who don’t believe in Evolution. There are many different opinions our there and they all have “facts to back them up.”
To conclude my three paragraph post I would like to submit a Call to Action. I dare you to think differently than normal. I’m talking to you Conservatives. And you Liberals. And You Christians. And you Muslims. I’m talking to everyone! Open up your thinking and humble yourself. Don’t find the right path because it’s right for you, but because it is true.
In view of all the disaster with Hurricane Sandy we as Christians are called to help. There is a lot of opportunity for us to get out there and spread the love of Christ. Christ doesn’t like when any of his people are hurting, so let’s help. Let’s rise up and be Christians.
“Two thousand years and still going strong: that’s the story of Christianity. And while the Christian martyrs and saints and orators may have gotten more press, the fact is the faith has been carried through history in the hearts and deeds of believers who—though beloved to us now—were simply living ordinary lives of devotion. “It would be almost impossible to imagine ten people more different from each other than these,” Editor John Perry says.
10 Christians Everyone Should Know is a serious of 10 short biographies. The ten Christians are Saint Patrick, Galileo, Anne Bradstreet, John Bunyan, Johann Bach, Jane Austen, D.L. Moody, George Washington Carver, Sergeant York, and William Buckley Jr. The biographies are by multiple authors and give a brief but detailed look into each one of their lives starting with birth.
I have been reading Christian commentaries and supplementaries for a while now and just this summer I started reading Christian biographies. They have helped me grow me closer to God and have shown me a new and more exciting side of God that I never embraced before. By reading Bonheoffer by Eric Metaxas I was able to become more excited for what God was doing in the city of Philadelphia. 10 Christians Everyone Should Know gave me encouragement. But the encouragement wasn’t as long term as Bonheoffer. It would be very fitting to use as a weekly or daily devotional. The stories of these people need to be thought about and meditated on because if you just read it quickly its effects will fade quickly. If used as a devotional it could be incredibly fruitful.
I especially liked the biography of Saint Patrick. He went to the “ends of the earth” (AKA Ireland) and preached the Gospel to barbarians. He converted a great number of people and it showed me how great lengths some people went to evangelize since Paul.
The biographies are all exciting and easy to read. The authors do a great job showing us a broad range of different types of Christianity that are still all about Jesus.
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We suck sometimes
So a few weeks ago my youth pastor had me do a little project. The project was to pick apart Christianity and categorize everything into four categories; Very Important, Important, least important, and not important. This really got me thinking what really matters in Christianity?
My list was actually quite horrible. I just listed a few things that I could get on top of my head and I couldn’t think too well. I don’t know why. I was probably making it more of an issue than it was because I know what the most important thing in the Bible is. It’s Jesus.
Very Important: Almost every Christian can agree with this. If you are a Christian and you think anything is more important than Jesus I would really ask you to question your faith. Paul even says that the only thing that matter is Christ’s Resurrection. I am just going to group that in the category of Jesus; Birthday, life, death, and resurrection. I say that is the most important thing in Christianity. Without Jesus there is no Christianity. We also decided the Gospel is important.
In the important category we put other obvious Christian things like God Created everything, The Laws, Grace, Baptism, Communion, total depravity, and things like that. You know the important things.
Then we got to the Least important and here we had things like How Jesus will come back, What heaven will be like, How one is baptized, when one is baptized, How God created, should we fight?, predestination vs free will, what Bible translation to use, and more things like this
And not important were things like obscure number and stuff that just don’t matter if you want to be a Christian. Like I don’t believe you need to know how many soldiers went into Jericho or what the names were of all the disciples or all the women in the Bible. Like yes these are nice things to know, especially the names of the disciples but it won’t get you saved.
So this was our bulls-eye. With Jesus in the center and everything else going out from there. We all know that Jesus is what matters when it comes to Christianity, but we don’t show that in our churches. If you look at our churches we separate because of things like in the Least and Not important categories. We split up churches because one wants to sprinkle water during baptism and the other wants to totally submerge the person. Why do we do such silly things. We find the one difference we have and we split. We say, “Oh you only use the NLT? I only use the KJV. We can’t be friend.” As silly as that sounds look at the world we live! My Dad, who isn’t religious at all thought that every church had their own Bible! Like not just translation but our OWN BIBLE! I really don’t blame my dad for saying this because this is what us Christian show. We show that we can’t get along. In a religion that is all about unity and peach and love, there are, according to Christianity Today, 38,000 different Denominations! As a Christian, that should make you sick!
Since 1/10/12 the video, Why I hate religion, but love Jesus, has gotten over 6 million views! If you haven’t seen it I made a link for it, but the link is not to just the video. The link is to an article that talks about the pros and cons of the video. Which I believe we should all take note in. I wanted to bring that video to note because he brings us one point that I have heard lately. I watched Beware of Christians and it brought it up too. It’s this:
I’m a Christian, but I don’t think I follow Jesus.
This is a problem in
America the world today. We like the title of Christians, we like being a good person. We like doing good things but we don’t know what it actually means to follow Jesus. So we give lip service to Jesus but we don’t actually follow Him.
I really think our Generation can be different. I really think our generation can look past all the petty Problems of this world and all the petty differences we make in Christianity and come together. When we go to a worship concert, is everyone there the same denomination? Very Rarely! When a group of people go work for Habitat for Humanity or World Vision do they all agree on everything there is about Christianity? No.
We need to step away from our egos for a moment and unit in Christ. He died for all of us. He bled our for all of us. And His blood covers all of us! We need to set aside what doesn’t matter and focus on what does. Jesus is what matters and nothing else. Not what specific Bible translation you have, not whether or not we sing hymns or contemporary, or even if we use pews or cushioned chairs. None of that Matters! The only thing that matters is God. God is all the matters. Love is what matters!
I am about to watch “Beware of Christians”. It is made by the same guys who made “One Nation Under God”. I am thinking this is a Europe Version of the Film. Like ONUG is in America, I believe BOC is the same concept but in Europe.
What Happens when four college students leave religion behind to follow Jesus?
That’s on the cover. So I am quite excited! Here we GO!
"The Single greatest Cause of Atheism today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips and deny Him by their lifestyle." - Brennan Manning
Will Bakke - I think we are going to make a lot of people really mad.
WB- I went to church camp they said If I except Jesus into my heart he will make a home there. I thought it was one of the weirdest things I have ever heard.
"I know I am a Christian, but I don’t know if I am following Jesus"
I had a lot of great plans but Jesus ruined them.
How do we get away from what culture expects of us.
We get churched out
This film follows four College Christians who travel to Europe to Escape the routine of American Christianity.
I gave up on religion when my mom died of cancer
When you ask someone why you believe in Jesus they get defensive.
My heart is going to push me further from the truth
People were applauding a car! People are obsessed with materialism. We are just as controlled by materials for others.
"How many friends would you trade for that car?" "All of them"
1 John 2:15
I wish I waited. If that makes a difference.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
There is a Godly way to date, and we don’t do a good job doing it.
We are to pursue our wife like Christ Pursued the Church and we are mussed up.
We shouldn’t be looking for the right girl but asking God how to make us the right guy.
I claimed one thing but lived a secret life behind doors
Everyone says they wish they would have stayed pure more. I don’t ever talk to anyone who wishes they went further with their girlfriend
Pressure in the church to be Perfect
We aren’t open. We need to be open with each other. This is what happened to the church of Ephesus.
Purity is better
Its so much less about you and more about what Christ wants us to be built up to be
I’m not a fan of swearing
I think it [the vatican] looks amazing but I think God would have rather had the money spent on the poor
It’s Gotta Start with Love!
Right now Bakke is talking about the Prosperity Gospel. And He just said,
"It doesn’t mean we will have rainbows everyday" Why would God want you to be closer to him just so you have more wordly desires.
We get it, but we don’t get it. we make castles for Jesus and gold statues. We don’t get it.
Can you tell someone who is a christian by the way they act? No, it’s just they are busy on sundays
My parents use to make me go, but now they don’t so I don’t go any more.
Well I wear a necklace
The Church is a community
Get plucked into a Church Body. And you Grow
Don’t waste time not in a communty
They are trying to dry clothes in the microwave…
They are fasting.
money can help, and if that’s all you can do that’s great. But what we are trying to do is challenge you to do more than give money
a Joy in helping others
we make extreme poverty the enemy
We trade our comfort for some other persons health
God is working in their life like no other! they meet some ballerinas with a translator who are spreading the Gospel! Now they are going to spread the gospel to homeless people and help them out!
We bought them Sketchers!
the money we spend on food in one day could go and help others so much
God is so much bigger than the bubble I made for myself
"I’ll see you guys later" "What? you coming with us?" "No, I’ll see you in heaven" =D
How do you tell someone who has everything that it is worth nothing
We put our security in our money
We should have our security in God
The Poor people can become our friends
We can struggle with them
We sin against Him everyday and He still gives us stuff
Make it personal! Treat them like a person.
we need to stop being little girls. we are just being huge wimps when it comes to the poor
They are with Johny Palmer - Austria Idol Superstar
My responsibility to be a Christian is to be like Jesus
I don’t think we are going to help people if we don’t go out to where the people are.
Being a virgin doesn’t fit with some people’s mindset
When Johny Palmer was interviewed and he said he was a virgin he was eliminated from Austria Idol
we think the movies don’t affect us. we say it was just a movie but it is not.
Get down to this. Is it beneficial to God? If not they are only glorifying your own agenda.
How should we approach alcohol in college?
God didn’t make alcohol struggle for me but he made a million other things a struggle for me.
When I say I don’t drink people think I think I am better than them,
Are we acting different than non-christians
are we being responsible for it?
Drinking is the number one idol is the college atmosphere
We are called to be different. By not being different are we saying that Christ isn’t enough
They are just slapping each others backs, really really hard! It’s really funny
Radically embrace this vision that this world that God has given you.
If things are hard and you are a Christian I just want you to know that I am right here with you. And we are struggling with you. But we are living for something so much bigger than what we could dream of.
Jesus wanted to let us know there is a better way to do things it is just that it is completely backwards from everything else you have ever heard.
saying the little prayer is not it. you are reborn!
You don’t live America’s view of Christianity. It’s not that at all.
Just say that little prayer. And it’s going to be the hardest decision of your life. you are completely humbling and surrendering yourself to God, and it’s the best decision you will ever make.
If you are really going to be a christian it is going to SUCK and it’s going to be hard. But it’s going to be worth it!
Sin isn’t going to fill us up
People don’t want to follow Christianity because of us.
We always here beware of drugs, sex, and alcohols. But beware of Christians. Beware of the Christians.
Our lives better reflect we are Christians. we have to live this out!
The more I try to out live my life for God is the more I realize I suck at it.
Bottom line is that I am not perfect. Besides everything, God loves me. And That is Crazy!
So what do we do now?
This was a really cool movie. I really enjoyed watching it. I recommend it!
So as the title suggests, I am reading the book UnChristian by David Kinnaman - who will be speaking at Jubilee this year! Anywho, this chapter, Antihomosexual, is a very interesting one.
Everything in it so far I have seen or heard before. It’s like the big label for Christians, We hate homosexuals. Over 80% of non Christians believe this about us Christians. And a High percentage of Christians say they say it is true. It is very UN Christian of us to think like this. What happened to “Above all, Love” What happened to that? Are we saying the Elect the Bible talk about are heterosexuals? I don’t believe so.
"You don’t go to Hell for being a Homosexual, just like you don’t go to Heaven for being a Heterosexual" - Tim Keller
We are all born with sin ( I believe all Christians will be okay with this statement) and because of Jesus we can be made clean; white as snow in the eyes of God (once again I believe most Christians will be like, “Amen!”) But what if I also said Homosexuality is a sin, that you can be born with. (Still with me?)
"I’m going to quote the Bible now, not myself, that it [homosexuality] is wrong, it’s a sing. But there are other sins. Why do we jump on that sin as though it’s the greatest sin?" -section from UnChristian
UnChristian goes on to say, “The greatest sin in the Bible is idolatry, worshiping other things besides the true and living God” Now I do not completely agree with this because I believe all sins are equal, all sins push us further away from God. But it makes a great point! Idolatry is EVERYWHERE! If you haven’t heard Tim Keller speak on idols you should, he is very helpful. Why don’t we point out Idolatry more? Shouldn’t God be our ONLY IDOL? So then why do we have Giant crosses in our churches? Or Saints and Mary in the Catholic churches? Isn’t this the same to creating a golden calf and using that as our method to Praise God through? I don’t believe God was too happy when we did this? I use we because we are all connected together by sin. We all share the same faults.
I know this might sound a little extreme but I never really thought too much about this until I read Knowing God by J.I. Packer and he talks about this. This is a great book!
Think about it though. We need to keep God number one!
I rambled a lot through this. but What I mainly wanted to cover was that We all need Jesus!
Jesus is everything!
Love is the greatest commandment!
I’m Just really starting to get into the Easter Spirit and I feel like Easter is an extremely under appreciated Holiday. Let’s say Christmas is the most appreciated and I feel out of most of the Christian Holidays Easter just means an egg hunt for some people. A lot of people don’t even know why we celebrate the Holiday. Like I don’t understand why We we don’t include Good Friday into things more. Like dang. That is when Jesus Died! Like that is crazy and for most people that is just another day. I feel like that should be more than what it is right now.
Also, I feel like Easter should be Huge btw.
Like church services for Good Friday the whole way to Easter. This is a major event in the world, a Man died and re spawned in three days. How crazy is that. I don’t know of anyone else who did such a thing!
I really want to Make Easter a big Holiday at my house when I grow up. I am really excited for in a very Christian way!
I’m not sure if its just how I was brought up or what, I just feel like we go through the motions when that time comes a long. Anyways it is coming up. so Happy Easter world!