Saturday, December 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Was this an award show or a soft porn show??? I turned it on for a few moments when I was trying to see if there was anything good on TV last night. The "Pussycat Dolls" were performing. If it wasn't for the shoestrings they had on. One would have thought they were at a strip club with them gyrating around poles and on chairs. The lyrics to their song? Horrible. Just as bad as the Fergalicious song I heard lately.
"Fergalicious definition make them boys go loco
They want my treasure so they get their pleasures from my photo
you could see me, you can't squeeze me
I ain't easy, I ain't sleazy
I got reasons why I tease 'em
Boys just come and go like seasons
But I ain't promiscuous
And if you was suspicious
All that shit is fictitious
I blow kisses (mmmwwahhh)
That puts them boys on rock, rock
And they be lining down the block just to watch what I got"
Now I know why I rarely listen to secular music. And the kids now days??? Dear Father help us. What are they filling their minds with?? But the music and tune are so catching. I have heard more than once from a kid... "I don't listen to the lyrics... I just like the music". Yeah, and I go in to Cinnabon because I just like the way it looks in there. The smell doesn't affect me at all.
Back to what I have been ranting about for along time now. What is our call? Our call to holiness. Listen to Jars of Clay's "Good Monsters" or Skillet's "Comatose". You can have good music back with Godly lyrics. No, you won't be damned to eternal hell if you listen to the other music. But the line between right and wrong becomes harder to recognize.
Friday, November 17, 2006
...ok I just read this blog and I HAVE to re-post it.
http://www.myspace.com/comedianchriswilliamsif you are looking for where I got it from.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
GET OFF THE FENCE!!!!
Christians!!!!!!! Listen up!
No JOkes in this one...sorry.. But I want to touch a major issue in the body OF Christ!
We can't be on the fence!!!! God is not happy with you having one foot in the world and one foot in the Kingdom!!! I'M screaming to you GET OFF THE FENCE now!!!
I'm talking to those that...Go to church and scream "hallelujah!" "Glory To God" and after, you rocking "50 cent" or "Jay-z" or Dipset (((ballin'))) on your ipod! I'm talking to those Christians that's right here on myspace....you say you're a Christian who goes to church, and you own a bible....but yet your myspace page has music videos or music of dudes like "Nelly" or "Jay-z" or "Young Joc" and whoever else whose a negative secular artist! Some of y'all even have movie clips of actors cursing up a storm.
Not to mention you don't have the name JESUS or GOD anywhere on your page! I'm not saying everything on your page has to be Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. But I"m the type of dude...If I'm TRULY in love with someone....THEN THEY ARE GOING TO BE ALL UP AND IN MY.........space! Can I preach on???
Quick question....why is it...Some people on myspace are saying I'm a Christian...but yet....their top friends are strippers? Or their influences are 50 cent, Lil Kim, Diddy, Snoop, etc. How can these people possibly influence you? How?!!! The people that should be influencing you is GOd, Jesus, your Pastor, that mentor that God has placed in your life!!!....HELLO?!! As a Christian... how is diddy going to influence me? Do we think about MORALSanymore? Some Christians are living with this attitude...-> "OH....it doesn't matter what kind of lifestlye your living....it just matters that you're on TV and your famous...so it's all good. Your my idol" ...............and that's exactly what they are to you an IDOL......cause you worship him or her MORE THAN YOU worship GOD!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm sorry...but I'm tired of the GARBAGE!!!
Get off the FENCE!!!!
I"m talking to the Christians that bless God with the same mouth they cursing with! I'm talkin' to the Christians....that be at the clubs on the nights before they go to church!!! C'mon now!! Let's talk about it!!!
People listen... this is not to condemn anyone....it's just some of us are sleeping on the fence..and we need someone to shout to us ..."GET OFF THE FENCE BEFORE YOU FALL!!!" Before you what? (((FALL)))
We must be seperated from this World!! We are in it...but don't have to be a part of it! We are to be soldiers for Christ! Meaning that wherever you are...whether at work, school, your block, park, picinic, wherever....your MYSPACE....you are to REPRESENT CHRIST TO THE FULLEST!!!! We should not be ashamed of the Name JESUS!!! Can I talk about it??? Well, I'm going to talk about it whether you like it or not!
We got Christian Youth...and Adults...that can SCREAM the name, Bow Wow, Chris Brown, Nelly, DIDDY....but when it comes to the name of JESUS.....oh they quiet! WE GOT CHRISTIANS WORSHIPING THE CREATURES...AND FORGETING ABOUT THE CREATOR!!!!!
C'MON Y'ALL!! It's time to get off the fence!! and when you do get off....jump down onto the right side! Jump down to the side that God as placed you on! It's time people!! This BLOG is written with Love in my heart for my brothers and sisters in the Faith!
Let's rep Christ to the fullest! All these famous people of this world did not die for you.........JESUS did!
If you're reading this....and you don't know Jesus as your Lord and savior ... holla at me. I'm not only about jokes...I'm about winning the lost for Christ. I'm also a Youth Minister.
We're not going to be living on this earth forever!!!! YOU HAVE TO LEAVE! BUT THE QUESTION IS....WHICH WAY ARE YOU GOING?
I love y'all God BLess!!
PS....I have been guilty of some of these things I mentioned, but I made a decision to get off the fence! I pray you do the same.
Let GOD GET ALL THE GLORY IN EVERYTHING YOU DO! THAT INCLUDES YOUR MYSPACE!
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Wow.... we live in such a sex saturate world I really don't think that teens know what is right or wrong anymore. I was at a Christian concert event on Saturday. Standing down in the mosh pit during Toby Mac I saw a teenage couple standing together. The guy was NOT listening to the music. He was up behind the girl with his arms wrapped around her. They were both moving to the music. The girl seemed to be oblivious to the guy behind her and was intent on the content of the music. The guy on the other hand. I could tell his mind was drifting farther and farther from even knowing there was music. When he reached the point where he leaned in to bury his nose in her hair and his eyes were rolling back in his head the youth leader in me came out. I poked him on the shoulder. It took several moments for him to snap out of his trance and realize that something stepped into his world. Then he looked at me dazed and puzzled. I looked at him and shook my head. He smiled and said "Oh, it's ok". I Scowled and said "No, it isn't". At this point the girl realizes something is up. She asks him what is going on. He tells her..."Oh, nothing". She smiles and turns back around to focus on the music. She was soooooo completely clueless to what she was doing to this young man. I wanted to go talk to her in the worst way. But it wasn't my place. But come on people... don't we realize how our actions affect others??? She is standing there letting this young man go places mentally and physically that in the future will lead even farther down the path of sexual immorality. Please keep yourselves pure as God asks of us. Your reward will be a beautiful thing when you get married. Don't sell yourself away for alittle instant self-gratification.
-But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality- Ephesians 5:3
Monday, November 6, 2006
Is that what people really think??
I was thinking about this at work today. I mean this weekend I go out and I'm put into a situation and conversations where I realized HOW MUCH God has been molding me this summer. I'm one of those freaky religious people. I read my Bible everyday. I rarely listen to secular music anymore (though at the moment I am listening to Norah Jones). In religious conversations I add my convictions even if it isn't going to be the popular view. But.... has God molding me for His purposes really made me dull???
Saturday, November 4, 2006
Trust Him no matter what and He is in control. But yet not in a sick dictator way. Like people that think God is in control of everything to the point where humans have no choice... so what's the point of even praying then. But God has our best interest in mind. Though we do have free-will and can do what we want. But as Christians what we want should be God's will and what He wants. So we need to listen and become open to knowing what His will is.
I sent that in an email to a friend in reply to their question "What has God been showing you lately?"
Friday, November 3, 2006
Revelation 3:15-16 "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth."
So are you HOT orcold? Or are you just satisfied to sit on the fence?? Be warned... that fence isn't the most comfortable thing to sit on.
So as Christians... do we want to be lukewarm or red HOT?? I for one am jumping off of the fence in the HOT direction. I don't really care if people look at me odd. Well odder than they do now.
So this past weekend something was really throw in front of me. Between circumstances and conversations and sermons and more 'random circumstances'. Darn, Shoot, Crap, Freakin', Gosh Darn.... etc etc. What up wit da slang?? I mean, shouldn't you just come out and say the REAL words?? You won't get 'damned' to 'hell' if you swear, will you?? Now I for one have been known to swear. Though I won't intentionally take the Lord's name in vain. G--D--- makes me cringe. Though the 'f-word'... yep... I've used it. Crap... say it all of the time. Shit... say it all of the time. Though why sit on the fence then??? Why not just go all the way and use the BIG words??
How does that look to outsiders?? What do they think when a Christian is using even large amounts of slang??? Are we in this for ourselves or to serve Christ and bring people to Him??
Holy= Exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness. Divine.
I don't know about you but I don't know of much crap or cows or men that fit that description. Sooooo.... are you going to sit on the fence? Back to the afore mentioned sermon.... Luke 14:25-35. Christ asks us to love Him more than anything else. I don't think that is to much to ask of us.
So... I'm not sitting on the fence. I have asked the Holy Spirit to bring to my attention the words that could offend and clean them up. I'm not satisfied being lukewarm. I really don't want to be spit out by HIM either.
Do you? What is God telling you?? Are you willing to listen, even if it is the most menial thing you would have never considered??
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Don't you love it when God smacks you upside the head with something?? I have had alot on my mind since coming home from the Women's retreat. Then on Monday I got a snip of Matthew 6 in a daily email. So I went and read the chapter. Then I was reading the chapter to the Dr at work on Tuesday. At the same moment he said something... it had hit me... 6:24 was on the sign at church this week. So since this Scripture means so much to me I have to share it. Esp the latter half really spoke to me....
1"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
2"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
5"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9"This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10your kingdom come,
your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us today our daily bread.
12Forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.'14For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.15But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
16"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,18so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Treasures in Heaven
19"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.23But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
24"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.
Do Not Worry
25"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?31So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Sunday, October 8, 2006
It's been awhile hasn't it? No, my mind hasn't stopped thinking way to deep about things. I just have been to busy with other things to get a chance to blog. I now have my application for the missions trip.... all 13 pages of it. They want to know everything about you current and past. Though this is great that they are this in depth. Though I have a 2 page form that need to be filled out by my pastor, employer and christian friend. Hopefully they will think I'm halfway decent...lol. Well... I just got home from work (an hour and a half later than normal) so I have things to go get done.
Why do I live in Wisconsin??? It was dark when I went to work. It's raining and getting dark now almost. I have no windows in the back of the hospital where I work. I go out to my car on my lunch hours to read. This way I can at least be sure the sun still exists. Though when it gets really dark... then it will also get cold. So does anyone have an electric blanket that you can plug into a cigarette lighter???
Monday, October 2, 2006
So I'm in a debate.... or actually just more of a random discussion with someone about hymns vs. modern praise songs. I find this interesting esp after my post on Aug 31st I think it was about songwriters needing to read their Bible more. I thought about this at work today and found it online. So for amusement sake I thought I would post it here....
Subject of the song....
`Martha, the cows are in the corn,'
As a Praise song...
`Martha Martha, Martha, Oh, Martha, MARTHA, MARTHA,
the cows, the big cows, the brown cows, the black cows,
the white cows, the black and white cows,
the COWS, COWS, COWS are in the corn,
are in the corn, are in the corn, are in the corn,
the CORN, CORN, CORN,'
Then repeat the whole thing two or three times"
As a hymn......
Oh Martha, dear Martha, hear thou my cry
Inclinest thine ear to the words of my mouth.
Turn thou thy whole wondrous ear by and by
To the righteous, inimitable, glorious truth.
For the way of the animals who can explain
There in their heads is no shadow of sense,
Hearkenest they in God's sun or his rain
Unless from the mild, tempting corn they are fenced.
Yea those cows in glad bovine, rebellious delight,
Have broke free their shackles, their warm pens eschewed.
Then goaded by minions of darkness and night
They all my mild Chilliwack sweet corn have chewed.
So look to that bright shining day by and by,
Where all foul corruptions of earth are reborn.
Where no vicious animal makes my soul cry
And I no longer see those foul cows in the corn.
Then sing only verses one, three, and four and do a key change on the last verse."
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
I'm so sad. Last night I discovered that they have DRAINED our local mill pond. I learned to fish there. I would ice skate there in the winter. I fell in when I was really little and dad pulled me out with the rope they had attached to me. There was a major foreign weed problem I guess. Our family has history with developing lakes so dad had offered someone on the board some advice. You can introduce grass carp. They will eat the weeds and they won't reproduce. So you don't have to worry about them overtaking the current fish population. The Fish :-( Where are they??? I still don't know this. Did they find their way down the creek to the Clintonville pond??? I hope so. There were some really nice bass and pike in the Marion Pond. I drove out to the former boat landing last night with a friend. There is a stream running through the channel. Otherwise it looks like a waste land after a nuclear war. I guess they found a ton of stuff when they drained it. Including a boat. But alot of bikes and skateboards.... especially by the dam. I think if I lived on the pond I would lobby to have my property taxes reduced. I don't consider that living on the waterfront anymore. How will they restore this fish population??? No monster pike for way to long now. Though we should go out there with a camera and take a picture of the structure and mark points on the GPS. Then if there ever were fish again we could cheat when we are trying to find them.
So yes... who would have ever though draining the local pond would be such a bummer.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
Friday, September 8, 2006
... since I had a blog entry.
I have an update on the missions trip. I went down to Madison on Thursday with Sondra. We met with the missionary to learn more. Interesting.. last time Sondra was over in that country she helped at the sewing center. I had been wondering why God was calling me over there when sewing is not something that I'm good at. So we were informed that the area where we are most needed is working with kids/teens/young adults in the slum schools. This is exciting since youth group is the area of ministry in which I serve now.
I was just listening to Casting Crowns. This song really hit me today...
Empty handsheld high
If not joined with my life
I sing in vain tonight
May the words I say
And the things I do
Make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
Let my lifesong sing to You
I want to sign your name to the end of this day
Knowing that my heart was true
Let my lifesong sing to You
Lord, I give my life
A living sacrifice
To reach a world in need
To be Your hands and feet
So may the words I say
And the things I do make my lifesong sing
Bring a smile to you
Let my lifesong sing to You
Is your Lifesong singing to Him??? Not that you are being called to go halfway around the world to share the gospel. What about in your family, school and job??? How are your actions glorifying God??? Are you more concerned about your pride and feelings or furthering the kingdom?? If God smacks you with His 2x4 are you going to listen 100%?? If you surrendered to Christ then your life is not your own. All He is looking for is someone willing. When a spiritual influence in my life brings something to my attention I examine it to see how I can be more Christ-like. Even deep rooted habitual things I had never previously considered. Now you aren't going to be asked to change who you are, that is the way God created you. Everyone has their own personality and strengths for a reason. But how can you become more of the person that you were created to be??
Are you satisfied with status quo or are you willing to let the Father stretch you??
Are you reading your BibleEVERYDAY???!!!Try it once... you might be suprised with the results :-)
Tuesday, September 5, 2006
I love working at camp. Hmmmmm.... seems to me that I said that before. This weekend was a great get away. Hard work and great friends with Godly conversation. Satuday and Sunday I helped with the horses all day. Then Monday morning I helped in the kitchen bright and early. Then from noon on I helped my friend clean cabins. There was one lady that saw me Monday afternoon. She had seen me previously in both the stables and the kitchen. She asked if there was anything that I DIDN'T do...lol. Saturday night and Sunday night we were able to take the pontoon out. That was fun. Amazingly enough they trust me to drive it
I also took my bicycle up there with me. Every morning I would go out for a 30min/1Hr bike ride before I had to report for duty. I was even sleeping in later than normal...lol.
You also can't help but connect with God up there. He presented an amazing opportunity on Saturday night. Now I have even more to think about in life. I also deepened an already close friendship. Close isn't even a good word for it anymore. I love my friend and would do anything for her.
I always come home completely tired.... but it's the BEST kind of tired for some reason.
Thursday, August 31, 2006
.... that every single Christian musician that writes their own songs should go to at least a year of Bible school. Then their lyrics would be possibly more scripturally based and sound. Which in turn would make their songs all the more deeper. Well, there could be exceptions to the rule for the diligent private students of the Bible. But I have noticed this in the wide variety of music that I listen to. Some are just soooooo deep and so scriptural (from rap to metal to accoustic... doesn't matter) Others are so "fluffy". No good meat to sink your teeth in to. Then you look at the background of the artist. It explains it all.
Music is a powerful medium. Use it wisely and productively please :-) Are you doing this for your glory or God's glory???
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
So I posted that blog last night. Then I started reading more scripture after that Jeremiah one came into my mind. I wrote an email to a friend. Here is what I said....
I was reading when I was sitting in the kitchen since that is where I left my Bible this morning. So I was reading something... then I was reading something else which lead me to Isaiah 45 (continuing reference scripture lists suck me in for ever... it's a never ending chain somedays). Anyways... vs. 2.. there is the bronze and iron again.
Vs.5- "I have strengthened you though you have not acknowledged ME" WOW... that reminds me of what I just wrote in my blog tonight. Which in that I used Jeremiah 29:11 which is the first in the chain that lead me to this chapter. Here is what I wrote...
"In retrospect......... (see yesterday's blog)"
Anyways.... then vs 6. Talking about the sun rising and setting. I still think there is something to where it rises and where it sets... as far as directionally.
Then vs 7... "I bring prosperity and create disaster". That made me think of what you were saying a couple of months ago about forces of nature and that being God touching the earth. That just blows a person away to think about. But also then for our wimpy human minds to wrap itself around the fact He does this... yet somehow we aren't all just mindless pawns in all of this. Otherwise what would be the point of ever praying??
Then vs 9 He lays it on the line and tells us to sit down, shut up and trust Him. Yet... Jude 1:20, III John 1:2, I Peter 4:7-8, James 5:13-19, Hebrews 13:18-19, I Thes 5:16-18, Romans 12:11-13, John 17:20-21 and Luke 22:45-46.... and that barely scratches the surface in the New Testiment. Try 365 (in the NIV--- 362 in the NASB) references total to pray, prayer etc. Yeah... explain that one in laymans terms right after you explain the Trinity to someone.
Ok.. there is like a ton more in this chapter but I have to go get ready for bed now. Oh and vs 23-24 are like one of the well known ones too... also interesting to really mentally digest.
The Bible is so cool. there is soooooo much in there that you can never digest it all in a lifetime. How many other books could you say that about???!!!
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
You ever deeply ponder life and look at how you got to the point you are at?? If this is where I'm at by 25 what will I be in another 25 years?? This could be interesting. I also think God gets great joy out of observing all of the idiosyncrasies in life. He has the ultimate "Reality TV" subscription. I wonder if He sits there wondering if we will ever look back and realize the grand scale of something we endured in life?? Like "Come on... get a clue... don't you see what really just happened?". When we get it (if he was watching us on His DishNetwork) He would probably lean back in the sofa, get a big 'ol grin on His face and grab another handful of popcorn, slowly nodding his head up and down.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."-Jeremiah 29:11-
So how much more am I still oblivious to..........