Posted: September 10, 2012 in religion
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What is your take? Do you believe in Creationism? Do you beleive in Evolution? Can you mend the two together?

Personally I believe in the 6 day creation, that God created everything in completion. Evolution is a theory that is unable to be proven. On the side of education shouldn’t the school be teaching to broden thought by teaching more than one theory? Some would say, and I can’t deny it, that the school system is now in the realm of science trying to convince people there is no God. It takes the point of view of atheism and does not allow any other lense of thought.

What are your thoughts?

CNN Belief Blog

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) — Bill Nye does not think that children should be taught to deny evolution, and a YouTube video of him explaining why has gone viral. The CNN Belief Blog’s report on the video has generated around 10,000 comments and thousands of Facebook shares since Monday.

There were some broad themes in the comments, reflecting a debate that is largely unique to the United States.

While Christianity is booming in Africa, Asia and Latin America, creationism is not, Penn State University religious studies professor Philip Jenkins writes in his book “The New Faces of Christianity: Believing the Bible in the Global South.”

Here are five schools of reaction that have emerged in comments:

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Where were you 9/11?

Posted: September 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
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It is almost September 11th and I saw this video. It reminded me of where I was when the terrorists struck 11 years ago. I was walking in darkness at that time. It is crazy to think that I was in 8th grade when it happened and that the summer preceding was my most spiritual dark time since becoming a Christian. I was 8 when I was saved and baptized but I was a baby in my heart for the Lord.

The summer preceding 9/11 was a time that everything I did I was regretting. I use the excuse my family was falling apart. I use the shelter that I allowed my friends to become my family. I spent that summer smoking and drinking. I would look at the porn magazines my friends had and the stash that I had. At that point in time if a girl walked by and wanted to have sex I would have been ready right there. I spent that summer not caring what was right or wrong. I would talk to store owners and steal from them as I talked to them. I would curse so much as to cause the apostle Peter to blush. (He was a sailor you know.) I don’t share these things to bloat about how bad I was. I regret every bit of it. The worst was that this was all done after becoming a Christian.

This is where God took his spiritual 2 x 4 and knocked me upside the head. I was ditching school with my mom when the first plane hit. We were driving to Des Moines, IA to get me a padded chin strap for football. We were driving down the road when the first plane hit. We both figured it was a freak accident. Then when we were approaching Des Moines the second hit. We couldn’t believe it. The mall actually closed down but the outlining stores remained open. We went to Sears and just stood in front of their TVs watching what was going on.

This is where God began chiseling me. He began to chisel my hearts barrier of my anger and loneliness. Piece by piece the wall came tumbling down. People’s lives were being destroyed by 9/11. My heart began to cry out for those in the plans, the towers and the families. I saw people who were giving their lives to try to save a few people. My selfishness had gone away and God revealed to me the direction I was heading, the hurt and bitterness I was causing myself. He then gave me the choice, which path will I follow. Will I follow my self destruction or will I repent and follow His plans for good.

I knew I had to make a decision. Not for my family, not for my friends but between just me and God. I chose at that time to follow God and not be a rebellious Christian. There were tough decisions to make. There was loss of friends. There were family fights. I praise God for the wake-up call. I praise Him for not giving up on me. I praise Him for forgiveness and strength.

Mathew 11:28-30

 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Eight Things a Husband CANNOT do

I just read this post by Perry Noble. He hits the nail on the head and I pray I don’t fall into any of these in my marriage. I sometimes struggle with zoning out, what do you struggle with?

Check it out at

http://www.perrynoble.com/2012/09/06/eight-things-a-husband-cannot-do/

Link  —  Posted: September 6, 2012 in Uncategorized
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It is great to be apart of a denomintation that is putting action to the words being taught. There is an unfounded ideal that churches only protests, argues and discriminates. Not too long ago many Christians (and non) got together and went to Chick Fil A to get food in support of freedom of speech. I saw many complaints that you don’t see Christians lining up to help communites and to feed people. Disaster Relief is a fine example of how the SBC does serve the needed. 83,500 meals have been served since Isaac struck and that number will continue to climb. There will be teams of volunteers that are sacrificing vacation or sacrifcing pay to go and serve not just physically but also spiritually. Check out this article at the Baptist Press.

http://www.bpnews.net/BPnews.asp?ID=38637

Obedience as a sucker punch

Posted: September 1, 2012 in religion
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Have you ever followed obedience and after taking the step get slammed with a surprise? I feel as though I am being attacked. Not by people. Not by God. We have taking many steps to say “yes Lord” and I feel punched.

Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever experienced that? I am right now. I am reminded though, that God is our shelter. He is our refuge. That means He will protect you during the struggle. I am humbled to know that following God means allowing Him to provide.

There are times that we will follow God and we will have decisions to make. Sometimes, in the moment, the right decision feels as though you get punch in the throat. The timing and reprecussion may hurt at times. The glorious thing is that God will continue to lead you down the path that He needs you to go. He will be your shelter. He will be your strength.

God will never give you more than He can handle. Notice I did not say you can handle. God will give you more than you can handle. When you follow in obedience He may and probably will give you more than you can handle. This allows you to lean in God and experience more than you can imagine. That is my prayer.

I am proud of my wife. She is putting priority on God not comfort. She is choosing ministry over selfish provisions. I love my wife. I love serving with my wife. This softens the sucker punches that come. To serve God with a loving wife is a tremendous blessing.

God knows His plans for you. Plans for good not evil.

I’m Thankful for You

Posted: August 30, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Life is in a constant transition. Right now I am preparing for the next step in the journey God has for my wife and me. I am looking back and thinking of how much Winterset has been and will always be in my heart a home. This town has been my home now for three years, for my wife it has been longer because she grew up there.

What has made it home for the last three years? My wife’s family is amazing. They have helped us with many needs along the way and I have had a couple opportunities to help them out as well. It has been a learning experience to accept help from family. It has been something new and something I am extremely thankful for.

God has put people in my life, in Winterset, to support growth and maturity. There aren’t enough words to explain the blessing my pastors have been in my life. They have mentored me. They have encouraged me. They have rebuked me. They have cared for me. God has blessed my life immensely with them. God gave them strength to take a risk by allowing me to take responsibilities with the church and with the youth. This taught me leadership and vision. I have witnessed firsthand how to cast vision to a group that may not begin on the same page but become united in the direction. I pray that someday I can bless people the way they have blessed me.

There are so many people that I don’t have time to mention, as well as I know you probably don’t want to take the time to read, that God has used to effect my life. I want to say thank you. I also want to share a passage with you. This passage is my prayer. You have leaders and friends in your life that have sacrificed for you, LIFT THEM UP! Praise God daily for them. I know they have prayed for and guided me beyond what I could imagine. It would be easy to look at a flaw and critique things that could have been different. A lot of people do that on the way to a new beginning. I refuse to because God has put them there to minister and they have. I praise God for you guys from the deepest depths of my heart.

REJOICE ALWAYS! God has been and will continue to do amazing things. Praise Him for it. I give praise because of the vision He’s brought to the church, for the strength He’s given people and for the lives I have seen changed. It is also God’s will for use to be thankful in all circumstances. For me, that means it’s not an option. It is what God wants for me and for you.

Thank you and

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”

 

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.  And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.  Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.

 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

Brothers and sisters, pray for us. Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss.  I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

 

Waking up

Posted: August 27, 2012 in Devotions, religion
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Good morning! Here are some thoughts to ponder today:

  • What attitude will you choose to show today?
  • In what way would you like to see God work today?
  • Will you take time to reflect on God and His word to actually accomplish anything today?

I find mornings are the hardest. Some mornings you perk up and are ready to take on the world. Other’s, you wake up and would rather climb in a whole and just go back to bed. Take some time and reflect on what God may have for you today. He’s got it planned out, so join Him and find out.

JEREMIAH 29:11-14 (ESV)

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for peace[or welfare] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes andgather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares theLord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.