Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1932)

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View this video summing the life of a modern day hero with strong faith.   Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastortheologian, and martyr. He was also a participant in the German Resistance movement against Nazism and a founding member of theConfessing Church.

This video will open you eyes to what happened in Germany’s Christian community during the reign of Adolph Hitler.

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How Starbucks Saved My Life

Wealth and all the strings that come with it are not what is important in life.   See how one man’s life changed for the better when he lost all and went down on the totem poll.  How Starbucks saved Michael’s Life, click here for his story.

My story is irrefutable evidence that sometimes loss can bring a new found peace and happiness, Mike said. Because I’m happier today talking to you right this morning as a barista at Starbucks than I ever was in the big six-figure job with the corner office and a big mansion.

i choose…what do you choose?

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I have this on my calendar to review once a month.  I assume somebody sent it to me but I really like what it has to say and thought you might enjoy it too.

Brent

I choose love. . .
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness.  I choose love.  Today I will love God and what God loves.

I choose joy. . .
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance.  I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. . .the tool of the lazy thinker.  I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God.  I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.

I choose peace. . .
I will live forgiven.  I will forgive so that I may live.

I choose patience. . .
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world.  Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so.  Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray.  Instead of clinching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I choose kindness. . .
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone.  Kind to the rich, for they are afraid.  And kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me.

I choose goodness. . .
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one.  I will be overlooked before I will boast.  I will confess before I will accuse.  I choose goodness.

I choose faithfulness. . .
Today I will keep my promises.  My debtors will not regret their trust.  My associates will not question my word.  My wife will not question my love.  And my children will never fear that their father will not come home.

I choose gentleness. . .
Nothing is won by force.  I choose to be gentle.  If I raise my voice may it be only in praise.  If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer.  If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I choose self-control. . .
I am a spiritual being. . .After this body is dead, my spirit will soar.  I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal.  I choose self-control.  I will be drunk only by joy.  I will be impassioned only by my faith.  I will be influenced only by God.  I will be taught only by Christ.  I choose self-control.

Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  To these I commit my day.  If I succeed, I will give thanks.  If I fail, I will seek His grace.  And then, when this day is done, I will place my head on my pillow and rest.”

Max Lucado, When God Whispers Your Name }

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Difference between a comma and a period

“Before, my life was a ‘.’ but now it is a ‘,'”

A Hindu man moved from Sri Lanka to Holland, and then to London, England.  He didn’t have a job, money, or a home.  He described his life as a “period” (.) and kept repeating that fact for emphasis.  He meant that he really wanted it to end.  He then started reading the Bible from Genesis forward and he, all of a sudden, has peace.   He said “nothing in my life changed, but I have peace.”  He was still without a job, without money, and without a home.  “Now my life is a comma” (,).  He then explained that he had hope, peace, and a reason to continue on.  He has mighty faith and great hope.  I truly believe that is because he reads Scripture and really believes the promises.  He praises God in the good times and bad and sees Him in everything.

Signature in the Cell

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The following is an interview with Stephen Meyer by Gordon Robertson on June 20, 2010.  Is a facinating defense of intelligent design and presented in a way that I have not seen in the page.

Introduction

Darwin’s theory of evolution rests on the idea that the incredibly complex web of life today, all evolved from simple chemicals and cells.  No creator was necessary, just chance and the powers of the fittest forms of life to survive and adapt.

Darwin couldn’t see into cells and DNA like modern scientists of the modern age.  He couldn’t know that these modern building blocks of life work because of intricate little machines in each cell.  So intricate there’s no chance they could simply evolve.  (Repeat that)  Darwin couldn’t know that life functions, that DNA functions because of incredibly complex code that is way beyond what even the most brilliant programmers have devised. Continue reading

American Culture War

I had to grab this picture because in a way it represents now more than ever the culture war that is occurring in America.   Just a few years back these one liners might have been focused on women’s liberation, segregation, don’t ask don’t tell, or even stem cell research.   No, we got a moral battle going on.  Now hasn’t it always been a moral battle?  Well yes it has and I presume it will always involve morals.

Now I thought I wanted to comment on each one liner but maybe not.  What have have to say though is that Nick here has taken his line directly from Jesus.  Jesus was the first to say, “Love your Neighbor.”   And, He bore out that command to us by being the model of love.  We can know real love through getting to know Him.   He gives us a taste of His love for us.  Learn to love Jesus and then you can selflessly love that way He loves you.

1 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. 2If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.
3-7If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
8-10Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

1 Corinthians 13, author the Apostle Paul (we know his source)

This guy has the right idea but the wrong bases.  Peace comes through Jesus.  Without  Him there is not the understanding a human soul needs and longs for.  He is the giver of life and in that life is understanding beyond what we can imagine.  What does the 12th verse above say?  “12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!”

Yes!!   That is nirvana, bliss, rapture, and ecstacy!!

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Longing for a Better World

Remembering 911, 9/11, 09/11/2001

Today the United States pauses to remember the atrocity and horror of a day we all would love to forget:  September 11, 2001.   At exactly 9:46 AM the first plane hit the first tower.  Then this happened:

Now we see this as the New York skyline.

9/11

Relatives of survivors are sadden by the memories of their loved ones.  Others have a hope that they will see them again in the future–in God’s eternity.

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What is Grace?

the Stainned Gless of depicting the Holy Spirit.

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“Just as heat is opposed to cold, and light to darkness, so grace is opposed to sin.”  — Thomas Brooks

My friend in prison is on a journey.  He has real lows and he has really tall highs.  He is in for some really bad crimes but he is understanding more and more that he is forgiven and that he can stand before God like any other dirty rotten sinner and receive His grace and mercy.

The Holy Spirit...

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Why do we then see church members who speak of the grace and love of God and yet sin with abandon?  The grace they have learned from their pulpits is counterfeit.  It is not a grace freely given by a holy and just God who has sworn a righteous judgment on all sin.  Rather, it is a permissive leniency of a god who winks at sin.  It is a grace that knows nothing of God’s hatred of sin, the awful justice of Calvary, and the sinner’s redemption from the righteous wrath of God.  Thus, the recipient of this pseudo=grace regards his mediocre salvation with a levity that allows him to “enjoy” God and continue his selfish, materialistic, immoral life unchanged….The genuine, amazing grace of God gives birth to a life consistent with that grace and remarkably different from the previous life centered on self-gratification.  It is not a rote obedience to a law code.  It is a behavior of supernatural love, joy, and peace demonstrated and bestowed by Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit living in us.

My friend, Glenn, continues:  “when I read that I thought back to the early days and how I was taught that salvation was so simple.  Nobody talked much about repentance then because it was kind of looked on as a “work.”  We had our “Moses” in the pulpit and our “commandments” and we viewed ourselves as members of the elite Christians who “really understood” the gospel and who were kind of poor, but the most blessed.  I remember that warm cozy feeling we all had when the preacher got up to preach to old time religion.  We were challenged to “surrender and get busy and go to work for God.”  So we worked.  Not because of any real love for Christ, but because it was expected, and there was a certain amount of glory… from recognition by the pastor.”

Is that the kind of grace you have been exposed to??  If so,  realize that there is much more than that to the Christian life.  Leave a comment to discuss this more.