Thursday, April 30, 2009

One of French artist Gustave Doré (1832-1883) paintings...

Did you know...

...that the unchurched population in the United States is so extensive that, if it were a nation, it would be the fifth most populated nation on the planet after China, the former Soviet Union, India, and Brazil.

So much for a Christian nation.

For me, it puts Matthew 9:37, 38, into a different perspective, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Are we crazy?

A man lives in a society that is cave bound, where everyone inside believes that the cave is the only reality and is content with that. When the man finally steps out of the cave and sees the sun, the seasons, and the wonder of the world outside the cave, he returns and tries to explain it to the people inside. But they call him crazy and refuse to listen.

How de we communicate to others what we have experienced, but seems out of this world? It’s not a surprise, that to many, it makes us seem crazy.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I find this A. W. Tozer quote interesting, "What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us."

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

In 1st Corinthians 9:20, 22, Paul says, “To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like on under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law…To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

What do you think this means for us today? What does it mean to "become all things to all men so that by all possible means we might save some?" Some today might say “…it sounds like Paul stood for nothing.” I often hear that when I do things differently than we traditionally do. as a church.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Arguments against Christianity

Here are some of the most common arguments non-believers use against Christianity.
One: Christianity is filled with man-made rules based on opinion, tradition, and politics.
Two: Christians are judgmental, critical, and close minded...
Three: Christians are very shallow thinkers, who not only don't understand how other people think, but can't even defend what they say they believe.
Four: Christians are arrogant. They love to point out how they are right and others are wrong.

Someone once said the best way to build a bridge toward those who do not believe is to not expect nonbelievers to act, think, or feel like believers UNTIL they are. Hmmm

Monday, April 20, 2009

Violence in America

These days everywhere you turn you read or hear about violence in America. Battered wives and children, gang violence, the increasing murder rate…add to that terrorism, World of Warcraft (if you don’t know what this is, you should), nuclear warhead testing…violence is everywhere.

In the top 20 most popular television shows this season are:

4. CSI (storytelling about gruesome murders)
6. NCIS (storytelling about gruesome murders)
8. The Mentalist (storytelling about gruesome murders)
11. Criminal Minds (storytelling about gruesome murders)
14. CSI: Miami (storytelling about gruesome murders)
15. CSI: New York (storytelling about gruesome murders)
16. Without a Trace (storytelling about gruesome murders)
19. Cold Case (storytelling about gruesome murders)I wonder if there’s any correlation?

The Bible says, “…the Lord regretted that he had made human beings on earth, and his heart was deeply troubled…. Now the earth was corrupt in god’s sight and was full of violence…. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them.” Genesis 6:13

Any thoughts...?

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Susan Boyle’s on Britain's Got Talent (Cory mentioned this in church...)

We can be so judgmental...we need to strive to be like Christ who looks not at the outward appearance but at the heart. Check this out...

Also read the article...