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My Personal Declaration Of Independence

For too long I have kept silent on the things I hold most dear. And as such have allowed myself to stray and others to take them from me. No more. This is who I am, and no one has the right to strip these things from me. And I will live and die on these principles. Love it or leave it, this is who I am.

(Note: Read all these points as a whole, not as individual points. Otherwise, they will seem contradictory and not make sense. However, if you take them all together and think it through, they will make sense. And help you better understand who I am, especially moving forward.)

I believe in the One True Triune God of the Bible. Father, Son, Spirit. I believe that God created all things through His Son. Including man. Whom He gave free will to, who then used it to spurn God. As a result, God sent His Son to earth, of a virgin birth, to die as the sacrifice for sins, in our place. For those who believe, He sends His Spirit and grants everlasting life. He does not promise a life of ease, THIS life is not secured. It is the next life.

Every person has the right to do whatever they want with their life, body, mind, soul, and property; as long as they do not infringe on ANY other person’s (I include unborn children in this) life, body, mind, soul, or property. Anyone who does infringe is liable to have vengeance brought upon them.

I feel every man should live a life of honor. Stand by his word, earn his own way in life, and never do what he knows is wrong. Any man who does less, and does not work to change his error upon realizing it, is less than a man.

We are only human, we make mistakes. As such, I am always willing to be wrong. However, on the above points, I will never stray. They are who I am and what I believe to be true above all else. I will listen to your differing opinions even on the above points, but I will not change them. Corallaries, if’/thens, of the above are a different story. (Maybe I misunderstood a portion of the Bible, maybe I thought you infringed on my right and was wrong, or maybe I accused you of lying and was wrong.)

Last, but most assuredly not least. I will live and die by these things. And for your right to them as well. (Note, because of the second point, you may even differ from me on the first, and I will still defend your right to hold to that. Yes, my faith proclaims itself as the only way, and I believe it so. But I also feel you have your own choice to make, and I cannot and will not force you.) If I feel my right, or (especially) the right of those I call family to these things is being endangered, I will fight back. You will regret it. And you will lose.

I hereby declare myself independent of any authority that would seek to strip or endanger these rights. Amen.


Love In Action

So I am trying to kick my blog off with a new design, and with yet another attempt at updating it weekly. No idea how that will go, but let us see. This here post is in response to a few things some friends have said/written and inspired me. It may be a bit of a ramble, as I didn’t write it near as soon as I should have, so the thoughts are not as organized as they ought. But I will do my best…after another cup of coffee…*gets up and refills cup*

Just to tickle your interest, here are the Four Thoughts I will touch on:

1) God is Love/Love is God
2) Manifestation
3) What is Good/Evil?
4) Walking The Walk

Anyways, if you think through I John 4:8 to it’s conclusion…passages about love can be used to describe God. A lot of people use I Cor. 13 as the example for this, but I’m gonna be radical and different. I will use the Love Passage from Romans 12:9-21 since no one ever does. It is all about love in action which describes God pretty well. Here goes (make sure to read this as about God not Love:

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord. On the contrary:

‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

(italics added)

Pretty interesting eh? It really does describe God/Love in action. But to be honest, while this passage can be used to describe God, it’s purpose isn’t to do that. Its to explain to us how He wants us to live. Which is love, love, love, and more love. And it says to leave the dirty work (vengeance) to Him. Which brings me to my second thought…

God has many sides to Him, He is not just Love. He is also Just. Hence the part about Him taking vengeance in the passage above. However, it is interesting that He asks us only to love.

Why is that?

Well think about it: God made us in His image. However, whereas He would be a mural on the Great Wall of China, we are merely a postage stamp. We have many of His attributes, but in much smaller ways with smaller capacities to carry them out. And then after The Fall, our ability to live up to His Image was hampered even further. God knows we have the ability to carry out vengeance (just watch the news every day). But also knows that our smaller capacity and the easily corruptible nature of vengeance will fail to get the job done satisfactorily. It takes a lot of wisdom and knowledge to be Fully Just.

However, to love does not require that. Yes, our capacity for it is smaller than His. But love takes a lot less wisdom and knowledge (have you seen how well a small child loves?) and is not as easily corruptible (at least in the way vengeance is). You just love. That’s it. Go back and read that passage again. Only this time, don’t read it as about God…read it as about how you are supposed to live.

Now think on this: we are supposed to let people know about God. (Matt. 28:19-20) How do I mean this to be done?

Manifest
verb (used with object)
3. to make clear or evident to the eye or the understanding; show plainly: He manifested his approval with a hearty laugh.
4. to prove; put beyond doubt or question: The evidence manifests the guilt of the defendant.

We should live in such a way, that God is made clear to people’s understandings, beyond a doubt! And since the best way we are able to reveal God’s image in us, according to our abilities and capacity, is to love…THEN LOVE! Read the passage above often. Read I Cor. 13 often. This is how we manifest God in this world. Let God take care of the rest, as He has the wisdom and knowledge and power to know what/how to do the rest. Loving? Manifest it. Live it. The more you work on being love in action, the more God will enter into your moment to moment life. May we all be so dilligent.

So…yeah…Not as organized as I’d like. But it kinda spilled out. :) Hope it makes you think. Comment and let me know what your thoughts are! Share links on your facebook for others to read! Subscribe as well please. Thank you!

P.S. Yehuda: my answer to your question of what is good/evil may already be evident to you by now. But let me succinctly summarize it: Anything of God, of Love (in action) is good. Because it reveals God in this fallen world. Anything not of God, of Love (in action) is evil. Because it veils God in this fallen world.


“…and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:10-39 is basically a three section passage. verses 19-25 contain reasons and ways to persevere, verses 26-31 are some serious warnings about abandoning the Christian fellowship, and verses 32-39 are kinda like a pep talk to those who are persevering, to help them to keep on keepin’ on. Right now I am going to focus on the first section.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:19-25, NIV)

As I said, this passage speaks of some practical reasons and methods to persevere. I am going to take it in a little bit of a chopped up order.

Reasons To Persevere:

1. Confidence To Enter “The Most Holy Place”
In all of history, no one but the high priest, and then only once a year and under special requirements, could ever enter God’s presence in the innermost chamber of the temple. But now, by Christ’s sacrifice of His blood and body, we can. Each and every one of us, at will. He was the only perfect sacrifice possible.

2. We Have A Great High Priest
Sometimes it is best to let the Bible speak for itself: “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16, NIV)

3. He Who Promised Is Faithful
(I Cor. 1:9; Phil. 1:6; II Tim. 2:13)
What God says, He will do. So if something is promised in return for our perseverance, we can be assured that it will be done.

4. The Day Approaches
“Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.” (I Thessalonians 5:1-3, NIV)
No one knows then it is. When that Day comes there will be no more time to work, play, sin, love, nothing. All that will matter is who we believed Jesus to be (faith) and what we did with that belief (works). Will we be among those who persevered with the belief that Jesus really was who He said He was, and then lived it? Or will we have squandered our hearts and lives? Time may be short. And even if not, it is best to make the most of our time here.

Practical Ways To Persevere:

1. Draw Near To God
This one comes with four conditions to be possible. And may also be the most important way to persevere. For by drawing near to God, we can draw strength for everything else.
a. A Sincere Heart (Ps. 51:16-17)
We must always strive to know that we mean it when we say “I believe,” and not be lukewarm or fake (Revelation 3:15-17).
b. Full Assurance Of Faith
The reasons for persevering that are given above are great reasons to be full of faith. But if not, remember what Jesus did for us while on earth, and still does today. And think over in your heart and mind the facts of the matter. Remember: “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1, NIV)
c. Hearts Sprinkled From A Guilty Conscience
Christ died that we may keep “no record of wrongs,” even against ourselves. (I Cor. 13:5b, NIV) Guilt only holds us back.
d. Bodies Washed With Pure Water
We must allow ourselves to be purified by the Holy Spirit from sin. Pray, read your Bible, do everything you can to fill yourself with the Spirit and rid yourself of the world, the flesh, and the devil.

2. Hold Unswervingly To The Faith We Profess
Don’t stop, don’t reverse, don’t turn. Keep at it. This is the heart, the very meaning of perseverance. Not. Quitting. No matter how hard it gets, how lonely you feel, or how strong you think you are on your own.

3. Spur One Another On Towards Love And Good Deeds
Sometimes we will find a brother or sister in need of some kind advice, or even some gentle prodding. We all have our moments when we become lazy or indecisive, and it is our job to help each other out in these moments. I know if I was having one of those times (and I kinda am now) I would want my brothers and sisters to say something about it to me. And then there are times that parts of the body stop working, or even start damaging the surrounding tissue with the cancer of sin. These are the times when rebuking, teaching, and correcting come into play. (Matt. 18:15-20 ; II Tim. 3:16-17)

4. Do Not Give Up Meeting Together
The Greek word used for “give up” means to desert and abandon. We should meet together as often as we can. Whether it be in church, homes, coffee shops, the park, or even facebook if necessary. Don’t cut yourself off or you will not have the support you need. Your faith will shrivel like a raisin. We were never called to a life of solitude. Remember: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (I Cor. 12:26, NIV…read verses 12-30 tho, good stuff)

5. Encourage One Another
If all members of the body were to push each other on, rooting for one another, we would be able to do so much more than we are now. We each should be cheerleaders for our brothers and sisters, and they ours.

Conclusion:
Always keep these reasons in the forefront of your mind. Don’t stop, and don’t give up. I know, first hand, that it can feel pretty dire sometimes and you just want to quit. But don’t, please don’t.


A Good Lesson To Learn

In Genesis 4:7, God says this: ” ‘If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.’ ” (NIV)

Something that has been on my mind lately, and especially today, is that life is tough. It’s hard. Even as, ESPECIALLY as, a Christan. It is so easy to quit, and infinitely more difficult to persevere.

But then there is passage, from Hebrews (10:19-39)

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, His body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised. For,

‘In just a little while,
He who is coming will come
and will not delay.’

And,

‘But My righteous one will live by faith.
And I take no pleasure
in the one who shrinks back.’

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” (NIV)

If you would, read those words again, and let them sink in. Think over their implications. Over the next while, for my own study, I am going to go through this passage, breaking it down to learn what it means for me. I’ll post my notes here, for others to read, in case it helps them as well. In the meantime, I encourage you to take 45 minutes out of your day to watch this sermon. It’s by Mark Driscoll, about the cost of discipleship. It’s very closely related the above passage and what has been on my heart lately. It will definitely make you think about how you are living.

Luke’s Gospel: Investigating the Man Who Is God
Part 63: The Cost of Discipleship
Luke 14:25-35

“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”


Nanny State Liberation Front

So, for my oh so few subscribers who might not also be on my facebook, I had to post this:

Massachusetts Screws Restaurants

(My post on facebook) OK, so, as a food industry career man, this REALLY pisses me off. As in, makes my blood boil and angry. While I can understand the reason, this is way to overbearing of the government…They should just have the restaurants post minor allergens on the menu…I know I am going to when I have a restaurant. AAAAAAARRGGH!!!!!!!!

(My post on the article’s originating site) Yeah, seriously, what IS next? Maybe they will have retired government workers form a special task force to hold our dicks while we pee. (If you can’t tell, this pisses me off…And I work in restaurants.)

Yeah, I’m upset.


In This Morning’s Bible Study

I’ve started reading the Bible In A Year in the Chronological Order. Meaning, I’ll be reading the books/chapters of the Bible in the order that the events took place. This morning I read Gen. 8-11, and came across two things that struck me about God’s intelligence and wisdom and also about our own ingenuity…

Genesis 9:20 (NIV) says: “Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard.”
Out of all the professions in the world, a farmer, indeed, the son of a farmer (see Gen. 5:29), is pretty much the best you could do. In a few generations, with the bits and pieces of knowledge that Noah and his sons and all their wives had, they could put back together the human knowledge bank on medicine, building (after all, Noah had built the ark), and anything else they needed…But a farmer in cultures back then were the foundation of the society. If food wasn’t grown, it had to be foraged, which means you all became wanderers. Noah’s knowledge allowed him and his sons (who he doubtlessly taught his skills to) to choose where to settle. Pretty neat of God, eh?

Genesis 11:6 (NIV) says: “The LORD said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.'”
Interesting how God says anything we put our minds to we could do. The study notes in my Bible say, “If the whole human race remained united in the proud attempt to take its destiny into its own hands and, by its man-centered efforts, to seize the reins of history, there would be no limit to its unrestrained rebellion against God. The kingdom of man would displace and exclude the kingdom of God.” The thought that struck me here was…Even though we do not at this point in time have a one world language, we do have global communication…The internet, online chat translator programs, and all sorts of things that make it easier and easier for us to “speak the same language” and to approach again the point where “nothing we plan will be impossible for us.” Scary huh? Makes me wonder if one of the requirements or signs of the end time is when we really start having a global language…

Anyways, those are just some of the thoughts I walked away from this morning’s Bible study with. Thoughts, ideas, questions?


You Have Been Telling Me

(This is a new Bible study, for a personal update, see here.)

“I don’t know what it is God wants me to do.”
“I’m just waiting for His call.”
“He hasn’t given me a sign yet.”
“I think because I’m good at (A), that’s what God wants me to do.”

How often have we said things like this? Or worse, lived them?

We have a tendency to not want to do what God wants us to, even when we really know what it is, and we just say things like this as an excuse. We lie to ourselves. We try to convince ourselves that God really doesn’t want us to go to the guy we hate (sorry…dislike) at work, and be nice to him. We try to say to ourselves that God couldn’t possibly want us to say hi to the dirty homeless dude on the walk to church. He couldn’t possibly mean that maybe, just maybe, He would like you to stop paying that 25 cents for whipped cream on your daily coffee, and put it in the tithe plate instead. Nah…God couldn’t possibly want that.

It’s so much easier for us to believe that He would call us to drop life, sell everything, and go to Timbuktu to teach little African kids about Him. We hate the idea that His message and love in our hearts should change OUR HEARTS. Why? We’re scared. We’ve lost our first love. We’re running from the truth. Call it what you may, but we forget the simple words of Jesus: “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.” (John 14:15, NIV) And if you really are following Christ, and allowing Him to change your life, and if you believe that Christ is God, and that God is love…”There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (I John 4:18, NIV) And right before that: “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like Him.” (I John 4:16, 17, NIV)

But the truth is, most of us know what it is God wants us to do. And even if we have pushed past self deception or fear or backsliding, we just don’t always know how to do it. We flounder around, not sure of what to do. Still, we are forgetting, “You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:2-4, NIV) We just need to ask. “For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8, NIV) & “If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” (Matthew 21:22, NIV)

So, what if we do ask? What is He going to say to us? What answer is it that we fear so much?…Moses was in a similar position. He was atop Mt. Sinai, and the Isrealites had just had the “Golden Calf Incident.” So, Moses was probably a bit stressed, seeing as how God had said “…I will not go ith you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way.” (Exodus 33:3b, NIV) Wow. God was pissed. (And rightfully so…He is the only one deserving glory after all.) Obviously, God didn’t destroy them, He probably just wanted them to understand the gravity of the situation.

But now Moses is here, talking with God, and he says, “ ‘ You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but You have not let me know whom You will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with Me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so may know You and continue to find favor with You. Remember that this nation is Your people.” (Exodus 33:12b, 13, NIV)

That probably took a lot of guts on Moses’ part. After all, most people would have been prideful and stubborn. “How could You have stuck me with these God? Why did You let them do this? Why didn’t You make this work?” But instead, he repeated to the LORD what He had told Moses to do, and then asked for help (sure, Moses was afraid here, but he pushed through it). He acknowledged how the LORD had blessed him, and then, he asks God to help. He realizes with his words to God his need for help. (As Christ said a few thousand years later: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5, NIV))

Wow. Moses has let go of his fear, knowing that God loves him. He’s pushed aside what other people think. He’s stepped over himself and his pride.

God’s simple reply? “The LORD replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ “ (Exodus 33:13, NIV)

Imagine that. Wherever you go, the God of all creation, the One who knows everything, made everything, and has all power, will be with you. And, He will give you rest. Reminds me of more of Christ’s words…”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.” (Matt. 11:28-30, NIV) And “ ‘…the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.’ “ (John14:26b, 27, NIV)

And keep in mind, we’re always telling ourselves that if God asks us to go across the world, then we’ll do it. Then we’ll listen. Then we’ll give up our Starbucks…But, here, God was asking Moses to do just that, and it was still hard for him. There were times when Moses was afraid, skimped out, or failed to obey. He didn’t all of a sudden become the amazing soldier God needed. He still had to work through everything. He still had to ask for help. Someone once told me, “If you can’t trust God with the little things, how can you trust Him with the big things?” If you can’t trust him to take care of you when you give up your whipped cream, how can you trust Him to keep you save from maleria and raiders and death by persecution? If you can’t trust Him to take care of you while you tend the flock of sheep in the desert, how can you trust Him to take care of you when you have a whole nation to be responsible for?

I guess the real question is: are we willing to ask, truly ask the Lord, to be with us, and to trust that He will be. Are we willing to say to God, “If you are pleased with me, teach me Your ways so may know You and continue to find favor with You.” And, even more importantly, are we ready to hear the answer?

“My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
“…the Counselor, the Holy Spirit…will teach you all things and will remind you…”


Since When Are Presents The Meaning Of Christmas?

Since the Magi “went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” (Matthew 2:9b-11, NIV)

And, more important, since God “…so loved the world that He gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV)

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On the other hand…

“The Greatest Omission”
by Anthony

Two-thousand years ago, a Babe was born,
Destined to become the object of scorn.
To save the earth & die for sins,
the beginning of the end, now begins.

The magi, they saw the star,
Went to see the Christ from afar.
Yet, we won’t go down to our knees in prayer,
And give our life, our all, to our Savior.

Farm animals, a manger, shepherds & yet,
That the cross is our focus we often forget.
Presents & carols & wishing for snow…
Why won’t we share what we know?

So during this time of merry & cheer,
Remember that it isn’t just once a year.
For daily is the Walk, & constant the Mission,
To not tell of Jesus: the Greatest Omission.

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And again…

Another great one to read is O Henry’s “Gift of the Magi.”

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Just a few thoughts…
Merry Christmas


A Different Breed

I’ve been thinking lately about what I haven’t been doing. About how I’ve been living in a fog of doubt and indecsion and of inaction. And even more recent, I’ve been almost obsessed with Petra. I copied some of my Dad’s CDs, and have been listening to them almost non-stop while I’m working. This here is one song that I’ve listened to more than most…

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Title: Believer In Deed
Band: Petra
Album: Midnight Oil
Year: 1993

On this journey we begin at birth
This fleeting moment that we spend on earth
No second chance to live it all again
It must be now or never
To cherish each endeavor
What will they say that I have left behind
A faithful heritage for all to find
What will the see?
I want my legacy to be

(Chorus)
He was a believer in deed
He had a heart of a different breed
He made his mark and he lived by his creed
A true believer
A believer in deed

Am I living everything I say?
Am I pointing others to the way?
Will I leave this world a better place?
Will Jesus say he knew me
Is Jesus living through me?
Did I maintain my authenticity?
A man of honor and integrity?
Remembering me
I hope that they will truly see

At the end of my days I know I’m gonna say
I wouldn’t live my life any other way
I’ll look to my posterity to carry on for me
And pray that they will see

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My first thought is this: this is what I want.
Second? Why am I not doing it?
Third? A question that occured to me recently…”Why do I do the things I don’t want to do, and don’t do the things I do want to do? (Romans 7:15, NIV) Why don’t I follow through on the ideals and beliefs I hold?…Maybe it’s because I’m holding onto the ideals and beliefs, and not Jesus… (I Corinthians 15:3-4, NIV)”
I really don’t have many answers, other than this song describes what I should be doing. I have ideas on how to do that, but advice would be nice…as this blog of mine is sometimes for me to be helped than for me to help. =/

God Bless,
Pilgrim.

P.S. My Blog Post Judas’ Kiss can provide some furhter thoughts on the subject. And while I’m on the subject of Petra, “Praying Man” would be a song of theirs to look up…as prayer seems to be ever more important to my life.


Judas’ Kiss

This blog was originally posted on my Myspace Blog on Saturday, November 11, 2006. It is relevant background for my next post, so I decided to post it here here non myspacers can read it.
-P.D.

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Title: Judas’ Kiss
Band: Petra
Album: More Power To Ya
Year: 1982

I wonder how it makes you feel when the prodigal won’t come home
I wonder how it makes you feel when he’d rather be on his own
I wonder what it’s like for you when a lamb has gone astray
I wonder what it’s like for you when your children disobey

It must be like another thorn struck in your brow
It must be like another close friend’s broken vow
It must be like another nail right through your wrist
It must be just like
Just like Judas’ kiss

I wonder how it makes you feel when no one seeks your face
I wonder how it makes you feel when they give up in the race
I wonder what it’s like for you when they willingly disobey
I wonder what it’s like for you when they willingly walk away

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Ever listened to a song for years, knowing the lyrics to it even. And then, one day, the true meaning of it strikes you, and hard? Ya, that’s what this one did to me today. Do you realize that, every time you sin, you are essentially putting another nail into Jesus’ wrist? And that you are betraying He who gave His life for you? Not to mention that you are dishonoring His Name. So think of that next time you’re thinking, “It’s just once…and it’s sooo small. It won’t hurt anyone.” Maybe it won’t hurt you, or your friends or family, or even any human being. But, at the very least, it will hurt Christ. For we are the ones who crucified Him in the first place…

“…if they fall away…they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (Hebrews 6:6 NKJV)

Are you holding the hammer?

God Bless,
Peregrinus.